Rochester, NY

2020 Special Events

Rochester-area events that benefit local charities.

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FEBRUARY 2020 EVENTS back to top

"Caramira and Rodgers: Our Favorite Valentines" Concert - Penfield Symphony Orchestra

Monday, February  24, 2020, at 7:30 p.m., at the Penfield High School Auditorium, located at 25 High School Drive in Penfield, New York. 
Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 585-872-0774, at the Penfield Recreation Department, Canandaigua National Bank (Penfield Branch), and at the door on the night of the concert.  Advance tickets cost $15 for adults ($16 at the door), and $12 for senior citizens 60 and over ($16 at the door).  For students of any age with a student ID, advance tickets are free or $1 at the door. 

Chabrier composed his most brilliant work, España, based upon the fascinating rhythms he heard while visiting Spain, such as the jota, fandango, and malequeña.  Moncayo’s  Huapango features complex duple and triple meters, and the trumpet and trombone are prominent as they mimic the singing of men during the huapango dance.  Márquez’ Congo del Fuego Nuevo(Conga of the New Fire) is inspired by the enticing rhythms of the Afro-Cuban conga conga. Of the Capriccio espagnolRimsky-Korsakov wrote: “The Spanish themes, of dance character, furnished me with rich material for putting in use multiform orchestral effects, vividly brilliant for all that.”  Johannes Brahms wrote most of his Second Symphony during a vacation in Austria. A joyfulness permeates the entire work, and, even with its more tense, dramatic times, there is still a lightness and great spirit to be enjoyed by all. 

Directed by Dr. David Harman since 2000, this 90-piece orchestra enriches the community by providing fine music and a setting where both amateur and professional musicians perform a variety of classical music. For information on concerts and highlights, follow the Penfield Symphony Orchestra on Facebook at, on Twitter at, or visit the website at

MARCH 2020 EVENTS back to top

2020 Silent Disco: Art Never Had Such A Good Time - Urban Choice Charter School
Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 9 pm to 1 am at Artisan Works, 565 Blossom Road, Suite L, Rochester, NY 14610.
Tickets: $30 per person/$50 couple

UCCS is delighted to announce our 2020 Silent Disco: Art Never Had Such a Good Time.  More than 100 people will dance the night away at ARTISANworks. Guests will enjoy light appetizers, a specialty cocktail, silent auction items, raffles, and spectacular art.

Supporting our Silent Disco will truly make a difference in the lives of our students. UCCS serves a high concentration of City of Rochester students in poverty with more than 90% of currently enrolled eligible for free/reduced lunch. The funds raised at this event will help UCCS provide field trips, mid-year restocking of classroom supplies; and will support programs such as our Science Fair and Parent Curriculum Nights.

Strikes for Ability - CDS Wolf Foundation
Sunday, March 8, 2020, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at AMF Empire Lanes, 2400 Empire Blvd, Webster, NY 14580.
Check-in begins at 1:00 pm.
Please contact Tom DeRoller at 585-347-1205 to learn more, to register as an individual who will be raising pledge dollars, or to pay by check!
To register your team, click here.
Thank you for your support of the CDS Wolf Foundation's Strikes for Abilities, and don't forget to invite your friends and family on Facebook. CDS Wolf Foundation
Wild Wings Inc. Annual Spaghetti Dinner - Wild Wings, Inc.
Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 4 to 8:00 pm at The Henrietta United Church of Christ, 1400 Lehigh Station Rd., Henrietta.  All proceeds go directly to benefit the animals of Wild Wings! 
Tickets available online and at the door.  $8.00/ticket.  Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, roll, and dessert. 
Imagine … intriguing raptors to greet you at the door! 
More info:  Wild Wings 585-334-7790, email to, or at our website  
Keeping Our Promise - Rochester, Annual Fundraising Dinner
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, from 6 to 9 pm. (Dinner at 7 pm.)
Location: Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618

Please join us for our for annual Fundraising Dinner. The event will be emceed by Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle! We will have a buffet dinner, musical entertainment performed by Mirwais Nazari, silent auction and paddle call. Our featured speakers this year will be our program director, Ellen Smith, as well as LTC. James Pritchett and his interpreter, Soran Dawoodi, who relocated to Rochester, NY in 2019. 


This event is being held to raise funds for incoming visa approved Afghan and Iraqi wartime allies who are resettling in the Rochester area.

Tickets can be purchased online at: 

Sponsorship details can be found at:

Model Train Show - Webster Wasps

Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, 2020, at Webster Recreation Center, 1350 Chiyoda Drive (off Phillips Rd., north of Rte. 104). 
Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm  •  Sunday, 12 pm to 4 pm.

Admission: Kids under 12: FREE  •  Kids: 12-17: $3.00  •  Adults: $5:00  •  Seniors (60+): $3.00. 

Trains & Accessories for sale by area vendors.
 For more information, please call (585) 216-7829 and leave a message.

Rochester's Annual Parkinson's Symposium 2020 - National Parkinson Foundation Greater Rochester
Sunday, March 22, 2020, from 10:30 am to 3 pm, at Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave,, Rochester 14618.
Lunch will be provided.
People with Parkinson's, their families, care partners, and anyone serving the Parkinson's community are welcome to attend.
RSVP now at
There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.
For more information, contact Nancy Nealon at 585-234-5355 or

APRIL 2020 EVENTS back to top

Wild Wings Wine & Beer Tasting and Silent Auction - Wild Wings, Inc.
Friday, April 17, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at Locust Hill Country Club, 2000 Jefferson Rd., Pittsford, NY 14534.
Wine & Beer Tasting, Desserts and Silent Auction Event.
Tickets: $30 in advance online, $40 at the door.
Special guest appearances by some of our birds: falcons, owls, hawks, osprey!
Numerous great auction items to bid on TO HELP the animals of Wild Winks.
For more information, contact Wild Wings by phone at 585-334-7790, by email at; or visit the website
All proceeds benefit the animals at Wild Wings!

OTHER 2020 EVENTS back to top

Beat Brain Cancer - 5K and 1-Mile Walk
Saturday, June 6, 2020, at East Rochester High School, 200 Woodbine Avenue.
Entry Fee starts at $18.
Cash prizes for overall winners!
Benefits Allivea Maxon and Craig Winter.
For information, go to

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Trolley Car Restoration - New York Museum of Transportation

Sundays throughout the year, at the Museum, 6393 E. River Road, West Henrietta, NY.
Museum volunteers are restoring several antique trolleys for operation on the museum's rail line. View the progress as we bring a 1914 interurban car and a 100-year-old Rochester streetcar back to life!
Available during our regular operating hours, 11 am to 5 pm, Sundays only. Included in the regular admission price. See
for more information.


Parkinson Foundation Activities - National Parkinson Foundation Greater Rochester

Activities presented by the National Parkinson Foundation Greater Rochester
 to benefit those affected by Parkinson's disease (Various days Monday - Saturday) include support groups, the Parkinson Cafe, seminars, fitness classes, and non-contact boxing lessons.
For dates, times and locations, go to


Friday Sale At St. Michael's Church - St. Vincent DePaul Society/St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Conference

Every Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at The St. Vincent DePaul Store in the basement of St. Michael's Hall, 124 Evergreen St. (Church location: behind 869 Clinton Avenue near corner of Clifford Avenue.) Includes antiques, collectibles, athletic equipment, electronics, and other items that are not basic household items. Quality merchandise at bargain prices. Proceeds raised at the sale go to support the St. Vincent De Paul Ministry to help the poor in our parish live a better life.


Village History Group - Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

Third Saturday of the month, from 10:00 am to 12 noon, at The Former U.S. Customs House, 10 Latta Rd. corner of River Street, Rochester 14612. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Bring in any items petaining to Charlotte that you would like to show the group. (Every month except July, August, and December.)

Marine History Group - Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

Second Saturday of the month, from 10:00 am to 12 noon, at The Former Customs House, 10 Latta Rd., at the corner of River Street. Rochester, NY 14612.  THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Presentation by the Marine History Group of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society. The Presentation will be followed by a round robin. Bring your thoughts about Marine History for group discussion. (Every month except July, August, and December.)

Electronics Recycling (Monthly) - St. Vincent DePaul Society/St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Conference

Two Saturdays per month, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, See our website at for dates, Location is The St. Vincent DePaul Store in the basement of St. Michael's Hall, 124 Evergreen St. See Friday listing for details.