11 of Buffalo’s Hottest July Festivals

As summer heats up, so does the festival scene in Buffalo. July is the month of heavyweight celebrations centered around our fantastic local food, rich musical culture, neighborhood diversity and the wonders of nature right in our own backyard(s). When you’re making plans to come to town, be sure to put these events at the top of your Buffalo summer checklist!

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Taste of Buffalo, July 10 – July 11
Bigger, better and foodier than ever, the Taste of Buffalo is back! The largest two-day food festival in the United States, join thousands of hungry visitors on the streets of beautiful downtown Buffalo and sample the culinary creations of over 50 local restaurants, breweries and wineries. In addition to live music, family friendly activities, vendors and eating contests, there will be tasty demonstrations so you can become a chef in your own home. This is the most mouth-watering festival of the year!

Williamsville Old Home Days, July 13 – July 16
A weekend of reunions, parades and all around good times await in the historic Village of Williamsville. Visit the beer tents, chow down on a delicious Chiavetta’s chicken BBQ (a Buffalo staple), groove to the music of local bands like Hit N Run and Black Widow plus lots more.

East Side Garden Walk, July 17
The East Side Garden Walk is a free, self-guided tour that brings visitors who share a love of gardening into the creative gardens of Buffalo’s East Side neighborhoods – explore Masten Park, Willert Park, Emslie, Lovejoy, Emerson, Schiller Park, Grider, Cold Springs, the Fruit Belt, Larkin, Hamlin Park, Kensington, Leroy, Lasalle and many more.


Masten Jazz Festival, July 18 & July 25
Stretching across two weekends, the 22nd Annual Masten Jazz Festival honors the prominence of local jazz great, Pappy Martin. This grassroots festival, held on the lawn of the Buffalo Museum of Science, is bringing some of the best names in jazz to Buffalo. From George Caldwell, Drea D’Nur, Love Supreme School of Music, and the Ron Carter Trio, this is guaranteed to be one of the coolest music events of the summer.

42 North Hilltap, July 24
42 North Brewing Company is hosting the first annual HillTap Festival at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville on Saturday, July 24.  HillTap will be a day-long festival that integrates craft beer, music, and adventure sports atop the mountain at Spruce Lake. In addition to a full day of music, festival admission includes day-long chairlift rides and vendors from across the region including Fat Bob’s BBQ, Hatchet & Hops, and LOUD Performance.

Infringement Festival, July 28 – August 8
Eleven days of eclectic art, performance and music take over all of Buffalo’s neighborhoods for the sprawling indoor/outdoor Infringement Festival. From the top art museums to the smaller community galleries, the entire Buffalo art collective joins forces to put Buffalo creative spirit on display.

Garden Walk Buffalo, July 24 – July 25
Our local green thumbs having been prepping all year for this – the culmination of countless hours of tilling, planting and watering – Garden Walk Buffalo! One of the largest festivals of its kind, Garden Walk Buffalo showcases the beauty and artistry of over 400 local private and public gardens. This all-access celebration of botany affords visitors the opportunity to explore our neighborhoods, bursting forth with nature’s colorful majesty.

Recurring Events

Erie County Bicentennial Events, throughout 2021
Erie County is blessed with an enviable bounty of stories of a place at the confluence of a Great Lake, a world-renowned river and a Canal that was the crowning achievement of the first 50 years of our country’s existence. Join in on the celebration of Erie County’s Bicentennial, through special events, programming and tours, as we commemorate the past and look forward to the future!

For a list of EC200 events visit: visitbuffaloniagara.com/events/ec200

Jazz on the Plaz! at Seneca One Tower, every Friday until September 3
JazzBuffalo has partnered with Seneca One Tower to bring you Jazz On The Plaz this summer. Taking place on Fridays beginning at 5:30, Jazz on the Plaz features live jazz, entertainment, local food trucks and drinks all in the newly renovated Seneca One courtyard.

Parkway Summer Concert Series, every Tuesday until August 17
The 23rd annual Parkway Summer Concert Series is here. Starting on July 6 and continuing each and every Tuesday throughout the summer (7pm-9pm), Bidwell Parkway will come alive with the sounds of some of this region’s best music talents. The concert series has become an essential part of Buffalo’s summer loving fun, and showcases local musicians for family-friendly evenings of entertainment. Feel free to make the parkway your dining room for the evening by enjoying local food vendors lining the side the concert.

A Midsummer Night’s Walk, now until August 12
Venture through Delaware Park with Honest Puck for A Midsummer Night’s Experience, Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s walking tour and retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With Puck as your tour guide, experience this Shakespearean comedy like never before! This 45-minute, immersive performance transforms Delaware Park into Oberon and Titania’s Athenian forest, with you – our audience – chasing after Athenian lovers, watching Mechanicals scramble to rehearse, and falling in love with Shakespeare’s work in a brand new way. Make reservations here.

Sunset at the Stables, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30
Beginning in July Knox Farm State Park will be home to a new concert series, Sunset at the Stables. Sunset at the Stables will feature some of the region’s most talented musicians with the iconic Knox Farm stables as a backdrop. In addition to the live music, Sunset at the Stables will feature local food and beverages from 42 North Brewing Company, Buffalo Distilling, Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream, and regional food trucks. Purchase tickets here.