There's always something to do in Rochester! Read on for events and activities that you can enjoy this month, 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.

Looking for a full list of St. Patrick's Day events? Check out this blog post for ideas on things to do this St. Patrick's Day in Rochester. 

Arts & Culture

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Joshua Rashaad McFadden: I Believe I'll Run On

Through June 19 | George Eastman Museum

Artist Joshua Rashaad McFadden (American, b. 1990) uses photography to engage some of the most challenging subject matter of our time. Working across genres—social documentary, reportage, portraiture, book arts, and fine arts—he critically examines race, masculinity, sexuality, and gender in the United States. His work reveals the destructive impact of these constructs on Black Americans. Looking to the idea of “being-ness,” he considers the contemporary condition of Black life while referencing US history as a means to rediscover and define the Black self.

 

RED

Through March 20 | Image City Photography Gallery

The gallery's current themed exhibition features 66 photographers, and each exhibiting one photo they chose that contains an element of the color "RED." 

 

Family Night at the Museum

March 4 | Corning Museum of Glass

Enjoy a free family-friendly evening at the museum! Explore the amazing properties of glass and explore the Museum after dark. Upon arrival each child will receive a map and Scavenger Hunt clues which will guide them on an adventure through the Museum. Along the way collecting punches on their game card, as well as some special treats. All children who complete the hunt will be eligible to enter their name into the evening's drawings for some extra special gifts! There will be two name draws and 4 four lucky winners.

 

Brick Bonanza

March 5-6 | The Strong Museum

Celebrate toy brick play! View a themed build from the Rochester LEGO Users Group and work alongside members to make your own creation with LEGO bricks. View robots built with LEGO bricks with FIRST Lego League Team, Jedi Bricks. Enjoy a variety of hands-on brick building play stations and crafts. Build and then race a car, try your hand at stop-motion animation, engineer a tower with giant bricks, create a minifigure headband, and more.

 

Nature Sunday Experiences

March 6, 13 | Genesee Country Village & Museum

The Genesee Country Nature Center is an outstanding natural area with hundreds of acres of woodlands, meadows, ponds, old fields, fascinating geologic formations, plants, and animals. Visit the Nature Center every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for an independent hike, or join one of our naturalists for a guided family-friendly nature experience.

 

Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism and the AIDS Poster

March 6-June 19 | Memorial Art Gallery

Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster is the first major exhibition devoted to the University of Rochester’s vast collection of HIV/AIDS-related posters. The exhibition features 165 of the most visually arresting and thought-provoking posters from the over 8,000 donated by collector, physician, and medical historian Dr. Edward C. Atwater, one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. Illustrating the wide range of strategies used to educate and inform about this devastating global pandemic, the exhibition underscores how beauty and creativity have grown out of the tragedy and destruction of the deadly virus.

 

In Focus: Photographing for the Colorama Campaign

March 19 | George Eastman Museum

Steve Kelly was one of the Kodak photographers whose works were featured in Kodak's Colorama campaign. In 2020, as part of the opening of the Thomas Tischer Visitor Center, the Eastman museum installed Kelly's Colorama No. 531 (of the Taj Mahal) outside the museum on a 48 feet wide by 14.4 feet tall structure. 

Join the museum for Steve's discussion of his 38-year career as a photographer for Kodak. He will take listeners behind the scenes of what it was like to work on the production of the remarkably innovative Colorama photographs and will share some of his other work done in the studio and around the world for Kodak’s print advertising, television, and corporate campaigns.

 

Coffee in Space

Spring session: March 30; April 6, 13, 27; May 4, 11, 18 | RMSC

Grab a cup of coffee and meet on Zoom to talk about what’s happening in space! During this course, Planetarium Director, Steve Fentress, will bring up reliable sources of information, show the latest pictures and video clips from space, and keep the discussion pleasant, respectful, and on-topic.

Topics will change with current events, but will cover NASA (including the James Webb Space Telescope), private space flight with SpaceX and others and major astronomical discoveries.

Food & Drink

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RMSC Uncorked & On Tap

March 5 | RMSC

Sip and sample your way through three floors of the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) at this unique fundraising event celebrating all things food and fermentation. Dozens of local and regional beer, wine, spirit and food vendors will be on hand with samples and tastings, as well as products to purchase. 

Be sure to make it to some of the many fun and informative seminars throughout the evening detailing the science behind food and beverage tasting, mixology, viticulture, brewing, distilling and more! 

 

Pancake Sundays

March 6 | Kettle Ridge Farm

Maple season is upon us! After receiving your food, you’re welcome to grab an available table in our climate controlled barn, tailgate in our parking area, sit next to one of our fire pits (bring your own chairs), or simply take your food home. We do not take reservations. Adult beverages will be available from 10am-1pm.

Pre-ordering is encouraged and must be submitted by noon on the Friday before each Sunday. Walk-up/day-of ordering is allowed but some items may be sold out.

 

Bacon on the Lakein

March 19-20 | Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Bacon might seem like a pretty unorthodox thing to pair with wine, but for the 8th year in a row, it's been a very popular event and is only getting better! Visit 6 wineries throughout your chosen day and taste tantalizing bacon dishes perfectly paired with locally crafted wine. Tickets include: a pre-planned itinerary for the day (reservations already made for you for each stop); 1 wine and bacon-infused food pairing per winery per person; 3 additional wine tastings per winery per person; a digital recipe book for all 12 participating wineries, not just the 6 you're visiting, and  a souvenir stemless wine glass for each person at your last stop.

 

RMSC After Dark: Jurassic Jamboree

March 25 | RMSC

Join RMSC for After Dark: Jurassic Jamboree! Grab a cocktail (or a mocktail!) and join us to walk among giants through the Museum & Science Center's Expedition: Dinosaur exhibit. You'll embark on a paleontological dig, test your skills with fun interactives and brain teasers, and party like the world is ending tomorrow. As always, costumes are encouraged for this kid-free night of dinosaur-sized fun!

 

Beef & Brews Beer Dinner

March 31 | Tournedos at the Inn on Broadway

Join Tournedos and Mortalis Brewing for an exciting evening of premier food and innovative brews with this thoughtful pairing menu crafted by Tournedos Steakhouse Executive Chef & Mortalis Brewing Co. Co-Founders Paul & Gretchen Grenier.

 

Performances

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How to Catch Creation

February 22-March 20 | Geva Theatre Center

A story that reverberates through generations, How to Catch Creation explores what makes a family, and what it means to find true fulfillment. In 2014, Griffin, Stokes, Riley and Tami are four artists whose lives become entangled with each other as they experiment with new ways to express themselves. A joyful and unexpected encounter with the writings of a queer Black feminist from the 1960s challenges their understandings of justice, love and loyalty.

 

Rent-Farewell Tour

March 7-8 | Rochester Broadway Theatre League

For a quarter of a century, Jonathan Larson’s RENT has inspired us to choose love over fear and to live without regret. This Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning phenomenon follows a year in the lives of a diverse group of artists and friends struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. Whether you’ve never seen RENT or have completely lost count, you can’t miss it this time around – the 25th Anniversary “Farewell Season of Love” is your final chance to experience this celebrated touring production. 

 

Cirque International

March 12 | Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Featuring performers from around the world comes a new generation of Cirque style show, the electrifying and mesmerizing Cirque International. Created by an award-winning production team, this wonderful show features an international line-up of some of the world's finest acrobats, gymnasts and aerial artists in an enchanting and mesmerizing spectacle of entertainment.

 

Jill Sobule: Live at The Little

March 16 | The Little Theatre

Jill Sobule’s work is at once deeply personal and socially conscious, seriously funny and derisively tragic. 

Her hits include “I Kissed A Girl”—the first openly gay-themed song ever to crack the Billboard Top 20—and the alt-rock anthem “Supermodel” featured in the film “Clueless”. Sobule was one half of The Jill & Julia Show, providing music while actor Julia Sweeney contributes storytelling. Jill is considered a pioneer in crowdfunding and is constantly exploring and creating new models for artists in an ever-changing music industry.

 

Surely Goodness and Mercy

March 18-April 3 | Blackfriars Theatre

Surely Goodness and Mercy, by rising playwright Chisa Hutchinson, tells the story of Tino, a shy boy with a photographic memory who finds solace in his newly found Bible and Miss Bernadette, the cantankerous old lunch lady. In spite of Tino’s obstacles at home and Miss Bernadette’s worsening ailments, and with the help of an unlikely new friend, they help each other on their journeys of growing up and growing old.

 

Women in Music Festival

March 21-25 | Eastman School of Music

As part of the Eastman School of Music Centennial celebration, the Eastman School of Music is bringing back the weeklong Women in Music Festival that took place annually from 2005 to 2014 during Women’s History Month. In the 2022 edition they are celebrating composer Florence B. Price, women in brass and in jazz, and Mexican composer Georgina Derbez and are also welcoming back alumni Nicole Keller, organist, and Leonard Hayes, pianist. 

 

Diana Krall

March 30 | Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered two Grammy Awards, 10 Juno Awards and have earned nine Gold, three Platinum, and seven multi-Platinum albums. Her most recent release, This Dream Of You, has garnered critical acclaim from fans and press alike. Krall's unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most recognizable artists of our time. As The New York Times recently noted, she possesses "a voice at once cool and sultry, wielded with a rhythmic sophistication."

 

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show

March 31 | Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show is Riverdance as you’ve never seen it before! A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary power and grace of music and dance–beloved by fans of all ages. 

Maple Sugar Events

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Maple Sugaring

March 19-20 & March 26-27 | Cumming Nature Center

Join the Cumming Nature Center as they celebrate 43 years of serving up steaming-hot stacks of pancakes. Take in the gorgeous landscape; enjoy a hearty, locally-sourced pancake breakfast at the nature center; and hit the maple education trail to learn how a tree makes sap and how maple sap has been processed across cultures and time.

 

Maple Sugar Festival & Pancake Breakfast

March 19-20 & March 26-27 | Genesee Country Village & Museum 

Gather family and friends for a safe, socially distanced outing together! Start your adventure at the sugarhouse where the evaporator transforms sap into thick, amber maple syrup. Then, journey to the 19th century to see the techniques and tools that early settlers used to collect sap and make maple sugar.

 

Maple Weekends

March 19-20 & March 26-27 | Kettle Ridge Farm

Maple Weekend is back at Kettle Ridge Farm! Enjoy maple everything, and more with shopping and food. The food truck drive-thru and retail stand will be open from 9AM to 1PM each of the four Maple Weekend days. 

St. Patrick's Day

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Irish Night

March 11 | Blue Cross Arena

Join the Amerks for a night full of hockey and Rohrbach beer! Rohrbachs is proud to be sponsoring Irish Night at the Amerks game. Two of the Rohrbach brewers will be dropping the puck for the game.

 

Runnin' of the Green Presented by the YMCA

March 12 | Blue Cross Arena

Runnin' of the Green is traditionally the unofficial start of the spring running season in Rochester on March 12, 2022! The five mile race is a fast out and back course along the Genesee River.

In 2022 there will be a traditional in-person race as well as a virtual option.

 

Top's Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 12 | Downtown Rochester

The St. Patrick's Day Parade is back! This year the parade will follow the traditional route, stepping off at East and Alexander, proceeding down East Avenue to Main Street, and ending at Fitzhugh St.

 

St. Patrick's Cookie Decorating

March 16 | Rohrbach Beer Hall

Rohrbach is excited to be hosting a cookie decorating class at the Beer Hall Wednesday, March 16th from 6pm-7:30pm, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Get ready for a night out with cookies and beer, what could be better.