Looking for things to do in the Rochester area? Here are 11 options
for Memorial Day weekend
1. Six Flags Darien Lake is open on weekends, including from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 28, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 29, and Sunday, May 30, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 31. Tickets start at $29.99. For a full list of options — including season passes — visit SixFlags.com/darienlake. The park is at 9993 Allegany Road in Corfu.
2. The Frost Town Trail Fest starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 29, with a 25K or 10K trail run celebrating the recreational opportunities and environmental mission of the Cumming Nature Center. Online registration ends at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 27. To register ($70 for the 25k and $50 for the 10k), visit IronWoodAdventureWorks.com. The nature center is at 6472 Gulick Road in Naples.
3. Nature Bingo starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Helmer Nature Center, 154 Pinegrove Ave. in Irondequoit. For $5 kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can take a bingo card on a naturalist-guided hike and see what nature items they can find. Everyone wins a prize. Register at HelmerNatureCenter@gmail.com.
4. The Rochester City Ballet is taking to the stage for the first time since the pandemic in free performances at the Highland Bowl in Highland Park. The performances will be at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance as audience size will be restricted due to COVID-19. A health screening and masks are required for attendees. Tickets can be reserved at rochesterscityballet.org.
5. A Memorial Day Train Ride begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Saturday and Monday, May 29 through 31 at the Arcade & Attica Railroad, 278 Main St. in Arcade. The two-hour and 20-minute trip costs $22 for people ages 13 to 61, $20 for seniors and $19 for children ages 2 to 12. Reserve a ticket at AARailroad.com.
6. Stavo and The Kire Najdovski Band take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at Comedy at The Carlson, 50 Carlson Road in Rochester. Stavo has toured with rock legends Pat Travers and The Vanilla Fudge, while Najdovski is known as Rochester’s guitar virtuoso. Tickets are $10 at CarlsonComedy.com.
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7. The Brighton Farmers’ Market kicks off at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 30, at 1150 S. Winton Road. Other markets – from Brockport to Webster – are also opening soon for the season. Find a list of markets and their details at Monroe.cce.cornell.edu. (Click on the agriculture button.)
8. A new flea market in Rochester in the Neighborhood of the Arts starts Sunday May 30, running every Sunday through to June 27. The Lucky Flea Market features 60 different vendors with an emphasis on vintage goods plus some local crafts and food. The market runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner of Carlton Street and Anderson Avenue. A basket raffle each market will raise money for local charitable causes. Vendors will take most payment apps, but cash it still King.
9. The New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 E. River Road in Rush, reopens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday through Oct. 31, and trolley rides are available June 27, July 25, Aug. 8 and 29, Sept. 12 and Oct. 31. For a complete list of events – or to make reservations for a trolley ride – visit NYMTMuseum.org. On days without trolley rides, tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 12.
10. The Greece Memorial Day Parade starts in person at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31. It parade will end at Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd., where a Memorial Day Service will begin at 11:45 a.m. Portions of the celebration will be streamed online as well. For details on other celebrations to honor fallen veterans, visit city and town websites.
11. The George Eastman Museum, 900 East Ave. in Rochester, offers a new selection of photographs that focuses on play. While it’s easy to assume that playing in front of the camera is something new, photographers have captured images of people at play since the 19th century. The photographs of people enjoying a game of chess, riding bicycles and frolicking on the beach will be on view through Oct. 3. Buy timed tickets in advance at Eastman.org. Tickets are $18 for adults and $7 for students ages 5 and up.