Rochester, NY is known for its active festival scene, all year round. Here, there's something for everyone: food trucks, local art, live music, and more. Jump start your first visit to a Rochester festival by assessing these options below:
Rochester Lilac Festival | May 6-8, 12-15, & 19-22, 2022
The largest free festival of its kind in North America, spring in Upstate NY is welcomed with three incredible weekends celebrating being together once again. Peek around every corner and you’ll discover magnificent gardens and exhilarating special events.
Whether you’re a regular visitor or first-time Festival-goer, you’ll quickly discover that every day brings something new to experience at the world-famous Rochester Lilac Festival.
CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival | June 17-25, 2022
The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is one of the world’s leading jazz festivals presenting legendary performers, familiar favorites, rising stars, and new discoveries from around the world.
The multi-dimensional nine-day festival is held annually in Rochester, NY, and presents more than 1,750 artists from around the world in 320+ shows at 21 venues. Founded in 2002, attendance has grown from 15,000 in 2002 to 208,000 in 2019. The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is excited to return to the city's East End once again this year, with a record number of free shows.
Corn Hill Arts Festival | July 9-10, 2022
This two-day Festival has become a fabric of the Rochester community over the years and is excited to be back. The festival, which takes place over nine streets, will showcase hundreds of artists from across the country, as well as talented musicians from near and far. Mark your calendars and invite your family and friends because you won’t want to miss the return of this beloved festival!
Puerto Rican Festival of Rochester | August 4-6, 2022
The Puerto Rican Festival was formulated in 1969 for the express purpose of celebrating and recognizing the culture of Puerto Ricans. Puerto Ricans continue to be one of the largest growing Hispanic populations in New York State. This growth now makes Monroe County and the City of Rochester home to the second largest population of Hispanics in New York State.
The Puerto Rican Festival Incorporated sponsors a variety of events, which serve to share and celebrate Puerto Rican culture. The largest event is the Puerto Rican Festival, the longest running cultural festival in the County of Monroe. The festival is an annual three-day event, which averages a daily attendance of 7,000 people of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds.
KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival | September 13-24, 2022
Since debuting in 2012, the Fringe has drawn more than a half-million visitors from all over the world to nearly 4,000 diverse performances and events. In fact, Rochester’s not-for-profit Fringe has become one of the largest and most successful fringe festivals in the nation, the largest multidisciplinary performing arts festival in New York State, and one of the region’s most anticipated festivals each year.
Roc Holiday Village | December 2022
Roc Holiday Village is Rochester, New York’s magical winter festival! The festival features outdoor seating and fire pits, free ice skating and skate rentals, a unique shopping village, and indoor bar with tasty food and drinks, free visits with Santa, tree lighting, hand-crafted goods, cozy winter igloos, free crafts for kids, holiday celebrations, live music, private events, nightlife and more.