CITY's guide to summer festivals 

20. It's festival season!


For more details, see CITY's 2014 Festival Preview Guide.

Fairport Canal Days

Friday, June 6, through Sunday, June 8

Main Street area, Fairport


Attracting more than 200,000 attendees every year, this Fairport volunteer-run festival includes live music, arts and crafts from more than 200 artisan vendors, a chicken BBQ, and a Duck Race benefitting the Fairport Perinton Merchants Association. Friday, June 6: 4:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, June 7: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, June 8: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sulphur Springs Festival

Friday, June 6, through Saturday, June 7

Throughout Clifton Springs


The town of Clifton Springs celebrates the beginning of the summer with its own festival fun, including a car show, a parade, and pie eating contests. Music includes Allen Hopkins & Jim Clark, Bristol Mountain Bluegrass, Celtic Ceilidh Band, and Dady Brothers. Friday, June 6: 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 7: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

19th Ward Square Fair

Saturday, June 7

Aberdeen Square Park, 330 Post Avenue


The largest event hosted in support of the 19th Ward of Rochester and its community. The day-long fair will include food vendors from local restaurants, live entertainments, lunch grills, and booths selling books, plants, food, and more. Parade at 12:30 p.m.

East End Music Festival

Friday, June 13

Throughout Rochester's East End

Four stages will be spread across Rochester's East End with twelve local bands scheduled. A food truck rodeo will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m.

Festival on the Green

Friday, June 13, through Sunday, June 15

Fireman's Field (321 Monroe Street) and Harry Allen Park (21 North Main Street) in Honeoye Falls


A 5K run, street vendors, and live music are all in store at the Festival on the Green in Honeoye Falls. The 5K through the village requires a $20 registration ahead of time, and $25 day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Honeoye Falls FISH Food Cupboard. The rest of the festival is free to attend.

Rochester Real Beer Week and Expo

Friday, June 13, through Saturday, June 21

Various locations


Learn all you can about craft beer. Various venues across the city will host events during the 10 day festival. The Expo will take place on June 14, 6 to 10 p.m., on Gregory Street. Tickets from the expo are $45 general admission, $65 VIP, and $10 for designated drivers.

Maplewood Rose Celebration

Saturday, June 14, through Sunday, June 15

Maplewood Park & Rose Garden (on the corner of Lake and Driving Park Avenues)


Smell the roses at this year's Maplewood Rose Celebration, featuring more than 3,000 rose bushes and all sorts of festival activities.

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Friday, June 20, through Saturday, June 28

Various locations

Prices vary

Over 300 concerts including Steve Martin, Michael McDonald, and Janelle Monáe can be seen at this year's Jazz Fest. Also, don't miss out on over 80 free shows. Look for CITY's Jazz Festival Preview Guide out June 18.

Day of Remembrance

Thursday, July 3

Durand Eastman Park, Lake Shore Boulevard & Kings Highway North


Since 2007, the Maafa Celebration Committee has used this event as a day to commemorate the lives lost in the Middle Passages of the Atlantic Slave trade. Takes place 6 to 8 p.m.

Sterling Renaissance Fair

Saturdays and Sundays, beginning July 5 through August 17

15385 Farden Road in Sterling


Huzzah! The Renaissance Fair returns with even more medieval fun than years past.

Big Rib BBQ and Blues Fest

Thursday, July 10, through Sunday, July 13

Highland Park Festival Site (corner of Highland & South Avenue)

$10 after 3 p.m.

This year's lineup includes Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The James Hunter Six, Shemekia Copeland, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, and Playing for Change.

Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Friday, July 11, through Sunday, July 13

Watkins Glen International Speedway, 2790 County Route 16 in Watkins


This adult-inspired festival brings you over 90 wineries and all sorts of foods from popular area hot spots.

Corn Hill Arts Festival

Saturday, July 12, through Sunday, July 13

Corn Hill neighborhood


The festival hosts over 400 contributing artists as well as a beer and wine garden, live entertainment, and an emerging artists expo.

Canandaigua Art and Music Festival

Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20

Main Street, Canandaigua


Artists and craftmakers will be selling photography, jewelry, pottery, and woodworking. Friday, July 18: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Canandaigua Lake Music Festival

Wednesday, July 9, through Sunday, July 20

Finger Lakes Community College (3325 Marvin Sands Drive) and Bristol Harbor Resort (5410 Seneca Point Road)


Pianists, violinists, cellists and more will be putting on six performances. The festival will also include four free concerts as well.

Macedonian Ethnic Festival

Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20

St. Dimitria Macedonian Orthodox Church, 235 Telephone Road in West Henrietta


The Macedonian Festival celebrates the history of the Macedonian culture with costumes, food, and more. Friday, July 18: 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, July 19: 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday, July 20: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Rochester Pride 2014

Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20

Throughout Rochester

With their theme of "Carnival: True Colors," this year's Rochester Pride festival celebrates the progress the LGBT community has made in Rochester. For a full schedule of events visit:

Rochester Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, July 13, through Monday, July 21

Various locations


In honor of local and international Jewish filmmakers, the JCC of Greater Rochester hosts its Film Festival for its 14th year. Shows at The Little, the Dryden Theatre, and the Jewsih Community Center. For more information and ticket pricing, visit

10 Ugly Men Festival

Saturday, July 26

Genesee Valley Park, 952 E. River Road


The day is packed with sports-related activities including a 5K run, volleyball tournament, and kick ball, all benefiting charity. Takes place 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Spencerport Canal Days

Saturday, July 26, through Sunday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Along the Erie Canal in Spencerport


A car show, Canaligator race, and two days along the Erie Canal make for one great weekend of festival activities. Takes place 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Waterfront Art Festival

Saturday, July 26, through Sunday, July 27

Kershaw Park, Lake Shore Drive in Canandaigua


For more than 40 years, the Waterfront Art Festival has brought a unique collection of arts and crafts vendors selling jewelry, pottery, and one-of-a-kind items. Takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Native American Dance and Music Festival

Saturday, July 26, through Sunday, July 27

Ganondagan Historic Site, 1488 State Route 444 in Victor


Learn about the area's rich Native American culture with traditional music and dances, tours of a 17th century Seneca Bark Longhouse, and storytelling. Takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monroe County Agricultural Fair

Thursday, July 31, through Sunday, August 3

Northampton Park, Ogden


This year's county fair includes annual favorites such as lawnmower, tractor, and horse pulling competitions, food vendors, kid-friendly rides, and live music. Thursday, July 31: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, August 1, and Saturday, August 2: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Aunday, August 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Polish Arts Festival

Friday, August 1, through Saturday, August 2

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 1150 Hudson Avenue


Polish foods and music favorites (yes, this includes polka) will be featured at this year's Polish Arts Festival. Friday, August 1: 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, August 2: 4 to 8 p.m.

Puerto Rican Festival

Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 3

Frontier Field, 333 Plymouth Avenue North


Includes dance groups, youth boxing and performances, children's activities, a 5K race and walk, live salsa, food, and the introduction of Miss Puerto Rico of Rochester Queen and Princess. Friday, August 1, and Saturday, August 2: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, August 3: 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Lima Crossroads Festival

Saturday, August 2

Along Main Street in Lima


The Lima Crossroads Festival just wouldn't be complete without a lima bean recipe contest. Festival takes place at 9 a.m.

Park Avenue Summer Art Festival

Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3

Park Avenue, between Alexander Street and Culver Road


One of the Rochester's biggest festivals, the Park Avenue Fest returns with over 300 artists showcasing handmade and original pieces. Saturday, August 2: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, August 3: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

African American Festival

Saturday, August 2

Highland Bowl on South Avenue


A.B.O.V.E., and its annual festival — now in its 7th year — is dedicated to celebrating and making a difference among African-Americans in the Rochester area. Takes place 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Rochester Teen Film Festival

Wednesday, August 6

The Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue

We think Spielberg would agree you're never too young to start directing (after all, he was only 11). The Festival will present the winners of the Film Festival at the Little Theatre at 5:30 p.m.

Pageant of Steam

Wednesday, August 6, through Saturday, August 9, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

N.Y.S.E.A., 3349 Gehan Road in Canandaigua


Ah, the good ole days of steam-powered vehicles. Reminiscence in those times as you view and learn more about the operation and preservation of these antique vehicles. Takes place 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Saturday, August 9, through Sunday, August 10

Nedloh Brewing Co., 6621 State Route 5 & 20 in Bloomfield


For its first year, the Nedloh Brewing Company will put on its Hopsfest, allowing you to sample and learn about all sorts of hops and craft beer. Saturday, August 9: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, August 10: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Saturday, August 9

Liberty Pole Way & the Riverside Festival Site (Court and Exchange Boulevard)


Carifest celebrates Rochester's Caribbean heritage with food, music, and arts. Takes place 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Avon Rotary Corn Festival

Saturday, August 9

Genesee Street in Avon


Celebrate the impact corn has had on the Western New York area with a corn eating contest, live bands, and craft vendors. Takes place 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Brockport Summer Arts Festival

Saturday, August 9, through Sunday, August 10

Main Street in Brockport


Features a vintage car cruise-in, a wine garden, a farmers market, and a Duck Derby in the canal. Saturday, August 9: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, August 10, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Finger Lakes Riesling Festival

Saturday, August 9, through Sunday, August 10

New York Wine & Culinary Center (800 S. Main Street, Canandaigua) & Canandaigua City Pier (Lakeshore Drive)


This weekend wine festival features local Riesling, craft beer, a farmer's market, and cooking classes at NYWCC. Takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rochester Ukrainian Festival

Thursday, August 14, through Sunday, August 17

St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 940 E. Ridge Road


Easter may have passed us, but make sure to check out – and stock up on – Ukrainian Easter eggs for next year. The festival also features traditional Ukrainian dancing, foods, and ceramics.

Fairport Music and Food Festival

Saturday, August 23

Lift Bridge Lane in Fairport


As a benefit for the Golisano Children's Hospital, Fairport puts together some of its favorite local talent and food vendors for an all-day festival. Takes place 12 p.m. to dark.

Sankofa Theatre Festival

Thursday, August 28, through Saturday, August 30

MuCCC Theatre, 142 Atlantic Avenue


The festival brings some of the best local African American talent together for three nights of one-act plays.

NYS Festival of Balloons

Friday, August 29, through Monday, September 1

Dansville Municipal Airport, 176 Franklin Street (Maple Street Entrance)


Despite the name, the NYSFOB offers more than just hot air balloons. Enjoy arts and craft vendors, campground space, live entertainment and more.

Clothesline Festival

Saturday, September 6, through Sunday, September 7

Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue


One of the area's largest art festivals, Clothesline returns to showcase work by more than 400 local artists.

Macedon Lumberjack Festival

Saturday, September 6, through Sunday, September 7, 8 a.m.

Macedon Center Fireman's Field, 2481 Canandaigua Road, Macedon


Grab your favorite flannel and axe as you head over to the Macedon Lumberjack Festival for log rolling, axe throwing, and more.


Tuesday, September 9, through Sunday, September 14

Various locations

Prices vary

Celebrate sustainability with a film fest, a fashion show, and an art and photography show all wrapped into one festival.

In This Guide...

  • Summer Guide 2014

    The Rochester area comes alive during the summer. To help get you ready, we put together a list of 100 ways to live life during the summer months.

  • 100 Reasons to Celebrate Life

    Things to do and see in Rochester all Summer long
    Eat, drink, bike, run, visit, camp, and enjoy the season!

  • Hot summer, cool treats

    5. Learn the differences between frozen desserts
    Winters in Rochester may leave us shivering (especially this year), but when summers roll around, it really is beautiful here. And the warmer temps may just put you in the mood to cool off again with a frozen treat.

  • Same drink, different takes

    12. Take a margarita tour of the city
    With summer fast approaching, not only does the weather change but our cocktail cravings change with it. Gone are the days of hot apple cider and whiskey, it's time to bring on the frosty cold drinks of summer.

  • Look to one of these summer concert series

    27. Take in some live music
    Looking for some live music this summer? Listed here are concert series that only come about during the summer months.

  • Midsummer Night's Shakespeare

    33. Spend some time at the theater
    Joseph Papp started it all in 1954: the first big-city, outdoor Shakespeare performances of note. The New York Shakespeare Festival grew into an essential component of a Manhattan summer and an entertainment empire in its own right, throwing off everything from CBS-TV productions of Shakespeare in the early 70's to hit Broadway musicals like "A Chorus Line" and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."

  • Summer movie preview

    40. Catch one of the season's flicks
    Summer movie season is notorious for being a time when filmgoers are asked to turn off their brains, grab a giant tub of popcorn, and sacrifice a few precious hours spent outside in the sunlight, just so we can watch Hollywood's latest round of superhero movies, sequels and remakes. But this year, the warm weather has been an especially long time coming.

  • Ten things you might not know about Seabreeze

    54. Dig into Seabreeze
    When Seabreeze Amusement Park (4600 Culver Road, opened to the public on August 5, 1879, as the last stop on the steam railroad, its main draws were picnic groves on the lakefront. Its picturesque landscape made the location popular.

  • Get outta dodge

    62. Road trip to a regional art gallery
    With the onset of summer, the roads and routes of New York State aren't as treacherous, and the thought of making the trip to some of our more outer-regional art houses is bearable. Though CITY will provide our normal coverage of Rochester's art institutions throughout the summer, here we take a closer look at some regional spots housing some pretty remarkable art jewels and events, from big household-name artists to regional and international contemporary masters, as well as promising student work from throughout the region.

  • Ports of Call

    84. Explore a canalside town
    As you probably remember from building sugar-cube packet boats in third grade, the Erie Canal was an immensely important waterway that helped to define New York State during the 19th and 20th centuries. While the boats and barges that once used the canal as a literal artery of commerce are mostly gone — although boaters can still use the canal system — the port towns that popped up along the waterway remain.

  • Ideas to keep the kids entertained this summer

    96. Have kids? Give them something to do
    During our precious summer months, Rochester offers a plethora of rich activities for children of all ages. Be it along the various waterfronts, or in the city itself, amusements abound.


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