One of the world’s largest grain elevator collections has evolved into a most unusual – and popular – event space. The grain elevators at Silo City, 87 Childs Street (just off the Ohio Street bridge) are a living reminder of the Queen City’s industrial heritage and have been re-purposed as a gathering place for craft beer festivals, literary readings, flea markets and more.
Experience the structures from a new perspective this summer – shop around in the Silo City Fleas, attend a drama at the Torn SpaceTheater, or take a tour of the granary grounds. Whether you’re looking to explore Buffalo’s past or discover its future, Silo City has something for everyone.
Silo City Reading Series
Artists, poets, and musicians alike convene in the Marine A elevator for what Zach Savich (poet and winner of the Colorado Prize and Iowa Poetry Prize) calls “one of the three best poetry reading locations in America.” This year’s readings take place on 6/20, 7/17, and 8/29.
Explore Buffalo’s history through a tour of its illustrious granaries by Explore Buffalo. Silo City: Grounded tours invite visitors to walk the base of two grain elevators, a flour mill, and a malthouse. Seeking more of a thrill? Venture on the Silo City: Vertical tour, which transports you to the top of the American and Perot granaries, and ends with a meal along the Buffalo River.
Silo City Flea Market
Sundays at the Silo Fleas make for unmatched summer shopping. Browse collections from vintage vendors in the shadow of the elevators or sample tasty treats from The Whole Hog, Sweet Melody’s Gelato, and Ashker’s from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (6/21, 7/19, 8/2, 9/6.)
Torn Space Theater
Buffalo’s Torn Space Theater marries music and visual media to deliver critically acclaimed drama to Western New York. Experience the rich imagery and innovative performances of original and adapted drama within Silo City this summer. “They Kill Things” will run from August 13-22.
Silo City: Tapped
Celebrate Buffalo’s culture and heritage at Silo City’s Tapped festival on September 19. Grab a bite from the best food trucks/trailers or sample a craft beer while listening to live music in and around the Queen City’s historic grain elevators.
The silos are front and center in this boat tour that launches from Canalside several times daily. Every tour gives you up, close and personal views of the elevators from the Buffalo River, but the 2:15 p.m. ride even docks at the elevators and allows patrons to explore the grounds.
Water Bikes, Stand-up Paddleboards and Kayaks
Or, take your own personal journey up the Buffalo River from Canalside to see the elevators on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard rental from BFLO Harbor Kayak or a water bike from Water Bikes of Buffalo. Elevator Alley Kayak launched kayak rentals earlier this year in the city’s Old First Ward, too.