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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10/04/2015 - 10/10/2015

Featured Events

ImageOut Film Festival

  • Date(s): 10/09/2015 - 10/18/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Varies
  • Location: Little, Dryden, Cinema, Ingle, Hubbel
  • Phone: (585) 271-2640
  • Admission: Varies

ImageOut: The Rochester LGBT Film Festival, 10 days of more than 40 programs and 90 films from around the world.


  • Date(s): 10/10/2015 - 10/31/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Location: Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul Street
  • Contact: Pam Cowan
  • Phone: (585) 336-7201
  • Admission: Advance sale, Members: $6.50. At event, non-members $8.50 to trick-or-treat plus Zoo admission

ZooBoo offers a range of animal presentations, live entertainment, games, crafts and activities for children of all ages. Little tykes are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters or animals and take part in a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt around the Zoo, and, because ZooBoo is held during daylight hours, everyone can take pleasure in the real stars of the event — our animals! New this year: 50 cents from each ZooBoo ticket will be donated to Healthy in Harmony. October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26.

Ongoing Events

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!

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.

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.


  • 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!

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, or call 585.223.4210 for more information.

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.

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.

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

Brooklyn Bridge

  • Date(s): 09/05/2015 - 11/15/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: Rochester Contemporary Art Center, 137 East Ave
  • Phone: (585) 461-2222
  • Admission: $2/ free for members

BROOKLYN BRIDGE September 4 – November 15, 2015 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.

Monty Python's Spamalot

  • Date(s): 09/09/2015 - 10/11/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: varies, visit website ( or call box office (585.232-4382) for details.
  • Location: Wilson Mainstage Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: (585) 232-4382
  • Admission: From $25

This outrageous parody tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Embarking on their quest to find the Holy Grail, the Knights' shenanigans include flying cows, beautiful show girls, killer rabbits, and flatulent Frenchmen - all while performing heart-stopping and hilarious musical numbers. Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Stokoe Farms Pumpkin & Harvest Fest

  • Date(s): 09/12/2015 - 10/25/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 10am to 5pm
  • Location: 656 South Road
  • Phone: (585) 889-0770
  • Admission: $10 per person, children under 2 are free

Come on out and take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own special pumpkins from the vine. Enjoy over 35 thrilling activities and animals on the farm. There is fun for all ages!

Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz: Nox Cocktail Lounge

  • Date(s): 09/13/2015 - 08/28/2016
  • 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.

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

  • Date(s): 09/20/2015 - 12/27/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 1 & 3 pm
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: Included in Gallery admission

Grove Place Jazz Project

  • Date(s): 09/29/2015 - 11/10/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 7:00pm
  • Location: Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 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.

18th Annual Apple Tasting Tour

  • Date(s): 10/01/2015 - 10/31/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Wayne County
  • Contact: Wayne County Tourism
  • Phone: (800) 527-6510
  • Admission: Varies on location

As the largest apple-producing county in New York State – Wayne County Tourism is partnering with 12 farms, farm markets, wineries, and a distillery in the area to host the tour, which includes “Tasting Weekend” on Oct. 9-12 (Columbus Day Weekend). Apple Tasting Tour activities include U-Pick Apples, Wine/Spirits/Hard Cider Tastings, Apple Tastings, and Kids Activities (hay rides & playgrounds, petting zoos, crafts, etc.)

10th Anniversary Show

  • Date(s): 10/06/2015 - 11/01/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues. - Sat. 12-6 PM; Sun. 12 - 6 PM
  • Location: Image City Photography Gallery
  • Contact: Dick Bennett
  • Phone: (585) 749-7010
  • Admission: Free

The current show at Image City through Nov. 1, is our 10th Anniversary Show. Over 40 invited photographers who have been associated with the Gallery will join us for a very special exhibit. The Gallery Partners want to extend our heartfelt 'Thank You' to all who have supported us over the past 10 years. In that time we have produced 133 shows, exhibited the work of more than 700 photographers, and 1,600 photographs have been purchased by our loyal patrons .It has been our pleasure to be a venue for the exhibition of fine photographic art. Check our website for more details. The reception celebration is Friday, Oct. 9. Save the date!


  • Date(s): 10/06/2015 - 10/11/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Varied
  • Location: The Auditorium Theatre
  • Phone: (585) 222-5000
  • Admission: Varied

They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes NEWSIES, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES has audiences and critics alike calling it “A MUSICAL WORTH SINGING ABOUT!” (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss. Based on true events, NEWSIES tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are. NEWSIES was brought to the stage by an award-winning creative team. It features a score by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Jack Feldman (The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride) and a book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), with choreography by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific) and direction by Jeff Calhoun (Big River). Now is the time to seize the day with NEWSIES.

Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes

  • Date(s): 10/08/2015 - 10/18/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 10/8 and 10/15 at 7:00pm; 10/9, 10/10, 10/16, and 10/17 at 8:00pm; 10/11 at 6:00pm, and 10/18 at 2:00pm
  • Location: Downstairs Cabaret at Winton Place, 3450 Winton Place
  • Contact: Ann Marie Sanders
  • Phone: (585) 325-4370
  • Admission: $26-29, depending on performance time

Following critically acclaimed engagements in NYC, Edinburgh, London, and Australia, Billy Hayes brings back his riveting one-man show to Rochester. In a dynamic performance, Billy recounts the true story of his time in Turkish prisons and his brazen, harrowing escape. It’s an epic journey of self-discovery, a cautionary, yet uplifting tale of desperation, determination and personal transformation. Hayes was arrested at the Istanbul airport in 1970 with two kilos of hashish taped to his body. The Turkish High Court sentenced him to life in prison. Five years later, Billy escaped from Imrali Island prison in the dead of night – rowing 17 miles across the Sea of Marmara in a raging storm. Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes is about the prisoner, an intimate, gripping memoir that can only be told by the man who lived it. Each performance followed by a talkback with Billy.


  • Date(s): 10/09/2015 - 11/28/2015
  • Recurring every 8 weeks on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Every Friday & Saturday during the month of October - November
  • Location: Finger Lakes Food Tours
  • Contact: Buy tickets at: Zerve (on website)
  • Phone: (800) 979-3370
  • Admission: on website/Zerve buttons

See what makes Canandaigua tick as we walk, talk and eat our way through Canandaigua's historic district! This leisurely, guided walking tour is the perfect way to sample exceptionally good tastings from area restaurants & specialty shops. Hear what defines THE CHOSEN SPOT in terms of its history, culture and architecture.

Rochester Folk Art Guild Open House and Apple Festival

  • Date(s): 10/10/2015 - 10/11/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 11am-5pm
  • Location: 1445 Upper Hill Road
  • Contact: Folk Art Guild
  • Phone: (585) 554-3539
  • Admission: Free

The Rochester Folk Art Guild is hosting its annual Open House and Apple Fest, October 10th and 11th.  Enjoy autumn in the finger lakes with two days of art, music, food and games. Join us for this tradition, sharing the Guild’s fine crafts alongside sustainably grown produce and apple harvest celebrations. The studios will be open from 11-5pm Saturday and Sunday with demonstrations in pottery, wood working and weaving. Farm fresh lunch and artisanal baked goods will be for sale alongside entertainment from local musicians.

Science Fun with Sid

  • Date(s): 10/10/2015 - 10/12/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: The Strong Museum, One Manhattan Square
  • Phone: (585) 263-2700
  • Admission: age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free

Meet and take photos with Sid. Explore the exhibit and create your own science journal, just like Sid’s! Stop by Science Stations to experiment with magnets, use magnifying glasses, build catapults, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.


  • Date(s): 10/10/2015 - 10/31/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Location: Seneca Park Zoo
  • Phone: (585) 336-7200

What could be more fun than trick-or-treating? Trick-or-treating at the Zoo, of course! Each year hundreds of families dress in their Merry-Not-Scary best and enjoy the autumn splendor of the Zoo. With trick-or-treat stations, costumed characters and special treats for the animals, ZooBoo is an experience your family won't soon forget.

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