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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12/14/2014 - 12/20/2014

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.

Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by Lalique and his Contemporaries

  • Date(s): 05/17/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9AM - 5PM
  • Location: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Contact: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Phone: (800) 732-6845
  • Admission: Included in Museum Admission

AWS!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

René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass

  • Date(s): 05/17/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9AM - 5PM
  • Location: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Contact: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Phone: (800) 732-6845
  • Admission: Included in Museum Admission

AWS!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


  • 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.

World’s Largest Glass Pumpkin

  • Date(s): 09/08/2014 - 01/05/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9AM-5PM
  • Location: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Admission: Free

Enjoy the bounty of the Finger Lakes region, then stop at the Museum to see the world’s largest glass pumpkin! On display in the GlassMarket September 8 – January 5. Watch how it was made by our expert glassblowers.

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.

Innovation in the Imaging Capital

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House, 900 East Ave
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Museum Admission

AWS!This exhibit celebrates the entrapeneurial spirit of Rochester, NY. For decades, Rochester was known as the imaging capital of the worls, and its scientists & engineers were awarded more patents per capita than nearly any other city in the U.S. Innovation & invention by Rochester's imaging companies paved the way for the world we now live in. The exhibition will highlight Rochester's major contributions to the imaging story, showing technology of today made possible by inventions from Kodak, Xerox, and Bausch & Lomb.

Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House, 900 East Ave
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Museum Admission

AWS!The exhibition examines the dramatic and historical demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms. The photographs taken between 2005-2010 speak to sites & events related to key corporations (Kodak, Agfa, Ilford). As an artist working in photography for the past 30 years, Burley has been both an observer & a participant in this radical transition. This exhibition addresses both the emergence of a new technology as well as the abrupt & rapid breakdown of century old industry.

Saturday dance party!

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014 - 01/17/2015
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday
  • Times: 7:15 to 11:00 PM
  • Location: Inikori Dance Studio
  • Contact: Jonah Inikori
  • Phone: (585) 271-6840
  • Admission: $20 w/ lesson, $13 w/o lesson

1st Saturdays Ballroom and Latin dance parties at Inikori Dance has become one of Rochester's best ballroom and Latin dance parties. 50 - 100 dancers come together every first Saturday of the month to enjoy great dancing on one of Rochester's best dance floors. The music selection is excellent! Music styles include Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Hustle, Samba, V. Waltz, Quick Step, Salsa, W.C. Swing, and much more. This dance is attended by dancers of all levels. A great spread of food is provided for the dancers.

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.

Infinity Boxes by Matt Elson

  • Date(s): 10/18/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11a - 5 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: included with gallery admission

Infinity Boxes by Matt Elson October 18, 2014–January 4, 2015 in the Grand Gallery and exhibition galleries Engage your inner artist! Nine “infinity boxes” created by California artist Matt Elson use color, light and mirrors to create optical illusions that envelop viewers who peer inside. Elson has said, “They are a form of contemporary portraiture that is tuned to social media. Typically, two people will walk up, look in from each side, put their heads in the box, be surprised/get happy, then spontaneously take out their phones, photograph each other and publish those pictures via the web.”

Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books

  • Date(s): 10/19/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11-5pm, until 9pm on Thurs
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 Universtiy Ave
  • Admission: included in gallery admission

Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books October 19, 2014–January 4, 2015 This exhibition presents the most extensive public showing ever of original illustration art from American publishing’s best loved and most important picture-book series, Little Golden Books. Launched in 1942—the first full year of America’s involvement in the Second World War—Little Golden Books made high-quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and their parents. Among the artists who contributed to the ambitious series were greats of the European émigré community (including Garth Williams, Feodor Rojankovsky and Tibor Gergely) who had gathered in New York as the European situation worsened; alumni of the Walt Disney Studios (including Gustaf Tenggren, Martin Provensen, J.P. Miller and Mary Blair), who came East for the artistic freedom and control associated with picture-book making; and such American originals as Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry and Hilary Knight. Sixty masterpieces of original illustration art by these and other artists—chosen from the vast Random House archive—will be featured in the exhibition, including examples from such picture-book classics as The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, Home for a Bunny, The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse, The Color Kittens and I Can Fly.

DINOSAURS Exhibition

  • Date(s): 10/25/2014 - 01/25/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Monday–Saturday: 9am–5pm Sunday: 11am–5pm. See holiday hours at
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 697-1944
  • Admission: Various: See

Dinosaurs are back and thundering through the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Walking, hatching and teeth gnashing, more than a dozen prehistoric creatures of land and sky join mighty T. rex in DINOSAURS—a traveling exhibition. Adding to the thrills, the dinosaurs actually roar and move. Built using advanced computer programming technology, the animals’ motion is amazingly fluid, lifelike and brilliantly complex. Hop into the model dig site, get hands-on with robotics to make dinosaurs move, feel a dinosaur skin replica and more. Photo opportunities with dinosaurs are available to the public.


  • Date(s): 11/02/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Sunday - Noon-5pm Tuesday-Saturday - 10AM-5PM
  • Location: Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St.
  • Admission: Admission $6, Members, 12 & under: Free

Quilts=Art=Quilts is the Schweinfurth Art Center's 34th annual juried quilt exhibition. The exhibit will feature 77 quilts by 73 artists from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Contemporary Heirlooms from the Cayuga Lake Quilt Guild

  • Date(s): 11/07/2014 - 12/31/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St.
  • Phone: (315) 253-8051
  • Admission: Suggested donation $5

The show features the work of 26 talented quilters from the Cayuga Lake Quilt Guild, based in Union Springs. Close to 50 hand-crafted examples of the quilters' art, from smaller wall designs to traditional bed-size quilts, will be on display. Suggested donation $5. Closed major holidays.

A Christmas Carol

  • Date(s): 11/26/2014 - 12/27/2014
  • 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

The sparkling classic returns, full of spectacular magic, heartwarming music and holiday tradition.

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.

Stokoe Farms Christmas Tree Farm Season

  • Date(s): 11/28/2014 - 12/21/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10am to 5pm
  • Location: 656 South Road
  • Phone: (585) 889-0770

We invite you to an old fashioned Christmas with all of it's wonderful traditions. You will experience a winter's outing in the country as you ride a wagon to the fields, stroll through the trees and choose just the right one. Please enjoy our complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, and warm bonfire. Visit the Nativity scene, straw fort for the kids, Country Gift Shop and heated restaurant & restrooms.

Holiday Gift Card Sales

  • Date(s): 12/01/2014 - 12/31/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: not applicable
  • Location: Tavern58 at Gibbs or Tavern at Clover
  • Contact: Karen Costantini
  • Phone: (585) 347-2851
  • Admission: 0

Purchase a Tavern58 at Gibbs or Tavern at Clover gift card for $50 and we'll give you a second card for $10 free!

10th Annual Holiday Show 2014

  • Date(s): 12/02/2014 - 12/23/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Monday - Saturday, 12 - 6 PM; Sunday, 12-4 PM
  • Location: Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Ave.
  • Contact: Dick Bennett
  • Phone: (585) 749-7010
  • Admission: No Charge

Join us for our 10th Annual Holiday Show 2014 - a Wonderland of Photographic Art and Gifts for All Gallery Partners and Artists-in-Residence are joined by Guest Photographers Peter Bilous, Archie Curry, Bruce Elling Bonnie Gamache, Sherman Henzel, Joel Krenis, Scott Matyjaszek, Luann Pero, Charlie Vaughn, and Ted Tatarzyn

24th Annual Members Exhibition

  • Date(s): 12/04/2014 - 01/18/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Times: December 4th, 2014 - January 18,2015
  • Location: 137 East Avenue
  • Phone: (585) 461-2222

24th Annual Members Exhibition December 4 - January 18, 2015 Opening Reception: Dec. 4, 6-9pm (10% off for members!) The Days the Artists Spoke:  Dec. 5, 6-9pm, Dec. 6 & 13, 1-4pm Future Fund Frenzy: Dec. 12-13 (15% off all Future Fund artworks!) For the 24th consecutive year, Rochester Contemporary Art Center members show their artwork! For more information about the 24th Annual Members Exhibition please visit our website:

JCC CenterStage presents: Naked in Encino

  • Date(s): 12/06/2014 - 12/21/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Times: Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:00pm, and Thursday at 7:00pm
  • Location: JCC Hart Theatre
  • Contact: Marc Cataldi
  • Phone: 5854612000x236
  • Admission: $26/$24 JCC Members, $18 Students

A World Premiere Comedy by Wendy Kout Naked truths...and more...are exposed when five women of diversely different backgrounds gather for a self-help seminar. This laugh-out-loud comedy from the screenwriter of the film "Dorfman in Love" and the creator of the TV series "Anything But Love," makes its official world premiere at JCC CenterStage.

Breakfast with Santa

  • Date(s): 12/13/2014 - 12/21/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: One-hour seatings: 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Seneca Park Zoo
  • Admission: $15 for adults; $10 for youth (3 to 11); $5 for children 2 and younger.

Enjoy a revamped hot breakfast buffet menu in the Rocky Coasts Gallery while you visit with our sea lions and polar bears. Each session includes an opportunity to sit with Santa and share their wish list. They’ll get a goodie bag chock full of holiday surprises, including our signature, hand-crafted 2014 holiday ornament. New this year is the Elf’s Workshop, located in the Eagle’s Landing Pavilion: Docent-run touch table stations and up-close encounters with animals from our Education collection are included in this exciting new area, as well as games and a take-home coloring craft. Hot/cold beverages and snacks will be provided. Make it even more memorable: For an additional charge, a Photo Booth will be set up in the Elf’s Workshop with holiday-themed props (Santa hats, reindeer antlers, etc.) to help make your visit one to remember.

Gala Holiday Pops

  • Date(s): 12/20/2014 - 12/20/2014
  • Times: 2:00 p.m.; 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
  • Contact: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Phone: (585) 454-2100
  • Admission: Buy tickets online at, by phone at 585-454-2100, or in-person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office

Michael Butterman, conductor (The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) Festival High School Chorale, Amy Story and Harold McAulliffe, co-directors It’s Rochester’s most popular holiday musical tradition—Gala Holiday Pops! Celebrate the joy of the season as the RPO and beloved Festival High School Chorale perform your favorite carols.

Holiday Break Activities

  • Date(s): 12/20/2014 - 01/02/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9am-5pm
  • Location: The Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way
  • Admission: Included in the cost of admission

Activities for all ages. Included in the cost of admission. Make the Museum part of your holiday tradition! Take your family’s picture in front of our 14-foot ornament tree or giant glass snowmen. Get in the holiday spirit by going on a Winter Wonders Gallery Hunt. Enjoy a Hot Glass Show, and submit your drawing to You Design It; We Make It for a chance to have your design made by one of our gaffers (included in Museum admission). Enjoy extended Make Your Own Glass hours (fee) and make a glass ornament or snowman.

LEGO® Castle Adventure School–Break Week

  • Date(s): 12/20/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • 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!Explore the LEGO® Castle Adventure exhibit, featuring LEGO models of real-world castles created by LEGO Master Builders. Train like a knight in the jousting field, construct a virtual castle wall using 3-D computer technology, and admire royal furnishings including a decorative suit of armor-made entirely out of LEGO bricks. Get creative and construct your own paper brick to take home. Try your hand strategy games that have challenged people for centuries including Red Dragon, Nine Men's Morris, puzzles, and an oversized game of chess.


  • Date(s): 12/20/2014 - 12/21/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 2 pm
  • Location: Nazareth College Arts Center - Callahan Theater
  • Contact: Nazareth Box Office
  • Phone: (585) 389-2170
  • Admission: $10 -$20

New York State Ballet (NYSB) will perform its magical rendition of The Nutcracker at Nazareth College Arts Center. The new ballet company will artistically recreate the classic fairy tale centered on a German family's Christmas Eve celebration - and a dreamland filled with a cast of fanciful characters. The show will also feature several family-friendly special performances including feats of amazement from Magician Brian Nadworny during intermission and a pre-show Christmas carol sing-a-long with the Amadeus Chorale Youth Singers, who also perform in the show. Also included in the ticket price is admission to the “Sugar Plum Party” on December 7th at the NYSB studio in Brighton, where budding young ballerinas can make tiaras and wands with the Sugar Plum Fairy herself, while enjoying refreshments and other activities.

Reindeer Run

  • Date(s): 12/20/2014 - 12/20/2014
  • Location: The Strong Museum
  • Contact: Shane Rhinewald
  • Phone: (585) 410-6365
  • Admission: Race fees apply

AWS!Sprint over to The Strong and get into the action at the third annual Reindeer Run, a unique, family-friendly foot race. Produced by YellowJacket Racing and sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports, the all-ages run is downtown Rochester’s only winter 5K event and includes a half-mile kids’ race. Fees apply.

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