Rochester is thrilled to welcome the 2023 Drum Corps Associates World Championships back to its familiar home at the Rochester Community Sports Complex. Along with stellar DCA performances and competition, here are some things to check out while in town for the DCA Championships from September 1 through September 3, 2023 in Rochester, NY.

1. Enjoy Lunch and a View at the Genesee Brew House

The Genesee Brew House, previously a 9,200 square-foot space bottle house, captures and shares the rich history of The Genesee Brewery. Located nearby High Falls, the Brew House has become a top destination in Rochester with delicious offerings, interactive exhibits and historical artifacts, and spectacular views of High Falls.

2. Visit the Home of An Iconic Women's Rights Activist

Rochester, NY, and the Finger Lakes region are the birthplace of the modern women’s rights movement, with extraordinary women like Susan B. Anthony calling Rochester home, and helping to shape this area and the nation for centuries.

3. Go for a Ride on the Erie Canal

The Erie Canal is a 200-year-old modern engineering marvel that runs right through Rochester in different canalside villages and hamlets including Fairport, Pittsford, Bushnell’s Basin, Spencerport and Brockport. Get on the water of the Erie Canal and discover some of the canal’s rich history on a tour boat like the Sam Patch (departing out of Pittsford, NY) or the Colonial Belle (departing out of Fairport, NY).

4. Admire Public Art in the City

The true beauty in public art is the accessibility. It’s outdoors, and essentially open to everyone. Within city limits, there are dozens of places to explore and hundreds of pieces of art to take in. Check out some of the most recent public art pieces created in Rochester here.

5. Take in the Sights and Sounds of the Public Market

The City of Rochester Public Market is a vibrant and popular attraction which offers fresh seasonal produce, specialty and prepared foods, clothing and jewelry, and much much more! On the market grounds and in the surrounding market business district are cafes, coffee shops, bakeries, full service restaurants, food stands, a brewery, a distillery, art studios and galleries, and much more. 

6. Play and Explore at The Strong Museum of Play

The Strong is the ultimate play destination for all ages, and now it’s even bigger and better than before with their new, 90,000-square-foot expansion! Explore upstate New York’s largest year-round cultural attraction and experience two floors—more than a city block long—of hands-on, dynamic, interactive exhibit spaces.

7. Root for the Home Team at Innovative Field

Grab a seat in the stands or in one of the grassy areas, devour some delectable eats, and enjoy a local beverage. It’s never been more fun to root, root, root for the home team! View the Rochester Red Wings game schedule here.

8. Shop Like a Local

Discover the beauty of a uniquely curated shopping experience in boutiques and specialty shops, antiques, and artisans in the historic villages that line the Erie Canal and on charming Main Streets of our small towns. Or head to “The Avenues”—Park, Monroe, and University, where each street presents a distinctive combination of shops, cafés, restaurants, pocket parks, art galleries, and architecture.

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