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7 Significant City of Rochester Festivals in 2024

The Greater Rochester area hosts hundreds of celebrations throughout the year, showcasing the region’s rich culture and community spirit. These events include cultural festivals, neighborhood celebrations, fitness-focused activities, food truck rodeos, parades, concerts, and community gatherings, all of which contribute to the city’s lively social calendar. This guide aims to showcase Rochester’s most popular festivals, which attract hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to our beautiful city. With a diverse range of events to choose from, you’ll never be short of something fun and exciting to do in Rochester.

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May

Lilac Festival concert
Lilac Festival

Rochester Lilac Festival

May 10–19, 2024
10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Rochester’s Lilac Fest is the largest free festival of its kind in North America. Lilac Fest is a 10-day event that offers free concerts, art shows, tastings, footraces, and a parade. Highland Park’s lilacs—over 500 varieties across 1,200 shrubs—fully bloom by mid-May, along with pansies, tulips, magnolia, rhododendrons, azaleas, and flowering dogwood and cherry trees. Many Rochesterians’ tradition is to attend the festival on Mother’s Day, May 12.

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Highland Park in Rochester

Highland Park has even been described as a museum of exotic trees, many of which are the tallest of their species in the state, though few are native.

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June

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Jazz Fest

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival

June 21–29, 2024

The nine-day Jazz Fest brings musicians and attendees from all over the world to Rochester. The event features hours of exceptional music, including many free performances at outdoor stages throughout Rochester’s East End.

July

Corn Hill Festival
Corn Hill Festival

Corn Hill Arts Festival

July 13–14, 2024

Avery Mall is the official shuttle stop for the popular weekend-long art and music festival. Find over 350 artists and vendors along nine tree-lined streets that make up Corn Hill—one of Rochester’s oldest residential neighborhoods.

Roc Pride Parade
Park Ave

ROC Pride Festival & Parade

July 20, 2024
11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Please note that this year’s event takes place at Highland Park, not Cobb’s Hill Park.

The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. at Science Parkway and proceeds north along South Avenue to Highland Park for the festival. Join the LGBTQ+ community celebration with food, wine, and beer, plus hours of entertainment.

September

Clothesline Arts Festival
Clothesline Fest

M&T Bank Clothesline Art Festival

September 7–8, 2024

The Memorial Art Gallery hosts this two-day open-air exhibition—Rochester’s longest-running celebration of the arts—that features over 300 juried artists. A festival pass also includes museum admission.

Rochester Fringe Festival 2023
Fringe Fest Crystal Palace

Rochester Fringe Festival

September 10-21, 2024

This 12-day festival offers a diverse range of entertaining performances. One Fringe Place, including the Spiegeltent and Spiegelgarden, serves as the festival center, with dozens more venues across the city hosting over 500 free and ticketed performances.

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Fringe Fest Crystal Palace

Roc Holiday Village

December 6–29
Wednesday through Sunday

The first full December weekend marks the beginning of this delightfully nostalgic 17-day celebration. The festivities start with the official lighting of the Main Street Liberty Pole, followed by a Santa-led procession to the Village at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. Enjoy a range of free holiday-themed activities and community events, including ice skating, live music, shopping, dining, and a chance to meet Santa Claus.

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Multiple Dates

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

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

Party in the Park
Thursday nights, June – August

Concerts by the Shore
Wednesday nights, June – August

Bands on the Bricks
Friday nights, July & August

February

Lakeside Winter Celebration + Polar Plunge

April

Rochester Erotic Arts Festival

Gateway Music Festival, biennial

May

Rochester International Films Festival

Rochester Dachshund Parade

June

Rochester Greek Festival

Rochester Fashion Week

July

Rochester International Jewish Film Festival

August

Rochester International Air Show

Rochester Summer Soul Music Festival

Puerto Rican Festival

St. Stanislaus Polish Arts Festival

Rochester Teen Film Festival

September

Ukrainian Arts & Craft Festival

Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival

October

ROC the Riverway Weekend

Seneca Park ZooBoo

November

Rochester Maker Faire

December

Light Up the Holidays 

Roc Holiday Village

It’s a Wonderful Life in the South Wedge

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Which are your favorite Rochester festivals?

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

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  1. Hi, there’s a craft show on 10/22 at Temple B’rith Kodesh, this is their 7th year. If you want to add here is the info:
    Artfest On The Avenue 10/22 Sunday 9-5pm

    What can be better than an art fest with hand picked artisans? The seventh annual Artfest on the Avenue. More than 40 high quality artisans will present ceramics/pottery, wearable art, clothing, purses, scarves, baby/ children’s clothing, quilts and fabric art, jewelry, paintings, photography, mixed media, woodworking, glass and more.

    Fabulous silent auction also! Plenty of free parking in the back. Sponsored by Temple B’rith Kodesh Sisterhood.

    $2 Entrance Fee.

    https://www.tbk.org/wrj-tbk-sisterhood-calendar

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