No plans? No problem. 10 things to do in the Rochester area

05:00 AM, Jun 14, 2013

Check out thousands of roses, representing hundreds of varieties, at the Maplewood Rose Celebration. (MARIE DE JESUS/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)/


1. Take time to stop and smell the roses — specifically, the 300 varieties at the Maplewood Rose Garden, during the Maplewood Rose Celebration. The free event celebrates the garden’s thousands of roses and the Maplewood neighborhood and features entertainment, arts and crafts displays, food, lower gorge tours and children’s activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Go to maplewood.org/rose-festival.

2. Dozens of craft beers, along with food, ciders, locally roasted coffee and more, are on tap during the Rochester Real Beer Expo from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday (5 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders) on Gregory Street in the South Wedge. Tickets ($45; $65 for VIP/early admission) are available at rochesterrealbeer.com.

3. One woman’s milestone birthday — and the physical and emotional drama that goes with it — equals laughs for the audience during Big Pants & Botox at Nextstage at Geva Theatre Center. See previews at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday. Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Monday through next Thursday. Tickets start at $38. Call (585) 232-4382.

4. The East End Music Festival is back for its 23rd year and is now just one night, Friday. The event, from 5 to 11 p.m.in Rochester’s East End District, will feature a food truck rodeo and music on four stages. Admission is $5. Go to eastendmusicfestival.com.

5. The Juneteenth Historical Commemoration celebrates June 19, 1865 (two years after the Emancipation Proclamation), the day that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war was over and that slaves were free. A parade starts at 11 a.m., and the event runs from 12:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Susan B. Anthony Square. Admission is free.

6. Learn what makes a diesel locomotive go, take a turn at the Morse Code ticker in a 100-year-old country station and more during Railroad Day,11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at New York Museum of Transportation in Rush. Call (585) 533-1113 or go to nymtmuseum.org.

7. Enjoy three days of reggae, on-site camping, activities and more during the New York State Reggae East Roots Rock Rave Festival, Friday through Sunday at Carey Lake Restaurant and Party House in Macedon. Tickets are $35; $20 for students. Go to vermontreggae.wix.com/festival-2013.

8. “Fortepiano Resurrected” is the opening concert of the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hunt Country Vineyards in Branchport. Admission to the concert featuring Audrey Axinn, fortepiano, with a string trio, is $20; free for students. Call (315) 536-0383.

9. Feast your eyes on cool cars during Father’s Day Car and Motorcycle Cruise from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park in Canandaigua. Admission is $12; $10 for AAA members and seniors; $6 for ages 13 to 17, college students and military personnel; $1 for ages 4 to 12; free for ages 3 and younger. Call (585) 394-4922 or go to sonnenberg.org.

10. The Rochester Rhinos take on the Charleston Battery at 4:05 p.m. Sunday at Sahlen’s Stadium. Tickets are $10 to $20. Call (585) 454-5425 or go to rhinossoccer.com.