Riverside Concerts provides the Rochester community with opportunities for high quality, diverse, and accessible musical and educational programs that create a sense of welcome and belonging, enhance the enjoyment of life, and celebrate community. The Sunday evening summer concert series helps make Rochester a more livable community and contributes to the quality of life of its residents. The City of Rochester spends about 8% of their general fund for music and other performing and visual arts in the city. In 2018, they planned to invest over $1 million in public music venues. “It’s free…everybody’s invited and the diversity that can be there is huge,” reflects Mayor Brede. The concerts are held in Mayo Park, an open-to-the-public city park, adjacent to the Zumbro River and the Mayo Civic Building and Rochester Art Center. During the concerts, downtown city streets are temporarily closed to make Rochester more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.