Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
Thomasville Rose Show & Festival
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Upcoming Events

 

April 21-23, 2016

Celebrating 95 Years! 

Held in beautiful, historic downtown Thomasville, the Rose Festival has been a Southwest Georgia tradition since the 1920’s.  Enjoy roses, roses, and more roses, plus two parades, live music and street dance (this year featuring the Swingin Medallions), arts & crafts, fantastic food and so much more.  Plus, most events are free!  The schedule below will help you plan but don't forget to check our calendar closer to the event date for additional events during this festive week.

 


2015 Thomasville Rose Queen Pageant

 

Congratulations to our 2015 Thomasville Rose Queen and her Court: (left to right) Bayleigh Rose (4th Runner Up), Christina Sellars (3rd Runner Up), Hannah Geer (2015 Thomasville Rose Queen), Mary Margaret Ingalls (1st Runner Up), and Karson Stone (2nd Runner Up) 

 

 

 2016 Schedule of Events

All events are free unless OTHERWISE noted.

*more events will be added soon- stay tuned!*

Thursday, April 21

38th Annual Children’s Rose Bud Parade

7 pm, Broad Street, Downtown Thomasville, possibly the cutest parade featuring hundreds of area children!

Power of the Past Museum

9 am – 6 pm, 882 Airport Road (Off GA Hwy 122/Pavo Road)

Located at the Thomasville Regional Airport, the museum is home to the extraordinary personal collection of some of the oldest and rarest aircraft engines and aviation memorabilia of the James Dekle Family of Thomasville.  For more information call 229-226-3010 or visit www.powerofthepast.org.

Step into the Past at the Thomas County Museum of History

Tours available Thursday April 23, Friday April 24, & Saturday April 25 at 10am, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm, Thomas County Museum of History- Learn about Thomasville’s Victorian past, Rose Show traditions and tour six historic buildings.  For information visit www.thomascountyhistory.org or call (229) 226-7664 to schedule group visits.  Group rates available.

African American Rose Queen Educational Exhibit

10:00am-5:00pm, Jack Hadley Black History Museum- The Jack Hadley Black History Museum invites you to attend a special photograph exhibit for the 94th Annual Rose Show & Festival: a display of Thomasville’s first African American Rose Queens.  In addition, the exhibit will also include South GA- North FL Miss Black Soul Pageant winners, photos of original floats that the Queens rode in parades (created by local legend Joseph “Joe Soul” Thomas), and more.  Info: 229-226-5029

Friday, April 22

10th Annual Orchids on Parade 

9 a.m. – 4 p.m., inside the Genealogical Library at 135 North Broad Street- Showcasing orchids grown by members of the Thomasville Orchid Society in a natural habitat (members will be on hand to answer questions), free admission. 

95th Annual Rose Show

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Broad Street at Remington Avenue, Downtown Thomasville- Ribbon cutting ceremony with the Thomasville Rose Queen, Miss Hannah Geer, and local dignitaries.

Standard Flower Show 

2:00-5:00 pm, Thomasville Garden Center, 1102 Old Monticello Road, admission free- Ribbon cutting ceremony with Thomasville Rose Queen and local dignitaries.  Seated picnic luncheon/fashion show begins at 1:00 pm (tickets required for Fashion Show).

Inspection and Annual Review of Thomasville Police Department

2:30pm,  An impressive review of the Thomasville Police Department, free admission.The public is invited to witness the Annual Thomasville Police Department Review.  This Police Command Inspection will also include a community meet-and-greet with the officers.   

68th Annual Rose Parade

7 pm, Broad Street, Downtown Thomasville- Everyone loves a parade and this one is no exception!  Watch as Thomasville rolls out its “rose” carpet with colorful floats, marching bands, and much more!

18th Annual Street Dance

8:30 pm, immediately following the parade, intersection of North Broad and Jefferson Streets featuring The Swingin Medallions!  Get down and boogie with free admission - it’s fun for the entire family!

Power of the Past Museum

9 am – 6 pm, 882 Airport Road (Off GA Hwy 122/Pavo Road)

Located at the Thomasville Regional Airport, the museum is home to the extraordinary personal collection of some of the oldest and rarest aircraft engines and aviation memorabilia of the James Dekle Family of Thomasville.  For more information call 229-226-3010 or visit www.powerofthepast.org.

Step into the Past at the Thomas County Museum of History

Tours available Thursday April 21, Friday April 22, & Saturday April 23 at 10am, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm, Thomas County Museum of History- Learn about Thomasville’s Victorian past, Rose Show traditions and tour six historic buildings.  For information visit www.thomascountyhistory.org or call (229) 226-7664 to schedule group visits.  Group rates available. 

Lapham-Patterson House Tours

Tours available Friday, April 22, 1-5 pm; Saturday, April 23, 10 am – 5 pm- Tours begin on the hour from 10 am – 4 pm, last tour begins at 4 pm, Lapham-Patterson House, for more information visit www.thomascountyhistory.org or call (229) 226-7664 to schedule a group visit. Group rates available.

3rd Annual Piney Woods Plein Air Paintout!

Street painting, night painting, plantation painting- and new this year!- Quick Draw!  Prizes, parties, and just plain fun.  Non-juried, open invitation- but limited space!  You may pre-register by email to rebecca@artfromtheheart.com or call 229-319-9398.  The paint out will be accompanied by an art exhibit and sale at Wiregrass Gallery in Downtown Thomasville.  Further details and prosepctus will be sent to you and your reserved space will be confirmed when forms and fee are received.  

African American Rose Queen Educational Exhibit

10:00am-5:00pm, Jack Hadley Black History Museum- The Jack Hadley Black History Museum invites you to attend a special photograph exhibit for the 94th Annual Rose Show & Festival: a display of Thomasville’s first African American Rose Queens.  In addition, the exhibit will also include South GA- North FL Miss Black Soul Pageant winners, photos of original floats that the Queens rode in parades (created by local legend Joseph “Joe Soul” Thomas), and more.  Info: 229-226-5029

Fashion Show Luncheon

1:00-2:00pm, Thomasville Garden Center- Tickets for the Fashion Show Luncheon are $15/pp and must be purchased in advance.  Don't miss this lovely opportunity to kick-off Rose Show and Festival weekend with a delicious lunch and divine fashion!  Info: 229-228-7977

Saturday, April 23

39th Annual Rose City 10K Run

8 am, in front of the Post Office on Broad Street.  Registration information can be obtained by calling (229) 226-9878.

10th Annual Orchids on Parade

9 am – 4 pm, Continues inside the Genealogical Library at 135 North Broad Street- Showcasing orchids grown by members of the Thomasville Orchid Society in a natural habitat (members will be on hand to answer questions), free admission.

14th Annual City of Roses Car & Truck Show

Registration at 9 am, Show 10 a.m. until 3 pm around the Courthouse on North Broad Street- View unique and award winning motorcycles, cars and trucks.

37th Annual 1 Mile Run (ages 12 & under)

9:30 am, in front of the Post Office on Broad Street.  Registration information can be obtained by calling (229) 226-9878.

75th Annual Civic Garden Club Flower Show

10 am – 4 pm, Ribbon Cutting at 10 a.m. under the big top in Paradise Park.  Enjoy beautiful roses, wild flowers, horticulture settings, potted plants, hanging baskets, table settings and more!

95th Annual Rose Show

9 am - 4pm, Continues under the big top on Broad Street at Remington Avenue- Hundreds of hybrid rose varieties and breathtaking specimens will be on exhibit from growers throughout the southeast.

Art in the Park

10 am  - 4 p.m., Paradise Park- Featuring fine arts, crafts, great food and children’s activities throughout the day, including an exciting ZIP LINE!  Free admission to event.

Standard Flower Show 

10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thomasville Garden Center, 1102 Old Monticello Road, admission free, $3 donation suggested.

Power of the Past Museum

9 am – 6 pm, 882 Airport Road (Off GA Hwy 122/Pavo Road)

Located at the Thomasville Regional Airport, the museum is home to the extraordinary personal collection of some of the oldest and rarest aircraft engines and aviation memorabilia of the James Dekle Family of Thomasville.  For more information call 229-226-3010 or visit www.powerofthepast.org.

Step into the Past at the Thomas County Museum of History

Tours available Thursday April 21, Friday April 22, & Saturday April 23 at 10am, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm, Thomas County Museum of History-  Learn about Thomasville’s Victorian past, Rose Show traditions and tour six historic buildings.  For information visit www.thomascountyhistory.org or call (229) 226-7664 to schedule group visits.  Group rates available.

Lapham-Patterson House Tours

Tours available Friday, April 22, 1-5 pm; Saturday, April 23, 10 am – 5 pm; tours begin on the hour from 10 am – 4 pm, last tour begins at 4 pm, Lapham-Patterson House, for more information visit www.thomascountyhistory.org or call (229) 226-7664 to schedule a group visit. Group rates available.

5th Annual Due South

12 Noon until 11 pm, Building 209, Remington Avenue- A celebration of the authentic southern connection between land, family, and tradition.  Due South pairs bountiful local foods, chefs, makers and music for a lively event in Downtown Thomasville.  General admission and VIP tickets available. For more information call (229) 228-0588, www.thomasvillearts.org.

3rd Annual Piney Woods Plein Air Paintout!

Street painting, night painting, plantation painting- and new this year!- Quick Draw!  Prizes, parties, and just plain fun.  Non-juried, open invitation- but limited space!  You may pre-register by email to rebecca@artfromtheheart.com or call 229-319-9398.  The paint out will be accompanied by an art exhibit and sale at Wiregrass Gallery in Downtown Thomasville.  Further details and prosepctus will be sent to you and your reserved space will be confirmed when forms and fee are received.  

2015 Rose City Golf Classic (Saturday AND Sunday)

Held at the Country Oaks Golf Course from 8:30am-4:00pm on Saturday. 4/23 AND Sunday, 4/24.  2 person team tournament with morning and afternoon tee times on both days.  Teams can choose their Saturday tee times, and Sunday tee times will be determined by their flight.  *Regular play will be limited on both days.* Contact Mike Owens for more information: 229-225-4333, mikeo@thomasville.org 

24th Annual Bark in the Park

Come see the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society in Paradise Park!  This is lots of fun for dog lovers- bring your pooch and enjoy the fun!  Registration begins at 10:00am and the event runs until the early afternoon.  All dogs must be on a leash with appropriate tools to clean up any accidents. 

African American Rose Queen Educational Exhibit

11:00am-4:00pm, Jack Hadley Black History Museum- The Jack Hadley Black History Museum invites you to attend a special photograph exhibit for the 94th Annual Rose Show & Festival: a display of Thomasville’s first African American Rose Queens.  In addition, the exhibit will also include South GA- North FL Miss Black Soul Pageant winners, photos of original floats that the Queens rode in parades (created by local legend Joseph “Joe Soul” Thomas), and more.  Info: 229-226-5029

 

Please Note:  Event listings may not be complete due to printing deadlines.  More events will be added soon- please check back!

 

Call the Thomasville Visitors Center at 229-228-7977 or Toll Free 866-577-3600 for further information. 

 


 

VENDOR AND PARADE INFORMATION

Rose Bud Parade Particpants:

Applications are not available yet; please check back.

 

Rose Festival Parade Participants:

Applications are not available yet; please check back.

 

Art in the Park Food and Crafts Vendors:

Applications are not available yet; please check back.

 


 

 For more information on particpation the 2016 events, please contact the Thomasville Main Street Office:

Thomasville Main Street, P.O. Box 1540, Thomasville, GA 31799
229-227-7020, Fax 229-228-4188 – Email: saraht@thomasville.org