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(Ranked by total 2019 attendance)

Originally published March 20, 2020

2019 Attendance
Festival Location
Activities for Children
Main Venue(s) /Capacity
2020 Festival Dates and TimesYear Founded
Rochester Lilac Festival
1440 South Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620
Jeff Springut
(585) 473-4482
Highland Park
May 8-17, 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Festival, free; Wine Expo, $15 and up; Beer Expo, $40 and up; VIP, $35; Party Deck, $15
National entertainment, beverage tastings, parade, Lilac Run, and Art Show
Fairport Canal Days
6 N. Main St.
Fairport, NY 14450
Edward Bradford
Erie Canal, downtown Fairport
YMCA Kidzone featuring bounce houses and charity dunk tank raising money to send kids to camp; Gaga Pit, large yard games, children's music and entertainment
June 5, 4:30-9 p.m.; June 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.; June 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free; $5 admission to Canal Nights, June 6th
Arts, food, and music festival in the village of Fairport featuring more than 200 artisan booths, more than 40 food vendors, live entertainment and children's activities
CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival
250 East Ave.
Rochester, NY 14604
John Nugent, Marc Iacona
artistic director and co-producer, executive director and co-producer
(585) 454-2060
Twenty-one diverse venues, including indoor and outdoor stages, in downtown Rochester
Five free jazz workshops, led by festival performing artists; free concerts on the Jazz Street Stage featuring over 20 regional elementary, high school and college ensembles
June 19-27; headliner shows, 8 p.m.; free concerts, noon and from 3-10 p.m.; club pass shows, 5:30-10 p.m.; nightly jam sessions, 10:30 p.m.
Ticketed headliner shows. Free shows, no tickets required. Club Pass shows, access up to 228 Club Pass shows with a 3-day or 9-day Club Pass or enter with cash at the door $30 per person ($35 Kilbourn Hall)
Music festival presenting all genres of creative improvised music by more than 1,750 artists from around the world at more than 330 concerts in 21 venues; more than 100 free shows and events, including jam sessions nightly and workshops for musicians who want to learn how to improvise