2014 Multicultural Calendar




Ongoing Events

International Film Series

Every second Wednesday, 6pm at the library.


Mosque Open House

Last Saturday of every month, 11 - 1:30, at Masjed Abu Bakar (17 N Broadway). Meet Muslims and ask questions about Islam. For more information, call 253-6710 or email Rochester.Mosque@ gmail.com





Events & Opportunities


This page is updated frequently. Check back often for new event listings. Last updated July 31, 2014.



Movies on the Plaza

Every Saturday, June 7 - August 23, 9pm

Peace Plaza

FREE family-friendly movies all summer! Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.


World Music: Moscow Nights/Golden Gates

Thursday, July 31, 7pm

Thursdays on 1st, Peace Plaza stage

You'll be thoroughly entertained by the lively traditional music and dancing of this exciting Russian ensemble. This is a concert adults and children alike will enjoy. More about the artists


Athens Fest

Friday - Saturday, August 1 - 2

Peace Plaza

Register for the Toga Run, join the toga pub crawl, enjoy live music, Greek food, and FREE activities for the whole family, including jewelry making, pottery making, dancing, drama, makeovers, yoga, and storytime. More info


Hiroshima Day

Saturday, August 6

Remembering the destruction of the first atomic bomb.


International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Tuesday, August 9

They were here first!


International Youth Day

Friday, August 12


World Music: Calle Sur

Thursday, August 14, 7pm

Thursdays on 1st, Peace Plaza stage

This duo from urban Panama and rural Colombia bring a wide variety of Latin styles to the stage, from bossa nova to salsa to Afro-Caribbean cumbia. More about the artists



Monday, August 18

This Hindu holiday celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. Read about its history, celebrations, legends, and special foods here


Afghan Independence Day

Tuesday, August 19

Since the war in Afghanistan began, Rochester has become home to a number of Afghan refugees.


Mathew Tembo & AfroRoots

Thursday, August 21, 7pm

Thursdays on 1st, Peace Plaza stage

Mathew Tembo fuses indigenous Zambian vibes with contemporary sounds for an upbeat, Afro-fusion, reggae-fueled sound featuring handmade instruments. More about the artist 


Greek Fest

August 22 - 24

Sts. Kosmas & Damianos Greek Orthodox Church

Be Greek for a day! Enjoy Greek music, dancing, and food. Details


International Day for Remembrance and Abolition of the Slave Trade

Saturday, August 23

The Emancipation Proclamation legally ended slavery in the U.S., but trafficking in human beings, particular for the sex trade, remains a serious issue in our country and around the world.


Paryushana Parva

Saturday, August 23

One of the two most important Jain festivals, this is a time when many Jains take vows of study and fasting for the 8 to 10 day period of the festival.


Irish Fest

August 29 - 31

History Center of Olmsted County

Featuring big bands direct from Ireland, dancing with the world champion O'Shea Irish Dance School, Irish dog breeds, Gaelic games including rugby, hurling and football, children's activities, cultural center, storytelling workshops, and a whiskey tasting. Details at irishfestmn.org.


Labor Day

Monday, September 1


Vietnamese Independence Day

Tuesday, September 2


Harvest Moon Festival

Tuesday, September 9

The most important Chinese festival after the lunar new year (celebrated in February), the Harvest Moon Festival is celebrated on the night of the full moon in the 8th lunar month, when the moon is at its brightest for the year.

Make mooncakes


Day of Remembrance

Thursday, September 11


Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15


Mexican Independence Day

Tuesday, September 16


Constitution Day

Wednesday, September 17


Confucius' Birthday

Saturday, September 20

"I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there." Learn more about the great wise man of the East.


International Day of Peace

Sunday, September 21


Autumn Equinox

Tuesday, September 23


Rosh Hashanah

Thursday - Friday, September 25-26

Rosh Hashanah begins the High Holy Days, a 10-day period of repentance and reflection culminating in the Day of Atonement. The Jewish calendar, which counts from the Biblical account of the creation of the world, begins the year 5775. Celebrate by eating apples and honey for a year filled with sweetness.