No plans? No problem. Ten things to do in the Rochester area

05:00 AM, Sep 06, 2013

The M&T Bank Clothesline Festival, now in its 57th year and featuring works by more than 400 artists and artisans, returns to the grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester. (KATHARINE SIDELNIK staff photographer)/


1. The Memorial Art Gallery’s M&T Bank Clothesline Festival will showcase works by more than 400 artists and artisans. The 57th annual event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5; free for ages 10 and younger accompanied by an adult. For more, call (585) 276-8900.

2. The Live and Loud Tour, headlined by Rascal Flatts, and featuring The Band Perry and Cassadee Pope, comes to Darien Lake Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $45.50 and $65.50; $30.50 for lawn seating. They are available by calling (800) 745-3000.

3. The Rochester Irish Festival, a three-day cultural celebration of all things Irish, kicks off Friday at Camp Eastman in Irondequoit. There will be music and dance performances, traditional Irish foods, craft displays and activities (including a scavenger hunt). Events run from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10.

4. The Turtle Hill Folk Festival, featuring concerts, sing-alongs, craft vendors, jam sessions and more, returns to the Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush. Performers include John Gorka, Bruce Molsky, The Stray Birds, The Honey Dewdrops, Pesky J. Nixon, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, Mustard’s Retreat, and Scott Alarik. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $30; free for ages 12 and younger; a weekend pass is $65.

5. Jay Pharoah and Vanessa Bayer are the headliners for the Saturday Night Live Comedians show beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday at the University of Rochester’s Strong Auditorium. Tickets are $15. Call (585) 275-5911.

6. Pump Boys and Dinettes, a countrified musical, opens Tuesday at Geva Theatre Center. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m.through Sept. 12, and shows continue through Oct. 17. Tickets start at $25. Call (585) 232-4382.

7. The 18th annual Turkish Art and Folk Festival runs from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Turkish Society of Rochester in Chili. Admission is free. Call (585) 266-1980.

8. The Macedon Center Community Lumberjack Festival features log-rolling, two-man crosscut, ax throwing and chain sawing at the Macedon Center Firemen’s Field. Gates open around 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; competitions begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Admission is $3; $2 for seniors; $1 for ages 6 to 12; free for ages 5 and younger. Call (315) 986-3732.

9. The Rochester International Art Show and Fair, featuring works by more than 75 internationally and U.S.-based artists, photographers and sculptors, runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Artisan Direct Art Space (next to ArtisanWorks). Admission is free. For details, call (585) 586-3535.

10. Return to the past at a pioneer farmstead circa 1790s during Pioneer Day at the Rochester Museum and Science Center’s Cumming Nature Center in South Bristol. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday you can learn how to grind corn, make Johnny cakes, haul water with shoulder yokes, and tease and card wool, among other things. Nature center admission is $3; $10 per family. Call (585) 374-6160.