BIG BAND DANCES at the Roger Robach Community Center, 2nd floor. Handicap accessible. We have a series of Spring & Fall Entertainment.  The Spring session is from April thru May.  The Fall session is from September thru October. $2.00 donation.

Each night starts out with the Al Bruno Trio and plays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Starting at 7:10 PM one of the Big Bands will play.

Fall Big Band Dances for September & October Schedule for 2021 has been CANCELLED.


Providing Entertainment at Ontario Beach Park, Rochester, New York

The Ontario Beach Park Program Committee is an all-volunteer group that provides free family entertainment at Ontario Beach Park, Rochester, New York. They have been in existence since 1984. The committee sponsors The Spring and Fall Big Band Dance Series, Wegmans Concerts by the Shore, Annual Lakeside Winter Festival, Kite Flight, and Romancing the River.

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Concerts by the Shore dates for 2021 have been scheduled.

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Big Band Dances

The OBPPC holds dances every Wednesday during the Spring (April & May) and the Fall (September & October)

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History of Ontario Beach Park

The Ontario Beach Park Program Committee (OBPPC) is dedicated to providing and expanding family

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PHOTOS FROM Family Day at Ontario Beach Park Saturday, July 21, 2018 and many more…

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Lakeside Winterfest Celebration and Polar Plunge return February 5 and 6th, 2022

Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 12 P.M. until 4:00 P.M.

New covid restrictions permitting, the 36th Lakeside Winterfest Celebration will be held at Ontario Beach Park, Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6th.  Saturday from 12 pm until 4 pm, features an afternoon of fun and family events. Most activities will take place in a large, heated tent in the east courtyard of the Robach Center and the surrounding park. Come take a horse-drawn wagon ride, vote for Rochester’s best chili in the Chilly, Chili Challenge, taste and purchase local wines and craft beers, watch expert ice carvers create unique frozen art, and compete in the annual snow sculpture contest, this year’s category, Rochester landmarks. There will also be demonstrations of sled dogs, a chance to try snowshoes, and fun for the kids with the City’s Rec on the Move Staff. The Neil Van Dorn Band will rock the tent from 1- 3:30 pm.  For sustenance, enjoy the many restaurant choices in the area, one of the onsite vendors or coffee, hot chocolate, and bagel served up by volunteers from the Charlotte Community Association.

Sunday, February 6, 2022, from 12:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. Registration begins at 9:00 A.M.

LINK TO PLUNGE:   2022 Rochester Polar Plunge – Special Olympics New York (

Sunday, February 6, Special Olympics New York’s largest polar plunge? the Rochester Polar Plunge takes over the beach, with over 1,000 polar plungers dipping into the frigid water of Lake Ontario at 12, Noon! Enjoy the costume contest, team and individual award ceremonies, food, raffles, and the famous march to the water led by the Gates Keystone Club Pipes & Drums as they escort the athlete and Torch Runner carrying the Flame of Hope. Join us as we salute local Special Olympics New York athletes, who stand up for inclusion on and off the field, day in and day out. Every dollar raised allows all local athletes to compete at no cost to them or their families.

Though pre-registrations are preferable, walk-up registrations, which require the $60 registration fee and you will receive the coveted and collectible, Rochester Polar Plunge sweatshirt, are always welcome beginning at 9:00 AM. Spectators are also welcome at no cost.

Visit to get all the information and to register today.

The Ontario Beach Park Program Committee, with support from Wegmans, the City of Rochester and Monroe County, and Special Olympics New York, sponsors the Winterfest. For more information call the OBPPC hotline @585-865-3320 or go to or Facebook. Com/ontariobeachparkprogramcommittee.



34th Annual Lakeside Winter Celebration

Saturday, February 9, 2019 

The 25th Annual Chilly Chili Challenge – February 9, 2019

The Ontario Beach Park Program Committee represented by Fred Amato, OBPPC Secretary, and Terry McEntree, presented plaques & case prizes for the winners:


1ST Place:  Hose 22 Firehouse Grill-Nikol Ristuccia’s Team

2nd Place:  University of Rochester’s Harvest Table Catering-Ryan Dalton, Executive Chef


1st Place:  The Frederick Douglass R-Center

2nd Place:  Monroe County BOCES-Chief Mirabella


  • Lakeside Haven Family Restaurant
  • Village at Unity


The University of Rochester’s Harvest Table Catering-Ryan Dalton, Executive Chef

Thanks to Tracy Gugel and Fred Amato for the  photos of the event.


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Polar Plunge 2019

More than 2,000 winter enthusiasts dove into the icy waters of Lake Ontario to benefit the Special Olympics.

These events are organized by the all-volunteer Ontario Beach Park Program Committee and sponsored by the City of Rochester and Monroe County.

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