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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Art Alive 2019

Saturday, Jun. 1st
Free; From: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Join the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in celebrating this year’s Art Alive! At the Albright-Knox’s annual contest, participants create living representations of famous works of art for great prizes. Anyone can participate, including students, community groups, organizations, families, and individuals. Participants build their stunning replicas—often called tableaux—using people, props, and their creativity.

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Doors Open Buffalo

Saturday, Jun. 15th

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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Millard Fillmore- His Life, Loves, and Legacy in WNY

Friday, Sep. 13th
$79; From: 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Our 13th President, Millard Fillmore, lived a good part of his life here in WNY.  During this unique day-long trolley tour, guests will learn about Fillmore’s influential impact on our community and the lifestyle he kept, before and after his political career.  As we board the Forest Lawn trolley we will be joined by the First Lady herself, Abigail Fillmore for a narrated tour of Forest Lawn.  Mrs. Fillmore will also highlight some of the other local presidential connections that are buried at Forest Lawn. 

Then off to the quaint village of East Aurora for a “historic dining experience” at the National Historic Landmark, Roycroft Inn.  The lunch menu will be similar to what was served in Fillmore’s day while at the White House.  Aurora Town Historian, Rob Goller will provide an enjoyable guided tour of Millard Fillmore’s life in East Aurora.  We stop to tour the Fillmore homestead on Shearer Avenue with docent Kathy Frost. The homestead is also a National Historic Landmark, and besides the White House, it is the only remaining house of the 13th President.  Journey with us through this fun filled day while learning a lot about our hometown President and his family.

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Literary Lore on the Lawn

Saturday, Oct. 19th
$20; From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Learn about Buffalo from a whole new perspective–the written word. Several well-known authors lived in this city i.e., Taylor Caldwell, Anna Katharine Green, Lewis F. Allen, etc.  and are either permanent residents or have ties to Forest Lawn Cemetery.  Their life stores and those they authored will be recalled as we trolley past the grave sites of some of Buffalo’s most memorable literary residents. 

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Masters of American Architecture Walking Tour

Friday, May. 10th - Sunday, Jun. 30th
$15; Mon-Wed: 1:00 PM, Thurs-Sun 10:00 AM

At the turn of the twentieth century, Buffalo had grown to become the eighth largest city in America. The wealth generated by commerce and industry enabled the city’s businesses, organizations, and citizens to hire some of the nation’s most prominent architects and use the finest materials available.  On this downtown walking tour, see signature works by some of America’s greatest architects, including the Guaranty Building by Louis Sullivan & Dankmar Adler, the Ellicott Square Building by Daniel Burnham & Co., and St. Paul’s Cathedral by Richard Upjohn. Learn about the prominence of Buffalo on a national scale at the turn of the twentieth century while visiting buildings such as the Old Post Office, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Old County Hall.



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Best of Buffalo Double Decker Tour

Friday, May. 10th - Sunday, Oct. 20th
$28; From: 03:00 PM to 05:00 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

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Fridays on Forest

Friday, May. 10th - Friday, Sep. 13th
$30; From: 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Spend your Friday on Forest Avenue where the curous and intrpid are welcome – for this special 2 hour joint tour. 

At your first stop, experience the Pan-American Exposition of 1901 at the Buffalo History Museum’s Resource Center. Experts from the museum will welcome you to a special exhibit about the Pan-Am. 

Next up, cross Forest Avenue to explore the Richardson Olmsted Campus! Led by an expert docent, visitors will experience spaces untouched since the 1970s, learning more about the past, present, and future of this stunning National Historic Landmark.

Pre-registration required.   

Please Note: This is a historical tour of abandoned buildings yet to be redeveloped by the Richardson. This is not a tour of Hotel Henry.

What to Expect:

Ages 16 and up.
For your safety, sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. We reserve the right to turn away anyone without appropriate shoes.  – Under no condition will sandals or high heels be allowed. 
Photography is not allowed inside the historical buildings on this tour. For those interested in taking photographs, please check out our photography tours.
Hard hats will be provided. It is imperative that you stay with the tour group in the designated areas  there are very unsafe areas within the Richardson. 
This tour requires the ability to walk for the full duration of the tour as well as climb stairs.
Prepare to get a little dusty during your time on-site. If youre concerned about having an adverse reaction to the dust because of asthma or allergies, we recommend bringing a face mask or scarf.
You are strongly encouraged to bring bottled water as it can get warm inside the building in the summer.
Tours are rain or shine.

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Old and New Buffalo Tour

Friday, May. 10th - Sunday, Oct. 27th
$23; Starting: 06:00 PM

Join Louise Bethune, America’s first female architect and designer of the Hotel Lafayette on an entertaining journey of discovery.  Experience Buffalo’s grand homes, Allentown and the stunning Richardson Complex, formerly known as the Buffalo Asylum for the Insane.  Our 90 minute tour covers:

Mansions of the city’s rich and famous
How whiskey saved the Hotel Lafayette
Secrets of the Psych Center
How did Allentown get its name?
Buffalo’s hanging sheriff
Buffalo’s best building

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