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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 3, Lu Lu’s Back in Town (Blues Band featuring Billy Joe). August 10, Jenna and Two Hops (Soul, blues, and vintage R&B). August 17, Mr. Mustard (Beatles Tribute Band). August 24, Watkins and the Rapiers (Funky Americana). Bring your lawn chair, picnic basket and friends. If Inclement weather - concerts will be held at the Flying Squirrel Community Center, 285 Clarissa Street.
Each Sunday in August, a guided walk will be presented through the Corn Hill neighborhood following the Historic Wellness Trail. In addition to the ten historic marker stations, walkers will learn more about the history and homes of Corn Hill. The walks will begin at 2:30pm at Avery Mall (Adams and Frederick Douglass Streets) ending at the Lunsford Gazebo at 4pm.
Leonard Bernstein, Comden and Green, Jerome Robbins and a timeless movie starring Gene Kelly all come together to inspire one of America's most beloved and patriotic musicals. Three sailors on a day of shore leave dance their way through the streets of New York City looking for fun and love before their twenty-four hours are up. Fueled by comedic antics and a host of classic songs ("New York, New York," "Lonely Town," "I Can Cook Too" and "Ya Got Me") this musical is a tribute to the possibilities of love and the city that never sleeps.
Since 1980, the Skaneateles Festiavl has rbought world-class musicians to this charming lakeside community for 4 weeks of chambe music, chambe orchestra and children's concerts in the late summer. The informal setting, innovative programming and community involvement make this an especially nurturing spot for performers who are eager to return again and again, and who are warmly embraced (and fed & housed) by the Festival audience.
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The Cobblestone Society & Museum is hosting a four-part speaker series. Speakers from around the area will provide a unique look into the development of the medical profession in Western NY. The series coincides with our “Medicine at the Museum” exhibit, which displays a collection of medical artifacts from the Rexall Drug Store in Albion, NY. Speakers: Dr. Ronald Batt, MD, PhD, Professor SUNY University at Buffalo, The History of Buffalo's Medical School; Erica Wanecski, The Search for Health: Sanitariums and Health Resorts in Western NY; Bill Lattin, Orleans County Historian, Trivial Tales of Orleans County Physicians; Derek Maxfield, Associate Professor of History GCC, Dying on Script: A Look at Victorian Attitudes Towards Illness and Death in the 19th Century.
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: Make a whimsical oversized—or undersized!—hat to take home, create a Dr. Seuss-inspired craft, hear silly Seuss stories, enjoy poems and tongue twisters, and more.
The AIDS Red Ribbon Ride is a 5-day, 400-mile fundraising event that takes place throughout the 9-county Finger Lakes Region. All proceeds from the event fund the medical care, support services, prevention programs, and research provided by Trillium Health (formerly AIDS Care) to help those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and to help stop the spread of this deadly virus.
A full year’s worth of music in one show! The Bristol Valley Theater GetAway Gang has taken audiences to places they've never been, shared the magic of the movies and passed the remote for a boob tube revue. This summer, four of our favorite BVT performers will take you on a jukebox journey through the music that celebrates all the seasons and every month of the year - from “April in Paris” to “September Song.” Mark your calendars!
Join us for a Beer Pairing Dinner featuring the brews of Smuttynose Brewing Co. Our Chef pairs 4 craft beers with 4 courses of cuisine. Mingle with fellow beer lovers and a representative of Smuttynose. All takes place in downtown Rochester, minutes from all hotels and attractions!
Come take a stroll through the Cobblestone Museum's gardens and learn about the period appropriate plants from our gardeners!
The NYS Fair is a 12-day showcase of agriculture, entertainment, education & technology. With rides, concessions, exhibits & concerts, it has become NY's largest annual event and an end-of-summer tradition for hundreds or thousands of families from all corners of the state.
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The Flour City Brewers Fest is Rochester’s premium celebration of the world’s finest craft beers. It will be held rain or shine on Friday, August 22nd under the pavilions at the Public Market. There will be more than 100 of the finest available tasting, including many one-offs and hard-to-find brews. In addition to the great craft beer tastings and live music, there will also be New York State wine sampling as well as your favorite food trucks offering a variety of culinary delights. Guests will receive a logo sample glass and enjoy live music and great food while sampling some of the finest and most unique craft beers in the world. The Upstate New York Homebrewers Association will host a live brewing demonstration and there will be a selection of specialty non-alcoholic beverages available as well. There are only a limited number of tickets will be available, so be sure to sign up for the Flour City Brewers Fest VIP mailing list at www.flourcitybrewfest.com or on Facebook.
Join Long Acre Farms for their 17th annual Amazing Maize Maze Preview Weekend. Get a sneak peek at their “A-maze-ing Maize” the Star Spangle Banner before their official grand opening on September 6th. Guests can enjoy access to the Full Back 40, the Amazing Maize Maze and the Farm Scene Animal Tracks mini corn maze. This weekend only Long Acre Farms will give a FREE Boomerang Ticket to maze participants with their purchase of a Barnbuster Ticket to return in the fall. The Ice Cream Shop and Farm Market will be open from 9am-9pm and guests can enjoy a meal at the Grill from 11am-7pm. JD Wine Cellars will be open for wine and beer tastings from 12pm-9pm.
Back by popular demand for the 6th time! The extraordinary true story of a WWII officer who unexpectedly liberates the same Czech towns where his grandparents lived. A remarkable piece of theatre that is impossible to forget and pays grateful tribute to The Greatest Generation, "The Accidental Hero" has captivated audiences across the country. Playwright/actor Patrick Dewane tells his grandfather's story with never-before-seen color movie clips from WWII, vintage music and photos. Don't miss this rare opportunity to share an important piece of history while paying respect to all who selflessly serve our country. One weekend only: August 22-24
Get your family fired up about honor, role models and faith. Authors John Horvat ("Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society"), and Norman Fulkerson (An American Knight: The Life of Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC"), will present their time-tested solutions to America's economic and social ills.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival. This one-day event features three stages of live music, food and kid friendly activities including arts and crafts, face painting, obstacle courses and rock walls. Beer gardens providing beer and wine will be set up at all three stages. As part of the “Taste of Fairport” local restaurants will be selling samples of their signature dishes. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Golisano Children’s hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. To date, over $600,000 has been raised.
On Saturday August 23, Friends of Ganondagan and its youth group, Children of the White Corn are offering a “Quest for the Knotties”—a family-oriented adventure to re-kindle the imagination inspired by author and sculptor Doot Bokelman’s book, "The Knotties of Ganondagan." Knotties activities take place at Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Rte 444 in Victor, and include the opportunity to: • Meet the Children of the White Corn and author/sculptor Doot Bokelman for book signing • Learn about Ganondagan and the history of the Knotties • Embark on a quest to find the Knotties hidden on the trails • Enjoy a lunch (bring or purchase) • Participate in a Knottie House gallery tour (Knottie house starter kits will be available to build and return for display only at the August 23 event) • Create a new group story with Doot Bokelaman and establish a Knottie Promise This magical adventure will be sure to stay in your child's memory (and yours!) for years to come.