Though Rochester is of course known for its sometimes unpredictable and harsh weather, there’s nothing quite like a Rochester summer. Everyone’s suddenly rejuvenated come June, ready to celebrate each and every sunny day before it’s gone. There’s also an influx of visitors to the Rochester area during the summer, as a number of annual festivals spring up throughout the season and bring new life to the city.
Inspired by the warm weather lately and the impending change of seasons, we’re rounding up 15 of best things to do in Rochester this summer. We hope you’re able to cross at least a few off your list and enjoy our beautiful city during what we consider to be the most wonderful time of the year!
- Eat at the Rochester Food Truck Rodeo
What can we say? As foodies, it’s only appropriate for the first item on this list things to do in Rochester this summer to include some delicious eats. If you’re looking for something to do on the last Wednesday of the month all the way up until September, make sure you head down to to the Public Market for the Rochester Food Truck Rodeo. With good food, drinks, and music, what’s not to love?
- Attend a Party in the Park
Love live music? Head downtown to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park every Thursday night from June 7 to August 2, 5-10:30 p.m. for Rochester’s annual Party in the Park series. You’ll love hearing a variety of music including blues, funk, rock, reggae, and classic rock while enjoying the summer evenings in Downtown Rochester.
- Sign Up for a Walking Food Tour
Want to experience some of Rochester’s finest food and drink? Check out the East End Experience, a walking food tour of Rochester’s East End running from May 12 through September 1. For $45, you can taste 5+ delicious foods and drinks that highlight the East End while also learning more about the city of Rochester and its future from your local guide.
- Experience Fairport Canal Days
Join over 200 artisans at the Fairport Canal Days June 1-3. One of New York State’s most popular arts festivals, this weekend won’t disappoint.
- Drink Beer, Save Elephants at Zoo Brew
Save elephants just by attending one of Seneca Park Zoo’s ZooBrews this season! A portion of each ZooBrew ticket goes to the International Elephant Foundation (IEF), so you’ll be doing good just by purchasing a ticket to this event.
- Go to a Red Wings Game
What better way to enjoy a summer night than at a baseball game? Make sure to grab a Zweigle’s for us while you’re there!
Find a game by checking the Red Wings schedule here.
7.. Attend the Park Ave Fest
Summer isn’t complete in Rochester without a visit to the Park Ave Fest. Head over August 4-5 and shop over 350 artists, craftspeople, and exhibitors from the U.S. and Canada at this unique downtown festival.