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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08/24/2014 - 08/30/2014

Featured Events

Boardwalk Arcade

  • Date(s): 05/24/2014 - 09/07/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: The Strong, One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607
  • Phone: (585) 263-2700
  • Admission: Museum Admission

AWS!Celebrate seaside amusements in all of their beeping, blipping, vibrant and gaudy glory. Stroll down a boardwalk that evokes the heyday of 19th century resorts like Coney Island and Atlantic City. Play pinball and arcade games, spin a wheel of fortune, snap a photo with beach props and cut-outs and much more.

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!From 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, 657 East Avenue
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see

AWS!With "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!Drill 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.

Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by Lalique and his Contemporaries

  • Date(s): 05/17/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9AM - 5PM
  • Location: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Contact: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Phone: (800) 732-6845
  • Admission: Included in Museum Admission

AWS!In the late 19th century and early 20th century, René Lalique’s jewelry, and then his beautifully designed glass objects and vessels, made him an influential figure in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. His work was acclaimed at the international industrial expositions, particularly the 1900 and 1925 Paris Expositions. Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by Lalique and His Contemporaries surveys the extraordinary glass art created by Lalique and his European contemporaries, including Marinot, Herbst, Gallé, and Val St. Lambert, through design drawings, trade catalogs, period photographs, and rare books from the Rakow Library’s special collections. For more information, call (800) 732-6845 or (607) 937-5371, or visit

René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass

  • Date(s): 05/17/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9AM - 5PM
  • Location: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Contact: The Corning Museum of Glass
  • Phone: (800) 732-6845
  • Admission: Included in Museum Admission

AWS!This major exhibition will bring together glass, jewelry, production molds, and design drawings by René Lalique (French, 1860─1945), dating from about 1893 to Lalique’s death in 1945. As a successful jeweler Lalique experimented with glass in his designs, which eventually led to a career in which he fully embraced the material. His aesthetic choices in his designs informed the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in France, and the objects he created have become iconic reflections of these periods. Lalique also embraced industrial innovations, like mass production, allowing luxury glass to be placed in more and more households around the world. For more information, call (800) 732-6845 or (607) 937-5371, or visit

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

  • Date(s): 06/01/2014 - 09/07/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 1 and 3 p.m.
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave.
  • Phone: (585) 274-1100
  • Admission: Included in Gallery admission


  • Date(s): 06/01/2014(No End Date)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: During regular Museum hours—see
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see

Imagine & discover a world you cannot see! Get the family together & become enthralled by the worls of nanoscale science, engineering & technology in an exciting interactive exhibit. Hands-on components present the basics of nanoscience & engineering, introduce some real-world applications, & explore the societal & ethical implications of this new technology.

Downtown Batavia Public Market

  • Date(s): 06/19/2014 - 09/25/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Location: Bank Street & Alva Place Parking Lot (Across from Jerome Center)
  • Contact: Don Burkel Or Anthony Condello
  • Phone: (585) 344-0900
  • Admission: Free

Downtown Batavia Public Market , Every Thursday, June 19th - September 25th, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. We've Moved To: Bank Street & Alva Place Parking Lot (Across From Jerome Center) Market Features: Fresh Baked Goods, Produce & Fruit, Flowers, Herbs, Wine, Handcrafted Quilts, BBQ Sauce, Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Alston, and lots more... Interested Vendors Contact The B.I.D. At: 585-344-0900.

Inventor Center Exhibit

  • Date(s): 06/20/2014 - 08/31/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Inventor Center hours are 10am-4pm every day, through August. Starting in September, hours are 10am-4pm on weekends and holidays and 2-4pm Monday through Friday. See for details.
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various-see

AWS!Power cities, build cars, harness wind and fire catapults! Dive into a hands-on exploration of the inventive process and see what you can do

Joyful Rescues Adoption Event

  • Date(s): 06/28/2014 - 09/27/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 11:30-2
  • Location: Webster PetSmart 917 Holt Rd.
  • Contact: Joyful Rescues
  • Phone: (716) 372-3661
  • Admission: Free

Joyful Rescues will be showing dogs and cats up for adoption at Webster PetSmart, 917 Holt Rd. Stop by and see us!

HVAA Summer Hours

  • Date(s): 07/01/2014 - 09/01/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 10am-5pm
  • Location: Hidden Valley Animal Adventure
  • Contact: Front Desk
  • Phone: (585) 535-4100
  • Admission: $18 Adults, $14 Children (3-10) Seniors 65+ Monday-Friday $16

The park is open seven days a week throughout the summer. Wild Game Safari Tours run Sundays-Thursdays 10am-5pm, and Fridays and Saturdays 10am-7pm. Season passes available on-line, or call 585.535.4100. Visit our website for a list of all prices and hours.

Summer of Farewell Parades

  • Date(s): 07/04/2014 - 09/01/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: The Strong Museum
  • Contact: Shane Rhinewald
  • Phone: (585) 410-6365
  • Admission: Age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

AWS!Join in a festive musical march through the museum galleries. Included with general museum admission fees.

Village Idiots Improv Comedy Battles

  • Date(s): 07/12/2014 - 08/30/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 9:30 - 11pm
  • Location: 172 West Main St.
  • Contact: Swithun No
  • Phone: (585) 797-9086
  • Admission: $6.00

In an improv comedy show, the audience provides suggestions to the comedic performers who then create hilarious scenes immediately without any further preparation. Improv Comedy Battles are a type of competition where the improvisors compete for the audience's affection. Based on audience suggestions, and audience scores. Perfect for those who have never seen improv before, first dates, birthday parties and bachelor/bachelorette celebrations.

6th Rochester Biennial

  • Date(s): 07/13/2014 - 09/21/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm, until 9pm on Thursdays
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave.
  • Admission: included in gallery admission

July 13–September 21, 2014 in the Grand Gallery Summers at MAG are dedicated to the art of upstate New York. On alternating years, the Gallery presents juried and invitational exhibitions that showcase regional artists working in a variety of media. For the 6th Rochester Biennial, the Gallery’s director and curators have selected these six exceptional artists: Juan-Carlos Caballero Perez, Rochester (metalwork) Richard Hirsch, Churchville (ceramics) Jeff Kell, Rush (ceramics) Kumi Korf, Ithaca (prints, artist’s books) Lynette Stephenson, Hamilton (painting) Kim Waale, Manlius (installations) Each Biennial artist will present about half a dozen new works.

State of the City: Lost and Found

  • Date(s): 08/01/2014 - 09/27/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Opening Reception: August 1 6-10pm
  • Location: 137 East Ave
  • Phone: (585) 461-2222
  • Admission: 2

August 1 - September 27 Opening Reception: Friday August 1, 6-10pm Artist's Talk: Saturday August 2, 1pm State of the City 2014 features monumental installations by Ron Klein (Philadelphia, PA) and The Shua Group (Jersey City, NJ), each encouraging us to think differently about our surroundings. Shua Group creates movement based artworks which encourage deep listening, human exchange, and spatial and perceptual transformation. Ron Klein's complex and varied installations grow out of his pseudo-anthropological creative practice. Presented in partnership with The Memorial Art Gallery and Howard Scott Gallery. Special Fringe Festival Events: Open Circle: September 24 & 26 at 7pm Embracing the Rochester Contemporary Art Center as a space for exchanging ideas, art, and music, Sound ExChange invites the community to participate in an open-house concert. When the Sun Comes Down: September 27, 3pm and 8pm A Halloween Poetry Reading with audience participation. Come, see, hear and participate in the art of Halloween. Come dressed for the occasion or just as you are.

Corn Hill Historic Wellness Walk

  • Date(s): 08/03/2014 - 08/31/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 2:30 - 4:00
  • Location: Corn Hill - starting at Avery Mall - Adams and Frederick Douglass Streets
  • Contact: Bonny Mayer
  • Phone: (585) 455-6243
  • Admission: Free

Each Sunday in August, a guided walk will be presented through the Corn Hill neighborhood following the Historic Wellness Trail. In addition to the ten historic marker stations, walkers will learn more about the history and homes of Corn Hill. The walks will begin at 2:30pm at Avery Mall (Adams and Frederick Douglass Streets) ending at the Lunsford Gazebo at 4pm.

Skaneateles Festival

  • Date(s): 08/06/2014 - 08/30/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: see website
  • Location: Locations in Skaneateles. See website for more info.
  • Admission: $22-228

Since 1980, the Skaneateles Festiavl has rbought world-class musicians to this charming lakeside community for 4 weeks of chambe music, chambe orchestra and children's concerts in the late summer. The informal setting, innovative programming and community involvement make this an especially nurturing spot for performers who are eager to return again and again, and who are warmly embraced (and fed & housed) by the Festival audience.

See website for concert listings.

Portfolio Showcase 2014

  • Date(s): 08/12/2014 - 09/07/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues.- Sat. 12-6, Sun. 12-4
  • Location: 722 University Ave.
  • Contact: Dick Bennett
  • Phone: (585) 749-7010
  • Admission: Free

A Juried Show with Selected Portfolios by Dick Beery, Stanley Hattman, Tom Kredo, Joel Krenis, Frank Liberti. Julie McGann, Michael Rivera, Jane Walker Jurors for the Exhibit: Andrew Davidhazy and Christine Heusner Additional Exhibitors: Gallery Partners: Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steven Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, and Sheridan Vincent Artists-in-Residence: Jim Patton and David Perlman pixelPRESERVE: R. Glenn Alexander Lumiere Photo: Erin Markum

Medicine at the Museum Speaker Series

  • Date(s): 08/17/2014 - 09/28/2014
  • Recurring every 2 weeks on Sunday
  • Times: 4:00pm
  • Location: The Cobblestone Museum - 14389 Ridge Road
  • Contact: Matthew Ballard
  • Phone: (585) 589-9013
  • Admission: $5.00 Suggested Donation

The Cobblestone Society & Museum is hosting a four-part speaker series. Speakers from around the area will provide a unique look into the development of the medical profession in Western NY. The series coincides with our “Medicine at the Museum” exhibit, which displays a collection of medical artifacts from the Rexall Drug Store in Albion, NY. Speakers: Dr. Ronald Batt, MD, PhD, Professor SUNY University at Buffalo, The History of Buffalo's Medical School; Erica Wanecski, The Search for Health: Sanitariums and Health Resorts in Western NY; Bill Lattin, Orleans County Historian, Trivial Tales of Orleans County Physicians; Derek Maxfield, Associate Professor of History GCC, Dying on Script: A Look at Victorian Attitudes Towards Illness and Death in the 19th Century.

365: A Year in Revue

  • Date(s): 08/21/2014 - 08/31/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Varied. Visit for details
  • Location: Bristol Valley Theater, 151 S. Main St., Naples, NY
  • Contact: BVT Main Office (prior to 6/3) or Box Office (beginning 6/3)
  • Phone: 5853749032or5853746318
  • Admission: $12-$33; See website for details

A full year’s worth of music in one show! The Bristol Valley Theater GetAway Gang has taken audiences to places they've never been, shared the magic of the movies and passed the remote for a boob tube revue. This summer, four of our favorite BVT performers will take you on a jukebox journey through the music that celebrates all the seasons and every month of the year - from “April in Paris” to “September Song.” Mark your calendars!

Sankofa Theatre Festival

  • Date(s): 08/28/2014 - 08/30/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: see website
  • Location: MuCCC Theatre, 142 Atlantic Ave
  • Admission: $12.50 - $35

The festival brings some of the best local African American talent together for 3 nights of one-act plays.

Karen Savoca & Pete Hietzman

  • Date(s): 08/29/2014 - 08/30/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 8 pm
  • Location: Downstairs Cabaret Theatre @ Winton Place
  • Phone: (585) 325-4370
  • Admission: $25

One of the most original, exciting music duos you're likely to encounter: grit and sensitivity, percussion and groove. Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman are sinuous as two skaters gliding on ice as they play across soul, r&b, roots, and world rhythms.  Rochester City Newspaper declared, "Music like warm bath water, soaking into your pores so sweetly that you dread getting out of the tub." A definite must-see! Labor Day Weekend only August 29-30.

New Ghosts for A New Age: Yoshitoshi’s New Forms of 36 Ghosts

  • Date(s): 08/29/2014 - 11/30/2014
  • 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

New Ghosts for A New Age: Yoshitoshi’s New Forms of 36 Ghosts Japanese Prints. This exhibition showcases the series by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), the most important Japanese woodcut artist of the Meiji period. Created near the end of his life, the individual prints, with their dramatic, sometimes terrifying subject matter, are linked only by the inclusion of supernatural beings—ghosts, demons, and monsters—drawn from the ancient legends of Japanese history and theater.

8th Annual Ontario Barn Vineyards Festival

  • Date(s): 08/30/2014 - 08/30/2014
  • Times: 12:00pm--8:00pm
  • Location: Ontario Barn Vineyards, 513 Whitney Rd, Ontario
  • Contact: Carmen Staub
  • Admission: $12 adults, FREE age 19 and under

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for this all day outdoor festival at our winery, featuring LIVE music, BBQ, wines and beer, arts and crafts and free ice cream! Promotes solar energy, peace, harmony and family fun. This year's line up: Watkins & the Rapiers, Zydeco Vacation, Waitin On A Train, Younger Gang, Cottage Pickers, Linabelle Blue Grass Band, Barry's Crossing, and The Geneseo String Band!

All-Star Shenanigans- Rochester Edition

  • Date(s): 08/30/2014 - 08/30/2014
  • Times: 9AM- 1PM
  • Location: Genesee Valley Park
  • Contact: Bert Gallmon
  • Phone: (585) 737-3650
  • Admission: $20 for kids, $30-$45 Adults

Can you run a 5k in 15 minutes? How about in flippers? Dressed like Batman while riding a tricycle? With All-Star Shenanigans, we will put your running skills to the test! This fun filled adventure is less about your 5k time and more about the fun filled memories you will create with your friends. We take your ordinary 5k and add 10+ engaging and fun obstacles that will leave you, your team and other participants smiling and laughing for many weeks to follow. Now grab your rubber chicken, dive into our giant ball crawl and sign your team up for the most FUN race around!

Drum Corps World Championship Preliminaries

  • Date(s): 08/30/2014 - 08/30/2014
  • Times: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Sahlen's Stadium, 460 Oak St.
  • Contact: Carrie Nelson
  • Admission: Varies

Drum Corps Associates World Championship Preliminary Competition. Drum corps from all over the United States return to Rochester to compete for a spot in the final competition on Sunday.

Ring of Fire Cruise!

  • Date(s): 08/30/2014 - 08/30/2014
  • Times: 8:45-10:15pm
  • Location: The Canandaigua Lady, 205 Lakeshore Drive, Canadaigua, NY
  • Contact: Ticket Office
  • Phone: (585) 396-7350
  • Admission: $25 Upper Deck Seating/$20 Lower Deck Seating

Cruise into relaxation on the Lady during the annual tradition on Canandaigua Lake of lighting flares along the shoreline to signify the end of the summer season!

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