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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. Once you park, visit the interactive campus map and “drop a pin” while in the parking lot. This will provide you walking directions back to your car when you are ready to leave. 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 interactive campus map. A list is also available at each Welcome Center. Please ask a volunteer.