Upcoming events 

College life will probably keep you pretty busy. But there's lots going on in and around Rochester all year long, so you'll want to put aside the books every once in a while and get off campus. Below you'll find a list of major upcoming events in the Rochester area that should interest college students, and major campus events for most of Greater Rochester's colleges and universities.

For more events, make sure to pick up City Newspaper every Wednesday, check out the searchable online calendar at rochestercitynewspaper.com, or sign up for City's Weekend Planner, a free e-newsletter packed with events every Thursday. And please keep in mind that dates below are subject to change.


August 24

August 28-29

This festival features live music from 22 local bands and plenty of great food.

Littlebridge Lane, Village of Fairport.


August 28- September 19

Promoting a sense of belonging on campus, this series of events brings together staff, faculty, and students in a series of events.


August 31

September 4-7

Festival of hot air balloons running throughout the Labor Day weekend.

Dansville Municipal Airport, Dansville.


September 7

With a theme of "Solidarity: Together We Can," the parade celebrates the American labor movement with talented local marching bands.

Downtown Rochester


September 11-12, 18-19

Two weekends of wiener schnitzel, lederhosen, and over-sized steins. Camp Eastman, Durand Eastman Park.


September 11-13

Whether you're a diehard anime fan or the casual Trekkie, come get your nerd on here.

Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main Street.


September 12-13

Entering its 59th year, the city's longest running art festival features more than 400 local artists.

Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue


September 12-13

Prepare for a flannel-draped event featuring log-rolling, chainsaw carving, tree falling, and plenty of arts and crafts.

Macedon Center Fireman's Field, Canandaigua Road.


September 13

Celebrate the grape harvest by stomping some to a pulp yourself.

Casa Larga Vineyard and Winery, Fairport.


September 17-26

Sit on the cutting edge of art and theater with this 10 day celebration.

Downtown Rochester


September 19-20

Festival featuring 120 craft booths, 70 market vendors, and all kinds of food alongside a variety of special events.

Village of Palmyra.


September 20

Test your endurance with this 26.2-mile marathon and 13.1 mile half-marathon through the city.


September 21

Foodlink's Festival of Food offers the chance to sample over 100 different local eateries.

Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union Street.


September 25

September 26-27

Indulge in all things grape, alongside live music and entertainment.

Naples Village, State Route 21, Naples.


September 26-17

Get the best of the harvest fruits, alongside an arts and crafts festival.

Gaslight Village, Wyoming, NY.


October 3-4

Celebrate the autumn colors with a weekend of food, football, and more.

Town of Cohoctan


October 3-4

Anything and everything apples, including arts and crafts, a pie contest, and a car festival.

Town of Hilton.


October 7

October 8-11

Alumni weekend with guest lectures, performances, seminars, and more.


October 8-18

LGBT film festival showing features, shorts, and documentaries.

Dryden Theatre, Little Theatre, and other venues.


October 11-14

October 12-13

October 13-18

Deck yourself out, or just check out the flashiest of Rochester threads. Featuring fashion shows, a boutique crawl and a clothing swap.


October 15-18

Homecoming weekend with live music, entertainment, and reunions.


October 16-17

November 2-16

Featuring lectures, readings, and author visits by Jewish writers and celebrations of Jewish culture.

Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue.


November 25-29

November 26-27

December 11

December 14

December 18

December 19

December 23

January 11

January 13

January 14

January 25

January 25

January 19

January 19-31

This annual celebration will feature marshmallows roasting, a meet and greet with Huskies, and an ice-shaving demonstration. The weekend will also feature a student talent show and a featured comedian.

February 13-21

February 28-March 6

March 5-14

March 7-11

March 12-21

March 14-18

March 21-27

March 24-27

March 26-April 4

April 15-17

Student group performances, athletic events, Communal Principles Day, and Dandelion Day are features of the University of Rochester's Springfest.

April 27

April 28

Featuring scavenger hunts, musical performances, dances and more.

May 2

May 3

May 7

May 7-8

May 13

May 13–15

May 14

May 15

May 20

May 20

May 21

In This Guide...

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    Welcome to college and a brand new city. Chances are you moved to Rochester and now have an opportunity to carve out a new home for the next four years — five years, if you're like me.

  • Scenic Rochester

    Rochester can sometimes be a drab place. Our winters are incessantly cold, and the other seasons can certainly seem painfully short in comparison. But despite this, the area is also a place with a rich, unique history and landscape. In our warmer months, going off the beaten path a bit can offer some wonderful sightseeing. To get you started, here's some of the best and brightest spots to soak up some views during your time in Rochester.

  • Getting Off Campus

    Every new student has heard college is the best four years of their lives. But a campus can soon begin to feel more like a prison than a place for growth.

  • Food, room, and attitude

    The flat flavors and lack of autonomy inherent to campus dining is enough to deter some from the dorms and meal halls. But college can also be seen as an introduction to a smaller-scale, down-to-earth style of living.

  • Campus curiosities

    With numerous area colleges, many of them more than a century old, it's easy to expect a few campus curiosities and legends to develop over time. Things like cavernous abandoned indoor pools, lucky albino rodents, and mysterious Underground Railroad tunnels have become part of the character of their campuses and the stories work their way into campus life.

  • Standing out

    STEM majors still see a lack of female students
    When Marissa Adams, a University of Rochester alumna, is asked to talk about her major, she's hesitant to answer. Adams graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, and will return to UR as a graduate student this fall.

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