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Put away the sleds, Rochester…it’s time for Summer!

By: Dana

Summer may have just begun, but here at the Simon School we are already beginning to see familiar faces on campus as our incoming summer and fall students start to arrive in Rochester!  For those of you who are currently in the city, or those planning a trip to the area over the course of the summer months, there is no shortage of things to do while you are in town.  Here are a few ideas of places to go, and things to do- Enjoy!

Let’s not forget the 4th of July celebrations!
The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is a celebration of the United States Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.

Local Fireworks Shows
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Rochester Area Festivals:

2011 Corn Hill Arts Festival
The 2011 Corn Hill Arts Festival marks the 43rd anniversary for this celebrated arts festival in Rochester’s historic Corn Hill neighborhood. This year’s festival is July 9th – 10th and features over four hundred artists, the Emerging Artists Expo, four stages of continuous live music, sponsored events, the Labatt Blue Beer Garden and “Sipping the Lakes” Wine Garden.
The Corn Hill Arts Festival is all volunteer run and is officially recognized as one of the top 200 festivals by Sunshine Artist Magazine (http://www.cornhillartsfestival.com/).
Dates: Saturday July 9th & Sunday July 10th
Schedule of Events: http://www.cornhillartsfestival.com/schedule/
Location and Directions: http://www.cornhillartsfestival.com/information/directions-map/

Canandaigua Art & Music Festival 2011
The historic downtown Canandaigua will once again be the site of the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival this year!  Attendees will enjoy over 100 food vendors, the best local music on two stages, artist exhibits specializing in painting, drawing, photography and more and the Kids Korridor and Family Stage, which includes wildlife exhibits, clown shows and obstacle courses.  The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival features affordable family fun for all ages.  Festival hours are 12:00pm – 8:00pm on Friday and 10:00am – 6:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, please visit www.Canandaiguaartfestival.com (myrochester.com)
Dates: July 15, 2011 to July 17, 2011
Venue: Downtown Canandaigua
Address: Canandaigua, NY, United States, 14424

Park Ave Summer Art Fest
One of Rochester’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods celebrates its 35th Annual Festival of arts, crafts and music. This festival annually attracts over 250,000 people! This year’s festival will feature 300 artists, vendors, and exhibitors from 21 states and Canada! (http://www.park-avenue.org/events.html).
Dates: Saturday, August 6th, 2011: 10am – 6pm & Sunday, August 7th, 2011: 10am – 5pm
Location:  Downtown Rochester, Park Avenue
Sporting Events

Rochester Red Wings – Minor League Baseball
The Rochester Red Wings are a minor league baseball team based in Rochester, New York. The oldest and longest running minor league franchise in the history of professional sports, the team plays in the International League and is the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins major-league club. The Red Wings play in Frontier Field, located in downtown Rochester (Wikipedia.org).
Address: Frontier Field – One Morrie Silver Way, Rochester NY 14608
Dates/Game Schedule: http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t534

The Rochester Rhinos – Soccer
The Rochester Rhinos are an American professional soccer team based in Rochester, New York, United States. Founded in 1996, the team plays in the National Division of the new USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, having self-relegated from the USSF D2 Pro League at the end of the 2010 season. The team plays its home games at Sahlen’s Stadium, formerly known as PAETEC Park, where they have played since 2006 (Wikipedia.org).
Address:  Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak Street Rochester, NY 14608
Dates/Game Schedule: http://www.rhinossoccer.com/schedule/

Theater Arts and Entertainment Shows/Schedules
Auditorium Theater: http://www.rbtl.org/upcoming-events.aspx
Geva Theater: http://www.gevatheatre.org/
Downstairs Cabaret Theater: http://www.downstairscabaret.com/

Concert Venues/Schedules
Water Street Music Hall: http://www.waterstreetmusic.com/calendar.htm
Blue Cross Arena: http://www.bluecrossarena.com/
CMAC Performing Arts Center (Canandaigua, NY): http://www.cmacevents.com/

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.

What’s IN Rochester, anyway? Festival Edition.

Parkavefest

By: Ariane

I hope you all enjoyed my last blog post about all the great companies in Rochester.  Now that we’re in the midst of the holidays, I thought I’d switch topics to something a little more fun – festivals!  Rochester is definitely a city known for its festivals.

The largest and most well known is the Lilac Festival.  Highland Park hosts over 500,000 visitors each summer to eat, drink, listen to free concerts, and see and smell the gorgeous flora.  The Park Avenue Festival hosts a slightly younger and more boisterous crowd, with food, vendors, and bands in the midst of Rochester’s main neighborhood for college students and young professionals.

If food is your primary interest, the Big Rib & BBQ Festival is great place to check out.  If beverages and bands are more your gig, the East End Music Festivals are held monthly each summer, hosting a multitude of bands both indoors and out.

Rochester’s vibrant arts scene is another focus of festivals.  The Cornhill Arts Festival showcases both crafts and fine arts vendors, while the Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Festival is a venue to check out high-end artisans. 360 | 365(formerly the High Falls International Film Festival) is a week of independent films, which has hosted esteemed guests including including Lynn Redgrave, Rita Moreno, Bill Pullman, Robert Forster, Christine Lahti, Angela Bassett, Jane Alexander, Candice Bergen, Joan Allen, Famke Janssen, Sally Kellerman, voice-over actress Nancy (Bart Simpson) Cartwright, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, and Shrek director Vicky Jenson.  The International Jazz Fest is another great way to get your music fix, with a week of concerts featuring hundreds of performers.  Previous performances include James Brown, Al Green, and Smokey Robinson – to name just a few.

While most of the festivals are warm-weather events, they don’t only exist in the summer.  The holiday season brings us back to Park Avenue for the Park Avenue Holiday Open House where you can indulge in performances of holiday music, horse-drawn wagon rides, and hot roasted chestnuts.

I’ve only just brushed the surface of the festival culture in Rochester – we’d love you to come experience it in person!