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What Can You Actually Do For Fun in Rochester This Fall?

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

There’s no doubt that the pandemic has severely impacted the way we live. From how we run errands to the way we work and learn, the threat of COVID-19 remains constant. And while the average American life expectancy is 78 years, our current national crisis indicates that if we don’t get things under control, we could experience thousands — if not millions — of lives being cut short.

But aside from the coronavirus’s impact on our survival rates, it’s also had major effects on the way we socialize and have fun. With the continued need to wear masks, practice social distancing, and reduce the inherent risks associated with public places, it’s no wonder that many of us are wondering whether we’ll ever really be permitted to have fun in a worry-free way again. Although Florida attracts more than 100 million visitors each year, the majority of New Yorkers need to stay put (and away from national hot spots) in order to reduce their risks.

With that in mind, you might be stuck in the area for the foreseeable future. And as the seasons change, what exactly can you do for fun? You might be pleasantly surprised with the fall activities that are still going on — with restrictions in place — in the greater Rochester area.

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

In the Empire State, apples reign supreme — and the fall wouldn’t feel quite so fall-ish without the ability to pick your own. Fortunately, there are still ways to support u-pick farms in the area — but these agricultural businesses are subject to stricter guidelines from the state. Pick-your-own fruit farms have to operate with reduced capacity, require face coverings, and maintain social distancing between individuals. It’s a good idea to bring your own reusable bag or container and to consider attending on a weekday to beat the crowds. Farms will have to sanitize high-touch areas frequently and do their part to reduce crowding in any stores they operate. Farms that also have corn mazes, hayrides, or haunted houses will be subject to additional regulations. While two of the biggest haunted hayrides in the area have already canceled their festivities for the year, those that continue to operate will have to follow all the aforementioned rules and clean between hayrides. Agritourism businesses that operate petting zoos will not be allowed to open those animal-friendly facilities to the public. Many farms are already making adjustments — and even increasing their offerings — that will allow guests to spread out safely. Before you go, be sure to check the farm’s website or social media page for pertinent updates.

Nature Walks and Leaf-Peeping

The fall foliage doesn’t get much more spectacular than it does in this region and there are plenty of ways to appreciate it in a way that doesn’t pose an inherent risk. You can take a drive to one of the area’s many locales to appreciate the changing leaves or take a walk on one of our many nature trails to get some exercise and feast your eyes on fall. There are even guided nature walks being held at Tinker Nature Park in Henrietta on select Saturdays. Make sure to bring your mask and hand sanitizer along and maintain distance between yourself and others.

Virtual Entertainment

The Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival, now in its ninth year, has embodied the mentality, “the show must go on” — but with a virtual twist. Instead of canceling like the Jazz Festival did, Fringe is still offering 10 days of wild, wacky, and whimsical entertainment. But this year, there’ll be over 170 productions accessible through a screen. Although conventional event venues have experienced a lot of grief from the state, Fringe has gotten around that issue by presenting its shows digitally. The Spiegeltent might be absent, but the jaw-dropping feats won’t be. Many events are free, while others are more affordable than in years past to make some much-needed laughter and amazement accessible to all.

Of course, this list is far from exhaustive. In 2019, there were 5.8 billion Google searches performed each day — and if you want to stay on top of what’s happening in our region, you might not need to do much more than conduct an internet search. Just make sure to confirm that the results are current for 2020 and that whoever is hosting the event is taking proper pandemic precautions.

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
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Everything You Need To Know About Park Ave Fest This Weekend

Friday, August 2nd, 2019
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By Melissa Brewer

The summer festival season in Rochester continues this weekend with the 43rd edition of the Park Ave Summer Art Fest on Saturday, Aug 3 from 10a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug 4. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual celebration of arts and culture stretches for a mile and a quarter along Park Avenue from Alexander Street to Culver Road. Every year, this part of the picturesque Park Avenue neighborhood transforms into a mecca of shopping and entertainment. Better yet, admission is completely free.

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How to Prepare Your Exhibit for the Corn Hill Arts Festival

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

By Sammi Cohen

Even though most people know Rochester for Kodak or its signature garbage plate, more people have started to take note of Rochester’s thriving arts scene. From new featured art at the Memorial Art Gallery to the local artists showcasing their skills at its countless festivals each year, folks from across the state have indulged in the local art for which Rochester is known.

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RocLinks 10/29/16

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Rendering of Parcel 5 Proposal by Fraser Smillie [PHOTO: DeWolff Partnership Architects]
By Matthew Denker

50 Shades of Eh?

Somewhat unexpectedly, a fifth proposalexternal link for Midtown Parcel 5 was submitted. Spoiler alert, it’s, how to be polite about this, different. Ok, fine, it’s terrible. It’s bad. It’s terribad. It might even be a false flag operation to make the submitted proposals look better. I don’t know, but inexplicably it’s being taken seriously by parts of the city which is creating unrestexternal link with other parts of the city. I’d be calling for the popcorn if this weren’t the future of the middle of our town on the line.

Read on for more of this week’s RocLinks…

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Saturday, October 29th, 2016
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RocLinks 10/8/16

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Donuts Delite Ad. [PHOTO: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 8/29/60]
By Matthew Denker

Yum Part 1

It’s that time of year again. Fried cakesexternal link are in. And here are a bunch of delicious sounding ones.

Read on for more of this week’s RocLinks…

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Saturday, October 8th, 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 7/23/16

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Midtown Plaza Rendering [PHOTO: Buffalo Courier-Express 6/5/1961]
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, July 23rd, 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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RocLinks 6/25/16

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

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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 6/11/16

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Looking towards the Hungerford Building in EMMA [PHOTO: Rochester Municipal Archives]
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 6/4/16

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

St. Boniface Church in 1911 [PHOTO: Albert R. Stone Negative Collection, Rochester Museum & Science Center]
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, June 4th, 2016
Posted in Architecture, Art + Culture, Rochester Destinations, Rochester News, Urban Development | 4 Comments »

RocLinks 5/21/16

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Looking West from Downtown [PHOTO: Author]
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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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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Local Actor Plays First Black Police Officer in ‘Dark Justice’

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Local actor Che Holloway stars in a new series called 'Dark Justice', streaming now on StreamNowTV.com. [Image: StreamNowTV.com]
By Mike Governale

Che Holloway, 25 of Rochester, is starring in a new series called Dark Justice external link, released today on StreamNowTV.com external link.

Holloway, who studied at Rochester’s School of the Arts, plays Amir Snow, the first black police officer in a small American town. The subject matter is highly relevant for these racially charged times, but it’s handled in a pretty hilarious way.

You can watch all of season 1 after the jump…

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Replica Rochester Landmarks

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Replica of Kodak World Headquarters, Rochester NY. [IMAGE:  ReplicaBuildings.com]
By Mike Governale

Searching for the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season? How about an itty bitty version of Kodak tower? ReplicaBuildings.com manufactures replica scale models of famous buildings from around the globe. And two of them have been plucked right from Rochester’s skyline…

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