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Though our winter calendars have changed these past few years, we still have many events and activities that you can safely enjoy, organized by many of Rochester's top attractions.
If you plan to visit specific locations, please be sure to check directly with those entities for the latest event information and to view their COVID-19 operating guidelines.
January 4–15 | George Eastman Museum
Over the first two weeks of 2022, come see seven films at the Dryden Theater to help you pursue your New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you’d like to learn how to be more generous (January 4), how to cook (January 7), or how to play a musical instrument (January 8). Or maybe you’d like to make new friends (January 6), get a whole new body (January 11), or spend more time with family (January 13). And, of course, we could always use more tips on how to get organized (January 15). Join the Dryden Theatre and put your best foot forward in the new year!
January 4: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Frank Capra, 1936)
January 6: Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951)
January 7: Julie & Julia (Nora Ephron, 2009)
January 8: The Music Man (Morton DaCosta, 1962)
January 11: Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Alexander Hall, 1941)
January 13: Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949)
January 15: Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
January 15 | Cumming Nature Center
Up for an outdoor adventure? At Cumming Nature Center you can bundle up and glide down the lantern-lit Beaver Trail during this magical nighttime ski! This is an event for cross-country skiers who would like to experience the wonder of the winter woods beneath a full moon. Perfect for intermediate or advanced skiers who are comfortable skiing without much visibility. Headlamps are strongly suggested! After your ski, warm up with a bonfire, free popcorn, and $1 hot beverages back at the nature center.
Enjoy a Local Performance
January 11–February 6 | Geva Theatre
Nina, a bona fide guitar player, enters her first air guitar competition and she learns there is more to this fringe obsession than meets the eye. As Nina gets deeper into the competition, she discovers what “airness” really means.
January 14–16 | OFC Creations
Be swept along to Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Filled with hilarious repartee, the play draws on the underlying strength—and love—of the women it stars. The result is a touching, funny and marvelously amiable reflection on friendship and togetherness, in good times and bad.
January 28–February 13 | Blackfriars Theatre
Catch a show this winter at Blackfriars! Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind consists of 30 original short plays performed in 60 minutes. These plays are sure to be unique. Actors play more as themselves rather than taking an assigned role, and these plays tend to be an interactive mixture of autobiography, performance art, and living newspaper.
Memorial Art Gallery
This year, the Memorial Art Gallery has several limited time exhibitions open to visitors.
This month’s current exhibits include:
Renaissance Impressions: Sixteenth-Century Master Prints from the Kirk Edward Long Collection (through February 6)
Chitra Ganesh: Sultana’s Dream (through June 5)
Kota Ezawa: National Anthem (through August 14)
Tony Cokes: Market of the Senses (through January 9)
SALUT: Dawgs (through August)
Exhibit Open Through May 2022 | Rochester Museum & Science Center
Run with the reptiles and immerse yourself in the Mesozoic era as you explore Expedition: Dinosaur!
This new exhibit brings dinosaurs to life with roaring, moving robotic replicas that will leave you in awe. Adventure through galleries filled with thrilling sounds and special effects with a range of hands-on, interactive experiences and brain teasing puzzles that will challenge every dino-fanatic. The exhibit is complete with excavation tools to help you explore the landscape of the prehistoric world and discover intriguing facts about the 19th century Bone Wars.
Make sure to snap a photo with the climbable T-Rex to make your own massive memories before you leave—it’s sure to be a rip roaring great time!
January 29–April 24 | The Strong Museum
Jump into the imaginative world of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, based on the award-winning PBS KIDS television series, and join Daniel and his pals to learn singable strategies for life’s little lessons and explore themes of community, communication, and emotions. Walk the paths of the Neighborhood and listen to Daniel’s world as you encounter the meaning of empathy, gratitude, sharing, and diversity in an environment of creative and interactive play.
Permanent Exhibit | The Strong Museum
Do you love a challenge? Jump into the realm of adventure play at The Strong’s all-new high ropes course—Skyline Climb. Suspended above the museum’s carousel atrium, adults and kids alike can traverse beams and balance obstacles, maneuver ropes and wobbly bridges, and leap off a zipline platform.
Built by RCI Adventure Products, Skyline Climb consists of two courses geared towards different sizes and skill levels—Low-Rise for guests below 48 inches in height and High-Rise for guests 48 inches and above.
January Classes | Rochester Brainery
Explore your creative side at the Rochester Brainery! Class offerings are always changing, and there’s something for everyone from terrarium building, to learning the history of hot chocolate, interior design, and more.
Pie Making (1/15) | Genesee Country Village & Museum
Interested in expanding your baking horizons? The Genesee Country Village & Museum offers a class with step-by-step instructions to create pie, on Pi Day! Participants will learn to craft both sweet and savory creations. Start your new year by trying your hand at a new hobby at GCV.