Rochester, NY

2019 - 2019 Special Events

Rochester-area events that benefit local charities.

For information and agency contacts, click on the agency's name in the listings.

Agencies: To list YOUR 2019 events, send info to

OCTOBER 2019 EVENTS back to top

RAIHN'S 15th Anniversary Celebrarion
Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 6 to 10 pm, at Artisan Works, 565 Blossom Rd.
Save the Date!
Halloween Trolley Express - New York Museum of Transportation

Saturday, October 19, 2019, at The New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Road, Rush, NY. (Thruway Exit 46, I-390 south to exit 11, NY Rt. 251 West, then 1 mile north on East River Road)

Rides depart at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 .

Here's the highlight of the Halloween season for all ages!
* Trolley ride to the Halloween Patch 
* Free delicious cider and donuts
* Decorate your free baby pumpkin
* Take your picture with the Halloween Trolley 
* Trick-or-treating in the museum trolley cars and steam locomotive!
* Spooky Halloween walk in the model train room
* Games, prizes
* Live musical entertainment
* Wear your favorite Halloween costume for even more fun

All for the family friendly price of $12 adults, $10 age 3 - 12. 
Rides depart at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 

by reservation only
purchase tickets at
The New York Museum of Transportation is conveniently located 20 minutes south of Rochester at 6393 East River Road (Thruway Exit 46, I-390 south to exit 11, NY Rt. 251 West, then 1 mile north on East River Road). Questions? 585-533-1113

Benefit Gala featuring the Roc City Singers - Angels of Mercy, Inc.

Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 5 pm at the Century Club of Rochester, 566 East Avenue.
5:30 pm: Cash Bar, Silent Auction and Raffles
6:00 pm: Roc City Singers Performance
7:00 pm: Dessert reception, Meet & Greet with the group
Tickets: $25. VIP Tickets $35 (including Champagne Reception and Preferred Seating)  
Proceeds to benefit Angels of Mercy and Roc City Singers.
For tickets, please email 

Wild Wings Kicks Off OWL PROWLS for the Season - Wild Wings, Inc.
Friday and Saturday evenings, September 20 & 21, October 25 & 26 at 6:45 pm at Mendon Ponds Park (south entrance), 27 Pond Rd., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
Please join us for a walk in the woods at 7pm to call for owls in Mendon Ponds Park. Sept. 20 & 21, Oct. 25 & 26. You never know whooooo you might hear or see! *Meet at Wild Wings by 6:45 pm and an educator will speak about the owls you might see and also have you meet a few of our resident owls after the walk in The David Carafos Education Classroom.  Preferably school-aged children and up with adults.  Located in Mendon Ponds Park @ south entrance.
*Coffee and cocoa will be served after the walk*
*$10 per person*
*MUST be purchased in advance on our website* 
*Only 50 slots available/You will be put on a guest list 
(no tickets will be mailed)*
*The event WILL NOT be cancelled ... NO Refunds* 
(If there is severe weather, we will have an hour- 
long owl presentation with our owls in the classroom)
17th Annual Wine, Dine & Share Dinner - Dimitri House
Sunday, October 27, 2019, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Memorial Art Gallery, Cutler Union, 500 University Ave., Rochester, NY.
An evening of dancing, dining, and supporting our community.
Dance exhibitions from Garth Fagan Dance and Adrianne Santucci
For information and tickets, call
30th Annual Al Sigl WalkAbout - Al Sigl Community of Agencies
Sunday, October 27, 2019, at Eastview Mall
Registration: 8:30 am in the Food Court
Event Begins: 9:30 am
Costume Contest: 10:30 am
"Brahams and Castanets" Concert - Penfield Symphony Orchestra

Monday, October 28, 2019, 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 all area Wegmans, 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

Daystar's 5th Annual "Love Shines" Recognition Lunch - Daystar Kids
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm at Monroe Golf Club, 155 Golf Avenue, Pittsford.
Tickets are $50 per person, and $500 for a table of 10.
Sponsorship Opportunities are available.
Register online at

NOVEMBER 2019 EVENTS back to top

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party and Fashion Show - Rochester Childfirst Network
Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Monroe Country Club, 155 Golf Ave., Pittsford 14534.
Fashions by Jane Morgan's Little House. Tickets: $60 each. On sale now! Prizes for Best HAT!
Reserve your seat today. 585-473-2858 or

DECEMBER 2019 EVENTS back to top

12th Annual "Shopping Is for the Birds" Sale - Wild Wings, Inc.

Friday to Sunday, November29 - December 1, 2019, from 9 am to 3 pm each day at Wild Wings, 27 Pond Rd., Mendon Ponds Park, south entrance off Route 65.
~ Including a Variety of Animal Themed Clothing, Wildlife and Environmental Books, Holiday Hand Painted Ornaments, Plush, Various Nature Items, an Assortment of Photography and Numerous Gift Baskets!
ALL proceeds go directly to benefit the animals of Wild Wings!   •  585-334-7790  •

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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.