Did you know that Rochester, NY has the least expensive real estate prices out of any city in the state? The median house price for Rochester is a little over $83,000, compared to a state median price of $305,000. Most people living in Rochester agree that the city is a great place to live. What many of them might be wondering, however, is what there is to do on the weekend other than go to the same old restaurants and bars they have always visited. Here are three fun things to do in Rochester that you will not regret checking out.
1. The Rochester Contemporary Art Center
A non profit that has been in the area since 1977, the Art Center is located in the East End District, and every year it features six shows in its main gallery. In 2008, it launched the 6 x 6, which thousands of artists have since participated in, by creating 6 x 6 square inch art pieces for $20 each. Buyers do not find out the name of the artists until they purhcase the piece. This has since become a global phenomenon.
There are multiple festivals that occur year round in Rochester. To find out which ones are going on this weekend, check out the Rochester public events calendar, or look at the Craigslist Rochester events section. The Rochester Art Fair, also known as the Art and Apples Festival, takes place for three days every September. The festival features almost 300 artists and has everything from a Kids Art Zone to fresh apple treats for visitors to enjoy. Other popular festivals include the Lilac Festival in spring, and the Jazz Festival in the summer.
3. The Public Market
Want to save money on your grocery bills? The Rochester NY Public Market is a great way to have fun while also stocking up on the things you need. You can find everything from fresh produce to ethnic speciality foods here, and market vendors are often willing to cut you a deal. Ever tried vegan chili chocolate cookies? Smallworld Bakery gives free samples of them at the market. The Public Market is also a good way to get in tune with local events. Craigslist Rochester points out that on the last Wednesday of each month, Food Truck Rodeo happens at the market. Approximately 25 vendors offer their foods, accompanied by local bands.