8 Can’t-Miss Events Throughout Autumn

Even though the summer season has come and gone here in Buffalo, festival season keeps rolling at full steam. From cultural events, spooktacular celebrations for the kids, Oktoberfest shenanigans and artsy autumnal festivities, the roster of fall festivals is something you don’t want to miss (make sure to have your camera handy for the colorful foliage, too)!  Whatever adventure you choose, there’s no shortage of fun to be had during your visit. Fall into these wonderful festivals throughout the month of October:

Central Terminal Oktoberfest, September 30
On the East Side of Buffalo, the doors of the Central Terminal are opened to herald another Oktoberfest featuring authentic German food and beer, the merry tunes of Those Idiots (that’s really the band’s name!) and stunning views within the concourse of this marvelous Buffalo building. 21+


Photo courtesy of Buffalo Central Terminal

Canalside Fall Fest, September 30
Canalside is gearing up to get in a “fall kind of mood” with seasonal activities for all ages including an exotic animal petting zoo, arts and crafts, fitness classes and games, Explore & More features, and a huge sidewalk chalk drawing area.

Black Rock Riverside Oktoberfest, September 30
Part Oktoberfest, part bar crawl, the Black Rock Riverside Oktoberfest starts with a keg-tapping ceremony and offers lederhosen-clad guests a free shuttle ride to 11 different bars and restaurants celebrating this revered German tradition. Pop in and enjoy a stein of the finest ale at places like Nye Park Tavern, Dapper Goose, Rohall’s Corner and more.


Photo courtesy of Roycroft Campus

Roycroft Campus Fall Festival, September 30 & October 1
This long-running autumnal fest feature a variety of artists, produce and cultural groups showing off what they do best. Stroll the beautiful grounds of the campus, see live animals from Thistle Creek Alpacas and Wild Spirit Education, watch artist demonstrations in copper and glass, browse handmade goods in the Copper Shop, and stop in to see the brand new Elbert Hubbard exhibit in the Print Shop (discounted admission this weekend).

Buffalo Zoo Trick or Treat Weekend, October 14 & 15
Bring your little ones dressed as lions, tigers and bears to the wildest seasonal event in Buffalo. Enjoy trick or treat stations, a special animal enrichment schedule, photo opportunities with costumed characters, and activities such as hayrides and face painting.

Allentown Fall Festival, October 14
Celebrate the changing of the season at the annual Allentown Fall Festival. This casual event celebrates the welcoming, unique neighborhood of Allentown with family-friendly events, local artisans and musicians, and tasty local food and drink. Allen Street from Delaware Avenue to Main Street will be filled with live entertainment, craft and food vendors selling art, clothing, gifts and more. The Kids and Family Area at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site will feature more fun this year with family-friendly crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, hay rides, a Teddy Bear story hour and more.


Photo courtesy of Great Pumpkin Farm WNY

Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival, until October 31st
All your favorite fall things to do will be found at the Great Pumpkin Farm! Come and enjoy the cornmaze, boo barn, amusement rides, cow train, jumping pillows, magic show, cider & pumpkin donuts and more. While the kids are busy, the adults can sample craft beers at The Witches Brew Bar.

Just outside of town:

Ellicottville Fall Festival, October 7 & 8
Touted as the oldest, and largest fall festival in the region, this celebration takes place when the foliage of the surrounding hills are ablaze with color.  Tens of thousands of festival goers make for a lively weekend of unique foods, fine art, carnival rides, live entertainment and much more.