Deck Art 2021 Registration Begins February 1

Downtown Rochester is calling all Artists Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and College students, as well as adult artists, are invited to participate in Downtown Rochester’s 11th Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2021. Artists are asked to provide their unique work on a blank skateboard deck. Winning pieces will be picked in each category by a panel of judges, and prizes will be awarded. Deck Art is scheduled for May 13 & 14. This year’s … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Snowglow

The Downtown Rochester Snowglow, will take place on Friday, January 15 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. & Saturday, January 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Snowglow will include ice sculptures lining the streets, an ice carving competition, shopping, and of course, The Big, Bright Light Show. This is year’s ice sculpture theme is “Christmas Cheer.” Visitors will see carvings of holiday favorites, including Buddy The Elf, Frosty the Snowman, the Christmas Vacation Stationwagon, and many more. … [Read more...]

Christmas Extended in Downtown Rochester

Downtown Rochester is pleased to announce that The Big, Bright Light Show has been extended until Sunday, January 31. The show will be aglow every evening from 5:00 p.m. to Midnight. And the holiday magic doesn’t end there. The Downtown Rochester Snowglow, will take place on Friday, January 15 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. & Saturday, January 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Snowglow will include ice sculptures lining the streets, live ice carving demonstrations and, of course, The Big, … [Read more...]

Santa Stroll in Downtown Rochester

Shop local this holiday season with Downtown Rochester’s merchants. The Santa Stroll will take place Sunday, December 13, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Grab a hot beverage, do some shopping, and enjoy The Big, Bright Light Show. Santa Stroll in Downtown Rochester December 13 Over 30 downtown businesses will be open on Sunday, December 13 until 8:00 p.m. and parking is free on Sunday’s in Rochester. The participating businesses are listed on the Downtown Development Authority’s … [Read more...]

Remembering Bill Lipuma

For Rochester Area Residents, the Lipuma Name is Synonymous with Coney Island Salvatore "Bill" Giuseppe Lipuma, Age 89 of Oakland Township passed away on December 3, 2020. Born December 15, 1930, Bill was a devoted husband of Mary for 65 years. Dear father of Marie (John) Russo, Tony (Jodi) Lipuma, and Andrea (Douglas) Lipuma Brown. Adored grandfather of Maria, Salvatore, Stephanie (Brett), Sophia, Meghan, Lisa, and Sophie. Brother of Mary Jankowski, Santa Miserendino, Rose Regner, and … [Read more...]

Support Small and Shop Local 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 27, shoppers are encouraged to wear plaid and head to Downtown Rochester for a fun day of … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Seeking Non-profits for Partnership Program

Mark your calendar for the Seventh Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, November 20-22 at the Rochester Community House. The Festival of Trees kicks off with the Cocktail Preview on Friday, November 20, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Tickets are $50 per person/$85 per couple. The event will be open to the public November 21 & 22.  Admission is free.  Santa will be on hand both Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Proceeds … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester offers a Taste of Fall

Starting Tuesday, September 8, over 20 restaurants will have fall inspired entrees, drinks, and desserts on their menu to try. The Taste of Fall promotion runs from September 8 – October 19. Pick up the Taste of Fall brochure at the Downtown Collaboration Studio or any of the participating businesses.  “There are so many yummy fall options,” said Kristi Trevarrow, Executive Director of the Rochester Downtown Development Authority, “the challenge will be to figure out which dish is … [Read more...]

Rochester Municipal Park Has Been the Place to Play for 85 Years

The Avon Park dam formed a popular swimming hole. The dam and bridge were dismantled in the 1980s. (From the Archives of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm) Eighty-five years ago this summer, Rochester residents dedicated a new recreation spot on Paint Creek. Built on the site of a bankrupt dairy farm and a long-abandoned millrace, Avon Park—now Rochester Municipal Park—quickly became a favorite place for area residents to swim, picnic, and play. The property on which Rochester … [Read more...]

Rochester Receives National Accreditation

Rochester has been named an Accredited 2020 Main Street America Program. This is the 15th consecutive year of national accreditation for Rochester. The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been a member of Main Street Oakland County since 2000. “Rochester continues to exemplify a model downtown organization that has been successful in managing its historic downtown for two decades”, commented John Bry, Main Street Oakland County Program Coordinator. “As a past Great American … [Read more...]