RoSfest (The Rites of Spring Festival) made its debut in 2004 at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania until 2007 when it moved to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania for two years,2008 and 2009. In 2010 for the 6th festival it had relocated to the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where it ran for eight years. 2019, the festival moved to its current location at the Sarasota Opera House in Sarasota, Florida.
The festival is known for importing some fantastic talent from around the world including Flor de Loto (PE), Anglagård (Sweden), Spock’s Beard (US), Riverside (Poland) IQ (UK), Magic Pie (Norway), Unified Past (US), Pain of Salvation (Sweden), Lazuli (France), RPWL (Germany), Ambrosia (US), Kinetic Element (US), The Flower Kings (Sweden), Evership (US), among others.
December 26, 2020, George Roldan announced on the official RoSfest Facebook page that; “The Rites of Spring Festival says “Goodbye, for now”, the COVID -19 pandemic had made continuing the festival unsustainable. However, on February 1, 2021, George Roldan posted another announcement stating that RoSfest would continue under new management.
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RoSFest Inc. (Rites of Spring Festival) is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to foster live musical
performances to benefitting Bands and Artists. RoSFest also works with
and in the community to bring tourism and music to Sarasota, Florida.
In 2022, RoSFest celebrates its 17th anniversary, and its second year
at the beautiful Sarasota Opera House following a 15 year run in the
historic town of Gettysburg, PA.
Sarasota is packed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during RoSFest
with amazing Musicians performing from around the World. Locals and
tourists alike enjoy Florida’s beautiful weather, the dynamic musical
performances during the three day festival, as well as local shops,
beaches, and eateries.
Fundraising happens throughout the year from charitable solicitation,
sponsorships, and planning other events. Such events serve to bring
people together in a unique way and promote local art, activities, and
a community feeling. The money raised from the events goes toward
funding RoSFest and the artists it supports, but also goes back into
the community through the support of local businesses.
The volunteer-run RoSFest Committee works tirelessly throughout
the year to plan and get the festival weekend ready – we live, love,
and breathe Music.