The Downtown Rochester Snowglow

The Downtown Rochester Snowglow will take place on Friday, January 14 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 15 from 12 noon – 9:00 p.m. The Snowglow will include over 40 ice sculptures lining the streets, an ice carving competition on W. 4th Street, marshmallow roasting with the Lions’ Club on E. 3rd, shopping, fireworks each night and of course, The Big, Bright Light Show. This is year’s ice sculpture theme is “Safari." Family and friends will see safari animals including … [Read more...]

Celebrate the Season with the 14th Annual Kris Kringle Market

Downtown Rochester’s annual Kris Kringle Market returns this holiday season on Friday, December 3, from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 4, from 12 noon to 10:00 p.m. The market will be located on W. Fourth Street between Main and Walnut and will coincide with The Big, Bright Light Show. The Kris Kringle Market is an open-air market inspired by the 700-year-old tradition of the European Christmas markets. Visitors may enjoy food, shopping, live entertainment, and the ambience of … [Read more...]

Shop Local and Win Big after Thanksgiving

Join the merchants of Downtown Rochester for a two-day shopping event after Thanksgiving. This year, Downtown Rochester is celebrating Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday to encourage patrons to shop small and give big this holiday season. Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday are days dedicated to strengthening the community by supporting local small businesses. Plaid Friday takes place November 26, shoppers are encouraged to wear plaid and head to Downtown Rochester for a fun day of … [Read more...]

Dillman & Upton Sells with Over 100 Years of Service to Rochester

In 1905, C.W. Upton started the business that the Greater Rochester Area would come to know and support - it became Dillman & Upton in 1910. After four generations, Dillman & Upton has sold to Mans Lumber and Millwork, another century-old, Michigan family-owned business. Dillman & Upton has been supplying materials to a large portion of construction projects built or remodeled in Oakland County. They also specialize in lumber, millwork, window, decking, and kitchens/baths, … [Read more...]

A Little Something Extra

Join the merchants of Downtown Rochester on Monday, November 22, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. when they offer their customers Lagniappe (Creole for “a little something extra”) in appreciation for their support throughout the year. Lagniappe 2017 and opening night for The Big, Bright Light Show 2017 - photo by Michael Dwyer The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) also will offer some Lagniappe with the debut of The Big, Bright Light Show. The program will begin at 6:20 p.m. on E. … [Read more...]

Deck the Halls at the Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees

Looking for holiday inspiration?  The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees November 20 & 21 at the Rochester Community House features trees, wreaths, centerpieces, tablescapes and much more, all designed and donated by the Metro Detroit Community.  Don’t forget your camera – Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule to visit with children on both Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 5:00 p.m. – admission is free. All proceeds benefit The Big, Bright Light Show and local area … [Read more...]

Election Results 2021

Rochester City Council Vote Totals The three highest vote totals will be elected to a 4-year term and the fourth highest total will be elected to a 2-year term. Nancy L. Salvia: 1,470 ✔Stuart Bikson: 1,382 ✔Steve Sage: 1,218 ✔Douglas Gould: 1,044 ✔Debra M. Allen: 603Terry R. Tesh: 317 Rochester Hills City Council Member At-Large Vote Total Winners will be elected to a 4-year term. David Walker: 6,289 ✔Matthew Berard: 5,475 City Council Member First District Vote Total: Carol … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Cocktail Preview

Tickets are on sale now for the Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Cocktail Preview on Friday, November 19, 7-10 pm at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Tickets are $50 per person. This is the first chance to get a preview this amazing holiday spectacular featuring trees, wreaths, centerpieces and more. It's also an opportunity to bid on these items home for the holidays. The event will include a strolling dinner featuring downtown restaurants, plus refreshments from Fieldstone … [Read more...]

Trick or Treat in Downtown Rochester

On Saturday, October 16, watch the streets of Rochester come to life with ghosts, ghouls, superheroes, and more as children trick-or treat with the Downtown merchants. Children can then meet at the corner of East Street and E. University for a costume parade at 5:15 pm. Followed by a Halloween Fest in the Farmers’ Market Lot. Kids are encouraged to dress-up and Trick-or-Treat downtown from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Nearly 50 businesses will participate in the Trick-or-Treat event and the … [Read more...]

Rochester Community House Signs New 20-Year Agreement

The City of Rochester and the Rochester Community House organization are pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 6, at 6:05 p.m., a 20-year agreement has been signed that clearly spells out both the City’s and the organization’s responsibilities; and solidifies several  more decades of partnership. City of Rochester Mayor, Stuart Bikson, and Rochester Community House Board Chair, John Cadieux, signed the agreement. This agreement comes after the city approved (earlier this year) … [Read more...]