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Things to Do in Rochester This Weekend

There are hundreds of resources for finding fun things to do in Rochester. We’ve gathered the best of them here to make it easier to explore stuff for adults and college students to do around town.

Discover the best concerts, festivals, community events, and special events this weekend or anytime!

Lilac Fest Concerts

Live Music

There are plenty of places that offer periodic live musical performances, but these folks make it their core business model and tend to offer it multiple times a week. They bring in talent from around the country, and find talent right here at home to amplify.

45 Cheap & Free Outdoor Concerts Around Rochester

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 - Red Wings Baseball
Rochester Red Wings Baseball

Sporting Events

Rochester Museum Science Center
Rochester Museum Science Center After Dark 21+

Periodic & seasonal things to do in Rochester

212 Annual Events Around Rochester

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

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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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30 House and Garden Tours Around Rochester

Every year there are dozens of opportunities around Rochester to walk through grand and historic homes, and meticulously manicured garden spaces.

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New Years Eve in Rochester: Playful Picks for 2018-2019

Need ideas for New Years Eve around Rochester? We’ve included a variety that are family- and sobriety-friendly,  performances, parties, and playful places.

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Brass Transit Roberts Wesleyan
Brass Transit at Roberts Wesleyan CLC

College Campus Events

Many campus events are open to the public, and often times they are also free! I’ve seen excellent concerts and plays at Roberts, RIT, and Naz, well-known speakers at U of R, and had so much fun learning and playing at Imagine RIT.

New Years Eve Around Rochester: Comedy at the Carlson
Comedy at the Carlson

Other Entertainment Venues

These are places that feature other types of entertaining…movies, plays, comedy, music, etc. We’ll keep adding to this so feel free to suggest others!

93 Performing Arts Venues Around Rochester

Rochester has an excellent performing arts scene! Find plays and musicals by high school and college students, local professionals, and touring companies.

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12 Historic Small Movie Theaters

There is something about a 100-year-old small movie theater that enhances your experience and transcends you through space and time.

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The Vintage Drive In

Yes, there are still drive-in theaters near Rochester! The Vintage Drive-In in Avon is the closest, but there are five others within a 90 minute drive.

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Event calendars for things to do around Rochester

These are the most popular event calendars around, and the ones I refer to the most! You’ll definitely find something to do this weekend. Or filter by date or date range to look for future events.

If you know of other robust event calendars leave us a comment. We’d love to add to the list.

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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132 Things to Do Around Rochester, NY

We’ve pulled together a list of fun and unique things to do around Rochester, NY within two hours of home–perfect for quick getaways.

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30 Day Trips within 30 Minutes of Rochester

Sometimes you just need a fun, spontaneous adventure or quick getaway to refresh your day. Try one of these day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester.

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Free Things to Do in Rochester

Our top 12 day trip ideas for unique, fun, and free things to do in Rochester will give you over 500 actual destinations to explore.

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9 Library VIP Pass Discounts

Enjoy discounted admissions or ticket purchases at these destinations with the Monroe County Library System VIP Pass!

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Where do you find things to do around Rochester?

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