Rochester NY is a great place to live with its diverse range of attractions, amenities, and neighborhoods. From the arts and culture to outdoor sports, you can find something that interests you.
The city also offers a number of fun events throughout the year to make you feel part of the community. These events are a great way to get involved, meet new people and experience the city’s charm.
Since 1905, Rochester’s City-run Public Market has been a hub of commerce and community. The 280 North Union Street site is open year-round Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Vendors (well over 300 on busiest Saturdays) offer local produce; produce from around the country and world; meat, seafood, eggs and dairy products; ethnic delicacies; prepared foods; specialty items; general merchandise; and much more in three covered outdoor vendor sheds and a fully enclosed shed.
The variety of goods and services found at the Market is truly astounding. In addition to regular shopping days (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday), the Market hosts almost 50 days annually of free-admission special events, including Flower City Days, Food Truck Rodeos, Artist Row, Bands on the Bricks, Community Garage Sales, Halloween at the Market and Holidays at the Market.
Memorial Art Gallery
The Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester NY is one of the city’s most visited museums, Visit Rochester, NY. Located on the University of Rochester campus, this renowned institution houses an impressive collection of art and occasionally hosts excellent traveling exhibitions.
The MAG’s first floor showcases traveling exhibits and rotating collections, while the second floor contains timeless collections of paintings and priceless artifacts. The MAG also hosts an Italian baroque organ concert with students from the Eastman School of Music each Sunday.
The MAG is always trying something new, with events such as a monthly family-centric cultural heritage day and half-price Thursday admission. And don’t forget to stop by the MAG’s store, where you can purchase original works from local artists.
Rochester Museum & Science Center
The Rochester Museum & Science Center, located in downtown Rochester, NY, offers a variety of hands-on exhibits and family-friendly activities. The museum also operates the Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center, a 900-acre preserve near Naples, New York.
The RMSC has over 200 exhibits, with a focus on science, local history and culture. The museum has a 106-year tradition of education, with a unique combination of permanent and changing exhibits.
Among their permanent exhibits are Inventor Center, a participatory maker space where visitors can power cities, harness the wind and launch catapults; Science on a Sphere, an interactive globe that changes real-time data from Earth and other planets into graphic representations; Illumination: The World of Light and Optics, which includes a display of indoor bolts of musical lightning produced by twin solid-state Tesla coils; and Electricity Theater, a scientific show with an 11-foot-diameter display of indoor bolts of lighting.
Rochester Public Library
The Rochester Public Library system consists of one Central Library located in downtown Rochester, and ten neighborhood branches. It is governed by an 11-member Board of Trustees who are appointed by the City Council.
Its mission is to foster life-long learning, personal enrichment and prosperous communities in Western New York. It also offers a vast collection of books, movies, music, games, and other materials.
The Rundel Memorial Building was erected during the country’s Great Depression to house the growing Rochester Public Library system. Construction was a labor-intensive process and it provided a much-needed source of work for local people.
Rochester Red Wings
Rochester is home to the Red Wings, the oldest and longest running minor league team in North America. They are a Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and play in Frontier Field in downtown Rochester.
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Many prominent players and managers came through Rochester en route to their major-league careers, including Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Don Baylor, Boog Powell, Earl Weaver and Jim Palmer. The 1971 Red Wings team is especially famous for its infamous run to the World Series. It was a remarkable turnabout for a team that started the year 68-72 under Frank Robinson and finished with a 69-81 record.