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Red Rose Festival


2016 Red Rose Festival




We will have Zumba at the Main Stage at 10AM Led by 

Sandy Barfield




The Red Rose City is gearing up for the seventh annual Red Rose Festival, to be held Friday, May 20 from 6-10pm and Saturday, May 21 from 10am-10pm.  Look for this award-winning event to deliver another great weekend of live music, arts and crafts, children’s games and rides, dog show, car show, and (best of all) free admission.  This year’s music line-up offers something for every taste – from Southern Rock and Beach Music to Soul and the Best of the ‘90’s.  Those who love original works of art will find artists and craftsmen lining the downtown streets, offering a myriad of works handcrafted in the Carolinas.   At the Historic Springs House, visitors will find the Red Rose Photography Exhibit, an annual contest hosted by Lancaster County Council of the Arts.  Children will flock to the “Kids Korner”, with an impressive variety of activities and  Lancaster County School District’s kick off for “I Love to Read” program. Everyone in the family will enjoy the dog show, where prizes will be awarded for most adorable puppy, best smile, largest and smallest, couch potato, terrific pet trick, golden oldie, wiggliest tail, and best of show.  Memory Lane Cruisers is sponsoring a car show to benefit Wounded Warriors Project and a dunking booth will benefit local non-profit agencies. In addition to the vast array of festival fun offerings, look for free Tap-Snap photos and a large-screen television to be given away at the end of the event.


The annual signature event for the Red Rose City has become widely-known for delivering great live performances and 2016 will be no different.  Opening the festival on Friday is locals’ favorite Shiny Pines, followed by Myrtle Beach rock group, The Mark Robert Band.  New this year, the Society for Historical Preservation will sponsor Whiskey All-Star Grass indoors at the Cultural Arts Center from 12-2pm on Saturday.  At the Main Street stage on Saturday, Summerdaze gets the party started at noon, with Lancaster Shag Club following to teach shag lessons in preparation for the next two bands.  When Carolina Soul takes the stage at 2pm, festival-goers will be dancing in the streets and will not want to rest through the next performance by Tim Clark Band, the Carolina’s premier dance, shag, and party band.  90’s music lovers will “have a blast” with Gump Fiction and the crowds will be standing-room only for the festival’s wrap-up band, Outshyne when they bring their own brand of “country with a rock feel”.


When the festival opens at 6pm on Friday, visitors will enjoy live music and plenty of festival food vendors to choose from.  Saturday’s activities will be kicked off at 7:45am with “Lancaster Runs”, a 5-K race for charity, with festival activities beginning in the historic district of the Red Rose City at 10am.  Starting off with Zumba led by Sandy Barfield.  Sponsors of the seventh annual Red Rose Festival include Rapid Signs, The Lancaster News, Nutramax, Petsense, ArrowPointe Credit Union, 104.1 The Bridge, Interstate 107 FM, and the City of Lancaster. 


Make plans now to come to See Lancaster, S.C. on May 20 and 21 with your friends and family to start your summer season with downtown festivities and fun.  For more information, visit, email, or call 803-286-1145.