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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the Rochesteriat

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 Rochesteriat

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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