The Genesee River is the reason our city got the nickname the "Flour City" — it powered the mills that turned Rochester into the country's first boomtown in the 1800's. Each year, the city pays homage to the river and its impact with the Genesee River Romance event. The three-day weekend includes guided tours of historic downtown neighborhoods, the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse, and the High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum; boat and canoe tours on the river itself; fishing; and live music with buskers on the Pont de Rennes Bridge. Families can find hayrides and pumpkin decorating, while the more adventurous can try out the Charlotte Cemetery Tour or the Haunted Gorge Tours in Lower Falls Park.
Also, on Saturday, October 7, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Greentopia will hold an EcoDistrict launch event and EcoFair in the High Falls district and along the bridge. (greentopia.org/ecodistrict for more information.)
Genesee River Romance activities kick off Friday, October 6, at 7 a.m. with a Fall Salmon Run at Seth Green Drive and Norton Street. For a full lineup of events and times, visit cityofrochester.gov/riverromance.