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

Monday, Sep. 24th - 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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Buffalo River Tours

Monday, Sep. 24th - Friday, Oct. 12th
$21; 10:30 AM, 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 5:30 PM

Hear the story of the Erie Canal during this 90 minute narrated tour.  Learn about Buffalo’s history as the largest grain port in the world and experience the nation’s largest collection of standing grain elevators from just a few feet away.  Come and travel along the waterway that made Buffalo one of the richest cities in the world – while you gaze up at the magnificent structures that drove it’s growth. Hear the stories of Buffalo’s scoopers – residents and immigrants alike who worked the docks and mills feeding the nation and the city’s “Guilded” economy.

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Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Open

Monday, Sep. 24th - Monday, Oct. 8th
From: 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Explore an historic lighthouse and enjoy views of Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara River and Lake Ontario from the top.  Old Fort Niagara’s Lighthouse is located adjacent to its parking lot within Fort Niagara State Park. Approximately 70 steps to the top of the tower lead you to a beautiful panoramic view .  Admission is free, however, you must be 4 feet tall and sign a waiver.

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Best of Buffalo Double Decker Tour

Monday, Sep. 24th - Thursday, Sep. 27th
$25; From: 03:30 PM to 05:30 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
Canalside
Downtown Architecture

Tours leave from the Naval Park

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Presidents in Buffalo

Tuesday, Sep. 25th - 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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Speaker Nite at the TRsite

Tuesday, Sep. 25th
$5; From: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

In the Speaker Nite series, we examine issures that were important in TR’s lifetime, and continue to be relevant today. This month, Joseph McCartin, Ph.D., Professor of History at Georgetown University and the Executive Director of Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor is featured.  He’ll be exploring the relationship between industry and labor during TR’s time, and looking at how we can apply those lessons to today’s world.

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Grover Cleveland in Buffalo

Wednesday, Sep. 26th
$10; From: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Grover Cleveland has been the subject of claims about places where he lived or liked to hang out.  Are they true? Are there undiscovered Cleveland sites in Buffalo?  Join Library Director, Cynthia VanNess, as she explores these claims.

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Downtown Deco

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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Inside the Gatehouse Walking Tour

Saturday, Sep. 29th
$5; From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This unique 1.5-hour walking tour begins at our Main Street gate, where you’ll view the interior of our gatehouses, built for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. Then venture out onto the grounds to learn about some of our permanent residents. Reservations suggested, but not required. Meet at the Main Street gate. 

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Richardson Olmsted Campus In Depth Tour

Saturday, Sep. 29th - Saturday, Oct. 20th
$34; From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Dive deep into the rich past of the Richardson Olmsted Campus on this 2-hour guided tour. Led by an expert docent, visitors will gain access to spaces untouched since the 1970s.  Visitors will be immersed into the philosophies integrated into the Richardson by architect Henry Hobson Richardson, landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, and mental health advocate Dr. Thomas Kirkbride.  During the tour, visitors will experience some of the site’s original structures as well as the healing landscape designed to serve as a therapeutic environment for patients.  Pre-registration is required.

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