Rochester is an affordable, mid-size, destination for meetings and conventions. The official Convention and Visitors Bureau, reports that an average of approximately 200 conventions and 100,000 of convention attendees meet in Rochester each year.

Rochester has meeting facilities that can accommodate groups with up to 5,000 attendees, including a large convention center connected to two major hotel properties. In total there are more than 7,000 hotel rooms in the Greater Rochester area.

Please note: Some conventions are annual or bi-annual, others move around each year. Some are private, while others are open to the public.

Below is a list of local based meetings and conventions.


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2011-01-23 09:36:50   Hi. PeteB has given me the go-ahead to update this page. The way I see it, there are a few functions this page has, one of which may be to be a historical archive of meetings past as well as a sort of community calendar. For my first trick, I have removed reference to something called "Ani-Aikousha-Con," a 2009 meeting that was apparently canceled and so never actually occurred. More changes to come. Please comment if you have suggestions. Thank you. —AaronBPryor

2011-01-23 10:22:11   It's a wiki, you can edit whatever you want as much as you want as long as it's within the guidelines. —DamianKumor

2013-01-17 07:21:24   Can you add a couple of things? The Rochester Erotic Arts Festival which has been going on for 4 years now. The website is It is a two day event with art, performance and workshops. The next dates are April 5 and 6 2013. Also there is a furry convention in Rochester now. They had their first convention in 2012. I am not sure about their 2013 dates. —RauncieRyan

2013-02-27 10:08:46   Ryan, there's no way I'm going to put that up when I'm doing most of these edits from my work laptop. —Damiankumor

2015-07-07 11:27:22   Kept the list of past local conventions, but added facts and figures relative to the convention business in the Rochester region. Every convention is different and not all return annually. So I kept the list general, without dates, to give just an idea of the kinds of events Rochester has hosted. —CalinLawrence