The Last 2019 Movies With a Downtown View

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The time comes every summer, when we’re facing our last Movies With a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties of the year. Join us, this Friday, August 16th in MLK Jr. Memorial Park for this year’s finale - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial!

Friday, August 16th, E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial

At 7pm, this FREE event kicks off with music, food vendors and FREE raffles from the Washington Square Park Community Association (just look for the tent & table to sign up).

Come hungry and purchase food and drinks from Ludwig’s Center Stage Cafe, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, and Eat Me Ice Cream! Or bring your own picnic. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair and be ready for a fun night in downtown. Buckingham Properties will be with us with free water bottles and some awesome ROC and E.T. pins, so don’t miss their table either.

Check out some photos from last month’s Napoleon Dynamite movie night in Parcel 5 (all photos are from Tomas Flint Photography).

As with all of our events, we will have an ASL Interpreter for all announcements and the movie will be captioned. Street parking is free after 6pm and we’ll have bike racks available. See you Friday!

MWADV Official Site
Facebook Event Page

Location: 353 Court Street


Have You Been to all the Farmers Markets in the City?

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Whether you realize it or not, in this city you are never far from a LOCAL farmers market. Fresh produce, flowers and other goods are always close at hand.

Now, we're all quite familiar with our region's most popular market - the Public Market - but there are a few others we want to make sure you are aware of.

City of Rochester Public Market (website):

Tuesday & Thursday: 6am-1pm (open year-round)
Saturday: 5am-3pm
Sundays & Special Events
280 Union St N.

Westside Farmers Market (website):

Tuesday: 4-7pm (open 6/11-10/8)
831 Genesee Street

U of R Farmers Market (website):

Wednesday: 2:30-5:30pm (open 3/6-10/16)
Check Schedule for U of R Location

Monroe Village Farmers Market (website):

Wednesday: 4-7pm (open 6/12-10/16)
730 Monroe Ave

South Wedge Farmers Market (website):

Thursday: 4-7pm (open 6/27-9/26)
151 Mt Hope Ave

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BONUS: Foodlink Curbside Market (website):

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Photo Courtesy: Foodlink

Did you know Foodlink has a mobile Curbside Market truck that pops up throughout the City on different days of the week? Check it out for some great produce pricing! See Schedule.

So if you're hungry or in need of groceries, figure out what day of the week it is and try out one of these!

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Skip Your Rex Kwon Do Lessons and Come to #MWADV - 13 Reasons Why…

So you’ve found yourself in Rochester in between hunting wolverines in Alaska and training to be a cage fighter asking yourself, “…what is there to do on a Friday summer evening in July?”

Maybe you’re thinking “….hmm, I think I’ll just stay inside tonight…” - to which we respond, “Gosh, idiot*…(sigh…………………………………………………………………………………..) Absolutely Not!!!….You can stay in on any of the other remaining 364 days of the year, but not this Friday!”

*We mean ABSOLUTELY no disrespect calling anyone an IDIOT, and we certainly weren’t talking to YOU, it’s simply just a Napoleon reference. ; )

And to back up our response above, here’s 13 reasons why you need to come to Movies With a Downtown View:

1. FREE Movie - Outdoors - on a BIG Screen!!!

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Yes, it’s FREE to enjoy MWADV! There’s no need to purchase a ticket, these events are sponsored by some of Rochester’s most AMAZING organizations to make the downtown movie experience in Rochester a FREE event for ALL! Organizations including Buckingham Properties, the City of Rochester, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, ESL Federal Credit Union, Blue Apple Productions, JetBlue Airways, and many, many more!

The movie is outdoors so EVERYONE has a great seat and experience. Surrounded by the beautifully-lit-up buildings of downtown Rochester, MWADV is unlike any other movie experience in the area.

2. FREE Napoleon Dynamite - GOSH!!!

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It just so happens to be the 15th Anniversary of this cult-classic gem. Watch the trailer here and come see it on the BIG Screen.

3. FREE Popcorn


The first 400 movie-goers will be treated to a FREE small bag of doc popcorn. For those wanting a larger helping, there will be larger-servings of appropriately-priced bags. Popcorn will start at 7pm!

4. FREE Water & MWADV Buttons


You ever have those friends, colleagues, family members, and organizations that just "get it"... That's how we feel about Buckingham Properties.

They've been our Title Sponsor of the #MWADV for 6 years now, and we really feel that they just "get it” here in ROC...meaning they know how to have fun, they love the Rochester community as much as we do, and their creative personality shows not only in their properties, but really everything they do....

Case in point: check out their table dressing for tomorrow's #MWADV showing of Napoleon Dynamite...make sure to stop by their table for a FREE water and #MWADV buttons!



Bike parking, car parking, and plenty of areas to park your caboose (you’ll want to bring a chair or creative seating as Parcel 5 is mostly gravel). Yes, it’s all FREE. If you don’t know already, there’s FREE parking all around Parcel 5 and the adjacent areas at the parking meters…. the meters are FREE after 6pm in the city, and unlike dogs, they can go hungry over the weekend.

For those of you who want to park in a secure garage, Buckingham Properties has provided that, too. Midtown Garage will be open and FREE to all Midtown Eats patrons and movie-goers on Friday. Find entrances on Clinton and E. Broad Street.

6. FREE Giveaways

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What’s better than a FREE movie? How about a chance to win some amazing giveaways while you’re at the event? Make sure to sign up for the FREE raffles at the Washington Square Park Community Association table, we’ll be picking the winners throughout the night and before the movie starts.

7. …including ESL’s Kindness Crew!

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Speaking of giveaways, ESL’s Kindness Crew will be on-hand again this year to hand out FREE crowd-pleasers for movie-goers…Thank You ESL Federal Credit Union for being a major sponsor of the #MWADV over the years!

8. The ROC Parkour Table!!!

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Nicole and Charles, of Rochester Parkour, have been long-time supporters and friends of MWADV - they setup a table each year to spread the word on what they do to keep the Rochester community active and healthy. This year, they’ve got a special offer for all movie-goers: their Summer Camp season is kicking off next week for ages 6-15 and they have offered all MWADV goers 15% off now through Monday. Make sure to stop by their table to find out more information!

9. “Eat the food, Tina!”


We’re partnering with Midtown EATS this year for July’s movie so there will be plenty of food vendors if you are looking to purchase food or beverages at the experience. Their dinner hours usually end at 8:30, but they will be extending that to 9:30! Of course, you could just make yourself a darn KESA-DILLA and bring it along as a picnic.

10. It’s in Parcel 5

Parcel 5 is a downtown Rochester experience. It may not be the old Midtown experience of the mid-20th century, but many of us share a common goal for the near future: to make Parcel 5 a new downtown experience for the current generations and those to come.

It’s quickly becoming the community accepted realization of Rochester’s downtown center. This means that not only will you have plenty of space to move around, but also take in the sights and sounds of the experience all-night long. “Oh, look, the Liberty Pole over there all lit up…wow, look at those lights on Tower280 and The Metropolitan…ooooh, look at the old clock-tower at Sibley’s…”

Want to extend the evening even longer after the movie? Remember, there are great restaurants and bars around the Parcel 5 area that you’ll want to check out, including:

Bar Bantam: late night bar open until 12am
Java’s Cafe… looking for a coffee or late night tea? Java’s is open until 1am
Native Eatery and Bar: Happy hour (again!) from 10p-12am; Friday bar hours open until 1am with a late night menu until midnight
The Vesper: late night dining open until 12am; bar open ‘til…

11. Stay Caffeinated with Joe Bean!


Joe Bean Coffee Roasters will be breaking out their tent and mobile setup and joining us with Nitro Cold Brew coffee for sale as well as a small variety of other drinks! Perfect for a warm summer night.

12. ASL Interpreter and Captions

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Sorry to disappoint, but there will be no Happy Hands Club at this event, but we are providing an ASL Interpreter! Our friend Isaiah of Isaiah Interpreting will be helping out with all announcements throughout the evening and the movie will be captioned in English subtitles.

13. Type High Letterpress Posters

Think we work this hard just to give everything away for FREE? Well, we pretty much do because, once again, our amazing sponsors that support the Rochester community want EVERYONE to have a great time and enjoy our city.

But since you’ve made it this far down the post, we’re thinking you’re pretty committed. With that said, we are taking $10 cash donations if you’d like to take home one of our unique MWADV posters made by Tony Zanni of Type High Letterpress (or $20 shipped). We have a VERY LIMITED number of these to sell. 100% of each sale will go to off-set the cost of producing the MWADV, and you better believe that every single dollar goes back into keeping these events FREE for the community for years to come.

Thank you in advance for supporting the event, and we certainly hope you enjoy the show!

Check out the Official MWADV site if you just haven’t gotten enough or the Facebook Event Page.

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Movies With a Downtown View 2019!

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The time has come for our annual announcement: Movies With a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties is back for 2019! We are in the final planning stages for another great year.

Last year we celebrated our 5th year by branching out to more locations which included Washington Square Park, Parcel 5, and the Hyatt’s rooftop Center City Terrace + Lounge.


We have great things planned for our two movie events this year and hope you’ll join us. Here are the details:

Friday, July 12th in Parcel 5: Napoleon Dynamite

Photo courtesy Alex G Weiser

Photo courtesy Alex G Weiser

Last year was our first time holding a movie in Parcel 5 and it was our biggest event yet! We had so much fun, we’re doing it again.To make it even better this year we’ll be sharing the space with Midtown EATS!

Midtown EATS announced changes for this year with lunch on Thursdays and then lunch & dinner on Fridays. Midtown EATS will run from 4:30-9:30pm on the 12th (with a happy hour from 4:30-6:30pm) and we’ll be kicking off MWADV at 7pm with music, free raffles, more vendors and of course a great movie.

MWADV Start: 7pm
Approx. Movie Start: 8:45pm
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Friday, August 16th in MLK Jr. Memorial Park:
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Photo Courtesy Stephen S Reardon Photography

Photo Courtesy Stephen S Reardon Photography

Our 2nd movie night in August will be in MLK Jr. Memorial Park, our “MWADV Home”. We’ll have vendors, music, free raffle giveaways and more. And Neno’s will be joining us! Of course we have more planned, but that is all we will announce for now.

MWADV Start: 7pm
Approx. Movie Start: 8:15pm

As always, these movies are FREE to attend, we’ll have FREE raffles, there will be an ASL interpreter each night and the movies will be captioned - see you this summer!

These events are put on by the Washington Square Park Community Association and wouldn’t be possible without our many sponsors, to find out more visit the official MWADV Website.

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4 Events to get to in Downtown on Saturday


This weekend is PACKED with events! The Rochester Lilac Fest and the Rochester International Film Festival begin, Black Button Distilling releases their Lilac Gin, TEDx Rochester 2019 at the RMSC, Sunday is Mother’s Day…and, of course, so much more.

But as always, we wanted to highlight 4 big things happening in downtown: Clean Sweep 2019, the Dachshund Parade, Play the Riverway and the Twilight Criterium. Here’s what they are all about:

Clean Sweep: 8am-12pm

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Join the City of Rochester and hundreds of other volunteers on Saturday cleaning up the city. Sign-ups begin at 8am at Frontier Field where they’ll have free Clean Sweep tees, muffins, danishes and coffee. Join a project in a specific neighborhood or get assigned to a group that could use more help.

Volunteers participating in Clean Sweep will receive a free ticket to the Red Wings game that afternoon which starts at 1:05pm. You’ll also receive a voucher for food and drink at the game. Free parking will be available to those wearing Clean Sweep t-shirts.

Note: while there are many Clean Sweep groups that clean around downtown, this event is city-wide!

More Details: Clean Sweep
Kick-off Location: Frontier Field

Dachshund Parade: 10am-12pm

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Whether you have a dachshund or not, you’re not gonna want to miss the Dachshund Parade in Washington Square. Back for it’s 18th year, the event draws dachshunds (and their human owners) from across our New York state and beyond. There will be music, pet related vendors, food for purchase from Dave’s Sidewalk Cart, a fashion show, the official dachshund song sing-a-long, and of course the parade which concludes the event.

And as always, please don’t bring dogs that aren’t dachshunds - it’s to celebrate DACHSHUNDS!

More Details: Dachshund Parade
Location: Washington Square Park

Play the Riverway: 2-5pm


On Saturday, during the kick-off of the Twilight Criterium, Court Street will be turned into a play street from the Central Library at South Ave running down to the corner of Court and St. Mary’s Place. Put on by healthi Kids and the Play Walk, there will be an inflatable rock wall, Roc City Skatepark, games, music, accessible activities, demos, mascots, and more.

Looking for more kids activities? Head to the Broad Street Bridge for Little Kids & Big Rigs!

More Details: Play the Riverway
Location: Court, from South to St. Mary’s

Twilight Criterium: 2-10pm

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The MVP Health Rochester Twilight Criterium is back. This high speed bicycle race is set on a 1-mile loop in downtown and draws racers from all over the world. The race starts and ends on the Broad Street Bridge but can be viewed from anywhere along the course. See our latest post for more information on what to find at the Criterium: Rochester Twilight Criterium: 5 Things You Need to Know

More Details: Twilight Criterium
Location: Downtown

Looking for more events in the city? Check out our Events Page!

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