No plans? No problem. 10 things to do in the Rochester area
05:00 AM, Aug 23, 2013
1. Amusement rides on the midway, exhibits, carnival games, concerts and more are planned during the annual New York State Fair, through Sept. 2. Gates open at 8 a.m., and the midway is open until midnight. Buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (buildings close at 9 p.m. on Labor Day). Admission to the fair at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse is $10; free for those 12 and younger. Call (800) 475-3247 or go to nysfair.org.
2. The Greek Fest will feature Greek folk music, traditional Greek food, crafts and more at 11 a.m. through Sunday at Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit, 835 South Ave. It’s free. Call (585) 244-1976 or go to highlandgreekfest.com.
3. Three days of music and theater are in store during Sankofa Evening of Theatre and Jazz Festival at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday at Multi-use Community Cultural Center. Thursday will feature a full-length play, and Friday and Saturday will feature one-act plays along with the music of Paradigm Shift. Tickets are $18 for opening night; $16 the other two nights ($14 and $12, respectively, in advance). A three-night pass is $30. Call (585) 244-0960.
4. Buffalo-bred rockers Goo Goo Dolls are back near their old stomping grounds at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. Matt Nathanson opens. Tickets are $29.50, $49.50 and $65; $20 for lawn seating. Call (800) 745-3000 or go to ticketmaster.com or livenation.com.
5. Flint-knapping and tool-making demonstrations, a 19th century Mountain Men encampment (with black powder firearm demos) and more are planned during the Stone Tool and Technology Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Highbanks Recreation Area in Letchworth State Park in Mount Morris. The event is free with the park’s $8 per car entry fee. Call (585) 493-3600.
6. There will be three stages of music, food and activities for children during the Fairport Music and Food Festival from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday on Lift Bridge Lane inFairport. Proceeds from the fest benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. Admission is $15 ($10 in advance); free for ages 12 and younger. For more, go to fairportmusicfest.com.
7. Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, in partnership with the Susan B. Anthony House, is holding an Equality Day to commemorate the anniversary of women winning the right to vote on Aug. 26, 1920. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is $16.50; $13.50 for seniors and students with ID; $10.50 for ages 4 to 16. Call (585) 538-6822 or go to gcv.org.
8 See Pass the Remote! The Boob Tube Revue, a salute to television, complete with “commercials,” at Bristol Valley Theater in Naples 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $33; $31 for seniors; $17 for college students; $12 for youths. Call (585) 374-6318 or go to bvtnaples.org.
9. The race for the National Women’s Soccer League is on: The Western New York Flash will take on the Sky Blue FC in a semifinal game at 8 p.m. Saturday at Sahlen’s Stadium. Tickets are $13-$25. Call (585) 454-5425.
10. The Allman Brothers Band has been rocking since the late ’60s and is still going strong. Check it out, with special guest Steve Winwood, at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien. Tickets are $35 to $65; $29.50 for lawn seating. Call (800) 745-3000.