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STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE '12: Special events calendar 


As incoming students will soon discover, the Greater Rochester area is absolutely bursting with special events -- this town loves its festivals -- and there's never a shortage of interesting things going on in the region. Below find a selection of some of the major events scheduled to take place during the next academic year. Note that most of the student clubs will announce their events as the school year gets going, so check your school's website for more information. For a comprehensive listing of all the concerts, exhibits, theater shows, festivals, and other events taking place during a given week, check out City Newspaper, new on stands every Wednesday, or consult the searchable online calendar at


Palmyra Pirate Weekend

August 10-11

Village of Palmyra

Movie night, all-day activates with pirate theme

German Fest

August 10-12

Fireman's Field, Spencerport

German food, drink, dancing entertainment


August 11

Riverside Festival Site (Court & Exchange St.)

Parade, Caribbean music, art & crafts, food, 585-227-2183

Brockport Summer Arts Fest

August 11-12

SUNY Brockport, Holley Street

Food, music, rubber duck derby, dragon boat race

Rochester Ukrainian Festival

August 16-19

St Josephat, 940 E. Ridge Road

Ukrainian arts, crafts, food, dance, and music


August 18

South Ave in South Wedge neighborhood

Music, food, street performers, pet parade

Fairport Music & Food Fest

August 25

Liftbridge Lane, Fairport

Live music, food

First Knight Celebration

August 26

Campus welcoming event

College Green, GeneseoCollege

Classes Begin

August 27: SUNY Geneseo, NazarethCollege, SUNY Brockport, Roberts Wesleyan

August 30: University of Rochester

YellowJacket Weekend

August 31-September 2

Homecoming events

UR, River Campus


Classes Begin

September 3: Rochester Institute of Technology

September 4: St. John Fisher, MonroeCommunity College, Finger LakesCommunity College

Rochester Pagan Pride Day Festival

September 8


Food, workshops, drum circles

Clothesline Festival

September 8-9


Renowned arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment

Macedon Lumberjack Festival

September 8-9

Macedon Center Fireman's Field, Canandaigua Road

Log rolling, two-man crosscut, busk saw, log chop, other events

Greentopia Festival

September 10-16

Centered in HighFalls district

Environmentally oriented festival with music, film, more.

Irondequoit Oktoberfest

September 14-16 & 21-22

CampEastman, DurandEastmanPark

Music, dancing, food

Palmyra Canaltown Days

September 15-16

Village of Palmyra

Wagon rides, car show, food

NOTA Fest 2012

September 16

Neighborhood of the Arts

Local venue deals, music, events

Savor Rochester: Festival of Food

September 17

Public Market

Samples from local restaurants, bakeries, specialty foods

First NiagaraRochester Fringe Festival

September 19-23

Various downtown locations

New arts festival, featuring theater, music, art, dance, and more

Roc Con 2012

September 21-23

Rochester Main Street Armory

Anime and sci-fi convention

MVP Health Care RochesterMarathon

September 23

Downtown Rochester

Boston Marathon qualifying event; full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay

Rochester Fashion Week

Sept 27-30

Various locations

Fashion shows, boutique crawl, other fashion-related events


September 28-30


Hilton Apple Festival

September 29-30

Town of Hilton

Arts, crafts, car show, apple wares, pie contest


ImageOut Film Festival

October 5-14

Dryden Theater, Little Theater, other venues

Gay and lesbian film and video festival

RochesterRiver Romance Weekend

October 5-7

GeneseeRiver corridor

Variety of events celebrating the GeneseeRiver

Rochester Jewish Book Festival

October 10-November 11

Jewish Community Center, Edgewood Ave

Book events featuring Jewish authors and book of Jewish interest

Meliora/Eastman Weekend

October 11-14

Homecoming events for University of Rochester

River and Eastman campuses, University of Rochester

BrickCity Homecoming

October 19-21




November 12-17: Rochester Institute of Technology

Thanksgiving/Fall Break

November 18-25: RIT

November 20-25: SUNY Brockport, St. John Fisher

November 21-25: SUNY Geneseo, University of Rochester, Monroe Community College, Finger Lakes Community Center, Roberts Wesleyan

Classes Begin

November 26: RIT


Classes End

December 6: NazarethCollege

December 8: SUNY Brockport

December 10: SUNY Geneseo

December 12: University of Rochester

December 14: MonroeCommunity Center, Roberts Wesleyan

Finals Week

December 8-14: NazarethCollege

December 10-15: St. John Fisher

December 10-21: SUNY Brockport

December 12-18: SUNY Geneseo

December 15-20: MonroeCollege Community

December 16-22: University of Rochester

Semester Ends

December 14: Roberts Wesleyan

December 21: Finger LakesCommunity College


Classes Begin

January 14: Nazareth, St. John Fisher, Roberts Wesleyan 

January 16: University of Rochester

January 22: SUNY Geneseo, MonroeCommunity Center

January 24: Finger LakesCommunity College

January 28: SUNY Brockport

Mendon Ponds Winterfest


Scores of winter outdoorsy activities, including demos.



Lakeside Winter Celebration


Snow-sculpture contest, chili challenge, polar plunge, other activities.

OntarioBeachPark, Charlotte


February 18-23: RIT

Winter/Spring Break

February 24-March 3: RIT

Winter Break

February 16-24: MonroeCommunity College

February 18-24: Roberts Wesleyan


Spring/Easter Break

March 4-10: St. John Fisher

March 9-17: University of Rochester

March 11-15: NazarethCollege

March 18-24: Finger LakesCommunity College, Geneseo, Brockport

March 28-April 1: Roberts Wesleyan

March 30-April 7: MonroeCommunity College


Rochester Erotic Arts Festival

April 5-6

Radisson Riverside Hotel, 120 E. Main St.

Erotic art show, performances, workshops, body art, poetry slam

Rochester International Film Festival

April 25-27

Dryden Theater, George Eastman House

Rochester's short-film festival

Classes End

April 26: NazarethCollege


April 29- May 6: NazarethCollege

April 29-May 4: St. John Fisher


Imagine RIT: Innovation + Creativity Festival

May 4


Interactive presentations, exhibitions, games, music, entertainment

RocCity Tattoo Expo

May 2-6

Radisson Hotel RochesterRiverside

More than 100 world-class artists tattooing on site.

Lilac Festival

May 10-19

Highland Park

Live music, festival foods, and lots and lots of flowers

Classes End

May 1: University of Rochester

May 7: SUNY Geneseo

May 11: SUNY Brockport

May 16: Finger LakesCommunity College

May 17: MonroeCommunity College


May 6-13: University of Rochester

May 8-14: SUNY Geneseo

May 10: Roberts Wesleyan

May 13-17: RIT

May 18-23: MonroeCommunity College


May 11: NazarethCollege, St. John Fisher, Roberts Wesleyan

May 18: Geneseo, RIT, Brockport, Finger LakesCommunity College

May 19: University of Rochester

In This Guide...

  • STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE '12: Introduction

    Totally radical
    I was never a math major, but if my calculations are correct, 18-year-olds starting their freshman year at college this fall were born in or around 1994. Which means you whippersnappers might not fully appreciate the super-cool concept for the cover of this Student Survival Guide, because you weren't alive for any of the 1980's. Which means I feel sad for you. So for your first college assignment, I task you with (legally) downloading music by Duran Duran, The Go-Gos, Culture Club, Erasure, and their contemporaries. You will thank me later.


    Make the most of your education: Why easy A’s and a light course load might rob you in the long run
    I first came in contact with that daunting, incomprehensible piece of paper in elementary school. The vast combinations of letters and numbers seemed like a language I would never decode.

  • STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE '12: Art Gallery Guide

    Broaden your palette: Get off campus and out into Rochester’s vibrant art scene
    In case you didn't know, Rochester is a city practically bursting with art and creativity. Whether you're an artist yourself, an art enthusiast, or just in need a break from your studies, the Rochester art scene is home to many popular venues -- as well as exciting hidden treasures -- that will open your mind to new ideas, and possibly give you a new perspective on how to view the world.

  • STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE '12: Off-campus fun

    Feel like a kid again: Blow off some academic steam and have a blast with these off-campus outings
    You're finally in college. You've gotten a taste of that independence you've been craving your entire teenaged life.

  • STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE '12: Volunteering

    Helping others, helping yourself: Why college is the perfect time to get involved in the community
    All those hours of community service in high school paid off: you've been accepted into college. You did your good deeds for the world -- and let's be honest, to brighten up that application -- and you're done.

  • STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE '12: Health Services

    Take care of yourself: Make the most of campus health and safety offerings
    You have arrived at college, your new home away from home for about 10 months out of the year. Everything is new, especially if you're living on campus.

  • STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE '12: Food and Entertainment

    More than a meal: Stretch your dollar by grabbing food and entertainment off-campus
    I remember my first week at college, when the dining hall seemed like some heavenly, endless supply of food I could just pick up and eat at any time. That feeling didn't last.

  • STUDENT SURVIVAL GUIDE '12: Advice for freshmen

    Go to your professors' office hours. They may seem scary at first, but most of your professors actually do want to talk to you.

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