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

Monday, Sep. 24th - 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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Explore the Summer @ Canalside

Monday, Sep. 24th - Monday, Sep. 21st
Free; From: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Join us for this free, interactive program for youth ages 5-12 and their families. Discover Canalside and experience Buffalo’s history through interactive activities that will engage your curiosity and spark your imagination.  Bring the Erie Canal to life by pulling mini canal boats through the replica canals, travel back in time to Buffalo’s grain era, create unique artwork using the ruins, and more. Meet at the Explore Buffalo table beside the Replica Canals (near the Pedal and Paddle Boat launch).

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Best of Buffalo Double Decker Tour

Monday, Sep. 24th - Thursday, Sep. 27th
$25; From: 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM

Come out for Buffalo’s Best Bus and Naval Park Tour!  Enjoy Buffalo’s historic past and unlimited future on this uniquely amazing experience.  This tour includes a 20-30 minute stop at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.  During our stop at the Park, we will board the USS The Sullivans and experience the stories of the women, men and machines that have safeguarded freedom.  In two hours, we’ll explore:

How Buffalo Got its Name
Where is the biggest Buffalo in Buffalo?
Pirates and Portuguese Fisherman of Buffalo’s Secret Beach Community 
Outer Harbor
How Booze and a Buffalo Dentist Helped Create the Electric Chair
The Triple Hanging at City Hall
The Naval Park and America’s Most Famous Photo
Downtown Architecture

Tours leave from the Naval Park

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Downtown Country Market

Tuesday, Sep. 25th - Thursday, Oct. 25th
Free; From: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The Downtown Country Market is celebrating its 35th season! The Downtown Country Market is a two-day, weekly, open-air farmer’s market located on Main Street between Court and Church Streets in Downtown Buffalo. This downtown tradition offers residents, workers, and visitors the perfect place to pick-up local fresh produce, enjoy tasty treats such as baked goods and fresh lemonade, and purchase plants and flowers to brighten gardens, homes and offices.

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Presidents in Buffalo

Tuesday, Sep. 25th - Thursday, Sep. 27th
$15; Starting: 10:30 AM

The home of two presidents, Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, Buffalo has also played host to many American presidents for important speeches and other occasions, the most infamous being President McKinley’s visit to the Pan-Am Exposition in 1901 that ended with his assassination. Some of the presidential stories are often told, while others are less widely known. Join on this tour to learn the presidents who are prominent in Buffalo history.

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J. Cole with Young Thug

Tuesday, Sep. 25th
Starting: 7:30 PM

Released via Dreamville with distribution through Roc Nation/Interscope Records, KOD arrived April 20 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, marking J. Cole’s fifth consecutive #1 on the chart. Along with scoring the biggest streaming week for an album so far in 2018, KOD has earned the third-biggest streaming week for an album in all of chart history. The tour will be a can’t miss outing for fans of the highly praised and much discussed album.

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Neko Case w/ Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down)

Wednesday, Sep. 26th
$32 - $35; From: 08:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Case’s last solo project was, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. In the interim, she sang on Whiteout Conditions, the 2017 release from the New Pornographers. The year before that, she released a vinyl box set of her solo work and joined the case/lang/veirs project.  She set to work on her next record looking for not just new stories but also new sounds. Hell-On is a record filled with love and rage and dangers that might lay waste to everything at any moment. 

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Downtown Deco

Thursday, Sep. 27th
$15; Starting: 2:00 PM

This downtown walking tour focuses on buildings built in Buffalo in one of the twentieth century’s most distinctive architectural styles: Art Deco – a unique style combining traditional motifs with modern imagery and materials of the Machine Age, prevalent in the 20’s & 30’s.  Characterized by its use of bold geometric shapes, rich colors, and lavish ornamentation, Art Deco buildings stand out for their beauty and symbolism. 

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Crafty Happy Hour pARTy

Thursday, Sep. 27th - Thursday, Nov. 15th
$20; From: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Introducing a Buffalo Happy Hour like no other!  After a long week and tight deadlines, you deserve a break.  This unique Happy Hour party includes all the necessities such as: drinks, snacks, music, and adds a DIY component to get your creativity flowing.  Sneak out of the office early and head downtown to the studio for an evening of fun!  21+

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Queen City Downtown Tour

Friday, Sep. 28th - 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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