12 Awesome Festivals to End Summer with a Bang

The bright, sunny days are getting shorter and, before long, this ongoing heat wave will come to an end.

While summer may be winding down in Buffalo, festival season is still on fire. Some of the best days of the year still lie ahead, as Buffalo saves some of its top summer festivals for last. Make the most of the final month of the summer with these twelve festivals:


1. National Buffalo Wing Festival, September 1-2, Coca-Cola Field
Wing-lovers flock to Buffalo from around the country and the world for this two day event celebrating Buffalo’s signature food, where attendees chow down on over 20 tons of wings. Be sure to check out this year’s featured international restaurant – Sticky Wings from the United Kingdom.

2. Pillars: Hip Hop in WNY, September 1, Burchfield Penney Art Center
Free and open to the public in the Front Yard of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, celebrate Buffalo’s hip hop community with music, poetry, dance, and live painting.

Music Is Art

3. Music Is Art, September 8, Buffalo RiverWorks, Delaware Park
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 second year in the new digs as Music Is Art recently made the move to the sprawling sports and entertainment complex that is Buffalo RiverWorks.

4. Taste of East Aurora, September 8, Village of East Aurora
The 7th annual Taste of East Aurora takes a bite on the historic Main Street of East Aurora. Featuring over 30 local restaurants experience great tastes by talented chefs.

Buffalo Central Terminal

5. Central Terminal Train Show, September 8-9, Buffalo Central Terminal
Chugging along into town, this annual train show underlines the historic Central Terminal’s crucial place in rail history and distinction as one of the world’s busiest and most well-known train stations. This event features operating train layouts, door prizes and plenty of model trains and accessories for sale.

6. Sportsmens Americana Music Festival, September 15, River Fest Park
The down home sounds of local favorite bands like The Brothers Blue, Copper & Gin Band, Tom Stahl and the Dangerfields, Critt’s Juke Joint, The Steam Donkeys, McCarthyizm and several more will rock River Fest Park for a day of good tunes, beer, food and fun in the sun.

7. Buffalo Beer Week, September 14 -23, various locations
Celebrating the brews, bands, and bars of Buffalo, Buffalo Beer Week promotes Buffalo’s growing craft beer culture with a ten-day festival in Erie and Niagara counties that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for Buffalo’s breweries, restaurants, pubs, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community.

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Curtain Up!

8. Curtain Up!, September 14, Downtown Buffalo’s Theater District
Buffalo’s theater season gets underway in earnest with this annual event that includes performances and live entertainment at several downtown theater companies, and a free street party along Main Street in front of Shea’s Performing Arts Center that goes until 1 a.m.

9. Humanities Festival, September 20-22, various locations – details here
One of the most intellectual of festivals, the 2018 Buffalo Humanities Festival will foster a series of community conversations on “revolutions” with a special emphasis on past, present and future movements effecting social, political and cultural change.

Ballpark Brew Bash


10. Ballpark Brew Bash, September 21, Coca-Cola Field
On the official last day of summer, this craft beer festival helps close out the season and ring in fall on the Buffalo Bisons’ home field. Jam packed with beers from over 50+ breweries and tons of local favorites, this is one festival where you’ll want to take it slow and savor the flavor.

11. Borderland Music Festival, September 22 -23, Knox Farm State Park
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 Sam Roberts Band, The Revivalists and John Oates plus tons of artisans and craft brewers, you won’t want to miss out on this festival’s inaugural year.

12. Chalkfest Buffalo, September 22-23, Buffalo RiverWorks
In a new location for 2018, view jaw-dropping and visually stunning works of chalk art under the ziplines of Buffalo RiverWorks. Featuring tons of activities for the little ones, community art projects and over 100 artists, this year’s Chalkfest is bigger than ever.