Weekend Highlights

With Spring right around the corner and the weather looking up this weekend, I thought I’d dedicate this post to taking a break from studying, getting out of your house, and enjoying Rochester.

Seeing Green

st pattysThe city is celebrating Ireland’s patron saint this Saturday with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.  Starting at 12:30 PM at East Avenue and Scio, this year the parade will take a different route down East and West Main Street instead of East Avenue.  If you want to earn those green beers later on, the day will begin with a 5K, Johnny’s Pub “Running of the Green” at 9:30 AM.

If you are planning on being one of the 100,000 expected attendees, here are some watering holes around the parade route to check out.

  • Victoire Belgian Beer Bar – It may not be an Irish pub, but this bar serves great beer on tap and it a prime location for watching the start of the parade.
  • Murphy’s Law Irish  Pub – Located a few blocks east of the parade start, this East End mainstay is sure to be hopping on Saturday regardless of the parade route change.
  • Founder’s Café – If you are looking for a snack at the end of the route, check out this café for salads, sandwiches, and paninis.
  • Java’s Café – If daytime imbibing is not your thing, but people watching is, have coffee and a sweet treat at Java’s and watch the festivities from the comfort of the café.

Seeing Blue


The Rochester City Ballet, FuturPointe Dance, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will team up for a night of dance and music on Saturday at Kodak Hall at the University’s Eastman Theater.  The Rochester City Ballet will perform Serenade, performed to Tchaikovsky, but made famous in the dance world by George Balanchine’s dreamy choreography, the dancers all in ethereal blue costumes against a backdrop of the same color.  FuturPointe will be performing a contemporary piece, Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde.  Supporters of Rochester’s art scene will not want to miss this great night of collaboration between Rochester’s own talented artists. Oh, and tickets are only $10 for students!


Update: Tickets are selling out fast!  To get yours for the student price, you must go to the Eastman Theater Box Office and present your student ID to get the $10 tickets.

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