Join the Rochester Birthday Club

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is partnering with Rochester Police and Fire to help children in the community celebrate their special day by creating the Rochester Birthday Club to help the City's children celebrating a birthday in the month of April. Click the link and fill out the requested information, and on the day and time of your choosing either the Fire Department or Police Department (your choice) will send a vehicle to stop in front of your home to celebrate … [Read more...]

Free Parking in Downtown Rochester

Free Parking in City Parking Decks and at Meters Thru April 13 The City of Rochester has suspended parking collections through April 13 and is forgoing collecting hourly fees at public decks, metered parking lots, and metered street parking. This should allow easier access to businesses to get carryout food, essential items, and medication. Click here for Carryout/Delivery Guide … [Read more...]

Apply to Serve on a City Board or Commission in Rochester

The City of Rochester is seeking applicants for various boards and commissions. Please fill out an application and submit by Wednesday, April 8, 2020 for first consideration. If you are interested in serving on a City of Rochester Board or Commission, please fill out a Boards and Commissions Application at www.rochestermi.org/bcapp More information on each board and commission can be found on pages 4 and 5 of the application document. To submit, download the application and fill out … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2020 Now Open

Downtown Rochester is calling all artists: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult to participate in Downtown Rochester’s Tenth Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2020. 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 is scheduled for May 14 & 15. This year’s event is expected to include as many as 50 local … [Read more...]

Fire & Ice Festival this Weekend in Downtown Rochester

The Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester will be the inaugural event to commemorate Oakland County’s bicentennial year, County Executive David Coulter announced today. The fireworks pre-show will honor Oakland County’s 200 years and the event stage will have a bicentennial ice sculpture. “We can’t think of a better way to kick off celebrating Oakland County’s 200th year than with the Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester,” Coulter said. “We welcome everyone to attend our … [Read more...]

Photo Highlights of the 2019 Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade

Photo Highlights of the 68th Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade. Thank you the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce for another successful event. Photos by Michael Dwyer of Rochester Media and The Community Edge.                     Check out last year’s photo highlights of the 67th Annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade for more great memories made in … [Read more...]

Lagniappe in Downtown Rochester

Join the merchants of Downtown Rochester on Monday, November 25 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 6:20 p.m. on E. Fourth Street with help from the Mayor, Channel 7 and a special appearance by the man in red, Santa … [Read more...]

Holiday Farmers’ Market is Back for the Season in Downtown Rochester

Looking for farm fresh flavors this winter? Look no further than the Downtown Rochester Winter Farmers’ Market. Now open for its fourth season on Thursdays, 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 for the return of the Holiday Farmers’ Market on Thursday evenings. It gives attendees the chance to not only enjoy … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees November 22-24

The 6th Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees will be November 22-24, at the Rochester Community House, 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 organizations. The Festival of Trees kicks off with the Cocktail Preview on Friday, November 22, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Tickets are $50 per person/$85 per couple. The … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Concert Band Presents “Spooktacular”

The Rochester Community Concert Band (RCCB) will present its first concert of the 2019-2020 season, Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rochester High School Performing Arts Center located at 180 South Livernois (at Walton), Rochester Hills, MI. The concert is open to the public and free to attend, but donations are gratefully accepted. This music program features sounds of space travel and spooks we all hear at Halloween. Works include "Music for a Darkened Theatre," featuring film … [Read more...]