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Rochester is known as "Festival City," with festivals almost every weekend from late spring through the fall.  Plus, everyday there is something to do-from performing arts to museum exhibits to musical recitals-and of course, if it's Rochester-there's plenty of PLAY! Be sure to check the calendar for daily activities.

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08/30/2015 - 09/05/2015

Ongoing Events

Going for Baroque: Mini-recital on the Italian Baroque Organ

  • Date(s): 09/14/2014 - 09/13/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: Every Sunday at 1 & 3 pm
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: Included in Gallery admission

Going for Baroque: Mini-recital on the Italian Baroque Organ Recurring weekly on Sunday Times: 1 and 3 p.m. Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. Admission: Included in Gallery admission Going for Baroque is a weekly series of mini-recitals featuring students at the Eastman School of Music performing on the Italian Baroque organ.

Collecting Shadows: The Legacy of James Card

  • Date(s): 02/28/2015 - 10/18/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Adults $14, Seniors (62+) $12, Students (with ID) $5, Children 12 and Under Free

This exhibition celebrates the legacy and impact of James Card, the museum's first curator of motion pictures, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

"Tuesday Pipes" Free Concerts at Christ Church

  • Date(s): 03/10/2015 - 03/08/2016
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 12:10-12:35pm
  • Location: Christ Church, 141 East Ave
  • Contact: Myles Boothroyd
  • Phone: (231) 463-9901
  • Admission: Free

Every Tuesday, Eastman students, faculty, and alumni present free concerts on the organs at Christ Church. Get a taste of Eastman culture during your lunch break! The church houses two of Rochester's most prized instruments. The Craighead-Saunders Organ is a scientific process reconstruction of an instrument that still exists today in Vilnius, Lithuania, created by the central German organ builder Adam Gottlob Casparini in 1776. It is perhaps the only instrument in the United States where one can hear the music of Bach as it would have sounded during the Baroque era. Standing opposite, the Hook & Hastings Organ represents the American Romantic tradition, featuring original pipes from 1862 and 1893. "Tuesday Pipes" concerts are held during the lunch hour to give you a break from your busy week. Stop on by Christ Church this coming Tuesday to hear eclectic music by Eastman organists, then grab a bite at one of the many local cafes and bistros across the street!

First Friday Brew Review

  • Date(s): 04/01/2015 - 04/01/2016
  • Recurring monthly on the 1st
  • Times: 6pm-9pm
  • Location: Big Tree Inn, 46 Main Street
  • Phone: (585) 243-5220
  • Admission: $0

Discover our Brew Reviews the first Friday of every month. You'll be able to experience a different microbrewery every month, learn more about their beer and beer making process and sample some amazing brews! Visit our website to learn about this month's featured brewery: http://www.bigtreeinn.com/calendar.php

Opening Day to 2015 Animal Park Tour Season – Friday, May 1, 2015 – 10am-3pm

  • Date(s): 05/01/2015 - 10/31/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Hidden Valley Animal Adventure
  • Contact: Carol Doggett
  • Phone: (585) 535-4100
  • Admission: $18.75 Adults $14.25 Children ages 3-10 (2 and under free) $16.75 Seniors (Mon-Fri only)

Wild Game Safari Tours will resume May 1, 2015 and run through October 31, 2015. Please see our 2015 Operating Calendar for park hours as they change throughout the season.

Tails & Tales Story Time

  • Date(s): 05/01/2015 - 09/25/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 11 a.m.
  • Location: Wickham Farms
  • Contact: Tracy
  • Phone: (585) 377-3276
  • Admission: Free

Each story time centers around a surprise farm animal visitor. After hearing stories from picture books about farming or the animal, children get a chance to interact with the animal – sometimes to pet or touch the animal, other times to look at it up close. Tails & Tales story times are a free activity, and no registration is required.

Public Tour of North Section of Mount Hope Cemetery

  • Date(s): 05/03/2015 - 11/01/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 2:00pm
  • Location: North Gatehouse, Mount Hope Avenue (opposite Robinson Drive) Parking Available within the cemetery.
  • Phone: (585) 461-3494
  • Admission: $5.00 per person. Free for members and children under 16 (when accompained with a paying adult)

This tour consists of a two-hour leisurely walk of about one mile on paved roads and uneven terrain. Subjects covered include local history, famous people (including Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass), horticulture, geology, architecture, symbolism, and more.
Admission: $5 per person (except May 10 -- see Mother's Day Special). Free for members and children under 16 (when accompanied by a paying adult).
Meet: North Gatehouse, Mount Hope Avenue, opposite Robinson Drive. Parking available within the cemetery.
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MAGthursdays

  • Date(s): 05/14/2015 - 05/12/2016
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: Free. Tapas, wine and beer a la carte.

Don't miss Max at the Gallery's weekly Tapas Night. Visit the museum (half price admission from 5 to 9 pm), listen to live music, and enjoy wine, beer and tapas plates for purchase. No reservation necessary!

Casa Larga Patio Parties

  • Date(s): 05/19/2015 - 09/08/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Casa Larga Vineyards
  • Phone: (585) 233-4210
  • Admission: $10 per person includes your first glass of wine, beer or wine slushie.

Relax and enjoy summer on Casa Larga's patio on Tuesday nights, May 19 to September 8, with a Rochester food truck, live music of soft rock or light jazz, wine, local beer and wine slushies. New this year is patio-side bar service, a full line-up of food trucks and an extended season! $10 per person includes your first glass of wine, beer or wine slushie. Bring a chair or enjoy our picnic tables for an evening of wine and music by the vineyard. Groups welcome, call Cathy Fabretti 585-223-4210 for details. http://www.casalarga.com/Events/ROCPatioParties

Casa Larga Patio Parties

  • Date(s): 05/21/2015 - 09/10/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Casa Larga Vineyards
  • Admission: $10 per person includes your first glass of wine, beer or wine slushie.

Relax and enjoy summer on Casa Larga's patio on Thursday nights, May 21 to September 10, with a Rochester food truck, live music of rock cover bands, big bands and dance music, wine, local beer and wine slushies. New this year is patio-side bar service, a full line-up of food trucks and an extended season! $10 per person includes your first glass of wine, beer or wine slushie. Bring a chair or enjoy our picnic tables for an evening of wine and music by the vineyard. Groups welcome, call Cathy Fabretti 585-223-4210 for details. http://www.casalarga.com/Events/ROCPatioParties

Sample Saturdays!

  • Date(s): 06/06/2015 - 06/04/2016
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Oak Hill Commons Lower Level - 3050 Monroe Avenue
  • Contact: Grand Cru Chocolates & Nuts
  • Phone: (585) 244-9510
  • Admission: Free

Sample Saturdays: every Saturday Grand Cru Chocolates & Nuts puts out a free sampling of delicious treats. From artisan chocolates to fresh roasted nuts to gourmet snacks and drinking chocolates - there are different samples to try each week. We want you to try the exquisite and unique items we have so stop in to experience the Grand Cru difference!

Casa Larga Farm to Table Marketplace

  • Date(s): 06/21/2015 - 10/25/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Casa Larga Vineyards
  • Phone: (585) 223-4210
  • Admission: Free

Enjoy local produce, cheeses, meats and other local products all under the tent at Casa Larga Vineyards each Sunday, June 21 through October 25 (except for September 13), from 10:00am-2:00pm. Check out www.casalarga.com, or call 585.223.4210 for more information.

Summer Hours

  • Date(s): 07/01/2015 - 08/31/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 10am-5pm
  • Location: Hidden Valley Animal Adventure
  • Contact: Carol Doggett
  • Phone: (585) 535-4100

Hidden Valley Animal Adventure is a wild game safari tour, which is now open for the summer! Running 7 days a week, our hours are 10am-5pm until Labor Day.

65th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition

  • Date(s): 07/26/2015 - 09/13/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun, 11 am - 5 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: included with gallery admission

65th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition July 26–September 20, 2015 in the Grand Gallery Summers at MAG are dedicated to the art of upstate New York. In 2015, don’t miss Rochester’s oldest and longest-running juried exhibition. The works in the 65th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition will showcase approximately 100 works by emerging and established artists from a 27-county region of western New York.

Nik Entertainment Karaoke Night With George

  • Date(s): 07/28/2015 - 07/19/2016
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 9:45pm - 1am,
  • Location: Brickwood Grill, 250 Monroe Avenue.
  • Phone: (585) 244-0331
  • Admission: free

Meet, party and sing along with one of North America's most well known entertainment companies. Learn more about opportunities with the NIK organization! Show of what you got! Simply the most fun karaoke program in town - because attendees are from all walks of life

Geeks Who Drink Trivia

  • Date(s): 08/03/2015 - 11/16/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Times: 8p
  • Location: West Edge Restaurant & Lounge
  • Contact: Carrie Beagle
  • Phone: (585) 319-3388
  • Admission: Free

Join Geeks Who drink. The areas premier Trivia Quiz Masters every Monday from 8-10p. Win prizes and test you knowledge against other teams.

Portfolio Showcase 2015

  • Date(s): 08/11/2015 - 09/06/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Tuesday - Saturday, Noon - 6pm; Sunday, Noon - 4pm. Closed Mondays
  • Location: 722 University Ave
  • Contact: Dick Bennett
  • Phone: (585) 749-7010
  • Admission: No Admission Charge

A Juried Show with Selected Portfolios by: Paul Zachman, Andy Schecter, Sandy Rothenberg, Steve Malloy Desormeau, Frank Liberti, John Kosboth, Jeno Horvath, John Ejaife Judge for the Exhibit - Nathan Lyons With the Batavia Photography Club in the East Gallery - Tom Bonner, Jim Burns, Don Dennis Don Fryling, Christy Hibsch and Sue Meier

Bring Your Kids to Fondue-KIDS EAT FREE

  • Date(s): 08/17/2015 - 08/31/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 12p.m.-10p.m.
  • Location: The Melting Pot - Rochester
  • Contact: John Arcediano
  • Phone: (585) 424-6358

With only a few more weeks left of summer, and before you start worrying about orientation, supply shopping and meeting the teachers, let's do something fun before the kids go back to school this year! August 17th-31st KIDS EAT FREE at The Melting Pot of Rochester with the purchase of any four-course adult entrée.* Introduce your children to the wonderful world of Cheese and Chocolate! *Valid only for kids 12 and under with the purchase of any four-course adult entree. One child per paying adult will receive a free Child's plate entree consisting of Teriyaki-Marinated Sirloin, White Shrimp, Chicken Breast and Ravioli.

Grove Place Jazz Project

  • Date(s): 08/25/2015 - 09/15/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Location: 20 Windsor Street
  • Contact: Ann Marie Sanders
  • Phone: (585) 325-4370
  • Admission: $10

Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, in association with Eastman School of Music jazz students, presents The Grove Place Jazz Project each Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. A different jazz ensemble will be featured each week, showcasing the talents of Eastman School of Music students and other jazz artisans. Co-sponsored by the Friends of The Grove Place Jazz Project.

Sankofa Theatre Festival

  • Date(s): 08/27/2015 - 09/05/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: see website
  • Location: MuCCC Theatre, 142 Atlantic Ave
  • Admission: ticket prices vary see website

Now expanded to two weeks, this festival features original works by both established and emerging African American playwrights. All performances are 7:30 p.m. at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC), 142 Atlantic Ave., in Rochester's Neighborhood of the Arts.

Jacob Lawrence: The Legend of Brown Portfolio

  • Date(s): 08/28/2015 - 11/29/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11-5, Thursday until 9
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: Included in gallery admission

August 28–November 29, 2015 in the Lockhart Gallery This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. Jacob Lawrence’s portfolio of 22 serigraph prints tells the story of militant abolitionist John Brown, whose mission to overthrow black slavery in America at any cost helped spark the start of the war. This powerful set of images, based on the artist’s original gouache paintings created in 1941, is notable for its abstract forms, pure colors and minimal, yet evocative, detail.

Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz: Nox Cocktail Lounge

  • Date(s): 08/30/2015 - 09/06/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Location: Nox Cocktail Lounge - 302 N. Goodman Street at the Village Gate Square
  • Contact: Geeks Who Drink Rochester
  • Admission: Free

Looking for one last weekend adventure before Monday morning ruins your mood? Nox Cocktail Lounge hosts Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz every Sunday night at 7:30 PM - and best of all, it's free! Kick back with a Harry Potter themed cocktail and a Soylent Green burger while the Quizmaster leads you through 8 rounds of the geekiest pub quiz in town. You can play by yourself or on teams of up to 6 people so gather your fellowship of hobbits, elves, dwarves, and wizards. What's in it for me, you ask? First place wins a $25 Nox gift certificate; second place wins a $15 Nox gift certificate. Correctly answer a bonus question and you will win a free drink. Nothing to lose, everything to gain. See you there, geeks.

Quad A for Kids: Joe U. Memorial Charity Golf Tournament

  • Date(s): 08/31/2015 - 08/31/2015
  • Times: August 31, 2015
  • Location: Brook-Lea Country Club
  • Contact: Sean Tracy
  • Phone: (585) 341-4402
  • Admission: $200

The Joe U. Memorial Charity Golf Tournament benefits Quad A for Kids and its programs for youth in the City of Rochester Quad A for Kids, a small non-profit in Rochester, NY.

Eastman Faculty Artist Series. Kathleen Bride, harp, with Courtney Hershey Bress, harp.

  • Date(s): 09/01/2015 - 09/01/2015
  • Times: 8 PM
  • Location: Hatch Recital Hall, 433 East Main St.
  • Phone: (585) 274-1100
  • Admission: Tickets: $10; free to UR ID and current series subscribers. Available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St.; by phone 585-454-2100; fax 585-454-7885; online at eastmantheatre.org

Bochsa: Duo on the Air “Des Mysteres d’Isis”; Gershwin/Chaloupka: Porgy and Bess Suite; Ravel/Chaloupka: Ma mère l'Oye; Albeniz/Cambern: Cordova; Granados/Cambern: Jota Ellis Schuman: Prelude; Grandjany: Two Dances. Supported by Patricia Ward-Baker

Eastman Faculty Artist Series. Robert Swensen, tenor; Johnandrew Slominski, piano.

  • Date(s): 09/02/2015 - 09/02/2015
  • Times: 8 PM
  • Location: Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
  • Phone: (585) 274-1100
  • Admission: Tickets: $10; free to UR ID and current series subscribers. Available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St.; by phone 585-454-2100; fax 585-454-7885; online at eastmantheatre.org

Song Cycles of Robert Schumann. Supported by Patricia Ward-Baker

Dierks Bentley Sounds of Summer 2015

  • Date(s): 09/03/2015 - 09/03/2015
  • Times: Doors: 5:30PM Start: 7:00PM
  • Location: CMAC
  • Admission: GA Pit & Pavilion: $61, $46; Lawn: $26 Advance, $31 Day Of Show

Dierks Bentley Sounds of Summer Tour 2015 with special guests Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae, and Canaan Smith at CMAC. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 6th at noon.

Eastman Faculty Artist Series. Don Harry, tuba.

  • Date(s): 09/03/2015 - 09/03/2015
  • Times: 8 PM
  • Location: Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
  • Phone: (585) 274-1100
  • Admission: Tickets: $10; free to UR ID and current series subscribers. Available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St.; by phone 585-454-2100; fax 585-454-7885; online at eastmantheatre.org

Supported by Patricia Ward-Baker

Brooklyn Bridge

  • Date(s): 09/04/2015 - 11/15/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: Rochester Contemporary Art Center 137 East Avenue
  • Contact: Bleu Cease
  • Phone: (585) 461-2222
  • Admission: Free for Members, $2 for non-Members

September 4 - November 15 Opening Reception: Friday September 4, 6-10pm Artist Talk: Saturday September 5, 1pm
First Friday: October 2 & November 6, 6-10pm Printed Matter - Print Club of Rochester’s Annual Print Fair: Friday October 2, 6-10pm Brooklyn Bridge features five New York-based emerging artists, exhibiting together for the first time. The exhibition aims to create new connections, bringing a range of thoughtful and unique artworks to Rochester. Brooklyn Bridge is presented in partnership with the Memorial Art Gallery and Robert Henry Contemporary.

Carl Chiarenza' International Photography Exhibit

  • Date(s): 09/04/2015 - 01/03/2017
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Fridays & Saturdays 11a.m.-6.p.m. and Sundays 12-5p.m.
  • Location: 565 Blossom Road
  • Contact: Michael Hardy
  • Phone: (585) 288-7170
  • Admission: General Admission: $12, $8 for Seniors ($60+), FREE to ARTISANworks Members

A selection of Carl Chiarenza's large format Silver Prints will be on display in ARTISANworks' Elizabeth Gallery and NEW Gallery Q! Chiarenza is a Fanny Knapp Allen Professor Emeritus of Art History, and Artist-in-Residence, at the University of Rochester. He was Fanny Knapp Allen Professor there (1986-1998). At Boston University (1963-1986), he was Chairman, Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Art History. He also taught at Smith College and Cornell University. Born 1935, in Rochester NY, he received an A.A.S. (1955) and a B.F.A. (1957) from Rochester Institute of Technology, a M.S. (1959) and A.M. (1964) from Boston University and the Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1973. Chiarenza has lectured and taught workshops at over 100 institutions in 33 states since 1966. He is the author of numerous essays and of the critical biography, Aaron Siskind: Pleasures and Terrors (Little, Brown, Boston, 1982). His photographs have been seen in over 80 one-person, and in over 260 group exhibitions since 1957. OPENING RECEPTION Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 from 6-9p.m. $12 Free to GEH and ARTISANworks members FREE

Eastman Faculty Artist Series. Eastman Jazz Faculty Members.

  • Date(s): 09/04/2015 - 09/04/2015
  • Times: 8 PM
  • Location: Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
  • Admission: Tickets: $10; free to UR ID and current series subscribers. Available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St.; by phone 585-454-2100; fax 585-454-7885; online at eastmantheatre.org

Supported by Patricia Ward-Baker

Animal Birthday: Lion

  • Date(s): 09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
  • Times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: Seneca Park Zoo
  • Phone: (585) 336-7200
  • Admission: Free with regular Zoo admission

A birthday celebration for our African lions! All parties go from 1 to 3 p.m., with a "Happy Birthday" song and treats for the birthday animal at 2 p.m. There will also be a docent-run touch table station available at each birthday party.

Eastman Faculty Artist Series. Eastman Virtuosi.

  • Date(s): 09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
  • Times: 8 PM
  • Location: Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
  • Admission: Tickets: $10; free to UR ID and current series subscribers. Available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St.; by phone 585-454-2100; fax 585-454-7885; online at eastmantheatre.org

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 Elisanda Fabregas: Goyescas (world premiere). Supported by Patricia Ward-Baker

ROC THE PARK

  • Date(s): 09/05/2015 - 09/05/2015
  • Times: 5-10 pm
  • Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 353 Court St.
  • Contact: www.rocthepark.com
  • Phone: 311;outsidecitylimitscall4285990
  • Admission: $5, Kids under 12 Free

A Tribute to Motown Featuring: Divine Nature, Carlton Wilcox Live

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