Major Special Events

Major Events are listed below as they are confirmed.  Email the Office of Special Events with questions.

March 2023

St. Patrick's Day Parade: March 11, East and Alexander

Runnin' of the Green: March 11, Downtown (Parcel 5)


April 2023

Run our River 5k: April 12, Ford St. Bridge

Flower City Challenge: April 23, Downtown 

Food Truck RodeoApril 26, Public Market

Clean Sweep: April 29, Innovative Field

Eastside Little League Opening Day Parade: April 29, North Winton Village


May 2023

National Day of Prayer: May 4, City Hall 

Walk M.S.May 7, Genesee Valley Park

Run our River 5k: May 9, Ford St. Bridge

Roc Meat Hot Fest: May 9, Public Market

Lilac FestivalMay 12-21, Highland Park

Lilac Festival Parade: May 13, Highland Park

Dachshund Parade: May 13, Washington Square Park

NAMI Walk: May 20, Village Gate

 Lilac Run: 10k - May 21, Highland Park

Rochester Corporate Challenge: May 25, Frontier Field

Ease on Down: May 27 & 30, 567 Thurston Rd.

Memorial Day Parade: May 29, East and Alexander

Food Truck Rodeo: May 31, Public Market


June 2023

Greek Fest: June, East Ave.

Ease on Down: June 1-3,  567 Thurston Rd.

Greater Rochester Soap Box Derby: June 2 & 3, Lakeshore Blvd.

Fast & the Furriest: 5k - June 3, Verona St.

ROC'n Roll Community Bike Ride: June 3, Genesee Valley Park 

 19th Ward Community Association Square Fair: June 3, Aberdeen Sq.

Summer Soul Fest Community Concert: June 3, 19th Ward Community Squair Fair, Aberdeen Sq.

Stroll for Strong Kids: June 4, Genesee Valley Park

Geva Curtain Call: June 9, Woodbury Blvd.

 Rochester Real Beer Expo: June 10, Frontier Field

Abilities Movement 5K:  June 10, Genesee Valley Park

Run our River 5k: June 13, Ford St. Bridge

Movies with a Downtown View: June 16, Parcel 5 

Juneteenth Celebration at City Hall: June 16, Church St.  

Rochester Juneteenth Celebration: June 17, MLK Park

Juneteenth 5k: June 19, Genesee Valley Park

Rochester International Jazz Festival: June 23 - July 1, East End & Parcel 5

Food Truck Rodeo: June 28, Public Market


July 2023

4th of July Fireworks: Broad St., Court St., & Main St. Bridges

 RPO Under the Stars Full Orchestra Performance: July 7, Parcel 5

 Corn Hill Arts Festival: July 8-9, Corn Hill Neighborhood

Corn Hill 5k: July 9, Corn Hill Landing

 RPO Around the Town Concert Series: July 11, 18, 25, Multiple Locations

Run our River 5k: June 11, Ford St. Bridge

Party in the Park: July 13, 20, 27, MLK Park

Band on the Bricks: July, 7, 14, 21, 28, Public Market

Pride Fest & Parade: July 15, Park Ave. & Cobbs Hill Park

ROC Jam Live: July 16, MLK Park

Movies with a Downtown View: July 21, Parcel 5

Summer Soul Fest Community Concert:  July 22, International Plaza

Food Truck Rodeo: July 26, Public Market

Gospel Jubilee: July 30, Public Market

ROC Jam Live: July 30, MLK Park


August 2023

RPO Around the Town Concert Series: Aug. 1, Multiple Locations  
 Party in the Park: Aug. 3, 10, 17, MLK Park 
Puerto Rican Festival: Aug. 3-5,  Innovative Field

 Band on the Bricks: Aug. 4, Public Market

Pan Afrikan Festival: Aug. 5, Highland Bowl

Summer Soul Fest Community Concert: Aug. 5, Pan Afrikan Festival, Highland Bowl

Run our River 5k: Aug. 8, Ford St. Bridge

Black Culture Festival: Aug. 12 & 13, Parcel 5

CARIFEST Parade & Festival: Aug. 12, MLK Park 

Summer Soul Fest Community Concert: Aug. 12, Gantt R-Center

Rochester Summer Soul Music Fest: Aug. 18 -19, Parcel 5

Flour City Brewers Fest: Aug. 18, Public Market

Clarissa Street Reunion: Aug. 18, Clarissa Street

South Wedge Fest: Aug. 19, South Wedge

Movies with a Downtown View: Aug. 25, Parcel 5

Food Truck RodeoAug. 30, Public Market


September 2023

Drum Corp: Sept. 1-3, Downtown

Labor Day Parade: Sept. 4, Downtown

Movies with a Downtown View: Sept. 8, Parcel 5

Roc 'n' Ritmo: Sept. 9, MLK Park

Run our River 5k: Sept. 12, Ford St. Bridge

KeyBank Fringe Festival: Sept. 12-23, Parcel 5 & East End

Veteran's Association Stand Down: Sept. 15, Public Market

North Winton Village Festival: Sept. 16, North Winton Village

Artist's Row: Sept. 17, Public Market

 Foodlink Festival of Food: Sept. 18, Public Market

Rohrbach's Oktoberfest: Sept. 22, Public Market

Rochester Marathon: Sept. 24, Frontier Field

Food Truck Rodeo: Sept. 27, Public Market 

M&T Clothesline Festival: Sept., Memorial Art Gallery


October 2023

Moving Day - A Walk for Parkinsons: Oct. 1,  Innovative Field 

 Wilmont Warrior Walk:  Oct. 1, Genesee Valley Park 

The Walk to End AlzheimersOct. 7,  Innovative Field 

Hope Dealers BTC Color Run: Oct. 7, Cobbs Hill Park 

Fall Festival ft. Little Kids and Big Rigs: Oct. 14, Parcel 5

Ecofest at the Market: Oct. 15, Public Market

 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: Oct. 22,  Innovative Field

Pumpkins in the Park: Oct. 28, Cobbs Hill Park

Halloween at the Market: Oct. 29, Public Market

Monster Scramble: Oct., Mt. Hope Cemetery 

Walk with Willow: Oct., Downtown


November 2023

East Ave. Grocery Run: Nov. 4, East & Meigs 

Veteran's Day Parade: Nov. 11, Highland Park Neighborhood 

The Feast Thanksgiving Day Run: Nov. 23, Blue Cross Arena

Holidays at the Market: Nov. 26, Public Market


December 2023

Lighting of the Liberty Pole & Family Lantern Parade to Roc Holiday VillageDec. 2, Liberty Pole Downtown

Holidays at the Market: Dec. 3, 10, 14, Public Market  

Roc Holiday Village: Dec., MLK Park

Reindeer Run: Dec. 17, Blue Cross Arena