The late summer and early fall festivals are here to make the seasonal transition easy in Buffalo. As luck would have it, the region has saved some of our best fests for this time of year. Here are our picks for the top celebrations in September:
First Friday Allentown – September 3
A free, self-guided tour of galleries, shops and restaurants in the Greater Allentown District. Join the Allentown community for art, food, shopping and fun each month on the First Friday!
National Buffalo Wing Festival 20th Anniversary – September 4-5
In Buffalo, wings are becoming synonymous with Labor Day. This Saturday and Sunday at its brand new location at Highmark Stadium – the home of the Buffalo Bills – thousands of attendees flock for a two celebration of all things wing – joined by purveyors of wing creations from around the globe.
Hamburg Music Festival – September 4
The Hamburg Music Festival is back this year with 40+ live music performances happening throughout the village of Hamburg. Wristbands are available to purchase now at all participating venues in the Village of Hamburg and at Memorial Park on Saturday.
South Buffalo Irish Festival – September 4
Bursting into its 20th year, the South Buffalo Irish Festival is a celebration of Irish music and culture. A full day of Irish music, dancing, food, drink and children’s activities is planned including performances by Walker Roaders, Crikwater and McCarthyizm.
Music Is Art – September 11
Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac founded this festival, which is part concert, part bazaar, street fair, art gallery and all fun! Check out the return of Music Is Art at the sprawling sports and entertainment complex that is Buffalo RiverWorks.
Buffalo Gay Bingo – September 11
You don’t have to be gay to play! One of the most unique and joyous events returns with lots of hype in 2021. Located at the Amvets Medallion Post #13 in Riverside, this year prizes have increased and range from $100 to $200, and specials with jackpots having reached over $700 in previous games.
Taste of East Aurora – September 11
The Taste of East Aurora will be showcasing cuisine from the Greater East Aurora area. This food event takes place on a closed portion of beautiful Main Street between Olean and Elm Streets. The Taste includes live music during the day, food items priced from $1 to $5, with excellent desserts and beverages.
Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff – September 15
From the waterfront, deep into the West Side and all throughout the region, visitors can experience the music, history, artistry, and food of Buffalo’s proud Hispanic community. A melting pot of folks from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, and several other countries, all walks of life come together to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15. Visit hispanicheritagewny.org for more information.
Borderland Music + Arts Festival – September 18-19
Welcome to the borderland! The Borderland Music and Arts Festival celebrates the rich history and renaissance of the region with a two-day music and cultural festival set in one of the most scenic and storied grounds in all of New York State, Knox Farm State Park. Featuring the music of Jason Isbell, The Revivalists and Workingman’s Dead plus tons of artisans and craft brewers, you won’t want to miss out on this festival’s return.
The Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival – begins September 18
The fall harvest approaches and there’s no better way to celebrate than taking a trip out to Clarence, NY for their annual Fall Festival. Munch on a candied apple, pick out the biggest pumpkin to carve and take a spooky haunted hayride at this family-fun event.
50 Yard Finish – September 24
The Buffalo Bills will hold their annual “50-Yard Finish” 5K race on Friday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. The race is presented by Independent Health. The race will begin outside Highmark Stadium and conclude on the field at the 50-yard line, where participants will be invited to receive their medals and enjoy refreshments along with music provided by DJ Milk.
New York State Craft Brewer’s Festival – September 25
Experience fresh craft beer from over 45 breweries from every corner of the state and meet the brewers who make the beer you love! The brewers and owners pour at this festival, no volunteers! Enjoy local food trucks, artisan vendors, a “Farm to Table” tent and much more!
VegFest WNY – September 26
You are invited to come have fun at the WNY VegFest at Buffalo RiverWorks. This family fun event is the largest of its kind in the Western New York region. VegFest believes in celebrating and promoting a healthy, compassionate, plant-based lifestyle with this vibrant end-of-summer festival.
For more information on all the happenings in Buffalo visit visitbuffaloniagara.com/events!