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Welcoming the NCAA Tournament Back to Buffalo

Local officials working to ensure the fan experience is safe, exciting and hassle free $50,000 state grant used to fund visitor readiness efforts ... more

New York State Youth Hockey Championships Come to Northtown Center at Amherst

96 teams from across the state will compete in March ... more

Brian Hayden Joins Visit Buffalo Niagara Staff

Buffalo native hired as VBN’s new communications manager ... more

Garden Walk Buffalo/National Garden Festival to Merge

Horticultural organizations plan unified approach to promoting Buffalo Niagara’s garden assets and attractions Garden Walk Buffalo to expand its mission/Enhanced commitment to horticultural tourism envisioned ... more

The Biggest Loser RunWalk Half Marathon/5K Coming to Buffalo

Popular season 14 contestants Jeff & Francelina promote health & fitness in Buffalo Niagara! ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Names New President & CEO

Patrick J. Kaler to bring more than 20 years of tourism industry experience to region ... more

Impressionistic Watercolors of Buffalo on Display at Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

Works by Bob Gregg on view through Dec. 31 ... more

It’s a Ringer! National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tournament to Come to Buffalo in 2014

1,500 participants expected from July 14 to 26, 2014 ... more

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Gets Major Technology Upgrade

Center now meets the tech needs of today’s conventions ... more

Three Videos About Buffalo’s Art Scene to be Screened on Nov. 1

Free public event to correspond with Allentown’s First Fridays open galleries ... more

New Video Declares Buffalo as America’s Best Designed City

Short film tells story of a Buffalo renaissance rooted in the city’s tremendous geography, street grid design, parks, neighborhoods and architecture ... more

Building Up to Something Big: Congress for New Urbanism to Unveil Plans for 2014 Event in Buffalo

CNU 22: What is It? When is It? How can you participate? What will the Congress do for Buffalo? Find out on Oct. 3. ... more

Orthopaedic Surgeons From Across the U.S. Coming to Western New York for Annual Conference

Buffalo to host 101st annual meeting of the Clinical Orthopaedic Society in conjunction with the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons from September 19-21, 2013. ... more

Photos of Buffalo’s Art Deco Architecture to be on Display at Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

Works by Barbara Crocker on view from Sept. 6 to Oct. 26 ... more

Buffalo. Art & Architecture. Summer 2013

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo’s cultural organizations will present a robust array of public programs during summer 2013, including a major exhibition of pop art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, performances by acclaimed pop and rock musicians at Canalside, tours of the city’s architectural highlights, the largest garden walk in the United States, and much more. A summary of Buffalo’s arts organizations and summer programming attractions follows below, and information about Buffalo travel and accommodations can be found at www.visitbuffaloniagara.com. ... more

New York State Society for Human Resource Management Conference Comes to Buffalo

400 attendees from across New York State expected for Sept. 15 to 17 conference ... more

National Garden Festival Runs June 21 to August 4

Buffalo’s fourth annual festival features 15 garden walks (including America’s largest), workshops, open gardens, a Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale and more ... more

BALLE Business Conference brings 600 Localists to Buffalo

June 12 to 14 conference on Localism strategies for business and communities ... more

North American Prospects Showcase hockey tournament this weekend at the Northtown Center at Amherst

20 youth teams from across North America are competing today through Sunday ... more

National Garden Festival Runs June 21 to Aug. 4

Buffalo’s fourth annual festival features 15 garden walks (including America’s largest), workshops, open gardens, a Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale and more ... more

Empire State Games Legacy fund Issues Call for Scholarship Applications

Scholarship Committee to award two $2,500 scholarships ... more

Panoramic Photos of Buffalo on Display at Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

Works by Joe Cascio on view through June 24 ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara debuts new video for families

“Buffalo Niagara: Bring the Kids!” highlights kid-friendly fun, from Niagara Falls to the Buffalo Zoo ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Presents Travel & Tourism Beacon Awards

Third annual awards luncheon recognizes superior service throughout all levels of the industry, while serving as a lead-in to National Travel & Tourism Week ... more

National Veterans Golden Age Games Seeking Volunteers

Western New York community called on to help roll out the red carpet for 850 Veterans and their families when the games take place from May 30 to June 4 ... more

Dozens of 2013 Events to Commemorate War of 1812 Bicentennial

From tall ship visits to battle re-enactments, events will celebrate two centuries of peace in a big way ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara debuts Frank Lloyd Wright video in time for Society of Architectural Historians conference

Buffalo.ForRealTV episode highlights Darwin Martin House Complex and Graycliff ... more

Scholarships Available for BALLE Business Conference in Buffalo

25 scholarships to be awarded to Western New York residents for June 12 to 14 conference on Localism strategies for business and communities ... more

National Garden Festival Wins International Award

Buffalo festival was named Promotion of the Year during the International Garden Tourism Awards ... more

New York State Amateur Hockey Association Championships Come to Northtown Center at Amherst

44 youth teams from across the state are competing March 15, 16 & 17 ... more

A South Buffalo Traffic Circle Gets a Landscaping Makeover

115 trees to be planted at McKinley Parkway and Dorrance Avenue as part of the National Garden Festival’s inaugural LEAF a Legacy project ... more

With spring just around the corner, Visit Buffalo Niagara debuts video about two unique city tours

Buffalo.ForRealTV episode highlights Segway and Open-Air Autobus tours ... more

Women and Girls’ HIV/AIDS Conference Comes to Buffalo

Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network to host conference at the Adam’s Mark Hotel from March 7 to 9 ... more

Maritime Heritage Artwork on Display at Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

Works by John Montague on view through April 30 ... more

Photos of Buffalo’s Prospect Hill Neighborhood at Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

Works by local photographers on view through Feb. 28 ... more

BALLE Opens Registration for June 12-14 Business Conference in Buffalo

Hundreds of attendees expected for BALLE’s 11th Annual Business Conference that emphasizes the ideals of Localism; Discounted registration offered to Buffalo First! members. ... more

Buffalo Hosts Major Convention for Athletic Trainers

Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association annual meeting returns for first time since 1998 ... more

Major International Martial Arts Competition Comes to Buffalo Dec. 26 to 31

Super Grands World Games & Amateur Internationals brings 1,000 athletes from North America and around the world to the Adam’s Mark to compete for year-end world titles ... more

Leading up to the busiest travel weekend of the year, Visit Buffalo Niagara unveils new airport Visitor Center

First Niagara Bank is lead sponsor; Five million passengers, many of whom are Canadian, will discover all that the region has to offer ... more

Buffalo's First Niagara Center Awarded 2014 NCAA Second & Third Rounds

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Bold Buffalo-Themed Lithographs on Display at Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

Works by Evan Hawkins on view through Dec. 28 ... more

NHL Sled Hockey Classic Comes to the Northtown Center at Amherst

14 teams from across the country to compete Nov. 9 to 11 ... more

Just in time for Obama vs. Romney, Visit Buffalo Niagara debuts presidential history video

With the help of Teddy Roosevelt, Buffalo.ForRealTV highlights Buffalo’s connections to the highest office in the land ... more

Ontario Motor Coach Association Conference & Marketplace in Buffalo this Week

For the first time ever, OMCA holds its event outside of Canada; Event brings 600 delegates to Buffalo ... more

World-Class Triathletes to Compete in Nickel City Triathlon Tomorrow

USA Triathlon event to bring big-name triathlon stars – including three Olympians – to Buffalo ... more

Buffalo Watercolors on Display at Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

Works by Michael Killelea on view from Sept. 4 to Oct. 27 ... more

Shore to Shore Friendship Triathlon Cancelled

Canadian roadwork would interfere with international race that was scheduled for Aug. 18 ... more

Seven Current Olympic Triathletes Competed in Buffalo’s Nickel City Triathlon last September

Annual USA Triathlon event brings big-name stars to Buffalo, returns Sept. 15 & 16 ... more

Garden Walk Buffalo Photography on Display at Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

Images by Don Zinteck on view until Aug. 29 ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Debuts National Garden Festival Video

Buffalo.ForRealTV highlights Buffalo’s lush garden scene ... more

Front Yard Contest Awards Announced

People’s Choice Award, Media Award and several technical awards presented ... more

Empire State Games Legacy Fund Presents Scholarships

Two student athletes each receive $2,500 scholarships; Officials announce that Rochester, N.Y. will host Empire State Games, July 24 to 28, 2013 ... more

Front yard Contest Public Voting Begins July 14

From July 14 to July 21, voting will take place with physical ballots on Crowley Avenue and online at www.nationalgardenfestival.com ... more

Front Yard Contest Brings Garden Makeover to Block of Yards in Buffalo's Riverside Neighborhood

Professional landscapers, Master Gardeners and teams from the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy are donating their time to transform 15 front yards ... more

New Half Marathon to Feature Finish at Ralph Wilson Stadium 50 Yard Line

Runners who registered for the postponed Rapid Running Buffalo Half Marathon will have their registration fee waived for a similar, but different, event – the “50 Yard Finish” – this Saturday, June 30, 2012 ... more

MEDIA ADVISORY - June 16 & 17: Lake Erie Lacrosse Showcase and Festival

2,000 athletes and coaches from the northeast U.S. and Canada will descend on Youngstown, N.Y. ... more

Photography of Buffalo’s Waterfront on Display at Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

“Connecting the Drops” on view from June 21 to July 21 ... more

Hope Chest to sponsor inaugural Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival in WNY

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National Garden Festival Runs June 23 to July 29

Buffalo’s 3rd annual festival features 14 garden walks, workshops, open gardens, a Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale, a Front Yard Contest and more ... more

Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metro Ranked in Top 20 for Overseas Visitors to U.S.

For the first time ever, region breaks into U.S. Department of Commerce’s list ... more

40th Annual Am-Can International Judo Challenge in Grand Island this Weekend

More than 350 athletes from the U.S., Canada and other parts of the world to compete Jason Morris, five-time Olympian and 1992 Olympic silver medalist, will present a Judo clinic ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Presents Travel & Tourism Beacon Awards

2nd annual awards luncheon recognizes superior service throughout all levels of the industry, while celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week ... more

Rare Book Fair Comes to Buffalo

Buffalo Niagara International Antiquarian Book, Paper & Ephemera Fair to run May 19 & 20 at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center ... more

New Airport Visitor Center announced by Visit Buffalo Niagara

First Niagara Bank is Lead Sponsor Five million passengers will discover all that the region has to offer ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara and Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation Release Canadian Shopping Research

Longwoods International study illuminates Buffalo Niagara’s strengths and opportunities ... more

Empire State Games Legacy Fun Issues Call for Scholarship Applications

Scholarship Committee to award two $2,500 scholarships ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Debuts Dyngus Day Video

Buffalo.ForRealTV highlights a quirky, upbeat Polish festival ... more

USA Hockey Tier I National Championships Come to Northtown Center at Amherst

48 youth teams from across the country are competing from March 28 to April 1 Stanley Cup will be on view today, March 28 ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Hosts Free Seminar on Conference & Family Reunion Planning

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National Garden Festival Annouces Call for Artists

Inaugural Buffalo-Style Garden Art Sale to take place on June 24 ... more

Top Two Sled Hockey Teams in the World to Face-Off at Northtown Center at Amherst

Team USA takes on Team Canada on Feb. 23, 24 and 25 ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Debuts Sportsmen's Tavern Video

Buffalo.ForRealTV explores Black Rock live music hotspot ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Releases Hotel Statement

Official statement for use in all media ... more

National Garden Festival Announces Romantic Valentine's Day Fundraiser

‘Hearts in the Gardens’ will feature hors d'oeuvres, drinks and light show at Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens ... more

Waterfront Photo Exhibit at the Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

Gene Witkowski's images of grain elevators and lake freighters on display from Jan. 9 to Feb. 29 ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Debuts Vidler's 5 & 10 Video

Musician Nelson Starr explores all 16,000 square feet of East Aurora landmark ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Offers Holiday Shopping Package

Includes hotel stay, Walden Galleria gift card, boutique shopping gift certificate & more ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Targets Canadians for the Holidays

Shopping packages, contests, National Women's Show, advertising and PR used to appeal to Ontario visitors ... more

Toronto Star & Washington Post to Feature Buffalo Stories This Weekend

Visit Buffalo Niagara's branding message is resonating with out-of-town audiences ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Debuts Buffalo Bills Tailgating Video

Musician Nelson Starr explores Buffalo's colorful pre-game crowd in latest installment of Buffalo.ForRealTV ... more

Niagara Falls State Park 125th Anniversary Photo Exhibit at the Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

Images by the Still Film Photographers of Greater Buffalo on display from Nov. 5 to Dec. 31 ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Debuts Allentown First Fridays Video

Musician Nelson Starr explores Buffalo's thriving Allentown arts scene in latest installment of Buffalo.ForRealTV ... more

Olympic Hopefuls to Compete in Nickel City Triathlon Tomorrow

USA Triathlon event to bring big-name triathlon stars to Buffalo ... more

Buffalo Prepares for Influx of Conference and Convention Attendees in October

More than 10,000 visitors expected ... more

National Spiritualist Association of Churches Convention Coming to Buffalo

119th annual convention to take place Oct. 2 to 7 ... more

Buffalo-Themed Selections from the Gerald Mead Collection on Display at Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

‘Focus on Architecture: Works from the Gerald Mead Collection’ on view from Sept. 16 to Oct. 29 ... more

Buffalo Bisons Exhibit on Display at Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

‘The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Remembers the Golden Age of Bison Baseball’ is on view through Sept. 3 ... more

Toronto Star Runs Story on the Perfect Weekend in Buffalo

Visit Buffalo Niagara's Canadian media strategy paying off ... more

Major Out-Of-Town Media Coverage For Buffalo

Visit Buffalo Niagara facilitated coverage ranging from the Toronto Star to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ... more

Empire State Games Legacy Fund Presents Inaugural Scholarships

Two student athletes each receive $2,500 scholarships ... more

‘Buffalo.ForRealTV’ makes its debut

Musician Nelson Starr explores Buffalo’s burgeoning beer scene in new video
Public encouraged to submit suggestions for future webisodes ... more

National Garden Festival Runs June 24 to July 31

Buffalo’s 2nd annual festival features 14 garden walks, workshops, national speakers, a Front Yard Garden Competition and more ... more

Buffalo-Themed Photographs on Display at the Buffalo Niagara Visitor Center Gallery

From May 19 through June 30, “Visions of Greater Buffalo,” an exhibit of Western New York-themed photographs, will be on display in the Buffalo Niagara Visitors Center Gallery, located within the Market Arcade Building at 617 Main St. in Buffalo. ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Holds National Travel & Tourism Week Celebration

Inaugural Beacon Awards recognize superior service throughout all levels of industry ... more

Visit Buffalo Niagara Unveils New Destination Brand Identity: “Buffalo. For Real”

Visit Buffalo Niagara unveiled a new brand identity for the region today. The brand positioning, “Buffalo. For Real”, was introduced at a special event at the Burchfield Penney Art Center attended by tourism, hospitality and civic leaders. ... more

Buffalo Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7 to 15

CVB to roll out new brand for Buffalo and introduce inaugural Beacon Awards ... more

Buffalo’s Second Annual National Garden Festival Opens June 24

City Offers Cultural Festivals, Concerts and Culinary Events for Summer Travelers ... more

Buffalo to Host USA Triathlon Events for Next 3 Years

Today, USA Triathlon, Eclipse Multi-Sport and the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission (BNSC) announced the creation of the Nickel City Triathlon (NCT), which will be a part of the six-city USA Triathlon Elite Race Series in 2011, 2012 and 2013. ... more

CVB & First + Main Media Release National Garden Festival Video

The Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau and First + Main Media have partnered to release a new video to promote the National Garden Festival. ... more

USA Hockey Youth National Championship Tournament Comes to Northtown Center at Amherst

Next week, hundreds of budding hockey stars will be in town, as Amherst Youth Hockey (AYH) hosts USA Hockey’s Tier II Youth 14 & Under National Championships from March 30 to April 3. ... more

22nd Congress for the New Urbanism Will Come to Buffalo in 2014

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions, will hold its 22nd Congress in Buffalo in June 2014. ... more

2,250 Players and Coaches Expected for the 6th Annual Lake Erie Lacrosse Showcase and Festival

On June 18 & 19, 75 teams from the U.S. and Canada will compete in front of 30 college coaches at Old Fort Niagara State Park ... more

CVB Hosts Free Seminar on Conference & Family Reunion Planning

For those interested in hosting a conference, retreat or family reunion, free assistance is available from the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). ... more

Cindy Kincaide Joins Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Marketing veteran to serve as Director of the Buffalo Ambassador Program. The Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) welcomed Cindy Kincaide today, Feb. 28, as its new Director of the Buffalo Ambassador Program. ... more