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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.

Bands In Town

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

CITY Newspaper Music

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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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

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

Periodic & seasonal things to do in Rochester

Party in the Park 

Food Truck Rodeo

RMSC After Dark

Bands on the Bricks

DeTOURS at the Memorial Art Gallery

Flavors of the Market

Zoo Brew

Concerts by the Shore

Geeks Who Drink

Genesee Country Village & Museum special events

Strong Happiest Hour

New York State Parks Events Calendar

Annual Festivals

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!

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200+ 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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2020 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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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.

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New Years Eve 2019-2020 Around Rochester

Need ideas for New Years Eve around Rochester? We’ve included a variety of playful places to ring in the new year on December 31, 2019! Happy New Year 2020!

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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

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.

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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.

CITY Newspaper Choice Events

CITY Newspaper Choice Concerts

CITY Newspaper Events

Rochesteriat City Events

Facebook Events

WikiDo This Weekend

D&C Events

WROC Calendar

WXXI Community Calendar



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Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home. The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly.