The Festival has recently overhauled its selection process, introduced in 2019, which changed Rose Centers’ annual participation to bi-annually, with exceptions for larger Centers, including San Francisco, who are to participate twice out of every three years. Due to the Festival’s new format, San Francisco was not slated to send a representative in 2020, regardless of the cancellation due to COVID-19.  For more information click here.  Due to this setback, will not be hosting a selection until 2022.

Why become a Rose?

Participating in the Rose of Tralee is an unforgettable opportunity for young women. Partaking in the local selection alone is a fantastic event in which the participating Rose entrants may make life-long friends, memories, and connections. Entrants will enjoy special events organized by the San Francisco Rose Center throughout the selection process. 


If selected, the lucky young woman is titled "The 2022 San Francisco Rose" and will be flown to Ireland to participate in the Rose of Tralee International Festival, which features Roses from all over the world, and take part in all the festival has to offer - including Nationwide television coverage and huge press attention. Accommodation and meals will be courtesy of The Rose of Tralee International Festival. 


Prize Includes

* Expenses for a round trip ticket to Ireland to participate in the Festival, held in Tralee, Co. Kerry

* An all-expenses-paid stay in Ireland courtesy of The Rose Of Tralee International Festival

* Photos taken the night of the event which may be used as press photos for Ireland

* Rose Tiara, Sash, and Waterford Crystal Rose

* Tipperary Crystal jewelry set

* Plus other gifts from our sponsors


Learn more about becoming a Rose from Róisín Hunt (2010 San Francisco Rose).

Ideal candidates are young women of Irish birth or Irish descent, between the ages of 18 to 30*, residing in the Bay Area who are willing and able to participate in the selection night as well as pre-selection events organized by the San Francisco Rose Center during the months of January and February. 


Application Fee: $75.00

Applications for 2022 not currently being accepted. 

Email for more information.

To be collected by the Rose Center after application is accepted.

* Anyone who would have been eligible to apply to enter in 2021 and will now be over the age limit for Festival 2022, will still be eligible to take part. This will be a one-off exception, and rules will return to normal thereafter.

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