THIS WEEKEND: Park Ave Summer Stroll, Puerto Rican Festival, and Play Day on the Riverway

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Here’s your guide to events happening this weekend in the Rochester area. You can learn more about what’s happening around town on our Community Calendar.

Park Ave Summer Stroll (Saturday and Sunday):

The Park Avenue Summer Stroll is on Saturday and Sunday. It features shopping, activities, and live music.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Some businesses participating include Café Sasso, Jines Restaurant, Oxford Gallery, and Public House. You can learn more here.

Puerto Rican Festival (Thursday through Saturday):

The Rochester Puerto Rican Festival at Innovative Field runs from Thursday to Saturday with cultural events, live music, and authentic food. You can get tickets for the festival here.

The Puerto Rican Festival is one of the longest-running cultural festivals in Monroe County and about 7,000 people attend each day.

On Saturday, the Puerto Rican Parade begins at the La Marketa located at 828 North Clinton Ave. The theme this year is “Festival De Barrio” which means the Festival of the Neighborhood. The parade will line up at 9 a.m., a ceremony will start at 10 a.m., and the parade begins at 11 a.m.

Puerto Rican Festival

Jordan Health’s Front Porch Festival (Saturday):

Jordan Health’s Front Porch Festival is Saturday to give community members free health screenings and back-to-school physicals. The festival also features family fun, games, giveaways, and free food.

It runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Baden Park on 525 Upper Falls Blvd. You can learn more here. Jordan Health is a system of health centers in Rochester and Canandaigua. 

Play Day on the Riverway (Saturday):

Downtown Definitely is holding festivities on Saturday inside and outside Rundel Memorial Library on South Avenue.

Play Day on the Riverway runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It features a scavenger hunt, walking tour, storytelling, live music, food, and drinks. The outdoors performances are at the North Terrace Amphitheater on Broad Street. You can learn more here.

Here’s the list of permformances:

  • 11 a.m. – Grace and Grins Puppet Show (inside)
  • 12 p.m. – Mr. Loops Interactive Music (outside)
  • 1 p.m. – Mayukwa Kashiwa African Drumming and storytelling (outside)
  • 3 p.m. Mike Kornrich Interactive Music (outside)

Here are the activities outside the library:

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Henna Rising
  • 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Hair Braiding by Hollywood Hair Salon
  • 1 pm. to 4 p.m. – Face Painting by Laquanda
  • Scavenger Hunt along the Promenade with prizes including complimentary The Strong National Museum of Play passes
  • Chalking Storywalk
  • RMSC Water Education Collaborative
  • Oversized Games

Here are the activities inside the library:

  • Lollypop Farm exhibit
  • Barbie exhibit
  • STEM activities
  • STEM activity bags for loan
  • Library card sign up
  • Featured book table including local history books for all ages
  • Crafts for kids
  • Children’s sensory area

Verona Street Animal Society’s Pups in the Park (Saturday):

Verona Street Animal Society is holding a free pet adoption event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pups in the Park will be held behind Brown Square Park at the corner of Brown Street and Verona Street. It gives people the chance to meet, play with, and hopefully adopt a new dog or cat. The adoption event comes as the shelter is beyond filled to the brim. The shelter says its putting dogs in crates in the hallway to make room. You can learn more here.