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Things to Do in Rochester This Weekend

Looking for exciting things to do in Rochester, New York, this weekend? Look no further! Our comprehensive guide gathers the best resources to help you explore a variety of activities, whether you’re an adult looking for unique experiences or a college student seeking weekend adventures.

Best of Rochester - Day Trips Around Rochester book

Day Trips Around Rochester, New York

Best of Rochester Award-Winning Book for Best Published Literary Work of 2023.

Event Calendars

Corn Hill Festival
Corn Hill Festival

Discover popular event calendars featuring a wide range of activities happening around Rochester. Find the perfect event for this weekend or plan ahead by filtering events based on your preferred date or date range. Know of other great event calendars? Share them with us in the comments!

Live Music

Lilac Fest Concerts
Lilac Fest

Immerse yourself in the vibrant music scene of Rochester with venues that specialize in live musical performances. From local talents to nationally recognized artists, there’s something for every music enthusiast to enjoy multiple times a week.

Periodic & Seasonal Activities

Genesee Country Village octagon tasting area
History On Tap at GCVM

Explore seasonal events and periodic activities that showcase the best of Rochester’s cultural and recreational offerings throughout the year.

Sporting Events

Events Around Rochester - Red Wings Baseball
Rochester Red Wings Baseball

Get in on the action with exciting sporting events happening in and around Rochester. Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, there’s no shortage of sports-related fun to be had.

College Campus Events

Brass Transit Roberts Wesleyan
Brass Transit at Roberts Wesleyan CLC

Take advantage of open-to-the-public campus events at Rochester’s universities. From concerts to lectures and more, universities like Roberts, RIT, Nazareth, and U of R offer enriching experiences that are often free of charge.

Other Entertainment Venues

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

Dive into the diverse entertainment scene of Rochester, featuring movies, plays, comedy shows, and more at various venues across the city. We’re constantly updating our list, so don’t hesitate to recommend your favorite entertainment spots!

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Originating from the early 1800s, state and county fairs offer a blend of 4-H competitions, agriculture, amusement, and entertainment.

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Where do you find things to do around Rochester?

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

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Debi Bower is the founder and creative director of 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.

2 thoughts on “Things to Do in Rochester This Weekend”

  1. Hi, I’m on the committe for the Finger Lakes Celtic Festival that has been happening always on the 3rd Saturday in May. Here’s a write up if it can be added.
    Join us on May 21, 2022 Saturday from 9:30am to 7pm for the Finger Lakes Celtic Festival in Farmington, NY. Become Celtic for the day (if you’re not already) and enjoy a pleasing array of sights, sounds and smells. This event includes: Highland Heavy Games, Bag Piping competition, Dance Exhibitions, an array of Celtic Music, Demonstrations, A large Gathering of Scottish Clans, Historical & Heritage Societies, Artisans, Kids Activities, and so much more. Admission fee, no pets, free parking and it’s happening Rain or Shine. Go to the Website: or Facebook: for more info.

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