Major Special Events Downtown

Coronavirus Response Update: The City of Rochester is currently not accepting applications for special events or issuing special event permits through the end of 2020. Currently, NYS has limited mass gatherings to 50 people. The events below are tentatively scheduled for 2021, however, their status remains unknown at this time due to the pandemic. If you have questions, please email Kara Osipovitch, Manager of Special Events.   


March 2021

Runnin' of the Green: Downtown

St. Patrick's Day Parade: East Avenue


April 2021

 Red Wings Opening Weekend:  Frontier Field

Heart Walk: Frontier Field

Rochester Regional Health System Flower City Challenge: Downtown

Food Truck Rodeo: Public Market


May 2021

NAMI Walk Rochester: Downtown 

Walk MS: Downtown

Lilac Festival: Highland Park

Clean Sweep: Frontier Field

Lilac Festival Parade: Highland Park

Flower City Days at the Market:  Public Market

Pink Ribbon Run: Downtown

Memorial Day Parade East Avenue

Food Truck Rodeo: Public Market

Greek Festival: East Ave.

Stroll for Strong Kids: Genesee Valley Park



June 2021

M Body Yoga in the Park, Washington Sq. Park

Greek Festival:  East Ave.

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

JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge:   Frontier Field & Inner Loop

Midtown Eats:  Parcel 5

ROCMusic Kids Concert: Gantt R-Center   

Twilight Criterium: June 12, Downtown

Little Kids and Big Rigs:  Broad St. Bridge (on the Twilight Criterium course)

19th Ward Square Fair: Aberdeen Square

Flower City Days at the Market: Public Market

Maplewood Rose Festival:  Maplewood Park

Rochester Real Beer Expo:  Gregory St.

Party in the Park: MLK Park

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

Medved 5k: Frontier Field

Food Truck Rodeo:   Public Market

Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament: corner of Court & Exchange


July 2021

Midtown Eats:  Parcel 5

M Body Yoga in the Park:  Washington Sq. Park

July 4th Celebration & Fireworks: July 4, Downtown  

Party in the Park MLK Park

 RPO Around the Town Concert Series:  Multiple Locations

Bands on the Bricks:   Rochester Public Market

Corn Hill Arts Festival:  Corn Hill neighborhood

ROC Sweat Fest: MLK Park

Movies with a Downtown View: MLK Park

Pride Parade: Park Avenue

Pride Festival: Cobbs Hill Park 

Elim Sanctuary Gospel Choir Jubilee:  Public Market

Food Truck Rodeo:   Public Market


August 2021

Park Avenue Arts Festival

Midtown Eats:  Parcel 5

Party in the Park:   MLK Park

Bands on the Bricks:   Rochester Public Market    

M Body Yoga in the Park:  Washington Sq. Park

Carifest Parade & Festival:   Brown Square Park

Flour City Brewers Fest: Public Market,

Movies with a Downtown View:   MLK Park,

Puerto Rican Festival:   Frontier Field

Puerto Rican Parade:   Downtown

Clarissa St. Reunion

ROC Women's Fest: MLK Park

Greek Festival: South Ave

Rochester Summer Soul Music Festival: Frontier Field

Food Truck Rodeo:   Public Market

HOPE Fest: MLK Park 

Black Pride Festival: MLK Park



September 2021

Labor Day Parade: East and Alexander

Clothesline Arts Festival: Memorial Art Gallery

Super City: Sept. 4-5

Fringe Festival: East End/Parcel 5

Vegfest: MLK Park

Suffrage City Parade & Festival:  Susan B. Anthony Square Park

Festival of the Arts

 Festival of Food: Rochester Public Market

Roc'n Ritmo: MLK Park

MVP Rochester Marathon: Downtown

Food Truck Rodeo:Rochester Public Market


October 2021

ROCtoberfest: Genesee Brew House

Roc the Riverway Weekend:  Multiple Locations

Fashion Week of Rochester:

Image Out Film Festival: Little Theatre and Dryden Theatre

Pumpkins in the Park & Kids Run Wild

Halloween at the Market:  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:

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