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

Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Wednesday, Feb. 21st - Sunday, Mar. 11th
$44; 7PM Wendesday and Thursday. 7:30PM Friday. 3:30PM & 7:30PM Saturday. 2PM Sunday

Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll. Now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, including such favorites as “Hound Dog,” “Kansas City,” “Love Potion #9,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand By Me” and many more. 

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Thursday, Feb. 22nd - Sunday, Feb. 25th
$38; Thurs: 7:30PM, Sat: 4 & 8PM, Sun: 2PM

This story chronicles the life of a remarkable woman who traveled from a tiny Russian village to the Warsaw Ghetto, to a ship called The Exodus, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona Canyons, and salsa-flavored nights in Miami Beach. ROSE, is a vivid portrait of a feisty Jewish woman, and a reminder of events that shaped the 20th century.

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Jitters – Dinner Theatre

Thursday, Feb. 22nd - Sunday, Apr. 8th
$46 - $56; Thurs & Sat: 7:30 PM, Sun: 2:30 PM

Jitters is a backstage comedy where within minutes, the audience is plunged into the world of theatre; larger-than-life personalities, easily bruised egos, contradictory interpretations of role and script- complicated by faulty props, close quarters, lost lines, and bad reviews, all magnified by the opening night “jitters” of cast, crew, writer, and director.No show on Easter Sunday, 4/1/18.  Check site for times.

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Far Away

Thursday, Feb. 22nd - Sunday, Mar. 11th
$25; Starting: 07:30 PM

Autocracy, War, and High Fashion: Torn Space Theater Presents Caryl Churchill’s Dystopian World in ‘Far Away’

Torn Space Theater returns to the great dramatic canon with a new interpretation of ‘Far Away’ by renowned British playwright, Caryl Churchill. In the play a young girl witnesses a disturbing act, grows up to become a hatmaker, and marries a soldier- but nothing is quite what it seems in Far Away. Caryl Churchill brings her minimalist sensibility to a future world where all people, animals, and natural elements have taken sides in a perpetual war. While the loyalties are fragile, the constants in this dark existence are fear, innocence, and the consistent work of the milliner.

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The Wake 2018

Friday, Feb. 23rd
$65.00; From: 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Get your grief on at The Wake, the Irish Classical Theatre’s Party To Die For! Shenanigans will abound!

Ticket includes complimentary wine and gallons of Guinness to quench the mightiest of thirsts, plenty of fabulous food and continuous entertainment of the Celtic persuasion as we raise a pint to our dearly departed, whose moniker is yet to be announced. High-spirited dancing and carrying-on will not only be allowed but actively encouraged.

Mix and mingle with said dearly departed’s “friends and loved ones” and learn about his (or her!) life, times and peculiarities. “Mourners” will be invited to participate in the “Estate Sale” (Basket Raffle) and to try their hand at a variety of silly games of skill to win valuable prizes and, of course, bragging rights.

All things considered, The Wake is more fun than you can shake a shillelagh at!

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Garth Fagan Dance

Friday, Feb. 23rd
$34; Starting: 8:00 PM

Internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance comes to the Center for the Arts. Featuring Fagan technique, which marries the sense of weight in modern dance, torso-centered movement and energy of Afro-Caribbean, the speed and precision of ballet, and the rule breaking experimentation of the postmoderns. Enjoy new favorites and enticing revivals!

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Fleuron Rouge Winter Hafla 2018

Sunday, Feb. 25th
$8 - $15; From: 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Cocktails Follies Extravaganza! Celebrate Fleuron Rouge’s 10 Year Anniversary and 2018. An evening with cocktails, hors d’ouvres, music and dance. Enjoy live music with Vinnie DeRosa, (during VIP), two sets by Jim Caughill, and a few dances by Fleuron Rouge.

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The Magic of Adam Trent

Wednesday, Feb. 28th
$22 - $57; Starting: 7:30 PM

Returning to his roots as a solo headliner, Trent brings his hits along with never before seen material. The Illusionists Present The Magic of Adam Trent is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy, and music perfect for the entire family.

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The Night Alive

Friday, Mar. 2nd - Sunday, Mar. 25th
7:30 PM on Thurs. & Fri., Sat. 3PM & 7:30 PM, Sun. 2PM

The author of The Weir (ICTC, 2001) and Shining City (ICTC, 2011) flexes his considerable comic muscles in The Night Alive, a mischievous and merciless study of the daily existence of a small group of low-life Dubliners, whose edgy survival instincts allow them to cope with adversity in a uniquely humorous and truly outrageous manner. A strong cast, led by Buffalo’s resident comic genius, Brian Mysliwy (Fully Committed; La Bete) and ICTC Artistic Director Vincent O’Neill deliver McPherson’s dark comic world with flair and style.

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Something Rotten!

Tuesday, Mar. 6th - Sunday, Mar. 11th

Set in the ’90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!

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