Fire & Ice Festival January 19-21

The Fire & Ice Festival will fire up the weekend of January 19-21 with winter-driven, family-friendly activities, food trucks, TasteFest, ice sculptures, and the Big, Bright Light Show in the evenings. Admission and events are free. The Fire & Ice Festival will be held on: Friday, January 19 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission and events are free of charge. For more … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Chipping in Rochester

Rochester Department of Public Works (DPW) will provide Christmas Tree Chipping The chipping of Christmas trees will begin the first week of January and will continue on a weekly basis for the month of January. Please leave the tree at the curb and remove all the garland, lights, bulbs and any other decorations. If there are any decorations on the tree, it will not be picked up. In the event of snow, the DPW will re-prioritize efforts and the service will be provided but will be … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Snow Removal Plans

The City of Rochester Department of Public Works (DPW) will continue winter snow removal procedures. Crews will be hauling snow from the downtown area of Rochester overnight and will be addressing intersections and bus stops throughout Friday, December 15. Here are some friendly reminders from the City of Rochester DPW as we begin our winter snow operations for the 2017-2018 season. We understand that not everyone can afford to but if you can, please wait to clear your driveways until … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester is Caroling in the City

Downtown Rochester is proud to announce the newest addition to the downtown holiday event calendar, Caroling in the City. Held on Sunday, December 17 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., the event will be a cornucopia of holiday merriment including live entertainment, Ugly Sweater Contest, Christmas Cookie Eating Contest, Christmas Minute To Win It Activities, holiday sweets & treats and, of course, caroling. Caroling in the City will take place right in the heart of Downtown Rochester with the … [Read more...]

66th Annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade

The 2017 Theme of the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade is "Vintage Christmas", is honoring the Rochester Bicentennial along Main Street on Sunday, December 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The 66th event is presented by the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Parade begins at the corner of Tienken and Rochester Roads and continues south along Main Street to Third Street in Downtown Rochester. Come early to find parking and a place to watch the parade. Nice weather brings out the … [Read more...]

Curbside Leaf Collection Extended for Rochester

The Rochester Department of Public Works (DPW) leaf crews will continue the 5th round of leaf collection this week and are currently still west of Main St. Due to favorable weather conditions over the course of the next week, the DPW will be extending leaf collection activities through December 8. Please understand that the equipment that the DPW uses for leaf collection activities are also chipping equipment as well as salt and plow trucks. We will continue to keep our residents up … [Read more...]

Tenth Annual Kris Kringle Market in Downtown Rochester

Experience the European Essence of the 10th Annual Kris Kringle Market in Downtown Rochester Downtown Rochester’s annual Kris Kringle Market returns this holiday season on Friday, December 1, 4:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, Noon-10:00 p.m. The market will be located on W. Fourth Street between Main and Walnut and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show. The Kris Kringle Market is inspired by the 700 year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets. Visitors can enjoy … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday 2017

The merchants of downtown Rochester on Saturday, November 25 will host Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) 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 seventh year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday … [Read more...]

The Big, Bright Light Show in On

Did you miss Lagniappe and the opening night of the Big, Bright Light Show? The bad news is you missed Santa, Mrs. Claus, and some reindeer. But, the good news is you also missed a lot of traffic issues, trying to find parking, and jammed sidewalks. The best news is - the light show runs every evening through the holidays - you can still go see the more than one million points of light. The Big, Bright Light Show is now in its twelfth season. The buildings of Main Street will be covered … [Read more...]

Lagniappe is Monday November 20 in Downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of downtown Rochester on Monday, November 20, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also will offer some Lagniappe with the debut of The Big, Bright Light Show. The program will begin at 6:45 pm on E. Fourth Street with help from the Mayor, Channel 7’s Dave LewAllen and a special appearance by the man … [Read more...]