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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01/25/2015 - 01/31/2015

Ongoing Events

Cameras from the Technology Collection

  • Date(s): 06/01/2011(No End Date)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Museum admission

AWS!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!

Electricity Theater featuring Musical Tesla Coils

  • Date(s): 07/02/2013(No End Date)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Various—see
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see

AWS!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.

Under Construction: Building Careers Exhibition

  • Date(s): 01/10/2014(No End Date)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: During regular Museum hours—see
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see

AWS!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.


  • Date(s): 06/01/2014(No End Date)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: During regular Museum hours—see
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see

AWS!Imagine & discover a world you cannot see! Get the family together & become enthralled by the worls of nanoscale science, engineering & technology in an exciting interactive exhibit. Hands-on components present the basics of nanoscience & engineering, introduce some real-world applications, & explore the societal & ethical implications of this new technology.

Going for Baroque: Mini-recital on the Italian Baroque Organ

  • Date(s): 09/14/2014(No End Date)
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: Every Sunday at 1 & 3 pm
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: Included in Gallery admission

Going for Baroque: Mini-recital on the Italian Baroque Organ Recurring weekly on Sunday Times: 1 and 3 p.m. Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. Admission: Included in Gallery admission Going for Baroque is a weekly series of mini-recitals featuring students at the Eastman School of Music performing on the Italian Baroque organ.

Jr. Americans Premier Games

  • Date(s): 09/26/2014 - 02/08/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Check website / see below for event times
  • Location: Bill Gray's Iceplex 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Road
  • Contact: Brendon Bleier
  • Phone: (585) 424-4625
  • Admission: $7 Adult; $3 12-17; Kids under 12 accompanied by an adult are free

The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) is an American ice hockey league. Founded in 2012, the USPHL has 36 organizations from across the Eastern Seaboard of the United States fielding teams in Premier, Elite, Empire, U18 and U16 divisions.

9/26 - 7pm. 9/27 - 7pm.  9/28 - 1pm. 10/3 - 7:30pm. 10/4 - 1pm. 10/5 - 11am. 12/13 - 7pm. 12/14 - 11am. 1/3 - 7:30pm. 1/4 - 11am. 1/17 - 7:30pm. 1/18 - 11am. 1/25 - 11am. 2/7 - 7:30pm. 2/8 - 9am.

LEGO® Castle Adventure

  • Date(s): 10/04/2014 - 02/01/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: The Strong Museum
  • Contact: Shane Rhinewald
  • Phone: (585) 410-6365
  • Admission: Age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

AWS!Be a knight, be a princess, or become a noble craftsman using one of the greatest building materials of all time—LEGO bricks! Explore the majestic castle and sit upon the royal throne. Included with general museum admission fees.

Thursday Nights at the Winery.

  • Date(s): 11/27/2014 - 05/14/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5:30-8:30pm.
  • Location: Casa Larga Winery
  • Phone: (585) 223-4210
  • Admission: Free

Unwind with us Thursday nights with a glass of wine, a wine slushy or a pint of craft beer, while listening to music! Thursday nights are Wine Flight Nights with small plate tastings.

Robert Kirschbaum's The 42-Letter

  • Date(s): 12/12/2014 - 04/12/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11-5pm, until 9pm on Thursdays
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: included in gallery admission

Robert Kirschbaum's The 42-Letter Name December 12, 2014–April 12, 2015 in the Lockhart Gallery Fusing Judaic concepts of sacred space with forms derived from traditional South Asian religious art, Robert Kirschbaum’s The 42-Letter Name is a meditation upon divinity, creation and faith. Each page of the folio references a letter of one of the secret names of God. Kirschbaum’s invented language of mystical symbols evokes Hebrew letters, the sacred space of the Temple and Jewish ritual objects. Robert Kirschbaum's The 42-Letter Name The artist has said “many layers of memory are invested in this work,” including preparations for his bar mitzvah, an industrial arts class in high school, and a 1966 visit to MAG as an undergraduate which sparked his life-long love affair with Indian art.

Little Shop of Horrors

  • Date(s): 01/13/2015 - 02/15/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: various, visit for more info.
  • Location: Wilson Mainstage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd.
  • Contact: Geva Theatre Center Box Office
  • Phone: (585) 232-4382
  • Admission: Tickets from $25

A hapless skid row floral assistant becomes and overnight sensation - and gets the girl of his dreams - when he discovers an exotic man-eating plant. This delightfully demented, charming and tuneful family musical blends doo-wop, rock and Motown into an affectionate cult classic send-up of B-movie horror flicks and the American Dream. From the award-winning songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.

Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby

  • Date(s): 01/25/2015 - 03/29/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11-5pm,until 9pm on Thursdays
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: included in gallery admission

Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby January 25–March 29, 2015 Wayne Higby is one of the most important second-generation artists of the post-World War II American ceramic studio movement. Currently chair of the ceramics department at SUNY-Alfred, Higby gained national attention in the early 1970’s for innovative raku-fired vessels based on the Colorado landscapes of his childhood. After a visit to China in 1991, his work underwent a dramatic shift. He began working with slabs of glazed porcelain that continued to reference landscape, but as a focal point of meditation. “I strive to establish a zone of quiet coherence, a place full of silent, empty space where finite and infinite, intimate and immense intersect,” he says. This first retrospective of Higby’s work includes 55 ceramic pieces from 1967 through 2012, including his studies for the largest hand-cut architectural installation in the world—the monumental Earth Cloud wall sculpture at SUNY-Alfred.

Touching on Water: Paintings by Thomas Paquette

  • Date(s): 01/28/2015 - 03/29/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily
  • Location: The Rockwell Museum
  • Contact: The Rockwell Museum
  • Phone: (607) 937-5386
  • Admission: Admission fees vary

The theme of this exhibition emerged like a hidden spring bubbling up. So many of the works in Thomas Paquette’s oeuvre feature views of water in its various incarnations, that it became an obvious touchstone for an exhibition. “Touching on Water” is a collection of over 60 of his paintings in oil and in gouache dating from 1992 through 2014, each composition brought to focus by some form of water, the almost-too-common-to-be-noticed element, be it a lake, rain, river, or snow. The omnipresence of water in a water-blessed land, coupled with our absolute dependence on it, often renders it invisible to conscious attention. Paquette’s paintings make it reappear to our eyes and minds, reminding us to pay attention to this most common but extraordinary element in our daily lives. Thomas Paquette (b. 1958, Minneapolis) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Bemidji State University in 1985 and began painting full-time just after earning his MFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1988, which he attended on a full graduate fellowship. He maintained a studio in Maine in the 1990s and now lives and works in Pennsylvania. His landscape paintings have been featured in solo exhibitions in prominent galleries in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Maine as well as in solo exhibitions at the Rockwell Museum, Evansville Museum of Art, Erie Art Museum, Georgia Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the Wildling Art Museum, the American Academy in Rome, Bennington Center for the Arts, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, Quick Center for the Arts, and Roger Tory Peterson Institute, among other museums and contemporary art centers. Paquette is the recipient of several fellowships and honors, including artist residencies at the American Academy in Rome, at the Aegean Arts and Cultural Exchange (Greece), and at three U.S. National Parks (Acadia, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain). He was awarded a three-year residency-fellowship from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Miami, from 1989-91. From his studios in Maine and Pennsylvania, he completed several large commissioned works for government, corporate, and private collections. His paintings have also been selected to hang in sixteen U.S. embassies on five continents. He has lectured in the U.S. as well as in Greece, Wales and England. From January 2015 until March 2015, an exhibition of 65 of Paquette’s paintings created in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, travels to museums from California to Indiana and New York.

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