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 › Performing Arts

Place Relations: Identity in Contemporary Israeli Avant-Garde Art

Wednesday, Dec. 6th - 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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It’s a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play

Thursday, Dec. 7th - Sunday, Dec. 10th
Thurs-Sat: 7:30 PM, Sun: 2:00 PM

This holiday season spend a little time in Bedford Falls by being a part of the studio audience at WBFR’s 1946 Christmas Eve radio broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life (based on the Frank Capra movie). Five actors and a foley artist perform all the voices, music, singing, and sound effects from the most beloved Christmas movie of all time.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 9th - Sunday, Dec. 17th
$12 - $22; 1PM on Saturdays and 3:30PM, 1PM on Sundays and 3:30PM

This Christmas, we’re fortunate to bring Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang to TOY!  Charles Schulz’s classic animations come to life like you’ve never seen before in a family Christmas tale enjoyed by the young and the young at heart.  Make sure you’re front and center as Charlie Brown and his friends discover the true meaning of Christmas!

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A Christmas Carol

Friday, Dec. 8th - Saturday, Dec. 23rd
$20 - $36; Fri: 7:30 PM, Sat: 2&5 PM, Sun: 2&5 PM

Don’t be sold out of Buffalo’s longest running holiday treat – Charles Dickens’ classic adapted and directed by Neal Radice! This is the nation’s fifth longest running stage version of Dickens’ masterpiece. Our delightfully faithful adaptation will shift your spirit into high gear as Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Alleyway Carolers warm the cockles of your holiday heart for another joyous season! For everyone of every age!

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It WAS a Wonderful Life

Saturday, Dec. 9th - Sunday, Dec. 31st
$25; Times vary, check site

Join us for this original production as the historic and festively decorated Forest Lawn chapel is transformed into a live theater.  Our narrator, John Lay, the first person to take up permanent residence at Forest Lawn, in 1850 – will introduce several of the new friends he’s made over the last 164 years.  They, in turn, will create musical, comical and poignant glimpses of Christmases past, when they enjoyed life on this side of the lawn.

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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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The Lion King

Wednesday, Dec. 13th - Sunday, Jan. 7th

Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like THE LION KING.

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The Night Before Christmas

Friday, Dec. 15th - Sunday, Dec. 17th
$16; Fri & Sat: 7:30 PM, Sat & Sun: 11 AM & 2:30 PM

Set in Christmastown on a very special Christmas Eve, The Night Before Christmas tells the story of a brother and sister who get caught up in a fun-filled adventure with a colorful cast of Christmas characters. The audience joins in to help overcome a Frost Giant, foil the unfeeling Toymaster, play reindeer games, sing, and dance to help save Christmas.

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Trans Siberian Orchestra

Saturday, Dec. 16th
3:00PM & 8:00PM

TSO appears with “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve”, in this exciting stage spectacle, including awe-inspiring special effects and staging. Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD  this rock opera features enduring fan-favorites and will boast a rousing second set containing even more of their greatest hits!

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day

Wednesday, Jan. 17th
$24 - $49; 6:30 PM

The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all-NEW show! Based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, this show has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. Your favorite characters are hopping back on board Trolley and coming to town. Daniel and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King.

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