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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ImageOut: The Rochester LGBT Film Festival, 10 days of more than 40 programs and 90 films from around the world.
ZooBoo offers a range of animal presentations, live entertainment, games, crafts and activities for children of all ages. Little tykes are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters or animals and take part in a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt around the Zoo, and, because ZooBoo is held during daylight hours, everyone can take pleasure in the real stars of the event — our animals! New this year: 50 cents from each ZooBoo ticket will be donated to Healthy in Harmony. October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26.
This exhibition celebrates the legacy and impact of James Card, the museum's first curator of motion pictures, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Every Tuesday, Eastman students, faculty, and alumni present free concerts on the organs at Christ Church. Get a taste of Eastman culture during your lunch break! The church houses two of Rochester's most prized instruments. The Craighead-Saunders Organ is a scientific process reconstruction of an instrument that still exists today in Vilnius, Lithuania, created by the central German organ builder Adam Gottlob Casparini in 1776. It is perhaps the only instrument in the United States where one can hear the music of Bach as it would have sounded during the Baroque era. Standing opposite, the Hook & Hastings Organ represents the American Romantic tradition, featuring original pipes from 1862 and 1893. "Tuesday Pipes" concerts are held during the lunch hour to give you a break from your busy week. Stop on by Christ Church this coming Tuesday to hear eclectic music by Eastman organists, then grab a bite at one of the many local cafes and bistros across the street!
Wild Game Safari Tours will resume May 1, 2015 and run through October 31, 2015. Please see our 2015 Operating Calendar for park hours as they change throughout the season.
This tour consists of a two-hour leisurely walk of about one mile on paved roads and uneven terrain. Subjects covered include local history, famous people (including Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass), horticulture, geology, architecture, symbolism, and more.
Admission: $5 per person (except May 10 -- see Mother's Day Special). Free for members and children under 16 (when accompanied by a paying adult).
Meet: North Gatehouse, Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
Don't miss Max at the Gallery's weekly Tapas Night. Visit the museum (half price admission from 5 to 9 pm), listen to live music, and enjoy wine, beer and tapas plates for purchase. No reservation necessary!
Sample Saturdays: every Saturday Grand Cru Chocolates & Nuts puts out a free sampling of delicious treats. From artisan chocolates to fresh roasted nuts to gourmet snacks and drinking chocolates - there are different samples to try each week. We want you to try the exquisite and unique items we have so stop in to experience the Grand Cru difference!
Enjoy local produce, cheeses, meats and other local products all under the tent at Casa Larga Vineyards each Sunday, June 21 through October 25 (except for September 13), from 10:00am-2:00pm. Check out www.casalarga.com, or call 585.223.4210 for more information.
Meet, party and sing along with one of North America's most well known entertainment companies. Learn more about opportunities with the NIK organization! Show of what you got! Simply the most fun karaoke program in town - because attendees are from all walks of life
Join Geeks Who drink. The areas premier Trivia Quiz Masters every Monday from 8-10p. Win prizes and test you knowledge against other teams.
August 28–November 29, 2015 in the Lockhart Gallery This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. Jacob Lawrence’s portfolio of 22 serigraph prints tells the story of militant abolitionist John Brown, whose mission to overthrow black slavery in America at any cost helped spark the start of the war. This powerful set of images, based on the artist’s original gouache paintings created in 1941, is notable for its abstract forms, pure colors and minimal, yet evocative, detail.
September 4 - November 15 Opening Reception: Friday September 4, 6-10pm Artist Talk: Saturday September 5, 1pm First Friday: October 2 & November 6, 6-10pm Printed Matter - Print Club of Rochester’s Annual Print Fair: Friday October 2, 6-10pm Brooklyn Bridge features five New York-based emerging artists, exhibiting together for the first time. The exhibition aims to create new connections, bringing a range of thoughtful and unique artworks to Rochester. Brooklyn Bridge is presented in partnership with the Memorial Art Gallery and Robert Henry Contemporary.
A selection of Carl Chiarenza's large format Silver Prints will be on display in ARTISANworks' Elizabeth Gallery and NEW Gallery Q! Chiarenza is a Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus of Art History, and Artist-in-Residence, at the University of Rochester. He was Fanny Knapp Allen Professor there (1986-1998). At Boston University (1963-1986), he was Chairman, Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Art History. He also taught at Smith College and Cornell University. Born 1935, in Rochester NY, he received an A.A.S. (1955) and a B.F.A. (1957) from Rochester Institute of Technology, a M.S. (1959) and A.M. (1964) from Boston University and the Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1973. Chiarenza has lectured and taught workshops at over 100 institutions in 33 states since 1966. He is the author of numerous essays and of the critical biography, Aaron Siskind: Pleasures and Terrors (Little, Brown, Boston, 1982). His photographs have been seen in over 80 one-person, and in over 260 group exhibitions since 1957. OPENING RECEPTION Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 from 6-9p.m. $12 Free to GEH and ARTISANworks members FREE
BROOKLYN BRIDGE September 4 – November 15, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday September 4, 6-10pm Artist Talk: Saturday September 5, 1pm First Friday: October 2 & November 6, 6-10pm Printed Matter - Print Club of Rochester’s Annual Print Fair: Friday October 2, 6-10pm Brooklyn Bridge features five New York-based emerging artists, exhibiting together for the first time. The exhibition aims to create new connections, bringing a range of thoughtful and unique artworks to Rochester. Brooklyn Bridge is presented in partnership with the Memorial Art Gallery and Robert Henry Contemporary.
This outrageous parody tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Embarking on their quest to find the Holy Grail, the Knights' shenanigans include flying cows, beautiful show girls, killer rabbits, and flatulent Frenchmen - all while performing heart-stopping and hilarious musical numbers. Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Come on out and take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own special pumpkins from the vine. Enjoy over 35 thrilling activities and animals on the farm. There is fun for all ages!
Looking for one last weekend adventure before Monday morning ruins your mood? Nox Cocktail Lounge hosts Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz every Sunday night at 7:30 PM - and best of all, it's free! Kick back with a Harry Potter themed cocktail and a Soylent Green burger while the Quizmaster leads you through 8 rounds of the geekiest pub quiz in town. You can play by yourself or on teams of up to 6 people so gather your fellowship of hobbits, elves, dwarves, and wizards. What's in it for me, you ask? First place wins a $25 Nox gift certificate; second place wins a $15 Nox gift certificate. Correctly answer a bonus question and you will win a free drink. Nothing to lose, everything to gain. See you there, geeks.
Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, in association with Eastman School of Music jazz students, presents THE GROVE PLACE JAZZ PROJECT each Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. A different jazz ensemble will be featured each week, showcasing the talents of Eastman School of Music students and other jazz artisans.
As the largest apple-producing county in New York State – Wayne County Tourism is partnering with 12 farms, farm markets, wineries, and a distillery in the area to host the tour, which includes “Tasting Weekend” on Oct. 9-12 (Columbus Day Weekend). Apple Tasting Tour activities include U-Pick Apples, Wine/Spirits/Hard Cider Tastings, Apple Tastings, and Kids Activities (hay rides & playgrounds, petting zoos, crafts, etc.)
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES has audiences and critics alike calling it “A MUSICAL WORTH SINGING ABOUT!” (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss. Based on true events, NEWSIES tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are. NEWSIES was brought to the stage by an award-winning creative team. It features a score by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Jack Feldman (The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride) and a book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), with choreography by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific) and direction by Jeff Calhoun (Big River). Now is the time to seize the day with NEWSIES.
Join us as we go over the essentials of creating ice cream at home--with hands-on demonstrations and tastings. We will review fall flavor inspiration, sourcing ingredients, and pairing ice cream in creative ways. You can look forward to making: essential vanilla bean custard, pumpkin-goat cheese custard, and apple-honey ice cream. Please note: This class will take place at Eat Me Ice Cream's location in The Hungerford Building at 1115 East Main St. Rochester, NY 14609 (Door #1, Room #148), just down the street from Rochester Brainery.
Frédéric Chopin 205th Anniversary Concert. Supported by Patricia Ward-Baker.
Live boxing has returned to Rochester, NY This fight card World Class Boxer Hector Camacho Jr., Milos Pantelic, Rochester's shining star: Lavisas Williams, Renan Ruiz along with a full array of amateur fighters.
Following critically acclaimed engagements in NYC, Edinburgh, London, and Australia, Billy Hayes brings back his riveting one-man show to Rochester. In a dynamic performance, Billy recounts the true story of his time in Turkish prisons and his brazen, harrowing escape. It’s an epic journey of self-discovery, a cautionary, yet uplifting tale of desperation, determination and personal transformation. Hayes was arrested at the Istanbul airport in 1970 with two kilos of hashish taped to his body. The Turkish High Court sentenced him to life in prison. Five years later, Billy escaped from Imrali Island prison in the dead of night – rowing 17 miles across the Sea of Marmara in a raging storm. Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes is about the prisoner, an intimate, gripping memoir that can only be told by the man who lived it. Each performance followed by a talkback with Billy.
During this FREE event, explore the life and times of composer Felix Mendelssohn and learn more about the European cultural atmosphere surrounding the composition of his most famous choral/orchestral work, the beloved oratorio Elijah. Rabbi Peter Stein of Temple B'rith Kodesh and Roy Kirvan, Ph.D, speak about the language, the scriptural background and the composer's illustrious forebears. This is the first in a series of weekly presentations hosted by the Rochester Oratorio Society and the University of Rochester Humanities Center in preparation for the performance of Mendelssohn's masterwork by the ROS on Friday, October 30, 2015. Information about Mendelssohn and his world may be found at www.rochester.edu/College/humanities/. Concert tickets are available at www.ROSsings.org.
Stokoe Farms Harvest Fest is OPEN for Columbus Day weekend activities! Head out to Rochester Favorite Farm and play on over 35 activities, including; zip lines, two bounce pillows, the Famous Buffalo Bills Rex Ryan Corn Maze, farm animals, train, giant slides, pedal karts and so much MORE! Don't forget to pick your own special pumpkin and stop into the Reindeer Rest Stop for lunch.
Sponsored by Dr. Eva Pressman and Dr. Seth Zeidman.
Rochester Americans 2015-16 Home Opener at the Blue Cross Arena Pre-game Happy Hour presented by Molson/Coors with $2 drafts and live music in the upper atrium bar area.
It's Autumn Festival of Ales time again -- the most unique beer festival in the State of New York! Featuring over 40 brews made by CB Craft Brewers exclusively for their prestigious Private Label partners, along with CB Brand beers such as The Caged Alpha Monkey IPA. Enjoy live music by "The High Falls Drifters", hand-rolled cigar demonstrations, the Annual Mercy Flight "People's Choice Chili Cook-off", new product releases and the gorgeous fall setting of Honeoye Falls, NY. Tickets $35 in advance, $45 at the festival. For complete listing of ticket sales go to www.cbcraftbrewers.com or TicketMaster.com
Smetana: The Moldau; Nicolas Bacri: Piccolo Concerto Notturno; Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Join us for Jazz Happy Hour as we continue to celebrate our 40th birthday with Fatima (featuring Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Fatima is a European soul singer who blends her Bosnian roots with contemporary pop and creates an expressive delivery infused with charged emotions and connectedness with her audience. Her delivery permeates through the crowd with a moving power that gives you chills. She finds a way to express her troubled youth through songwriting and uses it as a therapeutic outlet that both heals and hurts. Her songs embody pain and love at the same time. It is her expressive songwriting that secured her gigs at the Rochester International Jazz festival, Rochester Auditorium Theatre, Blue Cross Arena and Sahlen’s Stadium opening for multi-Grammy winners such as The Whispers, Clarence Carter, Regina Bell, Lenny Williams and Marvin Sapp just to name a few. Currently Fatima is recording her debut album due to come out in early 2016.
Celebrate the Amerks 60th anniversary season Pre-Game Happy Hour with $2 Molson and Coors Light Drafts and live music in the upper atrium bar area.
Meet and take photos with Sid. Explore the exhibit and create your own science journal, just like Sid’s! Stop by Science Stations to experiment with magnets, use magnifying glasses, build catapults, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.
What could be more fun than trick-or-treating? Trick-or-treating at the Zoo, of course! Each year hundreds of families dress in their Merry-Not-Scary best and enjoy the autumn splendor of the Zoo. With trick-or-treat stations, costumed characters and special treats for the animals, ZooBoo is an experience your family won't soon forget.