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Rochester's upcoming special events

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Rochester's upcoming special events

If there is one thing Rochester has an abundance of, it's festivals. Keeping track of all of them can be daunting, and we know that you wouldn't want to miss out, so we did the hard work for you. Looking to plan out your summer festival stops? Or just curious what's going on any given weekend? Either way, we've got you covered. Below, you'll find major Rochester-area events running almost to the end of 2014, meaning you'll never be at a loss for something to do.

Did we miss an exciting upcoming event? Leave it in the comments section of this article online at rochestercitynewspaper.com.


MARCH

Erotic Arts Festival

March 28-29

Radisson Riverside Hotel, 120 E. Main St.

Get your freak on this year at the Erotic Arts Festival with Burlesque dancing, art vendors, love classes, and more!

rochestereroticartfest.org, @EroticArtFest


APRIL

Rochester International Film Festival

April 10-12

Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave.

Enjoy the world's oldest, continuously held short film festival. Films include narratives, documentaries, and animations submitted from independent filmmakers from all over the world.

rochesterfilmfest.org

Color Vibe 5K Race

April 13

Monroe Community College, 1000 E. Henrietta Rd.

Grab your friends for a color experience not to be forgotten! Get dressed up in your wackiest costume, or throw on all white, to get blasted with color throughout the run.

thecolorvibe.com, @colorvibe

High Falls Film Festival Mini-Fest

April 25-26

Little Theatre (240 East Ave. #100), Dryden Theatre (900 East Ave.), Cinema Theater (957 Clinton Ave. S.)

High Falls Film Festival is one of the longest running women's film festivals on the east coast. Get the full experience with Q&A's and coffee chats with the filmmakers, a fashion show, panel discussions about filmmaking, and much more.

highfallsfilmfestival.com, @HighFallsFF

Sheep Shearing Festival

April 26

Springdale Farm, 700 Colby St., Spencerport

Have you ever wanted to learn to spin, weave, and dye wool? Then check out the Sheep Shearing Festival which also includes a petting zoo, crafts, tours of the farm, and live music.

heritagechristianservices.org/springdale

Flower City Challenge

April 26-27

Genesee Waterways Center (149 Elmwood Ave.), War Memorial (1 War Memorial Sq.)

Come out for a weekend of exuberant running. The Flower City Challenge includes a 5K, half-marathon, duathlon, and triathlon that will guide you all around the beautiful and historic city.

flowercitychallenge.com


MAY

City Newspaper Best Busker Competition

May 1

East Ave., between Chestnut and Alexander

Come out and listen to local musicians playing everything from the banjo to the kazoo, and vote for your favorite. Also, enjoy crazy deals from neighborhood merchants on food, drinks, and goods.

rochestercitynewspaper.com, @roccitynews

Roc City Tattoo Expo

May 2-4

Radisson Riverside Hotel, 120 E. Main St.

This is your chance to get tattooed by some of the best tattoo artists from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. Over 100 artists will be there, as well as an assortment of unique vendors for a full weekend of tattoo culture.

roccitytattooexpo.com

Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival

May 3

RIT Campus, 1 Lomb Memorial Dr.

To kick off Rochester's festival season, RIT will once again be showcasing creative and innovative works of students, faculty and staff. Events include hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, live performances, and more.

rit.edu/imagine, @RITNEWS

Mayday! Underground Crafts and Arts

May 3

Village Gate, 274 Goodman St. N,

Take a look at funky and fresh one-of-a-kind handmade items such as jewelry, artwork, soap and more from over 60 vendors. If you're over buying all your things at big-name stores, this is definitely the place for you.

maydayunderground.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/MaydayUnderground

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  • The Lilac Festival celebrates theblooms in Highland Park.

Lilac Festival

May 9-18

Highland Park, 180 Reservoir Ave.

Enjoy the breath-taking beauty of Highland Park and the annual Lilac Festival. The Festival includes over 500 varieties of lilacs, a 5K race, live entertainment, food vendors and a parade.

lilacfestival.com, @ROCLilacFest

Roc City Ribfest

May 23-26

TBD

This yummy festival may be at an all new location, but it's still packed with BBQ cook-offs, eating contests, grilling shows, live music, and various vendors servin' up tasty ribs.

roccityribfest.com, @RocCityRibFest

Zoobrew

May 23, June 20, July 18, August 8, September 5

Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St.

Go bananas at this year's Zoobrew. These Friday happy hours, for ages 21+, include local beers and wines, food and live music.

www.senecaparkzoo.org/ZooBrew.aspx

Memorial Day Parade

May 26

Starts at East and Alexander, then west onto Main to Plymouth

Come out in honor of the armed forces for a day of remembrance of all those who lost their lives fighting for this country.

cityofrochester.gov, @CityRochesterNY

click to enlarge The Greek Festival includes dancing, cultural exhibits, and most importantly, food. - FILE PHOTO
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  • The Greek Festival includes dancing, cultural exhibits, and most importantly, food.

Greek Festival

May 29-June 1

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 962 East Ave.

Celebrate the tradition of Greek tastes, aromas, sounds, and traditions at Rochester's Greek Festival. Experience Greek dancing and food vendors, church tours and shopping at the Agora.

rochestergreekfestival.org, 244-3377


JUNE

Fairport Canal Days

June 6-8

Main St. area, Fairport

Come out to Fairport for a weekend to enjoy this volunteer-run festival on the banks of the historic canal. The event also includes live music, arts and crafts vendors, family activities, food, and more.

fairportcanaldays.com; fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/fairport-canal-days4

19th Ward Square Fair

June 7

Aberdeen Square Park, 330 Post Ave.

The city's 19th ward community association puts on this annual neighborhood picnic filled with a parade, pancake breakfast, lunch grills, and vendors.

19wca.org, 328-6571

Rochester Real Beer Week

June 13-22, Expo on June 14

South Wedge and various area businesses

This year's Real Beer Week includes an assortment of beer launches, happy hours, tastings, a pig roast, a clam bake, a keg toss-off, burlesque show, and more. Don't forget to stop by the 14th for the annual expo.

Rochesterrealbeer.com, @ROCRealBeer

Festival on the Green

June 13-15

Fireman's Field (321 Monroe St.) and Harry Allen Park (21 N. Main St.), Honeoye Falls

Bring the whole family! Three days of live music and family-friendly activities await you at this year's Festival on the Green.

festivalonthegreen.us

17th Annual Adirondack Outdoor Expo

June 14

Mendon Ponds Park Beach Area (95 Douglas Rd.), Honeoye Falls

Hey all you outdoorsy folk! Come out to Mendon Parks for a FREE demonstration on canoeing and kayaking, as well as experts at all your favorite outdoor activities.

adk-gvc.org/expo

Maplewood Rose Celebration

June 14-15

Maplewood Park, Driving Park and Lake Ave.

Enjoy the beauty of the roses in full bloom while you admire the loveliness of this historic city. Family entertainment and food are provided at this celebration of Rochester's heritage and people.

cityofrochester.gov/maplewoodrosefest, @CityRochesterNY

ROC Transit Day

June 19

Public bus stops throughout Rochester

This glassroots campaign encourages Rochesterians to go car-free for a day and use public transportation. Perks include winning prices and hearing live music being played throughout the city while you wait for your bus.

roctransitday.com, @ROCTransitDay

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

June 20-28

Many venues throughout downtown Rochester

Steve Martin and Earth, Wind & Fire are just a few of the names you can experience at this year's Jazz Festival. The Festival also includes 1200+ artists at more than 19 venues showcasing 312 concerts (including 81 free shows)!

rochesterjazz.com, @XRIJF


JULY

Salute to America with the RPO

July 3

Main Street Bridge, Downtown

Celebrate America with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra this year as they play "The Stars and Stripes Forever" as well as the 1812 Overture. Don't leave right away or you'll miss the fireworks afterwards.

rpo.org, @superRPO

Sterling Renaissance Festival

Saturdays and Sundays, July 5-August 17

15385 Farden Road, Sterling, NY

Huzzah! This year's Sterling Renaissance Festival returns for its 35th year. Travel back in time as you attend a jousting match, experience a wench auction, see a Shakespeare play, and wave to the Queen in a parade.

sterlingfestival.com, 800-879-4446, @SterlRenFest

Big Rib BBQ and Blues Fest

July 10-13

Highland Park Festival Site, Highland and South Ave

Enjoy 4 days and nights of trying and tasting a wide variety of unique BBQ sauces on ribs, chicken, beef brisket, and pulled pork. The Fest includes over 20 smokin' hot blues concerts as well.

rochesterevents.com, @RocEvents

Stuart Horse Trials

July 11-13

Townline and Murray Roads, Victor

Saddle up and come out for the triathlon of equestrian sport. Local and top international riders will be competing in dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping. Don't forget to check out Kids Day and Lolipop Farms Adoptable dog parade as well.

stuarthorsetrials.org, @StuartHorseTrls

Hill Cumorah Pageant

July 11-12, 15-19

Hill Cumorah, Highway 21  between Palmyra and Manchester

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints invites you to feel the Savior's love as you enjoy an evening performance of scenes from both the Bible and the Book of Morman.

hillcumorah.org/pageant, 315-597-5851

Finger Lakes Wine Festival

July 11-13

Watkins Glen International Speedway, 2790 County Rte. 16, Watkins Glen

Get carried away while you sample wine from more than 90 wineries, enjoy food from various vendors, and attend culinary classes at this adult-inspired festival.

flwinefest.com

Geneseo Air Show

July 11-13

3489 Big Tree Lane, Geneseo

6 hours of non-stop flying await you at the World War II-themed air show. The show also includes a WW2 Chaplain Service re-enactment and chicken and steak dinners.

1941hag.org, 243-2100, @GeneseoAirshow

Canandaigua Lake Music Festival

July 11-20

Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua

Drift off to another world as you listen to the beautiful sounds of various artists playing the piano, violin, cello, viola, and lute during seven different performances.

lakemusicfestival.org

Corn Hill Arts Festival

July 12-13

Corn Hill neighborhood

Recognized as one of the top 200 festivals by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the Festival includes activities and fun for everyone. Enjoy four stages of continuous music, hundreds of vendors, and an emerging artists expo.

cornhillartsfestival.com, @cornhillartfest

Rochester Jewish Film Festival

July 13-21

Little Theatre (240 East Ave. #100), Dryden Theatre (900 East Ave.), Jewish Community Center (1200 Edgewood Ave.)

Expand your culture as you experience over 20 films from all over the world by Jewish filmmakers. Genres include documentary and narrative and bring the viewers into a world of Jewish culture.

rjff.org, 461-2000 x237

Canandaigua Arts and Music Festival

July 18-20

Commons Park, Canandaigua

Photography, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, and gourmet foods are just a handful of the vendors experienced at the Canandaigua Arts and Music Festival. The Festival also includes live music, Kids Korrider, and an array of food vendors.

canandaiguaartfestival.com, 396-0300

Macedonian Ethnic Festival

July 18-20

St. Dimitria Macedonian Orthodox Church, 235 Telephone Road, W. Henrietta

Celebrating the Macedonian heritage in the Western New York and Rochester area, this festival brings to you food, baked goods, dancing, and activities of Macedonian culture.

macedonianfest.com

Rochester Pride 2014

July 18-20

Various locations around Rochester

Celebrate Gay Pride with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley in Rochester with a flag ceremony and rainbow ride, parade and festival, and a picnic.

gayalliance.org, @GAGVinfo

Civil War Re-enactment

July 19-20

Genesee County Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford

Whether you're still rooting for the Union or want to see a comeback made by the Confederates, come and enjoy four re-enactment of the American Civil War. Villagers will also be providing musical concerts and vignettes depicting life during the war.

gcv.org, 538-6822

10 Ugly Men Festival

July 26

Genesee Valley Park, 952 E. River Rd.

Despite the name, men, women, and children alike can come out and enjoy this unique festival. Enjoy a kickball tournament, a 5K run, a volleyball tournament, live music, and unlimited amounts of food.

tenuglymen.com

Spencerport Canal Days

July 26-27

Along the Erie Canal, Spencerport

Missed the Fairport Canal Days? Worry not! Head over to Spencerport for two days of arts and crafts, live music, food, and a car show.

spencerportcanaldays.com

Waterfront Art Festival

July 26-27

Kershaw Park, Canandaigua

Stroll along the scenic Canandaigua Lake while you enjoy hand-made arts and crafts, activities, and live music.

waterfrontartfestival.com, 671-9102

Native American Dance and Music Festival

July 26-27

Ganondagan Historic Site, 1488 State Route 444, Victor

Enjoy this one-of-a-kind historic experience as you learn and experience all kinds of the Native American culture. The Festival includes artisan demonstrations, traditional storytelling, guided trail walks, live music, and Iroquois dance performances.

ganondagan.org, @Ganondagan

Monroe County Agricultural Festival

July 31-August 3

Northampton Park in Ogden, NY.

Agricultural exhibits, concession food, animal shows, live music, and child rides await you and the whole family at the county fair this year.

mcfair.com, 262-3247


AUGUST

Polish Arts Festival

August 1-2

St. Stanislaus Church, 1150 Hudson Ave.

Polish traditions will be celebrated at the annual Polish Arts Festival. Experience the Polish culture with live polka music, traditional Polish dinners, and games for all ages.

polishartsfest.org

Puerto Rican Festival

August 1-3

Frontier Field, 333 Plymouth Ave N.

This year's Puerto Rican Festival includes an array of activities including a variety of Hispanic art venues, Puerto Rican cuisine, an Agency Fair, a Miss. Puerto Rico of Rochester Pageant, and a 5K.

prfestival.com, @PRFest

Lima Crossroads Festival

August 2

Main Street, Lima

Lima may be small, but this Festival is jam packed with activities! Just some of the fun includes all day vendors, a lima bean contest, a petting zoo, bounce house, car cruise in, poker run, and live music.

Limafest.org

Park Ave Summer Art Fest

August 2-3

Park Avenue, between Alexander Street and Culver Road

One of the most unique and historic neighborhoods in Rochester celebrates its annual Art Fest. The Festival features over 300 artists, vendors, and exhibitors from across the country.

park-avenue.org, @RocEvents

Rochester Teen Film Festival

August 6

The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave.

Come out in celebration of Rochester's youngest filmmakers. Enjoy films made by urban, rural, and suburban teens from the Rochester area as they compete and are judged on their work.

thelittle.org, @TheLittleRoch, 258-0400

Pageant of Steam

August 6-9

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

Come for a ride at the 54th annual Pageant of Steam in Canandaigua. This event works to promote interest in the operation, ownership, and preservation of antique steam-powered vehicles. Don't miss out on the yummy food or exhibits also featured.

pageantofsteam.org

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  • The National Silver Ball Tournament celebrates old-timey "base ball."

National Silver Ball Tournament

August 8-10

Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1510 Flint Hill Road, Mumford

Ditch the modern rules and go back to the way the game was played in 1866. GCV hosts three days of vintage ball with teams competing from Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Canada and New Jersey.

gcv.org

Carifest

August 9

Riverside Festival Site, between Court and Exchange Blvd.

Come out for the 30th annual Caribbean Festival and Parade in Rochester. The Festival includes Caribbean music, food, arts and crafts, and fun for all ages.

rwifo.com, 234-0909

Avon Rotary Corn Festival

August 9

Genesee Street, Village of Avon

Corn has been a staple of the region since the days of the Native Americans. Let's celebrate its impact on the area with an assortment of arts and crafts, live music, and a corn eating contest.

avonrotary.org

Brockport Summer Arts Fest

August 9-10

Main Street, Brockport

Brockport sure knows how to put on a Festival. Enjoy a vintage car cruise-in, a wine garden, over 100 exhibitors, live entertainment, a farmers market, and more!

brockportartsfestival.com

Finger Lakes Riesling Festival

August 9-10

Lakeshore Drive, Canandaigua

A Festival to celebrate summer, family, fun, and the beautiful surrounding lakes, the Riesling Festival brings to you an array of breweries, wineries, restaurants, artisans, musicians, and craftsmen.

rieslingfestival.com, @RieslingFest

Hopsfest

August 9-10

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

Brewers and enthusiasts, come out for Rochester's newest festival. Hopsfest is a time to celebrate, sample and learn about hops and craft beer. In addition to beer, enjoy a food truck rodeo and a Big Green Egg Grill chef cook-off.

hopsfestny.com

Wegmans Rochester LPGA Championship

August 11-17

Monroe Golf Club, 155 Golf Ave, Pittsford

Monroe Golf Club will once again join the list of prestigious courses to host one of the 5 LPGA Majors.

wegmanslpga.org, 427-7100, @lpga

Rochester Ukrainian Festival

August 14-17

St. Josaphats Ukrainian Catholic Church, 940 E. Ridge Road

First introduced as a way to introduce the Ukrainian heritage to the area, the Festival has brought Ukrainian dance, food, and arts and crafts to Rochester for a unique experience for over forty years.

rochesterukrainianfestival.com, @UkrainianFest

Arts at the Gardens

August 16-17

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion, 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua

Known for its prestige, this fine arts and craft show offers more than 100 artists presenting paintings, jewelry, sculptures, and photos. The event also includes mansion and garden tours and a beer and wine tent.

artsatthegardens.org, @SonnenbergGnM

Fairport Music and Food Festival

August 23

Liftbridge Lane, Village of Fairport

Come party and help raise money for Golisano's Children's Hospital. The Festival includes a day jam-packed with fun activities, live music on three stages, 20 bands and entertainers, and local food.

fairportmusicfestival.com

Labor Day Parade

August 29

Downtown Rochester, from Alexander Street and Plymouth Avenue

Come out to downtown Rochester for a parade to celebrate the American labor movement (just a few days early). This year's parade will also include over 10 highly skilled marching bands participating.

rochesterlabor.org


SEPTEMBER

Antiquarian Book Fair

September 6

Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St.

Love books? Join other book lovers in the area as you buy and find hard to find books, unusual books, out of print books, and more!

rochesterbooksellers.com, franleef@aol.com

Clothesline Arts Festival

September 6-7

Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave.

Rochester's largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival is back this year with all-day live entertainment, family-friendly activities, museum visits, and art viewing throughout the museum.

mag.rochester.edu/clothesline, @magur

Macedon Lumberjack Festival

September 6-7

Macedon Center Fireman's Field, Canandaigua Road

A Festival of log rolling and chopping, fire starting, and other timber sports await you at this year's Lumberjack Festival. Don't miss out on the grease pole and collectables sale this weekend as well.

macedoncenterfire.org

Greentopia Festival

September 9-14

High Falls District

Rochester celebrates sustainability with a series of festivals within a festival at Greentopia. Events to take place include a film festival, a fashion show, and live music.

greentopiafest.com, @greentopiafest

City's South Wedge-Ucation

September 11

South Wedge

City's own event including ridiculous offers from South Wedge merchants, deals and information from some of Rochester's top arts & cultural organizations, and free stuff geared specifically for college students.

rochestercitynewspaper.rcom

Irondequoit Oktoberfest

September 12-13, 18-20

Camp Eastman, 1558 Lakeshore Blvd., Irondequoit

Rochester hosts its own Oktoberfest this September. Come out for authentic German cuisine, kid-friendly activities, master yodeling, and live entertainment.

irondequoit.org

Palmyra Canaltown Days

September 13-14

Village of Palmyra

Wagon rides, village tours, craft booths, and market vendors can all be enjoyed at the Canaltown Days Fest, a wrap-up of the summer.

palmyracanaltowndays.org

click to enlarge Stomp grapes at Casa Larga Vineyards' Purple Foot Festival. - PHOTO BY LARISSA COE
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  • Stomp grapes at Casa Larga Vineyards' Purple Foot Festival.

Purple Foot Festival

September 14

Casa Larga Vineyards, Fairport

Enjoy the messy and purple-y fun at the Purple Foot Festival. Stomps grapes between winery tours and wine tastings all day long.

casalarga.com/purplefoot

Festival of Food

September 15

Public Market, 280 N. Union St.

Spend a day tasting samples from over 100 local wineries, breweries, restaurants, bakeries, and farms. All proceeds benefit Foodlink and all they do for the community.

foodlinkny.org, @foodlinkny

First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

September 18-27

Various locations downtown

The Fringe Fest takes place at more than two dozen venues around downtown Rochester. You'll experience 10 days of music, dance, theater, comedy, visual art exhibits, family entertainment, and collaborative performances. Don't miss the Spiegeltent.

rochesterfringe.com, @RochesterFringe

Rochester Sci-Fi, Comic Book, and Anime Con

September 19-21

Kodak's Theatre on The Ridge, 500 West Ridge Road

Get your geek on at Roc Con this year. You won't want to miss out on special guests such as Brent Spiner, Billy West, and Alaina Huffman.

rochesterscifianimecon.com

Rochester Marathon

September 21

Downtown Rochester

It's time to show off what you've been working for all summer! Take your pick between a marathon, half-marathon, and a marathon relay that will lead you all around Downtown.

rochestermarathon.com, @ROCMarathon

AppleUmpkin Festival

September 27-28

Gaslight Village, Wyoming

Revel in the final warm(ish) days of summer as you fill up on apple and pumpkin food, crafts and more.

appleumpkin.com

Naples Grape Festival

TBA

Naples Village, State Route 21, Naples

Naples is the center of an important grape-growing region. Therefore, it's no surprise the village jams a whole weekend full of grape fun. The Festival includes fine arts and crafts, wine tasting, and, of course, a grape pie contest.

naplesgrapefest.org


OCTOBER

Rochester River Romance Weekend

TBA

Genesee River corridor

Fall in love all over again as you spend a weekend soaking up the beauty of the Genesee River. Weekend tours include the lower falls and gorge, Downtown's oldest landmarks, Maplewood Rose Garden, historic aqueducts, and more.

cityofrochester.gov/riverromance, @CityRochesterNY

Autumn Festival of Ales

October 4

Honeoye Falls Fireman's Field, 321 Monroe St., Honeoye Falls

Take a detour to Honeoye Falls for over 40 kinds of beer, live entertainment, and a chili cook-off to benefit Mercy Flight.

cbsbrewing.com, @CBBrewery

Cohoctan Fall Foliage Festival

October 4-5

Town of Cohoctan

Get into the spirit of the season as you stroll and shop for arts and crafts, antiques, and flea market finds. The Festival will also host a themed parade.

fallfoliagefestival.com

Fall Festival feat. Agricultural Society Fair

October 4-5

Genesee Country Village and Museum, Mumford

Gather the family for this authentic 19th-century county fair. Over 150 types of exhibitions, pumpkin competitions, and various acts of puppeteering, magic, and villagers are included in this quaint fair.

gcv.org

Hilton Apple Fest

October 4-5

Hilton

Hilton brings a weekend of arts and crafts, a car show, apple pie eating contest, 5-mile run and more. Now how 'bout them apples!

hiltonapplefest.org

University of Rochester Meliora Weekend

October 16-19

University of Rochester River Campus

Don't miss out on Meliora Weekend and its range of events including major speakers, panel discussions, sporting events, seminars, open houses, and kid-friend programs.

rochester.edu/melioraweekend, @UofR

Brick City Homecoming

October 16-19

Rochester Institute of Technology

Brick City Homecoming is a weekend-long event for families of students and alumni to enjoy reunion events, entertainment, and live music.

rit.edu/brickcity, @RITNEWS

ImageOut Film Festival

October 10-19

Dryden Theatre, Little Theatre, and other venues

The film festival returns with over 60 films from more than 20 countries depicting LGBT life in documentaries, features, and shorts.

imageout.org, @ImageOut

Rochester Fashion Week

October 14-19

Various locations downtown

Despite its inspiration from NYC Fashion Week, Rochester's mission is to make it widely available to the whole community to enjoy the fun and glamorous time of a fashion show.

fashionweekofrochester.org, @Roc_FashionWeek

High Falls Film Festival

October 23-26

Little Theatre (240 East Ave. #100), Dryden Theatre (900 East Ave.), Cinema Theater (957 Clinton Ave. S.)

High Falls Film Festival is one of the longest running women's film festivals on the east coast. Get the full experience with Q&A's and coffee chats with the filmmakers, a fashion show, panel discussions about filmmaking, and much more.

highfallsfilmfestival.com, @HighFallsFF


NOVEMBER

Rochester Jewish Book Festival

November 2-16

Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave.

Jewish comedy, culture, and classics make up this Book Festival. Meet various Jewish authors, meet for panel discussions, and snag a seat at a film screening all right here!

rjbf.org

Polish Film Festival

November 5-10

Dryden Theatre; Little Theatre

Six days of unique Polish culture are in store. Buckle up for Polish films, panels with the filmmakers and actors, music recitals, and lectures.

rochester.edu/College/PSC/CPCES, @UofR

In This Guide...

    Annual Manual 2014

    CITY's guide to visiting, living, working and playing in Rochester, NY
    Read articles on politics, neighborhoods, art, happy hour dining, theater troupes, a calendar of events for 2014 and more!

    CITY/COUNTY: Know your neighborhoods

    Introductions to Monroe Avenue, Mendon, 19th Ward, and other Rochester area communities
    Monroe County is about as diverse a community as you can find: a mid-size city, rural areas with orchards and farm markets, suburbs with 20th-century tract houses and shopping malls, and quaint, Victorian villages. The Genesee River and the Erie Canal bisect the county, more or less vertically and diagonally, so geology and history are a constant presence, shaping everything from traffic patterns to architecture and public festivals.

    POLITICS: Meet your pols

    A guide to your elected representatives
    Monroe County has a vibrant political scene, but it also has a pronounced party divide. Democrats control the governments in the city and a couple of inner-ring suburbs, while Republicans hold the power in most of the towns.

    LIVING: Getting settled

    New to town or coming home? Some things to consider
    Up until the 1960's, Rochester's economy was dynamic and growing, and the area's major employers of the day often needed to build their management teams with outside talent. Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Bausch and Lomb, and several other firms were industrial giants, and some offered prospective executives handsome relocation packages.

    DINING: The happiest of hours

    Six Rochester happy hours worth checking out
    Whether you've just had a rough day at the office, need a quick bite before dinner, or want to avoid the late-night crowds at the bar, happy hours are a great way to enjoy local food and drink at a discount. They are the perfect chance to try something new, or get that second drink.

    ART: Gems from Rochester's art museums

    Connections with collections
    When people visit a museum or gallery, they are typically drawn in to view a specific exhibition, and perhaps linger a while to wander the permanent collection as well. But since most cultural institutions have neither the space nor the funds to present their entire collections to the public at all times, many objects reside in storage, and a percentage of the collection is fairly unknown.

    MUSIC: Sing, sing a song

    Rochester is a karaoke hotbed
    Its title derived from mashing up the Japanese words "kara" (meaning empty) and "okesutora" (meaning orchestra), karaoke has been around for a long time. And some of its roots, believe it or not, are American.

    THEATER: A theater town

    A look at some of Rochester's niche theatrical troupes
    Anyone who believes that theater is a dying art has not spent much time in Rochester; we have always offered a remarkably full range of theater, for consumption and for participation. To use a word theater people enjoy, the Rochester theater scene is very textured; there's a little of everything offered, and something for everybody to see, to try out for, or to get involved in.

    MEDIA: The last bastions

    Where to find fading media in Rochester
    Now that Blockbuster has gone the way of the dodo, closing what remained of its stores at the start of this year, it seems the end is near for physical media. The fall of the former giant of home entertainment is just the latest reminder that the now omnipresent Kindles and Nooks, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon Prime have had a profound effect.

    HEALTH/WELLNESS: The Lotus Flower City

    The history and growth of Yoga in Rochester
    These days, you can't go anywhere without hearing about the newest yoga craze. Before the dawn of the Victoria's Secret yoga pants empire, though, things were a little bit different.

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