Fire & Ice Festival is Back in Downtown Rochester

“The Fire & Ice Festival is a fun-filled opportunity to get out of the house, even in the depths of winter, to enjoy some fresh air and regain a sense of community,” Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter said. “The event attracts thousands of people from across the region to get a taste of how joyful and active winter can really be.” Ice Carvings at Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester - Photo by Michael Dwyer This year’s ice sculpting theme is myths and legends. Glistening … [Read more...]

Strolling for Cookies in Downtown Rochester

The Downtown Rochester Cookie Stroll takes place on Saturday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cookie Stroll participants can collect 14 delicious cookies at 14 different cookie stations throughout town. Pre-sale for the official Cookie Stroll tin begins on Friday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. Cookie tins will only be available for purchase online. A cookie tin is $35 each (limit two per order) and tins must be picked up at the Rochester Downtown Development Authority … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees

The Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees runs November 18–20 at the Rochester Community House. The event features trees, wreaths, centerpieces, tablescapes, and more – all designed and donated by the Metro Detroit Community.  Bring a camera – Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule to visit with children on both Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit The Big, Bright Light Show and local area non-profit organizations. The … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Holiday Expo brings Holiday Shopping to the Royal Park Hotel

Shop local and begin the holiday season at the Downtown Rochester Holiday Expo on Monday, November 14, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel. Over 60 businesses will be showcasing their products and services, just in time for the holidays. Attendees are encouraged to shop, discover holiday ideas and inspirations, and explore all that the businesses have to offer. Admission to the Downtown Rochester Holiday Expo is FREE and includes light refreshments and door prize drawings throughout … [Read more...]

Festival of Trees Returns with a Cocktail Preview on November 18

Tickets are on sale now for the Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Cocktail Preview on Friday, November 18, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Tickets are $50 per person. This is the first chance to get a preview this holiday spectacular featuring trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and more. This is an opportunity to bid on these items and to take them home for the holidays. The event will include a strolling dinner featuring Brown Iron Brewhouse, Kruse & Muer … [Read more...]

A Celebration of Creativity at the Art & Apples Festival in Downtown Rochester

The 2022 Art & Apples Festival, presented by Paint Creek Center for the Arts, is at the Rochester Municipal Park in downtown Rochester and runs this weekend. Friday, September 9, 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Ribbon-cutting at 4:00 p.m.)Saturday, September 10, 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.Sunday, September 11, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Local Leaders, Chamber Members, and Art & Apples Festival Coordinators cut the 2021 ribbon to open the event. Photo by Michael Dwyer of Rochester Media. 2022 … [Read more...]

Art & Apples Festival for the Kids

The Meijer Kids Art Zone offers hands-on art projects, mural photo ops, face painting and bounce houses; plus, artists give live demonstrations in glassblowing, wheel-throwing, and more at the Creation Station. Budding artists and young art patrons are invited to join in the celebration and be inspired by art at 56th annual Art & Apples Festival sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, September 9–11. Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) has lined up a host of creative and fun activities at the … [Read more...]

Rewolds Sell Royal Park Hotel in Downtown Rochester

Royal Park Hotel announces a definitive agreement to transfer ownership to an affiliate of Fairwood Capital. Moving forward, the hotel will be managed by Davidson Hospitality Group under Pivot, their lifestyle operating vertical. Since 2004, Royal Park Hotel has been a staple in the Rochester community and southeast Michigan. The boutique hotel features 143 guest rooms, over 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, and PARK 600, their locally crafted restaurant offering a variety of seasonal … [Read more...]

Pedal the Past History Bike Tour June 30

Bike Riders and History Lovers Unite The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) and the Rochester Hills Museum host a bike ride through Rochester's past and visit historical sites around downtown. Each turn and trail will reveal another chapter of Rochester's story. Attendees may register for one of six time slots between 6:00-7:30 p.m. on June 30. Each slot will accommodate up to 12 riders. Tours are approximately three miles long. Helmets are strongly encouraged. Space is limited. Registration … [Read more...]

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...]