This summer in the Flower City

Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Photo from Wikimedia Commons

By Natalie Gates, Staff Writer

Rochester is home a variety of events over the summer

Rochester has several offerings and events to attend over the summer. Grab some friends and don’t miss a beat with the many events that are coming to the area.


Lilac Festival

This year’s 120th anniversary Lilac Festival will not disappoint. Grab some friends and head over to visit the flowers, see a concert, or even taste some craft beer (for those that are 21 or over). Ten days will be packed with fun activities, good eats and plenty of opportunities to get involved. The best part? It’s free!

May 11 – 20, 2018 • 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (daily)

Midtown Eats

This pop up restaurant showcase features all the flavors of Rochester. The best restaurants and chefs will showcase food in historic Midtown, the center of Rochester. Twice a month all summer, this dining event gives you the chance to sample many foods from our great city!

June 14 & 28  | July 12 & 26  | August 9 & 23

Park Ave Fest

This free summer festival is often the social event of the summer. Featuring art, entertainment, and great food, this year will not want to be missed. Park Ave Summer Art Fest stretches 1¼ miles from Alexander Street to Culver Road.There will be more than 350 artists and craftspeople!

August 4 – 5, 2018

Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. • Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

CMAC Concerts

The Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center features many artists and performers every summer. Some of the concerts coming to CMAC this summer include:

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, June 26, 7:30 p.m.

Keith Urban, July 8, 7:30 p.m.

Arctic Monkeys, July 25, 8:00 p.m.

Alan Jackson, August 10, 7:30 p.m.

Food & Drink Events

Taste of Rochester

June 8, 5 p.m.

460 Oak St, Rochester NY

Taste of Rochester is a food festival designed to bring foodies together. Sample food, wine and local craft beer (for those that are 21 or over) for as little as $1. If you like a certain sample, head over and grab a meal from that restaurant. Admission is just $5!

Rochester Real Beer Expo

June 9, 6-10 p.m.

This year, the South Wedge neighborhood will host the 8th annual beer expo to capture the exciting changes in the craft beer community. Including a wide variety of craft beers and ciders (for those that are 21 or over), fresh pizza, poutine, German & Italian sausage will all be served. All the proceeds from this event are rolled back into the neighborhood revitalization projects undertaken by Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA). Tickets are likely to sell out again this year so buy one at

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