Kick Your Heels Up For a Good Cause at the Bicentennial Barn Dance

Twenty-seventeen marks the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Rochester. In celebration of this historic milestone, several special events are planned, but none are more anticipated than the Bicentennial Barn Dance. The dance will be held on Friday, June 23, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The Barn Dance will include a strolling dinner, square dancing, silent auction, a pie stand and much more. Tickets are $100 per person, and $150 per couple. Jeans … [Read more...]

Brothers of the Brush Unite

Brothers of the Brush Unite at the Greater Rochester Heritage Days In honor of the City’s Bicentennial Celebration, the Greater Rochester Heritage Days is proud to welcome back the Brothers of the Brush Beard & Mustache Growing Contest. Last held in 1969, this event invites men to do their civic duty and grow a mustache, full beard or goatee as a part of the Bicentennial Celebration. The Brothers of the Brush Beard & Mustache Growing Contest will take place on Sunday, May 21, … [Read more...]

Make Rochester an America’s Best Main Street Community

Downtown Rochester Named Quarterfinalist for “America’s Main Streets” Contest Downtown Rochester has been named a quarterfinalist for the America’s Best Main Street Contest. More than 156,000 votes were cast for 242 nominees during the nomination phase. The 25 communities with the highest number of votes were moved to the Quarterfinalist Round. Quarterfinalist voting begins May 1 at www.MainStreetContest.com and runs through May 28. The top 10 semifinalists will be announced on May 29 and … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Open Late on Thursdays

This summer, spend your summer nights in Downtown Rochester with the new Open Late Thursdays Promotion. Beginning Thursday, May 11 downtown businesses will be open until at least 8:00 p.m., allowing you even more hours to enjoy all that downtown has to offer. In addition to the longer hours, stores will be offering in-store events, demonstrations, seminars, sampling and more.  Plus, you can enjoy strolling entertainment throughout the downtown district. The extended hours are in response … [Read more...]

Want Your Name in Stone at the Rochester Bicentennial Monument Sundial

Leave a Lasting Legacy During Rochester’s Bicentennial Celebration Twenty-seventeen marks the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Rochester. In celebration of this historic milestone, in addition to several special events throughout the year, the City of Rochester plans to build a Bicentennial Monument. Create a lasting memory with a sponsorship of Rochester’s Bicentennial Monument. Located at the entrance to the Rochester Municipal Park, the centerpiece of the monument will feature a … [Read more...]

There is Mulch to Do this Saturday in the Rochester Municipal Park

City of Rochester Looking for Volunteers for Make-A-Difference Day  The Rochester City Beautiful Commission is looking for volunteers for the 2017 City of Rochester Make-a-Difference Day. Held in the Rochester Municipal Park on Saturday, May 13, the event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This year’s project is “Mulch-a-Palooza.” Please come out and help to spread mulch, pull weeds, and paint the benches in the park. Everyone age 15 an over are welcome to help. Please dress for … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Hosts Deck Art 2017 with the Kick Off on May 11 & 12

Deck Art 2017 Kicks off May 11 & 12 This year, over 450 artists from all over metro Detroit, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania as well as over 55 downtown Rochester businesses are participating in Deck Art 2017. In its seventh installment, Deck Art 2017 is a skateboard art competition and exhibition. Artists submit one-of-a-kind artwork using skateboard decks as a canvas. These decks will be on display in downtown Rochester businesses beginning May 11, and will be celebrated with a … [Read more...]

Rochester Primary Cancelled, Open Seats for Boards and Commissions

Primary Election August 8, 2017 is Cancelled Due to an insufficient number of candidates, the Primary Election scheduled for August 8, 2017 is cancelled. The following six candidates will appear on the November 7, 2017 General Election: Dean Bevacqua Stuart Bikson Tammy Byers Lynn Campo Ann Peterson Nancy L. Salvia City Seeking Candidates for Open Seats on Boards and Commissions The City of Rochester is accepting applications now through May 2, 2017 for open … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market Opening Day is May 6

Searching for a sure sign of spring? Head to the Downtown Rochester Farmers’ Market on Opening Day, Saturday, May 6.   Celebrating its 18th season, the Farmers’ Market is a frequent stop for area residents to enjoy the vibrant colors, aromas and flavors of southeast Michigan’s growing season. Located at the corner of E. Third and Water Street, just one block east of Main Street, the market is open every Saturday, May 6 through October 28, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. “The Downtown … [Read more...]

Be a Part of the #Rochester200 Project

Twenty-seventeen marks the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the City of Rochester. Founded in 1817, Rochester is the first settlement in Oakland County. The City is planning a series of Bicentennial events throughout the year to celebrate this milestone event. In honor of the Bicentennial, residents and visitors of Rochester are invited to donate their time and talents to put their favorite Rochester memories on canvas as a part of the #Rochester200 Project. Only 200 canvases will be … [Read more...]