Rochester offers a bounty of special events each summer, and this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll asked readers to name their favorites. Top-ranked in terms of votes cast in this week’s poll was the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.
The 15th annual festival runs June 24 through July 2; headliners this year include Bruce Hornsby, Gregg Allman, Erykah Badu and Grace Potter. The 2016 festival is slated to feature more than 1,500 artists at 19 venues, including 99 free shows and events.
The Lilac Festival, Park Ave. Summer Art Fest, Corn Hill Arts Festival and Fairport Canal Days round out the top 5 in this week’s poll.
The Lilac Festival, which wrapped up its 118th run May 15, received 11 percent of total votes—the second-highest tally.
Previous RBJ Daily Report polls asked readers to choose a single favorite; this poll invited readers to pick three.
In previous polls, the Jazz Festival also took the top spot. In a 2013 poll, it was selected by 30 percent of respondents. The Lilac Festival at Highland Park was selected by 10 percent of respondents, and 10 percent of readers chose the Corn Hill Arts Festival.
In 2010, readers picked the Jazz Festival, Lilac Festival and Park Ave. Summer Art Fest as the top 3.
In an August 2008 poll, some 19 percent selected the Jazz Festival as their favorite. In that poll, 15 percent chose the Lilac Festival and 13 percent picked the Park Ave. Fest.
Nearly 680 respondents participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted May 31.
If you could attend just three special events each summer, which would you choose?
Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival: 19%
Lilac Festival: 11%
Park Ave. Summer Art Fest: 10%
Corn Hill Arts Festival: 10%
Fairport Canal Days: 9%
M&T Bank Clothesline Festival: 6%
First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival: 5%
Imagine RIT: Innovation & Creativity Festival: 4%
July 4th downtown fireworks: 3%
Sterling Renaissance Festival: 3%
Canandaigua Arts and Music Festival: 3%
Finger Lakes Wine Festival: 3%
Rochester Twilight Criterium: 3%
Rochester Greek Festival: 2%
Spencerport Canal Days: 2%
Big Rib Bar-B-Que and Blues Fest: 2%
Hill Cumorah Pageant: 1%
Festival of Food: 1%
Maplewood Rose Celebration and Historic Home Tour: 1%
The extensive list in the survey is what makes the Rochester region so great in the summer months.
—Alma Balonon-Rosen, Enterprise Community Partners
Not much could ever compete with the Jazz Fest. This could likely rank in the Top 10 nationwide! The Rochester Fringe Festival is getting better each year. The M&T Bank Clothesline Festival is almost getting too big, and yet it is well attended.
To me, the jazz festival encapsulates everything I love about this community: Great live entertainment and a great vibe in a great city neighborhood. I like that you can wander in and out of venues, listen to what you love and then wander off to one of Rochester’s great restaurants. I went to last year’s Newport Jazz Festival a month after ours (it was on my bucket list). It doesn’t come close to Rochester’s event. We have four times the number of venues. The festival lasts three times longer. And the venues are much better. The ROC rocks!
—John Calia, Fairport
We are blessed with many wonderful events in our area! I wish I could attend more.
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