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ANNUAL MANUAL '07: Festival Guide

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Lakeside Winter Celebration

Date: February

Place: OntarioBeachPark

Description: snow and ice sculpture contests, Chili Challenge, Polar Plunge

Info: 865-3320

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Date: March

Place: downtown

Description: parade, family festival

Info: www.rochesterparade.com

Lilac Festival

Dates: May 11-20

Place: Highland Park

Description: 500 varieties of lilacs, live music, activities, food

Info: 456-3070, www.lilacfestival.com

Memorial Day Parade

Date: May 28

Place: downtown

Description: parade

Info: 473-0710

Greek Festival

Dates: May 31-June 3

Place: Greek Orthodox Church, East Avenue

Description: food, dancing, shopping, history, cultural presentations

Info: 244-3377, www.rochestergreekfestival.com

East End Night Life Festival

Dates: June 1, July 13, August 10

Place: East End entertainment district

Description: bars, clubs and restaurants open onto the street, lots of music and beer

Info: 234-0630

FairportCanal Days

Dates: June 1-3

Place: Main Street, Fairport

Description: arts and crafts, food, music, family activities

Info: www.fairportcanaldays.com

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Dates: June 8-16

Place: Many venues throughout city

Description: More than 100 concerts, thousands of fans, international acts

Info: 234-2002, www.rochesterjazz.com

Spencerport Firemen's Carnival

Dates: June 13-17

Place: Spencerport

Description: kiddie parade, grand parade, amusement rides

Info: 352-4771, vil.spencerport.ny.us

Maplewood Rose Festival

Dates: June 15-17

Place: MaplewoodPark

Description: roses, Genesee Gorge tours, live music, arts and crafts

Info: 428-6770, www.ggw.org/~mna/rose.htm

RochesterHarbor and Carousel Festival

Dates: June 22-24

Place: OntarioBeachPark

Description: arts and crafts, food, activities, music

Info: 865-3320, www.cityofrochester.gova

Rochester Twilight Criterium

Date: June 23

Place: Downtown Rochester

Description: Competitive urban bike race

Info: 546-4030, www.rochestercrit.com

Sterling Renaissance Festival

Dates: weekends, July 7-August 19

Place: Sterling, NY

Description: food, drink, street performances, crafts, games --- all olde school

Info: 800-879-4446, sterlingfestival.com

Brockport Merchants Sidewalk Sale and Street Fair

Dates: July 7-8

Place: Main Street, Brockport

Description: shopping, entertainment, food

Info: 637-3340

Rochester Jewish Film Festival

Dates: July 8-15

Place: Little Theatre, Dryden Theatre

Description: movies by Jewish filmmakers

Info: www.rjff.org

Monroe County Fair

Dates: July 11-15

Place: MonroeCountyFairgrounds, East Henrietta Road

Description: agricultural exhibits, animals, rides, food

Info: 334-4000, www.mcfair.com

Hill Cumorah Pageant

Dates: July 13-21

Place: Hill Cumorah, near Palmyra

Description: theatrical retelling of the Book of Mormon, cast of 600, pyrotechnics

Info: 315-597-5851, www.hillcumorah.org/Pageant

Corn Hill Arts Festival

Dates: July 14-15

Place: Corn Hill neighborhood

Description: hundreds of craftspeople, live music, family events, food

Info: 262-3142, www.cornhill.org

Gay Pride Celebration

Dates: July 14-15

Place: various, including GeneseeValleyPark

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

Info: www.gayalliance.org, www.streetsofpride.com


Dates: July 21-22

Place: Frontier Field

Description: outdoor r&b concerts, local and national acts

Info: 486-1286, www.rochestermusicfest.com

ARTWalk Muse-A-Thon

Date: July 22

Place: ARTWalk (University Ave)

Description: live music, art sale, arts activities

Info: www.rochesterartwalk.org

Main Game

Date: July 28

Place: Main Street

Description: Variety of youth-oriented games and activities offered by City Parks & Rec

Info: 428-6755

10 Ugly Men Festival

Date: July 28

Place: GeneseeValleyPark

Description: music, food, drinks, charity sporting events, kids activities


SpencerportCanal Days

Dates: July 28-29

Place: arts and crafts, entertainment, food, canoe race

Description: along the Erie Canal, Spencerport

Info: 349-1331, www.ogdenny.com/canaldays

Waterfront Art Festival

Dates: July 28-29

Place: KershawPark, Canandaigua

Description: arts & crafts, kids' activities

Info: www.waterfrontartfestival.com

Park Avenue Festival

Dates: August 4-5

Place: Park Avenue

Description: arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, family activities

Info: www.rochesterevents.com

Puerto Rican Festival

Dates: August 10-12

Place: Civic Center plaza

Description: Latino music, food, and culture celebration

Info: 234-7660, www.prfestival.com

German Fest

Dates: August 10-12

Place: GatesMemorial Park

Description: German food, drink, dancing, entertainment


Dates: August 11

Place: HighFalls festival site

Description: Caribbean-themed festival, parade

Info: 254-7569

Brockport Summer Art Festival

Dates: August 11-12

Place: Main Street, Brockport

Description: arts and crafts, food, live music, rubber duck derby, dragon boat races

Info: 473-4482, www.rochesterevents.com

Northeast Naturist Festival

Dates: August 7-12

Place: EmpireHavenNudistPark

Description: workshops, sports, dances, spiritual activities

Info: 877-522-9188, www.naturistrochester.org

Clarissa StreetReunion

Dates: August 18

Place: Clarissa and surrounding streets

Description: neighborhood reunion, parade, jazz, gospel, and r&b performances

Info: 234-4177

New YorkState Festival of Balloons

Dates: September 1-2

Place: Dansville

Description: hot air balloon rides, food, entertainment, music, kids' rides

Info: www.nysfob.com

Labor Day Parade

Date: September 3

Place: downtown Rochester

Description: parade

Info: 263-2650

Rochester Irish Festival

Dates: September 8-9

Place: CampEastman, DurandEastmanPark

Description: Irish music, dance, cultural workshops, kids' activities

Info: www.rochesteririshfestival.org

Clothesline Festival

Dates: September 8-9

Place: MemorialArtGallery

Description: renowned arts and crafts; MAG's biggest fundraiser

Info: 473-7720, mag.rochester.edu


Dates: September 14-23

Place: CampEastman, DurandEastmanPark

Description: echt Deutsch music, dancing, food, beer

Info: 336-6070, www.irondequoit.org/events/oktober.htm


Date: September 16

Place: downtown

Description: Run the 26.2-mile course through the city

Info: 264-1480, www.rochestermarathon.com

ARTWalk Alive!

Date: September 16

Place: ARTWalk (University Ave)

Description: Art events, food, live entertainment

Info: www.rochesterartwalk.org

Festival of Food

Dates: September 17

Place: Public Market

Description: samples from area restaurants, wineries, farmers, specialty food sellers

Info: www.festivaloffood.org

Naples Grape Festival

Dates: September 29-30

Place: Naples, NY

Description: grape pie contest, arts and crafts, family entertainment, live music

Info: 374-2240, www.naplesvalleyny.com

Harvest Jamboree and Country Fair

Date: September 30

Place: Public Market

Description: seasonal produce, hayrides, entertainment

Info: 428-6755, www.cityofrochester.gov

Hilton Apple Festival

Dates: September 29-30

Place: Hilton

Description: arts and crafts, car show, apple wares, pie contest

Info: 234-3378, www.hiltonapplefest.org

RochesterRiver Romance

Dates: October 5-7

Place: various, including OntarioBeachPark

Description: entertainment, lighthouse and boat tours, hikes, rowing regatta

Info: 428-6770, www.cityofrochester.gov

ImageOut Film Festival

Dates: October 5-14

Place: Dryden Theatre, Little Theatre

Description: gay & lesbian film festival

Info: www.imageout.org

Liberty Pole Lighting Holiday Event

Date: December 1

Place: MidtownPlaza and Liberty Pole

Description: Holiday events for families

Info: 428-6697, www.cityofrochester.gov

Holiday Memories at Historic HighFalls

Dates: December 28-29

Place: High Falls District

Description: Historically themed holiday events, live entertainment

Info: 428-6697, www.cityofrochester.gov

Rochester New Year's Eve Celebration

Date: December 31

Place Main Street

Description: Family-friendly events to count down to 2008; fireworks at midnight

Info: 428-6697, www.cityofrochester.gov

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