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...]

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...]

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...]

The Big, No Bright, No Light Show VIDEO

Rochester Media caught Downtown Rochester in one of its Darkest Hours As the high winds knocked out power across the state, many in the Greater Rochester Area lost power. This video shows Downtown Rochester looking like the opposite of the Big, Bright Light Show. As of 5:00 a.m. Thursday, more than 700,000 DTE Energy customers have been impacted and more than 670,000 customers remain without power due to severe winds blowing through its Southeast Michigan service territory. This is the … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2017 Opens Registration January 30

Downtown Rochester is calling all artists: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult to participate in downtown Rochester’s Seventh Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2017. Artists are asked to provide their unique work on a blank skateboard deck. Winning pieces will be picked in each category by a panel of judges, and prizes will be awarded. Deck Art 2017 is scheduled for May 11-12. This year, South Street Skateshop has passed the Deck Art … [Read more...]

Rochester-opoly Now Available, Just in Time for the Holidays

This holiday season the places of Rochester will be spaces on a customized board game, Rochester-opoly. The game will feature all of the fun and memorable places in our community, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, Oakland University, Rochester Hills Public Library and many more. The game was created by Lynne Vettraino, a local entrepreneur, after she was inspired by a similar game in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, “While visiting my hometown, I saw a custom city-based ‘opoly’ game and was … [Read more...]

Pirates of the Caribbean make the Best Mannequins

Downtown Rochester held its fourth annual Rochester Posed event on Thursday, October 6, 2016. During the event nineteen participating businesses turned their storefront windows into live mannequin displays. This year’s theme for Rochester Posed was Classic Movies. Attendees were dazzled by a variety of mannequin displays including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Grease, and Forrest Gump. “Rochester Posed is one of my favorite events said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Events Coordinator of the Rochester … [Read more...]

Rochester Sidewalk Sales

Sidewalk Sales July 14, 15 & 16 Nothing says summer in Downtown Rochester quite like Sidewalk Sales. Back for its 61th Year, Sidewalk Sales will kick-off on Thursday, July 14. “Over the years Sidewalk Sales has become something to expect during the summer in Downtown Rochester”, said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Events Coordinator of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority. “For many it isn’t summer without three days filled with shopping, dining, and family-friendly … [Read more...]

The Ins and Outs of Cycling through Downtown Rochester

Where the Trails Meet Rochester has been named a 2015 Nationally Certified Main Street Community, which emphasizes historic preservation. Finding a balance between the needs of residents, businesses and visitors in the historical downtown area can be challenging. Rochester has adapted to many changes since 1817 and is now at the heart of an increasingly popular recreational trail system connection. The Paint Creek, Clinton River, and Macomb Orchard Trails are a part of a vital network … [Read more...]

Rochester-Avon Historical Society Hosts Downtown Rochester Walking Tours

Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s 2016 Downtown Rochester Walking Tour Schedule The weather is improving and that means it's time once again for the Rochester Avon Historical Society’s annual walking tours of historic downtown Rochester. These popular tours are free to RAHS members and just $5 per person under the age of 55 and $3 per seniors (55+) and students. Bring your friends for what is sure to be an eye-opening and exciting adventure in Downtown Rochester. Each tour meets on the … [Read more...]