Finger Lakes Opera's (FLO) 2023 production of Verdi's Aida at West Herr Auditorium Theatre

Rochester’s Cultural Heritage

Rochester’s theaters, museums, and events offer opportunities to celebrate the region’s unique identity and cultural heritage. Join tours or explore independently to learn about the customs and traditions that make Rochester unique and appreciate the city’s rich and varied experiences.

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Theaters

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a show on stage or screen. Experience diverse artistic expression, including interpretive dance, chamber music, Shakespearean plays, and Broadway productions. Whether historic auditoriums or multiplex theaters with reclining seats, Rochester’s movie theaters offer a wide range of first-run, independent, foreign, and student films, live-stream events, and festivals.

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Theaters Around Rochester

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a show on stage or screen. Experience diverse artistic expression, from Broadway productions to classic movies.

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High School Musicals and Plays in Monroe County

Celebrate the talented young actors performing in high school musicals and plays as they bring classic and contemporary pieces to life.

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Museums, Galleries, and Public Art

Rochester is home to world-renowned museums and thought-provoking galleries. Some institutions offer guided tours by knowledgeable docents, while others are run by dedicated volunteers. If you want to view some of the city’s historic homes and archives, making an appointment in advance may be necessary.

The city’s Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA) is a vibrant district that spans several walkable blocks around University Avenue, Goodman Street, and East Avenue. This area is home to many museums, galleries, and artist studios participating in popular First Friday events when the community celebrates all things creative and enjoys a lively night out.

Rochester also has a vibrant street art culture, with dozens of murals, graffiti, and other forms of public art on display throughout the region. As you explore the city and countryside, you can find these and other roadside art installations.

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Museums Around Rochester

Rochester is home to world-renowned museums and thought-provoking galleries. You can spend weeks exploring our rich cultural heritage.

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Street Art: Exploring Rochester’s Murals & Graffiti

Rochester has a vibrant street art culture, with dozens of murals, graffiti, and other forms of public art on display throughout the region.

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Roadside Attractions

Have fun finding these fun roadside attractions—shoe trees, a skeleton army, a metal dragon, a shark girl—within two hours of Rochester.

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Community Events

From Rochester events and festivals to seasonal harvests and indoor attractions, we’ll give you insider tips on monthly must-do activities. Whether you’re looking for a fun weekend activity, a date night idea, ideas for celebrating a holiday, or a family-friendly outing, these twelve monthly special occasion guides will have something for everyone.

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Rochester, NY Events & Activities: Your Guide to Year-Round Fun

Join me as I explore the best things to do around Rochester each month, highlighting unique activities and events throughout the year.

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7 Significant City of Rochester Festivals in 2024

This guide aims to showcase Rochester’s most popular festivals, which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to our beautiful city.

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🎡 2024 New York State & County Fairs

State and county fairs, featuring agricultural-themed competitions, amusement, and entertainment, have been popular since the early 1800s.

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Finger Lakes Opera's (FLO) 2023 production of Verdi's Aida at West Herr Auditorium Theatre
Finger Lakes Opera’s (FLO) 2023 production of Verdi’s Aida at West Herr Auditorium Theatre

Which are your favorite theaters, museums, and events?

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Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of daytrippingroc.com and author of the award-winning book Day Trips Around Rochester, New York.

People often ask me if I get free access to places while exploring. The answer is no unless I’m invited to previews or granted behind-the-scenes access as part of my media role. Generally, I don’t mention my project, Day Trips Around Rochester, NY, because I want the same experience you would have. I create and share content simply because it brings me joy. I would appreciate your support—a cup of coffee or two to help fuel future field trips—if you have found valuable information here that has helped you explore the Rochester area.

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