1) Garbage plates. Rochester’s favorite delicacy is anything but delicate. The Garbage Plate starts with baked beans or macaroni salad and home fries or French fries, topped with your choice of hamburger, cheeseburger, red hots or white hots, Italian sausage, haddock, fried ham, grilled cheese, or egg. Perfection!
2) Wegman’s is so much more than just a store. In Rochester, Wegman’s is basically a way of life. It has branched out in select areas around the Northeast, but it was born in Rochester. No other grocery store on the face of planet Earth could ever compare to the heaven that is a Wegman’s; believe me, you have to see it to believe it.
3) It’s got art indoors and out. Rochester is famously known as an “artsy” city. It’s home to the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, ARTISANworks, and the Memorial Art Gallery. Art lovers can take the ArtWalk along University Avenue connecting the different centers in the art district with public works.
Rochester is also famous for its street art. You don’t have to walk too far to see some interesting street art in downtown Roc.
4) There’s always a festival. There’s always something to do out on the streets in Rochester. There are a variety of different kinds of festivals that take place every year. These include the Rochester International Film Festival, Innovation and Creativity Festival, Lilac Festival, ROC City Rib Festival, International Jazz Festival, Monroe County Fair, Festival of Food, Big Rib BBQ Blues Fest, Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival, Oktoberfest, Corn Hill Arts Festival, Park Ave Fest and MANY MORE.
5) Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario is the 14th largest lake in the world and is located right outside Rochester! It’s the perfect spot to go with friends on a spring or summer day to relax by the water.
6) Live concerts. Rochester is truly a music mecca. There are always concerts taking place all around the city. This upcoming spring and summer, the Rochester area will be hosting some big names including Janet Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Ellie Goulding, Keith Urban, Bruce Springsteen, and many more! There are also plenty of local bands and musicians who perform at various places in Roc.
It’s also amazing to have the Eastman Theater to see the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and other professional musicians or ensembles! (Side note: College students can get discounted tickets.)
7) The abundant amount of opportunities. Rochester is the third largest city in New York State. There are so many options in terms of work and internships. Job searching is hard as it is, but living in a diverse and large city like Rochester, you are provided with many opportunities.
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