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

Building Buffalo

Wednesday, Feb. 21st - Saturday, Mar. 31st
Free; 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Mon-Sat, until 8:00 PM Thurs

This new exhibit at the library’s Central branch: Buildings From Books, Books From Buildings, focuses on an outstanding collection of rare and exquisitely illustrated books encompassing the history of architecture and landscape design from the late 15th through mid-20th Century. These served as an educational resource and inspiration for generations of architects who created the built treasures Buffalo celebrates today. These are, in short, the books that helped build buildings.

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Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and World War I

Wednesday, Feb. 21st - 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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Ice Bikes at Canalside

Thursday, Feb. 22nd - Sunday, Mar. 18th
$12; Thurs: 4-7PM, Fri: 4-10PM, Sat: 10AM-10PM, Sun: 12-7PM

Canalside’s exclusive attraction, Ice Bikes of Buffalo™, combines bicycle riding with ice skating! Ice Bikes are a perfect activity for people who are not comfortable ice skating or for those just looking for a fun and unique way to navigate the Ice at Canalside!  Come on out and give it a try!

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Downtown Ceilings & Skylights Tour

Friday, Mar. 2nd - Friday, Apr. 27th
$15; Starting: 1:00 PM

Come ready to look up on this downtown walking tour! This tour will reveal the ornate ceilings and skylights found in many buildings throughout downtown Buffalo.  While many people walk underneath them on a daily basis, the ceilings of many of Buffalo’s buildings are often their least-noticed feature.  Take this tour to discover these beautiful works of art, many of which are hiding in plain sight!

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Something Rotten!

Tuesday, Mar. 6th - Sunday, Mar. 11th

Set in the ’90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!

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Spring Awakening

Thursday, Mar. 8th - Sunday, Mar. 18th

Winner of the 2007 Tony Award for Best Musical!  Book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik, and directed by Randy Kramer.

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Buffalo Home Show

Friday, Mar. 9th - Sunday, Mar. 18th
$8; Fri & Sat: 10AM-9PM, Sun: 10AM-6PM

Find fresh inspiration, helpful tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, decor and outdoor spaces with hundreds of experts all under one roof.

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JJ Quintet

Friday, Mar. 9th
$10 - $15; From: 08:00 PM to 11:00 PM

The Jacob Jay Quintet enjoys performing a collection of original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards around the Western New York area. Inspired by ensembles such as the great Miles Davis Quintets, they strive to approach every tune with a unique interpretation. 

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Joe Pug

Sunday, Mar. 11th
$15 - $17; From: 08:00 PM to 11:00 PM

If the opening notes on Joe Pug’s new LP “Windfall” are a bit disorienting, his fans won’t likely be surprised.  The Austin, TX singer songwriter has made a habit of defying expectations so the piano-driven “Bright Beginnings” and the atmospheric rumination of “Great Hosannas” are just further indication that he’s quite comfortable stepping outside of the guy-with-a-guitar trappings of the genre.

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Caterpillars (TX), Feverbox and Can’t Sleep

Monday, Mar. 12th
$5.00; From: 08:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Taking a love of early indie music and a passion for technology, the Dallas band Caterpillars blend the digital and analog worlds to create refreshing melodies with energetic rhythm. Also appearing, local favorites – FEVERBOX, and Can’t Sleep – a high energy alt/pop-punk from Syracuse, NY.

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