The Welland Rose Festival began 53 years ago in 1961 and endeavours to bring home the people of Welland, past and present, to celebrate our city; it’s people, young and old, it’s history, it’s heritage, and it’s ethnic diversity, particularly through arts and culture, as well as sports festivities through traditional events such as our Juried Art Show, Rose Queen Coronation, Days in the Park, and Grande Parade. The City of Welland has always been, and continues to be, a strong partner in presenting the Welland Rose Festival celebrations each year.
Annual Juried Art Show (Date: June 15th – 20th, 2014)
The Welland Rose Festival Juried Art Show hosts more than 50 Niagara Regional artists with more than 150 works in a week long show. Our art show takes place at the Seaway Mall and has more than 75,000 visitors weekly. In addition to one of the highest art show prize monies in Southern Ontario, many of our artists have gone on to be invited to other art venues in our region such as the Welland Art Wall. Moreover,several artists have sold their works and received commissions through our show. We are excited to announce that this year our show will be welcoming back photography!
Fishing Derby (Date: June 21st, 2014)
Location: Welland International Flatwater Centre – CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
The Welland Rose Festival is pleased to announce the date and site of the 2014 annual Childrens Fishing Derby in partnership and with thanks to Mr. Stephen Fischer and the WRCC. The derby will be held at the WIFC where all the features of this beautiful facility will be available on derby day, June 21st, 2014.
In addition to plentiful shoreline and fishing platform spots the 2014 derby will see the addition of canoes, kayaks and small non-motorized craft to enhance this year’s fishing experience. We are looking forward to making this year’s childrens derby a truly enjoyable, educational and recreational event for the entire community.
Days in the Park
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Memorial Park. Join us as we commemorate this anniversary by hosting our Days in the Park weekend Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22. We are excited to have condensed our festival from month to week long, therefore you will find some of our familiar, traditional events have become a part of Days in the Park, such as Baby Show, Rose City Rising Stars, and former Street Dance, and Fitness Competition in order to provide our vibrant community with one fun filled weekend.
Add this years car and bike show, carnival, children’s hands on art and sports activities, card board kayak races to celebrity appearance by YTV’s Splatalot and new host of CHCH Tiny Talent Time; Jason Agnew and Matt Chin, as well as guest appearances by comic book heroes Wonder Woman, Dr. StEvil, Spider Man, and coming from a galaxy far, far, away; the 501st Legion of Storm Troopers. This weekend is guaranteed to be an action packed adventure!
53rd Grande Parade (Date: Sunday June 22 Time: Begins at 1:00 PM)
Hosted by the Welland Rose Festival & City of Welland
Route: Corner of East Main St. and Wellington St. down to Memorial Park Dr.
After Parade Party 60th Anniversary of Memorial Park
Follow the Grande Parade to Memorial Park for a community picnic and carnival. Join us for some old fashion community fun with traditional picnic games and prizes for all ages such as potato sack and three legged race, balloon toss, shoe kick, team tug-a-war for charity, dunk tank, hands on kids art projects, and much more. Be entertained by watching our children’s music festival Rose City Rising Stars. This fun filled day will conclude with fireworks. Come and make some memorable moments with family and friends.