So much to do...!
Rochester is known as "Festival City," with festivals almost every weekend from late spring through the fall. Plus, everyday there is something to do-from performing arts to museum exhibits to musical recitals-and of course, if it's Rochester-there's plenty of PLAY! Be sure to check the calendar for daily activities.
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Celebrate seaside amusements in all of their beeping, blipping, vibrant and gaudy glory. Stroll down a boardwalk that evokes the heyday of 19th century resorts like Coney Island and Atlantic City. Play pinball and arcade games, spin a wheel of fortune, snap a photo with beach props and cut-outs and much more.
Music, arts and crafts exhibits, outdoor dining and unique shopping.
Introduction to Rock Climbing. Ages 2-92 are successful. If you can climb a ladder, you can climb with us. Learn valuable climbing and rope holding skills. Under 18 years requires your parent sign our waiver. All ages climb; must be 12 years and older to be rope holder.
From the world’s largest collection of cameras, the evolution of photography is illustrated, -- including the camera that shot the flag-raising at Iwo Jima, the only complete NASA Lunar Orbiter, and a Technicolor movie camera that filmed many MGM classics … plus many cameras that you and your family used to own!
With "singing" Tesla coils, this exhibition experience features dazzling displays of lightning set to music. Be mesmerized by zaps of lightning appearing just a few feet away in our newest visitor experience, Electricity Theater! This science show experience features a dazzling display of indoor bolts of musical lightning produced by twin solid-state Tesla coils. Watch the dark theater become splashed with light, and allow that spark in you to ignite as you explore the excitement of electricity and all that goes with it: Lightning, conductors, insulators and storm safety. www.rmsc.org
Drill hands-on into construction trades and complete actual electrical, plumbing, architectural and building tasks! Fun for the whole family. Use your hands and minds to: - Maneuver a giant crane to move bricks on the “job site.” - Run wires through 2x4-studded walls to build a simulated working electrical system. - Install plumbing for a sink as well as install a p-trap for outflow. - Stretch your design and math muscles while creating structures with KEVA Planks. Also, hear from local professionals! Local electricians, plumbers and other construction professionals narrate their story of building the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on campus at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
In the late 19th century and early 20th century, René Lalique’s jewelry, and then his beautifully designed glass objects and vessels, made him an influential figure in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. His work was acclaimed at the international industrial expositions, particularly the 1900 and 1925 Paris Expositions. Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by Lalique and His Contemporaries surveys the extraordinary glass art created by Lalique and his European contemporaries, including Marinot, Herbst, Gallé, and Val St. Lambert, through design drawings, trade catalogs, period photographs, and rare books from the Rakow Library’s special collections. For more information, call (800) 732-6845 or (607) 937-5371, or visit www.cmog.org.
This major exhibition will bring together glass, jewelry, production molds, and design drawings by René Lalique (French, 1860─1945), dating from about 1893 to Lalique’s death in 1945. As a successful jeweler Lalique experimented with glass in his designs, which eventually led to a career in which he fully embraced the material. His aesthetic choices in his designs informed the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in France, and the objects he created have become iconic reflections of these periods. Lalique also embraced industrial innovations, like mass production, allowing luxury glass to be placed in more and more households around the world. For more information, call (800) 732-6845 or (607) 937-5371, or visit www.cmog.org.
By Special Agreement with GFour Productions By Special License from The Owner Jeanie Linders’ Company Book and Lyrics by Jeanie Linders. Menopause follows four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! A show for a "ladies night out" at MGR Downtown at the Auburn Public Theater!
Relax and enjoy summer on Casa Larga's patio with a Rochester food truck, live music, wine, local beer and wine slushies. New this year - tableside bar service! $10 per person includes your first glass of wine, beer or wine slushie. Bring a chair or enjoy our picnic tables for an evening of wine and music by the vineyard. Groups welcome, call Cathy Fabretti 585-223-4210 for details.
Free annual concert series along the canal at the Port of Pittsford Park on Friday evenings, featuring a variety of musical styles throughout the season; open to the public. Port of Pittsford includes a new band pavilion and improves amenities for baoters - potable water, electrical hookups and additional dock space.
Downtown Batavia Public Market , Every Thursday, June 19th - September 25th, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. We've Moved To: Bank Street & Alva Place Parking Lot (Across From Jerome Center) Market Features: Fresh Baked Goods, Produce & Fruit, Flowers, Herbs, Wine, Handcrafted Quilts, BBQ Sauce, Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Alston, and lots more... Interested Vendors Contact The B.I.D. At: 585-344-0900.
Beginning Thursday, June 19th we are pleased to offer a live jazz trio in CHAR Steak & Lounge from 5:30-8:30 PM. Proudly featuring local talent from the Eastman School of Music.
Music, Food Trucks, Buskers & More!
Power cities, build cars, harness wind and fire catapults! Dive into a hands-on exploration of the inventive process and see what you can do
Jackson Square Concerts, 7-9pm, Every Friday from June 27th-August 29th: June 27th: Stone Row (Celtic Rock) July 4th: Northbound Rebels (Southern Rock) July 11th: Mitty & The Followers ( MoTown) July 18th: Kelly's Old Timers (Country) July 25th: Bonnie & Collide ( R&B /Blues) August 1st: It's My Party (60's Hits) August 8th: Ghost Riders (Country & Ghost Riders Drum & Bugle August 15th: OHMS Band (Soft Rock) August 22nd: C'est Bon Dance Band (Cajun) August 29th: Bluesway Band (Blues / Classic Rock) Opening Acts On June 27th, July 25th & August 22nd will be ensembles from the Genesee Symphony Orchestra (GSO) Concerts Are Free, Bring Your Own Seating, Rain Days In Batavia City Centre (Former Genesee Country Mall) on Main Street. Food & Refreshments Available: Sweet Ecstasy Bakery & Bistro
Joyful Rescues will be showing dogs and cats up for adoption at Webster PetSmart, 917 Holt Rd. Stop by and see us!
The park is open seven days a week throughout the summer. Wild Game Safari Tours run Sundays-Thursdays 10am-5pm, and Fridays and Saturdays 10am-7pm. Season passes available on-line, or call 585.535.4100. Visit our website for a list of all prices and hours.
Join in a festive musical march through the museum galleries. Included with general museum admission fees.
The Annual Sterling, NY Renaissance Festival is a re-creation of an English festival around the time period of Queen Elizabeth I. Authentic jousting, demonstrating artisans, live theatre, music and dance and delicious foods.
Moms, Dads, Grandparents, or caregivers, are invited to bring your little ones (children pre-K to second grade) to the WCNY courtyard for Sit.Stay.Read story times! Participate in fun activities, and listen to stories. The event may be moved inside depending on the weather.
A diehard Washington Senators fan sells his soul to the devil so his favorite team, The Washington Senators, can beat the hated Yankees and win the pennant. As his alter ego, the gifted ball player navigates tricky waters and learns what's most important in life. With classic hits such as "Ya Gotta Have Heart," "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal Mo," and "Whatever Lola Wants," this sporty musical comedy hits it out of the park! Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical!
One of Rochester's most popular free concert series, Bands on the Bricks brings the Rochester Public Market to the evening set with live music through the summer months! 2014 Bands on the Bricks will be run on Fridays. Gates open at 5:30 pm and the music runs 6-10 pm.
See website for concert listings.
In an improv comedy show, the audience provides suggestions to the comedic performers who then create hilarious scenes immediately without any further preparation. Improv Comedy Battles are a type of competition where the improvisors compete for the audience's affection. Based on audience suggestions, and audience scores. Perfect for those who have never seen improv before, first dates, birthday parties and bachelor/bachelorette celebrations.
July 13–September 21, 2014 in the Grand Gallery Summers at MAG are dedicated to the art of upstate New York. On alternating years, the Gallery presents juried and invitational exhibitions that showcase regional artists working in a variety of media. For the 6th Rochester Biennial, the Gallery’s director and curators have selected these six exceptional artists: Juan-Carlos Caballero Perez, Rochester (metalwork) Richard Hirsch, Churchville (ceramics) Jeff Kell, Rush (ceramics) Kumi Korf, Ithaca (prints, artist’s books) Lynette Stephenson, Hamilton (painting) Kim Waale, Manlius (installations) Each Biennial artist will present about half a dozen new works.
"At the Water's Edge" is a featured exhibition of framed prints by Image City Photography Gallery partners Dick Bennett and Carl Crumley. Dick's photos are of various bridges over the Genesee River through Rochester. Carl's images are from the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Guest artists include Michelle Turner and members of the Rochester Photo Editing Group. Opening Reception is on Friday, July 18 from 5:00 to 8:30.
Scream Campout Live! is New York's most terrifying, original and unique horror camping experience. Our scare environments, special effects, and interactive scare actors will place you in the nightmare of your life. Campers will navigate around a series of outdoor environments thru out the night. Walk through a slaughter house, chainsaw maze, graveyard, and other scare scenes. You will encounter total darkness, strobe lighting, latex, sudden loud noises, live scare actors, and scent effects which are intended to frighten you. Play zombie paintball as zombies are attacking you and watch horror movies. Campers must be 18 or older.
50 bell carillon will play an open air concert. National and international artists will play. Bring a picnic, friends, and seating. Free, open to the public, enjoy University of Rochester's beautiful campus and arboretum. Parking behind Rush Rhees Library. Rain or shine.
The world’s most beloved musical, as you’ve never seen it before! Jean Valjean steals a loaf of bread to feed his starving family. From this simple act of desperation springs a classic tale of broken dreams, passion, obsession, and redemption, set against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution. Whether it’s your first time experiencing this enthralling story, or your 101st, you won’t want to miss this thrilling score and this timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit! Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.
Enjoy a fun-filled summer at The Strong! Rejoice in new themed activities every weekday with playful pursuits that include arts and crafts, music and dance, and imaginative play. Be on the lookout for special guests, storytelling, and celebratory surprises. This week: Test your hula hooping and hopscotch skills, try your hand at cup stacking, make a sport-inspired craft, and more. On Monday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to noon, meet a player from the Rochester Red Wings and mascot Spikes and on Tuesday, July 29 at 3 p.m., enjoy a performance by dancers and musicians from the American Travelling Morrice dance company.
William Weinert, conductor
The Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking (RRCAHT) is hosting an event at The Little Theatre on July 29th that is bringing International Anti-Trafficking activist Matt Friedman and his sons to Rochester, for a presentation on HT geared towards youth. Matt Friedman and his son Brandon will introduce a new action-based campaign, BREAKING THE LINKS, to raise young people’s awareness about human trafficking. Human trafficking is a $32 billion criminal industry affecting 27 million people worldwide; this program aims to engage young people in the fight against modern day slavery. Sponsored by the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the event is free and open to the public.
Enjoy a free, informal lecture by Studio faculty members and renowned glass artists, Kenny Piper, Loren Stump, Richard Parrish, and Vladimir Klein. At The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call (607) 438-5100 to confirm speakers’ dates, which are subject to change.
Introduce little ones to the Museum at Little Gather events. Ringo Brill, Tiffany Nicely, and Gabriel Gutierrez have studied in Cuba, Brazil, Mexico and West Africa. By using authentic instruments from three continents they are able to take their audience on a trip through time and across oceans. Their music traces the path of rhythms and musical instruments from Western Africa to North and South America and the Caribbean. 9:30 a.m. for groups (reservations required) & 11:00 a.m. for the general public; admission is free for everyone. Adults must pay Museum admission if exploring the galleries after the show. For program details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 438-5113.
It's summer in Rochester and that means there is only one thing to do - Throw a "Girls' Nights Out: Sundresses & Sandals Party!" Enjoy a three-course fondue dinner for $29.95 per person. Only $24.95 per person if you wear a sundress & sandals! Enjoy $5 Specialty Cocktails and $6 Glasses of Wine all evening. Call for reservations and details.
Nimrod Wildfire: A genre-busting outfit featuring Blue Avengers co-founder Bob Miller at the helm, Nimrod Wildfire plays guitar-centric, British-inspired rock throughout Rochester.
Agricultural exhibits, farm animal competitions, technology and space exhibits, concerts, motor sports and amusement park attractions.
The Urban League of Rochester, NY is pleased to announce its Third Annual Mixer for the Black Young Professionals of Rochester (BYP). This exciting mixer is a social for professionals to gather and network amongst one another. We are inviting you to join us for an evening of fun and networking as we recognize distinguished members, sponsors and supporters. Professionals of 21 and up are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event.
Polish foods and music favorites will be featured at this year's Polish Arts Festival.
3 days of live salsa, cultural events, celebrity guests, and much more
August 1 - September 27 Opening Reception: Friday August 1, 6-10pm Artist's Talk: Saturday August 2, 1pm State of the City 2014 features monumental installations by Ron Klein (Philadelphia, PA) and The Shua Group (Jersey City, NJ), each encouraging us to think differently about our surroundings. Shua Group creates movement based artworks which encourage deep listening, human exchange, and spatial and perceptual transformation. Ron Klein's complex and varied installations grow out of his pseudo-anthropological creative practice. Presented in partnership with The Memorial Art Gallery and Howard Scott Gallery. Special Fringe Festival Events: Open Circle: September 24 & 26 at 7pm Embracing the Rochester Contemporary Art Center as a space for exchanging ideas, art, and music, Sound ExChange invites the community to participate in an open-house concert. When the Sun Comes Down: September 27, 3pm and 8pm A Halloween Poetry Reading with audience participation. Come, see, hear and participate in the art of Halloween. Come dressed for the occasion or just as you are.
When Chloe’s mom goes into the hospital to have a baby, the only thing that can make it better is an evening at Grandma’s. Grandma has something special: a book that’s been hidden away in the attic gathering dust - an epic adventure involving a prince, a servant, three circus performers, a pirate, a fairy, a witch,& a dwarf. Part action, part romance, part adventure, part comedy, The Kingdom Next to Fid will enchant adults while still being suitable for children 10 and up. Don’t miss the world premiere of this magical play by two of MuCCC’s own artists in residence! It’s the greatest story you never heard of.
The Glorious Garlic Festival takes place in the middle of the vineyards of Fox Run, August 2 & 3, 2014 11:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. Feast on food flavored with fresh garlic, enjoy festival vendors including regional garlic farmers, pick up a tip from local Finger Lakes chefs garlic cooking demonstrations. Soak up some sunshine and picturesque views of Seneca Lake while listening to great musical entertainment. Be amazed by a CMOG flame-worker and refreshed by the award-winning, hand-crafted wine. FREE Admission & Parking.
The purpose of the festival is to bring the diverse community together to celebrate and share the African/African American Heritage and Culture through Education, Music, Dance, Spoken Word, Art, Health & Wellness and more.
Come to Lima in Livingston County for the famous Crossroads Festival! Enjoy a day full of food, and plenty of family fun, including a lima bean recipe contest.
I have been introduced to the sweetest family who can really use our help. Olivia Nealon has a heart disease that only allows one side of her heart to function properly. She has already had two surgeries in the short 10 months that she has been alive and she will need at least one more. I am having a large vendor show with about 30 vendors PLUS many many prizes being raffled off in addition to a 50/50 raffle!! We are also raffling off a Xbox ONE for our large ticket item. Some of the other items are tickets to Seabreeze, tickets to the Knighthawks, Joke Factory tickets & so many more!! The event is from 11:00am-4:00pm at Gates Town Hall. Some of the vendors that will be there are Holy Cow Cookies, Celebrating Home, Tupperware, 31, Scentsy, Vinyl Sign Depot, Celebrating Home, Party Lite, For Tails Only, Kettle Corn and soo soo many more!! There will be face painting for the kids along with Going to the Dogs Rescue group with pet adoptions!! This will be Olivia's birthday weekend and she is turning one the day before the benefit!! Let's give this little girl and her family something even greater to celebrate!