A complete guide to a weekend in Rochester

>>Whether you have lived here your whole life, or are visiting the city, we got you covered for a full weekend of 585 fun. Here’s your ROC Itinerary, Friday through Sunday!


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  • 9am- Start your day off with a fresh cup of coffee, or whatever strikes your fancy from Cafe Sasso. Located on 739 Park Ave, this comfy, chic hangout has got you covered. Relax on a cozy sofa as you enjoy your morning drink, admire the local artwork that adorns the walls, and savor a delicious pastry.

  • 10am- Now that you have some energy in you, get the day rolling at the Strong National Museum of Play located at One Manhattan Square. Open on Fridays from 10am-8pm, whether you are seven or seventy-one, there is always fun to be had here. With various collections, engaging exhibits, a walk through butterfly garden, special events and more, the Strong National Museum of Play will bring out the inner child in everyone.

  • 12pm- After a couple hours of fun, you’ve probably worked up an appetite. The good news is that you have plenty of stellar places to choose from. How about grabbing some lunch from an old school 40’s era boxcar. Filled with timeless character and tasty food, the Highland Park Diner is a Rochester must! Chilling on 960 S Clinton Ave, this city favorite has everything from a vast breakfast selection, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Not to mention, if you have a sweet tooth, their desserts and milkshakes will not disappoint.

  • 1pm- Time to walk off all that food and what better way to do it than a tour through the historic George Eastman Museum. Located at 900 East Ave, it serves as a deeply treasured landmark within the City of Rochester. With its significance reaching globally, it is world-renowned for its extensive collections in the realms of photography and cinema. In addition, the museum also plays a vital role as a leader in film preservation and photograph conservation.

  • 3pm- So far you’ve unleashed your inner child, ate great food, and have learned about George Eastman and his profound legacy. Maybe you are wanting to relax and unwind a bit. How does a movie sound? If that's the case, then make your way on down to The Little Theatre at 240 East Ave. This place isn't just any old theatre though, providing an eclectic mix of both indie and foregein films, it also showcases art, live music, and has its own nifty cafe. With its great atmosphere and various special events, it’s as much about the experience as it is the movie.

  • 5pm- It’s getting close to dinner time, but maybe you ate a lot of popcorn and aren’t hungry quite yet. Take a stroll down Park Ave, which has been coined, “a street for all seasons.” Known for being one of the best neighborhoods and areas in the 585, this lively street is filled with a wide array of restaurants, shops, and more. Stretch your legs and explore the stores in this pleasant, urban environment.

  • 6pm- Alright, so you took that walk, popped into a couple stores along the way, bought some fun things, and now your hungry. How about trying out the famous Dogtown. Don’t be fooled by its size or looks, for the food will keep you coming back for more. Their German-style franks are named after dog breeds and they also serve burgers and veggie options as well. So swerve on over to 691Monroe Ave.

  • 7pm- Maybe it didn’t take you an hour to eat that hotdog, but let's just say you got talking with your friends. Still feeling good and lively? Do you like live music? How about catching a show? Rochester has multiple venues and there is always at least one show going on in ROC. Here are just a few spaces to check out! Head on over to their websites for locations and event calendars. The Bug Jar- Three Heads Brewing- Flour City Station- Anthology

  • 9pm- The music is going well into the night and you are still going strong. Interested in grabbing a drink, then we suggest heading down Alexander Street. Here, you will find a handful of bars, not to mention ones on East Ave that runs perpendicular to Alexander. Differing in style and environment, here are just a few to get you going, The Old Toad , The Daily Refresher, Swan Dive

Saturday- Hope your Friday was fun. Ready for Day 2?!?

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  • Rise and shine! If you’re an early bird, we recommend checking out the Rochester Public Market. Open from 5am-3pm, there are plenty of vendors, offering a variety of food options and other items. If interested, you can find it at 280 North Union Street

  • 9am- Grab some breakfast or weekend brunch at The Frog Pond at 652 Park Ave. This bistro is one of a kind with its funky flare and frog-skin wallpaper, a special spot that you won’t forget. Also featuring local art, this place is a fun and tasty hangout.

  • 10am- After seeing some local art on the walls at The Frog Pond, maybe you’ve become inspired and want to visit some galleries or alternative art spaces. Brimming with multiple forms of art, the 585 has countless places for you to visit. Click the link to look through some recommended places gathered together by Nala Ward - https://www.floatedmag.com/single-post/2020/01/15/Art-Spaces-and-Galleries-in-the-Rochester-Area

  • 12pm- I don’t know about you, but I love arcade games and when was the last time you played right?!? With over thirty classic arcade cabinets, The Playhouse on 820 S Clinton Ave is the place to be. Add to that the fact that it also has Swillburger, “...a modern take on the classic American burger joint” within the same building and your day is already made. Things just keep getting better and better.

  • 2pm- You could probably go for a bite to eat about now, and if so, fly on over to The Owl House. Located at 75 Marshall Street, The Owl House is known for their innovative, vegan friendly plates and selection of craft beers. Taking on a bohemian style, this cozy environment is the perfect spot. To look over their menu and brunch options, click here

  • 4pm- After enjoying that meal, you are now ready to get back out there and continue the fun. If where is the question, Radio Social is the answer. Hanging out at 20 Carlson Rd, this place is packed with possibilities. Want to go bowling, no problem! Or how about a variety of games such as corn hole, giant jenga, ping pong, skee ball, pool, and loads more. This social club is a hotspot, coupled with a bar, restaurant, and even serves as its own music venue. To reserve a lane and for more on their gaming hours, check out the link below- https://radio-social.com/

  • 7pm- In addition, the great thing about Radio Social is that it is also right next door to Comedy @ The Carlson. You don’t even have to repark your car! Opening up at 5pm, you can come in and catch a wide array of comedians and acts. Come on through, laughing is good for you. To see showtimes and list of comedians, click here- https://www.carlsoncomedy.com/

  • 9pm- Want to throw back a couple drinks on a Saturday night, then make sure to visit the Genesee Brew House. Located at 25 Cataract St, this establishment is packed with history and delicious brews. Founded in 1878, The Genesee Brewing Company is “...one of the largest and oldest continually operating breweries in the United States.” If you’re in need of a bite, they also have their own restaurant, serving up more than just your average bar food. You can also check out their store and pick yourself up some fine merch! Lastly, one can’t forget one of its best features, its location. Stationed across from High Falls, with their outdoor seating you get a lovely view!


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