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 › Art

Exhibit: We the People

Friday, Jan. 18th - Thursday, Jan. 31st
$12; From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Some of the most imaginative and dynamic artists working today are exploring what it means to be a citizen of the 21st century. Whether creating paintings or videos, sculptures or photographs, the artists are interested in how we define our identities, form our communities, and confront the various forces that shape our lives.Taken as an ensemble, the works in We the People raise questions that encourage us to think about our place in a constantly evolving world. Who are we? What are our values and how are they formed? How do we imagine our future? These questions arise from a complex and often contradictory set of experiences and circumstances, ranging from our engagement with popular culture to our political debates, physical environment, and the historical narratives that shape our sense of self.

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Burchfield-Penney Docent Led Tours

Saturday, Jan. 19th - Sunday, Dec. 29th
$5 – $10; Starting: 2:00 PM

From the moment you first step through our doors, you will be surrounded by inspirational, thought-provoking and often world-renowned artwork. The guiding philosophy at the Burchfield Penney is to engage audiences. To that end, the museum offers three docent-led public tours (suitable for all ages) during the week giving guests the opportunity to gain insights into the artists, the artwork, and even the museum itself. The Burchfield Penney can also customize a tour for your group based on your specific interests and needs.

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Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

Thursday, Jan. 24th
$8; Starting: 7:00 PM

Described as a “poet,” an “athlete,” or a “philosopher” of photography, Garry Winogrand harnessed the serendipity of the streets to capture the American 1960s and ’70s. His Leica M4 snapped spontaneous images of everyday people, from the Mad Men era of New York to the early years of the Women’s Movement to post-Golden Age Hollywood, all while observing themes of cultural upheaval, political disillusionment, intimacy and alienation. this film depicts his life and career with all the triumphs and blemishes.

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Lumagination

Saturday, Jan. 26th - Saturday, Feb. 23rd
$6 – $14; From: 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The Magic of Air – The interior of the Botanical Gardens will be illuminated to excite imaginations, stimulate the senses and entertain all ages!  Air motivates ordinary things to move in amazing ways. There are so many magical surprises in store at this exhibit – colorful and creative lighting, dancing silks, bouncing paper cranes, hot air balloons and kites of all sizes, metallic mobiles, cyclones of fabric and so much more! 

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Art of Jazz: Joe Lovano Trio Tapestry

Sunday, Jan. 27th
$29; Starting: 3:00 PM

Beginning with his work with native Buffalonian Mel Lewis, Lovano’s ever-escalating career led to touring and recording with the major jazz musicians of the late twentieth century, including Herbie Hancock.  His nearly thirty albums for Blue Note, thirteen Grammy Award nominations, and a bevy of jazz awards trace his development into a universally admired artist, driven to expand the jazz tradition well into the twenty-first century.

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Exhibition: Jillian Mayer: TIMESHARE

Thursday, Jan. 31st - Saturday, May. 11th
FREE; From: 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM Saturday: 1-5PM

Jillian Mayer’s practice continually explores how technology affects our lives, bodies and identities through investigating the blurred lines between our physical and online worlds in regards to dependency and value. While growing up in Florida, one of the sea level states that stands to face global warming head on, Mayer has been inundated with a lifetime of hurricane seasons and alerts. In this exhibition, Mayer continues her exploration into survivalist and prepper subculture tendencies that stem from her personal experience as well as a general more global experience of environmental disaster.

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Jillian Mayer: TIMESHARE – Opening Reception

Thursday, Jan. 31st
FREE; From: 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Jillian Mayer’s practice continually explores how technology affects our lives, bodies and identities through investigating the blurred lines between our physical and online worlds in regards to dependency and value. While growing up in Florida, one of the sea level states that stands to face global warming head on, Mayer has been inundated with a lifetime of hurricane seasons and alerts. In this exhibition, Mayer continues her exploration into survivalist and prepper subculture tendencies that stem from her personal experience as well as a general more global experience of environmental disaster.

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BCP at the AK: Schumann 1842

Thursday, Jan. 31st
$20; From: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

1842 was a very prolific year for Robert Schumann, witnessing the composer’s first forays into chamber music. While his wife, Clara, was concertizing in early 1842, Robert spent his time brooding and studying the string quartets of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. On Clara’s return in early April, Robert flew into a compositional frenzy that resulted in what musicologists refer to as his “Year of Chamber Music,” in which he wrote his quartet and quintet for piano and strings as well as several other chamber works.

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Allentown First Fridays

Friday, Feb. 1st - Friday, Dec. 6th
Free; From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Allentown art galleries, performance artists, musicians, restaurants, retailers and more come together the first Friday of each month to present this popular gallery walk in Allentown. 

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Second Fridays at the Center

Friday, Feb. 8th - Friday, Jun. 14th
Free Admission; From: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

On the Second Friday of every month, the Burchfield Penney hosts something great!  From openings and happy hours, programs, concerts, screenings or other special events, visitors experience the best of the Burchfield Penney.

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