Special Events Guide 


Summer may be over, but it's not time to head indoors just 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. And for our constantly updated online calendar, visit rochestercitynewspaper.com.

Appleumpkin Festival

Sept. 27-28, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Harvest celebration with crafts,

Entertainment and fall-flavored treats

1 Main St. Wyoming, NY


ARTrageous Affair

Sat. Sept 27, 6-10 p.m.

Dinner, live auction, entertainment

Rochester Plaza Hotel

70 State St. 473-8177


Autumn Festival of Ales

Sat. Oct 4, 1-4 p.m.

Craft beers, Chili cook-off

Honeoye Falls Fireman's Field

321 Monroe St., Honeoye Falls

cbcraftbrewers.com $30-$40

Homestead Festival

Sat. Sept. 6, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Make Crafts and see demonstrations,

Farmers market, Reenactments

Beaver Meadow Audubon Center

1610 Welch Rd, Java NY


Buccaneer's Ball

Sat. Sept 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Casino-style gambling, live music

"Talk like a pirate" contest and auction

RIT Inn & Conference Center

5257 West Henrietta Road 271-5519

piratetoyfund.ticketbud.com $65


Nov. 10-21

International charity competition

To design and build giant structures

Out of canned goods

One Bausch & Lomb Place


Fall Foliage & Grand Torch Light Tours

Sat. Sept. 18 & Tues. Sept 21. 12 pm & 2 p.m.

Mount Hope Cemetery

1133 Mount Hope Ave. 461-3494


Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival

Sat. Oct. 4

Food, Entertainment, kids' activities

Race, fireworks, contest

Town of Cohocton


Cracker Box Palace

Horse Obstacle and Trail Challenges

Oct. 18, 12-4 p.m., Oct. 19 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Alton, NY


5K rUNDEAD Zombie Run

Sat. Nov. 1, 11 a.m.

Zombie makeovers and prizes for survivors

Genesee Valley Park

kintera.org $25-$35

Fall Sky Rides

Sat. & Sun. Sept. 20-Oct. 26

Check out the Fall foliage from a ski lift

Bristol Mountain Winter Resort

Bristolmountain.com $7-$10


Sept. 18-20

German bands, brats, and beer

Camp Eastman, Irondequoit


Scarecrow Festival

Oct. 11

Music, entertainment, kids activities,

Main Street, Fairport. Free


Fashion Week Rochester

Oct. 14-19

Clothing Exchange, runway shows,

Boutique Crawl, music performances

Various locations including Midtown Tunnels


Finger Lakes Live Steamers

Sept. 27-28

Fall Meet & Open House

302 Clyde-Marengo Road, Clyde


click to enlarge The Magic Crystal Spiegeltent at the Rochester Fringe Festival. - PHOTO BY ERICH CAMPING
  • Photo by Erich Camping
  • The Magic Crystal Spiegeltent at the Rochester Fringe Festival.

Rochester Fringe Festival

Sept. 18-27

Hundreds of acts throughout downtown


Genesee County Museum

Sun. Sept. 21, Livingston-Backus Garden House Luncheon

Oct. 4-5, Fall Festival ft. Agriculture Fair

Sun. Oct. 26, Trick-or-treat

Sat. Nov. 1, Domestic Skills Symposium

Sat. Nov. 29, Breakfast w/St. Nick


Sally Roesch Wagner Haudenosaunee Women and Women's Rights

Sat. Nov. 8, 2-4 p.m.

influence of Haudenosaunee women on the

dominant culture's 19th century women's rights movement.

Farmington Friends Meetinghouse,

187 County Road 8,


Head of the Genesee Regatta

Oct. 4-5

Rowing and sculling races

149 Elmwood Ave


Geneva Historical Society

Wed. Sept. 24, Seneca County and the Civil War, Lecture by Walt Gable

Sat. Sept. 27, Rose Hill Mansion Food & Wine Celebration

Wed. Oct. 1, Billsboro Winery Plein Air Festival

Various locations


George Eastman House

Sat. Sept. 20, Lecture: Focus 45: Imagining Science

Sat. Oct. 4, Lecture: Focus 45: Joe Struble

Thurs. Oct. 23, Lecture: David Pace: West Africa Today

Sat. Nov. 22, Panel: Analog to Digital

900 East Ave


Gilda's Club Rochester

Sat. Nov. 22, Heroes Ball

RIT Inn & Conference Center

Gildasclubrochester.org 423-9700

Christkindl Market

Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum

Nov. 14-16, $6

Artisans, unique food, wine, beer and grog

CanandaiguachristkindlMarket.com 394-1472

Groove Juice Swing

Oct. 18-19

10th Annual Roaring Twenties Ball

Tango Café

35 S. Washington St. 271-4930


click to enlarge The canal in Fairport will be a beautiful spot in fall. - FILE PHOTO
  • File photo
  • The canal in Fairport will be a beautiful spot in fall.

Fall Foliage Cruise

Beginning Oct. 1

Harbor Town Belle

Departs from Voyager Sales

harbortownbelle.com 342-1810 $6-$12

Hilton Apple Fest

Oct. 4-5

Crafts, food, car show

Town of Hilton

Hiltonapplefest.org 392-7773

25th Hunt Country Harvest Festival

Oct. 4-5

Food, grape stomping, arts, tours,

tastings, horse-drawn carriage rides

huntwines.com 946-3289

Joke Factory

Sept. 19-20, Traci Kanaan

Sept. 26-27, Keith Purnell

Oct. 3-4, Jim Florentine

Oct. 10-11, Paul Bond

Oct. 17-18, Paul Venier

Oct. 24-25, Mike Eagan

Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Michael Winslow

Nov. 7-8, "The Latin Lunatic" JJ Ramirez

911 Brooks Ave 328-6000

Rocjokefactory.com $10

Keuka Wine Trail

Nov. 8-9, Keuka Holidays I

Nov. 15-16, Keuka Holidays II

Keukawinetrail.com, $30-$35

ImageOut LGBT Film & Video Festival

Oct. 10-19

Film screenings, art exhibit, parties, and more

Various venues including the Dryden Theater and Cinema Theater


Landmark Society of Western New York

Sept. 19-12, Cocktails and Carburetors and Classics On the Hill, $125

Sat. Oct. 11, A Harvest Dinner at Stone-Tolan, $75

Landmarksociety.org, 546-7029 x 11

click to enlarge Letchworth State Park will host a Native American/Pioneer Heritage Day on Saturday, September 20, and an Arts & Crafts Show and Sale on Saturday, October 11. - FILE PHOTO
  • File photo
  • Letchworth State Park will host a Native American/Pioneer Heritage Day on Saturday, September 20, and an Arts & Crafts Show and Sale on Saturday, October 11.

Letchworth State Park

Sat. Sept. 20, Native American/Pioneer Heritage Day

Sat. Oct. 11, Arts & Crafts Show and Sale

1 Letchworth State Park


Barktober Fest

Sat. Sept. 27

Obstacle run, doggie day spa, demos,

K9 contests, kids activities, beer garden

99 Victor Rd, Fairport 425-4183


Maplewood Y Craft Show

Sat. Oct. 18, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Blind juried show and raffle

25 Driving Park Ave. 647-3600


MCC Alumni Week & Homecoming

Sept. 24-Oct. 2

Carnival, lecture, 5K, classes, and Gala

1000 East Henrietta Road


Medina Railroad Museum

Nov. 22-Dec. 3

Read along, hot cocoa, caroling,

Special gift, pajamas encouraged

530 West Ave, Medina

Railroadmuseum.net $30-$45

Memorial Art Gallery

Oct. 24-26, Fine Craft Show & Sale

Sun. Oct. 5, Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day

500 University Ave 276-8900


click to enlarge Mount Hope Cemetery will host specialty tours throughout the fall. - PHOTO BY LARISSA COE
  • Photo by Larissa Coe
  • Mount Hope Cemetery will host specialty tours throughout the fall.

Mount Hope Cemetery Tours

Sat. Sept. 20, Mischief, Murder, and Mayhem

Sat. Sept. 27, Form, Function, and MHC

Sat. Sept. 18, Fall Foliage

Sept. 18-21, Grand Torch Light

1133 Mt. Hope Ave. 428-7999


MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon

Sun. Sept. 21

Full, half, and relay marathon

Begins on Andrews St. 7:30 a.m. $90-$180


Napes Open Studio Trail

Oct. 4-5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Check out the works and the studios of

artists in categories like painting

Fall Foliage

New York Museum of Transportation &

Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

Sundays, Sept. 21-Oct. 26 11 a.m. - 5p.m.


New Moon Psychic Festival and Holistic Healing Expo

Oct. 18-19, 9 a.m.

The Damascus Shrine Center

979 Bay Rd


New York State of Mind

Sat. Nov. 22, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Cocktails, food & wine pairings, auctions

New York Wine and Culinary Center

800 South Main St, Canandaigua


Nightmare Manor

Sept. 26-Nov. 2, Thurs.-Sun. $16-$26

Quarter-mile indoor haunted house

3333 Southtown Plaza


Walk to Defeat ALS

Sat. Sept. 10 a.m.

Ontario Beach Park

Alsa.org 315-413-0121

Planned Parenthood Annual Luncheon

Wed. Oct. 22, 12-1:30 p.m. $60

Speaker: Sarah Weddington

Rochester River Side Convention

123 E. Main St. 856-1678


RIT Brick City Homecoming & Festival Weekend

Oct. 16-19

Speaker: Jerry Greenfield

Hockey game, lectures

One Lomb Memorial Drive 475-2411


RocCon 2014

Sept. 19-21

Guest star panels, gaming, food trucks,

Vendors, and Billy West

Kodak Center for Performing Arts

200 W. Ridge Rd 254-0073


Rochester Arts & Lectures

Thurs. Oct. 9, Coloson Whitehead

Thurs. Nov. 6, Mitchell Davis

Thurs. Dec. 4, Zadie Smith

Downtown United Presbyterian Church

121 N. Fitzhugh Street

Artsandlectures.org 7 p.m.

$15 standing only or $150 Series

Original Rochester NY Gun Show

Sept. 20-12

Empire State Arms Collectors

Rochester Expo Center

Ncsaonline.org $8

Jewish Book Festival

Nov. 3-19

Readings, singings, and discussions of Jewish interest

Jewish Community Center

1200 Edgewood Ave 461-2000


Innovation Celebration

Fri. Sept. 26

Rochester Museum & Science Center

657 East Ave, 271-4320


click to enlarge The Rochester Public Market will host community Garage Sales during October. - FILE PHOTO
  • File photo
  • The Rochester Public Market will host community Garage Sales during October.

Rochester Public Market

Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Community Garage Sale & Super Fleas

Oct. 29, Food Truck Rodeo

280 N. Union St. 428-6907


Rolling Hills Asylum

Sat. Sept. 27, 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.

The Dark & The Wounded

Art exhibition ft. Painter James Picard and

Composer Jess Danna

Rollinghillsasylum.vpweb.com $25

Sam Patch & Mary Jemison Cruises

Wed. Oct. 1

"Best of Both Worlds"

Departs from Schoen Place, Pittsford


Seneca Park Zoo

Oct. 11-16, ZooBoo

Sat. Nov. 8, Animal Art Expo

Dec. 13-21, Breakfast with Santa

2222 St. Paul St.

senecaparkzoo.org, 336-7200

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic State

Sat. Oct. 11, Fall Gardening Symposium

Oct. 17-25, Mansion Mysteries

Oct. 26, Haunted Garden Stroll

151 Charlotte St. 394-5922


Sterling Nature Center

Sept. 20-21, Ontatio Orchards Fall Jamboree

Sat. Oct. 11, Apple Pressing- Cider Making

15380 Jenzvold Rd, Sterling 315-947-6143


click to enlarge The Strong Museum of Play will hold a handful of family-friendly fun days during the season. - FILE PHOTO
  • File photo
  • The Strong Museum of Play will hold a handful of family-friendly fun days during the season.

Strong National Museum of Play

Fri. Sept. 18, The Play Ball

Sat. Oct. 4, LEGO Castle Adventure Exhibit Opening

Sun. Oct. 26, Halloween Spooktacular

Sat. Nov. 1, Hess Mobile Museum Launch

Thurs. Nov. 6-9, National Toy Hall of Fame Induction

One Manhattan Square, 263-2700


Town of Pittsford

Sat. Oct. 25, Family Halloween Fest

Tues. Dec. 2, Candlelight Night


Meliora Weekend

Oct. 16-19

Speaker: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Mel Talks, games, classes, reunions,

Performances, Art exhibits

University of Rochester

500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd


Wayne County

Sat. Oct. 4, Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

Oct. 10-13, Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour


Woodlawn 2014 Wine & Spirits Tour

Sat. Sept. 20, 2-6 p.m.

Woodlawn Cemetery

130 North Pearl St. 394-0840


Writers and Books

Sat. Oct. 4, Poetry Meets Punk

Tues. Oct. 14. Genesee Reading Series: Jean McDonough and Gail Hosking

Tues. Nov. 11, Genesee Reading Series: Katherine and Kenyatta DaCosta

Tues. Dec. 9, Genesee Reading Series: David Delaney and Kitty Jospe

740 University Ave. 473-2590


YMCA Empowering Women Luncheon

Thurs. Oct. 2, 12-1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Elizabeth Smart

Rochester Riverside Convention Center

123 E. Main St


In This Guide...

  • Fall Guide 2014

    Did we even have a summer?

  • Artists with class

    Meet three teaching artists who are shaping the next generation of creative thinkers.
    The old adage, "To learn, read. To know, write.

  • Fall's palette

    Yes, there has been talk of the dreaded polar vortex revisiting Rochester again. But resist the temptation to slip into that cocoon of hibernate-y despair — we're at the top of the arts season, and there are plenty of engaging exhibits and events to distract us.

  • Going alone

    Though the productions are drastically different, two solo shows this fall take a similar approach to preparation.
    One of the most theatrical of theatrical genres is the solo show: 90 minutes or so featuring one actor, and one actor alone. They may be playing a character in the playwright's imagination, or a historical person, or, if the actor is skilled enough, a stage full of memorable characters.

  • Stage lights

    Our Top 10 critic picks for the 2014-15 theater season.
    The 2014-15 theater season is going to be packed, so let's dive right in: "Curtains"

  • Autumn moves

    Once fall sets in, be on the lookout for the 2014-15 dance season to be in full swing.
    It's never easy previewing the upcoming dance season and singling out which performances promise excellence, but with Rochester dancers and choreographers focused like a laser on the imminent Rochester Fringe Festival (September 18-27), information about later dance shows was hard to pin down. So, along with the picks outlined below, look for pop-up performances from smaller groups as the cultural year progresses.

  • Hearing the season change

    The fall always brings out the best of classical music. Here are our critic picks for the fall season.
    The 2014–15 classical season is stirring up a wide variety of talents and mediums for the fall. World-renowned guest artists, fearless programming, and interactive concerts are pillars to this fall's offerings.

  • Back-yard scenes

    Rochester's local film scene is growing. Here are a handful of flicks currently in production.
    Being the birthplace of film, Rochester has always prided itself on being a city with a deep, abiding love for the movies, so it only follows that we would have a vibrant, active community of filmmakers as well. Add in RIT's renowned school of film and animation constantly pumping out new generations of auteurs, and you've got a veritable hotbed of activity of the cinematic variety.

  • Hollywood screens

    The fall movie schedule promises some mainstream film gems. Here are our critic picks.
    There are plenty of mainstream films coming out this season. Along with those local productions in the works, here are the larger-release films I'm most looking forward to.

  • Down on the farm

    As fall kicks in, Western New York celebrates with a bushel full of agricultural events.
    As the calendar and the seasons change, so does the nature of our harvest, and by proxy, our recreation. With our roots and heritage so closely tied to the land of Western New York, it should come as no surprise that many people gravitate toward agriculturally themed events as the leaves change.

  • Ithaca is gorging

    If you get hungry while driving through the Finger Lakes, make a stop in Ithaca to fill up.
    According to the all-too-true joke, 'round these parts there are only two seasons: winter and roadwork. But there's actually a third: leaf-peeping season.


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