Arguably no large city in New York State outside of New York City itself, Rochester is a vibrant destination for arts and music, a progressive academic city, and a great base for exploring the shoreline of Lake Ontario and the sophisticated inns, restaurants, and wineries of the nearby Finger Lakes region. In mid-July, this city of 211,000 hosts Rochester Gay Pride, which is produced by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley. The dates this year are July 18 through July 20, 2014, but there are a number of related events taking place during the week leading up to Pride.
For a full list of Rochester Pride parties and events, consult the official Pride schedule - the festivities commence on Friday, July 18, with a flag-raising at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, in Manhattan Square.
The following day, Saturday, July 19, is the time for the Rochester Gay Pride Parade, held from 3 pm until 5 and running along Park Avenue (the procession begins at Park Avenue and Argyle, and it ends at Manhattan Square Park). (Here's a map of the parade route). The parade is preceded by a Rochester Pride Family Fest, from noon to 3:30 at the festival site, Manhattan Square Park. And it's followed by one of the top events of the weekend, the Rochester Gay Pride Festival, held from 4 until 9:30 pm at the festival grounds in Manhattan Square Park. In addition to vendors and food, the festival will present entertainment by a number of talented artists. Tickets to the festival cost $15.
On Sunday, July 20, there's the Rochester Pride Picnic Fundraiser, held at Genessee Valley Park from 1 until 7 pm.
Additionally, gay-popular bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops in the area have more going on than usual during Pride week. Check online resources about the Rochester gay scene, such as the Empty Closet gay newspaper, which is one of the longest-running such publications in the country. Also take a look at the excellent gay travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, Visit Rochester.