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

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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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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Buffalo Harbor Cruise

Thursday, Jul. 4th - Monday, Sep. 2nd
$20; From: 12:30 PM to 02:30 PM

For 34 years, The Industrial Heritage Committee has hosted the Historic Buffalo River Tour. This narrated cruise provides a sailor’s point of view of the grain elevators, industries and green space along the shores of the Buffalo River. They explain how the invention of the Grain Elevator shaped Buffalo’s history and influenced modern architecture. Photographs, maps and video are on display to further enhance this unique educational experience. If you’re lucky, you might be able to watch ships unloading their cargoes of grain. Book online!

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