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Summer Festivals

Festival: Spencerport Fireman's Carnival

Date: June 12-18

Place: Spencerport

Description: kiddie parade, grand parade, amusement rides

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

Festival: Juneteenth Celebration

Date: June 17

Place: Susan B. Anthony Square between King and Madison streets

Description: performers, vendors, food

Info: 529-5026, 454-2680

Festival: Mayville Bluegrass Festival

Date: June 17-18

Place: Lakeside Park, Mayville

Description: country-rock and bluegrass acts, food, crafts, kids' activities, instrument workshops

Info: www.mayvillebluegrassfestival.com

Festival: RochesterHarbor and Carousel Festival

Date: June 23-25

Place: OntarioBeachPark

Description: arts & crafts, food, games, exhibits, music and more

Info: 865-3320 or www.cityofrochester.gov

Festival: Rochester Twilight Criterium Bicycle Race Downtown

Date: June 24

Place: Court, Broad, Exchange, Irving, Bausch & Lomb

Description: professional and amateur bicycle races through downtown

Info: rochestercrit.com

Festival: Gates Summer Celebrations

Date: June 25

Place: GatesChiliHigh School

Description: music, food, fireworks

Info:247-6100 x235, gatesrecparks.org

Festival: Sterling Renaissance Festival

Date: weekends, July 1-August 13

Place: 15385 Farden Rd, Sterling

Description: theater, live music, jousting, meat on sticks, puppet shows

Info: 800-879-4446, www.sterlingfestival.com

Festival: Irondequoit Fourth of July Celebration

Date: July 3-4

Place: Irondequoit Town Hall/Gazebo

Description: music, parade, booths, arts and crafts, food

Info: 467-8840, www.irondequoit.org

Festival: Rochester MusicFest

Date: July 7-9

Place: HighFalls Festival Site (Fri), Frontier Field (Sat-Sun)

Description: local and national acts, mainly r&b and hip-hop

Info: 262-2050 ext. 116, rochestermusicfest.com

Festival: Rochester Pride Parade, Cultural Festival & Picnic

Date: July 8-9

Place: Village Gate (Saturday) and GeneseeValleyPark (Sunday)

Description: parade, picnic celebrating the LGBT community

Info: 234-8706, www.streetsofpride.com

Festival: Corn Hill Arts Festival

Date: July 8-9

Place: Corn Hill neighborhood

Description: hundreds of crafters and artisans, live music, children's activities and performances, food

Info: 262-3142, www.cornhill.org

Festival: Monroe County Fair

Date: July 12-16

Place: MonroeCounty Fairgrounds, 2695 E. Henrietta Rd

Description: agricultural exhibits, rides, food, demolition derbies

Info: 334-4000, www.mcfair.com

Festival: Hill Cumorah Pageant

Date: July 14, 15, 18-22

Place: Hill Cumorah, on Route 21, near Palmyra

Description: world-famous nightly performance with cast of 600, pyrotechnics, music; presents stories from the Bible and the Book of Mormon

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

Festival: East End Festivals

Date: July 14, August 11

Place: East End between Matthews and Gibbs streets

Description: Bands take the stage, partiers take to the streets

Info: 325-6490, milestonesmusicroom.com

Festival: Festa Italiana

Date: July 14-16

Place: ItalianAmericanCommunity Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way

Description: Italian music, cultural displays, kids' activities, bocce, more

Info: 594-8882, www.iaccrochester.org

Festival: Canandaigua Arts Festival

Date: July 14-16

Place: Main Street, Canandaigua

Description: arts & crafts, entertainment

Info: 394-7110

Festival: Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Date: July 14-16

Place: Watkins Glen International

Description: live music, wine seminars, wine tasting, banquets (admission fees)

Info: 866-461-7223, www.flwinefest.com

Festival: Rochester Jewish Film Festival

Date: July 16-23

Place: Little Theatre, 240 East Ave, and Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave

Description: movies by Jewish filmmakers

Info: 461-2000 ext 235, www.rjff.org.

Festival: Chil-E Fest

Date: July 21-22

Place: ChiliMemorial Park

Description: arts and crafts, parade, fireworks, music, drive-in movie, BBQ

Info: 889-4680, www.townofchili.org

Festival: Old Tyme Country Faire

Date: July 21-23

Place: Sodus Point

Description: vendors, games, arts & crafts, street dance, antique cars, pet parade, yard sales, marketplace

Info: 315-398-8473, www.sodusny.com

Festival: Ten Ugly Men Festival

Date: July 22

Place: GeneseeValleyPark

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

Info: www.tenuglymen.com

Festival: Oswego Harborfest

Date: July 27-30

Place: various venues in Oswego

Description: live music, shopping, food, and fireworks along the water

Info: 315-343-6858, www.oswegoharborfest.com

Festival: Native American Dance and Music Festival

Date: July 29-30

Place: Ganondagan Historic Site, 1488 State Rte 444, Victor

Description: Native American dance, art, crafts, stories, food

Info: 742-1690, www.ganondagan.org

Festival: SpencerportCanal Days

Date: July 29-30

Place: Village of Spencerport

Description: live bands, crafts, classic car show, children's activities

Info: 349-1331, http://spencerportcanaldays.com/

Festival: Waterfront Art Festival

Date: July 29-30

Place: KershawPark, Canandaigua

Description: arts & crafts, kids' activities, boat tours

Info: 671-9102, waterfrontartfestival.com

Festival: Park Avenue Festival

Date: August 5-6

Place: Park Avenue between Alexander St and Culver Rd

Description: arts & crafts, continuous live music, food, kids' activities

Info: 473-4482, www.park-avenue.org/events.html

Festival: German Fest

Date: August 11-13

Place: GatesMemorial Park

Description: Food, drink, dancing, music --- all from Germany

Info: 426-7835, www.rochestergerman.com

Festival: Puerto Rican Festival

Date: August 11-13

Place: Civic CenterPlaza, Exchange Blvd

Description: Puerto Rican and Latino culture, live music, and food

Info: 234-7660, www.prfestival.com

Festival: WebsterVillage Days

Date: August 11-13

Place: Main Street, Webster

Description: musical entertainment, food, children's activities, and more

Info: www.villageofwebster.com

Festival: Carifest and Parade

Date: August 12

Place: HighFalls Festival Site

Description: carnival costume parade, Caribbean music, food

Info: 254-7569, 436-5042, www.rwifo.com

Festival: Brockport Arts Festival

Date: August 12-13

Place: Main Street, Brockport

Description: arts & crafts, live music, farmer's market, Cool Kids Day, Dragon Boat, Duck Derby

Info: 473-4482, www.rochesterevents.com

Festival: Wooden Boat Festival

Date: August 12-13

Place: Orleans County Marine Park, Kent

Description: classic boats, boat rides, boat parade, inspirational concert, tackle flea market

Info: 589-3199, woodenboatfest.com

Festival: Clarissa StreetReunion

Date: August 19

Place: Clarissa Street in Corn Hill Neighborhood

Description: neighborhood party with three stages of music all day and night

Info: 234-4177

Festival: New YorkState Fair

Date: August 24-September 4

Place: 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse

Description: agriculture displays, food, games, rides, concerts, children's activities

Info: 800 475-FAIR, www.nysfair.org

Festival: African Music & Dance Arts Festival

Date: August 26

Place: Village Gate Square

Description: African music, dance, food, arts, braiding, drums

Info: 271-9672, wosabraid.com

Festival: Lyell Avenue Festival

Date: August 27

Place: Lyell Avenue

Description: arts & crafts, food, children's activities, music, scavenger hunt

Info: 647-1540

Festival: Spanish International Festival

Date: September 3

Place: Rochester Public Market, 280 N Union St

Description: food, culture, and music from 20 Spanish-speaking countries

Info: 325-6650, www.empanadastop.com

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