Jazz Festival at Parcel 5

Annual Events Around Rochester

Each month offers unique seasonal experiences. This section features a comprehensive guide to the most popular activities and events and recommendations for top things to do throughout the year.

First Day hike Letchworth
First Day hike at Letchworth


Begin the new year with a guided First Day Hike, offered at Letchworth, Taughannock, and Hamlin State Parks, plus various local options. For those dreary days, visit one of the local libraries, museums, or theaters for indoor fun. You can warm up in Lamberton Conservatory’s tropical environment and The Strong Museum of Play’s Butterfly Garden. If the weather is pleasant, bundle up and enjoy the outdoors. In the winter and early spring, bring some black oil sunflower seeds to feed the birds at Mendon Ponds Park, or purchase some from the nature center. Along the Birdsong Fairy Trail, chickadees, nuthatches, and tufted titmice will eat the seeds from your hand.

First Day Guided Hikes

Mendon Ponds Winterfest

Wintertime in Rochester

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Lake Ontario Polar Plunge
Lake Ontario Polar Plunge


When temperatures have been below freezing for several days, drive to Letchworth to see the ice volcano at Glen Iris Inn and the frost-covered trees near Middle Falls. Or visit the Webster Park and Ontario Beach Park piers on Lake Ontario to look for ice sculptures created by wind-whipped waves. If it’s been freezing for over a week, consider visiting Niagara Falls for a rare chance to see them nearly frozen. Head to Mendon Ponds, Black Creek, Ellison, or Cobb’s Hill Parks to find excellent sledding hills.

Featured February Events

Dutch Connection. Experience the beauty and fragrance of the mansion’s numerous tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other flowering bulbs. This colorful display is a welcome contrast to the monotony of winter. George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue, eastman.org

Polar Plunge. The Rochester Polar Plunge is a thrilling event to witness if you’re not participating. The party-like atmosphere is a great way to shake off winter’s blues. What’s the reason for freezin’? Funds raised from the plunge support the Special Olympics New York’s programs and services. 50 Beach Avenue, polarplunge.net

City of Rochester

Lakeside Winter Celebration

Monroe County

NY Ice Wine & Culinary Festival

Greater Rochester

Ganondagan Native American Winter Games and Sports

NordicFest at Cumming Nature Center

Maple Sugrar kettle fire
Cumming Nature Center


We mark spring’s arrival in Rochester by tapping maple trees for syrup. From late February to early April, Canada and snow geese migrate through New York, with the peak of their migration occurring between the last two weeks of March and the first two weeks of April. Braddock’s Bay, Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, and Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge are the best places to witness this spectacle.

Featured March Events

New York State Maple Weekends. Maple Weekends take place every year during the last two weekends of March. It’s an ideal time to visit a maple farm or nature center to enjoy fresh, locally produced maple syrup. Many farms offer unique flavors, such as coffee and bourbon-barrel-aged syrups, and some even offer a pancake breakfast. It’s a great way to discover the diverse range of maple syrups available. mapleweekend.nysmaple.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Rochester’s annual parade brings tens of thousands of people downtown. Starting at 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of East Avenue and Alexander Street, the parade proceeds down East Avenue, turning left onto Main Street and crossing the Genesee River before ending near State Street. East Avenue is lined with bars, while the area near Rochester Riverside Convention Center tends to be more family-friendly. rochesterparade.com

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Red Wings Baseball


In April, when snowmelt combines with heavy rains, our waterways become powerful, awe-inspiring forces of nature. While these sights can be breathtaking, they can also be dangerous, with the potential for flash floods. As you observe water’s power in places like Letchworth’s Middle Falls, Rochester’s High and Lower Falls, Channing H. Philbrick Park, Honeoye Falls, Taughannock Falls State Park, Shequaga Falls, or Niagara Falls, be cautious and mindful of your surroundings.

Featured April Event

Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival. Spend the day exploring the many interactive student projects and exhibits on campus. This event suits people of all ages and is a great way to learn about and interact with new technologies. If you have kids thinking about college, this is an excellent opportunity to experience classrooms, labs, lecture halls, eateries, auditoriums, stadiums, and galleries. 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Henrietta, rit.edu

City of Rochester

Food Truck Rodeo

Gateway Music Festival bi-annual

Mayday! Semi-Annual Underground Crafts + Art

Rochester Red Wings Opening Day

Greater Rochester

Rochester Erotic Arts Festival Auburn

Surrounding Counties

Dyngus Day Buffalo

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Events around Rochester - Lilac Festival Monroe County Highland Park
Highland Park Lilacs


As spring arrives, we look forward to the reopening of favorite places and businesses that have been closed or had limited hours and services during the long winter. Most parks in Monroe County are open year-round, but some amenities may be limited, and some roads and trails may be closed. All Monroe County Parks are fully open from May 1 to October 31. Gorge trails like Watkins Glen and Letchworth’s Lower Falls remain closed until mid-May when repairs are complete. The Erie Canal opens for public use in mid-May, with Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours holding its inaugural run on Mother’s Day.

Featured May Event

Rochester Lilac Festival. Lilac Fest is a 10-day event that features free concerts, art shows, tastings, footraces, and parades. The lilacs in Highland Park usually bloom by mid-May, but the exact timing varies depending on the weather. 1440 South Avenue, rochesterevents.com

City of Rochester

Ellwanger Garden Lilac Weekends

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

Food Truck Rodeo 

Market Days at the International Plaza

Rochester Dachshund Parade

Rochester International Films Festival

Rochester Twilight Criterium

Zoo Brew 

Greater Rochester

Letchworth Red, White and Blue Balloon Festival

Linwood Gardens Tree Peony Festival

Surrounding Counties

Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival

Glass Fest Corning

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


Many of the recurring summer events begin in June, such as Food Truck Rodeos, Party in the Park, Zoo Brew, and Concerts by the Shore. Most towns and villages host weekly concerts as well. Strawberry picking is available during the last three weeks of the month. Mid-June is when waterparks, public pools, and beaches open for the summer.

Featured June Events

Fairport Canal Days. As one of the most significant festivals along the Erie Canal, the two-day event draws tens of thousands of visitors to the village. Main Street, Fairport, fairportcanaldays.com

National Warplane Museum Airshow. Spanning two days, this event showcases planes from their collection alongside guest aircraft. The F22 Raptor and other modern fighter jets cannot take off and land on a turf airstrip, so they must fly in from Rochester International Airport. Visitors can walk around the grounds to view World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam era planes, including the C-47 Whiskey 7, commissioned to transport paratroopers to Normandy on D-Day. Admission fee. 3489 Big Tree Lane, Geneseo, Livingston County, nationalwarplanemuseum.com

Rochester International Jazz Festival. Spend hours enjoying exceptional music during this jazz festival that offers many free performances. The nine-day event attracts musicians and attendees from all over the world to Rochester. rochesterjazz.com

City of Rochester

Concerts by the Shore

Ellwanger Garden Peony & Rose Weekend

The Fast & The Furriest®

Flower City Days at the Market

Food Truck Rodeo


Maplewood Rose Festival

Market Days at the International Plaza

Party in the Park

Rochester Cocktail Revival

Rochester Deaf Festival

Rochester Real Beer Expo

RPO Around the Town Concerts

Zoo Brew 

Monroe County

GCV&M Celtic Faire

Hamlin Wheel Fest

Mendon Fire Department Carnival

Mendon Ponds Outdoor Expo

Greater Rochester

Albion Strawberry Festival

Keuka Arts Festival

Shortsville Fireman’s Carnival

Surrounding Counties

Allentown Art Festival 

Ithaca Festival of the Arts

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Sterling Renaissance Festival
Sterling Renaissance Festival


Firefighters’ carnivals are typical for many towns. All Greater Rochester counties (except Monroe) host county fairs from July to August for local champions to compete at the State Fair in late August. Try picking raspberries, cherries, and lavender this month and visiting farmers’ markets for locally grown products.

Featured July Events

Corn Hill Arts Festival. Avery Mall (Park) is the official shuttle stop for the popular weekend-long art and music festival held in Corn Hill, Rochester’s oldest residential neighborhood. Avery Mall, 281 S. Plymouth Avenue, cornhillartsfestival.com

Ganondagan Indigenous Music and Arts Festival. Ganondagan invites visitors to experience Haudenosaunee culture through food, music, dance, and craft vendors during the last weekend of July. The festival features national and international artists, and the longhouse and Seneca Arts & Culture Center are open, including the museum, theater, and gift shop. Admission fee. 7000 County Road 41, Victor, Ontario County, ganondagan.org

Sterling Renaissance Festival. Open weekends from early July to mid-August, this renaissance festival is one of the best medieval cosplay events in New York. Taking part in the event is half the fun, whether you make a floral headpiece, rent a dress, or wear a full suit of armor. Purchase tickets online and download the schedule of events in advance to help plan your day. With nearly 100 performances on 12 stages across 35 acres, there are a few shows you won’t want to miss, such as the highly energetic jousting tournament, which takes place twice a day at noon and 5:45 p.m. Make sure to arrive at Ye Field of Honor early to secure a shaded spot to stand. The food and drink lines can be long, so bring a cooler for a picnic in the parking lot—be sure to have your hand stamped to re-enter the fair. 15385 Farden Road, Sterling, Cayuga County, sterlingfestival.com

City of Rochester

Bands on the Bricks 

Concerts by the Shore

Finger Lakes Choral Festival

Food Truck Rodeo 

Market Days at the International Plaza

Party in the Park

Pride Festival

Shakespeare in the Park

Zoo Brew 

Monroe County

Chil-E Fest

GCV&M Independence Day

GCV&M Civil War Living History Weekend

Hamlin Fireman’s Carnival

Hilton Fireman’s Carnival

Macedonian Festival

Rochester International Jewish Film Festival

Spencerport Canal Days

Webster Fireman’s Carnival

Webster Waterfront Art Festival

Greater Rochester

Art in the Gardens Canandaigua

Canandaigua Art & Music Festival

Canandaigua Lakefront Art Show

Finger Lakes Wine Festival Watkins Glen

Genesee County Fair Batavia

LeRoy Oatka Festival

Lyons Peppermint Days

Ontario County Fair Canandaigua

Orleans County Fair Albion

Perry Chalk Art Festival & Taste of Summer

Seneca County Fair Waterloo

Seneca Falls Canal Festival

Yates County Fair Penn Yan

Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival

Surrounding Counties

Old Home Days Williamsville

Summertime in Rochester

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🎡 2023 New York State & County Fairs

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Ontario Beach Park Concerts by the Shore
Ontario Beach Park Concerts by the Shore stage


Experience the rich cultural heritage of Rochester at festivals like the Puerto Rican Festival, Saint Stanislaus Polish Arts Festival, and Ukrainian Arts and Craft Festival. Sample delicious cuisine and listen to vibrant music as you immerse yourself in the city’s diverse food and music scene. Then, enjoy a late-summer harvest of blueberries and sunflowers.

Featured August Events

Fairport Music Festival. Enjoy two days of music on three outdoor stages along Liftbridge Lane East, as well as performances in bars and restaurants around Fairport. 5 Liftbridge Lane E., Fairport, fairportmusicfestival.com

The Great New York State Fair. The New York State Fair, established in 1841 and moved to its current location in Syracuse in 1890, is the oldest in the United States. It is also one of the largest, with around one million visitors yearly, and some days attracting over 100,000 people. The fair runs annually, starting on the third or fourth Wednesday of August and ending on Labor Day. 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse, Onondaga County, nysfairgrounds.ny.gov

City of Rochester

Bands on the Bricks 

Concerts by the Shore

Flour City Brewers Fest

Food Truck Rodeo 

Market Days at the International Plaza

Party in the Park

Puerto Rican Festival

Rochester Teen Film Festival

St. Stanislaus Polish Arts Festival 

Ukrainian Arts & Craft Festival

Zoo Brew 

Monroe County

Brockport Summer Arts Festival

GCV&M Fiddlers’ Fair & Making Music Weekend

GCV&M A Novel Weekend

Rush Fireman’s Carnival

St. Rita’s Annual Fiesta

Webster Jazz Festival

Greater Rochester

Avon Corn Festival

Lima Crossroads Blues Festival

Pageant of Steam Canandaigua

Phelps Sauerkraut Festival

Wayne County Fair Palmyra

Wyoming County Fair Pike

Surrounding Counties

Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts Buffalo

Fringe Fest Massaoke
Massaoke at Fringe


This month, visit a few of our favorite apple farms, like Schutt’s, Kelly’s, Robb, Green Acre, and Zarpentine, to see who has the best cider, fry cakes, fritters, and slushies. Stokoe Farms and Wickham Farms will kick off their harvest festivals in mid-September with hayrides, pumpkin picking, agriculture-themed activities, and entertainment.

Featured September Events

Clothesline Festival. The Memorial Art Gallery hosts this renowned two-day arts festival, and the gate fee includes museum admission. 500 University Avenue, mag.rochester.edu

Naples Grape Festival. Set in the charming village of Naples, the two-day Naples Grape Festival celebrates local music, art, and food. The festival’s wine-tasting tent is a popular destination, featuring the finest regional wines, craft brewers, and distilleries. The World’s Greatest Grape Pie Contest is a must-see event. Unique to the Finger Lakes region, grape pies were created in the 1950s by Naples resident Irene Bouchard. Getting to the Naples Grape Festival can be hectic, as there is only one main thoroughfare in and out of the village. Plan to arrive before 11 a.m. to avoid heavy traffic. Parking is available at Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars, with a free shuttle bus to take attendees directly to the festival grounds at the Memorial Town Hall and Naples High School. 154 N. Main Street, Naples, Ontario County, naplesgrapefest.org

Rochester Fringe Festival. This 12-day festival offers a wide range of entertaining performances. The Fringe team produces half the events, while each venue selects the other half. Centered in Rochester’s East End, the festival includes popular attractions such as the Spiegelgarden, Spiegeltent, Pedestrian Drive-In, and major weekend events. There’s a mix of free and ticketed shows offered across multiple venues. rochesterfringe.com

City of Rochester

Artist Row Juried Art Show

Flower City Comic Con

Food Truck Rodeo 

Market Days at the International Plaza

Rochester VegFest

Zoo Brew 

Monroe County

Barktober Fest Walk for the Animals Fairport

Purple Foot Festival Fairport

Tinker Park’s Honey Harvest Festival Henrietta

Turtle Hill Folk Festival Rush

Greater Rochester

Appleumpkin Festival Wyoming

KettleFest Victor

Livingston County Harvest Bounty Fair Caledonia

Macedon Center Lumberjack Festival

Palmyra Canaltown Days

Surrounding Counties

CNY Tomato Fest Auburn

Cuba Garlic Festival

Niagara Celtic Olcott

Niagara County Peach Festival Lewiston

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High Falls walking tour ROC the Riverway
ROC the Riverway Weekend Tours


To experience the most breathtaking fall foliage, plan your leaf-peeping excursions during the middle to end of October and the beginning of November. The arboretums at Mount Hope Cemetery, Durand Eastman Park, and Highland Park offer a stunning array of colors. You can also head to local farms and farmers’ markets to pick the perfect Halloween pumpkin.

Featured October Event

ROC the Riverway Weekend. The city sponsors various activities, including guided hikes, bike rides, and paddles, as well as events focused on the Genesee River. While some activities may require a fee, most are free to attend. ROC the Riverway Weekend, which takes place on the first weekend of October, celebrates the river and life along its banks. Various locations, view event details

City of Rochester


Market Days at the International Plaza

Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair

Rochester Fashion Week

Seneca Park ZooBoo

Monroe County

GCV&M Agricultural Fair

GCV&M Spirits of the Past: A Walk in the Dark

Fairport Oktoberfest

Hilton Apple Festival

Stokoe Farms Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Fest Wheatland

Greater Rochester

Genesee Valley Hunt Races Geneseo

Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show

Surrounding Counties

Locktober Fest Lockport

Penn Dixie Fossil Park’s Earth Science Day Buffalo

Autumn in Rochester

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🎃 Pumpkin Patches & Farms Around Rochester

Experience the perfect autumn day at our Rochester-area pumpkin farms with wagon rides, fresh apple cider and donuts, and corn mazes.

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


The first few weeks of November are perfect for enjoying fall walks in the woods. The changing leaves provide a stunning display of colors, and the crisp air is refreshing and invigorating. As November progresses, the holiday season quickly approaches, bringing beautifully decorated homes and sparkling light displays.

Featured November Events

Dickens Christmas. The World’s Smallest Parade kicks off this month-long weekend festival on Bright Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). The festival continues every Saturday and Sunday, leading up to Christmas. Charles Dickens and other characters can be seen roaming the streets, shops, and restaurants, greeting guests, and spreading holiday cheer. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides around the village, caroling and plays at the gazebo, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Multiple venues, Skaneateles, Onondaga County, (315) 685-0552, skaneateles.com

Holidays at the George Eastman Museum. GEM is a gorgeous place to experience the joy of the holiday season. Besides the delightful Sweet Creations gingerbread houses, wreaths, and tabletop Christmas tree displays, Dryden Theatre offers a wide selection of festive films. Admission fee. 900 East Avenue, (585) 327-4800, eastman.org

Lights on the Lake. The drive-through holiday light show at Onondaga Lake Park features a two-mile route lined with towering displays, a fantasy forest, vibrant arches, and a magical fairy tale ending. Admission fee. 106 Lake Drive, Liverpool, Onondaga County, (315) 451-7275, lightsonthelake.com

City of Rochester

Park Avenue Holiday Open House

Rochester Children’s Book Festival

Rochester Maker Faire

Greater Rochester

Anniversary of the Signing of the Canandaigua Treaty

GCV&M Holiday Market & Preparing for Winter

Granger Homestead Festival of Trees Canandaigua

Surrounding Counties

Glass Wonderland at the Corning Museum of Glass

Great New York State Fair Model Train Fair

Holiday Valley’s Fall Beer & Wine Festival Ellicottville

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


The holiday spirit comes alive through the stories, traditions, and experiences this season offers. Rochester has a deep-seated nostalgia for Christmastime downtown, centered on yuletide festivities, shopping, refreshments, and entertainment. Traditional holiday performances include the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s Gala Holiday Pops, Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s The Nutcracker, Geva’s A Christmas Carol, and OFC Creations’ A Golden Girls Christmas Carol. The Little Theatre and Dryden Theatre show Christmas movies, and there are concerts at various performance halls and houses of worship. Because December is the darkest month, we welcome grand displays of Christmas lights to brighten the night. Communities like Rahway Road in Gates, Endicar Drive in Irondequoit, Buckskin Drive in Farmington, and extreme homes like 16 Beauclaire Lane in Perinton celebrate the season with grandeur. Pack the car with snacks and hot cocoa, and sing along to Christmas carols as you drive around the area. It’s a magical time of year, full of joy and celebration.

Featured December Events

Holiday Show at Lamberton Conservatory. Enjoy evening hours on Friday and Sunday nights until 9 p.m. to appreciate the holiday lights after dark. The show begins on the first Friday in December and continues through the second weekend in January. Note that Saturday evenings are reserved for weddings. Admission fee. 180 Reservoir Avenue, (585) 753-7270, learn more

Holidays at the Genesee Country Village. Experience the joys of past Christmases on a guided tour of the village. Meet families as they plan traditional meals, share stories, and prepare for the long winter. Take part in various December events, such as candlelit Yuletide in the Country Tours, Breakfast with Saint Nick, and the Holiday Open House. Admission fee. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, (585) 538-6822, gcv.org

Holidays at the Rochester Public Market. This delightful tradition showcases vendors offering fresh trees, wreaths, decorations, specialty foods and drinks, handcrafted items, and more. You can enjoy music, carriage rides, and even see Santa on select Sundays. 280 N. Union Street, (585) 428-6907, cityofrochester.gov

Roc Holiday Village. On the first Saturday of December, the festivities kick off with the Main Street Liberty Pole lighting and a Santa-led procession to Roc Holiday Village. In the heart of downtown, the charming village offers a range of free holiday-themed activities and community events, including ice skating, live music, and a visit with Santa Claus. Visitors can also shop and dine in the village. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 353 Court Street, rocholidayvillage.com

Holiday Train Rides and Displays

Arcade and Attica Railroad. Hop on the Wonderland Express and travel to the North Pole to spend some quality time with Santa and his elves. Admission fee. 278 Main Street, Arcade, Wyoming County, (585) 492-3100, aarailroad.com

Edgerton Model Railroad. In December, the Edgerton Model Railroad is open for additional hours and offers free tours of its four season-themed model train layouts. 41 Backus Street, (585) 428-6769, edgertonmodelrailroadclub.com

The Garden Factory. Check out the magnificent model train display on weekends through mid-December and every day during the school break. 2126 Buffalo Road, Gates, (585) 247-6236, gardenfactoryny.com

Medina Railroad Museum. Experience the magic of The Polar Express™ as you journey to pick up Santa. Admission fee. 530 West Avenue, Medina, Orleans County, (585) 798-6106, medinarailroadmuseum.org

New York Museum of Transportation. Start your day with a ride on the Holly Trolley and a visit with Santa. Then, explore the museum to find the two Midtown Plaza monorail cars on display. Admission fee. 6393 E. River Road, Rush, (585) 533-1113, nymtmuseum.org

City of Rochester

Corn Hill Tour of Homes 

Eastman Museum Holiday Homecoming 

It’s a Wonderful Life in the South Wedge

Lighting of the Genesee Brew House Keg Tree 

Monroe County

Fairport’s Come Home for the Holidays

Garden Factory’s Holiday Show

Pittsford’s Candlelight Night

Greater Rochester

Cobblestone Museum Holiday Tour of Homes Albion

Festival of Lights Clifton Springs

It’s a Wonderful Life in Seneca Falls

Surrounding Counties

It WAS a Wonderful Life Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo

Sparkle Corning

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Reoccurring Events

Bands on the Bricks 
Friday nights roughly early-July to early-August

Concerts by the Shore
Wednesday nights, June through August

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

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

Market Days at the International Plaza
Mid-May through mid-October

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

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

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