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.



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Canal Fest

Thursday, Jul. 19th - Sunday, Jul. 22nd
Free; Check site for hours

This will be the 36th year for the Canal Fest of the Tonawandas. This must-do summer event runs for 7 days, along the canal. Join in for the arts & crafts fair, a parade, the chalk art contest, vintage fire truck muster, and a bike and car cruise Then there’s the rides and midway, and of course the food! Come for a day, or all of them!

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Simply Beautiful by Darleen Stry

Thursday, Jul. 19th - Sunday, Aug. 19th
$6 - $11; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Simply Beautiful – A display that explores the details and colors of the botany found at the Botanical Gardens on display in the Arcangel Gallery.  Come and immerse yourself in these captured images showing the defining traits of plants such as color, shape, and mood. 

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Buffalo Infringement Festival

Thursday, Jul. 26th - Sunday, Aug. 5th

Every summer, the streets of Buffalo come alive with scores of events by local and visiting theatre and dance companies, puppeteers, media artists, poets, comics, musicians, cabaret acts, digital designers, and miscellaneous insurrectionists. The annual Buffalo Infringement Festival provides artists and audiences of all backgrounds the chance to come together, take chances, push boundaries, and explore uncharted territory because exciting art can happen anywhere, anytime, without a blockbuster budget. Takes place in multiple venues in and around Buffalo’s Allentown District.

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20th Annual Lebanese Festival

Friday, Jul. 27th - Sunday, Jul. 29th
$1; Fri: 5 PM-11 PM, Sat: 2 PM-11 PM, Sun: Noon-8 PM

The Lebanese Festival continues to share its heritage with the community in an enjoyable and unique way, by offering delicious and authentic food such as Shawarma, Falafel, Tabbouleh, and mouth-watering desserts.  There will be continous live music with dancing, and traditional Lebanese line dancing, games of chance and bounce houses for the kids.  Unique apparel, gift items, food products and jewelry will be featured in the Gift Shop.  All are invited!

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Cobblestone Live 2018

Friday, Jul. 27th - Saturday, Jul. 28th
$25

Cobblestone Live! Music and Arts Festival, conveniently located in the heart of the Historic Cobblestone district in downtown Buffalo. Consisting of three stages located outside on Illinois Street, inside Buffalo Iron Works, and inside Lockhouse Distillery & Bar. Music enthusiasts from across WNY will eat, drink, and enjoy the best talent that Buffalo has to offer. Headlining acts include Blind Faith.

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First Fridays at the Gallery

Friday, Aug. 3rd - Friday, Dec. 7th
Free; From: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

On the first Friday of every month, the public is invited to visit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, with interactive events and activities suitable for all ages, most of which is free (special exhibitions may require a fee). 

 

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Glassbarge

Friday, Aug. 3rd - Sunday, Aug. 5th
From: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

In 1868, the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company relocated to Corning, via the New York Waterways, and evolved into the company that is today known as Corning Incorporated. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of this pivotal journey, CMoG will launch GlassBarge—a 30’ x 80’ canal barge equipped with CMoG’s patented all-electric glassmaking equipment on May 17, 2018. It will then travel north on the Hudson, then westward along the Erie Canal before making its way to Buffalo.

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Pine Grill Jazz Reunion

Sunday, Aug. 5th - Sunday, Aug. 12th
Free; Starting: 4:00 PM

For the first two Sundays in August the Center presents the Pine Grill Jazz Reunion to honor the local, national and international artists who carry the jazz tradition forward. For 29 years the free concerts have celebrated diversity through tribute to its truest American form — the legacy of jazz. One of our top events in Buffalo!

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Erie County Fair

Wednesday, Aug. 8th - Sunday, Aug. 19th
$12; Aug. 9: Noon-10pm, Aug.10-20: 9am-10pm

The Erie County Fair, held annually is the largest fair of it’s kind in New York State, and the 3rd largest county fair in the nation.  It seeks to preserve and showcase our community’s agricultural traditions, talents, diversity and heritage.  Come view the live animals, and visit their caretakers.  Then head over to the James E. Strates Shows midway, with over 70 rides and 100 games.  Enjoy continual entertainment on a number of stages, then visit the food vendors, whose options range from the casual to the extraodinary!  Come for a day, or two, or more!  

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Voodoo Threauxdown and Friends

Tuesday, Aug. 14th
$12 - $37; From: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Catch this  night of favorites, at the outdoor concert series, with the lineup including: Voodoo Threauxdown, featuring Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.  Also appearing: Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band, also Cyril Neville, and Walter Wolfman Washington.

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