Celebrate the spring season with festivals and events that take advantage of all the beauty, culture, and fun that Rochester and the Finger Lakes regions have to offer. We've pulled together the following list of top events and activities you don't want to miss when you #VisitROC this May.

Arts & Culture

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Windows- Photographs by David Bleich

Through May 14 | Image City Photography Gallery

Star Wars Day @ GLG

May 5 | Great Lakes Gaming

Opening Day of the 2023 Season

May 6 | Genesee Country Village & Museum

Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration Day

May 7 | Memorial Art Gallery

Animals Rock! Animal-Themed Rock Painting

May 7 | Lollypop Farm

Antiques & Artisans Show

May 13 | Genesee Country Village & Museum

Cumming Nature Center: Yoga In The Pines

May 14 | RMSC Cumming Nature Center

Sensory Sunday

May 14 | RMSC Museum & Science Center

The Gold Party

May 15 | Geva Theater Center

PGA Week Special

May 15-21 | Pittsford Fine Art and UPSTAIRS Galleries

Emily Stauring Eclectic Randomness

May 16-June 11 | Image City Photography

53rd Annual Student Art Show

May 17-21 | Corning Museum of Glass

MURDER! at the Disco! 

May 20 | Long Acre Farms

Festive Fun + Outdoor Markets

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Roc Meat Hot Fest

May 9 | Rochester Public Market

Rochester Lilac Festival

May 12-21 l Highland Park


May 6, 27 | Culver Road Armory

The Lucky Flea

Sundays starting May 21 | 320 N Goodman St.

Flower City Days at The Market

May 14, 21, 26, 28, 29 | Rochester Public Market

Food Truck Rodeo

May 31 | Rochester Public Market

Taking The Stage (And Screen)

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Drag Me To Brunch

May 6 | OFC Creations


May 6-7 | Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella 

May 9-June 4 | Geva Theatre


May 12 | Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Cry It Out 

May 12-28 | Blackfriars Theatre


May 16-21 | Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Michael Carbonaro: Lies On Stage

May 18 | KODAK Center

Under the Sea Princess Celebration

May 21 | OFC Creations

Boz Scaggs: Summer 23 Tour

May 23 | KODAK Center

The Wizard of Oz

May 26-28 | OFC Creations

Hitting The Field & Course

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2023 PGA Championship

May 15-21 | Oak Hill Country Club

Flower City Union

Home Games: May 13, 20 | Rochester Community Sports Complex

Rochester Red Wings

Home Games: May 19-14, 29, 31 | Innovative Field

NCAA DIII Track & Field Championship

May 25-28 | St. John Fisher University 

For for the Whole Family

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World Video Game Hall of Fame Celebration

May 6 l The Strong Museum

Bike Expo

May 7 | Dick’s House of Sport

Frost Town Archaeology Symposium

May 13 | Cumming Nature Center

Genesee Country Village & Museum Opening Weekend

May 6-7 l Genesee Country Village & Museum

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration

May 13 | The Strong Museum

Eat & Drink

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El Cuatro de Mayo: a Tequila y Mezcal Pairing Dinner

May 4 | Radio Social 

May the Fourth Trivia

May 4 | Red White & Brew

Cinco de Mayo

May 5 | Salena's Mexican Restaurant

Kesha Tribute

May 5 | Three Heads Brewing

Cosmic Beauty Lab Pop Up at Flight Wine Bar

May 6 | Flight Wine Bar 

Floral Design & Wine with Bar Fiore

May 11 | Long Acre Farms

May Free Tasting Event w/ live music

May 12 | Red White & Brew

PGA Celebration

May 15-21 | Casa Larga Vineyards

Agave Through The Ages: Class & Tasting

May 18 | Salena’s Mexican Restaurant

Rails & Ales

May 20 l Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

Artist Reception

May 25 | Brown Hound Downtown

Zoo Brew - Cinco de Rhino!

May 27 l Seneca Park Zoo

Mom's Special Day

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Review our Mother’s Day Guide here for inspiration on how to celebrate the special day.


Mother’s Day Wine & Cheesecake Tasting

May 14 | Casa Larga Vineyards
Wine and Chocolate Pairing at JD Wine Cellars

May 13 | Laughing Gull Chocolates

Rochester Lilac Festival
May 13-14 | Rochester Lilac Festival

Mother’s Day Train Rides

May 13 | Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

Mother’s Day Weekend 2023

May 13-14 | Scents by Design

The Spa at the Del Monte: Gift Card Idea
Any time | The Spa at the Del Monte

Woodcliff Hotel & Spa: Gift Card Idea
Any time | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa

Ape + Canary: Gift Card Idea

Any time | Ape + Canary

Mother’s Day Dinner

May 14 | Branca Midtown
Mother’s Day Brunch

May 14 | Brown Hound Downtown

Mother’s Day Brunch at Creekside

May 14 | Farmer’s Creekside Inn & Tavern

Mother’s Day Brunch

May 14 | Genesee Country Village & Museum

La Bola

May 14 | La Bola


May 14 | Avvino
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet & Dinner Buffet
May 14 | Monroe’s 

New York Kitchen - Celebrate Mother’s Day Dinner
May 14 | New York Kitchen

RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium: Mother’s Day Brunch

May 14 | RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium

There are so many things to see, do and experience when you visit Rochester this May! Looking for even more inspiration? Discover things to do this spring in Rochester here. Whatever you choose to do, share your adventures in Rochester with us using #VisitROC!