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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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08/31/2014 - 09/06/2014

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.

M & T Bank Clothesline Festival

  • Date(s): 09/06/2014 - 09/07/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday, 10 - 6 pm and Sunday 10 - 5pm
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery grounds
  • Contact: Michelle Putnam
  • Phone: (585) 276-8950
  • Admission: $5

At Rochester's largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival, browse and buy original work by New York state artists, enjoy all-day live entertainment and free family art activities, and sample food from some of Rochester's favorite vendors.

Ongoing Events

Family Climbing

  • Date(s): 06/01/2010(No End Date)
  • Recurring monthly on the 1st
  • Times: Various; Call our office
  • Location: RockVentures, 1044 University Avenue
  • Contact: office
  • Phone: (585) 442-5462
  • Admission: $35

Introduction to Rock Climbing. Ages 2-92 are successful. If you can climb a ladder, you can climb with us. Learn valuable climbing and rope holding skills. Under 18 years requires your parent sign our waiver. All ages climb; must be 12 years and older to be rope holder.

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 www.rmsc.org
  • Location: Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue
  • Contact: Debra Jacobson
  • Phone: (585) 271-4320
  • Admission: Various—see www.rmsc.org

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. www.rmsc.org

Under Construction: Building Careers Exhibition

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

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 www.cmog.org.

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 www.cmog.org.

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

Nano

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Eastman Faculty Artist Series: Nicholas Goluses, guitar.

  • Date(s): 09/03/2014 - 09/03/2014
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Location: Hatch Recital Hall, 433 East Main St
  • Phone: (585) 454-2100
  • Admission: Tickets: $10 general public; free with UR ID; available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office

Giulani: Rossiniana III, Op. 121; Ponce: Variations and Fugue, La Folia d’ Espana; Giampaolo Bracali: Sonata; Phillip Houghton: Stélé. Supported by Patricia Ward-Baker

Will Rogers Follies

  • Date(s): 09/03/2014 - 09/24/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Visit web site or call box office for show times and prices
  • Location: Emerson Park, 6914 E. Lake Rd.
  • Phone: (800) 457-8897
  • Admission: Visit web site or call box office for show times and pricese

Celebrate the life of famed humorist, performer and Oklahoma-native Will Rogers in this song and dance spectacular. Set within the famous Ziegfeld Follies, every scene and song in this musical comedy is a lavish production number as we reminisce with one of American's beloved folk heroes. Stunning showgirls, tapping wranglers, stellar rope tricks and one of Cy Coleman's best scores, this winner of six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) is a feel-good hit!

Eastman Faculty Artist Series: Edoardo Bellotti, clavichord, harpsichord, fortepiano.

  • Date(s): 09/04/2014 - 09/04/2014
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Location: Hatch Recital Hall, 433 East Main St
  • Phone: (585) 274-1100
  • Admission: Tickets: $10 general public; free with UR ID; available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office

“Fantasia and Fantasies at the Keyboards.” Works by Froberger, Pachelbel, Duphly, Platti, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Haydn. Supported by Patricia Ward-Baker

Eastman Faculty Artist Series: Eastman Jazz Faculty Jazz Showcase.

  • Date(s): 09/05/2014 - 09/05/2014
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Location: Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
  • Phone: (585) 274-1100
  • Admission: Tickets: $10 general public; free with UR ID; available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office

Jeff Campbell, bass; Clay Jenkins, trumpet; Mark Kellogg, trombone; Charles Pillow, saxophone; Rich Thompson, drums; Harold Danko, Bill Dobbins, Dariusz Terefenko, Christopher Azzara, Tony Caramia, piano. Supported by Patricia Ward-Baker

ZooBrew (21 and older)

  • Date(s): 09/05/2014 - 09/05/2014
  • Times: 5:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Location: 2222 St. Paul Street
  • Contact: Kelli O'Brien
  • Admission: $10

Enjoy the wildest happy hour in town: Sept. 5 - FINAL date of the season! Cost is $10. Includes Zoo admission and live music. At the Pavilion: Bill Schmitt & the Bluesmasters; At the Canteen: Amy Montrois; At the Tent: Joe Brucato. Gates close at 8 p.m. Event ends at 9 p.m. Parking is extremely limited: Carpool!

Cindy Miller: I've Got the Music in Me

  • Date(s): 09/06/2014 - 09/06/2014
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Downstairs Cabaret Theatre @ Winton Place
  • Phone: (585) 325-4370
  • Admission: General Admission $25

An ultra-electric evening with the charismatic entertainer, Cindy Miller! Experience a hot Las Vegas style sow featuring wonderful contemporary musical selections and extraordinary impersonations performed with phenomenal energy.

Eastman Faculty Artist Series: Eastman Virtuosi.

  • Date(s): 09/06/2014 - 09/06/2014
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Location: Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
  • Phone: (585) 274-1100
  • Admission: Tickets: $10 general public; free with UR ID; available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office

Supported by Patricia Ward-Baker

Macedon Lumberjack Festival

  • Date(s): 09/06/2014 - 09/07/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: see website
  • Location: Macedon Center Fireman's Field, 2481 Canandaigua Rad, Macedon
  • Admission: $1-3

Grab your favorite flannel and axe as you head over to the Macedon Lumberjack Festival for log rolling, axe throwing and more.

TomatoFest

  • Date(s): 09/06/2014 - 09/07/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 11:00 am until 6:00 pm
  • Location: Emerson Park, 6914 E. Lake Rd.
  • Phone: (315) 406-6036
  • Admission: $3/adults, $1/children, child under 12 free with canned good

The event will feature craft and commercial vendors, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, children's activities, rides, nonprofit booths, a farmers market, a pasta dinner and more. Free Centro shuttle bus from the Auburn High School parking lot to the main gate.

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