Poetry in the Park 2017

Friday July 21 at the Rochester Municipal Park Rochester Poets’ Society presents this year’s event on Friday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion in the Rochester Municipal Park. Local musician Allie Louise will open the evening with a few original songs, then the poetry readings begin at 7:00 p.m. Open mic will be available—time permitting—after the scheduled poets read. Stop by for a few minutes or come for the evening—event runs until dusk. Rochester Poets The group … [Read more...]

Join the Rochester Symphony Orchestra for a Free Concert in the Park

Thursday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m., the Rochester Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will present For Amber Waves. This free concert in the Rochester Municipal Park is the final event of the Kiwanis sponsored summer series of performances.  Pops, Classics, and Patriotic selections will fill the night air once again under the direction of Maestro Zeljko Milicevic. If it should rain – no worries – the concert will play on at St. John Lutheran Church located at University and Helen. Bring a lawn chair, a … [Read more...]

Sunday July 23 on Walnut Street

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is Presenting Sunday on Walnut Street July 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Museum Members $5; Nonmembers $7.  Register on-line at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms Meet in the parking lot at Third and Walnut Streets, in downtown Rochester. Walnut Street was nicknamed “Church Row” because of the many churches located here. Join Debbie Remer to discover where the various churches were located, where they are now, and the stories behind each … [Read more...]

Farm-to-Table Dinner in Downtown Rochester July 23

Dine Al Fresco in Downtown Rochester This Summer  Enjoy a one-of-a-kind, al fresco dining experience celebrating the farm-fresh flavors of summer the ever-popular Farm-to-Table Dinner event. Taking place on Sunday, July 23, 5-8 p.m. on Walnut Boulevard between Second and Third, tickets are $100 per person and include a three-course dinner, wine and entertainment. Proceeds benefit downtown events and promotions. A partnership with The Meeting House restaurant, the menu features Chilled … [Read more...]

Rochester Explorers Club Kicks Off During Sidewalk Sales

Join the Adventure This Summer with the Rochester Explorers Club The Rochester Explorers Club is an opportunity for kids (and adults) of all ages to get out and explore all that our community has to offer. Complete as many kid-friendly activities as you like from July 13 to August 5. Whether you choose one activity or try to complete them all, the goal is to just have fun. Pick up your free Explorers Club Kit downtown during Sidewalk Sales, July 13-15 at the Rochester Downtown Development … [Read more...]

Movies in the Moonlight begins in Downtown Rochester July 15

The 16th Season of Movies in the Moonlight This season there is four consecutive fun filled Saturday nights. “I can’t think of a better way for families to spend their Saturday nights under the stars," said Jenna O’Dell, Events Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority. “Movies in the Moonlight is a community staple for many local families.” Movies in the Moonlight is located in the parking lot at the corner of E. Third & Water, one block east of Main. Featured movies … [Read more...]

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...]