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Festivals & Annual Events

Rochester is known as a festival city with events centered around food, music, and the arts and culture scene that make Rochester a vibrant community. With more than 140 festivals happening throughout the year there is always something to celebrate in Rochester and the Finger Lakes. 

It’s true! Rochester has a “festival season” seeing a festival or event taking place almost every weekend May to October. Rochester’s festival season kicks off in late spring with the Rochester Lilac Festival. As a four-season destination, the fun doesn’t end with the first dusting of snow. We close out the year with ROC Holiday Village—Rochester’s annual holiday festival.

See what festivals and special annual events are happening when you visit Rochester by searching the events below.