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.    You can also get information at the information line at 585-865-3320

We hope you can join us for our many activities throughout the year!


31st annual Lakeside Winter Celebration

A two day weekend of fun and adventure!

Saturday, Feb. 7th and Sunday Feb. 8th 

Sunday, Feb. 8th events will be.

The event is organized by the all-volunteer Ontario Beach Park Program Committee and sponsored by the City of Rochester, Monroe County, Port of Charlotte Merchants Association, City Newspaper and Wegmans 


Saturday, February 7, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Fireworks at 6:00 p.m.) in and around the Rochester Terminal and Ontario Beach Park

·         Lake Ontario Wine & Draft Beer Festival
·         Chilly Chili Challenge – 1:00p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  “Tickets will be sold”
·         Ultimate Frisbee Challenge 
·         FREE, Wagon/Sleigh rides
·         Dog sled demo
·         Outdoor children’s games with the City Rec on the Move

 ·         Ice sculpture demo – returns again.
 ·         Snow Sculpture contest. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m.  Theme for this year is “Winter Creatures”.  Prizes will be awarded at 3:00 p.m.

 ·         Winter hike:  Turning Point Park, 1:00 p.m.
 ·         Fireworks over the river, 6:00 p.m.  Good viewing along the west pier.
 ·         No shuttle parking on this day.  Parking at Ontario Beach Park.


·     Community Groups will have items for sale starting at 1:00p.m and some going on till 6:00 p.m.  The CCA, Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, OBPPC and the Greece Historical Society.
·         George Hogan Band playing inside the Rochester Terminal, 200 River St.
·         Discounts at Charlotte merchants all weekend.  Visit   to download the discount coupon.

Sunday, February 8, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Continually.  At Ontario Beach Park and around the Roger Robach Community Center

·         Annual Polar Plunge fundraiser for the Special Olympics at Noon at Roger Robach Community Center.  Registration and Check-In at 9:00 a.m.
·         Polar Plunge starts at NOON!
·         More information and registration about the Polar Plunge can be found at this web site .
·         Frostbiter’s sailboat racing
·         FREE off-site parking and shuttle for all plungers and spectators continually from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Please park at GREECE ARCADIA HIGH SCHOOL, 120 Island Cottage Road off Latta Rd.  Everyone will be dropped off and picked back up directly in front of the Plunge site at the Roger Robach Community Center.
·         Food and drinks available at the Roger Robach Community Center during the Plunge.  Also, food will be at California’ Rollin Shushi Bar throughout the day and evening.
·         Discounts at Charlotte merchants all weekend.  Visit to download the discount coupon.



Updated Information at:

Ontario Beach Park Program Committee (OBPPC) web site:


The City of Rochester web site: .


The Rochester Polar Plunge site:


The Polar Plunge registration site:



AUTUMN AT THE LAKE (formerly Romancing the River)

Join us on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 P.M. for a wonderful fall day at the beach.

Free Family Fun featuring hay rides, pumpkin decorating, children's activities, Rec-on-the-Move, historic Dentzel Carousel rides.


  • FREE Hay wagon rides will go through the park to the Terminal Building and back to the park
  • FREE Carousel rides at the famous Dentzel Carousel
  • Pumpkin decorating for children with free pumpkins at Children's Area
  • Clowns to entertain at the Children's Area
  • City of Rochester Rec-on-the-Move Van at Children's Area
  • Refreshments available for purchase


Other activities at the Beach and Port Areas  include:

  • Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse The second oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes.    For further info call 585-621-6179 or visit




News Release Regarding Harborfest 2012

Rochester Harbor and Carousel Festival To Be Discontinued in 2012

The Ontario Beach Park Program Committee, Inc. (OBPPC) announced today it will no longer host the Rochester Harbor and Carousel Festival. The popular festival, which has attracted thousands of visitors to Rochester’s waterfront since its inception in 1985, has traditionally featured visits by Tall Ships and a variety of low cost and free entertainment for all members of the family.

Joe Carrozzi, Chairman of the Committee, stated that “The primary purpose of the Harbor and Carousel Festival, as well as the OBPPC itself, was to help promote the recreational and economic resurgence of Ontario Beach Park and the port area which in the early 1980’s was in a continual state of decline. In making the decision to discontinue operating the festival, the Committee felt that much of that purpose, while not complete, has been achieved through the major developments made to the area and the waterfront and the area once again having become a destination in itself for residents and tourists alike. Additionally, the planned further development set to begin next year and the increasing costs and declining resources necessary to stage such a large event successfully, made it the right time for the Committee to end the large scale event and move in a different direction.”

Carrozzi emphasized that the extremely popular Wednesday evening WEGMANS CONCERTS BY THE SHORE series, Lakeside Winter Celebration, October River Romance event Spring and Fall Big Band Dance Series and other popular activities operated by the Committee will continue uninterrupted. The Committee will also explore other activities that can continue to support and complement the planned development of the area.

The Ontario Beach Park Program Committee is an all volunteer group comprised of residents and representatives from the major community organizations in Charlotte. The Committee organizes and provides free family entertainment at Ontario Beach Park and the Port of Rochester. The Committee has been in existence since 1984, having been organized to assist with the City of Rochester Sesquicentennial Celebration and Tall Ship Rendezvous. In addition to having operated the Harbor and Carousel Festival, the committee sponsors The Spring and Fall Big Band Dance Series at the Robach Center, the Wegmans Concerts by the Shore series every Wednesday night during the summer, the annual Lakeside Winter Celebration/Polar Plunge, Kite Flight, River Romance and other special activities. The Committee also provides support to many other community activities and events in the Charlotte area.