News & Events

In Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts

Our beautiful neighborhood is home to many great events each year. Here are some highlights, but please follow our Facebook feed to stay updated on all NOTABA news and events!

Just Announced:

Workshops offered by REDCO to assist businesses and entrepreneurs with questions on loans and grants offered through the Revitalize Rochester Fund (RRF). Click here for the PDF.


Virtual Restaurant Town Hall Meeting: Monday May 17th

Mayor Lovely A. Warren today announced that the City’s Jumpstarting ROC team will conduct a virtual town hall webinar for city restaurant owners at 2 p.m., Monday, May 17. The webinar will provide up-to-date, industry-specific information on City programs and services and take questions on the City’s pandemic recovery efforts.

The Mayor will be joined by staff from the City offices of Planning, Zoning, Engineering, and Business Development—those who are administering the City’s restaurant assistance programs and services. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input on how the City can further support them.

Interested restaurant owners can participate in the Zoom town hall webinar by visiting That web page also has a brief online survey that owners and managers can use to ask questions and provide input to City staff in advance of the town hall.

More information on the City’s pandemic response for businesses can be found at

First Fridays

Every first Friday of the month is a citywide gallery night that encourages collaboration between non-profit, university, and commercial art venues in Rochester. This initiative showcases area artists and arts institutions as a community night for experiencing art. First Friday ensures a healthy art scene and a healthy city through regular exchange and discussion between venues, artists, and patrons. First Friday Rochester was initiated and is administered by Rochester Contemporary Art Center.

Second Saturdays

Many artists in Anderson Alley (250 N. Goodman) and other buildings open their studios for the Second Saturday of each month. This is an open house event where visitors can walk around the four stories of artists studios and see participating artist’s work. They can also mingle with the artists and munch on snacks and drinks.

The Clothesline Arts Festival

Rochester’s largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival! It’s now the place to experience all-day live entertainment, sample food from some of Rochester’s favorite vendors, enjoy free family art activities, visit the museum, and of course, browse and buy original artwork throughout the grounds.