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Summer Guide 2018: Sunny days

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All right, we're nearing the end of June now, so I think we can safely call it: winter is officially over. (But be quiet about it; we don't want to jinx anything.)

We've entered that glorious time when Rochesterians get to shake off our winter blues and dive headlong into the great outdoors. And you know what? As much as we like to complain about the weather in these parts, Rochester summers are some of the best around.

This year's Summer Guide is packed with suggestions to make the most of these warm weather months. Because music just sounds better if you can listen while bopping around in the sunshine and running through the grass barefoot, writer Frank De Blase rounds up his picks for the summer's best outdoor concerts and musical festivals. He's letting you know where you can kick back and enjoy everything from The Who's Roger Daltrey to classical music on Ontario Beach.

Then Vanessa Cheeks takes a spin through the ins and outs of biking along the Erie Canal, giving you the lowdown on rental options and which trails are best for cycling novices.

For the history buffs, Jake Clapp pays tribute to the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass's chosen birthdate by rounding up notable Upstate New York locations connected to the Underground Railroad. If you're taking a road trip this summer, consider connecting with the region's history.

As much as we'd like to, we can't spend all our days basking in the sun (you might get burned). So for those times when you just want to be an indoor kid, Katie Libby creates her ideal Rochester food day, experiencing some of the delicious dining options around the city that she's been missing out on. And we've got a look at 15 highlights from the summer movie season.

Of course, there's way too much happening in Rochester for us to cover everything, so let us know how you plan to savor all this gorgeous weather this summer by dropping us a comment below.

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