About Rochester

The City of Rochester, New York, USA is located within a 400-mile radius of 14 northeastern states, two of the most populated Canadian provinces, New York's capital city of Albany, and the nation's capital of Washington, D.C. Rochester is also the western gateway to the fabulous Finger Lakes Region, part of this country's longest scenic byway--the Seaway Trail, and a day's drive from New York City--America's largest eastern port for overseas travelers entering the United States.

Local Time

Rochester, New York is in the Eastern Time Zone. At the time of the conference, Rochester will be on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), which is UTC/GMT -4 hours. Business hours for banks are generally from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (0900-1700) on weekdays and from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (0900 to 1200) on Saturdays. Banks are closed on Sundays and public holidays. ATMs are widely available. Most stores and restaurants are open 7 days a week.


For October, the typical high temperature is 60°F (15.5°C) and the minimum temperature is 42°F (5.5°C), with an average monthly rainfall of 2.7 inches (70 mm). We recommend you bring a jacket or sweater and an umbrella to the conference.

Culture and Recreation

Rochester is home to numerous cultural institutions. These include the Garth Fagan Dance, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester Museum & Science Center, the Rochester Broadway Theater League, Strong National Museum of Play, the Strasenburgh Planetarium, Hochstein School of Music & Dance, and numerous arts organizations.


Rochester's East End district, located downtown, is well known as the center of the city's nightlife. It is the stopping point for East Avenue, which along with the surrounding streets is crowded with nightclubs, lounges, coffee shops, bars, and high-end restaurants. The Eastman School of Music, one of the top musical institutes in the nation, and its auditorium are also located within the neighborhood. The Eastman Theatre now plays host to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and other musical/drama events.

Southeast is the heart of Rochester's thriving arts scene, particularly in and around the Park Avenue neighborhood (which is known for its many coffee shops, cafes, bistros and boutique shops). Nearby on University Avenue can be found several plazas, like the Village Gate, which give space to trendy bars, restaurants and art galleries that stay open late into the night. Monroe Avenue, several streets over, is packed with pubs, small restaurants, smoke shops, theaters and several clubs as well as cigar bars and hookah lounges.

The South Wedge district, located directly below downtown, has seen significant gentrification in recent years and now is the site of many trendy cafes and bars that serve the student community attending the University of Rochester several blocks away from the heart of the neighborhoods. The "Wedge" is quickly becoming one of the most vibrant areas within the city limits, its numerous nightspots keeping the streets busy with college students and young professionals.

Points of Interest

  • The George Eastman House, the World's oldest photography museum
  • The Eastman Theatre
  • Strasenburgh Planetarium, Rochester Museum & Science Center
  • Asbury First United Methodist Church, a Richardsonian Romanesque style edifice
  • Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial
  • Cobbs Hill Park and Reservoir
  • Eastman Business Park
  • Ellwanger Garden
  • Frederick Douglass Monument
  • Frontier Field
  • George Eastman House
  • Geva Theatre Center
  • High Falls and the High Falls Entertainment District
  • Highland Park
  • Liberty Pole
  • Little Theatre, one of the oldest art-house movie theaters in the country
  • Maplewood Park Rose Garden
  • Midtown Plaza, the nation's first downtown shopping mall (partially demolished - Tower and Seneca Building still stand).
  • Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, the nation's first Victorian cemetery
  • Nick Tahou Hots featuring the Garbage Plate and a charity run in its name
  • Ontario Beach Park and the Port of Rochester at Charlotte
  • Rochester Broadway Theatre League at the Auditorium Theatre
  • Rochester Contemporary Art Center
  • Rochester's Public Market
  • Rochester Riverside Convention Center
  • St. Joseph's Church and Rectory (Rochester, New York)
  • Seneca Park Zoo, one of the top three family attractions in the area
  • Strong National Museum of Play, nation's second-largest children's museum housing the National Toy Hall of Fame
  • Strasenburgh Planetarium, part of the Rochester Museum & Science Center
  • Susan B. Anthony House
  • Times Square Building, noted for its 42' tall "Wings of Progress" sculpture.
  • University Avenue and Park Avenue Artistic Districts
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Rochester Arboretum
  • University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and Eastman Theatre
  • Water Street Music Hall

For more information, go to www.visitrochester.com.