Insider Guide to Summer



Early July Ox and Stone opened at 282 Alexander Street (the old Bamba Bistro)

Ox and Stone

Latin Kitchen | Social House | Cocktail Parlor



Arhaus Furniture is the newest tenant at The Culver Rd. Armory.




Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3-6pm

Drinks Dim Sum and Street Fare 

Stop in for $3 sake and beer, $6 cocktails and $5 wine while you refuel with delicious discounted menu options.


Strathallan Hotel Rooftop View

Roof Top Happy Hour at

Char Steak & Lounge

The Strathallan’s own Mark Potter will welcome you to their ninth floor every Wednesday this summer with wonderful libations, light fare and the best views of the city.


Rochester Public Market
280 N Union Street  

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6am- to 1pm

Saturdays from 5am-3pm year-round.  

Local vendors offer their fresh produce, ethnic delicacies, specialty items, and so much more. In addition, an array of independent local businesses are anchored on Market grounds and in the surrounding Market District.


More Area Farmers Markets

The sun is shining and there are so many great things to do in and around Rochester, NY!  As an A-Lister, you’re already used to the finer things in life. But, with all the conference calls, golf outings, and social parties, keeping up with what’s on the up and up can be a daunting task for a busy A-Lister. A-List is here to fill you in on what’s hot and what’s next in Rochester-before it happens. We’ll introduce you to what’s next in restaurants, nightlife, fashion, and events so you can be the first to see it (just as an A-Lister should).


Photo: Park Avenue Festival



Big Rib BBQ and Blues Fest   July 10-13, 2014

The only rib festival of its kind in New York State, this Rochester rib fest brings five specialty Rib Masters each with a unique preparation style, plus a four days of great live music.


Corn Hill Arts Festival  July 12-13, 2014

The 2014 Corn Hill Arts Festival will once again feature hundreds of artists, four stages of continuous live music and the Emerging Artists Expo.


Park Avenue Festival   August 2-3, 2014

Attracting over 250,000 people, the Park Ave Fest is one of Rochester’s best festivals. The 37th annual festival features 300 artists, vendors and exhibitors from 21 stats and Canada. It also has live music and wide array of food and drink options making it a perfect outing for the family.


Rochester A-List Roof Top Pool Party  August 21, 2014

A-List Roof Top Pool630Music, Mingling and Mixed Drinks on the Radisson Riverside Hotel’s Rooftop Pool Deck. An after work Fashion Beauty Soiree blends into the hottest sunset pool party.  Enjoy music, complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, beer tasting, chair massage, on-site braid bar, manicures, exclusive jewelry preview, fashion preview, photo booth plus a beer toss challenge, on-site cigar rolling, and a putting green.  Join us and help raise money for Dress For Success.


Flour City Brewers Festival  August 22, 2014 6-9pm

A celebration of the regions finest craft flourCityBrewFestAd beers! Head to the Rochester Public Market to enjoy hundreds of craft beers, local food trucks, live music, wineries and more.



Fairport Music and Food Festival  August 23, 2014 12-10pm

The annual event held in Fairport offers festival goers live music on three stages from more than 20 bands and entertainers, tons of kids’ activities, and over 20 area restaurants for great food. All the proceeds go to Golisano’s Children’s Hospital at Strong.


MT&T Bank Clothesline Festival  September 6 & 7, 2014

Nearly 60 years after the first Clothesline, Rochester’s largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival continues to thrive. Browse and buy original artwork, experience all-day live entertainment, sample food from some of Rochester’s favorite vendors and more!


Greentopia Festival September 9-13, 2014

In it’s fourth year, Greentopia Fall Festival brings people and attention back to High Falls! New curated programming for 2014 will showcase the Centers at High Falls and include Muisc, Film, Design and an Artisan Expo.


Al Sigl Community of Agencies Fine Tastings Fundraiser
September 17, 2014

Join Al Sigil at Locust Hill Country Club for an evening of live jazz, gourmet local cuisine and drink tastings. Plus a silent auction of celebrated local artists. Proceeds benefit children and adults in our special needs community.




Food Truck Rodeo  Last Wednesday of Every Month

UnknownFood Truck Rodeo brings our community’s eclectic array of mobile food stands together at the Rochester Public Market. Remaining dates include July 30, Aug. 27, Sept. 24 and Oct. 29. It’s fun on four wheels with over 25 vendors serving up their unique cuisine on a paper plate.





Windstream Party in the Park Concert Series  Every Thursday Night

The Windstream Party in the Park Concert Series is back for the summer but returns to it’s original location at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square. The park will allow concert-goers to bring a blanket and relax on the grass while listening to some of the summer’s best music and enjoying Rochester’s best food trucks and local beer offerings!


Click here to view the concert series line-up


Bands on the Bricks Concert Series  Every Friday Night

One of Rochester’s most popular free concert series, Bands on the Bricks brings the Rochester Public Market to the evening set with live music through the summer months! 2014 Bands on the Bricks will be run on Fridays. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the music runs 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Click here to view the concert series line-up


2014 Darien Lake Summer Concerts  July-September

Nestled next to one of the region’s best theme parks, the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center plays host to a summer full of headlining entertainers and major musical acts. This summer’s line-up includes concerts by Blake Shelton, One Republic, Luke Bryan, Kings of Leon, Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert and more!


Click here to view the full 2014 summer concert line-up


2014 CMAC Summer Concerts  July-August

The Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center near the banks of beautiful Canandaigua Lake offers music enthusiasts the perfect outdoor setting to enjoy a variety of big name musicians. Remaining concerts include The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience with the RPO, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Josh Groban and more!


Click here to view the full 2014 summer concert line-up



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