Your Guide to the 2016 Fest!
Rochester,  New York 

All venues are handicapped accessible. 

For outdoor shows, there are accessible portable bathrooms:

Individuals needing assistance may call the Festival office in advance at (585) 454-2060 or see a volunteer at venue entrances. Individuals being dropped off may pull up at the corner of Main St. and Gibbs.

Provided by Rochester Regional Health. Located outside the Merchandise Tent on Jazz Street near East Main St. 

XRIJF is held in downtown Rochester, NY's East End Cultural district. All venues are within walking distance of each other so park once and walk to everything.

The Festival does not operate any parking but there are many surface lots and ramp parking garages conveniently located near festival venues. Please note, many side streets will be closed.
The exciting, transformative Inner Loop East project is underway in the East End. Crews are currently working on East Avenue between Union and Pitkin Streets. Before heading to the festival, check back here for updated construction updates and detour information.


Gibbs Street (From East Ave to E. Main)\

  • Monday, June 20 (Midnight) to Monday, July 3 (Midnight)  

Chestnut (From E. Main to East Ave)

  • June 24 (6AM) to June 26 (2AM)
  • July 1 (6AM) to July 3 (2AM) 

East Ave (From E. Main to Scio) and Chestnut (From Broad to East Ave)

  • June 24 (5PM-Midnight)
  • June 25 (5PM-Midnight)
  • July 1 (5PM-Midnight)
  • July 2 (5PM-Midnight) 

Main Street (from Gibbs to Chestnut-not to include Gibbs or Chestnut)

  • Friday, June 23 to Saturday July 2 (5pm-midnight)

Midtown Stage Concert at 275 East Main Street (Parcel 5) - the following streets are closed:

 July 2 -   7:00AM-Midnight 

  • Elm St. (From Clinton to Atlas St.) 
  • Cortland St.(From Elm Street to E. Main St.) 
  • Andrew Langston Way (From Elm E. Main St.) 

July 2  - 3:00AM-Midnight 

  • Elm St.(From Clinton to Chestnut St.) 
  • Atlas St. (From Euclid St. o Elm Street) 
  • Euclid St. (From Chestnut St. to Andrew Langston Way) 


Restrooms are located inside every venue. There are also portable bathrooms outside of the Rochester Regional Health Big Tent, the alley adjacent to Kilbourn Hall, along the Avangrid/RG&E Fusion Tent, and on Chestnut Street during the Friday and Saturday concerts. 


Hop on and off the trolley that will circulate all 9 days of the fest from 3PMMidnight stopping at key festival venues. Look for shuttle stop signs. Stops vary by day depending on street closings. Sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC.


  • Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown, State Street
  • Main St. and Chestnut St. Eastbound
  • North Chestnut (Harro) Southbound
  • Main St. and Scio Westbound
  • E. Broad St. (Xerox Auditorium) Eastbound
  • East Ave. and Winthrop St. (Little Theatre) Westbound
  • East Ave. and Lawrence St. (Anthology) Westbound


  • Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown, State Street
  • Main St. and Chestnut St. Eastbound
  • North Chestnut (Harro) Southbound
  • Main St. and Scio Westbound
  • E. Broad St. (Xerox Auditorium) Eastbound
  • East Ave. and Winthrop St. (Little Theatre) Westbound
  • East Ave. and Lawrence St. (Anthology) Westbound


  • Rochesters East End can be directly accessed from several east side transit routes, including 31 Park, 33 Goodman, 38 East Main, 48 University and 57 East.  

  • The East End is a short walk from the RTS Transit Center, where all bus routes stop. Many routes run until midnight or 1AM, making an evening out without the hassle of parking an easy option.

  • Visit for more information and to download the Wheres My Bus? app for real-time bus arrival info on your smart phone from Google Play and the App Store.

There may be minor bus route detours due to festival-related street closures; check or call 585-288-1700 for details.


  • Headliner show and Club Pass tickets if still available purchase online at, or visit the Jazz Fest Ticket Shop at the corner of East Ave and Gibbs St open as of June 6 from 12PM5PM and daily during the fest from 10AM11PM. 
  • Club Shows  enter with the Club Pass or $30/$35 cash only at the door. First-come, first-served for everyone, no reserved seating, no advance sales. 
  • Free Shows  no tickets required, all shows rain or shine.

  • Go to the Jazz Fest Ticket Shop at East Ave & Gibbs St, open Monday, June 6 from 12PM5PM and daily during the fest from 10AM11PM
  • Call (585) 454-2060
  • Get the official XRIJF App! for iPhone or Android - coming in May!
  • Pick up a free brochure and Official Program Guide at any venue or at the Ticket Shop - Open June 6 - July 2
  • Download our Schedule Grid
  • Donwlload Free Headliner Show Flier
  • Download our Festival Map
  • Sign up for email news 
  • Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter

Posters, apparel, portable seats, and other great gear are available in the Merchandise Tent on Jazz Street (Gibbs St.) during the festival. Limited items also available online. Open 4:00-11:00PM daily.

Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown Official Hotel of the Festival
  • Jam Sessions nightly in State Street Bar & Grill during the Festival
  • Within walking distance from the Festival. 
70 State Street | Rochester, NY 14604 | 585-546-3450
Toll Free: (866) 826-2831  |

We offer a wide variety of food and beverages at the festival on:
  • Main Street near Gibbs Street
  • In and outside the Rochester Regional Health Big Tent
  • East Avenue near Chestnut on Fridays and Saturdays
Food and beverages are also served at the following Club Pass venues. 
  • Harro East Ballroom
  • Max at Eastman Place
  • The Little Theatre
  • The Rochester Club
  • Anthology
  • Holiday Inn State Street Grill for Jam Sessions
COMING SOON! complete food guide here 

There are also many restaurants in the festival area.

  • For free shows you can bring lawn/stadium chairs
  • Portable seats to make waiting in line will be for sale at the Festival Merchandise Tent but you can also bring your own.
  • Your tickets and Club Pass! (Please write your name and cell number on your pass.)

What NOT to Bring
  • Pets
  • Coolers
  • Food

The use of cameras (still, video, cell phones) and recording devices is strictly prohibited at all indoor concerts at XRIJF. Photography is permitted only by credentialed photographers in designated areas. Concertgoers are asked to please abide by these guidelines out of respect for the artists and others in the audience.  Anyone not abiding by these rules will be asked to leave the venue.

Courtesy of our presenting sponsor, M&T Bank, ATMs are located in several locations around the festival. See the map for exact locations.

Please go to the Ticket Office at the corner of Gibbs Street & East Ave. Open 10 AM - 11PM daily during the festival. Write your name and cell number on your Club Pass so that you can be notified if lost.

For information on things to do during the day while you are in Rochester see
Explore Rochester Guide