Having four distinct seasons is truly a gift, and usually nature’s timing comes right around when we’ve had enough of the old and are ready for the new. There are so many things to look forward to this fall in Rochester, NY, here are my top picks:
1. BACK TO SCHOOL
Yes, I am one of those parents who eagerly awaits the first day of school. Our family had an amazing summer full of adventures and fun, but summer slacking time is over. I’m a girl who honestly prefers structure, routine and dedicated time for getting back to business.
If you’re new to Rochester, this is the perfect time to meet new people and make friends through your children’s school. One of my most memorable new friend encounters took place just outside school, where I complimented a mom on her funky rain boots, and she’s still one of my favorite people today. Don’t forget to smile!
In just six years, the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival has become one of the most successful fringe festivals in the nation. This year it takes place September 12th-22nd in downtown Rochester. The Rochester Fringe features over 500 unique and creative performances by musicians, dancers, comedians, visual artists, theater groups and more, many of which are free or at a nominal cost. Don’t miss PUSH Physical Theatre, the Silent Disco and the Spiegeltent. There is truly something for everyone, kids included. For tickets go to rochesterfringe.com, call (585) 957-9837, go to the Box Office (corner of Main & Gibbs) or at the venue door one hour before the start of the show.
3. CRISP FALL WEATHER
Some people may disagree, but this summer’s weather was superb, especially after that extended season of frozen Narnia we had last winter. But now, I am really looking forward to the crisp fall air, foggy, chilly mornings and ample opportunities to layer on a snuggly sweater and boots to cozy up by the fire pit. Hope you can join me.
From the gentlemen who really know how to throw a party, Mark Siwiec and Duffy Palmer, this new downtown lounge will be the place to be. I can’t wait to sink back into the leather couches and bid farewell to the lazy days of rosé with a bespoke old fashioned cocktail. Follow their 80W facebook page for updates and October launch news. 7 Lawrence Street, Rochester.
The greater Rochester area is home to so many wonderful orchards and farms where you can pick your own apples, drink apple cider, eat donuts, and purchase pies. NY Upstate has a list of the best places to go.
6. FALL FUN
The epitome of fall is perfectly represented in the Northeastern U.S., and harvest season in Rochester brings us an abundance of classic fall items. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides, grape stomping, scarecrows, and mums (Garden Factory has over 30 varieties). The Rochester’s Kids Out and About website has the master guide to fun.
Now in its 9th year, Fashion Week Rochester highlights local designers, boutiques and businesses with themed runway shows and a boutique crawl. A fun way to discover unique local fashion, accessories and artists that you wouldn’t find at the mall. I love that they don’t take themselves too seriously, using real people from all walks, shapes, sizes and ages as the models. Best of all, the proceeds go to The Center for Youth’s homeless programs. A great excuse for a girl’s night out. Tickets go on sale September 5th, at fashionweekofrochester.org.
8. LEAF PEEPING
I am always amazed at the spectacular display of colors in the trees this season. This is one of the things I missed most when we lived in Miami. Just driving around town you can’t miss the changes, but to fully indulge the eyes, take a foliage tour by boat on the Erie Canal, by trolley, by hot air balloon, or simply by walking in a local park or taking a tour in Mount Hope Cemetery. Another extensive list of places to savor Autumn is on one of my favorite websites http://daytrippingroc.com/autumn/.
I hope you get to take advantage of a few of these activities and events. It’s hard not to have a deep appreciation for the abundance of nature, rich experiences and people our area is home to. Feel free to send me your ideas and suggestions at email@example.com.