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FESTIVALS | Show on Monroe, Greek Fest, 19th Ward Square Fair, Fairport Canal Days 

Roc gals and gentle 'Chesters: festival season is officially open. Here are just four of the upcoming festivals to be held this week in various pockets of our lovely city. For more reasons to go outside and enjoy the community, visit the calendar at

The Greek Festival (pictured) will take place Thursday, May 30-Sunday, June 2, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily at Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation (962 East Ave., near George Eastman House). The festival promises live music and dancing, Greek foods and desserts for sale, a boutique and shops, and a kids village with activities. Admission is free. For more information, visit

The Show on Monroe is brand new this year, and will take place on Saturday, June 1, noon-6 p.m., based on Monroe Avenue between 490 and the Inner Loop. The event will feature busker performances and live music, a street-wide scavenger hunt (register for $10) with prizes, and great deals from Avenue businesses. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Fairport Canal Days take place Friday, May 31-Sunday, June 2 on Main Street in Fairport, and feature a Friday-night barbecue and concert kick-off, and a canal-celebrating weekend full of music, arts & crafts, and more. Admission is free, and hours are Friday 4:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit

The 19th Ward Square Fair is the 19th Ward's annual festival and fundraiser, which features music, a parade, food, a book sale, kids activities, and local vendors. This year's fest takes place Saturday, June 1, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at Aberdeen Square Park (where Sherwood Avenue terminates south of Arnett Boulevard). Admission is free. For more info, call 328-6571, or visit



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