Yes, it’s true! The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival starts this Friday! Here are some great tips to make the most of your experience!
1. Do Your Research.
There are over 1500 artists from 19 countries. 75 of the concerts are free. I’m all about being spontaneous; but since this series is usually a record breaking event you should plan ahead. Download the jazz festival app and plan which days you want to go.
2. Find a Downtown and/or Carpool Buddy.
If you know someone that works downtown, you can take advantage of their employee parking. If not, there are several garages you can use to park. In addition, there are several streets that are closed for the festival, so make sure you have an alternative plan. Your GPS doesn’t know these streets are blocked off:
GIBBS STREET (From East Ave to E. Main)
Monday, June 16 (Midnight) to Monday, June 30 (Midnight)
CHESTNUT (From E.Main to East Ave)
June 20 (6AM) to June 22 (2AM)
June 27 (6AM) to June 29 (2AM)
EAST AVE (From E. Main to Scio) and CHESTNUT (From Broad to East Ave)
June 20 (5PM-Midnight)
June 21 (5PM-Midnight)
June 27 (5PM-Midnight)
June 28 (5PM-Midnight)
EAST AVE (From Prince to Alexander)
June 28 (6AM) to June 29 (2AM)
EAST AVE (From Alexander to Union) & ALEXANDER (From Charlotte to Park)
June 28 (5PM-Midnight)
MAIN STREET (from Gibbs to Chestnut-not to include Gibbs or Chestnut)
Friday, June 20 to Saturday June 28 (5pm-midnight)
– See more at: http://www.rochesterjazz.com/php/travel.php#sthash.m7x9OBpJ.dpuf
3. Enjoy the food just as much as the Jazz!
There are many local restaurants near by as well as vendors on the street. Here are a few of our personal favorites:
Located right on East Avenue and in walking distance to the venues, this bistro is spot on with its write up:
“Welcome to Fraîche. A neighborhood place where elegant meets casual, where different people and tastes come together, and an element of fun is always du jour. We’ve carefully selected the best ingredients for every item on our menu—bringing in local specialties from all over Rochester and serving distinct, rich coffees imported from four continents through our New York City supplier.
So whether you’re joining us for an intimate dinner, a lively happy hour, dessert, brunch, or just a coffee, we invite you to make our space yours.”
This restaurant on the corner of Gibbs and University is just a stone’s throw away from all things musical including the Eastman Theater and Geva Theater. Total fan of the CHICKEN SCALOPPINI FLORENTINE and basically any special they have that includes goat cheese. If you are looking for traditional tavern fare, it’s also here including schnitzel and classic mac and cheese. If they can make it on site, they do and it’s just delicious.
If you want to dine in style and a steak is calling your name, this New York City Style steak house is for you. Not only do they have an exquisite menu, they also put up a tent during jazz fest and feature local artists. (Love the Rhythm Dogs!) You can dine, dance and dream all in one place if you make your reservations for dinner and a room right now!
If you are looking for music a little closer to home, there will be plenty at the Penfield Independence Celebration, but in the meantime, The Beale on Empire Blvd has live music almost every night and TP’s Irish Restaurant and Pub has their own shenanigans this weekend with Red Eyed Jack.
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