Earlier this year, the Rochester Downtown Alliance introduced a grant program. The program encouraged people to bring their event ideas forward, with RDA  funding part of it. Four organizations will host brand new events this year, with the first coming up next month.

1st Annual Rochester Math Festival 

  • Wednesday, March 14th
  • 6:00-8:30pm
  • Downtown DoubleTree Hotel
  • Keynote speakers, a math competition, and a variety of math-related family-friendly activities
  • Admission is free and open to the public.

Paint Off

  • Saturday, May 12th
  • 5:00 – 10:30pm
  • Gallery 24
  • an art competition which will showcase 6 artists painting a given theme, under pressure of limited time, and a live audience. Prizes will be awarded to winning artists by a panel of judges
  • Free and open to the public


  • Monday, May 14th
  • 6:30 – 9:00pm
  • Rochester Civic Theatre
  • An event devoted to the issue of sexual misconduct, assault, and the voices of people who have experienced it. Topics will be expressed through visual art, videography, spoken word,
    storytelling, and music.
  • Free (pre-registration encouraged)

Drums, Please! 

  • Monday, August 20th
  • 4:00 – 9:00pm
  • Peace Plaza
  • Drums, Please! will feature local high school drumlines, a community picnic, an “angry hour”, and summertime games to celebrate the end of summer
  • Admission is free and open to the public

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