Summer Olympics to be theme for the annual Rose Parade, part of the four-day Rose Festival

The Roselle Lions Rose Festival, now in its 62nd year, offers a family-friendly weekend of live music, a car show, 5K race, the Rose Parade, a festival food court, and more on May 30 to June 2.

The annual festival will be 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Roselle Metra station parking lot at Irving Park Road and Maple Avenue.

The festival food court will feature a variety of foods, drinks, and desserts. Unlimited carnival rides are available for $25 from 6-10 p.m. Thursday and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. It will be $30 from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free entertainment will be offered in the Miller Festival Beer Garden, rain or shine.

The carnival will be opening Roselle Lions Rose Festival on Thursday, May 30. Courtesy of Roselle Lions Club

The Schaumburg School of Rock will kick off the community festival from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

On Friday, the music stage will open with Bottled Blues, returning for their second year to the Rose Fest stage, performing blues, rock and a bit of soul, with a mix of covers and originals, from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by the Led Zeppelin tribute band Physical Graffiti from 9:30 to 11 p.m.

The 10th annual Rose Festival Car Show will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Wickstrom Chevrolet, 555 E. Irving Park Road. Trophies will be awarded to top showings, and there will be music by DJ Tony. The entry fee is $10 per car.

On Saturday, Focal Point will be playing your favorite classic rock songs from the 1970s to ’90s from 7 to 8:30 p.m., followed by Prairie Station, mixing classic country and modern favorites, from 9 to 11 p.m.

The eclectic cover band The Voodoo Dolls returns once again to wrap up the festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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On Friday, May 31, Bottled Blues will be making their second appearance on the Rose Festival stage. Courtesy of Bottled Blues

Run for the Roses

Xtra Mile Running is hosting the 2024 Run for the Roses 5K on Sunday, June 2. The race is back on the CARA circuit for 2024.

The USATF-certified 5K course is flat, fast, and a local favorite, starting and ending at Lake Park High School's West campus.

The 29th annual race is run in an oblong loop on the streets of Roselle. Plaques will be given to overall top three males and top three females.

The 5K race will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the one-third mile Youth Run at 9:15 a.m. on the school’s track.

The 5K fee is $35, with family rates are available. The kids race is $10.

Post-race refreshments will be provided, along with a balloon artist. Learn more and register on the Run for the Roses website,

The net proceeds will once again go to the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Illinois (formerly known as the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin). They have expanded to now include: Elgin, Hanover Park, Schaumburg, South Elgin, Streamwood and Aurora. Learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Illinois at

Rose Parade

The Village of Roselle and the Roselle Chamber and Commerce are hosting the 63rd annual Rose Parade on Sunday, June 2. The theme will be “Celebrating the 2024 Summer Olympics!”

The lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. with the parade stepping off at 2 p.m. from Turner Park at Devon Avenue and North Roselle Road. It heads south down Roselle Road to East Thorndale Avenue, east on Thorndale to North Prospect Street. It continues south on Prospect to East Irving Park Road, heading east to Lawrence Avenue.

Participating parade entries will be judged and awarded for the units that best honor the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Each year, the Rose Ambassador and Rose Ambassador Court participate in the annual Rose Parade and are involved in other community events over the course of the year. This year’s Rose Ambassador is Angelina Italia, with the second runner-up Anthony Johnson and third runner-up Frankie Molfese.

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