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 › Outdoor Recreation

Bumper Cars

Wednesday, Mar. 20th - Thursday, Dec. 24th
Wed & Thurs: 3-7 PM, Fri: 3-10 PM, Sat & Sun: 12-7 PM

The Ice at Canalside is excited to be offering Ice Bumper Car rentals! Ice Bumper Cars will be available during posted hours on a first-come, first serve basis. Make your reservation today at the Canalside Kiosk or Winter Pavilion. Schedule is subject to change.  $7.00 for a 7 minute ride* *Each experience is 15 minutes long including the 7 minute on-ice session. Please check site for hours as they may change based on conditions.

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Tifft Wellness Walks

Thursday, Mar. 21st - Thursday, Mar. 28th
Free; From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Drop by Tifft Nature Preserve every Thursday and join us for a casual volunteer-led tour of the Preserve. Please call 716-825-6397 to confirm walk will be taking place.  $2 donation appreciated.

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Nitro Circus

Friday, May. 24th
$29 – $79; Starting: 7:00 PM

Get ready for an event unlike any other in the 32-year history of Sahlen Field. Nitro Circus’ You Got This Tour is an adrenaline-charged spectacle featuring world-class athletes, including several X Games medalists, in FMX, BMX, skate, scooter, and more. Prepare to be amazed as these world-class athletes attempt record-breaking feats and spectacular stunts in an action-packed show for fans of all ages.

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Friday, Jun. 21st
From: 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Join us for our Kick Off to Summer Party with Live!@Aloft.  Drink and food specials; live music with Julian Burgio. Outdoor patio with games. Hope to see you there!  

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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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Taste of Buffalo

Saturday, Jul. 13th - Sunday, Jul. 14th
Free; Sat: 11am-9pm, Sun: 11am-7pm

More than 50 restaurants, six wineries and 450,000 guests gather in downtown Buffalo to enjoy cuisine as varied as Indian to Polish, Italian to Chinese, Caribbean to Irish.  The Taste of Buffalo is one of the nation’s largest food festivals, and the largest in Buffalo – showcasing signature dishes, award-winning vintages, with music and food demonostrations to complete the experience.

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Canal Fest

Sunday, Jul. 14th - Sunday, Jul. 21st
Free; Check site for hours

This will be the 37th year for the Canal Fest of the Tonawandas. This must-do summer event runs for 8 days, along the canal. Join in for the arts & crafts fair, a parade, the chalk art contest, vintage fire truck muster, and a bike and car cruise.  Then there’s the rides and midway, and of course the food! Come for a day, or all of them!

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Galbani Italian Heritage Festival

Friday, Jul. 19th - Sunday, Jul. 21st
$5; From: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Come to one of the top events in Buffalo! This year celebrates the 29th anniversary of the Festival with a move to the Outer Harbor! The fest includes local entertainment, bocce, Italian Idol contest, cultural demonstrations, crafts, kids activities, Miss Italian Festival, grape stomping contests, Sicilian puppet shows, and of course plenty of food!

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Cobblestone Live Music Festival

Friday, Aug. 2nd - Saturday, Aug. 3rd
$15 – $100; From: 04:00 PM to 02:00 AM

Buffalo Iron Works & Lockhouse Distillery & Bar Present The Third Annual Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival, to be held in the heart of the Historic Cobblestone district in downtown Buffalo. This year’s festival will include two outdoor main stages located on Illinois and Columbia streets, a stage inside Buffalo Iron Works, an electronic music stage/lounge inside Lockhouse Distillery & Bar.Cobblestone Live is a single neighborhood of bars, restaurants, and venues coming together to put on this two-day festival.


This year’s highlights will include:
– Over 25 artists/bands across 4 stages
– Festival games and activities for all ages
– Local food trucks and vendors
– Beer, wine, cider, & beverage tents.
– VIP tickets including exclusive VIP areas and additional perks.
– Festival drink menu from Lockhouse Distillery & Bar and Buffalo Iron Works.


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Big Bounce America

Friday, Aug. 9th - Sunday, Aug. 18th
$10 – $25; Fri: 1-5 PM, Sat: 9 AM-8 PM, Sun: 9 AM-7 PM

Create an experience of a lifetime for your FRIENDS & FAMILY by bringing them along to THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BOUNCE HOUSE! This magical, candy-colored inflatable castle is 10,000 square feet of fun, games and laughter that can be enjoyed by all ages. Within the walls of our massive structure, we’ve created various ‘zones’, each with a theme and its own activity-based entertainment.  At the center of it all, from a custom built circular stage is our resident DJ/MC hosting games and competitions while playing the very best in age-appropriate party music.




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