Summer Outdoor Concerts Lilac Fest cover

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!

Find Things to Do by Category

  1. Event Calendars
  2. Live Music
  3. Sporting Events
  4. Periodically & Seasonal Events
  5. College Campus Events
  6. Other Venues
Park Ave Festival Rochester Berkeley
Park Ave Festival

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.

CITY Newspaper Choice Events

CITY Newspaper Choice Concerts

CITY Newspaper Events

CITY Newspaper Music

MetroPops City Events

Facebook Events

WikiDo This Weekend

D&C Events

WROC Calendar

WXXI Community Calendar



Lilac Fest Concerts
Lilac Fest

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.

CITY Newspaper Music

Anthology Upcoming Shows

Abeline Bar & Lounge

Johnny’s Irish Pub Live Music Calendar

Little Theatre Music Calendar

Fairport B-Side Live Music Calendar

The Bug Jar Live Upcoming Shows

The Record Archive

Montage Music Hall Event Calendar

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Live Music Calendar

Nashvilles Events and Shows Calendar

Lovin’ Cup Live Show List

Flour City Station Upcoming Events Calendar

Pelican’s Nest Entertainment Calendar

Bands In Town

Genesee Country Village octagon tasting area
History On Tap at GCVM

Periodic & seasonal things to do in Rochester

Genesee Country Village & Museum special events

DeTOURS at the Memorial Art Gallery

Party in the Park 

Food Truck Rodeo

Bands on the Bricks

Flavors of the Market

Zoo Brew

Concerts by the Shore

Geeks Who Drink

New York State Parks Events Calendar

Annual Festivals

RMSC After Dark

Strong Happiest Hour

Events Around Rochester - Red Wings Baseball
Rochester Red Wings Baseball

Sporting Events

Rochester Red Wings baseball

Rochester Americans hockey

Rochester RazorSharks basketball

Rochester Knighthawks indoor lacrosse

RIT Tigers hockey

Buffalo Sabres hockey

Buffalo Bills football

Syracuse Orangemen basketball

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.

Roberts Wesleyan Cultural Life Center Events

RIT Events

Nazareth College Events

St. John Fisher

University of Rochester Events

SUNY Brockport Fine Arts Series

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!

Comedy at the Carlson

Eastman House

Rochester Festivals – Six in the City

“Festival season” in Rochester runs from May to September. Let’s focus on the six most popular summertime City of Rochester festivals!

Read more

169 Annual Events Around Rochester

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

Read more

27 House & 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.

Read more

New Year’s Eve 2021-2022 in Rochester

Need ideas for New Year’s Eve around Rochester? Here’s a variety of playful places to ring in the new year on December 31, 2021.

Read more

95 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.

Read more

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.

Read more

The Vintage Drive-In Theater

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

Read more

270+ Rochester Date Ideas

Trying various activities with your partner is a great way to connect, learn more about each other, and shake up your routine.

Read more

2022 New York State & County Fairs

Our state and county fairs offer a unique blend of agriculture, amusement, and entertainment, dating back to the early 1800s.

Read more

132 Things to Do Around Rochester

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.

Read more

60 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.

Read more

Free Things to Do Around 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.

Read more

8 Library VIP Pass Discounts

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

Read more

Where do you find things to do around Rochester?

Please share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. Your insight and experience are invaluable!

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Author Debi Bower is the Founder and Chief Day Tripper for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY. Happy trails!


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.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.