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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Third Fridays at the Buffalo History Museum

Friday, Nov. 16th - Friday, Oct. 16th
Free; From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

On the third Friday of every month, the Buffalo History Museum, Resource Center and select events are free for visitors.  Experience new exhibits and events, docent-led tours and more.  (Resource Center is located at 459 Forest Avenue, same hours apply).

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Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s

Friday, Nov. 16th - Sunday, Jan. 6th
$12; From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s revisits the vivacious imaginings of one of the most culturally, politically, and artistically significant periods of the twentieth century. Fueled by creativity and technological euphoria, artists began exploring new mediums and incorporating popular themes, motifs, and subjects into their practices. In time, movements such as Pop art, Op art, and Minimalism—and later Conceptual, Performance, and video art—radically reshaped the boundaries of the art world.

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Death at the Distillery! A Prohibition Murder Mystery

Friday, Nov. 16th - Friday, Nov. 30th
$57; 6:30 PM

The year is 1927 and alcohol is flowing across the Niagara River to satisfy Buffalo’s insatiable thirst for bootlegged booze and brews.  “Death at the Distillery” is based on real-life characters that lived and schemed in Buffalo during prohibition.  This interactive performance includes a magnificent dinner–served at Lakeward Spirits at the Barrel Factory in the city’s historic Old First Ward.

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Brew Bus Buffalo Tours

Saturday, Nov. 17th - Saturday, Dec. 15th
$90; Starting: 1:00 PM

The Downtown I tour will start at Pizza Plant Canalside (who has great food if you want to grab lunch). The VIP tasting will begin promptly at 1:00. This all inclusive tour will provide you multiple tastings at each brewery.  A snack will be provided at one of the breweries and snacks can be purchased on the bus.  This tour will take you into “working” areas of some breweries to give you a behind the scenes look at Buffalo’s best!

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World’s Largest Disco

Saturday, Nov. 24th
$77.50; 9:00 PM-1:00 AM

You won’t want to miss this event, celebrating its 25th year. and voted “The Greatest Event on Earth”, by!  Join 7,000 others for this giant retro dance party, on the largest dance floor in NYS – with 500,000 watts of sound and light!  Such an anticipated event in Buffalo – it sells out every year so get your tickets early!

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Polka vs. Country

Saturday, Nov. 24th
$10; Starting: 5:00 PM

Join in this spirited night of entertainment which features Polish Polka music by the Polka Country Musicians vs. the #1 WNY Country band – West of the Mark.  There will be Polish food available, and free line dancing lessions at 6pm – at this half way to Dyngus Day celebration.  Get your advance tickets early and don’t miss out!

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Taste of Christmas Past

Saturday, Dec. 8th
$8 – $450; From: 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Join us for our 4th annual Taste of Christmas Past, featuring a menu of Victorian Christmas favorites. This event offers a gourmet dining experience – featuring a scrumptious dinner and a yuletide food and beverage tasting. Guests will enjoy the sounds of caroling, a nostalgic Christmas tree lighting, and rousing auctions. Musical entertainment will accompany the festivities.

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Second Fridays at the Center

Friday, Dec. 14th - 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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Min Jin Lee

Wednesday, Mar. 20th
$110; Starting: 8:00 PM

The 3rd speaker in the Babel series – MIN JIN LEE’s debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was one of the “Top 10 Novels of the Year” for The Times (London), NPR’s “Fresh Air” and USA Today. Her second novel, Pachinko, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction in 2017 and was named one of the “Top Ten Books of the Year” by The New York Times. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR’s “Selected Shorts.” Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, and her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely.

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George Saunders

Thursday, Apr. 18th
$110; Starting: 8:00 PM

The final speaker in the Babel series, GEORGE SAUNDERS is the author of nine books, including the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize, and the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in Time’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

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