Events

With all the exciting events going on year-round, you'll never run out of things to do in Buffalo! From the Taste of Buffalo, Allentown Art Festival, Garden Walk Buffalo and the National Buffalo Wing Festival to free outdoor music concerts and ethnic food festivals of every stripe, our special events and festivals bring in visitors from all over the world.



Upcoming Events › Buffalo Architecture

Building Buffalo

Tuesday, Sep. 19th - Saturday, Mar. 31st
Free; 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Mon-Sat, until 8:00 PM Thurs

This new exhibit at the library’s Central branch: Buildings From Books, Books From Buildings, focuses on an outstanding collection of rare and exquisitely illustrated books encompassing the history of architecture and landscape design from the late 15th through mid-20th Century. These served as an educational resource and inspiration for generations of architects who created the built treasures Buffalo celebrates today. These are, in short, the books that helped build buildings.

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Graycliff Conservancy Tours

Tuesday, Sep. 19th - Saturday, Oct. 21st
$12 - $44

The Graycliff Conservancy offers a variety of different tours, from “just the Basics” to a variety of very special tours. All tours are by reservation; and each are led by a trained docent.  Follow the link for more details. 

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Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Open

Tuesday, Sep. 19th - Monday, Oct. 9th
From: 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Explore an historic lighthouse and enjoy views of Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara River and Lake Ontario from the top.

Open daily from noon to 3pm, July 8 through October 9, with thanks to volunteers who staff it.

Old Fort Niagara’s Lighthouse is located adjacent to its parking lot within Fort Niagara State Park. Approximately 70 steps to the top of the tower lead you to a panoramic view of Old Fort Niagara, Niagara River, Lake Ontario, Youngstown and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Admission is free. However, you must be 4 feet tall and sign a waiver.

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The Martin House Complex Tours

Wednesday, Sep. 20th - Friday, Oct. 27th
$14 - $37; 10am; 11am; 12pm; 1pm; 2pm; 3pm

The Martin House Complex – Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1904 masterwork is open for tours! Follow the link to discover the many different journeys they have to offer. 

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Parkside Arts & Crafts Tour

Saturday, Sep. 23rd - Sunday, Oct. 22nd
$20; 10:00AM

These docent lead tours will take you through the interior of select homes and superb examples of architectural styles such as the American Four Square, Craftsman, and the Arts & Crafts bungalow. The 1880 through 1930 building period includes designs by prominent local architects E.B. Green, Frank Lloyd Wright and William Sydney Wicks.  Parkside, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is adjacent to Olmsted’s Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo. 

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All Wright All Day

Saturday, Sep. 23rd - Friday, Oct. 27th
$130; From: 8:30 AM to 5:15 PM

Hop on the trolley and experience a variety of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs, both historic and newly constructed Western New York, in this “All Wright-All Day” tour.

This all inclusive package begins at Forest Lawn’s Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center, and proceeds to the Martin House for an extended tour.  From there, stops include the Filling Station, Fontana Boathouse, Graycliff and Blue Sky Mausoleum.  Lunch will be served at a waterfront location. 

A knowledgeable guide will be on hand to point out architectural treasures along the way including the site of the Larkin Administration Building (1904) and manufacturing buildings in an area now known as Larkinville.

Space is limited; reservations are required.  Plenty of free parking at the Center; arrive by 8:15 as the trolley leaves promptly at 8:30 AM.

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Richardson Olmsted Campus In Depth Tour

Saturday, Sep. 23rd - Saturday, Sep. 30th
$30; From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Visitors will be immersed into the philosophies integrated into the site by architect Henry Hobson Richardson, landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, and mental health advocate Dr. Thomas Kirkbride. During the tour, visitors will experience multiple floors of the site’s original structures as well as the healing landscape designed to serve as a therapeutic environment for patients. Tour time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

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Inside Gatehouse Walking Tour at Forest Lawn Cemetery

Inside Gatehouse Walking Tour at Forest Lawn Cemetery

Saturday, Sep. 23rd - Saturday, Sep. 30th
$5; From: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

This unique 1.5-hour walking tour begins at the Main Street gates, where we view the interior of the gatehouse, built for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition.  Learn more about some of the permanent residents of Forest Lawn, including Mr. Barcalo, inventor of the Barcolounger chair. 

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Wright at 150: Lecture Series

Friday, Oct. 6th
From: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Martin House is proud to present six visiting curators from the retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. Lectures are monthly from June – October 2017, come to one, or catch them all!  Check the site for the list of speakers.

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