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

Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Open

Monday, Sep. 24th - Monday, Oct. 8th
From: 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Explore an historic lighthouse and enjoy views of Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara River and Lake Ontario from the top.  Old Fort Niagara’s Lighthouse is located adjacent to its parking lot within Fort Niagara State Park. Approximately 70 steps to the top of the tower lead you to a beautiful panoramic view .  Admission is free, however, you must be 4 feet tall and sign a waiver.

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Best of Buffalo Double Decker Tour

Monday, Sep. 24th - Thursday, Sep. 27th
$25; From: 03:30 PM to 05:30 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
Downtown Architecture

Tours leave from the Naval Park

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Double Decker Bus-Murder Mystery Tour

Saturday, Sep. 29th
$30; From: 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM

This is a fully interactive evening of sleuthing.  You see the crime scene, you interview the witnesses, and you collect clues in order to solve this mystery.   The evening includes the murder mystery, double decker bus ride and stops at three historic taverns in Buffalo.

Friday Evenings: Killing at Buffalo Creek – This western themed murder mystery will keep you laughing and guessing about who ‘done in’ the stranger that came to town.

Saturday Evenings: Death at Doug’s Dive – It’s Buffalo’s notorious waterfront, circa 1860.  There’s trouble when Doug, the owner of the worst dive on the Erie Canal, is found dead.

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Buffalo Maritime Heritage Festival

Saturday, Oct. 6th - Sunday, Oct. 7th
$10; Sat: 10-6 PM, Sun: 10-4 PM

The Buffalo Maritime Center is proud to host the First Annual Buffalo Maritime Heritage Festival taking place inside and around the historic Col. Ward Pumping Station. Outside the Pumping Station, throughout the weekend, there will be food trucks, a beer tent with local brews, antique and classic boats and cars on display, as well as music and entertainment for the kids like model boat races. Inside the Pumping Station, there will be vendors selling arts and antiques which celebrate the Maritime Heritage of Western New York all along the balcony which offers spectacular and up-close views of turn of the century industrial steam pumps five stories high!

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All Wright All Day Tour

Saturday, Oct. 6th - Saturday, Oct. 27th
$150; From: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Western New York affords visitors the rare opportunity to experience a variety of Wright’s residential, functional, recreational, and monumental designs. Leave the driving and planning to us! Join us for this all-inclusive package which begins at Forest Lawn’s Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center* and proceeds on the fully-enclosed, climate-controlled Forest Lawn trolley to the Martin House (1903-05) for an extended tour. The next stop is the Filling Station designed by Wright for Buffalo in 1927 and built in 2013 inside the Pierce Arrow Museum. Drive by Larkinville and arrive for a tour of the Fontana Boathouse (2007) on the Black Rock Canal.  Continue on to Graycliff (1926-31) for an essentials tour then visit historic Forest Lawn’s Blue Sky Mausoleum (2004). The trolley will return you to Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center.  This tour package includes a lunch buffet.

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Fridays on Forest

Friday, Oct. 12th
$35; From: 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Spend your Friday on Forest Avenue exploring.  At your first stop, experience the Pan-American Exposition of 1901 at the Buffalo History Museum 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.

After the tour, visitors are encouraged to enjoy a tasty treat at 100 Acres: The Kitchens at Hotel Henry, explore Elmwood Village, or stop by the Burchfield Penney Art Center for their special M&T Bank Second Friday extended hours. 

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Basil Port of Call Buffalo

Thursday, Jul. 4th - Sunday, Jul. 7th

Witness a spectacular fleet of historic tall ships from throughout the US and Canada racing through the Great Lakes, making their first ever port appearance in Buffalo! Experience a weekend of family fun, filled with live entertainment, historical exhibits, food and beverages, and much more. The star attractions are the tall ships themselves. Basil Port of Call Buffalo is a unique opportunity to view, board and explore these magnificent vessels.  Don’t miss the Parade of Sail, presented by OneNiagara®, with all of the tall ships!

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