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212 Annual Events Around Rochester

Centered on food, drink, music and culture, these festivals & events around Rochester bring our community together throughout the year.

Beautiful lilac, peony, rose and tulip festivals. Tasty maple syrup, wine, beer, and food truck events. Regional agricultural days featuring garlic, sauerkraut, strawberries, corn & apples. County and state fairs. Celebrations of Puerto Rican, Hodinöhsö:ni’, Greek, Italian and Ukrainian culture. And lots of music!

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Reoccurring events during the warmer months

  1. Food Truck Rodeo Last Wednesday night of the month, April through September
  2. Flower City Days at the Market Sundays mid-May and early-June
  3. Concerts by the Shore Wednesday nights, June through August
  4. Party in the Park Thursday nights running roughly early-June to early-August
  5. Bands on the Bricks Friday nights roughly mid-July to mid-August
  6. Zoo Brew Fridays nights, once a month May through September, with special events throughout the year
  7. Flavors of the Market  Saturday mornings, May through September
  8. Garden Vibes at Eastman Museum
Events around Rochester - Lilac Festival Monroe County Highland Park
Highland Park Lilacs in Rochester, NY

May events around Rochester

  1. Lilac Fest Rochester
  2. Rochester Cocktail Revival
  3. Red, White and Blue Balloon Festival Letchworth
  4. Low Bridge High Water Brockport
  5. Ellwanger Garden Lilac Weekends Rochester
  6. Rochester Twilight Criterium
  7. Holland Tulip Festival
  8. Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival
  9. NYS Chinese Lantern Festival Syracuse
  10. Linwood Gardens Tree Peony Festival
  11. Rochester Dachshund Parade
  12. Roc City Rib Fest Greece
  13. Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival
  14. Montezuma Wildlife Festival
  15. Paddle & Pour Pittsford
  16. Glass Fest Corning
  17. Finger Lakes Celtic Games & Festival Shortsville
  18. Mendon Fire Department Carnival
  19. St. Rita’s Annual Fiesta (Webster)
  20. Rochester Greek Festival
  21. Sulphur Springs Festival (Clifton Springs)
  22. Fairport Canal Days
  23. Ithaca Festival of the Arts

Reoccurring through the warmer months

Food Truck Rodeo (Rochester) Last Wednesday night of the month, April through September

Flower City Days at the Market Sundays mid-May and early-June

Zoo Brew (Rochester) Fridays nights, once a month May through September, with special events throughout the year

Flavors of the Market  (Rochester) Saturday mornings, May through September

Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY

Highland Park draws crowds numbering in the thousands during Rochester’s week-long Lilac Festival in May, though the lilacs are not the only sights to see!

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Free Rochester Day Trip Ideas: Rochester International Jazz Festival
Rochester International Jazz Festival

June events around Rochester

  1. Rochester Real Beer Expo
  2. Hamlin Fireman’s Carnival
  3. Shortsville Fireman’s Carnival
  4. Ellwanger Garden Peony Weekend Rochester
  5. Outdoor Expo (Mendon)
  6. Little Italy Festival (Rochester)
  7. Albion Strawberry Festival
  8. Hamlin Wheel Fest
  9. The Fast & The Furriest (Rochester)
  10. Finger Lakes Plein Aire Competition & Festival (Canandaigua)
  11. Maplewood Rose Festival (Rochester)
  12. Allentown Art Festival (Buffalo)
  13. Keuka Arts Festival
  14. Rochester International Jazz Fest
  15. Cherry Festival (Romulus)
  16. Rochester International Jewish Film Festival
  17. Jamesville Balloonfest

Reoccurring through the warmer months

Food Truck Rodeo (Rochester) Last Wednesday night of the month, April through September

Flower City Days at the Market Sundays mid-May and early-June

Concerts by the Shore (Rochester) Wednesday nights, June through August

Party in the Park (Rochester) Thursday nights running roughly early-June to early-August

Zoo Brew (Rochester) Friday nights, once a month May through September, with special events throughout the year

Flavors of the Market  (Rochester) Saturday mornings, May through September

Garden Vibes at Eastman Museum

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Most Rochester International Jazz Fest performances begin early-evening, so you’ll have plenty of time during the day to explore the Rochester area.

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There are U-Pick farms all around the Greater Rochester Area. Often times, picking your own product is as much a family adventure as it is entertainment!

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Geneseo Air Show military
Geneseo Air Show

July events around Rochester

  1. National Warplane Museum – Geneseo Airshow
  2. Hilton Fireman’s Carnival
  3. Webster Fireman’s Carnival
  4. East Rochester Fireman’s Carnival
  5. Westside Music & Food Festival
  6. Rush Fireman’s Carnival
  7. Puerto Rican Festival (Rochester)
  8. GCV&M Independence Day & Naturalization Ceremony (Mumford)
  9. Yates County Fair (Penn Yan)
  10. Chil-E Fest (Chili)
  11. Genesee County Fair (Batavia)
  12. Seneca County Fair (Waterloo)
  13. Old Home Days (Williamsville)
  14. Corn Hill Arts Festival (Rochester)
  15. Canandaigua Lake Music Festival
  16. Canandaigua Lakefront Art Show
  17. Canandaigua Art & Music Festival
  18. Lyons Peppermint Days
  19. Finger Lakes Choral Festival (Rochester)
  20. Macedonian Festival Henrietta
  21. LeRoy Oatka Festival
  22. Seneca Falls Canal Festival
  23. Ontario County Fair (Canandaigua)
  24. Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival
  25. Indigenous Music & Music Festival (Victor)
  26. Orleans County Fair (Albion)
  27. Spencerport Canal Days
  28. Finger Lakes Wine Festival (Watkins Glen)
  29. Waterfront Art Festival (Webster)
  30. Rochester Pride Festival
  31. Canadian-American Festival (Sackets Harbor)
  32. Webster Jazz Festival
  33. Perry Chalk Art Festival & Taste of Summer
  34. Oswego Harbor Festival
  35. Shakespeare in the Park (Rochester)
  36. Sterling Renaissance Festival

Reoccurring through the warmer months

Food Truck Rodeo (Rochester) Last Wednesday night of the month, April through September

Concerts by the Shore (Rochester) Wednesday nights, June through August

Party in the Park (Rochester) Thursday nights running roughly early-June to early-August

Bands on the Bricks (Rochester) Friday nights roughly mid-July to mid-August

Zoo Brew (Rochester) Friday nights, once a month May through September, with special events throughout the year

Flavors of the Market  (Rochester) Saturday mornings, May through September

Garden Vibes at Eastman Museum

Summertime in Rochester

Fresh produce, fresh water, outdoor concerts, and 13,500 square miles to explore! Take advantage of everything summertime in Rochester has to offer.

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2019 New York State & County Fairs

Our state and county fairs offer their own unique blend of agriculture, amusement, and entertainment, dating back to the early 1800s.

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Events Around Rochester - Festival of Balloons

August events around Rochester

  1. Gateway Music Festival (Rochester, 2019)
  2. New York State Festival of Balloons (Dansville)
  3. Lima Crossroads Blues Festival
  4. Palmyra Pirate Weekend
  5. Flour City Brewers Fest (Rochester)
  6. Phelps Sauerkraut Festival
  7. Chalk Walk & Arts Festival (Dansville)
  8. Poags Hole Hillclimb (Dansville)
  9. Park Ave Summer Festival (Rochester)
  10. Monroe County Fair (Rush, take the trolley to the fair!)
  11. St. Stanislaus Polish Arts Festival (Rochester)
  12. Livingston County Fair (Caledonia)
  13. Wyoming County Fair (Castile)
  14. Art in the Gardens (Canandaigua)
  15. Fairport Music and Food Festival
  16. Avon Corn Festival
  17. Pageant of Steam (Canandaigua)
  18. Brockport Summer Arts Festival
  19. Wayne County Fair (Palmyra)
  20. Ukrainian Arts & Craft Festival (Rochester)
  21. Mount Morris Italian Festival
  22. Elmwood Avenue Arts Festival (Buffalo)
  23. New York State Fair (Syracuse)
  24. Eden Corn Festival
  25. Rochester Teen Film Festival

Reoccurring through the warmer months

Food Truck Rodeo (Rochester) Last Wednesday night of the month, April through September

Concerts by the Shore (Rochester) Wednesday nights, June through August

Party in the Park (Rochester) Thursday nights running roughly early-June to early-August

Bands on the Bricks (Rochester) Friday nights roughly mid-July to mid-August

Zoo Brew (Rochester) Friday nights, once a month May through September, with special events throughout the year

Flavors of the Market  (Rochester) Saturday mornings, May through September

Garden Vibes at Eastman Museum

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Free outdoor concerts around Rochester start ramping up in June, when the city and surrounding towns kick off their summer music series and festivals.

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Events around Rochester - Lumberjack Festival

September events around Rochester

  1. Macedon Center Lumberjack Festival
  2. Naples Grape Festival
  3. RocCon Rochester
  4. Clothesline Art Festival Rochester
  5. Rochester VegFest
  6. Wickham Farms’ Honeycrisp Weekend & The Great Candy Drop Penfield
  7. Appleumpkin Festival Wyoming
  8. Cuba Garlic Festival
  9. Rochester Garlic Festival Webster
  10. Rochester Fringe Festival
  11. WNY LlamaFest Arcade
  12. Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Hemlock
  13. Oktoberfest Irondequoit
  14. Barktober Fest Walk for the Animals Fairport
  15. KettleFest Victor
  16. Palmyra Canaltown Days
  17. Artist Row Juried Art Show Rochester
  18. Tinker Park’s Honey Harvest Festival Henrietta
  19. Niagara Celtic Olcott
  20. Buffalo Maritime Festival
  21. CNY Tomato Fest Auburn
  22. Niagara County Peach Festival Lewiston
  23. Purple Foot Festival Fairport
  24. Locktober Fest Lockport

Reoccurring through the warmer months

Food Truck Rodeo (Rochester) Last Wednesday night of the month, April through September

Zoo Brew (Rochester) Friday nights, once a month May through September, with special events throughout the year

Flavors of the Market  (Rochester) Saturday mornings, May through September

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Many of our farms offer a family-fun experience, with hay rides, cider & donuts and activities for the kids, in addition to pick your own apples.

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Events around Rochester: Seneca Park Zoo zoo boo
Seneca Park Zoo Boo

October events around Rochester

  1. Stokoe Farms Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Fest (Scottsville)
  2. Genesee Valley Hunt Races (Geneseo)
  3. Hilton Apple Festival
  4. Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair
  5. Penn Dixie Fossil Park’s Earth Day (Buffalo)
  6. Wizarding Weekend (Ithaca)
  7. Fairport Oktoberfest
  8. ImageOut (Rochester)
  9. Rochester Fashion Week
  10. Indoor Fine Arts & Craft Festival (Rochester)
  11. ROC the Riverway
  12. Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show
  13. Seneca Park ZooBoo (Rochester)

Autumn in Rochester

Scenic train rides, leaf-peeping, fall bird migrations and ghost walks happen only in autumn in Rochester–take advantage of them while you can!

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It’s so much more than simply buying pumpkins. It’s about family time on the farm, with wagon rides, hot cider & donuts, corn maizes, and games.

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Paranormal Activities: Our Favorite Haunts

There is something about October that peeks our interest in paranormal activities. These day trips encourage you to explore the other side of Rochester.

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Events around Rochester - Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles
Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles

November events around Rochester

  1. Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles (through December)
  2. Rochester Children’s Book Festival
  3. Rochester Maker Faire
  4. Park Avenue Holiday Open House (Rochester)
  5. Granger Homestead Festival of Trees (Canandaigua)
  6. Glass Wonderland at the Corning Museum of Glass
  7. Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display at Eastman House (Rochester)
  8. High Falls Film Festival (Rochester)
  9. Mayday! Semi-Annual Underground Crafts + Art (Rochester)
  10. International “Art of the Book” Juried Art Show (Rochester)
  11. Great New York State Fair Model Train Fair
  12. Winter at Powers Farm Market
  13. Holiday Valley’s Fall Beer & Wine Festival (Ellicottville)
  14. Anniversary of the Signing of the Canandaigua Treaty

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Here are a few ideas for you to OptOutside on Black Friday, or anytime of the year. Our state, county, town, and city parks are a great place to start!

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Make something together. Visit a place you’ve never been, or one you love. The benefits of Rochester experiences extend far beyond personal happiness!

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Events Around Rochester Holiday Lights: Liberty Pole
Liberty Pole in Rochester NY

December events around Rochester

  1. Light Up the Holidays and Roc Holiday Village (Rochester)
  2. Holidays at the Market (Rochester)
  3. Rochester Festival of Lights and North Pole Village (Henrietta)
  4. Garden Factory’s Holiday Lights Show (Gates)
  5. Lights on the Lake (Syracuse)
  6. Yuletide in the Country Tours at Genesee Country Village & Museum (Mumford)
  7. Festival of Lights (Clifton Springs)
  8. Carolcade (East Aurora)
  9. Come Home for the Holidays (Fairport)
  10. Cobblestone Museum Holiday Tour of Homes (Albion)
  11. Corn Hill Tour of Homes (Rochester)
  12. Candlelight Night (Pittsford)
  13. Eastman Museum Holiday Homecoming (Rochester)
  14. Lamberton Conservatory Holiday Show (Rochester)
  15. It’s a Wonderful Life in the South Wedge (Rochester)
  16. It’s a Wonderful Life in Seneca Falls
  17. It WAS a Wonderful Life (Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo)
  18. Lighting of the Genesee Brew House Keg Tree (Rochester)
  19. Sparkle (Corning)

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Rochester has plenty of ways to help you connect with your inner holiday spirit! Enjoy the stories, traditions, and experiences this season has to offer.

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16 Places to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Around Rochester

One of the most popular family traditions in December is decorating the Christmas tree. If you’re hunting for the perfect real tree, this list is for you.

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Winter Sledding Rochester NY

January events around Rochester

  1. Mendon Ponds Winterfest
  2. Irondequoit Winterfest

Wintertime in Rochester

It’s cold, it’s snowy, it’s dark. It’s wintertime in Rochester! Here are a few suggestions to help embrace our winter season.

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Snow Sports: 5 Ways to Enjoy Winter

Snow sports and other outdoor winter activities are a great way to shake the winter doldrums with exposure to fresh air, exercise, and sunshine.

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Events around Rochester - Snow Shoeing

February events around Rochester

  1. Native American Winter Games and Sports Victor
  2. NY Ice Wine & Culinary Festival Fairport
  3. Lakeside Winter Celebration Rochester
  4. Rochester International Auto Show Rochester
  5. Polar Plunge Rochester
  6. Reinstein Woods Winter Wonderland Depew
  7. NordicFest at Cumming Nature Center Naples
  8. George Eastman Museum Dutch Connection Rochester

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The weather over holiday and winter break can be unpredictable! Here are several ideas for spending your days off outside or inside!

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Date Night in Rochester: The Ultimate Guide for Spending Quality Time Together

Whether it’s your first date night in Rochester or 50th, spending time exploring with your partner is a great way to connect and learn about each other.

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Events around Rochester - St Patricks Day Parade

March events around Rochester

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Rochester)
  2. Battle of the Brunches Rochester
  3. GCVM Maple Sugar Festival (Mumford)
  4. Kettle Ridge Farm Maple Weekend (Victor)
  5. Helmer Nature Center’s Maple Sugar Open House (Irondequoit)
  6. Cumming Nature Center Maple Sugaring Weekends (Naples)
  7. Maple Weekend at Schoff’s Sugar Shack (Victor)
  8. Maple Weekend at Packard Valley Farm (Macedon)
  9. Maple Open House at Shadow Hill Maple Syrup (Ontario)
  10. Maple Weekend Open House at Wohlschlegel Naples Maple Farm (Naples)
  11. Maple Weekend at Gaeta Family Farm (Lockport)
  12. Maple Weekend at Wolf Maple Products (Middleport)
  13. Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Maple Weekends (Amherst)
  14. Rochester Wine & Chocolate Festival

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In March, local producers open their sugar shacks to the community to celebrate the innovative process of turning sap into syrup during Maple Syrup Weekend.

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Red Wings Baseball

April events around Rochester

  1. Imagine RIT: Innovation & Creativity Festival (Henrietta)
  2. Rochester Red Wings Opening Day
  3. Flower City Comic Con (Rochester)
  4. Dyngus Day (Buffalo)
  5. Sheep Shearing Festival at Springdale Farms (Spencerport)
  6. Rochester Erotic Arts Festival
  7. Rochester International Films Festival
  8. Mayday! Semi-Annual Underground Crafts + Art (Rochester)
  9. Fast Forward Film Festival (Rochester)

Reoccurring through the warmer months

Food Truck Rodeo (Rochester) Last Wednesday night of the month, April through September

Springtime in Rochester

There is no better way to usher in springtime in Rochester than with maple syrup, bird migrations, April showers, and May flowers!

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