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Downtown Rochester: Fun-Filled Summer Events

Downtown Rochester has several events in July and August that you won’t want to miss. Now that you’re a part of Innovation Square, you are within walking distance of so many of the great outdoor activities going on in downtown Rochester this summer. The list below is a mere snapshot of events.

July 4th Drone Light Show: High Falls 

Rochester is having a light show featuring 200 drones this July 4th! Don’t miss this first-of-its-kind show in our area! Firefly will wow Rochesterians with a 15-minute show.

Best viewing areas:

Pont de Rennes, High Falls, High Falls Terrace Park

Time: 10:00 p.m.
Music:

Tune into 104 WDKX on your phone

Parking:

High Falls Garage, Sister Cities Garage

July 4th Fireworks: Downtown  

The classic downtown Rochester fireworks extravaganza is back!

Best viewing area:

Main Street Bridge, Broad St Bridge, Court St Bridge

Time: 10:15 pm
Parking:

South Ave Garage, Court St. Garage, street parking.

Note: all bridges will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Bands on the Bricks 

Tentatively July 9, 16, 30, & August 6
Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Rochester Public Market

This FREE concert series is a popular one in Rochester. You’ll find national and local live music acts. And save your appetite, food and drink vendors will be there all night.

Little Italy Festival

July 10
Smith Street

Help us commemorate 150 years of Italian American history that this heritage has brought to our fabulous city. Year after year, the festival is proud to bring in top-notch headline entertainment including national artists like Lou Gramm, of the legendary rock band Foreigner, the Scintas – Las Vegas’ “first family of entertainment”, Sal Valentinetti from the hit TV show “American’s Got Talent” and many more.

Movies With a Downtown View

Each year MWDV is produced by the Washington Square Community Association in partnership with MetroPops, and could not happen without the support of all of our generous sponsors. 

Friday evenings:

7/16, 8/6, 8/20, and 9/3 – all “At the 5”, formerly Parcel 5, in Center City

Movies TBD

Bring a blanket and a picnic, or purchase from our onsite food trucks, from

The Mercantile, or pop into DGX for some snacks. If you are bringing chairs, please sit along the perimeter.

The movies are captioned and there will be an ASL interpreter for all announcements.

Fashion Week Rochester Hot Summer Nights 

July 23 & 24, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Midtown Athletic Club Parking Lot 

Start your engines with a return to the runway!  Park your car, BYOE (bring your own everything) and enjoy the show!

ROC Women’s Fest

August 7
Parcel 5

Rochester is home to some really outstanding women – business owners, innovators, community leaders… We decided to celebrate these women and YOU. Grab a friend, and join us for a day of fitness and wellness, entertainment, education, networking, shopping, and beauty!

RWIFO Carifest Parade 2021 

August 14
Location: TBD

Come join the fun at the Carifest celebration, where you’ll find colorful Caribbean costumes as an overwhelming tropical vibe takes over Rochester. After the parade, stay for some scrumptious food and “feel the ocean breezes” as you dance to reggae, salsa, and calypso music. 

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Man in a colorful Caribbean outfit

Don’t forget about all the hotspots Rochester offers to please your palate:

  • Magnolia’s Deli & Café
  • Bar Bantam
  • Original Grains
  • Branca Midtown
  • The Owl House
  • REDD
  • Salena’s Mexican Restaurant 
  • The Sawmill
  • The Red Fern (Vegan)
  • Kainos
  • Edibles Restaurant and Bar
  • Blu Wolf Bistro
  • Park Avenue Pub

 

And so many more…

Living at Innovation Square puts you right in the heart of where “it’s” all happening! To fill out an application, go to Innovation Square Student Living Application.

*Some events are not confirmed due to the pandemic. Please check before going.

Posted on June 22, 2021. Categorized as .

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