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

Silo City Reading Series featuring Bob Hicok

Saturday, Jun. 1st
Free; From: 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM

Just Buffalo Literary Center presents Silo City Reading Series – a summer multidisciplinary poetry series including live musical performances and art installations.  All readings are FREE and open to the public and will take place in Silo City’s Marine A.  Please see site for additional featured readers/musicians.

The June 1, 2019 Silo City Reading will feature Bob Hicok, Kristianne Meal, art by Shasti O’Leary Soudant, & music by Simon Joyner.

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Doors Open Buffalo

Saturday, Jun. 15th
Free

Mission: Doors Open Buffalo inspires greater appreciation for Buffalo’s unique history and architecture through free public access to significant building interiors.

Vision: To build relationships for residents and visitors with Buffalo’s history and architecture.

On June 15, 2019, many of downtown Buffalo’s most significant buildings will literally open their doors to the public.  Whether it’s your first time touring downtown or if you’re a seasoned Explore Buffalo tour-goer, this will be a unique occasion to see downtown as you’ve never seen it before: beyond the doors!  Discover areas of buildings not usually open to the public and access to floors with a bird’s eye view of our beautiful city.  And it’s all free!

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The East Side Festival & BPO

Saturday, Jul. 13th
Free; From: 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

It has been 90 years since the first train pulled out of Buffalo’s iconic Central Terminal. This festival will celebrate the Terminal and the dynamic communities that have lived on Buffalo’s East Side, featuring East Side cultural organizations. Live music will be presented by the Colored Musicians Club, Junior Gospel Choir, and the African-American Cultural Center. The Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Museum of Science, Olmsted Parks, Buffalo and Erie County Library and Torn Space Theatre will have exhibits and activities in the Central Terminal Gallery. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at 7 PM.

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Silo City Reading Series featuring Danez Smith

Saturday, Jul. 20th
Free; From: 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM

Just Buffalo Literary Center presents Silo City Reading Series – a summer multidisciplinary poetry series including live musical performances and art installations.  All readings are FREE and open to the public and will take place in Silo City’s Marine A.  Please see site for additional featured readers/musicians.

The July 20, 2019 Silo City Reading will feature performances by Danez Smith & Eve Williams, art by Edreys Wajed, & music by Hop Hop.

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Silo City Reading Series featuring Nicole Sealey

Saturday, Aug. 24th
Free; From: 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM

Just Buffalo Literary Center presents Silo City Reading Series – a summer multidisciplinary poetry series including live musical performances and art installations.  All readings are FREE and open to the public and will take place in Silo City’s Marine A.  Please see site for additional featured readers/musicians.

The August 24, 2019 Silo City Reading will feature Nicole Sealey, Paige Melin, art by Gareth Litchy, & music by Little Cake.

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Masters of American Architecture Walking Tour

Friday, May. 10th - Sunday, Jun. 30th
$15; Mon-Wed: 1:00 PM, Thurs-Sun 10:00 AM

At the turn of the twentieth century, Buffalo had grown to become the eighth largest city in America. The wealth generated by commerce and industry enabled the city’s businesses, organizations, and citizens to hire some of the nation’s most prominent architects and use the finest materials available.  On this downtown walking tour, see signature works by some of America’s greatest architects, including the Guaranty Building by Louis Sullivan & Dankmar Adler, the Ellicott Square Building by Daniel Burnham & Co., and St. Paul’s Cathedral by Richard Upjohn. Learn about the prominence of Buffalo on a national scale at the turn of the twentieth century while visiting buildings such as the Old Post Office, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Old County Hall.

 

 

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Queen City Downtown Tour

Friday, May. 10th - Friday, Nov. 15th
$5 – $10; From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Queen City Downtown Tour is a guided walking tour that takes you through the history and architecture of the downtown portion of the city. Our beautiful downtown landmarks provide a stunning backdrop for Buffalo’s most important stories, including the Erie Canal, several presidents, master architects like Sullivan, Burnham, Upjohn, and Green. This tour includes about 2 miles of walking on well-paved sidewalk. Please inquire about mobility needs. Reservations not required.

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Guaranty Building Tour

Friday, May. 10th - Saturday, May. 8th
$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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Buffalo City Hall Tour

Friday, May. 10th - Tuesday, May. 11th
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

Friday, May. 10th - Sunday, Oct. 20th
$28; From: 03:00 PM to 05:00 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

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