Rosie Rally Home Front Festival

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Did you miss this year's Rosie Rally Home Front Festival? Check out these pictures and news articles!

2018 Rosie Rally Photo Gallery

 The Many Faces of Rosie the Riveter-Richmond Pulse

Enjoying Rosie Rally Day-the Bay Area Reporter

After gunning for a world record, Rosie Rally Home Front Festival keeps it simple, family-friendly-East Bay Times

French visitors give new perspective to Rosie Rally-the Richmond Standard

Local Rosie the Riveter plans to attend ‘Rosie-themed’ Richmond event next month-Times-Herald News

Don’t miss this year’s Rosie Rally Home Front Festival! Once again, on August 11th, we will gather to celebrate the legacy of Rosie the Riveter, an icon for women across the world.

Join us for this free and family-friendly event for fun, festivities, great food, costume contests, dancing and more!

TIME: 11 am to 4 pm
DATE: August 11, 2018
LOCATION: Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way S, Richmond, CA 94804

This year, instead of breaking the Guinness record, we encourage everyone to update Rosie or represent home front occupations in creative ways, or to come in traditional garb to join the largest Rosie celebration and festival yet! This year’s event will honor original WWII Rosies and home front workers and celebrate the ordinary people from many backgrounds, races and communities across the U.S. who stepped up to extraordinary challenges during WWII.

Getting to the Rally

Tidelines Water Taxi will be running special boats from several locations. For tickets, route times, and more info, go to: 
The shuttle service will run between the Richmond BART station and the Craneway Pavilion starting at 10:30 am.
#74 bus also runs from the Richmond BART station to the Craneway Pavilion throughout the day.
Parking will be available at the Craneway and along nearby streets.
The Bay Trail provides easy bicycle access. Bike parking will be in front of the Visitor Center. There will not be an attendent at the bike parking, make sure to bring a lock! 

Costume Contest

2018 Rosie Rally Home Front Festival will feature an exciting Costume Contest with 5 unique categories:

  • Best Traditional Rosie Costume – Pay homage to the iconic “We Can Do It!” woman herself, and give us your best Rosie the Riveter outfit – coveralls, polka-dot bandanna, and all!
  • Best Non-Rosie Home Front Worker – The Home Front wasn’t just Riveters! Nurses, welders, electricians, victory gardeners, and more all did their part to help the war effort.
  • Best Parent/Child Costume – Make it a family affair and come in matching attire, or give us your take on a Home Front theme.
  • Best Authentic 40’s Period Costume – Dust off your skirt suits and shoulder pads, and slip on those saddle shoes! What would Rosie (or Roger) have worn on a day off?
  • Most Creative Interpretation of Home Front History – Here’s your chance to get those creative juices flowing. You might come as a Liberty Ship, a Victory Garden, a Ration Book, or anything else you can dream up!

A grand prize Audience Favorite will be chosen from the winners of the contest categories above!

This event is a family celebration of the WWII Home Front effort, so we ask that you keep costumes G-rated and leave all battlefront paraphernalia (real or reproduction) at home.

Rosie Rally What to Wear!

Swing Dance Lessons!

Liz Etler will be joining us at 1:30 pm to give free swing dance lessons! Liz will be teaching the Lindy Hop along with other popular dance moves from the 1940's. 

Home Front History Hike

Karen Buchanan will be leading a history walk from the Craneway Pavilion to the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in the Marina Park and back. Join Karen for a short hike and the a chance to learn more about the history of the Home Front! The Home Front History Hike will start at 2:00 pm and will meet by the Eucalyptus Tree in front of the Visitor Center. 


This year we have a great lineup of talented local and international artists! We will be joined by: Janet Austin, Howard Wiley, Joe Orrach, Artemio Posadas, Valerie Troutt, Mitch Butler, and Berkeley Bluegrass Trio.

Don't miss supporting the Trust through Rally Day shopping at the Columbia Sportswear Company Employee Store!  
Rally attendees can pick up a wristband and explore a terrific array of discounted outdoor and recreational gear on August 11th10% of all purchases made will go to support the Rosie the Riveter Trust. 
Wristbands will be available at the entrance to the Craneway and at the Trust Table. You can also pick up passes to shop later and still benefit the Trust; passes can be picked up at the Craneway Pavilion entrance, the Trust Table, and the Visitor Center.
Columbia Sportswear Co

Admission to the Rosie Rally Home Front Festival is completely free!

Check back soon for further details!

Are you an original WWII Rosie or Home Front Worker planning to attend the Rally? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know about any special accessibility needs. 


Thank you to our sponors! 


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Interested in sponsoring this event? Sponsorships are available starting at $1000. Contact Marsha Mather-Thrift, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.




Rosie the Riveter Trust (ID # 94-3335350) — PO Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807-1126 — (510) 507-2276

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