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

Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and World War I

Wednesday, Apr. 25th - 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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We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85

Wednesday, Apr. 25th - Sunday, May. 27th
Tues-Sun: 10-5 PM

Focusing on the work of black women artists, this exhibit examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color.  It’s the first exhibition to highlight their voices and experiences, in order to reorient conversations around race, feminism, political action, art production, and art history during this significant period. The exhibition features a wide array of work by a diverse group who lived at the intersections of avant-garde art worlds and radical political movements.

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Martin House + Tour

Friday, Apr. 27th - Sunday, Apr. 29th
$37; From: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

The Martin House + Tour will take you to all the spaces included on the Martin House Tour, plus the intimate, light and art-glass filled Bursar’s Office, the Ballroom in the lower level of the Martin House, and the second floor Master Bedroom. The tour will also visit the first floor of the Gardener’s Cottage (1909) where you will see Wright’s concept for affordable housing beautifully executed. Reservations strongly recommended, not wheelchair acessible.

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Best of Buffalo Tour

Friday, Apr. 27th
$15; Starting: 1:00 PM

Join us for a downtown walking tour of the best of Buffalo architecture and history! The buildings included on this overview tour help to tell the story of Buffalo’s rapid rise to prominence, from the opening of the Erie Canal to the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. Buildings seen on this tour were designed by both nationally and locally significant architects, including Louis Sullivan, Richard Upjohn, Louise Bethune, and EB Green.  Perfect for visitors and residents alike, this tour is an excellent introduction to Buffalo’s architectural heritage.

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Art and Garden Show

Saturday, Apr. 28th - Sunday, Apr. 29th
$5; From: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Over 110 artists will be arriving and displaying their work from all over the greater Buffalo area as well as Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca. Many of them have participated in shows and festivals throughout the USA.  All create their own craft!  All parking off-site at Moog: 7021 Seneca Street, with Free shuttle from there.

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Historic Linwood Tour of Homes

Sunday, Apr. 29th
$20 - $25; From: 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Linwood Preservation District & Friends presents the 2018 Historic Linwood Tour of Homes! This tour commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Linwood Historic Preservation District. Our beautiful neighborhood will be on display. Historic homes will be open for tours between noon and 5 p.m. This is a self-guided walking tour.  You can purchase tickets online or in person.  Tickets and tour books can be picked up on the day of the tour at WNY Artists Group, 1 Linwood Avenue. Group tours, please call (716) 939-1546 for rates.

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Presidents in Buffalo

Tuesday, May. 1st - 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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Downtown Deco

Thursday, May. 3rd - 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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Around the World in a (small) Sailboat

Saturday, May. 5th
Free; Starting: 11:00 AM

Come hear the incredible story of Doug & Kyle Hopkins’ circumnavigation on their 32-foot sailboat with two small children. Their nearly seven-year voyage took them to many far flung places in the Americas, South Pacific, Asia, and Africa.

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City of Light Bus Tour

City of Light Bus Tour

Saturday, May. 5th - Friday, Aug. 24th
$40; Starting: 1:00 PM

At the end of the 19th century, Buffalo was a major American city in the forefront of progress. It was a busy inland port and railroad hub with heavy industry and state-of-the-art electricity, which brought great wealth to the city.  These developments culminated in 1901 when Buffalo hosted a spectacular world’s fair: the Pan-American Exposition.  Experience Buffalo through the eyes of the narrator of Lauren Belfer’s historical novel, City of Light, set in Buffalo at the dawn of the 20th century.

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