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

Haudenosaunee Days

May 1 | RMSC Museum & Science Center

Cinco de Mayo

May 5 | Salena's Mexican Restaurant

Women's Perspectives

Through May 15 | Image City Photography Gallery

Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration

May 15 l Memorial Art Gallery

Art Meets Science: Humanizing HIV

May 19 | Memorial Art Gallery 

Making Scents of Art

May 19 | Memorial Art Gallery

Antique Show

May 28 | Genesee Country Village & Museum


Festive Fun + Outdoor Markets

Rochester Lilac Festival

May 6-8, 12-15, 19-22 l Highland Park


May 14, 28 | Culver Road Armory

Genesee Valley QuiltFest

May 20-22 l Rochester Institute of Technology (Gordon Field House)

The Lucky Flea

Sundays starting May 29 | 320 N Goodman St.

Roc Meat Hot Fest

May 31 | Rochester Public Market


Taking The Stage (And Screen)

The Chinese Lady

Through May 8 | Geva Theatre

Calendar Girls

May 6-22 | Blackfriars Theatre


May 6-7 | Rochester Broadway Theatre League

Little Shop of Horrors

May 7-22 | JCC CenterStage Theatre

Yoga Play

May 10-June 5 | Geva Theatre

“Weird Al” Yankovic: Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour

May 11 | KODAK Center

Oliver! The Musical

May 13-15, 20-22 | OFC Creations

Tori Amos: Ocean to Ocean Tour

May 18 | KODAK Center

Demetri Martin: I Feel Funny Tour

May 21 | KODAK Center

Spring Awakening

May 27-29 | OFC Creations


Hitting The Field & Course

Rochester Twilight Criterium

May 21 l Downtown Rochester

Flower City Union

Home Games: May 4, 14, 21 | Rochester Community Sports Complex

Rochester Red Wings

Home Games: May 1, 3-8, 17-22, 30 | Frontier Field

Frost Town Trail Fest

May 28 | RMSC Cumming Nature Center


Fun for the Whole Family

World Video Game Hall of Fame Celebration

May 7 l The Strong

Genesee Country Village & Museum Opening Weekend

May 7-9 l Genesee Country Village & Museum

Painting Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures, Ages 8+

May 7 | The Strong Museum

PAW Patrol: Adventure Play Opening

May 14-15 | The Strong Museum

2022 Hearts for ALS Cornhole Challenge

May 21 | Radio Social


Eat & Drink

Drag Me to Brunch

May 1 l Strathallan Hotel and Spa

May the Fourth Trivia

May 4 | Red White & Brew

Mystery Wine Tasting

May 10 | Living Roots Wine Wine & Co.

Radio Reunion: A Throwback Dinner

May 11 | Radio Social

Rails & Ales

May 21 l Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

Wine Pairing Dinner with Prisoner Wines

May 23 | Brown Hound Downtown

Food Truck Rodeo

May 25 | City of Rochester Public Market

Patio Party Featuring Soul Express

May 26 l Casa Larga Vineyard

Zoo Brew

May 27 l Seneca Park Zoo

MacKay Dinners for Spring

Through June 10 | Genesee Country Village & Museum


Mom's Special Day

Mother's Day Chocolate Truffle Workshop

May 4 | Rochester Brainery with Laughing Gull Chocolates

Barre at the Candle Bar

May 7 | Scents by Design

Kid's Table: Mom's Day

May 7 | New York Kitchen

Listen to Your Mother

May 7 l Hochstein Performance Hall

Mother's Day Hanging Basket or Pot

May 7 | Rochester Brainery

Mother's Day Weekend

May 7-8 | Scents by Design

A Sweet Mother's Day Pairing

May 8 l Living Roots Wine & Co.

Flower City Days at the Public Market

May 8 | City of Rochester Public Market

Good Luck Mother's Day Brunch

May 8 | Good Luck

Make Your Own Terrarium + Coffee + Donuts

May 8 | Rochester Brainery

Mother’s Day at the Museum

May 8 l Genesee Country Village & Museum

Mother's Day Brunch

May 8 l Genesee Country Village & Museum

Mother's Day Brunch at Creekside

May 8 | Farmer's Creekside

Mother's Day Brunch For A Queen

May 8 | New York Kitchen

Mother's Day Brunch Under the Stars

May 8 | RMSC Museum & Science Center

Mother’s Day: Ice Cream & Wine

May 8 l Long Acre Farms

Mother's Day Special⁠—$1 Admission for Mothers

May 8 | Sonnenburg Gardens & Mansion


There are so many things to see, do and experience when you visit Rochester this May!  Whatever you choose to do, share your adventures in Rochester with us using #VisitROC!