Winters in Rochester can be cold, snowy and long, so when the weather gets warm Rochesterians are ready to get outside and party!  This leads to a proliferation of festivals from May through September - usually several per weekend.  There are art festivals, music festivals, cultural festivals and neighborhood festivals throughout the warm months.

Some of the biggest festivals are the Lilac Festival in May, the Rochester International Jazz Festival in June, the Corn Hill Festival in July, the Park Avenue Summer Art Festival in August, and the Clothesline Art Festival in September, each of which draws over 100,000 attendees. 

Smaller festivals revolve around foods such as barbeque, beer, ribs, wine or apples. Ethnic festivals celebrate residents' Greek, German, Puerto Rican, Celtic, Ukrainian, Caribbean, Indian, Polish, Turkish, Irish or Native American heritages. City-sponsored weekly music series' that go on through the Summer include Bands on the Bricks at the Public Market, and Party in the Park at Martin Luther King Memorial Park.  Due partly to its history in the photographic business there also are a number of focused film festivals or series throughout the year.