In some ways, fall might be the best time of year to visit Buffalo. The weather is still comfortable, professional sports and performing arts are in full swing, and the hotels are more affordable. New developments on the waterfront, restored architectural gems and continued momentum from the city’s cultural attractions are beginning to attract more visitors year-round. Here are all the things to check off your to-do list as we approach the autumn of 2018:
3) Take a Drive. Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy the open roads of Western New York. See our guide to fall drives for ideas on maximizing the scenery on your autumn spin.
4) Trot on Turkey Day. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in Buffalo without the 123st annual Turkey Trot, the longest continuously held footrace in North America. Will costumed runners sporting Indiana Jones gear or holding a canoe over their heads return for the 2018 race? Sign up to see.
5) Feast on Festivals.The festive spirit that dominates nearly every summer weekend in Buffalo stretches into the fall, too. The Allentown Fall Festival, Buffalo’s Own Oktoberfest at Canalside and Buffalo International Film Festival are all on deck in October.
6) Get spooked. A series of haunted and ghost tours continue in Buffalo through Halloween, from an Allentown Literary Ghost Walk sponsored by Explore Buffalo to Central Terminal Ghost Tours and ghost walks sponsored by author Mason Winfield.
7) Head to the Great Pumpkin Farm. Every weekend through Halloween the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence features games, rides, food and scores of pumpkins.
8) See a show. Buffalo’s performing arts season is in full swing, with Shea’s Performing Arts Center, the Irish Classic Theatre Co. and other venerable institutions offering a full slate of theater. Couple it with dinner at one of a host of new downtown restaurants near the Theater District like Buffalo Proper, Marble + Rye and Toutant.
9) Stroll in the gardens. A visit to the tri-domed glass conservatory designed by Lord & Burnham can take the edge off autumn’s chill. The mums exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens runs from 9/15 through 10/14, while the poinsettias show starts Nov. 23.
11) Cider it up. Mayer Brothers Cider Mill remains open through late November, offering freshly milled cider and baked cider donuts. Or, track down the mobile Duke’s Donuts for another take on the cider donut phenomenon.
12) Attend the World’s Largest Disco, Saturday, November 24. Crack out the bell bottoms and lace up those dancing shoes; this giant dance party at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center wraps up Thanksgiving weekend with a bang.
14) Admire our architecture. Both Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex and Graycliff Estate continue to offer tours almost every day of the week through the fall. In addition, Explore Buffalo offers a full slate of walking and food tours through October.
15) Go to a game. This is the favorite time of year for Buffalo sports fans: those precious few months when both the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres are playing. Go to a home game (and tailgate at New Era Field), or check out our list of top sports bars to watch the game while either team is away.
16) Harvesting a Bounty. Many of our best farmer’s markets continue well into the fall season; check our guide for several options.
For more Fall Fun, check out our full Fall Guide!