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 › Culture

Reclaiming Our Ancestors: Community Conversations About Racial Justice and Public History

Thursday, Oct. 19th - Saturday, Oct. 21st
Free; Times & locations vary

Acclaimed scholars and activists will discuss how to democratize our imaginative, intellectual, artistic, and public landscapes through the inclusion of diverse histories. The galvanizing center of our conversations will be an extraordinary group of descendants of prominent 18th- and 19th-century African American antislavery activists.  Partnering with humanities scholars, the descendants will promote public engagement with and production of African American history through multiple media, including genealogical research, memoir, films, television, statuary, visual arts, museums, museum exhibitions, community foundations, celebration days, quilts, and food.  In addition, activists, artists, and scholars from around the US and from the city of Buffalo will discuss their work in fields of racial justice, city planning, and community-building.  Registration is required.

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Canalside Waterfront Tour

Thursday, Oct. 19th - Sunday, Oct. 29th
$20.00; Thurs., Fri., Sun. 1 PM-3:00 PM

A seat on the second level of our double decker bus is a a great way to explore Canalside and the waterfront.  This tour focuses on the city’s amazing waterfront history, bringing to life Buffalo’s rise from backwater village to world renowned port. 90 minute tours cover:

Buffalo’s notorious red light district, AKA “the most evil square mile in America”
The lives and losses of Buffalo’s Irish grain scoopers
Canalside
Why grain silos blew up in Buffalo
Outer Harbor
Erie Canal
Erie Basin Marina
Niagara Square

Tickets are $20 per person. 

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Best of Buffalo Double Decker Tour

Thursday, Oct. 19th - Sunday, Oct. 29th
$25; From: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Buffalo’s Best Bus and Naval Park Tour

Enjoy Buffalo’s historic past and unlimited future on this uniquely amazing experience.  This tour includes a 20-30 minute stop at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.  During our stop at the Park, we will board the USS The Sullivans and experience the stories of the women, men and machines that have safeguarded freedom.  In two hours, we’ll explore:

How Buffalo Got its Name
Pirates and Portuguese Fisherman of Buffalo’s Secret Beach Community 
Allentown’s Secrets
How Booze and a Buffalo Dentist Helped Create the Electric Chair
The Triple Hanging at City Hall
The Naval Park and America’s Most Famous Photo
Canalside
Downtown Architecture
Buffalo’s Millionaire Row
New development including Medical Campus

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Double Decker Tour-Buffalo Ghost Tours

Thursday, Oct. 19th - Saturday, Oct. 28th
$25; Thursdays and Fridays: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM; Fridays 7:30 PM-9:30 PM

Visit the haunted ships at Buffalo’s Naval Park

Explore evidence gathered by local ghost hunters while enjoying some liquid ‘spirits’ at the same time. This entertaining experience lasts approximately two hours.  We start at the Barrel Factory at 6 PM on Thursdays & Fridays. On Saturday nights, we depart from Flying Bison Brewery at 7:30 PM.

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We begin with a fascinating and sometimes spine tingling presentation of paranormal audio and video at the Barrel Factory (65 Vandalia St. in the Old First Ward) on Thursdays & Fridays. Saturdays we leave from the Flying Bison Brewery at 7:30 PM.  Then we climb aboard our 65 passenger double decker bus of doom for a trip to what is believed to be one of the most haunted places in Buffalo, the Naval Park, for more tales of horror.  Passengers also visit ‘The Ruins’ at Canalside where they’ll discover the first hand story of a very violent prostitute ghost and an exploding corpse. We continue for drinks at the Swannie House and a telling of a newly discovered ghost tale involving that historic tavern. After more stories of ghosts and paranormal activity, we return to our starting point. This entertaining experience lasts approximately two hours.

WHAT TO BRING:

Dress appropriately for Buffalo’s Autumn weather. The tour goes rain or shine; if it is raining, consider bringing an umbrella.

This tour involves humor and adult themes.  It is for those 21 and over who have a sense of humor. 

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Third Fridays at the Buffalo History Museum

Friday, Oct. 20th - Friday, Oct. 18th
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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Speakers Nite

Tuesday, Oct. 24th
$5; From: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The TR Site welcomes architectural historian and author Frank Kowsky, reflecting on the many achievements and local legacy of “Buffalo’s First Preservationist: Olaf ‘Bill’ Shelgren, Jr.” The lecture complements a special exhibit called “From Father, to Son, to City: The Preservation Legacy of Olaf & Bill Shelgren, Western New York 1909-2010” that is now open at the TR Site.

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Buffalo Without Borders

Thursday, Nov. 2nd
$45

This event of international proportions features and celebrates Buffalo’s great diversity. More than 30 immigrant, refugee, and ethnic businesses will be featured offering delicious food and unique gift items. It’s the only place in Buffalo to enjoy food, entertainment and artisan goods from all over the world in just one night!

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Babel: Toni Morrison

Thursday, Nov. 9th
$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. Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, will appear, sharing insights and wisdom from Beloved—her masterpiece ghost story about how the specter of slavery haunts us.

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Jesse Williams

Saturday, Nov. 18th
$18 - $42; 7:30 PM

Jesse Williams is this year’s Student Choice Speaker in the University’s Distinguished Speaker Series. He plays Dr. Jackson Avery in ABC’s hit series, Grey’s Anatomy, and has also served as a senior producer and correspondent for the EPIX docuseries, “America Divided” and executive producer for the documentary “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement.”  Williams is co-owner of Scholly, a mobile app that helps connect students to potential scholarships, and founder of the production company farWard Inc.

 

 

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World’s Largest Disco

Saturday, Nov. 25th
$77.50; 9:00 PM-1:00 AM

You won’t want to miss this event, voted “The Greatest Event on Earth”, by Festivals.com.  Join 7,000 others for this giant retro dance party, on the largest dance floor in NYS – with 500,000 watts of sound and light! 

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