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2017 summer events preview: Welcome to downtown Rochester. Enjoy.

From winter to summer, the Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) programs events bringing energy, identity, and vibrancy (and often times very large crowds!) to downtown Rochester. 2017 is no exception. Continue reading for a complete list of summer events, a brief introduction to each event, and how you can get connected. The RDA is pleased and excited to have such a positive impact in our community’s vibrancy through our events, programs, and activities. Welcome to downtown Rochester. Enjoy!

Thursdays on First & 3rd | June 1 – August 31

Returning this summer, is another fun filled fourteen weeks of art, food and beverage vendors along with musical entertainment on 1st Avenue and the Peace Plaza. There have been some new additions to engage further with Rochester businesses and downtown community. The first new addition is vendor spaces for commercial/for-profit businesses. The second addition: a new line-up for Themed Thursdays filled with exciting activities for all ages. If you are looking to get involved this year as a vendor, sponsor or on a Themed Thursday, visit our website for more information. 

Movies in the Park  | June 17, July 15, August 5 & 19 

In partnership with Premier Banks, Movies in the Park will be back for four Saturdays this summer! Bring a chair or blanket and join us in Central Park for this free, fun and family-friendly outdoor event. The four movies playing are: ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day’, ‘Cool Runnings’, ‘The Secret Life of Pets’, and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’.  We look forward to seeing you in the park!

Dogs Downtown  | August 6 

Mark your calendars, the 3rd Annual Dogs Downtown event presented by Clements Subaru will be back for another day of tail-wagging fun. This canine-centric event is jam packed with activities, performances, games and giveaways for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy. In its first year, attendance was 3,300 and tripled in its second year to 9,000, in hopes it’ll increase again this summer. It’s an event you don’t want to miss. If you are interested in being a part of this event, please reach out to us at 507.216.9882 or