Festivals for the Rest of Us: Rochester Festival Season Kicks Off!

By: Lilly

With the start of the Rochester Lilac Festival, there will be festivals of every kind taking place in our beautiful city almost each weekend from now through the fall.  As Rochester is known as “Festival City,” it’s not hard to see why.
Since there are so many to choose from, it’s best to have a strategic approach to where and how you will spend your sunny days of summer.  A list of festivals can be found within this guide (Rochester Visitors Guide), but I will offer a few of my own personal favorites for your own review.

Greek Festival: This festival is for someone who fully appreciates Greek food and culture, of which we have a lot here in Rochester. Personally, I’m a fan of the gyro, the tzatziki, and the falafel.

 Park Avenue Festival: I’m slightly biased about this festival as this is the area in Rochester where I live, one of the culturally diverse and interesting.  This festival has music acts, crafts and foods for participants to enjoy from all over.

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival: As a strong music lover, I’m also a big fan of this festival each year when it comes to Rochester.  There are a number of national and international acts that come to the main stage at the Eastman Theatre, and a number of smaller groups who can be just as entertaining.  This year I’m planning to get my tickets to see Chris Botti, Natalie Cole and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

Corn Hill Arts Festival: This festival has been going on for decades, with my earliest memories of it as a child getting some fried dough and picking out some handmade window glass.  The crafts and pieces of art among the various food stands are a treat for both your eyes and your stomach.

Oktoberfest: German beer.  Need I say more?

Hilton Apple Fest: As New York State is known as the Empire State, what better way to round out festival season than with plain, fresh picked apples, apply fritters, apply pie, etc.?  Is there anything more American?

I truly think there’s something for everyone happening throughout the city during festival season.  Whether you’re interested in crafts, art, food, drink, have a family or are single, there’s plenty to keep you busy and entertained.

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