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 › Downtown

Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and World War I

Friday, Nov. 16th - Friday, Jan. 31st
Free; Starting: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 8:30-6; Thurs 8:30-8; Sun 12-5

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in 1917, this exhibit looks back to a critical time in our nation’s history, emphasizing Buffalo’s role in the war. Central to this exhibition is the Library’s extraordinary collection of World War I posters, representing some of the finest graphically designed war propaganda from the United States, Canada and Europe.

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Queen City Downtown Tour

Friday, Nov. 16th - Friday, Nov. 23rd
$5 – $10; From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Queen City Downtown Tour is a guided walking tour that takes you through the history and architecture of the downtown portion of the city. Our beautiful downtown landmarks provide a stunning backdrop for Buffalo’s most important stories, including the Erie Canal, several presidents, master architects like Sullivan, Burnham, Upjohn, and Green. This tour includes about 2 miles of walking on well-paved sidewalk. Please inquire about mobility needs. Reservations not required.

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TRivia Nite at the Site

Tuesday, Nov. 20th - Tuesday, Jan. 15th
$10; From: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Do you enjoy brain-tickling entertainment, combined with a healthy dose of friendly competition?  Then you won’t want to miss TRivia Nite.  Participants have the chance to test their knowledge on a variety of subjects — Theodore & the other Roosevelts will have a spot on the night’s agenda (of course!), and you might find some questions about Buffalo landmarks and presidential history, but current events, pop culture and other topics will also be included.

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Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 22nd
$36 – $50; Starting: 9:00 AM

Since 1896 runners have competed in this footrace that has become today’s Turkey Trot.  The race attracts serious runners, amateurs, and team competitors alike. The Turkey Trot is an 8k footrace which begins on Delaware Avenue, and continues into downtown Buffalo. Consider joining us this year – a great way to work up an appetite!

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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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Makers & Shakers: Boozy Artisan Market

Makers & Shakers: Boozy Artisan Market

Saturday, Nov. 24th

Buffalo’s best small businesses, artists, vendors, and booze-makers will be taking over the entire first floor of the historic Hotel Lafayette ~and~ the Admiral Room for the best holiday shopping event of the year.  What’s new: 2 beautiful historic venues, shuttle service, over 130 vendors and artisans, more free booze samples, new delish holiday-themed cocktails.  Plus, there will be DIY crafts, Bloody Mary Bar, cash bar, food for purchase, and live music from Buffalo’s own DJ Christian Martinez. Bonus: Each vendor will have special giveaways exclusively for attendees to win free stuff!

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Downtown Food Tour: Chippewa Street

Saturday, Nov. 24th - Saturday, Dec. 22nd
$52; Starting: 1:30 PM

Chippewa Street has been at the heart of downtown Buffalo’s resurgence, led by an eclectic collection of restaurants that have reinvigorated this section of downtown. On this guided food tour, we’ll stop at five of those restaurants to sample some of their signature dishes.  From Buffalo classics – yes, there will be chicken wings – to trendy desserts and some more surprising menu choices, the array of food provided on this tour will showcase some of what makes Buffalo a well-known food destination.

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Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace

Friday, Dec. 14th - Saturday, Dec. 15th
Free; Fri: 4-8 PM, Sat: 11-5 PM

The Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace features book artists, craftspeople of all mediums, printers, and other handmade/self published/locally produced items.  All items for sale MUST be either handmade or designed by the artist.

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Champions of Magic

Friday, Dec. 14th
Starting: 8:00 PM

With over 30 million online views, and sold out performances around the globe, their skills have been featured on TV internationally with appearances on ‘Access Hollywood Live’, ‘The Next Great Magician’, ‘The Today Show’, ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’, ‘Good Morning Britain’ and ‘Caught On Camera with Nick Cannon’.  Broadway World described the cast as “5 of the world’s finest magicians”, NBC called Champions Of Magic “the most incredible show” and Access Hollywood Live said “you HAVE to check them out!”.

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Lindsey Stirling

Saturday, Dec. 15th
$42 – $63; Starting: 8:00 PM

Lindsey will embark on The Wanderland Tour in support of her album. The multi-city trek will hit a number of major cities across the US including Buffalo, and will feature a fully revamped stage production with elaborate Holiday themes as well Stirling’s signature brand of dance routines and on-stage visuals.

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