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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2018 Grease Pole Festival

Friday, Jul. 20th - Sunday, Jul. 22nd
Fri: 5pm - 11pm, Sat & Sun: 12pm - 11pm

Join in with the crowd at the 49th Annual Grease Pole Festival.  This celebration of Puerto Rican culture will feature music, dancing and live entertainment.  There will of course be plenty of authentic food and beverages, and carnival rides as well.  The highlight of the weekend will be the climbing, or should we say the attempt to climb the Greased Pole!

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Third Fridays at the Buffalo History Museum

Friday, Jul. 20th - Friday, Jul. 17th
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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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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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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NYBP Trad Sessions

Tuesday, Aug. 7th - Tuesday, Dec. 4th
Free; 7:00PM

Oh, happy day! Usually one would have to travel to an Irish Pub in NYC, or cross the pond to Ireland to hear a good ol’ fashioned Irish Traditional music session, but no more! Join us at New York Beer Project where the Tap Room will be rockin’ it out Irish style for First Tuesday Trad sessions! You’re free to listen, or bring your instrument and join in the shenanigans. Slainte!

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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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Buffalo Irish Festival

Friday, Aug. 24th - Sunday, Aug. 26th
$5 - $15; From: 05:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The year’s favorite Irish bash returns to The Outer Harbor, featuring two stages of continuous Irish entertainment from the U.S., Canada and Ireland. 

The festival also includes:
• A kick-off parade featuring flags from the 32 counties in Ireland.
• Traditional Irish music, folk music, step and set-dancing
• Genealogy experts
• Exclusively Irish goods and crafts from nearly 30 individual vendors
• Irish authors and book signings
• Traditional Irish foods and beverages

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Beau Fleuve Festival

Sunday, Aug. 26th
$25; From: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Festival was created to celebrate the rich history of Buffalo’s arts scene and illuminate the resurgence of all forms of music, art, media and culture that resonates in and from Buffalo & WNY.  “THE ULTIMATE SUNDAY FUNDAY” will feature over 50 performance acts on a multi stage setup, Pop Up Art exhibits, Culture Exhibits , Fan Favorite Silent disco, Food Trucks , Family Fun Zone, Beer & Wine Garden ,Vendors Marketplace , Interactive film festival and speaker panels. Festival goers will have a true multi-cultural experience as all forms of music will be on hand.

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