Guide To Summer Festivals in Rochester

Ah, summer! It’s almost here. Looking ahead to those slow summer days, do you have a weekend to fill with the family? Bring on the music, arts, festival food, and cultural celebrations with the seemingly endless summer festivals around our city and beyond.

Check out this list of summer festivals around the greater Rochester area. There is something for everyone, with different options each summertime weekend! Be sure to mark the date now, and see if advanced tickets are necessary! Also, take note of whether each festival allows pups to join the fun or not. Happy Festivaling!

Our Guide To Summer Festivals In Rochester is presented by Parenting Village’s 9th Annual Family Fest on July 21 at Rothfuss Park.

Parenting Village is hosting its 9th annual Family Fest on Sunday, July 21st at Rothfuss Park from 2pm-6pm. The organization’s free flagship event is the only one of its kind in the area. Local family-related businesses and organizations encircle the park’s perimeter and offer engaging children’s activities while providing information to parents about their goods or services. Family Fest will include free mini-classes, activity tables with hands-on demonstrations, inflatables, food trucks, a petting zoo, raffle and silent auction, and opportunities to play and connect with other families. The welcoming atmosphere offers something for everyone and gives parents and their children a taste of a supportive village without borders. Sponsored by Crazy Dog T-Shirts and Soccer Shots, among others, the Fest will have more than 50 businesses providing free activities, information about family resources, and more. 

Summer Festivals In Rochester

Rochester International Jazz Festival

June 21 - June 29

This is one of the world’s largest Jazz festivals! Children are welcome at outdoor free shows ...

Find out more »

Harborfest at Ontario Beach Park

June 21 - June 23

The 38th annual Harborfest will be held June 21-23, 2024 at Ontario Beach Park and the Port of Roche...

Find out more »

Town of Chili SummerFest

June 29 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Chili Community Center
3237 Chili Ave
Rochester, NY 14607
+ Google Map

The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks start at 10:00 p.m. Enjoy the live music, festival food...

Find out more »

Irondequoit 4th of July Festival

July 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Irondequoit Town Hall Campus
1280 Titus Ave
Rochester, NY
+ Google Map

Loads of family fun with laser tag, a ball pit, corn hole games, 10K and Fun Run, and more. The para...

Find out more »

The Batavia Ramble Explore Art & Music Festival

July 6

Located in Jackson Square, The Batavia Ramble is a free, yearly, family-friendly music and arts fest...

Find out more »

Hilton Fire Department Carnival

July 10 - July 13

Wednesday, July 10th kicks off the Hilton Fire Department Carnival weekend. Located at 135 South Ave...

Find out more »

Webster Firemen’s Carnival

July 10 - July 13

Hours of Operation: Wednesday & Thursday: 6PM – 11PM Friday: 6PM -12AM Saturday: 12PM R...

Find out more »

Kendall Fire Department Field Days

July 12 - July 13

Friday, July 12th, includes the parade at 7:00 p.m. and a beer tent with live music from 9:00 p.m. t...

Find out more »

Geneseo Rotary Summer Festival

July 12 - July 13

The Geneseo Rotary Summer Festival is on Friday, July 12th, from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and S...

Find out more »

Corn Hill Arts Festival

July 13 - July 14

Saturday, July 13th, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 14th, from 10:00 a.m. –...

Find out more »

LeRoy Oatka Festival

July 13 - July 14

Held on the banks of the scenic Oatka Creek, this two-day event starts with a parade on Saturday at ...

Find out more »

Canandaigua Art and Music Festival

July 19 - July 21

Friday, July 19th, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Ju...

Find out more »

ROC Pride Festival

July 20 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Highland Park

The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. and travels from South Ave to Highland Park. Explore vendor tables, ...

Find out more »

Fairport Steel Rail Revival

July 21 @ 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

This is a ticketed event to benefit The Arc of Monroe. All ages are welcome to celebrate live music ...

Find out more »

Parenting Village presents 9th Annual Family Fest

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Rothfuss Park
1648 Five Mile Line Rd
Penfield, New York 14526
+ Google Map

Parenting Village is hosting its 9th annual Family Fest on Sunday, July 21st at Rothfuss Park from 2...

Find out more »

St. Francis & St. Clare Summer Festival

July 25 - July 27

Located in Waterloo on 35 Center Street, this three-day event has free admission and entertainment. ...

Find out more »

Brantling Bluegrass Festival

July 25 - July 28

Located at Brantling Ski Slopes in Sodus, the Brantling Bluegrass Festival is a unique festival brin...

Find out more »

Waterfront Art Festival

July 27 - July 28
Charles E. Sexton Memorial Park
750 Holt Rd.
Webster, NY 14580
+ Google Map

Saturday, July 27th, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 28th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. One of the...

Find out more »

Black Culture Festival

July 27 - July 28

12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Parcel 5, 285 East Main Street, Rochester. The Black Culture Festival is...

Find out more »

Indigenous Music & Arts Festival

July 27 - July 28
Ganondagan State Historic Site
7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road)
Victor, NY 14564
+ Google Map

From 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on both days. Ganondagan’s annual Indigenous Music & Arts fe...

Find out more »

Spencerport Canal Days

July 27 - July 28

Open 10: 00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days. Live music performances; arts, crafts, and food vendor...

Find out more »

Ganondagan’s Annual Indigenous Music & Arts Festival

July 27 - July 28
Ganondagan State Historic Site
7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road)
Victor, NY 14564
+ Google Map

Ganondagan’s annual Indigenous Music & Arts festival showcases Haudenosaunee and Indigenou...

Find out more »

Puerto Rican Festival

August 1 - August 3
Parcel 5
285 E Main St
Rochester, NY 14604
+ Google Map

Rochester Puerto Rican Festival is at Parcel 5 on Main Street in Downtown Rochester. As the longest-...

Find out more »

Lima Crossroads Festival

August 1 - August 4

Featured will be a parade, bounce houses, balloons, a bed race, a petting zoo, pony rides, and other...

Find out more »

Lincoln Hill Farms BrewFest

August 3
Lincoln Hill Farms
3792 NY 247
Canandaigua, NY 14424 United States
+ Google Map

Saturday, August 3, 2024 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm sampling event This is a 21+ event. Parking $10/car. Br...

Find out more »

Pageant of Steam

August 7 - August 10

Wednesday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Come to the Pageant of Steam in Canandaigua where...

Find out more »

FGAS German Fest

August 9 - August 10
Spencerport Fireman’s Field
81 N. Union St.
Rochester, NY
+ Google Map

75 South Union Street, Spencerport Friday, August 9th, 5:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday, August 10...

Find out more »

Brockport Arts Festival

August 10 - August 11

The Brockport Arts Festival is open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on both days. Featuring over 1...

Find out more »

Avon Rotary Corn Festival

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 pm

The Corn Festival celebrates corn because of its impact on our region. Festival visitors can browse ...

Find out more »

Water Lantern Festival

August 10 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Charles E. Sexton Memorial Park
750 Holt Rd.
Webster, NY 14580
+ Google Map

Water Lantern Festival in Webster is a ticketed, family-friendly event. Enjoy food trucks, music, an...

Find out more »

Rochester Ukrainian Festival

August 15 - August 18

St. Josaphat 940 Ridge Road East Rochester, NY 14621 Thursday, 6:00 p.m. until 10:45 p.m. Friday, 6:...

Find out more »

Flour City Brewers Fest

August 16 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rochester Public Market
280 North Union Street
Rochester, New York 14609
+ Google Map

Get tickets ahead of time! Flour City Brewers Fest is truly by the brewers, for the brewers. Spend a...

Find out more »

Pan Afrikan Festival

August 24 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Highland Bowl Park
1137 South Ave
Rochester, NY
+ Google Map

Our Pan Afrikan Festival (formerly Afrikan American Festival) is one of the major events that is hel...

Find out more »

Rochester Summer Soul Music Festival

August 24 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Innovative Field
1 Morrie Silver Way
Rochester, NY 14608
+ Google Map

Get tickets in advance! Rochester Summer Soul Music Festival is an experience featuring award-winnin...

Find out more »

Previous articleMusic Lessons Are For Everyone At Eastman Community Music School
Next articleFather’s Day Events In Rochester + Printable
Amanda G.
Amanda grew up on the west side of Rochester before getting married and moving to Charleston, SC. She and her husband adopted their two boys as toddlers from South Korea in 2017 and 2019. She loves adventuring, watching her boys try new things, and helping out at their schools. Amanda has a social work degree and a background in non-profit work. She is currently Managing Editor for Charleston Moms after being a contributing writer for several years. After a decade in the southern heat, her little family decided they would thrive more in the Rochester area, and found their home on the east side in 2022. Amanda is thrilled to now be contributing locally for Rochester Mom Collective! She is a quirky, creative soul who enjoys expressing through writing, art/decor, dance, drums, and singing (commonly incorrect lyrics).