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  • Highland Park covers over 155 acres on the southern portion of the City of Rochester between the streets of Highland Avenue on the south, Culver Road on the west, Cobbs Hill Drive on the east and I-490 on the north. It is probably best known for the Annual Lilac Festival held in May. The lilac collection was started by horticulturist John Dunbar in 1892 with 20 varieties, some of which were descendants of slips of native Balkan Mountain flowers that were carried to the new world by early colonists.

    The first lilac celebration was in 1905 and has grown bigger every year, both in varieties of lilacs and people. There are now over 500 varieties of lilacs that cover 22 acres Every year there are over 300,000 people who attend the Lilac Festival from all over the world. This year's festival was held May 12th through May 21st. In addition to the beautiful aromatic flowers, there are always bands playing, food concessions and vendors of all kinds. Hope to see you there next year!
  • Everyone knows Highland Park is drop dead gorgeous in the spring. It's the site of the Lilac Festival and several hundred thousand people walk through the park during festival week. During the weeks before and after the festival, when most everything is in bloom, it is nearly impossible to find a place to park.

    But as a resident of the Highland Park neighborhood, I contend that our park is beautiful 365 days a year. So, I put together the attached video that features many of my favorite shots of this park. I hope you enjoy Highland Park through the Seasons!
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    I like to think of it as a reward for surviving the long, hard winter of 2014-2015. We also didn't really have a spring. One day it was snowing and the next it was 80 degrees. The reward? Lots and lots in bloom at Highland Park all at once.

    The tulip beds are at peak. Daffodils still dot the hillsides. The cherry blossoms are breathtaking, especially looking up against the blue sky. Purple, pink and white azaleas poke out from between the pines And the lilacs! You can smell the luscious lilacs from blocks away.

    I've never seen so much in bloom at Highland Park all at the same time. But it will only last a short time. I hope you will take an opportunity to take a walk through the park.
  • Patricia "Pat" Cupido
    Rochester is known for the Lilac Festival. People attend from different states. It is a tradition here. The Lilac Festival is May 8-17 at Highland Park.

  • How cool is this? Very cool!

    The Highland Park Neighbors are having a Rochester PorchFest on September 7!
    Inspired by Ithaca’s longstanding Porchfest, they are launching their own Rochester Porchfest. This will be an afternoon of neighborhood music, with musicians playing on porches. The Porchfest will happen on: Sunday, September 7th, from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Rockingham and Mulberry Streets between South Goodman Street and South Clinton Avenue.

    There are 12 groups/soloists lined up: jazz, Irish, folk, Americana, rock and roll, and blues. The public is invited to stroll around and enjoy free music! Visit Rochester PorchFest on Facebook for more information.
  • It is spring time in Rochester and that means we are getting ready for the Lilac Festival, which is held each May at Highland Park. There is nothing better than sitting on our front porch and smelling all the lilacs in bloom while listening to the bands performing in the park.

    Highland Park has more than 500 different varieties of lilacs, as well as 700 varieties of rhododendron and azaleas, plus a collection of magnolias, my personal favorite. It's no wonder that Highland Park is a gathering spot for the neighbors of the Highland Park Neighborhood.

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