Special Events

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The Office of Special Events showcases the vitality of Rochester by hosting, promoting, or sponsoring cultural programs that enhance a strong sense of community and attract visitors.  

Annual events organized and administered by the City of Rochester span the seasons and include festivals, concerts, Party in the Park at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, the July 4th fireworks display, events at the Public Market, tours of city neighborhoods, family-friendly holiday events, boating on the city’s waterways, hikes and bicycle rides on the city’s trail system, and so much more.

The city hosts over 500 annual events with well over 1.5 million people attending them.

Special Events Permit Application

Festivals, races/walks, parades, concerts, block parties (all block parties are required to end by dusk) , film shoots, fireworks displays, rallies, demonstrations, etc require a Special Event Permit. Usually, filling out a permit application is just the first step. Once we receive your application, one of our staff members might need to contact you to help guide you through the permit process.

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Citizens are encouraged to hold special events that enhance the quality of life for residents of the entire community. The City has established special events policies and procedures to ensure the success of such events by providing a system for advance planning, standard information, and basic ground rules that allow special events to achieve their goals.

Sponsorship Opportunities for City-produced Events 

The Rochester Events Network provides companies and individuals with a unique marketing opportunity to promote their business and demonstrate their commitment to the local community through sponsorship.

Find out more about event sponsorship, or contact Kara Osipovitch, Special Events Manager at (585) 428-6733 or via email.  

The Special Events Funding Application (SEFA)

To create a more efficient and transparent process, the Bureau of Communications & Special Events is launching the Special Events Funding Application (SEFA) process. The SEFA will be utilized by qualifying events that wish to apply for special event funding. Annual deadlines allow both the City and events to better prepare for the busy summer season.



For questions regarding major festivals, events on Parcel 5 or MLK Park, contact Joe Alessi

For questions regarding all athletic events, parades, and neighborhood festivals, contact Carly Gillett

All other questions, contact Kara Osipovitch

Or call the Office of Special Events at (585) 428-6690. The Office is located at City Hall, 30 Church St, Room 203A.