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Lilac Festival 2019: Your Guide On What To Do And Where To Eat

Friday, May 10th, 2019

By Melissa Brewer

Warmer weather is finally starting to make an appearance in the city of Rochester and that can only mean one thing. Festival season is upon us.

To kick off a season filled with fun festivals for adults and kids alike, we have the 121st Rochester Lilac Festival. This iconically Rochester festival welcomes spring like no other event in the city with its array of fragrant blooms, lineup of performers, and gathering of food vendors. This year, the festival begins today, May 10, and runs through May 19. The festival grounds in Highland Park will be open from 10:30 in the morning until 8:30 at night every day in that period.

Now that we have the mundane details out of the way, let’s talk about the fun stuff. Read on to find out which events you have to go to and the tasty treats you can’t miss.

Fantastic Flowers

One of the biggest draws for the Lilac Festival is right in the name: the lilacs. With about 1,200 plants featuring over 500 varieties of lilacs, anyone coming for the beautiful bushes won’t be disappointed. According to Mark Quinn, superintendent of horticulture for Monroe County Parks, the lilac shrubs are doing wonderfully and the warming temperatures are helping them bloom on time.

There will be plenty of other floral features in Highland Park’s 150 acres of gardens as well. The park’s entrance at South Avenue and Reservoir Drive is home to an annual bloom of tulips, giving visitors a rainbow of colorful flora. You’ll also see plenty of blossoming magnolia trees, azaleas, and pansies while you walk through the park. Whether you’re a member of older generations that dominate gardening participation at 35% or of the younger generations that are showing an increasing interest in the green-thumbed hobby, you’re sure to love these blooms.

Exciting Entertainment

A festival wouldn’t be a festival without entertainment that gets you moving and grooving. This year’s Lilac Festival has 70 acts throughout the 10-day run that perform from early in the day until after the sun goes down. The performers are a mix of local and touring musicians, including Yonder Mountain String Band, Nobody’s Marigold, Soul Passenger, and many more. To learn about these artists and the other talented performers participating this year, contribute to Google’s 63,000 searches per second and look up the festival’s lineup for a full schedule.

For those looking for some adult-specific fun, the Special Events Tent will be hosting a couple of alcohol-themed events throughout the festival. There are more than 7,700 wineries across the country, but a select 36 of those local to the Upstate area will make an appearance in the tent on Saturday, May 11 at the Wine Tasting Expo. On the following Saturday, May 18, the tent will house a Craft Beer Expo to showcase the area’s beloved brewmasters.

Don’t worry, the kids won’t be left out of the festival fun. The annual Lilac Parade will be held on Saturday, May 11 and feature over 2,500 participants that range from dancers and costumed characters to marching bands and community organizations. On May 13 and 14, the beloved children’s character Arthur will make an appearance to read books and take photos with the little ones.

Tasty Treats

With over 40 food and drink vendors, you would probably need all 10 days to eat your way through the festival. One of the surest places to start your festival food tour is with a famous garbage plate from Nick Tahou’s. The Bacon Dog stand will be offering an equally indulgent Peanut Butter and Spicy Jelly Bacon Dog for anyone who’s had their fill of garbage plates over the years.

But who’s really tired of garbage plates? Certainly not us. For dessert, you can try the Rochester Garbage Apple from the NY Apple Factory. This homemade caramel apple is covered with leftover toppings from their other tasty apples, resulting in the same type of delicious hodgepodge that makes a garbage plate. With all of this tasty sugar, be sure to take care of your chompers and follow the recommended twice-a-day brushing. Otherwise, you might be cursing the festival for your resulting toothache and trip to your local dentist.

Dental issues aside, there’s even more food to enjoy at this year’s Lilac Festival. If you’re a part of the 90% of U.S. households that regularly indulge in a sweet, frozen treat and want to do the same at the festival, keep an eye out for a few key vendors and food trucks. Frozen Flavors will have a stand of their own and Kona Ice will be serving their colorful shaved ice this year.

The possibilities for fun are practically endless at the Lilac Festival. Whether you hop from one live performance to another or decide to sample every bit of food from the local vendors, you’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. Or at least until next year’s festival.

Friday, May 10th, 2019
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Love Hate Tattoo Hosts 11th Annual Roc City Tattoo Expo

Friday, April 19th, 2019

By Samson Weinberg

Tattoos are becoming more and more popular every year, with 47% of Millennialsand 36% of Gen Xers saying they have at least one tattoo. If you have yet to get your first tattoo, your best chance might be quickly approaching, as local tattoo shop Love Hate Tattoo hosts the 11th annual Roc City Tattoo Expo. The expo features a variety of local and visiting tattoo artists, piercers, vendors, and more, and will take place between April 26th and 28th this year.

Eleven Years And Counting

Each year the popular expo has taken place, more and more visitors have stopped by to witness impressive body artists at work or get a piece done themselves. The expo has featured over 400 artists and gathered over 3,000 guests in previous years, and the number only continues to grow as the expo gains attention.

While conferences and expos are the most popular type of event to plan with 62.4% of organizers planning these types of events, tattoo expos like this one are less frequent. The organizer, Joseph DiProjetto of Love Hate Tattoo, has stated that he originally planned the expo eleven years ago as a way to gather some of his favorite artists. Now, the tattoo expo has grown to feature artists from as far away as Japan.

Tips For Attending

If you plan on attending the expo and getting a tattoo, it’s best to show up with a plan in mind. Many artists will have flash sheets available for quick tattoos at reasonable prices and will be accepting walk-up appointments. However, for those looking for a custom tattoo, a larger piece, or a more complex design, consider reaching out to your preferred artist in advance for an appointment. With how busy the expo is likely to be this year, this will give you a better chance at securing an appointment.

The event website features a growing list of artists who will be featured at the expo, giving you the opportunity to research their styles in advance. If you’re looking for a newer style, like the currently trending embroidery style of tattoo, be sure to ask your preferred artist in advance if they’re able to work in this style. Not every artist will be willing to try a new style in the expo setting, but it’s worth asking to get your preferred result.

More information about the Roc City Tattoo Expo can be found either on the event website or by contacting the Holiday Inn at 70 State St. Admission is $10 per day or $25 for the full weekend, and parking will be available.

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RocLinks 10/1/16

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Unbuilt SOM design for Riverside North of Main Street. [PHOTO: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 4/3/66]
By Matthew Denker

The Other Other Other Shoe

Gallina and Dutton showed offexternal link their proposal for Parcel 5. It’s a pretty flashy mid-rise proposal with some open space to boot. Color me intrigued.

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Saturday, October 1st, 2016
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RocLinks 9/17/16

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

490 and Inner Loop Progress [PHOTO: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 5/26/57]
By Matthew Denker

Don’t Call it a Loop

The City announcedexternal link the Inner Loop RFP winners. The three proposals that won aren’t bad. No Great Wolf Lodge, at least. One of the sites is being held for a future RFP. Best of luck to all the winning proposals.

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Saturday, September 17th, 2016
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RocLinks 9/10/16

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Get in on the Geneseecret [PHOTO: Genesee Ad from 1962]
By Matthew Denker

Brew Harder!

Cuomo was in town to announceexternal link a sizable expansion of the Genesee Brewery. More details here.external link This is exciting for Genny and the region in general. One other small plug for a local firm – the design is being done by Pardi.external link

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Saturday, September 10th, 2016
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RocLinks 9/3/16

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Excerpt of full page ad showing the soon to be completed Lincoln Tower downtown [PHOTO: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 1/25/1970]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
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RocLinks 8/20/16

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Lincoln Rochester Trust Branch [PHOTO: Rochester Daily Record 6/9/1958]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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RocLinks 8/6/16

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Broad Street Bridge under (re)construction [PHOTO: Rochester Public Library, Division of Local History
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Saturday, August 6th, 2016
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RocLinks 7/16/16

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Taking Down Mercury [PHOTO: Rochester Municipal Archives]
By Matthew Denker

Two days late and three dollars short – from local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Monday, July 18th, 2016
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Special Weekend Events Mark 60th Anniversary of Rochester Subway Closing

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

The Rochester subway station at Monroe Avenue (June 1956). The Rochester subway ended passenger service on June 30, 1956. [PHOTO: Rochester Municipal Archives]
By Mike Governale

The Rochester Subway stopped passenger service on June 30, 1956. To mark the 60th anniversary of the subway’s closing the New York Museum of Transportation external link will host a two-day weekend event filled with talks, trolley rides, demonstrations of the Subway’s fully restored “Casey Jones” speeder, food, and vendors…

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Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
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Movie Fans, Step Aboard the “Race” Bus

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

This 1948 Greyhound bus from the NY Museum of Transportation recently appeared in the movie 'Race' and is now open to museum visitors. [IMAGE: Provided]
By Mike Governale

This fully restored vintage Greyhound bus appeared in the movie Race external link, the recent film about Jesse Owens’ fight to compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games where he won four gold medals. The bus will be open for visitors and tales from the restoration and filming of the bus will be told next Sunday at The New York Museum of Transportation…

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Rochester Makerspace Sunday Artists and Makers Expo

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Artwork by Alexandros Hatzigiannidis. [IMAGE: Provided]
By Mike Governale

Rochester Makerspace external link is hosting a Sunday Artists and Makers Expo on May 22 from 2 PM to 5 PM. Bring your friends or family and enjoy live music, plenty of refreshments, and an eclectic collection of artwork, crafts, and maker projects on display…

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RocLinks 4/30/16

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

High Speed Rail for Rochester [PHOTO: Laura Wilder]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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RocLinks 4/23/16

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Xerox Plaza [PHOTO: Author]
By Matthew Denker

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“Gridlock” Sam Schwartz at The Little Theatre, 2/24

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

The West Side Highway in Manhattan, opened in 1936, was the world's first elevated highway.
By Mike Governale

When the world’s first elevated highway was completed in 1936 along Manhattan’s west side, the New York Times marveled that “the gleaming new concrete ribbon” would let drivers travel from lower Manhattan “nearly to Poughkeepsie without having to stop for a traffic light or slow up for an intersection.” Legendary city planner and master highway builder, Robert Moses promised the new highway would “eliminate” traffic jams on the city’s west side…

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Thursday, February 18th, 2016
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Help Throw a Christmas Bash for EMMA’s Kids

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Help throw the 2nd annual EMMA Neighborhood Christmas Bash
By Mike Governale

A Rochester city neighborhood is asking for our help external link this year to throw a Christmas Bash for kids in need. EMMA (East Main Mustard and Atlantic) external link is a sub-section of the Beechwood neighborhood. Like the adjacent NOTA and Culver University East neighborhoods, this neighborhood is mostly an old industrial area, but there are some 367 households with over 200 school age children living here, and an extremely high rate of poverty…

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“Rolling Thunder” Food Truck Festival at Ellison Park

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

The Rochester Rolling Thunder Festival is coming to Ellison Park this Saturday. [IMAGE: RocPX.com]
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This Saturday Ellison Park will host Rolling Thunder – The Food Truck Wonder external link and what’s being billed as “a food truck rodeo on steriods.” Rolling Thunder will be the first food truck event to take place at a Monroe County Park…

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Sunday, August 16th, 2015
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2015 Rochester Fringe Festival Lineup

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Rochester Fringe Festival [IMAGE: RochesterFringe.com]
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The fourth First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival (Thursday, September 17 – Saturday, September 26) announced its complete lineup this week at its annual BIG REVEAL at The Little Theatre. The 2015 Fringe will include more than 500 performances and events (up from 2014’s 380) featuring all genres of art in 25+ venues in downtown Rochester, with more than 120 of them offered free of charge. The full schedule is available and all tickets are on sale as of now at RochesterFringe.com external link

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