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UPDATE: The Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA), in consultation with the National Weather Service and the Rochester Police Department, decided the threat of severe weather was too great throughout the day to continue with the event safely and decided to cancel the event March 5. More details here.

When: March 3-5, 2022
Times: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, and 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Peace Plaza, downtown Rochester
Cost: Free

“Anything goes” in 2022. A positive spin is saying “anything GLOWS” with Social Lights, an adapted version of Social-ICE! With the same spirit of Social-ICE, this event will feature wow-factor lighting and forgo cold-weather-dependent components like ice. The themed bars and their creative cocktails remain a staple attraction of Social Lights, along with nightly DJs/music, experiential activities, and more illuminating fun. #SocialLights

Remember to attend FAM JAM, the free family day of Social Lights, from 1 to 4 p.m. March 5.

COVID-19 precautions: Based on state and Olmsted County Public Health guidance at time of event. We will:

  • Recommend masks at the event.
  • Have hand sanitizing stations throughout the event.
  • Have designated areas to encourage physical distancing.
  • Exclude indoor components of past events like the warming tent/igloo.
  • Implement regular cleaning and sanitizing of event areas.

  Read more in these Social Lights blogs and follow the Facebook event updates.

  Download a printable Social Lights map here.

Luces para todos y su día para la familia incluye luces, bares y bebidas temáticas, música, y más diversión basada en las luces. 

Iftiinka Bulshada iyo maalinta qoyska-saaxiibtimimada leh waxaa ka mid ah intiiminta, baarar mawduucyo leh iyo cabitaano, muusig, iyo madadaalo ku salaysan intiin badan.

社交灯会(Social Lights)及他的家庭聚会日包括有灯光、主题酒吧及饮料、音乐、还有更多有趣的灯光为主的活动。


(Video credit: Tyler Aug of The Rochester Posse)

Social Lights themed bars

Chester's Kitchen & Bar


Theme: A Tribute to First Responders

Specialty cocktails:

  • Protect and Serve (see featured drink video above)
  • The Extinguisher (Fireball shot)
  • The Defibrillator (special house-made hot toddy)
  • What's Your Emergency? (peanut butter hot chocolate with vodka, rum, and coffee liqueur)

Read the full Social Lights themed bar blog here.

Kathy's Pub


Theme: Disco Pub

Specialty cocktails:

  • The Travolta (peppermint schnapps and hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and candy cane sprinkles)
  • The Golden Cadillac (see featured drink video above)

Read the full Social Lights themed bar blog here.

Olde Brick House


Theme: "How to Train Your Dragon"

Specialty cocktails:

  • Dragon's Keep (see featured drink video above)
  • Aurora (see featured drink video above)

Read the full Social Lights themed bar blog here.

The Tap House on Historic 3rd


Theme: The Love Shack

Specialty cocktails:

  • The Shack Shimmy (see featured drink video above)

Read the full Social Lights themed bar blog here.

Victoria's Ristorante and Wine Bar


Theme: "Squid Game"

Specialty cocktails:

  • Gganbu (see featured drink video above)
  • 001 (Victoria's signature old fashion)
  • Gambler (black tea infused whiskey, maple, apple cider, and a cinnamon stick, served hot)
  • Defector (hot cocoa, vanilla vodka, and peppermint schnapps, served hot)

Read the full Social Lights themed bar blog here.

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