Events

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 › Buffalo Architecture

Buffalo River Tours

Monday, Sep. 24th - 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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Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Open

Monday, Sep. 24th - Monday, Oct. 8th
From: 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Explore an historic lighthouse and enjoy views of Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara River and Lake Ontario from the top.  Old Fort Niagara’s Lighthouse is located adjacent to its parking lot within Fort Niagara State Park. Approximately 70 steps to the top of the tower lead you to a beautiful panoramic view .  Admission is free, however, you must be 4 feet tall and sign a waiver.

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Buffalo City Hall Tour

Monday, Sep. 24th - Friday, Sep. 25th
Free; From: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

PBN’s City Hall tour is a FREE guided walking tour that takes you through one of Buffalo’s most significant architectural treasures. One of the largest city halls in America, this tour will give you the opportunity to see this Art Deco masterpiece inside and out. The tour normally includes the lobby, Common Council Chambers, the Mayor’s Office, and the best view of Buffalo on the Observation Deck.  The tour meets in the lobby of City Hall, no reservations required! Please inquire about mobility needs.

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Best of Buffalo Double Decker Tour

Monday, Sep. 24th - Thursday, Sep. 27th
$25; From: 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM

Come out for Buffalo’s Best Bus and Naval Park Tour!  Enjoy Buffalo’s historic past and unlimited future on this uniquely amazing experience.  This tour includes a 20-30 minute stop at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.  During our stop at the Park, we will board the USS The Sullivans and experience the stories of the women, men and machines that have safeguarded freedom.  In two hours, we’ll explore:

How Buffalo Got its Name
Where is the biggest Buffalo in Buffalo?
Pirates and Portuguese Fisherman of Buffalo’s Secret Beach Community 
Outer Harbor
How Booze and a Buffalo Dentist Helped Create the Electric Chair
The Triple Hanging at City Hall
The Naval Park and America’s Most Famous Photo
Canalside
Downtown Architecture

Tours leave from the Naval Park

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Downtown Deco

Thursday, Sep. 27th
$15; Starting: 2:00 PM

This downtown walking tour focuses on buildings built in Buffalo in one of the twentieth century’s most distinctive architectural styles: Art Deco – a unique style combining traditional motifs with modern imagery and materials of the Machine Age, prevalent in the 20’s & 30’s.  Characterized by its use of bold geometric shapes, rich colors, and lavish ornamentation, Art Deco buildings stand out for their beauty and symbolism. 

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Guaranty Building Tour

Friday, Sep. 28th - Saturday, Sep. 19th
$5 - $10; From: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM

The Guaranty Building is one of Buffalo’s most beautiful buildings and an important site in architectural history. Join us for this interior and exterior tour of this Sullivan masterpiece. During this 1 hour guided tour which meets in the lobby, you’ll learn about the history of the building, the architectural elements that make it so special, and why it serves as an important case for preservation.  Reservations are required for this tour; walk-ons will not be admitted. Please call or visit website to reserve a spot.

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Elevator Alley Kayak Tour

Saturday, Sep. 29th - Sunday, Sep. 30th
$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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Inside the Gatehouse Walking Tour

Saturday, Sep. 29th
$5; From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This unique 1.5-hour walking tour begins at our Main Street gate, where you’ll view the interior of our gatehouses, built for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. Then venture out onto the grounds to learn about some of our permanent residents. Reservations suggested, but not required. Meet at the Main Street gate. 

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Richardson Olmsted Campus In Depth Tour

Saturday, Sep. 29th - Saturday, Oct. 20th
$34; From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Dive deep into the rich past of the Richardson Olmsted Campus on this 2-hour guided tour. Led by an expert docent, visitors will gain access to spaces untouched since the 1970s.  Visitors will be immersed into the philosophies integrated into the Richardson by architect Henry Hobson Richardson, landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, and mental health advocate Dr. Thomas Kirkbride.  During the tour, visitors will experience some of the site’s original structures as well as the healing landscape designed to serve as a therapeutic environment for patients.  Pre-registration is required.

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Central Terminal Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sep. 29th
$10

Another Buffalo tradition returns for the third year in a row to the Terminal: Oktoberfest, featuring the music of Those Idiots (German-style). Authentic food and German beer available. 21 and over event.

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