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218 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, Native American, Greek, Italian and Ukrainian culture. And lots of music!

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Reoccurring through 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

Reoccurring through the warmer months

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Events around Rochester - Beer Fest

June Events Around Rochester

  1. Rochester Real Beer Expo
  2. Flower City Comic Con (Rochester)
  3. Shortsville Fireman’s Carnival
  4. Mendon Fire Department Carnival
  5. St. Rita’s Annual Fiesta (Webster)
  6. Ellwanger Garden Peony Weekend Rochester
  7. Rochester Greek Festival
  8. Outdoor Expo (Honeoye Falls)
  9. Albion Strawberry Festival
  10. Sulfer Springs Festival (Clifton Springs)
  11. Chinese Lantern Festival (Syracuse)
  12. Fairport Canal Days
  13. Hamlin Wheel Fest
  14. The Fast & The Furriest (Rochester)
  15. Finger Lakes Plein Aire Competition & Festival (Canandaigua)
  16. Maplewood Rose Festival (Rochester)
  17. Allentown Art Festival (Buffalo)
  18. Keuka Arts Festival
  19. Rochester International Jazz Fest
  20. Cherry Festival (Romulus)
  21. Festival on the Green (Honeoye Falls)
  22. Ithaca Festival of the Arts
  23. Rochester International Jewish Film Festival
  24. Jamesville Balloonfest

Reoccurring through the warmer months

Events around Rochester - Fireman Carnival

July Events Around Rochester

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

Reoccurring through the warmer months

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Events Around Rochester - Festival of Balloons

August Events Around Rochester

  1. New York State Festival of Balloons (Dansville)
  2. Hamlin Fireman’s Carnival
  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. Buffalo Maritime Festival
  13. Livingston County Fair (Caledonia)
  14. Wyoming County Fair (Castile)
  15. Little Italy Festival (Rochester)
  16. Art in the Gardens (Canandaigua)
  17. Fairport Music and Food Festival
  18. Avon Corn Festival
  19. Pageant of Steam (Canandaigua)
  20. Brockport Summer Arts Festival
  21. Wayne County Fair (Palmyra)
  22. Ukrainian Arts & Craft Festival (Rochester)
  23. Mount Morris Italian Festival
  24. Elmwood Avenue Arts Festival (Buffalo)
  25. New York State Fair (Syracuse)
  26. Eden Corn Festival
  27. Lockapalooza (Pittsford)
  28. Rochester Teen Film Festival
  29. Gateway Music Festival (Rochester, 2019)

Reoccurring through the warmer months

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. Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair
  9. Cuba Garlic Festival
  10. Rochester Garlic Festival Webster
  11. Rochester Fringe Festival
  12. WNY LlamaFest Arcade
  13. Celtic Festival Rochester
  14. Finger Lakes Fiber Festival Hemlock
  15. Oktoberfest Irondequoit
  16. Barktober Fest Walk for the Animals Fairport
  17. Hilton Apple Festival
  18. KettleFest Victor
  19. Palmyra Canaltown Days
  20. Artist Row Juried Art Show Rochester
  21. Tinker Park’s Honey Harvest Festival Henrietta
  22. Niagara Celtic Olcott
  23. TomatoFest Auburn
  24. Niagara County Peach Festival Lewiston
  25. Purple Foot Festival Fairport
  26. 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

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. Penn Dixie Fossil Park’s Earth Day (Buffalo)
  4. Wizarding Weekend (Ithaca)
  5. Fairport Oktoberfest
  6. ImageOut (Rochester)
  7. Rochester Fashion Week
  8. Indoor Fine Arts & Craft Festival (Rochester)
  9. ROC the Riverway
  10. Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show
  11. Locktober Fest (Seneca Falls)
  12. Seneca Park ZooBoo (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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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. NEW for 2018: 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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  1. Mendon Ponds Winterfest
  2. Irondequoit Winterfest

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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

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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April Events Around Rochester

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

Reoccurring through the warmer months

  • Food Truck Rodeo (Rochester) Last Wednesday night of the month, April through September
Centered on food, drink, music and culture, these festivals and events around Rochester bring our community together throughout the year.

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