Festivals & Special Events

“Civil War Sesquicentennial Event” @ Genesee Country Village & Museum, July 14 & 15

by Sue Cannon

•Always popular each summer season is the Sterling Renaissance Festival which runs weekends thru August 19 at 15385 Farden Road, Sterling NY, between Fair Haven and Oswego.  Be transported to an English Renaissance village complete with entertainment including nearly 100 stage and street performances, jousting matches, pub sings, wench auctions, olde world rides and games, specialty foods and special event weekends…Knights and Heroes 7/14 & 7/15; Romance Rendezvous – 7/21 & 7/22; Pirate Invasion – 7/28 & 7/29; Highland Fling – 8/4 & 8/5; Fantasy Weekend – 8/11 & 8/12; and the Grand Finale Weekend – 8/18 & 8/19.  Call (800) 879-4446; or visit www.SterlingFestival.com.

Night Markets & Bands on the Bricks events run thru August 24 at the Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union Street.  Enjoy the unique shopping experience of the Public Market on Friday evenings from 5-10 pm, featuring an eclectic mix of vendors, a variety of food choices and live musical entertainment.  Call 311; or outside of Rochester dial (585) 428-5990.

•It’s Rochester Pride Week in our area, with special activities scheduled thru July 15.   Events expressing LGBT pride are scheduled throughout the eleven days of Rochester’s 24th annual event including film screenings, family activities, a Pride Power Mixer and more – leading up to Pride Weekend complete with a parade, a Pride Festival featuring former Pussycat Doll, Jessica Sutta, and the annual picnic.  Call (585) 244-8640 for full details.

•The Webster Firemen’s Carnival runs July 11 thru 14 at the Webster Firemen’s Field on Sanford Street.  The event includes rides, games and food, a Kiddie Parade, a Firemen’s Parade, and Fireworks!  Visit www.websterfire.com.

•An all-new midway featuring Gillette Shows highlights the Monroe County Fair, running July 11 thru 15 at the Monroe County Fairgrounds, 2695 East Henrietta Road.  The event also features delicious fair foods, contests and exhibits, a menagerie of farm animals, and entertainment including aerial shows, horse shows, talent shows, local and regional bands on the Monster Energy Stage and motorsports in the grandstand.  Call (585) 334-4000; or visit www.mcfair.com.

Rochester Summerfest, running July 11 thru 15, brings with it a variety of events. Among them is a “Day Party” on Thursday featuring live music by Jon B taking place at Max at High Falls, 60 Browns Race; concerts featuring the Manattans with Gerald Aston on Friday at the Auditorium Theatre, 875 E. Main St.; and by Robin Thicke with Monica and others on Saturday at the Blue Cross Arena (see our Coming to Town section for details on all these artists); and a “25K National Basketball Tournament, Project ROC, that takes place all weekend with games on Friday and Saturday at the Ryan Center, 530 Webster Avenue and on Sunday at the Blue Cross Arena downtown.  Also on Sunday, there will be a “Celebrity Basketball Game” featuring Camron, Bobby V, Shawty Lo and Branden Albert.  The “All White Affair” on Sunday will be hosted by Shawty Lo, Bobby V & Camron at One Restaurant & Lounge. For information on this event, visit www.rochestersummerfest.com.

•Head out to the Medina Railroad Museum at 530 West Avenue in Medina NY and enjoy a two hour Summer Fun Train Ride through the historic Erie Canal corridor.  Departures are at 11 a.m. on July 11; and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on July 14 & August 13.  While you’re there, check out the huge HO-scale train layout – it’s 204 feet long!  And visit the largest railroad and toy train museum in NY State.  Call (585) 798-6106; or visit www.railroadmuseum.net on line.

•The Colonial Belle tour boat will host a series of special Parrot Head Cocktail Cruises featuring Fred Vine this season, leaving from the dock at 400 Packett’s Landing in Fairport.  This summer’s dates are July 11, July 31, and August 28.  Call (585) 223-9470 or visit www.colonialbelle.com.

•On July 12, it’s time to say Happy Birthday Mr. Eastman at the George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue.  Take a tour titled “Life at 900 East Avenue” and enjoy light beverages in the garden.  Call (585) 271-3361.

•A Latino Health Fair is planned on July 12 at 777 Clifford Avenue.  There will be food, music and raffles; as well as health activities and information.  The event is designed for all ages.  Call (585) 454-1200.

•Rochester’s own Tuskegee Airman, Charlie Price, will describe his flying experiences during WWII at a special Preview of the Geneseo Airshow on July 12.  World champion pilot Rob Holland will also be on hand with his MX-2 aerobatic maneuvers.  The free show starts at 6 p.m. at the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum and Aircraft Group Museum on Big Tree Road in Geneseo.  Call (585) 243-2100.

•The Highland Park Festival Site will be brimming with terrific sights, smells and sounds from July 12 thru 15 as it hosts the Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest. Top national acts are scheduled all weekend long (The Fabulous Thunderbirds/Shemekia Copeland/Carolyn Wonderland/Ana Popovic/Kelley Hunt/Dark Star Orchestra/Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds/JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound – See our Coming To Town section for details.); and rib masters from across the country will be on hand, serving lunch and dinner specialties!  In all, over 30 bands will perform!  See our Coming to Town section for details; and visit www.rochesterevents.com.

Patio Parties @ Casa Larga Vineyards are planned throughout the season at 2287 Turk Hill Road in Fairport complete with sampling of a Riesling wine, beers from local crafters, food pairings and music.  Events are planned on July 12, 19, and 26.  Call (585) 223-4210.

•It’s time once again for one of Rochester’s most popular summer happenings.  The East End Festival on July 13 will feature all local music by some of our area’s favorite bands – Sisters of Murphy, Big Eyed Phish, Something Else, the Skycoasters, Mochester Audioinflux, Springer, Bacci and Subsoil. The entire East Avenue area will be hopping with indoor and outdoor music – all sponsored by local businesses – Spur Dealerships, Backstage Pass Spirits, Labatts Blue, The Zone & The Buzz.  Visit www.eastendmusicfestival.com.

•Mt. Hope Cemetery hosts two events this month.  On July 13 at 7 p.m., meet at the Cemetery Office – South Entrance to discover some of the cemetery’s permanent residents who bent, broke or enforced the law in Mischief, Murder and Mayhem.  The following day, on July 14 at 10 a.m., meet at the same location to explore Rochester’s Prosperous and Penniless.  Learn about notable families buried in beautiful mausoleums and artistic family plots.  Call (585) 461-3494.

•Running July 13 & 14 in Perry Village Park on Lake Street is the Perry Chalk Festival.  The weekend festivities begin Friday evening with a War of 1812 Commemoration, and continue on Saturday with chalk artists creating works of outdoor art.  There will also be live music by Creekbend and Kelly’s Old Timers, crafts, face painting, a farmers market and Perry Public Market, the “Taste of Summer” fine dining event, and a special presentation of “Songs, Sounds and Scenes of The War of 1812.”  Call (585) 237-5375.

•The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival on July 13 thru 15 in downtown Canandaigua will feature over 100 artists and crafters, food vendors, and live music including a concert by The Fool on the 14th.  There will also be a Kids Korridor and family stage set up at the event.  Call (585) 396-0300.

•There will be sidewalk sales, craft shows, games and crafts for children, live entertainment, and food provided by local churches and non-profits at the Geneseo Rotary Summer Festival.  The event, which runs July 13 thru 15 also features a Teddy Bear Parade on Saturday, and an evening concert by The Skycoasters.  Events take place in Village Park, Main Street, Geneseo.  Visit www.geneseorotary.com.

•At the Finger Lakes Wine Festival held in Watkins Glen at the International Racetrack site on County Route 16, a full weekend is planned from July 13 thru 15.  On Friday night, it’s the Launch of the Lakes and toga party, followed on Saturday and Sunday by the festival showcasing 80 different wineries.  There will be cooking demos and culinary classes, wine seminars, arts and crafts and gourmet food vendors, live music, WGI pace car rides and more.  Call (866) 461-7223.

•During Lyons Peppermint Days, July 13 thru 15, the Village Square in Lyons NY springs to life with a community celebration that includes food and craft booths, historical tours, local bands, two parades, a car show, tractor show, and fireworks! Visit www.villageoflyons.com.

•The LeRoy Moose Family Center at 21 Bank Street along the mighty Oatka Creek will host MooseCreek 2012 on July 13 thru 15. There will be a kickoff party, concerts by AC/DC tribute band, Ballbreaker and others; a country jamboree and more.  There is no cover charge, but any funds raised will go to Mercy Flight.  Call (585) 768-6170.

•The Perinton Bicentennial Gala Family Celebration is planned for July 14 in Center Park on Ayrault and Turk Hill Roads in Fairport.  A horseshoe tournament starts at noon, followed by a family picnic, antique car show, firemen’s waterball competition, mustache contest and hog calling competition, and a concert featuring Pan Loco Steel Band.  Call (585) 223-5050.

•On July 14, the Rochester Civic Garden Center will host a tour – Gardens of Brighton – featuring a variety of  gardens in the Brighton area executed by local artists and talented homeowners – from potage-stamp-sized lots to a full acre.  Call (585) 473-5130 for details.

•A rain or shine indoor/outdoor event at Affaire de Chocolat on July 14 benefits Safe Journey; and promises all sorts of decedent fun.  Chocolate Fest 2012 runs from noon to 7 p.m.  There will be arts & crafts, face painting, wine, music by M.A.C., Light Blue & Sinzibukwud; and plenty of chocolate sampling.  Visit www.affairedechocolat.com; or call (585) 387-1911 for details.

•On July 14 & 15, the 2012 Geneseo Air Show will be held at the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum at the Geneseo Airport, off Rt. 63 – opposite the SUNY Geneseo campus. Billed as “The Greatest Show on Turf,” the event will feature WWII Re-enactors, Classic Warbirds, Aerobatic Acts, Fighters, Bombers, Trainers and Transporters, Antique Cars, and for the first time ever, the Focke Wulf 190!  And, as always, the USO Hangar Dance is scheduled for Saturday night.  Call (585) 243-2100.

•Paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, pottery, drawings and graphics will be offered at the 46th annual Keuka Lake Art Show on July 14 & 15 along with live music.  For directions and details, call (607) 776-7774.

•The 5th annual Lavender Festival will be held on July 14 & 15 at Olfactory Farms in Red Creek NY.  There will be crafts, soaps, informational workshops, a children’s area, great foods, demonstrations, soaps and gifts, live music, a farm museum to visit, a 5K fun run/walk and more.  Visit www.nylavenderfestival.com for details.

•Hundreds of re-enactors will converge on Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road in Mumford, NY for a Civil War Re-enactment on July 14 & 15.  There will be two battles daily, one at noon in the historic village; the other, featuring artillery and mounted cavalry, at 2 pm in a nearby field.  The Village will also be offering concerts, specialty shopping and vignettes depicting civilian life during the war.  Call (585) 538-6822, and visit www.gcv.org.

•The Ontario Beach Sports & Music Festival, held on July 14 & 15 at Ontario Beach Park on Lake & Beach Avenue offers plenty of free music and a chance to enjoy such events as pickleball, beach volleyball, sand soccer, pole vaulting and bench-press competitions, as well as the U.S. Wrestling Beach Wrestling National Championship.  Call (585) 262-3832.

•Family activities, arts and crafts, music and food, a parade and Duck Derby are all part of the fun at the Oatka Festival.  The event is held on July 14 & 15 in the Village of LeRoy.  Visit www.oatkafestival.org.

•On July 14 & 15, the Finger Lakes Boating Museum will host its 15th annual Boating Festival at Geneva Lakeshore Park.  The event include a Mussleman Triathlon, boat displays, workshops and demonstrations, and a sailing regatta.  Call (607) 868-3025.

•A Full Moon Flashlight Tour of the Stone-Tolan Historic Site is planned on July 17.  There will be lawn games, campfire activities…and popcorn and s’more kits will be available at 2370 East Avenue.  Call (585) 546-7029.

•Running July 17 thru 21 on Rt. 15A in Hemlock NY is the annual Hemlock “Little World’s” Fair.  The event will feature a newly expanded midway this year and “pay-one-price” admission that includes rides, parking and all attractions.  There will be nightly entertainment, demolition derbies, agricultural shows, food and craft vendors, truck and tractor pulls, Heritage Museum visits and more on Rt. 15A in Hemlock NY.  Visit www.hemlockfiar.org for full details.

•At the Genesee County Fair, running July 17 thru 21 on Rt. 5, east of Batavia, there will be midway rides, grandstand events, a car show, queen contest, food, entertainment, animals and a parade.  Visit www.gcfair.com.

•From July 19 thru 22, the Italian American Community Center (IACC) at 150 Frank DiMino Way, will host the 12th annual Festa Italiana!  There will be an Italian CafÈ, Cucina Italiana, Cultural Demonstrations, Great Food, a Texas Holdem Tournament, Arts & Crafts, Children’s Activities, Raffles, Bocce, and plenty of Live Music offered on three stages!  Visit www.iaccrochester.org for full details, or call (585) 594-8882.

•The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, held from July 19 thru 22 at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds, north of Ithaca, will feature some 60 bands on four stages.  This year’s lineup includes George Jones, Donna the Buffalo, Khaira Arby, Rebirth Brass Band, Eileen Ivers, and Preston Frank & His Zydeco Family Band.  There will be camping, food and craft booths, kids’ activities and more.  Call (607) 387-5098.

•It’s time for another ZooBrew!  The popular 21 & over events are held throughout the summer at the Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St., with live music, great food and adult beverages.  This month, on July 20, it’s No Boundaries who will do the honors.  Visit www.senecaparkzoo.org for details.

•Live music featuring headline performances by Our Latin Thing & N’klabe, Luis Enrique, and Mario Hernandez & Elvis Crespo are planned at this year’s Puerto Rican Festival running July 20 thru 22.  (See our Coming to Town section for details.)  Local bands will also entertain, along with dance groups and youth performances.  There will also be children’s activities, agency and health fairs, a special 5K Race & Fitness Walk, plenty of food and more, with this year’s theme being “Remembering the Past, Building the Future.”  The event is held in the Frontier Field VIP Lot.  The Puerto Rican Parade is scheduled for July 21 at 11 a.m. from the Liberty Pole to the festival site.  Visit www.prfestival.com.

•Ethnic food dishes and baked goods, a large exhibit of artifacts and photos of Macedonian heritage, youth games and games of chance, live Macedonian music and group dancing will all be part of the Macedonian Ethnic Festival taking place from July 20 thru 22 at St. Dimitria Macedonian Orthodox Church, 235 Telephone Road, West Henrietta.  Call (585) 334-6675.

•Three days of live music on outdoor stages are at the heart of the Boulder Festival, taking place on July 20 thru 22 at Boulder Coffee, 100 Alexander Street, and the South Wedge area.  Local vendors will also be on hand.  Scheduled to perform are the Moho Collective, Roots Collider, Julia Weldon, the Demos, Mikaela Davis, Joywave, High Drags, Rubblebucket, RipRoc, Cultr Club, Cottage Jefferson, Josh Netsky Band, Dave & Marissa, Anonymous Willpower, Epilogue and the Buddahood.  Visit www.boulderfestival.com; and see our Coming to Town section for information on Rubblebucket and Julia Weldon.

Blues & Barbeque on July 21 in the Highbanks Recreation Area of Letchworth State Park in Castile NY is a family-style event featuring bands, barbeque and more, and ending with a Fireworks display.  Call (585) 493-3600.

•This year’s Ten Ugly Men Festival is scheduled for July 21 in Genesee Valley Park.  The charity event features sports tournaments including kickball, bocce, dodgeball, volleyball, a 5K race, and new this year, the Meat Grinder Obstacle Course & Race; as well as food, live music and kids’ activities.  Visit www.tenuglymen.com.

•Historic Sodus Point will host the Sodus Point Bayside Bash on July 21 at the Sodus Point Fire Department, 8364 Greig Street.  There will be music by Fritz’s Polka Band, games for kids, a Hula Hoop dancing contest, a picnic, a silent auction and more.  Call (315) 534-1289.

•On July 21 & 22, the Conesus Lake Association Arts & Craft Sale will be held in Long Point Park on Conesus Lake, Rt. 256 in Geneseo.  Over 100 crafters, a food court, pulled pork and chicken BBQs, entertainment featuring Alchemy Steel Drum Band on Saturday and Steve West and The Tabletop Three on Sunday will all be part of the fun.  Call (585) 346-2472.

•The Wine Country Classic Boat Show and Regatta is scheduled for July 21 & 22 in Hammondsport NY.  The annual display of antique and classic boats features historic crafts built before 1919.  A Regatta will be held on Sunday.  Call (315) 694-7420.

•The 55th annual Pultneyville Homecoming Festival is planned for July 21 & 22 on Rt. 21 in Pultneyville NY.  Events include a 5K race, an antique show, a car show, pony rides, a Sunfish regatta, a Homecoming Parade, walking tours, boat tours, concerts games, theatre performances and more.  Visit www.w-phs.org.

•A celebration benefiting Eastman School of Music jazz scholarships, is scheduled for July 22 at Cranberry Pond.  Jazz on the Pond offers a headline performance featuring John Legend, Eastman jazz student performances as well as dinner, drinks and dancing.  Visit www.jazzonthepond.org.

•The Ryu-Kon 2012 Anime & Gaming Convention, taking place on July 22 at the Inn on the Lake, 770 S. Main St. in Canandaigua NY will feature vendors, live entertainment, an Asian carnival, an art show, a game area, workshops, a video game room, and much more – even a Glow in the Dark Anime Rave!  Visit www.ryu.kon.

•Running July 23 thru 28 at the Orleans County Fairgrounds on Rt. 31 in Knowlesville NY is the 2012 Orleans County 4-H Fair.  The event offers carnival rides and games, great food and entertainment, animals, 4-H exhibits, a talent show and karaoke challenge, a garden tractor pull, greased pole climbing contest, fireworks, vendors and more.  Visit www.orleans4-hfair.com; or call (800) 724-0314.

•The Ontario County Fair held from July 24 thru 28 on the Fairgrounds, County Road 10 in Canandaigua NY will feature a midway, festival foods, petting zoo and family entertainment, DIRT racing, a horse pull, tractor pulls, stunt show, 4H activities, demolition derby, fireworks, nightly bands and more.  Call (585) 394-4987.

East Rochester Firemen’s Field Days, taking place July 25 thru 28 at the East Rochester High School Grounds, offer live music each evening, a chicken BBQ, carnival rides, a parade, fireworks, great food and more.  Visit www.erfd.org for full details.

•Amusement rides, a variety of foods, games of chance and more will be part of the Hilton Fire Dept. Carnival, held at 135 South Avenue, Hilton NY, from July 25 thru 28.  Visit www.hiltonfd.org.

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