THIS WEEKEND: Rochester airshow, Black Culture Festival and more

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.

A.P. Property Services Rochester Airshow (Saturday and Sunday)

Sunday performance schedule:

  • Jason Flood Pitts – 10:15 a.m.
  • Rick Volker – 10:42 a.m.
  • Station 51 Demo – 11:02 a.m.
  • Whiskey-7 – 11:29 a.m.
  • Misty Blues/Anthems – 11:58 a.m.
  • A-10s – 12:27 p.m.
  • Trevor Rafferty – 12:45 p.m.
  • P-51 Quicksilver 1:20 p.m.
  • Coast Guard SAR Demo – 1:53 p.m.
  • Redline Airshows – 2:10 p.m.
  • Mike Goulian – 2:40 p.m.
  • USAF Thunderbirds – 2:55 p.m.

The A.P. Property Services Rochester Airshow will take place Saturday and Sunday featuring the USAF Thunderbirds and other iconic planes. It’s at the Greater Rochester International Airport.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m. to the general public and close at 6 p.m. Flying begins at 10 a.m. and the Thunderbirds will be the final performance of the day.

Pittsford native Lt. Christian Toscano, a helicopter pilot for the United States Coast Guard, will be flying a rescue helicopter at the airshow. The helicopter will be available for tours as a static display and will also be performing a search and rescue demonstration. Toscano, a 2014 graduate of Pittsford Sutherland High School, first became interested in the Coast Guard after attending the Rochester Airshow in 2009 and seeing the Coast Guard helicopter.

You can get tickets to the airshow here and learn more about the schedule here.

The Monroe County Department of Transportation will close Paul Road between Beahan and Scottsville roads in Chili on Saturday and Sunday for the airshow. The road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and there will be no posted detour.

Lt. Christian L. Toscano. (Photo provided by Vincent M. Toscano)

Brockport Arts Festival (Saturday and Sunday)

The 27th annual Brockport Arts Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday around the village. It will feature over 150 artists along with food, live music across multiple stages, and entertainment.

You can see the full festival schedule including a list of vendors here. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Brockport Arts Festival (Credit: Village of Brockport)

German Festival (Friday and Saturday

The 118th annual German Festival is Friday and Saturday at Spencerport Firemen’s Field. The festival includes authentic German beer, food, folk dancing, and music.

The festival runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, then 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. You can see a full schedule here.

German Festival (file)

Black Culture Festival (Saturday and Sunday)

The Black Culture Festival is returning to Parcel 5 on Saturday and Sunday. The fourth annual festival features music, food, and art celebrating Black people. It runs from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Carifest 2023 (Saturday)

The 38th annual celebration of Caribbean culture in the Rochester area, organized by the Rochester West Indian Festival Organization Inc., will take place Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park (MLK Park) at Manhattan Square in Rochester. It’s a day of live music, food, cultural events and more. A parade will start at 11 a.m. at Broad Street and Plymouth Avenue and continue down Broad Street to the park. Headliners include International Women in Reggae, Alfred St. John’s Trinidad & Tobago Steelband, Javvy 1 & Prestige, and I90 Sound Clash. Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For ticket information, go here.