So much to do...!
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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Enjoy the 47th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival, Rochester's premier summertime Festival! Experience over 375 juried artists, four stages of live music, two beer & wine gardens, food and The 3rd Annual Fairy Houses Tour.
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.
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.
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!
George Eastman House Collection On display: April 10 – August 2, 2015 Opening reception: April 10, 2015 The American Civil War divided a country and created a nation. It was the first modern war and the most detrimental for Americans, yielding more American fatalities and greater domestic suffering than any other war. Yet it paved the way to a new political, economic and social landscape for the United States. As we approach the sesquicentennial of “Mr. Lincoln’s War”, Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War presents a selection of historical photographs of Civil War sites and circumstances by photographers including George Barnard, Mathew Brady, and Alexander Gardner. The exhibition emphasizes rare items in the George Eastman House collection and explores how photography was used during this period to record the war, promote popular causes, and commemorate those who sacrificed their lives. Between the States was curated by Jamie Allen, Eastman House’s assistant curator of photographs. Between the States includes portraits of such Civil War era figures as Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Sojourner Truth, Tom Thumb, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. The collection also abounds with portraits of soldiers, many of whom remain unidentified, but whose images remind us of the endless number of soldiers who served during this war. Other photographs feature infamous prisons, sweeping battlefields, fortress interiors, and post-Civil War memorial sites.
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.
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.
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.
The first of five cruise nights to be held this season at Hidden Valley. Come see a collection of antique and classic cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles the second Friday of each month (May -September) from 5pm-8pm. Just take in the scenery, grab dinner, or book a Safari & Dinner Package while you visit.
Memorial Art Gallery Thursday, May 21, 2015 This exhibition draws from the wealth of paintings, drawings and prints in MAG’s permanent collection to explore that most enigmatic of visual forms, the shadow. For centuries, artists have used the shadow—the physical counterpart to the absence or dimming of light—as a way to depict the visible as well as the symbolic, metaphorical and psychological worlds. The works on display cross geographical and chronological boundaries to showcase the power and breadth of artistic interpretations of light and dark in all its myriad forms.
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!
"ART OF WAR" Bullet Paintings by Viktor Mitic Opening Reception, Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 1-4p.m. One hour Introductory Tours every Saturday and Sunday at 2p.m. included with admission.
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
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
Support Contemporary Art Rochester Contemporary Art Center's (RoCo), international small art phenomenon returns for the 8th year! Help us once again to build an incredible exhibition of thousands of artworks made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU. Join Artists from Around the World Each artwork must be 6x6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6x6 board, signed only on the back, and exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted and exhibited in the gallery and online. All artworks will also be offered for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Artist names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks will remain on display through July 12, 2015. Sold Out artists' names will be revealed next to their work online on July 3. Artists may enter up to 4 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D) and there is no fee to enter. Thank you for your participation! 6x6 Returns for the 8th Year Last years exhibition included over 6,700 artworks from 65 different countries and every US State! Past international artists contributors include Philip Glass, Jerry Uelsmann, Carl Chiarenza, Nathan Lyons, Joan Lyons, John Pfahl, Bill Viola, Dexter Dalwood, Wendell Castle, and many more. Past celebrity artists include Thich Nhat Hahn, Louise Slaughter, and Andrea Barrett among others. Questions: For more information and an informative list of FAQ’s visit our website: www.roco6x6.org
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!
The Strathallan Hotel presents their kick-off to summer! The Sunset on Strath is a rooftop happy hour series featuring live music every Tuesday and Wednesday evening through August. Bands include local favorites such as Teagan Ward, The Swooners, Adrian DiMatteo, Rob & Gary Acoustic, The Regulars, Roses and Revolutions and The Uptown Groove
These 75-minute tours will include topics covered on the Sunday general tours as well as new material.
Admission: $5 per person. 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.
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.
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.
Grab your besties for an evening of fun and interactive fondue! Our Ladies' Night menu is offered every Thursday in July and starts at just $19.95 per person for cheese fondue, salad and chocolate fondue! Don't forget our fantastic cocktail specials including: $5 Specialty Cocktails and $6 Glasses of Wine all evening! Ladies Night Menu: $19.95 per person 1. Choice of Cheese Fondue 2. Choice of Salad 3. Choice of Chocolate Fondue Add a petite Fondue By You Entree for only $9.95! Don't forget the Cocktails! -Enjoy $5 Specialty Cocktails and $6 Glasses of Wine all evening long!
The perfect date night has never been so easy! Just make one phone call for a reservation and treat your date to a fabulous meal and a great movie. Enjoy a special four-course meal for only 39.95 per person and we'll throw in two movie passes that are good at any Regal Cinemas! Fondue and a Show Menu: $39.95 per person 1. Choice of Cheese Fondue 2. Choice of Salad 3. Entrée: Herb-crusted Chicken, Filet Mignon and Pacific White Shrimp served with an assortment of fresh vegetables and sauces for dipping. 4. Choice of Chocolate Fondue
Discover an ocean of adventure and learn to talk like a pirate, create a sea captain’s hat, and more. Walk the plank and swab the deck to collect a piece of gold from the treasure chest. Included with general museum admission fees.
The Zoo has extended its hours once again this summer for eight Tuesday evenings filled with special programs and FUN! Gates remain open until 7:30 p.m. and you may stay on Zoo grounds until 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy the best view in Rochester for Fireworks! This event will be held in our exclusive 9th floor venue, featuring floor to ceiling glass and outside terraces. Enjoy a cash bar, all American hot dogs & Hamburgers available for purchase, and live DJ. Must be 21 or oder.
Corona Light Presents KENNY CHESNEY The Big Revival Tour with Special Guests Jake Owen and Chase Rice
Introduce little ones to the Museum through FREE storytelling, puppet shows, music, and lots of fun! In this theatrical presentation, Guinness World Record holder Larry Moss will use balloons to construct a Rube-Goldberg style mouse-trap, using volunteers to aid in the construction. Younger students will learn how simple machines work while older groups are presented with more information regarding the forces in nature that affect the way machines work. Collection Connection: Can you find glass that looks similar to balloons in the collection? It can be twisty and curvy, too! The Southeast Steuben County Library will be on site for each Little Gather Family session at 11 am, offering selected pieces from their collection centered around the Little Gather theme of the week. Bring your local library card to check out these items and further enhance your Little Gather experience at home. Bring your family at 11 am. Groups can attend a special 9:30 am show. Groups MUST register (space is limited) by calling 607.438.5113 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch as William Gudenrath demonstrates for his class, An In-Depth Introduction to Venetian Techniques, which will provide students with a firm foundation in the basic movements of Venetian-style glassblowing. No registration or fee is required to watch this portion of the class. Connect to our Ustream channel on July 8 to watch. Unable to watch the live stream? Each demonstration will be added to our YouTube channel. See the full listing of past live-streamed demonstrations, and check back for new videos soon.
This special event sponsored by Ganondagan includes live dance and music performances followed by a preview of the much-anticipated Iroquois Creation Story film. The film’s creator, G. Peter Jemison, and members of the collaborative team will be on hand to provide commentary, and Jemison's original artwork, the catalyst and inspiration of the film’s animation, will be on display.
Live Concerts Friday Nights at the Rochester Public Market.
The Crawdiddies are a band on a mission. The goal? To find your heart string that shares the resonant frequency of your tail-feather and pluck it! And pluck they do. Using traditional acoustic instruments, the Crawdiddies conjure an exciting musical experience. Drawing from several troves of American roots music including Delta Blues, Appalachian Old-Time, Bluegrass, and R&B, they are equally at home on stage or around the camp fire. A staple of the Rochester scene, the Crawdiddies - Washboard Dave, Banjo Ben, Bassman Jay Chaffee, and the magnificent Heather Taylor - have created bluesy grooves all over the area from Lovin’ Cup to Hose 22, Abilene and The Lilac Festival, and many private events. “The whole band has a genuine casualness to it, which ultimately gets under collars and skin until you can’t resist any longer.” — Frank DeBlase (Rochester City Newspaper)
Learn the basics of lettering, shading, shapes, angles, different types of typography and the tricks to a steady hand and turn your doodles into art. From faux-lligraphy to chalk, etched lettering and the basics to building your own font, this class will be hands-on fun. Supplies include ink pen, chalkboard + chalk pen. Participants may bring their own bottle of wine (we’ll supply the glasses!) to enjoy and paint with, too! Note: there will be an ID check for all participants drinking wine during the class. About the teacher: Andrea Burke is a freelancing graphic designer, artist and writer in Rochester, NY. Her local work can be seen in (585) Magazine and Pour Coffee Parlor. She's a fan of cafe racers, B-movies, unsweetened lattes, and can be found running around town with her precocious five-year-old daughter, Madeleine.
Harpoon Brewery will be visitong West Edge Restaurant, with free tastings of 3 beers, including the Harpoon IPA, Harpoon UFO White and the Harpoon Raz. Join us for riverside views in Corn Hill Landing at the West Edge Restaurant in Downtown Rochester.
a spectacular outdoor epic with a cast of over 600, presented by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Men Behaving Badly preforming live at Nedloh Brewing Company! Come out and enjoy live music, great pizza, and tasty beer in the heart of Bloomfield, New York. 4:30-8:00pm. See you there!
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ADA Legacy Bus Tour makes a special stop at The Strong museum. Learn about the ADA and disability rights through a series of free outdoor activities. Hosted by the Center for Disability Rights.
Join us during Corn Hill Arts Festival on the Patio for a Corn Hole Tournament.
Rohrbachs Tap Takeover Featuring at least 7 beers. With a Kick the Keg Contest.
Registration is Free and the Top 3 teams walk away with Prizes.
Round Robin so you are guaranteed to play a lot of games. Then the top 4 teams battle out in a Single elimination Finals Round to crown the Champion.
Call to reserve your team today 585-319-3388
Grammy Award winner Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick graces the CMAC stage. Tickets on sale Friday, January 30th at noon
Stroll paved, flat-surfaced Grove Avenue. Learn about many notable families buried in beautiful mausoleums and artistic plots.
Tour is approximately 2 hours long.
Tour guides: Sally Millick and Cam Tran