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ANNUAL MANUAL '09: 2009 Festival Guide 


For a city its size Rochester is jam-packed with events. Once the weather warms up we tend to go a little crazy, and nary a weekend goes by between April and October when there isn't some fabulous festival bringing thousands of people to the streets.

            Below is a list of many of the major events of 2009. For a complete events calendar, check out City Newspaper every Wednesday, or visit and use our searchable online calendar.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 14

East Ave/E Main St, Downtown

Parade, family festival


Deaf Rochester Film Festival

March 26-29

Dryden Theatre, Little Theater, etc.

Works by deaf filmmakers, featuring deaf issues

Rochester International Film Festival

April 23-25

Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House

Short-film festival, 234-1313

Rochester Erotic Arts Festival

April 24-26

Clarion Riverside Hotel

Artistic expressions celebrating sensuality/sexuality, 529-5885

Sheep Sheering Festival

April 25

Springdale Farm, Spencerport

Demos, wool cleaning, music, 349-2090

Lilac Festival

May 8-17

Highland Park

500 varieties of lilacs, live music, activities, food

RochesterHighFalls International Film Festival

May 13-18

Little Theatre, Dryden Theatre, etc.

Screenings of more than 80 films (full-length, shorts, documentaries)

Memorial Day Parade

May 25

Downtown Rochester

Parade, 544-2839

Greek Festival

May 28-31

Greek Orthodox Church, East Avenue

Food, dancing, cultural presentations, 244-3377

East End Nightlife Festival

June 5, July 10, August 14

East End District

Bars, clubs, restaurants open onto the street; music and beer, 234-0630

FairportCanal Days

June 5-7

Main Street, Fairport

Arts & crafts, food, music, family activities

Square Fair/Aberdeen Street Festival

June 6

Aberdeen Street

Drumming, storytelling, singing and music


Spencerport Firemen's Carnival

June 10-14


Kiddie parade, grand parade, amusement rides, 352-4771

Rochester International Jazz Festival

June 12-20

Many venues in Rochester's east end

More than 250 shows, featuring local, national, and international acts, 454-2060

Juneteenth Celebration

June 13

Susan B. Anthony Square

Celebration of the ending of slavery

454-2680, 200-9119

Maplewood Rose Festival

June 19-21

Maplewood Rose Garden, Lake Ave.

Roses, Genesee Gorge tours, live music, 428-6767

RochesterHarbor and Carousel Festival

June 26-28


Arts and crafts, food, activities, music, 428-6770, 865-3320

Taste of Rochester

June 26-28

Main Street, Downtown Rochester

Live music, wine tasting, food sampling, 730-6104

July 4 Fireworks

July 4

Downtown Rochester

Fireworks display, 428-6697

Sterling Renaissance Festival

Weekends, July 4-August 16

Sterling, NY

"Olde school" food, drink, performances, crafts

Brockport Merchants Sidewalk Sale & Street Fair

July 9-11

Main Street/Market Street, Brockport

Shopping, entertainment, food


Hill Cumorah Pageant

July 10-11 & 14-18

Hill Cumorah, near Palmyra

Theatrical retelling of the Book of Mormon, 315-597-5851

Corn Hill Arts Festival

July 11-12

Corn Hill neighborhood

Hundreds of craftspeople, live music, family events, food, 262-3142

Rochester Jewish Film Festival

July 12-20

Little Theatre, Dryden Theatre, JCC

Movies by Jewish filmmakers/of Jewish interest, 461-2000 x235

Monroe County Fair

July 15-19

MonroeCountyFairgrounds, E. Henrietta Rd.

Agricultural exhibits, animals, rides, food, 334-4000

Gay Pride Celebration

July 17-19

Various, including GeneseeValleyPark

Upstate New York's largest, with a picnic and Pride Parade


July 24-26

Boulder Coffee, Alexander St

Outdoor music and vending, 454-7140

Puerto Rican Festival

July 24-26

Frontier Field

Latino music, food, parade, 234-7660

10 Ugly Men Festival

July 25


Music, food, drinks, charity sporting events, kids activities, 943-1543

Main Game

July 25

Main Street

Youth-oriented games and activities


SpencerportCanal Days

July 25-26

Along the Erie Canal, Spencerport

Arts & crafts, entertainment, food, canoe race, 349-1331

Waterfront Art Festival

July 25-26

KershawPark, Canandaigua

Arts & crafts, kids' activities, 671-9102

Polish Festival

August 7-8

St. Stanislaus Church, Hudson Ave.

Polish food, Polish music, dancing, crafts, cultural festivities, 467-3068

African/African-American Festival

August 1


Food, entertainment, African drum & dance, arts & crafts, 576-2471

Park Ave Summer Arts Fest

August 1-2

Park Avenue

Arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, family activities

Northeast Naturist Festival

August 4-9


Workshops, sports dances, spiritual activities


German Fest

August 7-9

GatesMemorial Park

German food, drink, dancing, entertainment

RBBC Love 'N' Gospel Fest

August 8


Live gospel music, food


Carifest & Parade

August 8

Main St., downtown Rochester

Caribbean-themed festival, parade, 234-0909

Brockport Summer Arts Fest

August 8-9

Main Street, Brockport

Food, music, rubber duck derby, dragon boat races, 473-4482

Tour de New York

August 8-13

Downtown Rochester, and region

Various bike racing events

Clarissa St. Reunion

August 15

Clarissa and surrounding streets

Neighborhood reunion, parade, jazz/gospel/r&b music


Sankofa Music, Dance & Arts Festival

August 21-22

Village Gate

Poetry, Drumming, Music, Dance, Kids' activities

442-9892, 271-7010

New YorkState Festival of Balloons

September 3-7


Hot air balloon rides, food, entertainment, music, kids' rides

Labor Day Parade

September 7




Hang Around Victor Day

September 5

Main Street, Victor

Arts & crafts, food


Victor Fest

September 5

Fireman's Field, Victor

Live Music, food, fireworks


Clothesline Arts Festival

September 12-13


Renowned arts & crafts, live entertainment



September 13

Downtown Rochester

26.2-mile course through the city


September 18-20, 25-27

CampEastman, DurandEastmanPark

Echt Deutsch music, dancing, food, beer

Purple Foot Festival

September 20

Casa Larga Vineyards, Fairport

Grape stomping, live music, wine tasting, kids' activities, 223-4210

Festival of Food

September 21

Public Market

Samples from area restaurants, wineries, farmers, specialty food sellers

Harvest Festival

September 26

Springdale Farm, Spencerport

Oepn-hearth cooking, fishing, petting zoo, 349-2090

Naples Grape Festival

September 26-27

Naples, NY

Grape pie contest, arts & crafts, family entertainment, live music

Harvest Jamboree & Country Fair

September 27

Rochester Public Market

Seasonal produce, hayrides, entertainment


Hilton Apple Fest

October 3-4


Arts & crafts, car show, apple wares, pie contest, 392-7773

RochesterRiver Romance/Head of the Genesee Regatta

October 9-11

GeneseeRiver from the Erie Canal to LakeOntario

Entertainment, lighthouse and boat tours, hikes, largest regatta in the Northeast, 428-6767

ImageOut Film Festival

October 9-18

Dryden Theatre, Little Theatre

Gay & lesbian film festival

Jewish Book Festival

October 25-November 1

Jewish Community Center

Books by Jewish authors, books of Jewish interests., 461-2000

Liberty Pole Lighting Holiday Event

December 5

Liberty Pole

Holiday events for families, 428-6697

Rochester New Year's Eve Celebration

December 31

Main Street

Family-friendly events to count down to 20010; fireworks at midnight, 428-6697

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