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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04/20/2014 - 04/26/2014

Featured Events

The Phantom of the Opera

  • Date(s): 04/16/2014 - 04/27/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues./Wed./Thurs: 7:30pm Fri: 8:00pm Sat: 2:00pm & 8:00pm Sun: 1:00pm & 6:30pm
  • Location: Rochester Auditorium Theatre - 885 E.Main Street
  • Contact: Rochester Broadway Theatre League, Inc.
  • Phone: (585) 222-5000
  • Admission: Begins at $37.50

Following an acclaimed sell-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will make its premiere in Rochester as part of a brand new US National Tour. Hailed as “Stunning, intense and spectacular” by the Sunday Express, this production features a brilliant new design by Paul Brown, costumes by the much missed Maria Björnson, a new staging by Laurence Connor – director of the recent acclaimed 25th anniversary celebration at the Royal Albert Hall – and new choreography by Scott Ambler. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh.

The Odd Couple

  • Date(s): 04/22/2014 - 05/18/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Various. Visit for details.
  • Location: Wilson Mainstage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: (585) 232-4382

One of Neil Simon’s most recognizable and timeless comedies. Fastidious Felix is thrown out by his wife. His only refuge is with best friend, Oscar, a recently divorced sportswriter whose apartment is a study in slovenly chaos. Friends, yes, but with decidedly different approaches to life, to love – and yes, to housework – the results are side-splitting laughter and classic comedy. The trials and tribulations of this peculiar pair trying to create their new, unmarried lives have been entertaining audiences for nearly 50 years.

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 eventFrom 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
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see

AWS eventWith "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 eventDrill 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.

Math Midway exhibition at RMSC

  • Date(s): 01/17/2014 - 04/27/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Regular Museum Hours—see
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center 657 East Avenue
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see

Math Midway is held over through April 27! A hands-on tour of mathematical concepts,Math Midwayis a carnival-themed experience that showcases the exciting and surprising activities that relate mathematical principles. Visitors see how mathematics can be an experimental science, how it can be a lens through which to view a situation, and how it can be a fun activity. Dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Visitors can: Ride the square-wheeled tricycle Spin the Universal Wheel of Chance! Play with puzzles including The Ruler that Missed the Mark Dare to challenge the Ring of Fire! Make their own harmonic pattern with the Mysterious Harmonograph This exhibit is sure to add to visitors’ enjoyment, multiply their amazement, and expand their powers of perception. Math Midway is created as part of the Museum of Mathematics.

Eduardo Paolozzi’s General Dynamic F.U.N.

  • Date(s): 01/31/2014 - 05/04/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11-5pm, until 9pm on Thurs
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Admission: included in gallery admission

Eduardo Paolozzi’s General Dynamic F.U.N. January 31–May 4, 2014 in the Lockhart Gallery From across the ocean, British Pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005) absorbed American popular culture with delight and dismay. His 1970 portfolio of screenprints and photolithographs General Dynamic F.U.N. featured 50 dizzying images drawn from the artist’s personal collection of American magazines and comics. Influenced by the collage aesthetic of the Surrealist and Dada movements, Paolozzi poured iconic images of 1960s America—Liz Taylor, television sets, robots, motorcycles, Mickey Mouse and Mr. Peanut—into the blender of his unconscious mind and set it to spin.

Animation Exhibit

  • Date(s): 02/01/2014 - 04/27/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Regular museum hours
  • Location: The Strong National Museum of Play
  • Admission: Age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

AWS eventExplore the new Animation exhibit to experience firsthand the many processes used in the art of animation—from the original concept to the finished product. Included with general museum admission fees.

Dirty Dozen: The Outlaw Printmakers

  • Date(s): 04/03/2014 - 05/11/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Opening Reception: April 3rd 6-9pm
  • Location: Rochester Contemporary Art Center
  • Contact:
  • Phone: (585) 461-2222
  • Admission: $1 / free for members

The Outlaw Printmakers is a diverse group of accomplished working artists and artist/teachers from across the US. The artists’ styles differ, however all are dedicated to fine printmaking using contemporary, social/political, and sometimes edgy imagery. The Outlaw Printmakers: Tom Huck, Dennis McNett, Sean Starwars, Artemio Rodriguez, Derrick Riley, Bill Fick, Carlos Hernandez, Julia Curran, Ryan O’Malley, The Amazing Hancock Bros (John and Charles Hancock), Drive By Press (Joseph Velasquez and Greg Nanney). The April 3 Opening Reception will include a one-night-only Print Fair of affordable works by the Outlaw Printmakers. An Artist Talk with three artists will take place on April 5 at 1pm. The Print Club of Rochester will host a First Friday Print•a•Fair on May 2, 6-10pm. Dirty Dozen will premiere Tom Huck's new monumental artwork The Tommy Peepers a 5’ x 10’ woodcut triptych that took 3 1/2 years to complete. Dirty Dozen will be accompanied by a Special LAB Space Exhibition: Surveying Print: 84 Years of editions from the Print Club of Rochester.

Matisse as Printmaker: Works from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation

  • Date(s): 04/06/2014 - 06/08/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm, until 9pm on Thursdays
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave.
  • Admission: included in gallery admission

April 6–June 8, 2014 in the Grand Gallery Henri Matisse may be best known as a painter and sculptor, but this exhibition sheds light on his prolific and innovative career as a printmaker. Drawn from the extraordinary collection of Matisse prints that once belonged to the artist’s son Pierre, Matisse as Printmaker includes approximately 63 etchings, monotypes, aquatints, lithographs, linocuts in black and white, and two-color prints—examples of every printmaking medium that Matisse utilized. The exhibition, which the Washington Times said “refreshes the typical view of Matisse,” underscores the importance of his work in series, as well as the standing, seated, and reclining nude. On view concurrently will be an exhibition of contemporary ceramics by the painter’s great-grandson, Alex Matisse.

Joyful Rescues Adoption Event

  • Date(s): 04/12/2014 - 06/14/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 11:30- 2
  • Location: 917 Holt Rd
  • Admission: Free

Joyful Rescues will have volunteers at Webster PetSmart, 917 Holt Rd, on every Saturday from 11:30-2:00, showing some of their adoptable dogs and cats. Joyful Rescues, established in 2002, is a non-profit, no-kill, New York State Inspected animal rescue. View all available dogs and cats online at

Earth Day Event and Student Competition Exhibition

  • Date(s): 04/22/2014 - 04/22/2014
  • Times: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Location: 111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Sustainability Hall
  • Admission: FREE

This event is free and open to the public. Join us on Earth Day for an exciting morning of activities for all ages! Come for the Free Food & stay for the competitions, exhibits, and guest speakers. -Undergraduate & Graduate teams from our R&D Student Competition will be exhibiting. -We will also have posters on display from our K-12 Student Poster Competition. Winners will be chosen during the event at the LEED Platinum Certified Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT. -Free movie & popcorn: WALL-E -Local community groups and researchers exhibit their NYSP2I supported projects. Businesses share their eco-friendly initiatives and hiring/work experiences available to recent college graduates.

Earth Day Foodie Fundraiser

  • Date(s): 04/22/2014 - 04/22/2014
  • Times: 6-9 pm
  • Location: New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 S. Main Street
  • Contact: Meg Joseph
  • Phone: (585) 742-1690
  • Admission: $75

Calling all foodies! Iroquois White Corn, the same nutritious food that sustained the original Seneca people of this area, is the focus of the “Earth Day Foodie Fundraiser” to benefit Friends of Ganondagan at the New York Wine & Culinary Center (NYWCC) in Canandaigua. On Tuesday, April 22 from 6-9 pm, Chef Jeffory McLean, Lead Chef Instructor at the NYWCC, serves up heirloom Iroquois White Corn with a 21st century twist. Dishes will feature the Iroquois White Corn in varied presentations from appetizers through desserts. Tickets are $75 and include a variety of food tastings, a hands-on kitchen experience, educational presentations, a silent auction and cash bar. Presenting Sponsor for the evening is The Pike Company, with Edible Finger Lakes as the media sponsor. The fundraiser supports the Friends’ varied cultural and educational events and programming which connect the community with the living culture of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) through Ganondagan State Historic Site. Tickets can be purchased by check or credit card through Friends of Ganondagan, PO Box 113, Victor, NY, 14564, (585) 742-1690, or securely online through PayPal; visit

Edgy Roars: Music from the Golden Decade

  • Date(s): 04/23/2014 - 04/23/2014
  • Times: 12:10-12:50pm
  • Location: Hochstein School of Music & Dance
  • Contact: Cheri Trimble Miller
  • Phone: (585) 454-4403
  • Admission: free

Edgy Roars: Music for violin and piano from the Golden Decade Pia Liptak, violin, Ines Draskovic, piano. Music by Ravel, Antheil, Copland. Broadcast on WXXI Classical 91.5 FM with Mona Seghatoleslami as host.

Newsboys- We Believe Tour

  • Date(s): 04/23/2014 - 04/23/2014
  • Times: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Roberts Wesleyan College, Voller Athletic Center, 2301 Westside Dr.
  • Contact: Roberts Wesleyan College Box Office
  • Phone: (585) 594-6008
  • Admission: $25 in advance/$30 at door

NEWSBOYS “We Believe” Tour with Rapture Ruckus, 7eventh Time Down & Bob Lenz When: April 23, 2014 7:00 PM Where: Roberts Wesleyan College – North Chili (Rochester), NY General Admission Tickets: $25 at Door $30

Annual Student Art Show

  • Date(s): 04/24/2014 - 04/27/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9AM - 5PM
  • Location: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Contact: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Phone: (800) 732-6845
  • Admission: Free

Discover the extraordinarily creative talents of more than 2,000 local students on display at this year's Annual Student Art Show at The Corning Museum of Glass. The Student Art Show includes the works of students from elementary, middle and high schools in the Corning area. The artwork in the high school and middle school level is judged in 20 different media. No Museum admission is required to see the show.

Artists-in-Residence Lecture: Alison Lowry and Jong Pil Pyun

  • Date(s): 04/24/2014 - 04/24/2014
  • Times: 12PM - 1PM
  • Location: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Contact: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Phone: (800) 732-6845
  • Admission: Free

Hear the April Artists-in-Residence discuss their work and projects at The Studio during this informal lecture. At The Studio. Free and open to the public; no reservations required.

Piano Celebration III

  • Date(s): 04/24/2014 - 04/24/2014
  • Times: 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Location: Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Avenue
  • Contact: Cheri Trimble Miller
  • Phone: (585) 454-4403
  • Admission: $5 individual/$10 family. There will be a reception following the performance.

Hochstein piano faculty members will join together on Thursday, April 24 for Celebration of the Piano III, a Spotlight on Faculty concert featuring music for 1-piano, 1-hand to 4-piano, 16-hands. Program highlights will include: Scriabin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 for the Left Hand, Schubert-Liszt Soiree de Vienne No. 6, Ginastera Danza de la Moza Donosa (solo piano); J.S. Bach “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 3 in G Major and Dvorak Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G Minor (2-piano, 8-hands); Latin duets for 2-piano, 4-hands. A special highlight is a performance of George Faust’s Five Variations on an Original Theme performed by Jane Faust, the composer’s wife. The exciting concert finale will be “Gallop, Gallop, Gallop,” a special arrangement of famous, horse-riding-inspired tunes (including Kabalevsky's Comedian’s Gallop, Rossini's William Tell Overture and Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld) for 8 Pianists (arranged by Hochstein adult student, Tom Acquaviva). Performers will include pianists Paula Bobb, Wenqing Bouche-Pillon, Yi-Wen Chang, Richard Delaney, Jane Faust, Doleen Hood, Gary Palmer, and Lourdes Santiesteban.

FEST NOZ : Breton Dance Event

  • Date(s): 04/25/2014 - 04/25/2014
  • Times: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
  • Location: Nazareth College of Rochester
  • Contact: Hannah Barry
  • Admission: $5 at the door

Experience the unique French-Celtic culture of our sister city, Rennes, France. The Rennes-Rochester Committee of International Sister Cities of Rochester (ISCOR) with the support of the Nazareth College Foreign Languages & Literature Department invites you to a Fest Noz or Breton dance event. Everyone is welcome, whether you're a good dancer or not! Montage Dance Band and dance instructor Werner Ceusters will be there to guide everyone in these easy and convivial folk dances in the George Dance Studio of Nazareth College. Admisson : $5 Please RSVP to Hannah Barry,, by April 18th

High Falls Film Festival Mini Fest

  • Date(s): 04/25/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: See Website for times
  • Location: various locations
  • Admission: See website for tickets

A two day film festival as a preview of the full film festival in October (10/23-10/26) presenting some of the finest in independent films from around the world celebrating the cinematic achievements of women. Films will be shown at The Little Theatre, the Cinema Theater and the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

High Falls Film Festival, special screening of "In the Rough"

  • Date(s): 04/25/2014 - 04/25/2014
  • Times: Friday, April 25,2014
  • Location: The Little Theatre (theatre #1)
  • Contact: Mary Reed
  • Phone: (585) 279-8312
  • Admission: $12.50

Rochester premiere of "From the Rough," a film based on the inspiring true story of Coach Catana Starks, the first woman to coach an all-men's collegiate team. The film was produced by Michael J. Critelli, former Rochesterian and Bishop Kearney graduate (1966) who went on to become the Chairman and CEO of Pitney Bowes and a leading advocate for diversity and the advancement of women in business. Critelli's son, Mike, wrote the screenplay.

Jim Witter's "Piano Men"

  • Date(s): 04/25/2014 - 04/25/2014
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Location: Callahan Theater at Nazareth College Arts Center
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: (585) 389-2170
  • Admission: Premium $60/Orchestra $45/Value $30

"Piano Men" salutes two of the world’s most popular contemporary songwriters—Elton John and Billy Joel. Led by Dove and Juno Award nominee Jim Witter and his live band, this multimedia concert also brings back the memorable headlines, automobiles, people, events, toys, and TV shows that shaped a decade. With classic hits like “Your Song,” “My Life,” “Candle in the Wind,” and “Just the Way You Are,” Piano Men promises to be an entertaining evening celebrating the music of a generation. Sponsored by Kathleen and Jim Leo

After Hours Co-Ed A cappella Presents: Duality - The Album Release Show

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 8pm-10pm
  • Location: Strong Auditorium - University of Rochester River Campus
  • Contact: Rei Ramos
  • Admission: $10

The University of Rochester's Co-Ed A cappella group, After Hours, will be having a family-friendly Spring show on April 26th at Strong Auditorium (located on the U of R campus). This performance will feature covers of well-known artists such as Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Usher and many more. There will be fun, laughter and possibly a riff-off, Pitch Perfect style. The concert will also debut our newest album, Duality, which will be on sale at the venue. Tickets are $10 for the general public and can be purchased at the door. We hope to see you there!

Building Community through Dance

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Location: Penfield High School Auditorium
  • Contact: Abbey Burns
  • Phone: (716) 949-9608
  • Admission: $17 pre-sale and $20 day-of

Building Community through Dance A fusion of Irish, Modern, Urban, and African Dance On April 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm, several performing artists from the Rochester dance community will come together for a dance concert held in the newly refurbished Penfield High School Auditorium. The performance will be an eclectic evening produced by Drumcliffe Parents Organization. It will be featuring works by Edward J. Murphy Jr., artistic Director of Drumcliffe Irish Arts. Other works from guest artists will include: Presence Tense Dance under the direction of Anne Wilcox, Rochester dance Project under the direction of Kathy Diehl, PEAC under the direction of Pharaoh Diaby, and a new work by Pharaoh Diaby and Marcus Bowens. Special performance: Drumcliffe Irish Dancers will perform a collaborative work of African dance, drumming rhythms, and Irish clogging. Ticket prices are $17.00 pre-sale ($15.00 for seniors and students with valid high school/ college ID) or $20.00 at the door. Pre-sale tickets for the event are available for purchase at: The Irish Import Shop – 2590 Ridge Road W., Rochester, NY (585) 225-1050 Marianne’s Consignments – 792 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY (585) 442-6910 The objective of the performance is to expose the community to the rich culture of dance in this area and build community support and unity through dance. All proceeds benefit Drumcliffe Dance and the Not for Profit Dance community.

Civil War Encampment

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 9am-10pm, 9am-4pm
  • Location: Medina
  • Contact: Derek Maxfield
  • Phone: 5853430055*6288

The Civil War Encampment is returning to Medina April 26th and 27th, come experience what the war was like.

GCC Fashion Show

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 3pm and 7pm
  • Location: GCC Batavia Campus
  • Phone: (585) 343-0055

There will be two shows one at 3pm and the second at 7pm, the show will be followed by a reception.

Open House

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 9am-1pm
  • Location: GCC Batavia Campus

Rochester Woodworkers 28th Annual Showcase and Competition

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 9am - 4pm
  • Location: Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center
  • Contact: B. Templar
  • Phone: (585) 582-2067
  • Admission: $5.

Rochester Woodworkers Society 28th Annual Showcase and Competition to be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. The Showcase is open to the public and will include both juried and non-juried work of RWS members. The Showcase will also include workshops by nationally known period furniture maker, Peter Follansbee as well as demonstrations by RWS members throughout the day.

Rochester Woodworkers Showcase

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 9am - 4pm
  • Location: Rochester Museum and Science Center, Eisenhart Auditorium

Rochester Woodworkers Society 28th Annual Showcase and Competition to be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. The Showcase is open to the public and will include both juried and non-juried work of RWS members. The Showcase will also include workshops by nationally known period furniture maker, Peter Follansbee as well as demonstrations by RWS members throughout the day.

Rochester Woodworkers Society 28th Annual Showcase

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: 9am - 4pm
  • Location: Rochester Museum and Science Center, Eisenhart Auditorium
  • Contact: B. Templar
  • Phone: (585) 582-2067
  • Admission: $5.00

Rochester Woodworkers Society 28th Annual Showcase and Competition to be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Eisenhart Auditorium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. The Showcase is open to the public and will include both juried and non-juried work of RWS members. The Showcase will also include workshops by nationally known period furniture maker, Peter Follansbee as well as demonstrations by RWS members throughout the day.

RPO Pops Series: An Evening with Curtis Stigers

  • Date(s): 04/26/2014 - 04/26/2014
  • Times: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM, Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM
  • Location: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
  • Contact: Eastman Theater Box Office
  • Phone: (585) 454-2100

Jeff Tyzik, conductor Curtis Stigers, vocalist A favorite at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, jazz vocalist and saxophonist Curtis Stigers joins the RPO for selections from his songbook, ranging from jazz and pop to country, folk, blues, and classic R&B.

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