Winter in Rochester can be tough, and the current omicron-fueled COVID surge is making this winter tougher than most. However, there still are opportunities to do things in person. From sporting events to concerts, there are a wide variety of options.
Here are a few activities to consider, should you decide to venture out.
This list will be updated throughout the season, so check back for more ideas. And remember to check with the venue for any changes in COVID safety protocols. You can get tickets for many of the shows and events listed below at TicketSmarter.com.
The Auditorium Theatre
COVID safety protocols: All patrons ages 5 and older must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend performances at the Auditorium Theatre, effective Feb. 14. Children under age 5 will be permitted to attend performances with adults that meet the vaccination requirements. Additionally, all patrons will be required to wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status, upon arrival and departure in lobby areas, and within the theatre for the entirety of the performance. Children under two are not permitted in the theatre.
Jan. 23 Dancing with the Stars, Live 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9 Champions of Magic: The Worldwide Wonders, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22-27 My Fair Lady, various times
March 7-8 Rent, various times
March 30 Diana Krall, 7:30 p.m.
March 31-April 2 Riverdance, 25th Anniversary Show, various times
Geva Theatre Center
COVID safety protocols: All patrons age 5 and over must be fully vaccinated and will be required to show proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated patrons must provide proof of a negative COVID test result. Either an antigen-type test taken no more than six hours prior to entry or a PCR-type test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entry will be accepted.
All patrons must wear masks while indoors, except while eating or drinking in the café area only. Patrons who are feeling ill are asked to to stay home and will be allowed to exchange tickets, free of charge.
Through Feb. 6 Airness, various times
Feb. 2-20 Constellations, various times
Feb. 22-March 20 How to Catch Creation, various times
March 30-May 1 Somewhere Over the Border, various times.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Note: The RPO postponed all concerts that were to have taken place Jan. 13 to 29. This was done in response to the University of Rochester’s decision to cancel or postpone all concerts, master classes and special events scheduled through Jan. 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID safety protocols: All patrons 12 and up will be required to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult. All patrons will be required to wear masks at all times and throughout the duration of the performance. Please make sure your mask is covering both your mouth and nose.
Feb. 10 and 12 Don Quixote in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.
Feb. 18 and 19 Happy Birthday, John Williams! in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8 p.m. both nights.
March 3 and 5 Ginastera, Gershwin + Frank at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 7:30 and 8 p.m., respectively.
March 12 Happy Birthday, Christopher Seaman! in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
March 18 and 19 Diva to Diva: An Evening with Ann Hampton Callaway in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8 p.m. both nights.
March 20 Andreas Conducts Mozart at Beston Hall at Glazer Music Performance Center, 2 p.m.
March 24 and 26 The Emperor Concerto in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 7:30 and 8 p.m., respectively.
March 27 Clarinet and his Friends: A Story of Diversity, Acceptance and Unity at Hochstein Performance Hall, 2 p.m.
Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial
COVID safety protocols: People 5 and older entering the arena will have to show a vaccination card (photocopies will not be accepted), a New York State Excelsior Pass or government digital vaccine proof from outside New York state. Negative COVID test results will not be accepted. Children younger than 5, who are not eligible for vaccination, must wear masks in the venue at all times. Masks are encouraged but not required for guests 5 and older.
.Feb. 5 Harlem Globetrotters, Spread Game Tour, 2 p.m.
Feb. 27 WWE Road to Wrestlemania, 5 p.m.
March 3 Chris Tomlin and Hillsong United, 7 p.m.
March 22 KoRn, 6:30 p.m.
Rochester Amerks home games
at Blue Cross at the War Memorial
Jan. 14 vs. Belleville Senators, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 15 vs. Belleville Senators, 6:05 p.m.
Jan. 19 vs. Syracuse Crunch, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 28 vs. Syracuse Crunch, 7:05 p.m.
Jan. 29 vs. Utica Comets, 6:05 p.m.
Feb 2. vs. Charlotte Checkers, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 4 vs. Charlotte Checkers, 7:05 p.m.
Feb. 20 vs. Laval Rocket, 3:05 p.m.
Feb. 26 vs. Toronto Marlies, 3:05 p.m.
March 2 vs. Syracuse Crunch, 7:05 p.m.
March 9 vs. Laval Rocket, 7:05 p.m.
March 11 vs. Syracuse Crunch, 7:05 p.m.
March 18 vs. Cleveland Monsters, 7:05 p.m.
March 19 vs. Cleveland Monsters, 6:05 p.m.
March 25 vs. Toronto Marlies,7:05 p.m.
March 27 vs. Bridgeport Islanders, 3:05 p.m.
March 30 vs. Utica Comets, 7:05 p.m.
Rochester Knighthawks home games
at Blue Cross at the War Memorial
Jan. 21 vs. Georgia Swarm, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 12 vs. Albany Firewolves, 7 p.m.
Feb. 26 vs. Buffalo Bandits, 8 p.m.
March 12 vs. New York Riptide, 5 p.m.
March 26 vs. Philadelphia Wings, 7 p.m.
Jan. 14 Hello Dolly at Andrews B. Hale Auditorium, Roberts Wesleyan College, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 22 Polite Ink Comedy: Cloud Nine, 9th Anniversary Show, Multi-use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC0, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 23 Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Community Concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Webster, 3 p.m.
Jan. 27 40th Annual RITs Expressions of Kings Legacy, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and performance by WOMBA Africa at RIT Gordon Field House, noon.
Feb. 4 Laura Dubin Trio, SUNY Brockport Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 26 Jazz 90.1 Mardi Gras Party featuring Steve Grills & the Roadmasters at Barnard Restaurant & Party House, Greece, 6 p.m.
March 3 OFC Creations & Judith Ranaletta Present Company at Century Club of Rochester, 7:30 p.m.
March 5 Cafe Veritas Presents Tracy Grammer, opening Grace Conheady at First Unitarian Church Rochester, 7:30 p.m.
March 12 Tops Rochester St. Patrick's Day Parade, 12:30 p.m.
March 25 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra with Andreas Delfs, music director, at SUNY Brockport Tower Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.
This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Things to do in Rochester NY this winter: 2022 events, concerts