Thank You - 9,900 Followers & Counting!

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We (Jason & Stefanie) started the Rochesteriat with an idea to share the great things happening in the City of Rochester. On July 27th, 2013, our website and social media accounts went live and we shared our passion for the city with the world and we've been thankful to receive such positive support since then.

We just wanted to share an upcoming milestone with you and say thanks....

We're heading towards a HUGE milestone of 10,000 followers on Instagram and we couldn't have done this without YOU and your support along the way.


Thank you for coming on this journey with us as we continue to fall in love with where we live and highlight the businesses, organizations and development happening within the city limits of this place we call home - Rochester, NY.

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Stefanie is co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She LOVES taking pictures so she is happy Instagram exists! Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

MetroPops Party at The Vesper

It's the end of the half-year, the nights are long, and the weather is beautiful.

Join the MetroPops team at The Vesper on Tuesday, June 27th between 6-9pm for a relaxing evening of food & drink specials. Come hang out, meet our Team, learn about MetroPops, and enjoy some deals while you're at it - after all, that's what MetroPops is all about!

Not only will MetroPops be present, but Special Guest Embark Craft Ciderworks will be present with their Tart Cherry Barrel-Aged Cider on draft.


Cocktail Special: "Phil Nelson" made with Embark Tart Cherry Cider

Taco Tuesday Special: two tacos (gluten-free!) for $5

Draft Specials: Zero Gravity Pale Ale and Saranac White Ale: $3

Pairing Special: Taco Special and a can of Embark Cider: $9

Pairing Special: Strawberry Rhubarb Cider with a French Toast Sticks small plate (made with the Strawberry Rhubarb Cider and a strawberry infused whipped cream): $7

Still hungry!? Last but not least: 15% off all main entrees from the menu!

We're looking forward to seeing you there. Be on the lookout for our new website launching shortly in July - great deals to the best LOCAL places coming soon!

Find The Vesper: website, facebook, instagram, twitter


Follow MetroPops: facebook, instagram, twitter, snapchat

Jason and Stefanie Schwingle are the Founders of the Rochesteriat, as well as the co-Founders of MetroPops alongside their friend and business partner, Ben McDonald. MetroPops will be a deal site focused on the best of the LOCAL. Stay tuned!  

Don't Park @ the Market - Take the MarketMobile!

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If you've been to the City of Rochester Public Market on a Saturday morning, you know it can get, well to say the least, very busy. While this doesn't deter people from continuing to go week after week, sometimes you just might not want to deal with having to find a parking space.

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Here's the fix to this - the City has put something into place to make this a whole lot easier. It's called the MarketMobile - and the best part about it, it's FREE!

photo provided by j. Halldow

photo provided by j. Halldow

The MarketMobile is a shuttle that runs - Saturdays & Food Truck Rodeo Wednesdays - from outside the East End Garage at the corner of East Main and Scio Street (where you can also park for free during this time!) and drops you off right at the market. The shuttle runs in roughly 20 minute loops so you won't have to wait long on either end.

Map provided by City of Rochester Public Market

Map provided by City of Rochester Public Market

Shuttle Times:

  • Saturdays (June - September): the first Shuttle leaves the East End Garage at 8am, the last one leaves the Market at 1pm.
  • Food Truck Rodeo Wednesdays: the first Shuttle leaves the East End Garage at 5:30pm, the last one leaves the Market at 9:30pm.
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The Rochesteriat

This is just one more thing that makes shopping local that much easier, so grab some friends and take a ride on Saturday.

BONUS: did you know there's also a year-round incentive/reward program for those who bike to the Market? Find out the details here: Bike to the Market.

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Stefanie is co-Founder of the Rochesteriat & a big fan of shopping local & cooking at home - so all the Farmers Markets in ROC..... rock! Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Buckingham Properties presents Movies With a Downtown View 2017: 5 Reasons You Don't Want to Miss

In just under one month, our 4th annual Movies with a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties will be taking over the park formerly known as Manhattan Square Park (MLK Jr. Memorial Park, that is). In case you missed it in the last 3 years, here are 5 reasons why you'll want to go to Movies with a Downtown View on July 14th and August 18th:

1. The Experience

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How often do you spend a few hours in a park, on a blanket with friends or family, hanging out and enjoying downtown? Oh you don't do this often? Why not do this while enjoying a movie under the stars with the cityscape as your backdrop?

2. Be a Foodie

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Pack a fancy picnic or have cash ready to purchase food there. We'll have 2 food trucks at each event and beer for purchase from Roc Brewing. More details to come on which food trucks will be joining us.

3. It's FREE

These movie nights are free! That means there's no charge to get in... what else do we need to say?!

4. There might be giveaways

Okay, okay, we shouldn't say "might be", because there will be giveaways. In the past 3 years, we've given away several Round-Trips on the Official Airline of the MWADV, Jetblue Airways, and tons of local goods. Better yet, there's no cost for entering to win! 

5. The Movies

We're going with recent films this year, one with a NASA flair and one with an international base. Both are exciting and fun films, so check out the trailers below:

July 14th - Hidden Figures

August 18th - Hunt for the Wilderpeople

This year we are again partnering with our favorite downtown movie theatre The Little Theatre to produce these events. Last year's inaugural event was a huge success and we cannot wait to fill this park again with people. Will you join us?

For those of you who missed the event last year, take a peek inside here.

Movies with a Downtown View:

Friday, July 14th: Lawn opens: 7pm Movie at dusk, approx. 8:45pm
Friday, August 18th: Lawn open: 6:30pm Movie at dusk, approx. 8:15pm

Facebook Page: Coming Soon!

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She had a blast running around MLK Jr. Park last year for #MWADV and cannot wait for these events! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow along on Twitter.

5 Places for FREE Outdoor Concerts This Summer

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the Rochesteriat

Summer is a wonderful time in Rochester: sunshine, (hopefully) great weather, and lots of outdoor activities. So, without further ado, here are 5 Places for FREE Outdoor Concerts you won't want to miss this summer:

1. Bands on the Bricks

For five Friday nights this summer, the City of Rochester Public Market will be overtaken by bands as well as food and drink vendors for Bands on the Bricks. This year's dates are: July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, and August 11. Seating is extremely limited so BYOC (bring your own chair)!

2. Hochstein at High Falls

Every Thursday, June 8th through August 17th, take your lunch break in High Falls. Concerts begin at 12:10pm at the Granite Mills Park near the Pont de Rennes Bridge at 104 Platt Street (map). See the website for a list of performances. Grab lunch or coffee at Fina's Cafe while you're there!

3. Jazz in the Reading Garden

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If you've followed along with us for a while, you may have seen us mention the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden at the Central Library. We LOVE it, it's like the Secret Garden of our city, only accessible through the library!

Enjoy your lunch breaks here on Tuesdays for their June Jazz Duets (June 6th, 13th & 20th) as well as during the Jazz Fest (June 26th - June 30th). To see the full list of concerts happening in the Reading Garden use the events search feature and select the Library: Central Library, and Category: Musical Performance.

4. RPO: Around The Town & More

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is a gem and throughout the summer they play a handful of FREE outdoor concerts in the city called Around The Town as well as a special 4th of July show and Concert by the Shore. Check out the list for dates & times:

5. Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest

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Speaking of the Jazz Fest (June 23rd-July1st)... the amount of FREE concerts throughout the week is unbelievable. While the website may have a ton of information about the concerts listed by artist, date, venue and so on.... don't get too overwhelmed, the XRIJF has a schedule of all the free events broken down by day and time, check out the schedule.

Now you just need the official MAP (PDF) and you'll be on your way in no time.

BONUS: $5 - Party in the Park

While Party in the Park concerts are not free, for 5 bucks you'll get in to see some great bands.  Bring a blanket, relax on the lawn and enjoy some great food trucks and local beer offerings. Concerts run every Thursday night June 15th through August 10th in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park.

Know of an awesome free outdoor concert happening in the city that we missed? Let us know!

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Stefanie is co-Founder of the Rochesteriat and is very happy to live in a music-filled city. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.