Inspired by the lakes, rivers and rolling terrain that surround our city, local artists create magic. You will discover that magic at the many festivals held here. Rochester has a deep and abiding interest in music, from classical to jazz to hip-hop. The result? Festivals and concerts of all types, all year, from military band concerts, played with a verve that will raise the hair on your arms, to a week of intimate shows by jazz artists from around the globe. Harvest festivals held in area towns celebrate wine, garlic, corn, apples and grapes—some of the crops that grow here in abundance. Don’t forget winter. Rochester locals who don’t like being stuck inside during the coldest months find their fun outdoors. Learn to ski or make maple syrup. Watch as ice sculptors chisel away to reveal their creations. Indoor boat, golf and RV shows held during our coldest months remind us that warm-weather pursuits are just around the corner.