ArtAwake 2018

Now in its 10th year, ArtAwake is University of Rochester-born, student-run, free art-and-music festival that showcases local talent in an unconventional venue. This year, the event joins Fringe and takes over the former Changing Scene restaurant in the First Federal Plaza building (generously donated by Chris Hill)! View hundreds of artworks while enjoying live music throughout the noon-to-midnight event. Don’t miss afternoon fun for the whole family and a sunset cocktail party for the 21+ crowd in one of Rochester’s coolest venues.


ArtAwake will be occurring from 12pm-12am on the top floor of the First Federal Plaza. To reach the 21st floor, please enter the elevators, across from the lobby in the entrance of the plaza. To park, please arrive at the Genesee Crossroads Garage or the Sister Cities Garage. You can also access street parking anywhere near the plaza itself.

The First Federal Plaza is known as one of the most distinctive buildings in the City of Rochester. The round top of the building was previously known as a revolving restaurant called the Changing Scenes as is now a series of office spaces. This is one of the tallest buildings within the city of Rochester and is located within the bustling Four Corners neighborhood.

More about Fringe: Since its debut in 2012, the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival has become one of the most successful fringe festivals in the U.S., attracting more than 78,000 attendees in 2017. Now an 11-day event, this multi-arts festival boasts over 500 performances and events – more than a quarter of which are free – in 25+ venues in downtown Rochester, NY. Celebrating and inspiring creativity, the Fringe – which is partially curated by the non-profit festival and partially by festival venues – includes everything from theatre, music, comedy and dance, to children’s entertainment, spoken word, visual arts, film, and much more. Please visit for a complete schedule, tickets, and more information.

Special thanks to Sally Cohen for the description provided through Rochester Fringe, Chris Hill for the location donation, as well as the members of Fringe for assisting to make this event a success!

You can find information about the location and times through the Fringe page located here.

You can find more information about ArtAwake through our archives!

You can submit to this year’s ArtAwake here.