5 Places for FREE Outdoor Concerts This Summer

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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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An Evening with Honest Folk on 4/25

Honest Folk |  Facebook

Honest Folk | Facebook

Honest Folk is bringing together incredible music at an intimate venue with great local food on Monday 4/25. This event benefits The Center for Youth, so what could be better?

How about a DEAL! The Rochesteriat is excited to offer tickets for $20, 20% off the original price, but we only have a limited number available so don't wait on this decision!

A deal price for a great benefit and event.

In their own words "We’re Honest Folk—a small team of Rochesterians who believe that this city deserves a different kind of concert, where national acts and local openers perform in intimate settings. Where the space, the sound, the food and the drink are as thoughtfully curated as the set list. And where every person who buys a ticket creates opportunities for regional nonprofits at the same time."

The Performers



Brendan O'Shea, "Originally from Killarney in the southwest of Ireland, singer-songwriter Brendan O’Shea moved to the United States in the late 90s, where he’s become a veteran of New York City’s songwriter scene."

Honest Folk

Honest Folk

Jenna Nicholls, is "a native of a small town just outside the blue-collar steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but calls New York City her home... has toured all over the world and sung with a variety of well-known and talented artists such as Oscar winner Glen Hansard, The Hothouse Flowers, Nouvelle Vague, and Mark Geary and Storyman (The Guggenheim Grotto)."

Honest Folk

Honest Folk

"Local indie folkers Jackson Cavalier & The Fevertones hold the title of house band at East End stronghold The Daily Refresher, and have been voted as Rochester's Best Busker(s) for two years running."

The Details:

Date: Monday, 4/25/16
Time: Doors @ 5pm, Music @ 6pm
Venue: Good Luck Restaurant
Food Trucks: Marty's Meats, Le Petit Poutine, Eat Me Ice Cream
Proceeds Benefit: The Center for Youth
Event Website: Honest Folk

Just use the link below to get the Rochesteriat ticket deal!

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Take a Break - Enjoy Incredible Music


Taking breaks throughout the workday is important for productivity. Taking a lunch break is necessary to refuel. So why not take a break and be filled with the inspiration of music and talented musicians here in our city...? Do you work downtown or within the area? You'll want to take advantage of this:

Eastman at Washington Square

Eastman at Washington Square - Lunchtime Concert Series

Did you know that every Thursday during the school year there are FREE concerts put on by the Eastman School of Music right in the heart of downtown? These concerts are held at the First Universalist Church on the corner of South Clinton and Court Street.

First Universalist Church

Admission is free and the concerts run from 12:15-12:45, giving you plenty of time to grab your lunch (brown bag lunches are welcome!), enjoy incredible music, and make it back to work.

Eastman Pamphlet

Last Thursday we were able to hear the musical stylings of Bedlam. This duo was made up of Kayleen Sanchez (soprano) and Laudon Schuette on Lute. While listening, it was hard to believe that it was free!

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Don't miss out on your last 4 chances for this year before Eastman is on break. See details below.

REVISED 1/5/15: Winter 2015 Schedule (PDF)

Details: Eastman at Washington Square Concert List (PDF) Website

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She loves taking pictures, drinking vanilla lattes, and living downtown with her husband, Jason. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.

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