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May Events That ROC

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 9:00 AM by Visit Rochester Staff

With the weather warming up, there’s plenty to do around Rochester and the Finger Lakes this May!  If we're not out at the Rochester Lilac Festival, you can find us at one of the many other events happening around town. We've pulled together the following list of top events and activities you don't want to miss when you #VisitROC this May.

Festival Fun

2018 Rochester Cocktail Revival

May 1-6, Host Bars

4th Annual Nitrate Picture Show

May 4-6, George Eastman Museum

Flower City Days

May 6, May 13, May 20, May 25, May 27, May 28, Rochester Public Market

120th Annual Rochester Lilac Festival 

May 11-20, Highland Park

* For more festival information, check out our official guide to the 2018 Lilac Festival!

Roc City Rib Fest

May 25-28, Barnard Fireman’s Field in Greece, N.Y.

Lilac Festival

Taking The Stage (And Screen)


May 1-6, Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Trevor Noah

May 4, KODAK Center

Kevin Hart

May 5, Blue Cross Arena

Steel Magnolias

May 8-June 3, Geva Theatre


May 11, The Little

Avenue Q

May 11-27, Blackfriars Theatre

Carmen In Concert

May 24-26, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Hitting The Field & Race Course

2018 Rochester Knighthawks Playoffs

May 4, Blue Cross Arena

MVP Health Care Rochester Twilight Criterium

May 19, Downtown Rochester

Comedy @ The Carlson Night ft. The Batting Stance Guy

May 25, Rochester Red Wings Baseball

Crossing the finish line at the Rochester Twilight Criterium

Family Funtastic

2018 Opening Day-Wild Safari Tours

May 4, Hidden Valley Animal Adventure

Pig-A-Palooza & Farm Day

May 5, Lollypop Farm


May 5, Nazareth College Arts Center

Opening Day & Mother's Day

May 12-13, Genesee Country Village & Museum

Discover Neverland Weekend

May 19-20, The Strong Museum of Play

Season Opening

May 20, New York Museum of Transportation

Special Events

World Video Game Hall Of Fame Celebration Weekend

May 5-6, The Strong Museum of Play

Eastman Entertains: At The Movies

May8-20, George Eastman Museum

Night At The Market

May 11, Rochester Public Market

Sonic the Hedgehog and Link at the Strong in Rochester, NY

Eat & Drink

Cinco De Rhino

May 5, Seneca Park Zoo

RMSC After Dark Presents: Space Ball

May 12, Rochester Museum & Science Center

Rohrbach's "Meet The Brewer"

May 24, Via Girasole Wine Bar


May 25, Seneca Park Zoo

Food Truck Rodeo 

May 30, Rochester Public Market

There are so many things to see, do and experience when you visit Rochester this May!  Whatever you choose to do, share your adventures in Rochester with us using #VisitROC!

Author: Visit Rochester Staff

Visit Rochester staff share the inside scoop on Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.