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Thanks For Your Vote!

City Newspaper readers voted and the Rochester Lilac Festival was named #1 Best Local Arts Festival!

Thanks to all our artists whose excellent work made it possible. 

Posted on Fri, 12 Dec 2014

Park Ave Summer Art Fest Call For Artists

Click here for more info on submitting an application for the Park Ave Summer Art Fest. 

Posted on Fri, 12 Dec 2014

Lilac Festival Call For Artists

Click here for more info on submitting an application for the Rochester Lilac Festival. 

Posted on Mon, 8 Dec 2014

New album from The Playing for Change Band!

The Playing for Change Band is back and bigger than ever. With their new CD, “Songs Around The World,” expect to hear even more familiar voices. From Keith Richards to Sara Bareilles, this CD/DVD combo is pleasing to both the eyes and ears. Click here to see when The Playing for Change Band will be at the Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest!

Posted on Mon, 23 Jun 2014

Go V.I.P.!

Help your local Meals on Wheels by hosting a party in our V.I.P. tent at the Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest! Click here for more information, or visit our "Group V.I.P." section to learn more!

Posted on Fri, 30 May 2014

Guinness World Record Event

Help Rochester break the World Record for the worlds largest human flower-a lilac! ! Find Out More 

Posted on Fri, 2 May 2014

More Headliners Announced!

The Rochester Lilac Festival is ready to ROCK with this year's musical lineup. More headliners were released today, and there's sure to be something for everyone. Click here to check out the lineup thus far, and be sure to check back as more will be announced soon!

Posted on Mon, 7 Apr 2014

Goodbye Cold Winter!



Announcing three of the ten featured headliners and a new Center Stage sponsor at the Rochester Lilac Festival 


The Rochester Lilac festival is beckoning Mother Nature to bring on the heat with the announcement of CarMax as a presenting sponsor of the Lilac Center Stage, and the release of three headline concerts for the 116th edition, May 9 – May 18, 2014. 


“This year, the most important headliner to pay attention to at Center Stage is CarMax” said festival organizer Jeff Springut. “It makes an enormous difference to the kind of talent we are able to present when we have a partner who gets it and steps up like CarMax has.” 


Richmond, VA based CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars. The company’s first store in New York state officially opened in Rochester, N.Y. on March 12, 2014. The store, located at 3600 West Henrietta Road offers low, no haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used cars, and superior customer service.


"When we come into a market, we want to support the community and do the right things” said Steven Kesner, Location General Manager of CarMax Rochester, We are thrilled to be a part of the Rochester Lilac Festival and proud to support a world class event.” 


Confirmed featured concerts announced today include:


Rusted Root; Thursday, May 15th With eight albums, over three million records sold worldwide and iconic music featured in films such as Ice Age, Twister, and Matilda, it’s no wonder Rusted Root’s 2013 performance shattered attendance records at the Festival. The live show is a perfect combination of musical intuition, freedom, and virtuosity that leaves an undeniable imprint on all who experience it. 


The Original Wailers; Saturday, May 17th Carrying the torch passed on by Bob Marley himself, The Original Wailers bring the magic and intensity of their powerful, 2013 Grammy nominated 10-piece band together in honor of the history and integrity of Bob’s music. Featuring original guitarist Al Anderson and original keyboardist and background singer Tyrone Downie alongside a group of handpicked musicians; The Original Wailers infuse the spirit of Marley with their renditions of his iconic tunes.


Eddie Money; Sunday, May 18th Since bursting onto the scene with his blue-collar brand of Rock n Roll in 1977, Eddie Money has proven to be a performer with a sound that transcends generations. His self-titled debut album went double platinum and hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” remain in hot demand today. In 1986, Money released Can’t Hold Back, which featured the classic Grammy-Nominated duet with Ronnie Spector “Take Me Home Tonight”. 


The remaining ten-day concert lineup and full schedule of events will be released on Monday, April 7th during a 10:00am press conference at the Olmsted Lodge; Monroe County Parks Office Building. For more information visit 



About the Rochester Lilac Festival: The only 10-day free festival of its kind in North America, the Rochester Lilac Festival welcomes more than 500,000 visitors annually. Set in Monroe County's famous Highland Park, visitors experience the incredible beauty and intense fragrance of more than 500 varieties of lilacs on 1200 plants. Alongside the largest lilac collection in the United States, visitors enjoy non-stop entertainment, a Craft Beer Garden, a wide variety of foods and one-of-a-kind shopping. Special events inside the Festival include the popular Wine & Chocolate Tasting, Weekend Art & Craft Shows, the televised Lilac Parade, Seniors Day, and the Highland Hospital Lilac 10K and 5K Fun Run. Open 10:30am-8:30pm daily, admission to the Rochester Lilac Festival is free. For more information visit


Posted on Wed, 26 Mar 2014

Call for Artists!

Only those who are the hands-on makers of their work may participate in the Lilac Festival and Park Ave Art and Craft Show. If you are an artist, craftsperson, or specialty vendor who would like to be considered for participation, please download and return the applying artist application. 

Click here for the Lilac Festival application.

Click here for the Park Ave Festival application.

Posted on Wed, 4 Dec 2013

Join the Parade!

Be a part of one of the festival's greatest events! Visit the parade page for more info, or download the Parade Participant Application.

Posted on Wed, 4 Dec 2013

Be a Sponsor!

We're now accepting applications for new sponsors for all of our events. Multiple sponsorship levels available. More info.

Posted on Mon, 18 Nov 2013

Download Our Mobile App

Download The Rochester Mobile App

Now available Free for iOS, Android & Blackberry More Info 

Posted on Mon, 4 Nov 2013

Host The Best Company Picnic Ever!


Bring your team to the most entertaining, stress-free company picnic ever! Pair delicious All-You-Can-Eat BBQ, and a smoking hot entertainment line-up in one of Monroe County’s finest parks for a unique company picnic like no other! Click here for more information

Posted on Fri, 7 Jun 2013

Follow Lilac Festival on Facebook

The fastest way to the latest news, announcements and fun pictures is to follow us on Facebook. Click here to connect to the Lilac Festival Fan Page 

Posted on Fri, 10 May 2013

Festival Merchandise Available Online!

2012 Park Ave Summer Arts Festival merchandise is available for purchase online. This year's poster and t-shirts were designed by graphic artist and illustrator Amy Margolis. Festival Merchandise Available Online

Posted on Wed, 8 Aug 2012

San Francisco Meets New Orleans

Peace, love, and soul come together as Grateful Dead alumni, Bill Kreutzmann joins with George Porter on the stage at Party In The Park Thursday, August 2. 

7 Walkers is an electrifying hybrid of classic Bay Area rock and New Orleans funk formed by Bill Kreutzmann, former Grateful Dead drummer who never missed a gig in the Dead’s 30-years together, and guitarist/vocalist Papa Mali. They recruited legendary New Orleans bassist George Porter Jr. and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard to joins as well. A majority of the songs on 7 Walkers' self-titled debut album, released in 2010, was co-penned by Papa Mali and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. They band calls the album an "an open love letter to the city of New Orleans.” Among the highlights is track "King Cotton Blues," which features Willie Nelson guesting on vocal and guitar. More Info




Posted on Mon, 30 Jul 2012

Win tickets to WILCO

Here's your chance to win a pair of tickets to WILCO, performing at the Highland Bowl in Rochester, NY on Friday, August 3, 2012.  The winner will be slected Wednesday August 1, at 3pm so click here now and REGISTER TO WIN or click here for more information on this concert.



Posted on Mon, 30 Jul 2012

This weekend at the Highland Bowl

Don't miss this Saturday, July 28 when The Offspring, Our Lady Peace, The Gaslight Anthem and more take over the Highland Bowl for Bonzai. Get your tickets now! More Info

Posted on Mon, 23 Jul 2012

Bonzai at the Highland Bowl

It's almost time for Bonzai! On July 28 The Offspring, Our Lady Peace, The Gaslight Anthem, Eve 6, Walk The Moon and Oberhofer will take over the Highland Bowl. Get your tickets now! More Info

Posted on Tue, 17 Jul 2012

2012 Big Rib Award Winners

The votes were cast and tallied, and we're excited to announce the 2012 Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest award winners. See winners 

Posted on Mon, 16 Jul 2012

Big Rib Fest ticket information

Any Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest tickets purchased online Friday, Saturday or Sunday and any will-call tickets can be picked up at the main entrance front gate from the will-call counter. More Info 

Posted on Fri, 13 Jul 2012

It's Ribs Week in Rochester!

The 5th annual Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest kicks off Thursday, July 12th at 11:30am at the Highland Park Festival Site and continues through Sunday, July 15th. Free admission daily from 11:30am-3pm, children 12 and under are always free. More info

Posted on Mon, 9 Jul 2012

Register To Win BBQ V.I.P.

Download the Mobile App for iPhone and Android and when you get inside-Register To Win V.I.P. Tickets to the Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest! Rochester Events organizes concerts and festivals in the Rochester, NY area including Big Rib BBQ and Blues Fest, Party In The Park, the Park Ave Summer Art Fest, the Highland Bowl Concert Series and many additonal special events. This app is your guide to all concerts and festivals and includes: a full listing of all events and key dates; live music lineup with bios, videos, photos and sharing to Twitter and Facebook,-directions & GPS map with key locations; the ever popular SouvenirCam; access to the Rochester Events Facebook page and Twitter stream and links to online ticketing. Click Here to Download the Mobile App for iphone. Click here to downlaod the Mobile App for Android Have Fun!


Posted on Mon, 9 Jul 2012

Get Ready for Young the Giant

Hot new rock group Young the Giant will headline Party In The Park Thursday, July 12 with special guest The Apache Relay and 95.1 The BREW Rock Star Rivalry winner Axis Armada. You don't want to miss this show. More Info 

Posted on Mon, 9 Jul 2012

Special guest added for July 5th concert

Modern Blues guitarist and singer Chris Beard has been added as special guest of headliner Tower of Power for the July 5 Party In The Park concert! More Info  

Posted on Mon, 2 Jul 2012

Rusted Root Headlines Party In The Park

Rusted Root’s 20th anniversary celebration comes to Rochester. The platinum-selling band will play Party In The Park on Thursday, June 21, joined by special guests Balkan Beat Box and Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk. More info. 

Posted on Mon, 18 Jun 2012

Big Rib Fest 2012 Musical Lineup Announced

The Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest is set to take over the Highland Park Festival Site July 12-15, 2012

The Festival will celebrate its fifth edition with a tribute that pays homage to the flavors of American cuisine and the soul of American music


The famous Frederick Law Olmsted designed Highland Park in Rochester, NY will frame the backdrop for the biggest-and tastiest Rib Festival in Upstate New York. For four BIG days, July 12 through July 15, 2012, barbecue fans will once again have an opportunity to sample wildly different versions of items they might have thought were always made the same. Whether it’s a saucy Kansas City style rib, a Memphis dry rub or the big flavor from deep in the heart of Texas - this festival proves that no two barbeque flavors are created equal. Serving every day from 11:30am through 10:00pm (9:00pm on Sunday), the 2012 Festival will feature the secret recipes and unique preparation styles of five nationally renowned Rib Masters –Porky ‘N’ Beans, Willingham’s World Champion Bar-B-Que, Texas Pit BBQ, Gator BBQ and Unkl Moe's BBQ. Alongside the fantastic food is a musical lineup that pays homage to the impact of blues on American music.
“The Blues are not only the most American of art forms, but the fundamental inspiration for some of the most important artists of our generation,” Artistic Director and Festival Producer Jeff Springut said.

“Stylistically, this year’s lineup represents all the various flavors of the Blues, from the Texas guitar and harp driven Blues of Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds to the Kansas City boogie woogie sounds of Kelley Hunt, to gritty Chicago Blues with Shemekia Copeland. We’re planning a fifth anniversary celebration that samples every genre of Blues music.”
 The full four day line-up features a roster of nationally and internationally recognized artists including: The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, Shemekia Copeland, Carolyn Wonderland, Kelley Hunt, Ana Popovic, Dark Star Orchestra, Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra, Joe Beard and the Blues Union, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, The Voices of Clouds, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, JD McPherson,  Oli Brown Band, John Cole Blues Band, Steve Grills and the Roadmasters, Funky Blu Roots, Fred Vine and Deborah Magone. 

Hours for the Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 12-15 11:30am to 10:00pm, and Sunday, July 15, 11:30am to 9:00pm.  Admission is free everyday from 11:30am through 3:00pm; $5 after 3:00pm on Thursday and $10 after 3:00pm Friday through Sunday. Kids 12 and under are always free. The Use It. Abuse It. 4-Day Festival Pass is transferrable and provides unlimited access for the four days of the festival at a special price of just $25. Advance admission tickets are on sale now at the House of Guitars, Record Archive and The Bop Shop; online at or by calling 1-888-512-SHOW.  Click here to view the 2012 Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest Full Concert Lineup

Posted on Thu, 24 May 2012

Party In The Park Lineup Announced!

Check out the 2012 Party In The Park 2012 lineup announced today! Click Here

Posted on Wed, 9 May 2012

WILCO Tour: Rochester, NY Date Announced

Rochester, NY – Tickets for WILCO go on sale to the public this Saturday, April 14, 2012. Continuing to tour in support of the Grammy-nominated The Whole Love, the acclaimed Chicago sextet will perform a 6:30pm open-air concert on August 3, 2012 at the Highland Bowl.

Tickets for the all ages AUGUST 3, 2012 concert are $44.50 advance, $49.00 day of show and can be purchased online, in person at the Record Archive, or by calling 

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco in the mid-1990’s. The Whole Love is the third album by the band’s current lineup, which solidified in 2004 when guitarist Nels Cline and guitarist/keyboardist Patrick Sansone joined Tweedy, founding bassist John Stirratt, drummer Glenn Kotche and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen. Together, they released Sky Blue Sky in 2007 and the Grammy-nominated Wilco (The Album) in 2009. Wilco has won Grammy Awards for its 2004 release A Ghost is Born in the Best Alternative Album and Best Recording Package categories. Wilcoʼs Jeff Tweedy won a Grammy award as producer for Mavis Staples 2010 album You Are Not Alone.

Wilco has released 10 studio albums to date, including Mermaid Avenue Volumes 1 & 2, which, in collaboration with British folk singer Billy Bragg, set original music to song lyrics by the truest of American icons, songwriter Woody Guthrie.

Posted on Wed, 11 Apr 2012

Park Ave Fest Call For Entries

Applications for the 36th annual Park Ave Summer Art Fest are now being accepted. If you are an artist, musician, exhibitor or food vendor and would like to be at the festival, click here.  

Posted on Fri, 13 Jan 2012

2012 Party In The Park Dates Announced!

Mark your calendars! Summer is just around the corner. We're working hard to bring the biggest and  brightest stars to Rochester for the 16th annual Party In The Park kicking off June 7, 2012 for ten weeks. Click here to Join the Fan Base and you'll be the first to know when the lineup is announced!

Posted on Fri, 13 Jan 2012

The BBQ & Blues Are Back

Four Big Days of the tastiest, finger lickin', good time BBQ you ever had is BACK at the Highland Park Festival Site from Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 15, 2012.

Click here to visit  the Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest online.

Posted on Thu, 12 Jan 2012

Party In The Park Welcomes 80's Hit Makers the Romantics

It's another good time this Thursday August 11 at Party In The Park as the high energy, power pop of the Romantics takes over. Click Here For A Video Preview

Posted on Tue, 9 Aug 2011

Final Day of Chrysler Park Ave Summer Art Fest

The festival hours for Sunday, August 7 are 10:00am - 5:00pm. Free and expanded parking along with air conditioned shuttle service is available. Click Here For Park Ave Fest Parking/Shuttle/Handicap Access

Posted on Sun, 7 Aug 2011

Chrysler Park Ave Summer Art Fest opens today at 10:00am

Free and expanded parking, shuttle buses also available
(August 6, 2011 – Rochester, NY) Visitors to this weekend’s Chrysler Park Ave Summer Art Fest are encouraged to heed temporary parking signs posted on side streets and to take advantage of shuttle buses and additional parking options that will be available this year. Residents and merchants from the Park Avenue neighborhood have placed hundreds of temporary parking signs along side streets in preparation for the 35th annual festival, which will take place on August 6 and 7. The YES YOU CAN and NO YOU CAN’T parking signs are designed to help motorists avoid confusion, ticketing and towing during the festival. To further ease parking woes,non-alternate parking is allowed on some of the streets that run perpendicular to Park Avenue. When in doubt, refer to the posted signs.
Visitors are also encouraged to take advantage of nearby free and paid parking, including several options that are newly available this year. Free parking and shuttle bus service will be available to transport visitors from two designated lots, which are conveniently located at Monroe Square on Monroe Avenue near Union Street and at Gleason Works, 1000 University Avenue (enter lot from Elton Street). Shuttle buses will be available to transport visitors from these lots during the festival for $1 per person, round trip. The shuttles run continuously from 9a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. They stop at both festival entrances –Park/Alexander and Park/Culver – and at the festival midpoint of Oxford/East. All shuttles are air-conditioned and liftequipped.There is also limited handicap-only parking in the Parkleigh lot on the corner of Goodman Street and Park Avenue (enter lot from south side of Park Avenue).This year, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation will be offering off-street parking in its lots at 962 East Avenue between Berkeley and Barrington Streets, just a short walk to the festival. The cost to park is $5 per car.There will also be $5 parking open to festival-goers only (not artists or exhibitors) behind the Talmudical Institute at the corner of Brunswick Street and Park Avenue, one block west of Culver Road (enter lot from south side of Park Avenue). The Chrysler Park Ave Summer Art Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, and from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. on Sunday, August 7. For more information, click here
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Posted on Sat, 6 Aug 2011

Get Your AT&T VIP Lounge Access

Be one of the first 50 people to register online and get your upgrade to the AT&T VIP Lounge as Party In The Park welcomes Robert Randolph and the Family Band, special guest Gary Clark Jr. and The Beat Beggars on Thursday, August 4th Click Here To Register

Posted on Mon, 1 Aug 2011

Chrysler Park Ave Summer Art Fest

This first full weekend of August welcomes more than 300 artists from 22 states and Canada and over 200,000 visitors to shop, eat and play along a mile and a quarter portion of the tree lined picturesque Park Avenue neighborhood. A multitude of specialty food vendors add to the delicious flavor already found in the many bistros, cafes and restaurants on Park Avenue. The music begins as the festival opens with more than 32 acts performing on three stages. The Chrysler Park Ave Summer Art Fest runs on Saturday August 6, 10:00 am until 6:00 pm and Sunday August 7, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Parking along Park Avenue side streets will be limited, and will be well marked with signs. Festival goers are advised to read the signs to avoid getting a parking ticket or being towed.Free parking lots and shuttles (the cost is $1 per person, round trip) will be available at the Gleason Works lots on Elton Street and Anderson Avenue just north of University Avenue, and at Monroe Square at 259 Monroe Ave. Shuttles will be continuous from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday, Aug. 6 and from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday, Aug. 7. Buses will drop riders off at the entrances on Culver Road and Alexander Street, as well as East Avenue and Oxford Street.New this year is additional off street parking being offered by the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation located at 962 East Ave. between Berkeley and Barrington Streets, just a short walk to the festival. Public parking in the church lots is $5 per car for festival goers.

Posted on Sun, 31 Jul 2011

Party In The Park Rochester

Rochester welcomes Violet Mary, DJ Logic and Big Gigantic tonight at Party In The Park. Gates open at 5:00pm More Info

Posted on Thu, 28 Jul 2011

moe. @Party In The Park

It's going to be a busy week at Party In The Park as moe. headlines. We are advising everyone arrive early as we expect more demand on parking. Gates open at 5:00pm

Posted on Mon, 18 Jul 2011

Big Rib Fest Today until 10:00pm

Tonight’s headliner is The Felice Brothers and the music leading up is special stuff! Plus-Your Vote Counts! The People's Choice race is within a half dozen votes - ballots accepted through Sunday eve and winner announced during Big Sam's Funky Nation (Sunday evening) Take me to Big Rib Fast Facts

Posted on Sat, 16 Jul 2011

Big Rib Fest Opens Today!

4th annual Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest - Thursday, July 14, 2011 Schedule of Events

6:30am    WHAM-TV13 Morning News - Live at Highland Park investigating the secret recipes and inside tips from our Rib Masters

11:00am    Rib’-in Cutting Ceremony officially kicks off the

11:30am    Lunch is served! Free Admission through 4:00pm

11:00am-3:00pm    Join WARM 101.3 FM and Pat Rivers broadcasting live and giving away prizes and surprises!

4:00pm-7:00pm    The Big Rib’s favorite emcee Dino and Fickle 93.3 FM Radio are hosting the BIGGEST Happy Hour Bash on the planet!
ON the RAM Trucks Main STAGE
5:00pm    John Akers kicks off 4 BIG Days with 40 concerts on 2 stages!
6:00pm      Teagan and the Tweeds
7:15pm     Big Sam’s Funky Nation
8:30pm    The Good Rats

Posted on Thu, 14 Jul 2011

Free BBQ Lunch Wednesday

On Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Doan Dodge is offering a tasty preview of what's coming up at the Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest! Everyone is invited to stop out from 11:30am-1:30pm and enjoy a FREE BBQ lunch prepared by the Big Rib's Willingham's Champion Barbecue. Pit Master John Bigalk and his crew will be on site serving up a tasty FREE BBQ lunch menu that includes your choice of slow cooked Memphis dry rub Ribs or  tender Pulled Pork Sandwich, choice of Coleslaw or Chips and bottled water!

Join the Big Rib at the Doan Dodge, Chrylser Jeep RAM Superstore, 4470 West Ridge Road in Greece (2 blocks west of Elmgrove) tomorrow!

The Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest kicks of Thursday, July 14, 2011 at the Highland Park Festival Site in Rochester, NY. Admission to the festival is free everyday from 11:30a-4pm, $5 after 4pm on Thursday & Sunday; $10 after 4pm on Friday & Saturday. Children 12 and under are always free. Along with a selection of Rib Masters from across, the festival presents over 30 bands on two stages. Headliners include The Robert Cray Band, The Good Rats, The Felice Brothers, Joe Beard, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Swamp Dogg and more!

Posted on Tue, 12 Jul 2011

Get the Big Rib 4-Day Pass

Welcome to the biggest Rochester Rib Fest ever! The fourth annual rib fest at Highland Park is bigger than ever in 2011 - you'll need more than one day to sample all the styles of BBQ specialties. And, the msuical menu is second to none! Two stages of live music -and thanks to our main stage sponsor RAM Trucks --features names like Robert Cray, The Good Rats, The Felice Borthers, Joes Beard, Revern Peyton and the list goes on and on! All totaled 40 performances over 4 days on two stages! That's why the 4-day pass is such a great deal-and because it is transferrable-you can share the fun times with friends and family without ever missing a beat! The Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest 4-Day Pass is just $20 and YES! You can use it one day and pass it on to a friend the next!
Taking place July 14-17, 2011 at the Highland Park Festival site, the Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest will feature a total of 40 concerts on two stages - the RAM Trucks Main Stage and the brand new Guts and Glory Stage. Hit makers on the RAM Trucks Main Stage include: The Robert Cray Band, The Good Rats, The Felice Brothers, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, joe Beard and more! The Guts & Glory Stage will highlight some of the finest solo & duo entertainers from the area including Hayden Ford, Mike McCay, Teagan & Lou, Mike Brown and Geoff Sanders! Ina ddition to the live music, grilling greats from across the country will spend four days in Rochester armed with secret family recipes, slow cooked ribs and a truckload of trophies to prove their BBQ is the best! Joining the national ribber competition this year is Cowboys BBQ and Rib Company, Porky ‘N’ Beans, Willingham’s World Champion BBQ, Texas Pit BBQ and Gator BBQ. Hours for the Big Rib BBQ Fest are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 14-16 11:30am to 10:00pm, and Sunday, July 17, 11:30 to 9:00pm.  Lunchtime admission will be FREE until 4:00pm and $5 after 4:00pm on Thursday and Sunday, $10 on Friday and Saturday. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at The Great House of Guitars, Record Archive and The Bop Shop. Close-in parking will be available adjacent to Highland Park for only $5. The Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest is made possible through the support of corporate sponsors including: RAM Trucks, RICOH, Staybridge Suites, The Strathallan Hotel, Molson Canadian, Miller Lite, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, The Great House of Guitars, and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.


Posted on Thu, 7 Jul 2011

Your Playground for Live Music & BBQ

The BIGGEST rib festival to ever to hit Rochester is back at the Highland Park Festival Site! Taking place from July 14-17, 2011 the festival features two stages of live music including hit makers like The Robert Cray Band, The Good Rats, The Felice Brothers and more!

Posted on Sat, 18 Jun 2011

Party In The Park Opens This Thursday!

Los Lonely Boys kicks off the 15th edition of everyone’s favorite summer concert series Party In The Park! When this band of brothers take the stage-there’s no choice but to dance. The Texican trio Los Lonely Boys - brothers Henry, JoJo and Ringo Garza - have achieved multi-platinum album sales, a Grammy Award (their monster hit ‘Heaven’ won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group in 2005), and widespread acclaim from critics, fans and musicians.

The 2011 Party In The Park season- featuring ten-weeks of almost free concerts ($2 facility charge)- kicks off at 5:00pm, on Thursday June 16, 2011 with the goove-heavy Roc Star Rivalry The Filthy McNasty’s. The party keeps on rolling with The Stone Foxes - a blues rock band out of San Francisco that is tearing up the festival scene. 

For directions, parking and more information click here

Posted on Mon, 13 Jun 2011

Congrats to Week #1 RocStar Rivalry Winners

Now entering their fifth year, The Filthy McNastys continue to deliver their unmistakable sound to enthusiastic crowds across New York State. With a new rhythm section and a new album in the works, The Filthy McNastys take to the road in summer, 2011 to show the rest of the country what has made them upstate NY’s premiere original blues band. A truly original band, it wasn’t hard for The Filthy McNastys to stand out amongst the "Emo" bands and cover acts dominating the local music scene. Soon, The Filthy McNastys were releasing their first album --2009’s "Last Stand"-- and could be found opening for big names, packing large halls and setting festival stages ablaze with their fiery brand of rock and blues.

Connecting with crowds of all ages and bringing everyone to the dance floor are priorities for these boys. The blue-collar appeal and groove-heavy nature of songs such as "Hell Camino" and "Honey On Tap" signal The Filthy McNastys’ arrival. Troy L. Smith of Insider Magazine says The Filthy McNastys "blend the simplicities of raw folk and the sexiness of 60’s blues-rock with relative ease…"

To find out more about The Filthy McNastys, please visit:

Posted on Tue, 24 May 2011

Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest

The 4th annual Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest is set to take over the Highland Park Festival Site July 14-17, 2011! Join the Rib Masters you've come to know and love along with two new selections! There's also a second stage of live music! Stay tuned for the release of the full line up on June 16th.

Posted on Thu, 19 May 2011

37 Days Till Party in the Park! events kick-off with the annual Party in the Park at the Riverside Festival Site this year on June 16! Stay tuned to find out the lineup and all the juicy details of good food, great drinks and CRAZY amazing bands to come!

For inside information make sure to join our e-mail list! Also stay up to date with the latest information and interact with other loyal fans via our social media calendar, Facebook ( and Twitter (@RocEvents)!

2011 is going to the biggest and best year yet so make sure to come out and enjoy all events! 

Posted on Mon, 9 May 2011

Park Ave Fest Updates!

All entertainer applicants will be notified in the coming weeks if they have or have not been selected to be a part of the 2011 Park Ave Summer Art Fest. There was a huge applicant pool this year with great local talent from across the country.

Artist applicants do have until April 30th, do remember it is a juried artshow and to get in your information as soon as possible.

Posted on Wed, 23 Mar 2011

Deadlines Approaching!

As the snow melts and gets things heated up for summer, deadlines are quickly approaching. Make sure to check the deadlines for any positions for which you are applying for to be a part of and our events this summer! 

Interns - March 20

Entertinament Park Ave Fest - March 22

Artists Park Ave Fest - March 22, late deadline April 30

Posted on Thu, 10 Mar 2011

Internships Still Available!

Three internships are available for the 2011 season and each one addresses different parts of the special events and hospitality industries. The Springut Group offers a comfortable atmosphere to grow in knowledge and skills as well as really get a chance to get involved with the several events that the Springut Group offers. For more information on potential internships email Why spend your summer in a part-time job when you could be meeting stars, making friends and jumpstarting your experience in a career of your dreams?! The Springut Group provides the perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge and horizons in a comfortable environment where learning is encouraged and fun is a must! 

Posted on Wed, 23 Feb 2011

Attention Park Ave Entertainer Applicants!

The application process is open until March 22nd! You will not hear back regarding if you are or are not in the festival until after this date! Thank you for your patience and looking forwarding to hearing all the great music!

Posted on Wed, 16 Feb 2011

So much great Rochester talent!

Apply online at! Make sure you select entertainer application! Upload your mp3s directly to you application. You have until March 22nd to get in your music! Apply earlier for a better chance at being a part of the 35th Annual Park Ave Summer Art Fest! With any questions please email

Posted on Thu, 20 Jan 2011

Attention Park Ave Entertainment Applicants!

Visit to get more information about performing in the 2011 Park Ave Fest. If you have any questions please direct them to the office at (585) 473-4482 or by email to

Playing at Park Ave Fest is always a rewarding experience that allows your music to reach thousands of audience members across the Greater Rochester Area.

2010 Park Ave Fest performer Micah said "all around [Park Ave Fest] was a great experience, being there and first time. There's a great walk-up crowd that comes to listen. Everyone was friendly and seemed genuine about listening to my musi."

Have your chance to be head and apply today!

Posted on Wed, 22 Dec 2010

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RocEvents isn't just keeping up with you on our fabulous website. We can be your online friend too! "Like" us on facebook @ Rochester Events and follow us on twitter @RocEvents! If you have any great suggestions for hot spots, sounds or special events - let us know! Keepin Rochester Roc'in!

Posted on Fri, 10 Dec 2010

Ticket Outlet Added!

The Bop Shop at 274 N. Goodman Street in the Village Gate is now also selling tickets to the Dec. 3 Evening with Rickie Lee Jones! No service charge when purchasing tickets in-store! Get yours today!

What a better gift for the holidays than an early December concert? Keep it hot as the weather cools off with this Roc'in show!

Posted on Mon, 22 Nov 2010

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