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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09/14/2014 - 09/20/2014

Featured Events

First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

  • Date(s): 09/18/2014 - 09/27/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Various, visit for details
  • Location: In Downtown Rochester
  • Contact: Rochester Fringe
  • Phone: (585) 371-5017
  • Admission: Free - $48

The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival is a 10 Day festival with 380+ performances at 28 venues in Downtown Rochester, featuring Music, Dance, Theatre, Comedy and more. The Free Friday on the Fringe from 5-9pm on September 19 includes a performance from world-renowned Circus Orange. The Magic Crystal Spiegeltent hosts 2 performances by SNL's Jay Pharoah on Sept. 20 and nightly performances of Mardi Gras! by Cirque du Fringe as well as Silent Disco and 20 Penny Circus.

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


  • 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.

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.

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.

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!


  • Date(s): 09/09/2014 - 10/05/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues. - Sat. Noon - 6 pm; Sunday, Noon - 4 pm.
  • Location: 722 University Ave.
  • Contact: Dick Bennett
  • Phone: (585) 749-7010
  • Admission: None

 In this show Steve Levinson will present a series of images that explore recent travels to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, New Mexico, Toronto, Maine, Yellowstone National Park as well as some of the neighborhoods of Rochester. Additional Exhibitors include Nick Cerami, Mary Colclough, Steve Copeland, Jum Dusen, Camera Rochester, Gallery Partners, and Artists-in-Residence. The exhibit will be on display through October 5, 2014. Opening Reception is on Friday, September 12, from 5:00 to 8:30.

Wait Until Dark

  • Date(s): 09/09/2014 - 10/05/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: various, visit for more info.
  • Location: Wilson Mainstage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd.
  • Contact: Geva Theatre Center Box Office
  • Phone: (585) 232-4382
  • Admission: Tickets from $25

A Greenwich Village apartment becomes the setting of a suspenseful game of cat and mouse when a group of thuggish con men manipulate and terrorize the recently blinded Susan over a mysterious doll hidden inside - waiting until dark to play out this classic stage thriller's chilling conclusion. The vulnerable Susan must muster her resources to outmaneuver her tormentors, turn her disability to advantage, and survive.

Jr. Americans USPHL Empire Games

  • Date(s): 09/13/2014 - 12/18/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Check website / see below for event times
  • Location: Bill Gray's Iceplex 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Road
  • Contact: Brendon Bleier
  • Phone: (585) 424-4625
  • Admission: $7-Adult $3 12-17 11 and under FREE when accompanied by an adult

The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) is an American ice hockey league. Founded in 2012, the USPHL has 36 organizations from across the Eastern Seaboard of the United States fielding teams in Premier, Elite, Empire, U18 and U16 divisions.

9/13 - 7pm. 9/14 - 9am. 9/27 - 8pm. 9/28 - 10am. 10/11 - 7pm. 10/12 - 9am. 10/18 - 7pm. 10/19 - 9am. 12/17 - 7pm. 12/18 - 7pm.

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

  • Date(s): 09/14/2014(No End Date)
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: Every Sunday at 1 & 3 pm
  • Location: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
  • Phone: (585) 276-8900
  • Admission: Included in Gallery admission

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.

Storytime Club: Making Friends

  • Date(s): 09/15/2014 - 09/29/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Times: 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
  • 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!Readings of classic children’s tales at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Have your Storytime Club passport punched once during each visit. Collect five punches and receive a free children’s book! This month: Making Friends. Included with general museum admission fees.

Geva Comedy Improv - DEAD DAMES DON'T DANCE

  • Date(s): 09/19/2014 - 09/27/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10:30 pm
  • Location: Geva Theatre Center
  • Contact: Fringe Fest Box Office
  • Phone: (585) 371-5017
  • Admission: $11.00

Geva Comedy Improv presents an improvised, live-action Film Noir comedy staged entirely in black and white, featuring ruthless gangsters, femme fatales, and fast-talkin' thugs with a penchant for convoluted slang. So scrape up a sawbuck and get a slant on a show that's a real darb - before the button man fits you for a Chicago overcoat... Ages 18+/Mature Audiences

Bristol Mountain Sky Rides

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014 - 10/26/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: See Website
  • Location: Bristol Mountain
  • Admission: $7-10

Experience the beautiful fall color of the Finger Lakes from a ski lift.

Innovation in the Imaging Capital

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House, 900 East Ave
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Museum Admission

This exhibit celebrates the entrapeneurial spirit of Rochester, NY. For decades, Rochester was known as the imaging capital of the worls, and its scientists & engineers were awarded more patents per capita than nearly any other city in the U.S. Innovation & invention by Rochester's imaging companies paved the way for the world we now live in. The exhibition will highlight Rochester's major contributions to the imaging story, showing technology of today made possible by inventions from Kodak, Xerox, and Bausch & Lomb.

Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014 - 01/04/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Museum Hours
  • Location: George Eastman House, 900 East Ave
  • Phone: (585) 271-3361
  • Admission: Museum Admission

The exhibition examines the dramatic and historical demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms. The photographs taken between 2005-2010 speak to sites & events related to key corporations (Kodak, Agfa, Ilford). As an artist working in photography for the past 30 years, Burley has been both an observer & a participant in this radical transition. This exhibition addresses both the emergence of a new technology as well as the abrupt & rapid breakdown of century old industry.

Saturday dance party!

  • Date(s): 09/20/2014 - 01/17/2015
  • Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday
  • Times: 7:15 to 11:00 PM
  • Location: Inikori Dance Studio
  • Contact: Jonah Inikori
  • Phone: (585) 271-6840
  • Admission: $20 w/ lesson, $13 w/o lesson

1st Saturdays Ballroom and Latin dance parties at Inikori Dance has become one of Rochester's best ballroom and Latin dance parties. 50 - 100 dancers come together every first Saturday of the month to enjoy great dancing on one of Rochester's best dance floors. The music selection is excellent! Music styles include Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Hustle, Samba, V. Waltz, Quick Step, Salsa, W.C. Swing, and much more. This dance is attended by dancers of all levels. A great spread of food is provided for the dancers.

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