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Summer in Rochester: What's on, what's off

Summer in Rochester: What's on, what's off Photo: News10NBC.

Updated: September 06, 2021 09:09 AM
Created: May 06, 2021 11:12 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — As we approach the summer season, we've seen organizers of several annual festivals and events either cancel for the year or contemplate the next steps. But, that does not mean every event has put off plans to be back for the year.

News10NBC is providing this guide for you to see what's on, what's off, and what's still being determined. We will update this list as more information becomes available. If you think a festival should be added to this list, email the information to

Let's start with the good news.



Artist Row Public Market Arts Show

  • Where: Rochester Public Market
  • When: Sunday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • What to expect: 150+ local artists and artisans, live music, food trucks, all our favorite market vendors

The Great New York State Fair

  • Where: New York State Fairgrounds/Syracuse
  • When: Friday,  Aug. 20 - Monday, Sep. 6
  • What to expect: Fair will operate at 50% capacity in four separate areas, which includes food and beverages, music/concerts, amusement rides, and the agriculture exhibit. The capacity could change if guidelines change.

M&T Bank Clothesline Festival

  • Where: The Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) grounds
  • When: Sept. 11 and Sept. 12
  • What to expect:  You will have to pre-purchase timed tickets. Tickets cannot be purchased at the gate. Unvaccinated guests and artists will also be required to wear a mask indoors and outdoors.


  • Where: Seneca Park Zoo
  • When: Sep. 10
  • What to expect: The 21-and-over happy hour features live music, animal experiences, as well as beer and wine bars. Tickets can be purchased here.


Rochester Red Wings baseball

  • Where: Frontier Field
  • When: Now through Sep. 19 (pending playoffs)
  • What to expect: The stadium will operate at "normal" capacity for people who are vaccinated. Sections for people who are unvaccinated will be seated at 33% capacity. Check out more information on tickets/seating charts here.



  • Where: Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center/ Canandaigua
  • When: The venue reopened with its first show on July 3.
  • What to expect: The venue will require 100% vaccination to attend a concert. More information can be found here.

Seabreeze Amusement Park

  • Where: 4600 Culver Rd.
  • When: Opened May 22
  • What to expect: Visit this page to learn how visiting the park during the pandemic will work

Six Flags Darien Lake

  • Where: 9993 Alleghany Rd, Corfu
  • When: Reopened May 21
  • What to expect: Organizers say they plan to take steps including contactless security and temperature checks for guests and team members, as well as mobile ordering, and only accepting mobile and card payments. Check out the full plan here.


Art and entertainment venues reopened across the state. Like other venues, most capacity restrictions were lifted on May 19. Indoor venues will still have to keep people physically distant at six feet apart.


Several major festivals announced they would not be able to hold events in 2021.

  • Park Avenue Festival - Postponed to Aug. 6 - 7, 2022. See the previous story here.
  • Rochester International Jazz Festival - Postponed to June 17- June 25, 2022. See the previous story here.
  • Corn Hill Arts Festival - While canceled, organizers have said they are working with the festival committee and sponsors to find a unique way to keep the spirit of the festival alive.
  • Finger Lakes Wine Festival at Watkins Glen International 
  • Spencerport Canal Days- Postponed to July 30 and 31, 2022.
  • Monroe County Fair- 2022 dates TBA.
  • Wayne County Fair- While the fair itself is canceled, organizers say a series of outdoor events will continue starting with Derby Day on Aug 7. A full list of events and times can be found here.
  • Avon Rotary Corn Festival- Organizers canceled for 2021 but are promising to try their best to bring the festival back and make it better on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022.

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