people wave their arms at a concert. Festivalgoers raise their hands in an attempt to catch products being tossed to the crowd between musical acts at the 2021 Puerto Rican Festival. (Photo by Greg Francis)

Rochester Puerto Rican Festival returns to Frontier Field

The Rochester Puerto Rican Festival will return to its regular three-day format at Frontier Field Aug. 4-6 with one slight modification.

Rather than taking place Friday through Sunday, the festival now will take place Thursday through Saturday. This change came about as a result of a survey and community discussions, plus the organization’s commitment to providing a premier experience for attendees, according to Orlando Ortiz, festival president. This new schedule was supposed to go in effect in 2020, but the festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year’s festival took place on two consecutive Saturdays, with one Saturday taking place at Rochester’s International Plaza and the other at Parcel 5 in Rochester. That change was because of timing due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The 52nd-annual festival will include live music, food and cultural events.

“As the longest running ethnic festival in Monroe County, the Puerto Rican Festival board is extremely proud of the history this festival has in the community and is humbly honored to carry on its legacy as we re-launch a post COVID-19 festival,” Ortiz said in a press release.

The festival will take place from 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5 and noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 6. Admission is free Aug. 4 and from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 6. Daily admission tickets for Aug. 5 and 6 are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate, $5 for seniors and children, and free for children under 5.

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