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 › History

Building Buffalo

Thursday, Oct. 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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Para-Historical Tours of Buffalo Central Terminal

Thursday, Oct. 19th - Saturday, Oct. 28th
$20; Times vary, check site

Learn a little bit of both of the fascinating history of the Central Terminal as well as the ghostly stories and claims of paranormal activity that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up! Stand in the exact location in the Central Terminal where this haunting evidence was captured! Hear and see what was caught that possibly can prove that paranormal activity does exist at the Buffalo Central Terminal.

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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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Adventures in Buffalo History: Fall Speaker Series

Thursday, Oct. 19th - Thursday, Nov. 16th
$10; From: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

This speaker series features different Explore Buffalo docents presenting lectures on a wide variety of topics. Each session will have two different lectures. Topics include: Spirits of Buffalo, Connecting to our Water, and Eat, Drink and Be Merry in WNY.

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Allentown Ghost Walks

Friday, Oct. 20th - Friday, Oct. 27th
$15; 7:00 PM

Murders, mysteries, and amorous intrigues…Classic architecture, Native American legends, and battlefield ghosts…since 1999 the Haunted History Ghost Walk of Allentown has been one of HHGW’s most popular tours.

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All Wright All Day

Friday, Oct. 20th - 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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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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