Major Special Events Downtown

Coronavirus Response Update: The City of Rochester's Office of Special Events is currently restricted by NYS' mass gathering limit of 50 people. 

As we receive updated guidance on mass gathering allowances from NYS, we will review the ability to hold events safely and practically and update our guidance to event organizers. 

The events that have dates below have been submitted as placeholders by the event's organizer,  however, the NYS guidance at the time of the event will dictate their feasibility. 

If you have questions, please email Kara Osipovitch, Manager of Special Events.   

April 2021

Rochester Regional Health System Flower City Challenge: Downtown

Food Truck Rodeo: April 28, Public Market


May 2021

Lilac Festival: May 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, Highland Park

Flower City Days at the Market:  Public Market

 Memorial Day Parade: Canceled

Food Truck Rodeo: May 26, Public Market


June 2021

M Body Yoga in the Park, Washington Sq. Park

Fast & Furriest 10k Race & 1 Mile Dog Walk: June 5,Verona Street Animal Shelter, Downtown

Artist's Row: June 13, Public Market

JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge:   Frontier Field & Inner Loop

Twilight Criterium: Canceled

Little Kids and Big Rigs:  Canceled

Flower City Days at the Market: Public Market

Rochester Real Beer Expo:  Gregory St.

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival: East End / Gibbs St / Parcel 5

Medved 5k: Frontier Field

Food Truck Rodeo: June 30,  Public Market

July 2021

M Body Yoga in the Park:  Washington Sq. Park

July 4th Celebration & Fireworks: July 4, Downtown  

Bands on the Bricks: July 9, 16, & 30,  Rochester Public Market

Little Italy Festival: July 10, Smith St.

Corn Hill Arts Festival: July 10 & 11, Corn Hill neighborhood

Movies with a Downtown View: July 16, Parcel 5

Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball TournamentJuly 17 & 18, corner of Court & Exchange

Fashion Week of Rochester: July 23 & 24 

Food Truck Rodeo: July 28, Public Market


August 2021

Bands on the Bricks: Aug. 6, Public Market

African American FestivalAug. 6-8, MLK Park

M Body Yoga in the Park:  Washington Sq. Park

Movies with a Downtown ViewAug. 13, MLK Park

Carifest Parade & Festival: Aug. 14, Brown Square Park

Flour City Brewers Fest:  Aug. 20, Public Market

Puerto Rican Festival: Aug. 14-16,  Frontier Field

Clarissa St. Reunion: Aug. 21, Clarissa St.

Food Truck Rodeo: Aug. 25,  Public Market

Day of Hope: Aug. 28, MLK Park 


September 2021

Super City: Sept. 4-5, Downtown

Fringe Festival: Sept. 14-25, East End/Parcel 5

Roc'n Ritmo: Sept. 18, MLK Park

 Foodlink Festival: Sept. 20, Rochester Public Market

MVP Rochester Marathon: Sept. 26, Frontier Field

Food Truck Rodeo: Sept. 29, Rochester Public Market


October 2021

Image Out Film FestivalOct. 7-17, Little Theatre and Dryden Theatre

Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk: Oct. 17, Downtown

Pumpkins in the Park & Kids Run Wild: Oct. 30, Cobbs Hill Park

Halloween at the Market: Oct. 31, Public Market


November 2021  

High Falls Film Festival: East End

East Ave. Grocery Run:  East Ave

Feast of Burden run:  Downtown

Wedge Waddle: South Wedge

Holidays at the Market:  Public Market



December 2021

Holidays at the Market: Public Market

Park Ave. Holiday Open House:

Keg Tree Lighting: Genesee Brewery

Lighting of the Liberty Pole & Parade to Roc Holiday Village:

Reindeer Run: Blue Cross Arena, Downtown

Step Jam: Blue Cross Arena

Roc Holiday Village: Dec. 3-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23, 26-30, MLK Park

Family New Year's Eve Celebration: Rochester Riverside Convention Center