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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Ambush Pride Party 2019

Friday, May. 31st
$10; From: 07:00 PM to 02:00 AM

Its BACK!!  Ambush is once again hosting our annual Pride Party!  And of course since you CLEARLY could not get enough of last year’s dance party, we are bringing back the one and only @DJ Mary Mac to get you pumped for Pride!  And – what is an Ambush without our very own DJ Milk Buffalo, DJ Crop Top and DJ Kiki?  Ambush Emcee Mistress J Kiss will be bringing the sexy!

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Art Alive 2019

Saturday, Jun. 1st
Free; From: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Join the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in celebrating this year’s Art Alive! At the Albright-Knox’s annual contest, participants create living representations of famous works of art for great prizes. Anyone can participate, including students, community groups, organizations, families, and individuals. Participants build their stunning replicas—often called tableaux—using people, props, and their creativity.

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Water Lantern Festival

Saturday, Jun. 1st
$25; From: 03:00 PM to 09:30 PM

The Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you’ll witness the magic of lanterns as they light up the water.  This festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. A family friendly event shared by friends, neighbors, and people that you haven’t met yet.  Be a part of this opportunity to come together to create a peaceful, memorable experience.

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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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Buffalo Pride Parade and Festival

Sunday, Jun. 2nd

No other event in WNY touches such a varied and large demographic cross-section of residents and visitors, while bringing neighbors together to celebrate pride in our community.  The parade begins at Buff State and goes along Elmwood Ave to Allen Street, and the festival will be at Canalside.

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John Papa Gros Band

Tuesday, Jun. 4th
$15 – $18; From: 07:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Born in New Orleans, he has spent more than a quarter-century championing the music of the Big Easy. He’s played it all — New Orleans funk, rock & roll, jazz, blues, Americana, pop/rock, and he swirls those styles into a genre-bending gumbo that pays tribute to his influences while still pushing ahead into new territory.  Gros is a proud local who carries on the tradition of New Orleans music, both honoring its past and helping to shape its future.

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Rockin’ at the Knox 2019

Sunday, Jun. 16th

Rockin’ is BACK! Western New York’s favorite summer event returns to the Albright-Knox. Join us for a spectacular festival of music and art.   Rockin’ 2019 will  be headlined by Death Cab for Cutie -an American alternative rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington, in 1997. Death Cab for Cutie rose from being a side project to becoming one of the most exciting groups on the indie rock scene of the 2000s, with their emotive songwriting and cross-genre sound landing somewhere between indie and emo.

Gates will open at 4 pm, and all tickets include entry to the museum from 4 to 7 pm.

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Strawberry Moon Festival

Saturday, Jun. 22nd
$28; From: 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM

The Strawberry Moon Festival celebrates the beginning of a new season and the first fruit of summer. After Artpark first hosted Indigenous powwows and performing arts programs some 40+ years ago, we are pleased to invite communities of Western New York and Canada to join us for a day of re-awakening, celebrating our neighbors and the many people that share this land under the same sky. 

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The Byrne Brothers

Saturday, Jun. 22nd
$20; 7 PM

From Disney and Raglan Road to the Buffalo Irish Center – come hear your favorite traditional Irish music along with Irish dance, from this family group!

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Taste of Diversity Festival

Saturday, Jun. 29th
Free; From: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

The Taste of Diversity Festival takes place each year on Grant Street, in the heart of Buffalo’s bourgeoning West Side Market District, one of the cities’ fastest growing business districts and most diverse neighborhoods . Plan to spend the day – there is always lots of delicious food, great vendors and wonderful live music all day long, all on Grant Street – the heart of one of Buffalo’s fastest growing business districts and most diverse neighborhoods.

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