CALENDAR: Special Events Guide 

Summer may be over, but it's not time to head indoors yet. Rochester has plenty of events to keep you busy through the fall. In fact, there are so many that we couldn't possibly fit them all in one place. This listing of events — running roughly through the holidays — will get you started, but be sure to check City Newspaper every Wednesday for a full listing of that week's events.

Appleumpkin Festival Sat-Sun Sep 28-29. Harvest celebration with crafts, entertainment, and fall-flavored treats. Gaslight village of Wyoming, NY. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 495-9940,

ARTrageous Affair Sat Sep 28. Annual gala to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. Dinner, silent art auction. Rochester Plaza Hotel, 70 State St. 6 p.m. 473-8177, $125.

Autumn Festival of Ales Sat Oct 5. Craft beer tasting, live blues music, chili cook-off, food vendors, hand-rolled cigars. Fireman's Field, Honeoye Falls. 1-5 p.m. $30-$35 ($7 non-drinkers). 624-4386,

BOA's 16th Annual Dine & Rhyme Event Sun Sep 29. Readings at Memorial Art Gallery and dinner reception at Good Luck Restaurant. 3 p.m. $20-$25 ($125 for full event). 546-3410,

Buccaneers' Ball 2013 Sat Oct 26. Put on pirate attire and join the ball for food, desserts, casino-style gaming, raffles, silent auction. 21+ only. Doubletree by Hilton Rochester, 1111 Jefferson Road. $65 per person ($115 for couples). 271-5519.

Canstruction Rochester Mon-Sat Oct 28-Nov 9. Check out structures built using only canned and packaged food. Free (food donations are encouraged). One Bausch + Lomb Place.

City of Rochester Oct 19: Fall Foliage Tour (Mt. Hope Cemetery) | Oct 19 & 22: Grand Torch Light Tour (Mt. Hope Cemetery). For more info and other events check

Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival Sat-Sun Oct 5-6. Food, entertainment, kids' activities, race, fireworks, contest. Town of Cohocton.

Cracker Box Palace Sat Sep 28: 75-mile car rally starting in Alton and going through Wayne County, ending with dinner at Captain Jack's in Sodus Point. 50 vehicles max. Cracker Box Palace, 6450 Shaker Road, Alton.

Cultural Diversity Conference Thu Sep 19. "Building Community through Diversity, Spirituality, State and Politics." Keynote Speaker Dr. Muriel A. Howard (president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities). SUNY Brockport. Free-$50.

Darien Lake Saturday Sep 28: rUNDEAD Zombie Run. 5K race that doubles as a zombie survival game. Includes admission to Fright Fest. $50-$60. Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, 9993 Allegheny Road, Darien Center. noon-10 p.m.

Empire State College Week of Peace Sun Sep 29-Sun Oct 6. A week dedicated to peace, featuring various events throughout Rochester.

Fall Sky Rides Saturdays and Sundays Sep 21-Oct 27. Check out the fall foliage from a ski lift. Bristol Mountain Snow Resort, 5662 State Rt. 64, Canandaigua. $6-$10. 374-1135.

The Fair and Expo Center Fri-Sun Oct 4-6: Ski Sale | Thu Oct 10: Health Fair | Sat-Sun Oct 19-20: 44th Annual Rochester Gem, Mineral Jewelry & Fossil Show. 2695 E. Henrietta Road. 334-4000

Fairport Oktoberfest 2013 Thu Oct 3-Sat Oct 5. Celebrate Oktoberfest with music, food, and of course, beer. Fairport Junction.

Fairport Scarecrow Festival Sat Oct 12. Music, entertainment, food, kids' activities along Main Street in Fairport. Free.

Fight for Air Climb Sat Nov 16. A 20-flight climb in the Bausch + Lomb building to raise funds for lung disease. Practice climb to be held Wed Oct 9. $35. One Bausch + Lomb Place. 666-1402.

Fashion Week of Rochester Wed-Sun Oct 16-20. Boutique bus tour, runway shows, art and music performances, more. Various locations including participating boutiques around Rochester.

Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open Houses Sat-Sun Oct 12-13. Tours and cheese samples. Various regional farms and creameries.

Finger Lakes Cork & Fork Fri-Sat Sep 20-21.Culinary showcase in Seneca Falls. A must for foodies. Rodman Lott & Son Farms, 2973 Route 414.

Finger Lakes Community College Wed Oct 2: Homespun with Moho Collective and Whizzy's Canvas. 7 p.m. Stage 14. 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.

Finger Lakes Live Steamers Sat-Sun Sep 28-29: Fall Meet and Open House. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 302 Clyde-Merengo Rd., Clyde.

First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival Sep 19-28. Hundreds of acts throughout downtown Rochester.

Ganondagan State Historic Site Sat Sep 28: "A Seneca Encounter with LaSalle" | Mon Nov 11: Canandaigua Treaty Day | Lecture Series: Thu Sep 26: "For God and Home and Native Land"; Thu Oct 24: "The Legacy of Mary Jemison"; Thu Nov 21: "Finding Our Way Home." All lectures at Shults Center, Nazareth College. $10-$30 per lecture. 1488 Route 444, Victor.

Genesee Country Village and Museum Sat-Sun Oct 5-6: The Fall Festival featuring the Agricultural Fair | Sun Oct 7: Vintage Baseball League Championship Game | Fri-Sat Oct 18-19 and Thu-Sat Oct 24-26: Spirits of the Past-Theatrical Tours | Sun Oct 27: Trick or Treating in the Village | Sat Nov 30: Preparing for the Holidays the 19th Century Way | 1410 Flint Rd., Mumford.

Genesee Valley Conservancy Sat Oct 5: Autumn colors walk, approx. 3 miles along Wheeler Gully. 1 Main St., Geneseo.

Genesee Waterways Center Sat-Sun Oct 5-6: Head of the Genesee Regatta. 149 Elmwood Ave.

Geneva Historical Society Museum Sat Sep 28: Rose Hill Mansion Food and Wine Celebration. 543 S. Main St., Geneva.

George Eastman House Special Events: Sat Oct 5: George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K | Wed Oct 16: U.S. Premiere of the lost Orson Welles silent film "Too Much Johnson" | 900 East Ave.

Gilda Club Rochester Hero's Ball Sat Nov 23. RIT Inn & Conference Center. 5257 W Henrietta Road. 423-9700.

Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum Fri-Sun Nov 8-10: Christkindl Market. 295 N. Main St., Canandaigua.

Great Pumpkin Walk Sat Oct 19 (rain date Oct 20) Ontario County Pathways. Ontario County Fairgrounds, County Route 10, Ontario. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $4. 905-3053.

Groove Juice Swing Fri Sep 20: 4th Annual Roaring Twenties Ball (Tango Café Dance Studio, 389 Gregory St.) | Fri-Sun Nov 15-17: 16th Annual Lindy Hop Workshop Weekend (Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. | Fri Dec 6: Red Hot Holiday Ball (Tango Café Dance Studio).

Harbor Town Belle Beginning Oct 1: Fall Foliage Cruise ($6-$12). Departs from Port of Rochester in Charlotte.

Hash House Harriers A local drinking/running club that has weekly runs through various parks and trails. Each run is celebrated by drinking afterward. Runs occur on Sunday nights through the winter.

Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester Sep 27-Oct 27. Hayride through the woods as costumed actors try to spook you. 3329 Eddy Road, Williamson. $15-$22.

Haunted House of Rochester Fri-Sun Sep 21-Oct 27. Opens at 6:30 p.m. $12, 671-2850. 1592 Qualtrough Rd., Rochester.

Hilton Apple Fest Sat-Sun Oct 5-6. Crafts, food, entertainment, car show. Town of Hilton.

Holiday Hollow at Halloween Saturdays and Sundays Oct 5-27 and Columbus Day. Pirate shows, food, pumpkins, games. 1410 Main Road, Corfu. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $12-$13. 762-8160,

Huckleberry Swamp Family Fall Festival Sat Sep 21. Fun for the whole family with outdoor games and crafts. Catchpole Road, Rose.

Hunt Country Vineyards Sat-Sun Oct 5-6: 24th Annual Hunt Country Harvest Festival | Sat Dec 7: Christmas in Branchport. 4021 County Road, Branchport.

ImageOut Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Fri Oct 11-Sun Oct 20. Film screenings, art exhibit, parties, more. Various venues including Dryden Theater and Cinema Theater.

Irondequoit Oktoberfest 2013 Fri-Sat Sep 20-21. Celebration of German culture, music, beer, food. Camp Eastman, Irondequoit. $4-$8.

Joke Factory Fri-Sat Sep 20-21: Michael Winslow (from "Police Academy") | Fri-Sat Oct 25-26: Dustin Diamond (Screech from "Saved by the Bell"), $20 | Holiday Inn Airport, 911 Brooks Ave.

Keuka Wine Trail Sat-Sun Nov 9-10: Keuka Holidays I | Sat-Sun Nov 16-17: Keuka Holidays II. 2375 Route 14A, Penn Yan.

Landmark Society of Western New York Fri-Sat Oct 4-5: Inside Downtown Tour 2013. 133 S Fitzhugh St.

Letchworth State Park Sat-Mon Oct 12-14: Letchworth Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1 Letchworth State Park, Castille.

The Little Theatre Sun Sep 22: Witness Palestine Film Series | Sep 25, Oct 2, 9 & 16: WXXI Film Series "Alfred Hitchcock on Stage & Screen" | Sat Oct 19 & Tue Oct 22: "Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy" | 240 East Ave.

Lift Bridge Book Shop Sat Nov 16: 17th Annual Rochester Children's Book Festival | Mon Nov 18: 4th Annual Book Club Bash. Lift Bridge Book Shop, 45 Main St., Brockport.

Lollypop Farm Sat Sep 21: Barktober Fest. 5-mile race and 1.5-mile walk for animals. 99 Victor Road, Fairport.

Lori's Natural Food Sun Sep 22: Taste of Lori's 32nd Anniversary. Lori's Natural Food Center, 900 Jefferson Road.

Maplewood Y Craft Show Sat Oct 12. Craft show open to the public. Maplewood Family YMCA, 25 Driving Park Ave.

MCC Alumni Week and Homecoming 2012 Thu Sep 19-Thu Sep 26. 1000 E. Henrietta Road.

Medina Railroad Museum Sep 21, Oct 5: Winery Trains | Oct 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 23: Fall Foliage Train Rides | Oct 19, 25, 26: Halloween Trains. 530 West Ave., Medina.

Memorial Art Gallery Sat Oct 5: Gala: A Celestial Centennial | Sun Oct 13: MAG Centennial Events | Sun Oct 27: Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day | Thu Oct 10 & Thu Dec 12: Art and Story Stroll. 500 University Ave.

Mendon Zombie Run Sat Oct 26. In association with Monroe County Parks Department. Mendon Ponds Park. 10 a.m.;

Meridian Centre Park Sat Sep 28. Stop the Trafficking – End the Cycle 5K Run/Walk. 8 a.m. $23. 2025 S. Winton Road.

Mount Hope Cemetery General tours Saturdays and Sundays through October | Sat Oct 19: Fall Foliage Tour | Sat Oct 19 & Tuesday 22: Grand Torch Light Tour | Sun Oct 20: Monster Scramble 5K & 10K. 1133 Mount Hope Ave.

MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon Sun Sep 22. Marathon, half-marathon, and relay to benefit Arthritis Foundation. Frontier Field, 333 Plymouth Ave. 7:30 a.m. $60-$180.

Naples Grape Festival Sat-Sun Sep 28-29. Wine, food, arts and crafts, live entertainment, grape-pie contest. Naples High School and Memorial Town Hall, Naples. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Naples Open Studio Trail Sat-Sun Oct 5-6. Check out the works and studios of artists in categories like painting, sculpture, and jewelry among others. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

National Hunting and Fishing Day Sat Sep 28.

Needle Drop Records Record Fair Sat Nov 2. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. German House, 315 Gregory St. $2.

New York Museum of Transportation/Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Sundays through Nov 3: Fall Foliage by Trolley and Train | Nov 30, Dec 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22: Holly Trolley Rides. 6393 East River Rd.

New Moon Holistic Healing Expo & Psychic Festival Sat-Sun Nov 2-3. The Damascus Shrine Center, 979 Bay Road, Webster. $5-$10.

New York Wine & Culinary Center Sat Sep 28: New York State of Mind. Cocktails, food and wine pairings, auctions. 6:30-10 p.m. $150. 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua.

Nightmare Manor Oct 3-Nov 2. Quarter-mile indoor haunted attraction. Southtown Plaza, 3333 W Henrietta Road. Open Thu-Sun. $14-$26.

Ontario Beach Park Sat Sep 28. Walk to Defeat ALS. 10 a.m.

Planned Parenthood Annual Luncheon Fri Nov 1. Guest Speaker: Angela Shelton. Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St. Noon. $60.

Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus Wed-Sun Oct 30-Nov 3. The greatest show on Earth returns to Rochester, this time for its show "Dragons." Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square.

RIT's Brick City Homecoming Thu-Sun Oct 10-13: Homecoming events and Men's Hockey vs. Michigan (Blue Cross Arena), distinguished speakers Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords.

Roc City Roller Derby Sat Oct 12 & Sat Nov 16: Rottenchesters vs. 5-H8-5s vs. Midtown Maulers | Sat Dec 14: Home Team Championship. Dome Arena, Henrietta.

RocCon! 2013 Fri-Sun Sep 20-22. Sci-fi, comic book, anime, horror & gaming convention. Featured guests include actors Chris Doohan ("Star Trek Into Darkness") and Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa ("Mortal Kombat," "Revenge"). Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St.

Rochester Arts and Lectures Thu Oct 10: David Henry Hwang | Thu Nov 14: Colum McCann | Thu Dec 12: Lisa Scottoline. Continues in 2014 with Carl Zimmer, Judy Collins and Simon Rich. Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St.

Rochester Auditorium Theatre Wed Sep 25: Russell Peters ($38.50-$98.50) | Fri Oct 4: Theresa Caputo (sold out) | Wed Oct 30: In The Mood ($29.50-$68.50) | Sat Nov 23: Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride ($20) | Wed Dec 4: Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker ($30.50-$105) | Sat Dec 7: Brian Regan ($35.50) | 885 E. Main St. 222-5000.

Rochester Gun Show Sat-Sun Sep 21-22 at Rochester Tech Park. 2402 Innovation Way. $8. 226-6211.

Rochester Jewish Book Festival Sun Nov 3-Thu Nov 17. Readings, singings, and discussions of Jewish authors and/or books of Jewish interest. Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave.

Rochester Museum and Science Center Sep 27-Dec 12: "Alien Worlds and Androids Exhibition" | Fri Oct 18: RMSC After Dark: Sci-Fi (21 and older) | Electricity Theater: Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun through December. 657 East Ave.

Rochester Public Market Sundays through Oct 13: Community Garage Sale and Super Flea Market | Sun Dec 1, 8, 15: Holidays at the Market. Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St.

Rochester River Romance Sat Oct 5-Mon Oct 7. Variety of events celebrating Rochester's waterways, including the Head of the Genesee Regatta. Genesee River Corridor.

Rolling Hills Asylum General tours through October. Call for ticket and pricing information. 502-4066.

Sam Patch & Mary Jemison Cruises Daily cruises through October. Leave from Corn Hill Landing or Schoen Place in Pittsford.

Seneca Park Zoo Thu-Fri Sep 19-20: It's a Jungle Out There! Flower show | Sat Oct 5: Genesee Trail Day | Sat-Sun Oct 12-13, 19-20, 26-27: Zoo Boo | Sat-Sun Dec 14-15, 21-22: Breakfast with Santa. 2222 St. Paul St.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site Sun Sep 22: Harvest Progressive Dinner | Sat Sep 29: Natural Gardening Symposium featuring Ken Druse | Fri-Sat Oct 18-19 & 25-26: Mansion Mysteries | Sun Oct 27: Haunted Garden Stroll. 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua.

Sterling Nature Center Sat-Sun Sep 21-22: Ontario Orchards Fall Jamboree. Sterling Nature Center, Jensvold Road, Sterling.

Strasenburgh Planetarium Through Oct 6: "Amazing Journeys" | Saturdays: "My Planets" (ends Nov 30), "Sun, Moon and Stars" (ends Nov 16), "Dark Universe" (ends Nov 30) | Saturdays through Sep: Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd Laser Shows | Through Nov 30: Coral Reef Adventure | Sat Nov 9: Native American Skies. 657 East Ave.

Strong National Museum of Play Fri Sep 20: The Play Ball adult playground | Sat-Sun Sep 28-29: Exhibit Opening: "Little Builders" | Sat-Sun Oct 5-6: Monsters and Magical Creatures Weekend | Sat-Sun Oct 5-6: Balloons Around the World | Mon Oct 14: Discover the Silk Road | Sat-Sun Oct 26-27: Literature Live Event "Bunnicula" | Thu Oct 31: Toddler Trick-or-Treat | Thu Nov 7: National Toy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony | Fri-Sat Nov 8-9: National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration | Mon Nov 11: The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol | Sat-Sun Nov 16-17: In Another Galaxy Weekend | Sat-Sun Nov 23-24: Literature Live Event "Brother Bear" | Sat-Sun Dec 7-8: Literature Live Event "Frosty the Snowman" |1 Manhattan Square Drive.

Town of Canandaigua Sat Sep 28: New York State of Mind | Sat Oct 5, Sat Nov 2 & Sat Dec 7: Canandaigua Wine Walk.

Town of Pittsford Sun Oct 27: Family Halloween Fest | Tue Dec 3: Candlelight Night.

University of Rochester Meliora Weekend Thu Oct 10-Sun Oct 13. Homecoming weekend for UR with reunions, lectures, performances, sports, outdoor activities, art exhibitions, movies, etc. Keynote speaker: Robert Gates. For a full schedule and more information visit

Victor Wine & Food Fest Fri Nov 8. Cobblestone Creek Country Club, Victor.

Wayne County Sep-Oct: Pumpkin Harvest Weekends | Fri-Mon Oct 11-14: Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour.

White Haven Memorial Park Sat Sep 28. Walk to raise money to benefit Mercy Flight Central and enjoy food and festivities afterward. 2-5 p.m. $15-$20. 210 Marsh Road, Pittsford.

Wine and Jazz Fundraiser Thu Nov 7. Benefits Jazz 90.1. Presented by Greece Community Broadcasting Inc. Pier 45 at the Port, 1000 N. River St.

Wine & Spirits at Woodlawn Tour Sat Oct 5. Woodlawn Cemetery, 130 N. Pearl St., Canandaigua. 2-6 p.m. $35. 394-0840,

Writers and Books Sat Oct 26: 5th Annual Masquerade Party: Go Mad from the Revelation. 8 p.m., $10-$12 | Oct 7,21, Nov 4, 18, Dec 2: Game of Thrones Discussion Series: Four discussions concerning the hit show and novels ($3-$5). Writers and Books, 740 University Ave. 473-2590.

YWCA Empowering Women Luncheon Tue Oct 8. Keynote speaker: founder & CEO of National CARES Mentoring Movement, Susan L. Taylor. Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St. Noon.

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