Both! Imagine RIT is back in person at RIT's campus in Henrietta, NY from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We also have a number of live stream programs and exhibit videos for our virtual audience beginning at 10 a.m.
Viewers of all ages can experience RIT’s creativity and innovation on display from anywhere in the world. This year’s festival will kick-off with a one hour opening program hosted by Scott Hetsko, Channel 13, at 10 a.m. EDT on April 23. Then at 11 a.m. join us for our Futurists Symposium event, followed by our TAD Competition awards presentation at 2 p.m. You can stream all of these programs and explore dozens of student exhibits by going to rit.edu/imagine.
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), 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.
Be sure to stop by a Welcome Center on your way in from the parking lots or after the shuttle drops you off. This is where you can receive a vaccine wristband. You can also 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.
Imagine RIT is free and open to the public. We welcome you to bring your family and invite your friends! In addition, we would like to extend a special invitation to RIT alumni. Whether you visit campus often or haven’t been back in years, Imagine RIT is an event you will not want to miss. We also urge prospective students and their parents to attend, as well as current and incoming students and their families.
*Please note all attendees must adhere to the current RIT Covid-19 protocols which requires proof of vaccination for anyone age 5 and older, and photo identification.
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.
We encourage mentoring organizations, school superintendents, principals, teachers, guidance counselors, and other educators to schedule a school/class trip or simply encourage their students to attend. Visit our K‑12 page for more information.
Admittance to the festival is FREE! If you're looking to make a food or beverage purchase at a RIT dining facility, these locations are cashless - but you may want to bring cash for some of the outdoor food trucks on site that day. There will also be a limited supply of festival merchandise for sale.
RIT’s dining facilities will be open to the public, in addition to various food trucks that will be on site across campus. A listing of locations and their hours of service can be found on the interactive campus map. Please note that all RIT dining facilities are cashless.
Bringing pets of any kind to Imagine RIT is strongly discouraged. Pets are not permitted in the facilities of RIT and any pets that are the grounds of RIT must be under appropriate restraint (leash, cage, etc.). This restriction is obviously not intended to prevent those participants with disabilities from using service dogs on campus.
As of August 17, 2015, RIT is a tobacco-restricted campus. During Imagine RIT please consider our non-smoking festival visitors and use discretion if you choose to use tobacco outdoors. Tobacco use is prohibited inside academic buildings, offices, dining facilities, vending areas, loading docks, vestibules and RIT housing. Smoking is permitted in private vehicles. The RIT policy includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah, e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.
No, RIT does not provide these items. You may contact Monroe Wheelchair at 585-385-3920 and arrange a rental if needed. RIT Volunteers will be driving golf carts (people movers) 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.