12 Events This Spring You Definitely Don't Want to Miss

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Warmer weather, shed some layers, this city coming alive. Sounds like our favorite anthem here in the northeast. 

This is what spring is all about here in ROC. Here are 12 Events This Spring You Definitely Don't Want to Miss. 

Saturday, 4/23 - Earth Day #ROCSTAMEET

Explore Rochester |  Facebook

Explore Rochester | Facebook

Celebrate Earth Day with some good eats at TRATA and then an adventure through Cobbs Hill with Explore Rochester for this ROC Instagram Meeting, a.k.a. #ROCSTAMEET. Get the details and schedule here.

Sunday, 4/24 - Olmsted's Birthday

Landmark Society of Western NY |  Facebook

Landmark Society of Western NY | Facebook

The Landmark Society is hosting a birthday party for revered landscape architect and designer of Rochester’s parks system, Frederick Law Olmsted with live music, food, tours and more in Genesee Valley Park from 2-4pm. Don't miss Bridging The Canal: An Olmsted Birthday Bash.

Saturday, 4/30 - Clean Sweep

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Be a part of the positive change and help clean up ROC! Start at Frontier Field with some breakfast and coffee, grab your tee-shirt and join a team to clean a section of the city. All volunteers will also receive a voucher to head back to Frontier and enjoy the Red Wings game for free (with free lunch)! Details.

Thursday, 5/5 - Cinco de Rhino

Seneca Park Zoo |  Facebook

Seneca Park Zoo | Facebook

"Leave behind the margaritas of Cinco de Mayo in favor of a beer and wine tasting at Cinco de Rhino." Seneca Park Zoo is holding a benefit to raise funds for rhino conservation. Enjoy beer and wine samplings, wild fusion food, music by Significant Other, learn about the Zoo's rhino conservation efforts, and more! Details.

BONUS Cinco de Mayo Events:

city newspaper |  facebook

city newspaper | facebook

City Newspaper's Best Busker is taking over the Wedge on Cinco de Mayo with great music and deals from surrounding businesses! Don't forget to vote for your favorite Busker. Details.

the penthouse |  Event Page

the penthouse | Event Page

The Penthouse Presents: Cinco de Mayo "Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Style, and support a great cause!" Music, food, salsa dance lessons, and more benefiting the Center for Youth! Details


Fri. 5/6 - Sun. 5/15 - Lilac Fest

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Kick off the festival season with the Lilac Fest at Highland Park! 10 days and nights of flowers, vendors, food, music and more. Details.

Saturday, 5/7 - 15th Annual Dachshund Parade

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Whether you have a Dachshund or not, go for the fun and festivities: dachshunds in costumes, dachshunds on parade, the food and all around good time as hundreds of dachshunds and their owners take over Washington Square Park. Details.

Mon. 5/9 - Sun. 5/15 - Rochester Cocktail Revival

Rochester Cocktail Revival |  Facebook

Rochester Cocktail Revival | Facebook

7 days, 9 hosting bars, events, dinners and seminars! Keep an eye on the RCR Facebook page and Website for details on all the events as the city comes together to celebrate cocktails.

Sunday, 5/22 - A Garden Party

Greentopia |  Facebook

Greentopia | Facebook

Celebrate Spring and the FlourGarden at High Falls with an afternoon Garden Party along Browns Race, Granite Mills Park and the Pont de Rennes Bridge. Come in your finest garden party attire, enjoy delicious food, beverages, and more while supporting Greentopia's efforts at the Falls. Details.

Fri. 6/3 - Sun. 7/17 - RoCo 6x6

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In it's 9th year, Rochester Contemporary Art Center's beloved 6x6 Exhibition returns bringing art in from around the world - and Rochester! Enjoy thousands of 6" by 6" pieces that have been created and donated to this exhibit. Details.

Saturday, 6/4 - Spokes & Ink

Genesee Center for the arts & Education |  Facebook

Genesee Center for the arts & Education | Facebook

Celebrate life on two wheels at this bicycle and art fest! Featuring local food, music, art and more at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education. Details.

Sunday, 6/12 - Explore NOTA

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The Memorial Art Gallery and Rochester Brainery are teaming up to celebrate NOTA this summer. Their first event Explore NOTA: Architecture Then & Now takes you on a walking tour to learn the history of some of the neighborhood's buildings.

Saturday, 6/18 - Maplewood Rose Festival

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The historic Maplewood Rose Garden boasts over 5,000 roses and every year the Maplewood Neighborhood comes together to celebrate these roses. Enjoy tours, music, food, vendors and more, just keep and eye on their Facebook Page and Event Page for more information!

Get out and enjoy the city this Spring! And as always, keep checking our events page for even more things to do.

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Stefanie is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat and cannot wait to soak up every ounce of sun she can this Spring enjoying events around the city. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  

Rochester Cocktail Revival Returns - 2015


If you haven't noticed yet, all of the social media accounts for Rochester Cocktail Revival have recently come alive with the buzz of this year's event in May. It's hard to sum up something that spans 4 days with over 40 events and seminars, across 17 locations - but that's what Rochester Cocktail Revival is.

Our city is a place of many great things: artisanal foods, beer, cuisines to whet any appetite, incredible music, museums, culture and more... and craft cocktails. Despite what some people may think, cocktails are more than pink cosmos and apple martini's. Head to some of the bars hosting these events and you'll soon have your mind changed. There's truly and art and science behind a great drink.

Rochester Cocktail Revival looks to educate and celebrate. Check out this promo created by Rochester's very own Fish & Crown Creative:

Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She may only have a drink every other month or so, but much prefers a good cocktail to any wine or beer, especially beer... ugh. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram and Twitter.

ROC Transit Day 2014: get to know your city



We live in an independent, fast-paced age. We hop in our car to go wherever we need to, whenever we need to. And we have our smartphone always at hand, so we're never "disconnected from the world".

Well, what about disconnecting from this lifestyle for one day and getting reacquainted with the city - actually seeing it and experiencing it firsthand? What are we talking about? Take the bus!

RTS Bus Logo We understand that if you live in Penfield and work in the city, it may take you a lot longer to take the bus with having to transfer and wait. But if you live near the city or in the city and are walking distance to a bus stop - try it, at least once - it's quick, easy, and convenient!

If you're tired of fighting traffic...

Storm Traffic ...and looking for a parking spot...

tight parking ...this is definitely for you. Be picked up and dropped off right in front of your favorite coffee spot without having to worry about crazy drivers or where to park.

Get dropped off Last year, on ROC Transit Day, we took the bus for the first time ever and it was freeing! Have you heard of this day? Put on by Reconnect Rochester, this event happens one day a year in June. Reconnect Rochester gives out free bus passes for people to give transit travel a try. Ride the bus all day, as many times as you want, explore the city, and be freed from your confines of your car. This is a great experience.

ROC Transit Day Card This year, ROC Transit Day will be June 19th. We recommend you take the leap, we mean... take the bus! Maybe you can't take the entire day off, but catch the bus to lunch, dinner, or even to work and back. Just give it a chance.

What else is fun about this day? Many businesses near bus stops throughout the city (and even outside the city) offer discounts or giveaways to people who show their ROC Transit Day bus pass! It's a great way to try out the bus and some of those businesses and restaurants you've been meaning to get to. And if you already have a bus pass, show it to the participating businesses to enjoy the perks of the day as well.

ROC Transit Day Flyer Nikko Deal ROC Transit Day at the Owl House Reconnect Rochester volunteers will be riding the buses throughout the day as well and giving away prizes to random riders.  You will even find buskers on Main & Broad Streets.

Buskers Taking the bus gives you the chance to live more local, what you save in gas, you can spend in the community. And, did you know that most of the money you spend on gas actually leaves the local economy? Reinvest your time and money, live local, support the city and local businesses - take the bus.

ROC Transit Day Cards Haven't convinced you yet? Check out this promo with highlights from last year:

Click here to see how to get a free ROC Transit Day fare card from us!

ROC Transit Day: Reconnect Rochester Website Facebook Event Page

Looking to be a Volunteer? Click here Want to be a Sponsor? Click here

Rochester Civic Garden Center: a castle in the city


Tucked behind a hill on Mt. Hope across from the cemetery one may not expect to see a castle here in the city of Rochester, but you will definitely find one!

Warner Castle, Rochester Civic Garden Center

Built in 1854, Horatio Gates Warner designed his home to resemble the ancestral castle of the Clan Douglas he saw on a trip to Scotland. Built from native limestone from a local quarry, the castle originally had 22 rooms and 62 doors inside. The west tower vestibule floor is made from Vermont marbled quarried in the Lake Champlain area and if you look closely you can even find fossils in the tiles.

Fossils in the Marble at Rochester Civic Garden Center

There was a drawing room, a billiard room, a ladies sitting room, the children's nursery, library, bedrooms, bathrooms, wine cellar, kitchen, dining room and much more. But today, you'll find quite a different home.

Warner Castle Stairwell

In 1964 the Rochester Civic Garden Center became the tenant of this historic castle (for the full history a self-guided tour is definitely recommended). The RCGC is a not for profit horticultural education center. It's mission is “to improve the quality of life in the Genesee Region by fostering knowledge, providing information, increasing interest and promoting all aspects of gardening and horticulture.”

1926 Photo of Warner Castle

Over 200 classes a year are offered to the community, including certificate programs in basic gardening, landscape design, plant propagation, plant identification, pruning, and floral design, and a variety of individual gardening, horticulture, and floral design classes.

Landscape Design program at Rochester Civic Garden Center

Planning a wedding and want to do the flowers yourself? Take the "Make Your Wedding Magical" class in April!

Floral Design Classes

If you're looking to learn without taking a class right away, the horticultural library contains over 4,500 volumes on all aspects of horticulture and gardening, as well as many magazines and garden catalogs.

Library at Rochester Civic Garden Center
Library at Rochester Civic Garden Center

And we haven't even begun to discuss the Sunken Garden! The garden was designed by noted Landscape Architect Alling Stephen DeForest in 1932, who also designed the original landscape of the George Eastman House. The Sunken Garden can even be rented from the Monroe County Parks Department for wedding photos (click more information).

Warner Castle Grounds Map

So whether you take a class or 10, become a member and reap the benefits, volunteer, attend an event, or peruse the library, we hope you enjoy this city gem!

Volunteer Opportunities

Rochester Civic Garden Center:

Website: http://rcgc.org/
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 9am-4pm

Library Hours: Regular RCGC hours as well as 9:30-12:30 on the 3rd Saturdays of January through June. RCGC is open to the public. Reservations requested for groups of 8 or more. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Rooftop Screening Event: success!!!



IMG_7408SmallThumbnail wants to thank all who attended the very first Capron Street Rooftop Film Screening event!

It was a resounding success - attendees helped the Rochester Young Professionals and Greentopia|FILM raise nearly $1,000 for Movies in the Park on September 12th as part of Greentopia|FILM Fest.

Here are some pictures from the Rooftop Event:

A beautiful sunset: IMG_8648

A gorgeous evening to watch films on the roof: IMG_8659Busker Sabrina Gauer sang for the crowd: IMG_8640

Beer provided by Roc Brewing Co. and wine to try as well.IMG_8617 View from Capron

The Central Library dazzled participants with green lighting in honor of Greentopia for the evening. Central Library

For more info on upcoming events:

Greentopia|FILM Fest September 10-15, 2013 http://greentopiafest.com