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.

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Place Relations: Identity in Contemporary Israeli Avant-Garde Art

Thursday, Dec. 7th - Saturday, Jan. 6th
M-F: 9 AM-8 PM, Sat: 10-5 PM, Sun: 10-3 PM

Place Relations is a new programming initiative that will take shape as an ongoing exhibition and performance series exploring notions of cultural identity from a variety of places around the world. The inaugural iteration Place Relations: Identity in Contemporary Israeli Avant Garde Art features a shifting roster of artists from Israel whose rotating work will be placed in a series of conversations with one another.  In addition to the many full scale gallery installs, there will be additional film screenings and other related programming throughout the run of the exhibition.

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A Polish Holiday: Carols, Song & Dance

Saturday, Dec. 9th
$35 - $55; 7:30 PM

This program, performed by the Lira Singers, Dancers and the Lira Chamber Players, includes beautiful Polish and American carols, music of major Polish composers, and an entire act of Polish folk song and dance presented with multiple changes of authentic and colorful Polish regional folk attire.

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Taste of Christmas Past

Saturday, Dec. 9th
$8 - $450; From: 06:00 PM to 09:30 PM

Join us for our annual Taste of Christmas Past, featuring a menu of Victorian Christmas favorites. Catered by Banchetti by Rizzo’s, this event offers a gourmet dining experience – featuring a scrumptious dinner and a yuletide food and beverage tasting. Guests will enjoy the sounds of caroling, a nostalgic Christmas tree lighting, and rousing auctions. Musical entertainment provided by Buffalo Schwaben Chor, Historic Organ Grinder Dan Wilke, and a live big band.

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A Celtic Family Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 10th
$39 - $49; 7:30PM

This holiday season join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, for an intimate and unique Christmas concert. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians – and their children – A Celtic Family Christmas will guide you into the wonderful world of a true MacMaster Leahy Christmas celebration.

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Jingle Bell Jam

Sunday, Dec. 10th
$14 - $24; 2:30 PM

A terrific family tradition with a new twist this year! Santa will share his story with you through his favorite holiday music performed by the BPO. And, he’ll need some help from the audience.  After the concert, join Santa and Mrs. Claus for milk and cookies.

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Third Fridays at the Buffalo History Museum

Friday, Dec. 15th - Friday, Nov. 15th
Free; From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

On the third Friday of every month, the Buffalo History Museum, Resource Center and select events are free for visitors.  Experience new exhibits and events, docent-led tours and more.  (Resource Center is located at 459 Forest Avenue, same hours apply).

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Robert Burns Night

Saturday, Jan. 27th
$50; From: 05:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Join us in a Celebration of Scottish poet and literary giant Robert Burns. Event will feature a cocktail hour, appetizers, and Burns Supper with toasts, recitation of Address to the Haggis, and the Immortal Memory.  Entertainment includes Tom Keefer and Celtic Cross, Step In Time, Gordon Highlanders, pipes and drums, and local dancers.  Kilts and plaid encouraged!  Price includes: Buffet Dinner, 50 ml Bottle of Scotch, and museum admission.

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Susan Rice

Susan Rice

Wednesday, Feb. 28th
$18 - $42; 7:30 PM

Ambassador Rice served President Obama as National Security Advisor from July 1, 2013 to January 20, 2017. In that role, she led the National Security Council Staff, chaired the Cabinet level National Security Principals Committee, provided the President’s daily National Security briefing, and was responsible for the coordination and integration of all aspects of the administration’s foreign and National Security policy, intelligence and military efforts.

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Babel: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Friday, Mar. 23rd
$35; 8:00 PM

The acclaimed BABELseries brings the world’s most important authors to Buffalo each year, engaging audiences, and creating a global literary conversation.  Born in Viet Nam, Nguyen came to the US as a refugee at age four. The feeling of being an outsider or “other” defines his writing. Last year, his novel The Sympathizer topped more than 30 book-of-the-year lists.  His latest book, The Refugees, is a beautiful collection of short stories exploring universal and urgent themes of love and family, the histories we hold within us and the people “we can’t afford to forget.”

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James Balog

Thursday, Apr. 12th
$18; 7:30 PM

Part of the UB Distinguished Speaker Series, get tickets to hear James Balog – Global expert on climate change and founder of the extreme ice survey.  Balog has become a global spokesman on the subject of climate change and human impact on the environment.  Balog and the EIS team were featured in the 2012 internationally acclaimed, award–winning documentary “Chasing Ice”.

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