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 › Performing Arts

Christmas Over the Tavern

Wednesday, Dec. 12th - Sunday, Dec. 16th
Wed & Thurs: 7 PM, Fri: 7:30 PM, Sat: 3:30 & 7:30 PM, Sun: 2:00 PM

A World Premiere musical from acclaimed playwright and Buffalo native, Tom Dudzick, that features an all-new holiday story ABOUT Buffalo’s favorite family, the Pazinskis, from his OVER THE TAVERN series.  Christmas 1959 is not very merry for the Pazinskis.  Dad is going through a mid-life depression and refuses to buy a Christmas tree. Sister Clarissa is threatening to expel 12-year-old Rudy for performing a blasphemous one-man Nativity Scene where he plays all the characters as Hollywood celebrities and everyone is worried this may be their last Christmas together as a whole family.

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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Thursday, Dec. 13th - Saturday, Dec. 22nd
Thurs, Fri & Sat: 7:30 PM, Sun: 2:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what happened to the beloved characters in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? Come spend Christmas at Pemberley with the newlywed Mr. and Mrs. Darcy as we learn how the bookish middle sister Mary is faring, and how an unexpected guest may turn the tide on her seemingly spinster ways.

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Nuncrackers: A Nunsense Christmas Musical

Thursday, Dec. 13th - Sunday, Dec. 23rd
$30; Thurs-Sat: 7:30 PM, Sun: 2:30 PM

This “habit-forming” musical comedy by Dan Goggin finds us at the first “TV Special” taped by the sisters in their convent basement studio for Cable Access.  Nuncrackers will make you laugh and maybe tug at your heartstrings.  It’s the perfect way to insure your holiday season is merry and bright.

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Betsy Carmichael’s Christmas Special

Friday, Dec. 14th - Sunday, Dec. 23rd
Fri & Sat: 8PM, Sun: 2PM

Betsy is back at the Smith for her adoring fans, this time hosting an unforgettable Christmas Special at The Bingo Palace. Betsy & her cast of characters bring you games, carols, prizes, Fa La La FUN, and-of course-BINGO! This Christmas special includes fun for the whole family.  Don’t miss a minute of the Ho-Ho-Hilarity!

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A Christmas Carol

Friday, Dec. 14th - Sunday, Dec. 23rd
$20 – $36; Fri: 7:30 PM, Sat: 2 & 5 PM, Sun: 2 PM

Buffalo’s longest running holiday treat – Charles Dickens’ classic adapted and directed by Neal Radice! This is the nation’s fifth longest running stage version of Dickens’ masterpiece. Our delightfully faithful adaptation will shift your spirit into high gear as Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Alleyway Carolers warm the cockles of your holiday heart for another joyous season! For everyone of every age!

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The Night Before Christmas

Friday, Dec. 14th - Sunday, Dec. 16th
$16; Fri & Sat: 7:30 PM, Sat & Sun: 2:30 PM, Sun: 11 AM

An interactive, original family musical featuring Santa and his friends!

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ComedySportz Buffalo

Friday, Dec. 14th - Saturday, Sep. 5th
$9 – $12; 7:30pm

ComedySportz – Buffalo’s Longest-Running Comedy Show, is improvisational comedy played as a sport. Two teams of professional comedians compete for laughs and points while a referee calls fouls and gets suggestions from you, the loyal fans. At the end of the night, only one team heads home victorious.  Everything is improvised, no scripts or pre-planned scenes. That’s why a ComedySportz match wouldn’t be possible without your suggestions (make sure they’re clean, or the referee will call the Brown Bag Foul on you.)  ComedySportz matches are all ages events – they’re clean enough for grandma and funny enough for a night out with friends.

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Champions of Magic

Friday, Dec. 14th
Starting: 8:00 PM

With over 30 million online views, and sold out performances around the globe, their skills have been featured on TV internationally with appearances on ‘Access Hollywood Live’, ‘The Next Great Magician’, ‘The Today Show’, ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’, ‘Good Morning Britain’ and ‘Caught On Camera with Nick Cannon’.  Broadway World described the cast as “5 of the world’s finest magicians”, NBC called Champions Of Magic “the most incredible show” and Access Hollywood Live said “you HAVE to check them out!”.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 15th - Sunday, Dec. 16th
$15 – $22; Two performances each day 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM

Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang return to TOY! Charles Schulz’s classic animations come to life in a traditional family holiday tale enjoyed by the young and the young at heart. When Charlie Brown complains about overwhelming commercialism during the holiday season, Lucy suggests that he direct the school Christmas pageant. He accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. Don’t miss Charlie Brown and his friends discover the true meaning of Christmas! Recommended for ages 3+.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Saturday, Dec. 15th
$49.50 – $79.50; 3:00PM & 7:30PM

TSO’s annual multi-sensory extravaganza, which sells out venues year after year, has cemented the group’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition. This year’s 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” featuring founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater.  The rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” and “This Christmas Day.”

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