Rochester is a mid-sized city with big-city arts and culture. You’ll enjoy the variety and quality of our arts and cultural scene without the traffic jams and pricey tickets! There’s so much, we’re not sure where to start summarizing it. But here goes… we’ve got:
- Performing arts, ranging from Broadway shows at the Auditorium Center; to the Geva, Blackfriars, MuCCC, and Downstairs Cabaret to internationally renowned Garth Fagan Dance and Rochester City Ballet.
- World-class music via the Eastman School of Music and Eastman Theatre, Rochester Philharmonic, Rochester International Festival of Jazz; Mercury Opera, Hochstein School of Music; plus, Rochester is chock full of clubs and other venues where talented local and out-of-town musicians play.
- World-class and world-renowned museums such as the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, the Memorial Art Gallery, Susan B. Anthony House; and Rochester Contemporary.
- Historic and fabulous film venues such as the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House and the independent Little and Cinema Theatres; and myriad film festivals such as Image Out, High Falls, Rochester International Film Festival, Jewish Film Festival and the Rochester Labor Series.
- In addition, there are dozens and dozens of studios and galleries of all kinds around the city, such as Image City Photography Gallery, Baobab Cultural Center, Writers and Books, Anderson Alley Artists and Jembetat;
- And festivals, festivals, festivals such as the nationally known Lilac Festival, Corn Hill Arts Festival, Clothesline Arts and Crafts Festival, Maplewood Rose Festival; and the Park Avenue Fest.
For a much more complete look at Rochester’s arts and culture, check out the site of the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester.