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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Leaf Pick Up Schedule


Ready for the leaves to drop? It’s that time of year again. Well, we know it’s going to happen sooner or later, and the City of Rochester has us covered when it comes to its 2018 Fall Leaf Pick Up Schedule.

Looking to see when your neighborhood, or even better yet, your street is on for Pick Up? Check out the City’s website here and you’ll be able to put in your address for an even closer look.


As always, if you have questions about the 2018 Loose Leaf Collection process, feel free to give 311 a call or you can reference the Loose Leaf Collection FAQs page.

Lastly, if you don’t have any of your own leaves to rake up this year and DO want to get involved, the Washington Square Park Community Association, C4, and various other downtown neighborhood organizations will be doing a Mini Clean Sweep on Saturday, November 10th. Please join us as we help clean up Manhattan Square Park, now known as MLK Jr. Memorial Park in downtown. More details coming soon on the Rochesteriat.

For more information or to RSVP, please email: President@ROCWashingtonSquare.org

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Clean Sweep 2017 - Thank YOU!

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Thank you to all who braved the City's Clean Sweep 2017 events this year....while it wasn't the nicest of years that we've seen with the pending rain and cooler weather, we still had an amazing turnout for the cleanup in the Washington Square Park. 

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Special thanks to the Board members of the Washington Square Park Community Association, First Universalist Church members, and the baseball team from Churchville-Chili school district (for the 2nd year in a row!).  

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Clean Sweep 2017: Get Involved

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The City of Rochester has recently announced this year's Clean Sweep.

For anyone new to Rochester, or unfamiliar with this event, it began in 2006, when the City of Rochester created an initiative to give residents a chance to be a part of the spring cleaning efforts in the city. ANYONE can join, whether as an individual, a group of friends, business, organization, etc.

Clean Sweep: Saturday, May 6th, 8am-12pm
Post-Clean Up Celebration: Red Wings Game at 1:35pm

Join us, the City, and people from all over Rochester at Frontier Field on May 6th. The day starts with a rally where all volunteers receive a free t-shirt, coffee, and light breakfast.

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After being assigned to a team (if you aren't a part of one already), you'll be sent out to a specific area, neighborhood, or park, with the necessary tools to do some serious cleaning, meet new people and have fun.

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Again this year, volunteers will also receive a ticket to the Red Wings game that afternoon and a voucher for a free hot dog and drink at the game.

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the Rochesteriat

If you want to be a part of the positive change in your city, this is a perfect way to jump in and get your hands a little dirty, literally.

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NOTE: all of the tools, rakes, shovels, brooms, gloves, etc. are provided by the city, but you're also encouraged to bring your own if you have any.

So, will you join in?

Clean Sweep Website

Arrive at Frontier Field between 8-8:30
Be sent to your cleaning destinations by 9
Clean until noon!
Red Wings Game: 1:35pm

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Stefanie is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She and Jason look forward to cleaning the Washington Square Park neighborhood every year at Clean Sweep! Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  

Be a Part of the Change in 2015


January is the start of a new year, it gives us the chance to start over. We've got goals, dreams, and plans to make these things happen in our lives. But what about our city? Maybe a priority in our life should include being a part of the positive change in the city. How can we do this? Here are just a few ideas:

Be Heard, Get Involved, Give Back. 

When you have the opportunity to take a survey, attend a forum, or share your thoughts... do it! Need an example? How about the Downtown Parking Summit this Wednesday. Downtown Parking Summit, Wednesday 1/21, 5:30-7pm.

Don't say to yourself, "someone else will do it", maybe they will, maybe they won't. Would you want to leave your future in the hands of another?

Every May, Clean Sweep gives us that physical chance to get involved. Grab a broom or rake and clean a neighborhood in the city! You can even organize a Mini Sweep anytime throughout the year, why wait for May or only clean up once?

Attend a fundraiser, like this weekend's Red Door Affair for Gilda's Club, volunteer, join a group that is involved in the community... give back! Donate to Open Door Mission or a food pantry. Go through your closet and donate clothes that you haven't worn in the last year. After all, we're only as strong as our weakest link, right?

Looking for another option? See what's going on with RocCity Coalition on Tuesday at their Vision 2025 Launch Party.

Be IN the City.

A solid core makes a solid city and we here at the Rochesteriat believe that the city of Rochester is a GREAT place to live, work, and play. Our first thought was to tell you to move into the city, but we know it may not be feasible to just up and move!

But, you can spend time here and spend your money here at local restaurants, coffee shops, and establishments. Keep your money in our community. Thriving businesses make for a thriving city.

Get Your Groceries LOCAL.

SHOP at Farmers Markets. Meet the people behind the produce. The Public Market is the only year-round market and come spring and summer you'll have even more options for fresh produce.

Tues, Thurs, Sat: Public Market
Tues: Westside Farmers Market
Wed: Washington Square Park Foodlink’s Farmers Market
Wed: Monroe Village Farmers Market
Thurs: South Wedge Farmers Market

Hart's Local Grocers is another great place to shop for local groceries as they stock a lot of local items. You can easily find them throughout the store with these LOCAL tags! It's not all produce either, there are dry goods, baked goods, coffee, chocolate, and everything in between.

Be an Entrepreneur.

Maybe you've been dreaming, planning and saving for years to open your own restaurant, coffee shop, store, or <insert your great idea here>. The city is in revival and scattered throughout you'll find empty store fronts and buildings just waiting for new life.

Love walking through cities like NYC because of the creativity, diversity, and wide variety of fun little kiosks and carts? Get creative with an empty bus shelter on Main Street! Check out the Reconnect Rochester article from last year: What Could You Do With This Shelter?

Whatever it may be that you decide to do this year, be it little or big, don't feel like you can't make a difference!

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She loves meeting the movers & shakers in the city - there are a lot of amazing people here. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.