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 › History

Library Lecture Series

Tuesday, Mar. 19th - Tuesday, Apr. 30th
Free Admission; From: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Stop by the main Buffalo & Erie County Public Library downtown for their free noontime Lecture Series.  Topics change weekly and you can find a schedule on the website.  Topics covered include: Arts & Creativity, Architecture & Design, History & Future, and Nature & Science.

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Fort Niagara through Native Eyes

Saturday, Mar. 30th
$12 – $25; 10am to 4pm

Old Fort Niagara is hosting a one-day Native history symposium with well-known Native historians Michael Galban, Jamie Jacobs and Rick Hill. Speakers will explore the Native American perspective on the Fort during the French period, the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

Reservations required, prior to March 28. Lunch may be added for additional fee.

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Spotlight Tour: Assembly House

Saturday, Apr. 6th
$25; Starting: 1:00 PM

Join us on this Spotlight Tour to discover one of Buffalo’s most innovative interior spaces! Founded in 2015, Assembly House 150 is an experimental art and architecture space that focuses on the design and construction of amazing environments. Assembly House 150 brings together practitioners and students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds: architects, artists, designers, tradespeople and apprentices, in order to work collaboratively on projects that teach skills in construction while also leading to the production of inspiring spaces for contemplation and celebration.

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Third Fridays at the Buffalo History Museum

Friday, Apr. 19th - Friday, Mar. 19th
Free; From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

On the third Friday of every month, the Buffalo History Museum, Resource Center and select events are free for visitors.  Experience new exhibits and events, docent-led tours and more.  (Resource Center is located at 459 Forest Avenue, same hours apply).

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Vintage Game Night

Tuesday, Apr. 30th - Tuesday, Oct. 29th
$10; From: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Happy hour meets vintage gaming!  The evening features old-school fun in the form of popular board, card, and parlor games from the late-1800s and early-1900s.  There will be a variety of games to choose from, and the TR Site staff will be highlighting and teaching various card games from the past to anyone who is interested.  A selection of craft beers will also be available.

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Juneteenth Festival

Saturday, Jun. 15th - Sunday, Jun. 16th
Free; Parade begins at 11am

The Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo began in 1976 as a culturally-relevant alternative to the country’s Bicentennial Celebration. Murals were painted and vendors set up booths to sell ethnic foods and wares — entertainment and festivity were abundant. The event has grown tremendously, with the mission to actively preserve and promote the broad spectrum of African American heritage through educational and cultural activities that will benefit the community as a whole.

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Doors Open Buffalo

Saturday, Jun. 15th
Free

Mission: Doors Open Buffalo inspires greater appreciation for Buffalo’s unique history and architecture through free public access to significant building interiors.

Vision: To build relationships for residents and visitors with Buffalo’s history and architecture.

On June 15, 2019, many of downtown Buffalo’s most significant buildings will literally open their doors to the public.  Whether it’s your first time touring downtown or if you’re a seasoned Explore Buffalo tour-goer, this will be a unique occasion to see downtown as you’ve never seen it before: beyond the doors!  Discover areas of buildings not usually open to the public and access to floors with a bird’s eye view of our beautiful city.  And it’s all free!

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Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, Jun. 22nd
FREE; From: 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate our 89th year on East Aurora’s Main Street!  First opened by our grandfather, Robert S. Vidler, Sr., on June 21, 1930, we’re thrilled that the entire WNY community has supported us all these years.  There will be free birthday cake for as long as it lasts, and we’ll be handing out dimes to the kids to use in our popcorn machine or to take a ride on Sandy, our mechanical horse — both over 50 years old! Likely to have some in-store entertainment too!

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Parkside Home and Garden Tour

Sunday, Jun. 23rd
From: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Take part in the 21th annual Tour of the local gardens nestled between the beautiful homes of the Parkside neighborhood, the suburb designed by Olmsted in 1870. The self-guided tour begins in the heart of the Parkside community, at 70 Jewett Parkway, at the corner of Crescent Avenue. A map and garden directory will be available on the day of the tour.

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Basil Port of Call: Buffalo

Thursday, Jul. 4th - Sunday, Jul. 7th
$10 – $20

A fleet of 12 majestic Tall Ships from harbors across the US, Canada, Spain and the South Pacific will make its first ever port appearance along Buffalo’s waterfront during the Basil Port of Call Buffalo four-day event. Offering a unique opportunity for adults and children to view, board and explore the vessels, the festivities will feature family activities, live entertainment, historic exhibits, food and beverage, and a July 4 Parade of Sail of the Tall Ships fleet.  Also, three of the Tall Ships will be available to leave port for day or evening excursions.

Passports for Tall Ships boarding can be purchased for $10 – 20

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