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 › Sightseeing

Doors Open Buffalo

Saturday, Jun. 15th
Free

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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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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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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A/Sides Ride: The Best of Buffalo by Bike

Friday, May. 10th - Thursday, Oct. 31st
$20 – $35; From: 10:30 AM to 01:00 PM

Buffalo has some amazing history – but the A/Sides Ride is far from just another tame tour. On this bike tour, we’ll learn about Buffalo’s heavy hitters – from wild Erie Canal stories to the Pan American Exposition and the city’s world-class architecture.  We’ll visit Downtown, Elmwood Village, and Delaware Park, and bring these places to life through story, song, and an insider’s perspective. Join us on this bike tour, make new friends, and see why everyone is talking about Buffalo.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Introduction to Buffalo history and how it has shaped the city we know today.

World-class architecture: the Guaranty Building, Electric Tower, and Richardson Complex.

Buffalo’s amazing (and bike-friendly) parks and the legacy of Joseph Ellicott and Frederick Olmsted.

Key sites of the Pan American Exposition and the assassination of President William McKinley.

Experience Buffalo by bike – the most fun and best way to see the city!

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B/Sides Ride: Buffalo’s Unsung History

Friday, May. 10th - Thursday, Oct. 31st
$15; From: 10:30 AM to 01:00 PM

Think history is boring? Think again! The B/Sides Ride tells an alternative narrative, connecting the city’s storied past to its present-day resurgence through unforgettable stories, songs, humor, and local insight.  Learn about the city’s significance to the labor movement, civil rights, legendary music clubs, stunning public art, and LGBT/ alternative culture. Whether you’ve lived in Buffalo your whole life or you’re a first-time visitor, this bike tour is guaranteed to provide a new perspective and appreciation for the city.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Introduction to Buffalo history and how it has shaped the city we know today.

Wild stories of Canalside, the city’s historic red light district.

Buffalo’s first African American community and the underground railroad.

Strikes, Anti-Communist raids, and the American labor movement.

Tales of resilience and community organizing.

Experience Buffalo by bike – the most fun and best way to see the city!

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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
Canalside
Downtown Architecture

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East Meets West Ride: An International Buffalo Foodie Experience

Friday, May. 10th - Thursday, Oct. 31st
$45 – $60; From: 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Buffalo is a city of immigrants and its foundation was built on immigrant labor. On this food tour, we’ll explore these humble beginnings and connect the city’s history to its current influx of refugee and immigrant communities – all through the lens of its savory culinary traditions.  We’ll bike through the East Side and the West Side, eat an amazing international progressive dinner, and learn about groundbreaking urban farming initiatives. Come along and savor the flavors as we learn about and experience some of Buffalo’s hidden gems.

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WHAT WE EAT & DRINK

Globally-sourced coffee and pastry at Public Espresso.

Fresh Tandoori naan and appetizers at Alibaba Kebab.

Homemade pierogies and beer at R & L Lounge.

The city’s best southern cooking at Mattie’s Soul Food.

Samples at Westside Bazaar, a food mall featuring immigrant and refugee businesses.

Puerto Rican pastries at La Flor – we couldn’t forget dessert!

WHAT WE SEE

A brief history of immigration in Buffalo and the city’s culinary traditions.

The historic Broadway Market (in operation since 1888!).

Buffalo Central Terminal, the city’s former train station, and its plans for the future.

MLK Park, designed by Frederick Olmsted.

New public murals commissioned by the Albright Knox.

Experience Buffalo by bike – the most fun and best way to see the city!

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The Wing Ride: A Classic Buffalo Foodie Experience

Friday, May. 10th - Thursday, Oct. 31st
$45 – $60; From: 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Earn your wings on this fresh tour through Buffalo’s tastiest restaurants and watering holes – with samples at 5 wide-ranging eateries.  This wing tour is truly one of Buffalo’s most unique food experiences – providing a fun (and delicious!) way to learn about the city.

WHAT WE EAT & DRINK

Wing samples from 5 wide-ranging restaurants

“Beef on weck” Buffalo’s little-known sandwich.

Spicy Japanese curry at a historic restaurant.

Award-winning charcoal-fired pizza.

WHAT WE SEE

A visit to Silo City – an artist-inspired bar located amongst grain elevators.

The Anchor Bar – birthplace of the chicken wing.

Bike along the Buffalo and Niagara Rivers.

Experience Buffalo by bike – the most fun and best way to see the city!

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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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