SUMMER GUIDE: Concerts, flea markets, outdoor movies and more

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Summertime in Rochester is here. With the warm weather comes the return of local traditions such as Party in the Park, Concerts by the Shore, Food Truck Rodeo, Band on the Bricks, and more. Here’s your guide.


Party in the Park (Thursdays)

Party in the Park is back for the 27th year. Local and national acts from a variety of genres will take the stage at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park over the course of six weeks.

Up next on July 25 are The Original Wailers with AL Anderson and the Sublime tribute band, Badfish.

Each week, gates will open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 and children 12 and under are free. There are also VIP Ultra Lounge Tickets available for $35. You can get tickets here or in-person at the West Herr Auditorium Theatre box office.

Here’s the lineup:

  • July 25: The Original Wailers with Al Anderson and Badfish (a tribute to Sublime)
  • Aug. 1: Start Making Sense and Into the Now
  • Aug. 8: Cruel Summer: A Taylor Swift Live Band Tribute and Dial Up
  • Aug. 15: Everclear and Shaman Allen

Movies in the Park (Different days of the week)

The annual Movies in the Park is back. The county is screening six free family-friendly films throughout the summer at its parks, Innovative Field, and Seneca Park Zoo. All movies begin at dusk, about a half hour before sunset.

Here is the lineup for the season. The Aug. 7 screening at Innovative Field will begin at 7 p.m.:

  • The Lion King (Friday, July 26 at Seneca Park Zoo)
  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids (Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Innovative Field)
  • A Bug’s Life (Friday, Aug. 30 at Highland Park)
Movies in the Park (file)


RPO Around the Town series (Tuesdays)

Musicians from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will play free outdoor classical music concerts across the city this summer.

Each show will begin at 6:30 p.m. People are welcome to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Here is this season’s lineup:

  • July 23: Maplewood Rose Garden Pavilion in the northwest neighborhood, 24 Driving Park Ave. Rain location: Edgerton Stardust Ballroom, 41 Backus St.
  • July 30: Northeast Quadrant Neighborhood Service Center lawn, 500 Norton St. in the northeast neighborhood. Rain location: David F. Gantt R-Center, 700 North St.
A marimba concert Tuesday in the Park Avenue neighborhood is part of the RPO Outdoors series. (Photo: WHEC)

Midday Bash (Wednesdays)

Midday Bash is back at Parcel 5. The event features food trucks, massage chairs, music, giveaways, and a place to hang out on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

There will also be games including volleyball and corn hole, vendors, and fitness instruction. Here are this season’s dates and the food truck lineup:

  • July 24: Dar’s Delights Homemade Ice Cream, KOBQ LLC., Meatball Truck, Rob’s Kabobs, Eat Greek, Melt Food Truck & Catering, Travelin’ Tom’s, Wild Fang Foods
  • Aug. 7: KOBQ LLC, Effortlessly Healthy, Al Dente Mobile Pasta, Chef’s Catering, Roll’n Deep, Wraps on Wheels, Munchies, Big Papa Tacos
  • Aug. 21: Dar’s Delights Homemade Ice Cream, Piggy on a Twiggy, Uncle Buck’s Catering Company, Meatball Truck, Roll’n Deep, Melt Food Truck & Catering, Munchies
  • Sept. 4: Sonnys, KOBQ LLC, Nenos Mexican Gourmet, Cookie Coma, Chef’s Catering, Sammies-n-Sweets, Wraps on Wheels, Mr Squeeze
  • Sept. 11: Nenos Mexican Gourmet, Al Dente Mobile Pasta, Rob’s Kabobs, Eat Greek, Travelin’ Tom’s, Big Papa Tacos, Wild Fang Foods
Midday Bash (file photo)

Concerts by the Shore (Wednesdays)

Concerts By the Shore is back. This is the 35th year of Concerts at the Shore, a free concert series takes place at Ontario Beach Park off 50 Beach Avenue.

The concerts take place every Wednesday through Aug. 28. All shows will begin at 7 p.m., except for the July 17 show with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra which begins at 7:30 p.m. Here’s this year’s schedule. The dates for some concerts have been rescheduled due to weather:

  • July 24: Bachata Rebelde (Latin)
  • July 31: Ignite Reggae (Reggae)
  • Aug. 7: Junkyard Field Trip (Electric rock)
  • Aug. 14: The Dukes (’60s and ’70s R&B)
  • Aug. 21: Allegro (Party band)
  • Aug. 28: Ruby Shooz (’50s and ’60s rock)
  • RESCHEDULED TO SEPT. 4: The Skycoasters (High energy party band)
Concerts by the Shore (Photo: WHEC)

Food Truck Rodeo (Wednesdays)

Food Truck Rodeo is back. It takes place at the Rochester Public Market on the last Wednesday of each month through September.

The rodeo runs from 5 to 9 p.m. with dozens of food trucks with a variety of dishes, drinks, and desserts in addition to beer. There is also live music from local bands. The city recommends bringing folding chairs because seating is limited at the market. Here is this year’s schedule and band lineup:

  • July 31: Big Blue House
  • August 28: The Earthtones
  • September 25: Bill Schmitt and the Blues Masters
Food Truck Rodeo (file photo)

Shakespeare in the Park (July 13 through July 14 except for Mondays and Tuesdays)

The Rochester Community Players are performing the Shakespeare play “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” through July 27 at the Highland Bowl on South Avenue.

It’s the 27th year of Shakespeare in Highland Park, a free series. “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” is one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays. It’s about a prince who tries to win the heart of a princess, when his quest leads to adventures full of love and hardship.

The cast of local actors will perform every night except Mondays and Tuesday. There are 14 cast members, some playing multiple roles. 

Production of “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” (Photo: WHEC)

Bands on the Bricks (Fridays)

Bands on the Bricks continues at the Rochester Public Market. The free concert series, now in its 26th year, takes place on Friday nights through Aug. 9.

The second annual Band on the Bricks Arts, Craft, and Music Festival takes place on July 12. It features the music of Into the Now, Rochester’s long-running tribute to the Grateful Dead.

The concerts feature local and national acts with a variety of food and drink options at the market. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. for each concert and the shows start at 6 p.m. People are encouraged to bring folding chairs since seating is limited. Here is this year’s lineup:

  • July 26: The headliner is Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (psychedelic, jam band). The opener is Judah (rock).
  • Aug. 2: The headliner is the Zac Brown Tribute Band. The opener is The Monica Hall Band (country rock).
  • Aug. 9: The headliner is Donna the Buffalo (reggae, folk rock). The opener is Chris Beard (blues)
Bands on the Bricks (file photo)

Movies with a Downtown View (Fridays)

Downtown Definitely is holding three free movie nights this season on Friday nights, one at MLK Park and two at Parcel 5. Each one starts at 7 p.m. You’re welcome to bring a blanket and chairs. Here is the list:

  • Aug. 16: The Little Mermaid at Parcel 5
  • Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire at Parcel 5
Movies with a Downtown View (file photo)

Community Garage Sales (Sundays)

The Community Garage Sale and Super Flea season has returned to the Rochester Public Market. It’s happening for 12 Sundays through the spring, summer, and fall.

There’s something for everyone including home decor, clothing, and vintage collectibles. The sale runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine at the market. Here’s the schedule:

  • July 28
  • August 11
  • August 25
  • September 8
  • September 22
  • October 13

Looking to become a vendor? Vending spaces can be purchased for $35 a day and include a 10-foot x 30-foot stall and a parking spot. To apply, click here.

Community garage sale at Rochester Public Market (file photo)