Fire & Ice Festival Goes on With or Without Snow

The Fire & Ice Festival in Rochester is on for January 18-20, no matter what the weather, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today during a news conference. The Fire & Ice Committee, Oakland County Parks & Recreation, City of Rochester, and Downtown Rochester will bring in a zip line and other warmer weather activities if temperatures remain above freezing. Mainstay activities such as fireworks, ice sculptures, dog sled rides, the Big, Bright Light Show, … [Read more...]

Mr. B’s in Downtown Rochester is Closing

Goodbye to Mr. B's UPDATED: Mr. B's Food & Spirits in Downtown Rochester closed on Saturday, January 5, after being in business for more than 40 years. While the area now has several "Mr. B's," the Rochester location is the original, opened in 1976 by Michael Nash and Marty Tuchman. The other Mr. B's - Royal Oak, Shelby Twp., and Clarkston - will remain open as they have each have different owners. The news broke last weekend on Facebook. A post on the 24th Street Sports … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Most Enchanting Main Street in the Country

Downtown Rochester was Recently Recognized as Having the Most Enchanting Main Street in the Country During the Holiday Season “The holiday season gives way to joy and excitement for every member of the family. There’s nothing better than bundling up, grabbing a cup of hot cocoa, and heading out for an enchanted night on the town with loved ones. There’s one town here in the Great Lakes State that truly comes to live with Christmas cheer each year, and you’ll never want to leave”, states … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester is Caroling in the City

Caroling in the City is back – and better than ever. Held on Sunday, December 16 from 5:00-8:00 p.m., the event will be a cornucopia of holiday merriment including live performances, Ugly Sweater Contest, Christmas Cookie Station, community caroling, and more. This year marks the debut of the Rochester Community Carolers, a 149-member choir comprised of carolers of all ages from the greater Rochester community. They believe that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for … [Read more...]

Rochester DDA Debuts Downtown Business Recognition Program

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is proud to announce their latest initiative, the Downtown Business Recognition Program. The goal of the program is to recognize business owners, property owners, or individuals for outstanding contributions to the downtown community. The first recipients were recognized at the October DDA Board Meeting. Recipients included Ryan & Pamela Walther, owners of Bizzy Buzz Artisan Market for their … [Read more...]

Get into the Holiday Spirit with the Rochester Community Concert Band Concert

  The Rochester Community Concert Band (RCCB) will present its "Sounds of the Holiday” Concert on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rochester High School Auditorium located at 180 S. Livernois Road in Rochester Hills, MI. The concert will feature music of the Holiday season by Bach, Anderson, Vaughn Williams, Holst and others, including an arrangement of popular Hanukkah songs titled “Dreidle Dance” by Robert Thurston and a setting of the classic ‘Twas the Night Before … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Winter Farmers Market on Thursdays

Looking for farm fresh flavors this winter? Look no further than the Downtown Rochester Winter Farmers’ Market. The market will conveniently take place indoors at the Rochester Fire Department. The Fire Department is located at 277 Second Street, directly across the street from the regular farmers’ market lot. “We’re excited to move the Holiday Farmers’ Market to Thursday evenings. It gives attendees the chance to not only enjoy the market but, a full evening of fun in Downtown … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday November 24 in Downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of Downtown Rochester on Saturday, November 24 for Small Business Saturday Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority has joined more than 400 advocacy organizations that have made it a mission to bring business to their downtown areas on this day. Now in its eighth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping … [Read more...]

Find Holiday Spirit at the Rochester Festival of Trees

The Fifth Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees is just around the corner. The Festival kicks off with the Cocktail Preview Party on Friday, November 16 at the Rochester Community House and continues Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. This year’s festival promises to be the biggest and brightest yet, with over 70 trees, wreaths, centerpieces, tablescapes and more. All items will be auctioned, with proceeds benefiting The Big, Bright Light Show and Rochester-area non-profit … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Holiday Farmers Market

Looking for farm fresh flavors this winter? Need a gift or dish for that holiday party? Look no further than the Downtown Rochester Holiday Farmers' Market. Shop every Thursday evening November 1 - December 20 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Rochester Fire Department located at 277 Second Street. Please note the market will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 22. … [Read more...]