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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04/13/2014 - 04/19/2014

Featured Events

The Phantom of the Opera

  • Date(s): 04/16/2014 - 04/27/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues./Wed./Thurs: 7:30pm Fri: 8:00pm Sat: 2:00pm & 8:00pm Sun: 1:00pm & 6:30pm
  • Location: Rochester Auditorium Theatre - 885 E.Main Street
  • Contact: Rochester Broadway Theatre League, Inc.
  • Phone: (585) 222-5000
  • Admission: Begins at $37.50

Following an acclaimed sell-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will make its premiere in Rochester as part of a brand new US National Tour. Hailed as “Stunning, intense and spectacular” by the Sunday Express, this production features a brilliant new design by Paul Brown, costumes by the much missed Maria Björnson, a new staging by Laurence Connor – director of the recent acclaimed 25th anniversary celebration at the Royal Albert Hall – and new choreography by Scott Ambler. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh.

Ongoing Events

Cameras from the Technology Collection

  • Date(s): 06/01/2011(No End Date)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Museum admission

AWS eventFrom the world’s largest collection of cameras, the evolution of photography is illustrated, -- including the camera that shot the flag-raising at Iwo Jima, the only complete NASA Lunar Orbiter, and a Technicolor movie camera that filmed many MGM classics … plus many cameras that you and your family used to own!

Electricity Theater featuring Musical Tesla Coils

  • Date(s): 07/02/2013(No End Date)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Various—see
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see

AWS eventWith "singing" Tesla coils, this exhibition experience features dazzling displays of lightning set to music. Be mesmerized by zaps of lightning appearing just a few feet away in our newest visitor experience, Electricity Theater! This science show experience features a dazzling display of indoor bolts of musical lightning produced by twin solid-state Tesla coils. Watch the dark theater become splashed with light, and allow that spark in you to ignite as you explore the excitement of electricity and all that goes with it: Lightning, conductors, insulators and storm safety.

Under Construction: Building Careers Exhibition

  • Date(s): 01/10/2014(No End Date)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: During regular Museum hours—see
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center 657 East Avenue
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see

AWS eventDrill hands-on into construction trades and complete actual electrical, plumbing, architectural and building tasks! Fun for the whole family. Use your hands and minds to: - Maneuver a giant crane to move bricks on the “job site.” - Run wires through 2x4-studded walls to build a simulated working electrical system. - Install plumbing for a sink as well as install a p-trap for outflow. - Stretch your design and math muscles while creating structures with KEVA Planks. Also, hear from local professionals! Local electricians, plumbers and other construction professionals narrate their story of building the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on campus at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Math Midway exhibition at RMSC

  • Date(s): 01/17/2014 - 04/27/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Regular Museum Hours—see
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center 657 East Avenue
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see

Math Midway is held over through April 27! A hands-on tour of mathematical concepts,Math Midwayis a carnival-themed experience that showcases the exciting and surprising activities that relate mathematical principles. Visitors see how mathematics can be an experimental science, how it can be a lens through which to view a situation, and how it can be a fun activity. Dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Visitors can: Ride the square-wheeled tricycle Spin the Universal Wheel of Chance! Play with puzzles including The Ruler that Missed the Mark Dare to challenge the Ring of Fire! Make their own harmonic pattern with the Mysterious Harmonograph This exhibit is sure to add to visitors’ enjoyment, multiply their amazement, and expand their powers of perception. Math Midway is created as part of the Museum of Mathematics.

Eduardo Paolozzi’s General Dynamic F.U.N.

  • Date(s): 01/31/2014 - 05/04/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11-5pm, until 9pm on Thurs
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Admission: included in gallery admission

Eduardo Paolozzi’s General Dynamic F.U.N. January 31–May 4, 2014 in the Lockhart Gallery From across the ocean, British Pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005) absorbed American popular culture with delight and dismay. His 1970 portfolio of screenprints and photolithographs General Dynamic F.U.N. featured 50 dizzying images drawn from the artist’s personal collection of American magazines and comics. Influenced by the collage aesthetic of the Surrealist and Dada movements, Paolozzi poured iconic images of 1960s America—Liz Taylor, television sets, robots, motorcycles, Mickey Mouse and Mr. Peanut—into the blender of his unconscious mind and set it to spin.

Animation Exhibit

  • Date(s): 02/01/2014 - 04/27/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Regular museum hours
  • Location: The Strong National Museum of Play
  • Admission: Age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

AWS eventExplore the new Animation exhibit to experience firsthand the many processes used in the art of animation—from the original concept to the finished product. Included with general museum admission fees.

Through the Student Lens 2014: Photography by High School Students

  • Date(s): 03/25/2014 - 04/20/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Tuesday - Saturday 12-6, Sunday 12-4.
  • Location: Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Ave. in the Neighborhood of the Arts
  • Contact: Dick Bennett
  • Phone: (585) 749-7010
  • Admission: No Charge

Image City Photography Gallery's annual exhibit includes 16 Monroe County Schools. The exhibit includes 160 images produced by the students. We also feature David Ridley, Hank Shaw and Camera Rochester, with Bruce Bozman in the East Gallery. Student images are printed by Michael Hager of Museum Photographics an mounting is provided by Jason Campbell of FrameWorks.

Dirty Dozen: The Outlaw Printmakers

  • Date(s): 04/03/2014 - 05/11/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Opening Reception: April 3rd 6-9pm
  • Location: Rochester Contemporary Art Center
  • Contact:
  • Phone: (585) 461-2222
  • Admission: $1 / free for members

The Outlaw Printmakers is a diverse group of accomplished working artists and artist/teachers from across the US. The artists’ styles differ, however all are dedicated to fine printmaking using contemporary, social/political, and sometimes edgy imagery. The Outlaw Printmakers: Tom Huck, Dennis McNett, Sean Starwars, Artemio Rodriguez, Derrick Riley, Bill Fick, Carlos Hernandez, Julia Curran, Ryan O’Malley, The Amazing Hancock Bros (John and Charles Hancock), Drive By Press (Joseph Velasquez and Greg Nanney). The April 3 Opening Reception will include a one-night-only Print Fair of affordable works by the Outlaw Printmakers. An Artist Talk with three artists will take place on April 5 at 1pm. The Print Club of Rochester will host a First Friday Print•a•Fair on May 2, 6-10pm. Dirty Dozen will premiere Tom Huck's new monumental artwork The Tommy Peepers a 5’ x 10’ woodcut triptych that took 3 1/2 years to complete. Dirty Dozen will be accompanied by a Special LAB Space Exhibition: Surveying Print: 84 Years of editions from the Print Club of Rochester.

Matisse as Printmaker: Works from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation

  • Date(s): 04/06/2014 - 06/08/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm, until 9pm on Thursdays
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave.
  • Admission: included in gallery admission

April 6–June 8, 2014 in the Grand Gallery Henri Matisse may be best known as a painter and sculptor, but this exhibition sheds light on his prolific and innovative career as a printmaker. Drawn from the extraordinary collection of Matisse prints that once belonged to the artist’s son Pierre, Matisse as Printmaker includes approximately 63 etchings, monotypes, aquatints, lithographs, linocuts in black and white, and two-color prints—examples of every printmaking medium that Matisse utilized. The exhibition, which the Washington Times said “refreshes the typical view of Matisse,” underscores the importance of his work in series, as well as the standing, seated, and reclining nude. On view concurrently will be an exhibition of contemporary ceramics by the painter’s great-grandson, Alex Matisse.

Joyful Rescues Adoption Event

  • Date(s): 04/12/2014 - 06/14/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 11:30- 2
  • Location: 917 Holt Rd
  • Admission: Free

Joyful Rescues will have volunteers at Webster PetSmart, 917 Holt Rd, on every Saturday from 11:30-2:00, showing some of their adoptable dogs and cats. Joyful Rescues, established in 2002, is a non-profit, no-kill, New York State Inspected animal rescue. View all available dogs and cats online at


  • Date(s): 04/12/2014 - 04/19/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 12-4pm
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center 657 East Avenue
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see

April Break Week - Mission: Green Saturday, April 12–Saturday, April 19: 12-4pm Whether at home, at school, or at work, there are plenty of ways we can get involved in making our community and our world a safer, greener place. From home gardening to new sustainable materials, discover all the cool ways you can get involved! Explore the world of emerging environmentally friendly technologies. Every day will be a different focus, so come back each day to: Meet with representatives from companies and non-profit organizations across our region who can help you "green-up" your home and/or business. Get up to date with the latest trends in energy conservation, from long-lasting LED bulbs that can lower your home energy bill, to ways some businesses in Rochester are working toward a zero-carbon footprint. Learn about green infrastructure and how we can help maintain healthy waters and support sustainable communities that provide multiple environmental benefits. Discover how to build, install and use a rain barrel to conserve water at home and protect our watershed. Be an H2O Hero! Find out so much more!

2nd Annual SWADCO Tea & Hat Show

  • Date(s): 04/19/2014 - 04/19/2014
  • Times: 4:30-6:30pm
  • Location: Zion hill Missionar Baptist Church
  • Contact: Rev. Grace Douglass
  • Phone: (585) 328-4660
  • Admission: Adults $10 children under 12yrs $5

 “It’s Tea Time” Come join us in the elegance of a ballroom /roundtable setting. Watch male and female models showcase fashionable hats and suits in four distinct categories (i.e. Sports, Casual, Church, and Business). Snack on delicious horsd’oeuvres or braze at soul food buffet. Don’t forget to patronize our local make up, hat, jewelry, purse, coffee vendors or just settle in for a relaxing cup of tea. Proceeds benefit SWADCO a housing and economic arm of Zion Hill Ministries helping medium and low income families to become first time home owners through education and training.


  • Date(s): 04/19/2014 - 04/19/2014
  • Times: 2PM
  • Contact: DEWEY GARDENS
  • Phone: (585) 865-0470
  • Admission: $10 EA.


Hidden Valley Animal Adventure Job Fair

  • Date(s): 04/19/2014 - 04/19/2014
  • Times: 10am-2pm
  • Location: The Lodge at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure
  • Contact: Front Desk
  • Phone: (585) 535-4100
  • Admission: Free

Hidden Valley is looking for dynamic people to be part of our team. If you’re interested in seasonal employment, we will hold an open house and job fair on Saturday, April 19 at The Lodge from 10am-2pm. Visit our website for a list of available positions.

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