Welcome to the Dawn Lipson
Canalside Stage at the JCC!

We’re thrilled to welcome you to our brand new outdoor venue, the Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage at the JCC!
From June – September, the JCC will be home to live, safe, outdoor theatre and music events from JCC CenterStage, the JCC Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival, and partnerships with Blackfriars Theatre, RPO, and others.
Please check here for weather updates. Shows will go on as scheduled in the event of light rain. Any changes in the schedule will be posted here.

Schedule of Events

KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival
September 14–25

The JCC is thrilled to be hosting the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival at both our indoor Hart Theater and our outdoor Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage!

All ticketing is through Fringe, so click below to view the schedule of events happening here at the JCC and to order your tickets online.

Community partners:

Performing Arts partners:

Know Before You Go

Since we’ll be outdoors, don’t forget your sunscreen, bug spray, visor, jacket, seat cushion, bottle of water…whatever you need to be comfortable!



Please have your tickets ready on your mobile device or printed out to be scanned at the door. Our box office will be open for door sales or to print out tickets, but we strongly encourage advance ticket purchases due to limited capacity. 

Chairs are provided. All seats are wheelchair accessible. The path to the venue is paved and seating is on the JCC tennis courts so there is a safe and solid surface. No mud!

Concessions vary depending on production. Bottled water will be available for sale for all JCC events. Bar and snacks provided by The Hideaway for Concert Series events. No outside food or drink for concerts, please.

Access to indoor restrooms and portable units.

COVID-19 Information
  • Seating is no longer socially distanced. 
  • NYS recommends people who are not vaccinated should still wear masks in all public settings. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the box office on your way in.
Weather Notice

It is our desire to begin every performance on time and complete every performance as planned, even in the event of light rainfall. In case of heavy rains, winds, or extreme weather events, we may delay the start of the show, or add brief brief breaks in the hope that the weather will clear. Announcements will be made informing audience members of “holds.”  

Events may be cancelled due to weather up to 2 hours prior. In the event of a cancellation or delay, we will contact ticket holders by email and post the notice here and on the JCC CenterStage facebook page and website. Please check these locations if you have questions. Please do not call the JCC for weather updates. If you do not receive an e-mail or see a notice online, you can assume the show will go on as scheduled. 

In the event of a cancellation, tickets will be transferred to a rescheduled performance time or you can elect to switch to other performances (subject to availability). We reserve the right to adjust the show as needed, including shortened intermissions or edited content in the event of an unexpected weather event mid-show.

Contact centerstage@jccrochester.org with any questions.
Thank You!
The Canalside Stage is made possible by a grant from Dawn Lipson. 
Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to help live events return to the JCC.

Special thanks to Hamilton Audio Visual, Hank Parker’s Tent Rentals, New Life Electronics, David Daniels, all our volunteers and JCC staff for helping to bring the Canalside Stage to life.