June 23 to 30, 2016
Living history of aviation
A classic aircraft from the early days of commercial air travel comes to the area as the Experimental Aircraft Association brings its restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airliner to Brockport today through Sunday. The aircraft will be giving rides to the public at Brockport Airport/Ledgedale Airpark. Aviation enthusiasts can see and ride in the world's first mass-produced airliner. The Ford Tri-Motor, nicknamed the "Tin Goose," was built by the Ford Motor Co. in the late 1920s. EAA's airplane underwent a 12-year restoration beginning in the 1970s. At each tour stop, visitors will have the opportunity to take 15-minute flights aboard this unique aircraft. Costs range from $50 to $75. Visit eaa.org.
Jazz Festival returns
The 2016 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival runs Friday to July 2. Featured performers of the 15th annual festival include Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Gregg Allman, Erykah Badu, Chick Corea and Grace Potter (pictured), who performs Friday. The 2016 festival will feature more than 1,500 artists at 19 venues, including 99 free shows and events. Go to rochesterjazz.com.
Remembering the subway
The New York Museum of Transportation in Rush marks the anniversary of the end of passenger service on the Rochester Subway 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum will have demonstration runs of the subway's fully restored Casey Jones track car, and rides on vintage electric trolleys will be held every half hour starting at 11:30 a.m. Visitors also will find a scale model railroad of the Rochester Subway, food vendors, and kids' games and activities. Visit nymtmuseum.org.
Keith Urban at CMAC
Country superstar and former "American Idol" judge Keith Urban performs Friday night at the CMAC. It's his Raise 'Em Up Tour. The New Zealand-born singer's hits include "Making Memories of Us," "Days Go By" and "Somebody Like You." Weezer and Panic at the Disco perform at CMAC Saturday. Visit cmacevents.com.
On the Big Screen
In "Independence Day: Resurgence," survivors use recovered alien technology to collaborate on an immense defense program to protect the planet. Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum star. Matthew McConaughey stars in "Free State of Jones," which tells the story of a defiant Southern farmer and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Find movie times.
Sweet and sour cherry picking, wines, live music and barbecue are on tap for Varick Winery and Vineyard's 12th annual Cherry Festival in Romulus Saturday and Sunday. There will be handmade merchandise for sale, games for children and reptiles on display. Admission is free. Live music is by Just Joe on Saturday and by Connie Patti and Jim Van Arsdale on Sunday. Go to varickwinery.com.
Celebration of Celtic heritage
Genesee Country Village & Museum on June 25 plans its Celtic Faire, featuring the foods and rousing music and dance of Scotland and Ireland. The Celts in Western New York played a major role in local history. Scottish pipe bands and traditional Irish step dancers will be performing throughout the day. Among the performers are the Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums, Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band, McMahon School of Irish Dance, Goodwin Academy of Irish Dance, Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes & Drums and Irish Rochester Musician's Association. Visit gcv.org.