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FESTIVALS | Cultural Festivals 

Rochester's glowing cultural diversity is something its residents should be proud of. The Rochester-area is home to no shortage of top-notch restaurants, centers, and festivals celebrating the region's various cultures. Next week, Rochester will host not one, but four individual cultural festivals.

The Polish Arts Festival, which takes place Friday, August 1, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday, August 2, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., at St. Stanislaus Church (1150 Hudson Avenue), offers all things Polish, from pierogi to polka, and is completely free. For more information, visit

The 45th Annual Puerto Rican Festival takes place 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., at Frontier Field (333 North Plymouth Avenue). The festival features live performances from Toby Love, Zion y Lennox, Grupo Mania, Domingo Quinones, and Tito Nieves, and the SSGT Javier Ortiz Memorial 5k Race and Fitness Walk. For more information, visit

On top of that, Rochester's 7th A.B.O.V.E. African American Festival takes place Saturday, August 2, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Highland Bowl (171 Reservoir Avenue). The day features performances from jazz trio Paradigm Shift as well as an African Fashion Show. For more information, visit

The Manassas African American Heritage Festival takes place Saturday, August 2, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Metz Middle School (9950 Wellington Road). The festival is giving away free school supplies to students along with showcasing over 100 vendors and live entertainment all day long. Both the A.B.O.V.E. and Manassas festivals are free to enter. For more information, visit


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