Events

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 › Food & Drink

Canal Fest

Thursday, Jul. 19th - Sunday, Jul. 22nd
Free; Check site for hours

This will be the 36th year for the Canal Fest of the Tonawandas. This must-do summer event runs for 7 days, along the canal. Join in for the arts & crafts fair, a parade, the chalk art contest, vintage fire truck muster, and a bike and car cruise Then there’s the rides and midway, and of course the food! Come for a day, or all of them!

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Queen City Social

Thursday, Jul. 19th - Thursday, Aug. 9th
Free Admission; 5-8:00PM

The Queen City Social is a free admission happy hour featuring all things local.  Local music, local craft beer, and of course local food!  This event held during the peak of summer, features a different (local) live band each week.  Show your love for the city, and party with the best, along Main Street in this beautiful public space – the perfect outdoor setting to celebrate Buffalo!

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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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The Roaming Table – Lewiston Food Tours

Friday, Jul. 20th - Sunday, Sep. 23rd
From: 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

This guided food tour (just minutes from Niagara Falls) offers unique one-of-a-kind food tastings (enough for a filling lunch) while exploring the rich history of this quintessential small town.

Sample tastings from six local restaurants nationally featured on Food Network’s Man vs. Food and the Travel Channel’s Best of the Road.
Beer pairings included at 2 locations (21+)
Explore Lewiston with history that includes links to the Underground Railroad, the War of 1812 and much, much more.
Enjoy a seasonal tasting from Buffalo Eats’ 2015 Restaurant of the Year – Carmelo’s. (Wednesdays and private event.

Come discover what Rand McNally (“Best of the Road”) calls Lewiston one of the Best Small Towns in America – Best for Food.

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The Roaming Table – Prohibition Tour

Friday, Jul. 20th - Saturday, Sep. 22nd
$59; From: 04:30 PM to 07:00 PM

Western New York’s only walking cocktail tour!  Eat and sip your way through the home of the original cocktail! Enjoy 4 unique libations paired with food as we journey prohibition times.

Four generous alcohol tastings (beer, wine, cocktails) each paired nicely with food. The perfect happy hour!
Explore the Village of Lewiston – learn about the Prohibition Era and history that compares with any city!
Visit Lewiston’s first brewery and sample local beer at The Brickyard Brewing Company
Tour booklet – with map and exclusive guest coupons

“Lewiston is one of the most beautiful undiscovered small towns in America.” ~ Discerning Traveler, 2008

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Food Truck Fridays

Friday, Jul. 20th - Friday, Sep. 28th
Free; From: 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Come on out to the Buffalo Marriott Niagara for a fun filled Friday night!  This weekly summer event, features Food Trucks on location, LIVE music from 5:30 – 8:30, and family friendly activities for the kids.  The event will be in the front hotel lot, facing Millersport Hwy. Rain or shine!

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Burgerfest 2018

Saturday, Jul. 21st
Free Admission; From: 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM

Burgerfest celebrates the birthplace of the Hamburger.  The Taste of Hamburg part of the festival features the favorite offerings of area restaurants, in the parking lot.  The one-day festival has something for everyone from Kidspace inflatable rides and activities, an arts & crafts show and sale, a Classic Car Show, and the Labatt Beer Tent.

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Food Truck Tuesday

Tuesday, Jul. 24th - Tuesday, Oct. 2nd
Free; From: 04:30 PM to 08:00 PM

Food Truck Tuesday is every Tuesday in Larkin Square from April – October. Free admission and parking, with $5 preferred parking located in the parking ramp adjacent to Larkin Square. Each week enjoy live local music, dozens of food trucks and more!

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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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Cobblestone Live 2018

Friday, Jul. 27th - Saturday, Jul. 28th
$25

Cobblestone Live! Music and Arts Festival, conveniently located in the heart of the Historic Cobblestone district in downtown Buffalo. Consisting of three stages located outside on Illinois Street, inside Buffalo Iron Works, and inside Lockhouse Distillery & Bar. Music enthusiasts from across WNY will eat, drink, and enjoy the best talent that Buffalo has to offer. Headlining acts include Blind Faith.

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