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.

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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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Third Fridays at the Buffalo History Museum

Friday, Nov. 16th - Friday, Oct. 16th
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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Death at the Distillery! A Prohibition Murder Mystery

Friday, Nov. 16th - Friday, Nov. 30th
$57; 6:30 PM

The year is 1927 and alcohol is flowing across the Niagara River to satisfy Buffalo’s insatiable thirst for bootlegged booze and brews.  “Death at the Distillery” is based on real-life characters that lived and schemed in Buffalo during prohibition.  This interactive performance includes a magnificent dinner–served at Lakeward Spirits at the Barrel Factory in the city’s historic Old First Ward.

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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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Thanksgiving Weekend at the Martin House

Friday, Nov. 23rd - Sunday, Nov. 25th

Walk off that second (or third) helping of Thanksgiving dinner!  Bring the family on a one or two-hour tour of the Martin House over Thanksgiving weekend.  A great opportunity to see restoration updates and get a jump start on holiday shopping.  Check site for the holiday weekend tour schedule.  While you’re there, visit the museum store, and give inspired, unique gifts this holiday season!

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It WAS a Wonderful Life

Saturday, Nov. 24th - Sunday, Dec. 30th
$27.50; From: 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Join us for this critically acclaimed original production as the historic and festively decorated Forest Lawn chapel is transformed into a live theater.  Our narrator, John Lay – the first person to take up permanent residence at Forest Lawn, in 1850 – will introduce several of the new friends he’s made over the last 164 years at Forest Lawn.  They, in turn, will create musical, comical and poignant glimpses of Christmases past, when they enjoyed life on this side of the lawn.

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Tree of Light: Spark the Season!

Tree of Light: Spark the Season!

Saturday, Dec. 1st
FREE; 4:00-6:00pm

The Martin House launches the holiday season with a free tree lighting event for you and friends and family.  Join us outside on the Martin House plaza for a cup of hot chocolate and hot cider, or inside the Greatbatch Pavilion for ornament making and holiday story-telling for the kids.  Enjoy the grounds as they are decked out for this special time of year, and visit the museum store for specials!







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The Olmsted + Wright Legacies in Buffalo

Wednesday, Dec. 5th
$10; From: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Frank Lloyd Wright and Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. provided the city of Buffalo with a series of remarkable designs. In celebration of 150 years of Olmsted parks in Buffalo, join us for a conversation between Frank Kowsky and Fred Prozzillo on these two giants of the American landscape.

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Holiday Spotlight Tour: Twentieth Century Club

Thursday, Dec. 20th
$40; Starting: 6:00 PM

The Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo, founded in 1894, is considered to be one of the oldest and most historic private women’s clubs in the United States. It reflects the growth of the national women’s club movement and the increased influence of women generally in American life. It has been officially designated among the National Register of Historic Places.  The elegant classical revival clubhouse, designed by E.B. Green and built in 1896, serves as an important reminder of the city’s outstanding architectural history.

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Vintage Game Night

Tuesday, Jan. 29th - 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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