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About the Festival

Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival is a campus-wide event that showcases the creative and innovative spirit of RIT students, faculty, and staff. Visitors experience the breadth and depth of RIT through interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, and research projects set up throughout campus. Multiple performance stages with live music and entertainment are also a hit with visitors of all ages. Held annually each spring, Imagine RIT is the kickoff to Rochester’s rich festival season.

Date & Time: Saturday, April 25, 2020, from 10am to 5pm, rain or shine.

Cost: Free and open to the public!

Location: Imagine RIT takes place throughout RIT’s campus in Henrietta, NY. Click here for driving directions and a list of local hotels.


Parking: Visitors can park for free on the RIT campus on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking is also available at Monroe Community College (MCC) in lots J and H, with free shuttle bus service to/from RIT. The first shuttle leaves MCC for RIT at 7:30 am. The last shuttle will leave RIT for MCC at 6:00 pm. Once RIT lots are full, volunteers will direct all visitors to MCC.

Welcome Centers: Be sure to stop by a Welcome Center on your way in from the parking lots or after the shuttle drops you off. You can pick up a festival program and ask questions of our volunteers. The centers will be located at the edge of all the major parking lots on campus and at the shuttle drop-off location.

People movers: Volunteers will be driving golf carts around the perimeter of the festival for those needing assistance getting around campus. You can catch a ride waiting at one of the stops identified with a large yellow balloon.

Wheelchairs: We have a limited number of wheelchairs to loan to visitors at the festival. Upon your arrival, please ask a Welcome Center volunteer if there is one available. You will be asked to show identification and provide contact information.

Information Stations: Looking for something once you are inside the Festival? Stop at any of the information stations around campus. Hundreds of volunteers will be on duty throughout the day wearing t-shirts marked “Volunteer.”

Interpreters: Sign Language interpreters will be posted at each Welcome Center and various locations around campus. They will be wearing T-shirts marked “Interpreter.” In addition, the main stages will have interpreters for all performances.

Children’s Activities: Many of the exhibits are kid friendly and parents with children of all ages have reported enjoying their visit to Imagine RIT.

Food: RIT’s dining facilities will be open to the public, in addition to various food trucks that will be set up across campus.

ATMs: A list of ATM locations will be available at each welcome tent and information booth, or you may view the various locations on campus on the Campus ATMs page.

Restrooms: Restrooms are available in each of the indoor festival venues.

Diaper changing stations: Locations are viewable on the online RIT interactive campus map. A list is also available at each Welcome Center. Please ask a volunteer.