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

Wednesday, Dec. 6th - 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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Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and World War I

Wednesday, Dec. 6th - Friday, Dec. 6th
Free; Starting: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 8:30-6; Thurs 8:30-8; Sun 12-5

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in 1917, this exhibit looks back to a critical time in our nation’s history, emphasizing Buffalo’s role in the war. Central to this exhibition is the Library’s extraordinary collection of World War I posters, representing some of the finest graphically designed war propaganda from the United States, Canada and Europe.

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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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Commission of Future USS Little Rock

Saturday, Dec. 16th
Free - tickets required

The future USS Little Rock LCS 9, one of the newest US Navy littoral combat  ships (LCS), will make her way to Buffalo for an official commissioning ceremony.  A ship commissioning is an event that marks the time when a new ship officially enters the US Navy fleet. This is the first time in the 242-year US Navy history, that a new ship is commissioned alongside her namesake.

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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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I Got Rhythm: The Music of George Gershwin

Sunday, Apr. 15th
$10 - $15; From: 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Theatre of Youth presents a special concert by Buffalo Jazz Collective.  From An American in Paris, to Rhapsody in Blue, to Porgy and Bess, George Gershwin is one of the most prolific composers in American history. For this interactive concert, we present some of Gershwin’s most famous songs including, “I Got Rhythm,” “Summertime,” and “Embraceable You.” Families are sure to enjoy listening, singing, and moving to some of the greatest American songs ever written.  

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