With all the exciting events going on year-round, you'll never run out of things to do in Buffalo! From the Taste of Buffalo, Allentown Art Festival, Garden Walk Buffalo and the National Buffalo Wing Festival to free outdoor music concerts and ethnic food festivals of every stripe, our special events and festivals bring in visitors from all over the world.

Upcoming Events

Murder For Two

Saturday, Jul. 14th - Sunday, Aug. 12th
$44; 7PM Wed & Thurs; 7:30PM Friday; 3:30PM & 7:30PM Saturday. 2PM Sunday

An irreverent theatrical riff on the classic whodunit.  Everyone is a suspect in MURDER FOR TWO, a hilarious new murder mystery musical with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects, and they BOTH play the PIANO! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, MURDER FOR TWO is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs.

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Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and World War I

Saturday, Jul. 14th - Friday, Jan. 31st
Free; Starting: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 8:30-6; Thurs 8:30-8; Sun 12-5

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in 1917, this exhibit looks back to a critical time in our nation’s history, emphasizing Buffalo’s role in the war. Central to this exhibition is the Library’s extraordinary collection of World War I posters, representing some of the finest graphically designed war propaganda from the United States, Canada and Europe.

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Elevator Alley Kayak Tour

Saturday, Jul. 14th - Sunday, Aug. 26th
$45; Starting: 9:00 AM

The best way to appreciate Buffalo’s many grain elevators is from the water! From a kayaking perspective, the massive scale of the grain elevators and silos will be even more awe-inspiring. Join us for a kayak tour of the Buffalo River and its grain elevators in partnership with Elevator Alley Kayak. Learn about the history of the grain elevators in Buffalo and have many terrific photo opportunities on this guided kayak tour!

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Buffalo River Tours

Saturday, Jul. 14th - Friday, Oct. 12th
$21; 10:30 AM, 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 5:30 PM

Hear the story of the Erie Canal during this 90 minute narrated tour.  Learn about Buffalo’s history as the largest grain port in the world and experience the nation’s largest collection of standing grain elevators from just a few feet away.  Come and travel along the waterway that made Buffalo one of the richest cities in the world – while you gaze up at the magnificent structures that drove it’s growth. Hear the stories of Buffalo’s scoopers – residents and immigrants alike who worked the docks and mills feeding the nation and the city’s “Guilded” economy.

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Buffalo Harbor Cruise

Saturday, Jul. 14th - Sunday, Sep. 2nd
$18 - $30; 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM

Get a a sailor’s pont of view of the city of Buffalo!  Here is a sampling of what you’ll see aboard the Miss Buffalo II.  Travel through four (4) bodies of water on an  international boundary: Lake Erie, Niagara River, Buffalo River and Black Rock Canal.  Pass through the historic Black Rock Lock and Canal, and cruise under the Peace Bridge – one of the busiest border crossings in the world!  See Buffalo’s original Lighthouse, built in 1833 and Old Fort Erie in Canada.

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Merton and Lax: Image and Word

Saturday, Jul. 14th - Sunday, Aug. 26th

Thomas Merton and Robert Lax were artists and spiritual leaders, internationally recognized. Western New York was their growth culture.  Merton taught at St. Bonaventure and in 1941 entered the rigorous life in the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky. His life was  one of prayer and writing about it.  Lax wandered the Western world, wrote for Time, the New Yorker, Parade and Jubilee. He made long skinny contemplative poems and he also made photographs, largely hidden until recently.This is an exhibition of the two friend’s work

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