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 › Tours

Twilight Tour at the Martin House Complex

Thursday, Jul. 19th - Thursday, Sep. 20th
$25; Varies by month

When the sun goes down and the lights come up in the pergola, tours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex take on a whole new sense of drama. The pergola and conservatory are breath-taking at twilight, showing off the cast of the Nike of Samothrace, in a unique and ambient glow. Tour length is 1 1/2 hours, begins at the Gardeners Cottage.

Tour start times:  June~ 7:30 pm, July~ 7:00 pm, August~ 6:30 pm

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Presidents in Buffalo

Thursday, Jul. 19th - Thursday, Sep. 27th
$15; Starting: 10:30 AM

The home of two presidents, Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, Buffalo has also played host to many American presidents for important speeches and other occasions, the most infamous being President McKinley’s visit to the Pan-Am Exposition in 1901 that ended with his assassination. Some of the presidential stories are often told, while others are less widely known. Join on this tour to learn the presidents who are prominent in Buffalo history.

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Downtown Deco

Thursday, Jul. 19th - Thursday, Sep. 27th
$15; Starting: 2:00 PM

This downtown walking tour focuses on buildings built in Buffalo in one of the twentieth century’s most distinctive architectural styles: Art Deco – a unique style combining traditional motifs with modern imagery and materials of the Machine Age, prevalent in the 20’s & 30’s.  Characterized by its use of bold geometric shapes, rich colors, and lavish ornamentation, Art Deco buildings stand out for their beauty and symbolism. 

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The Roaming Table – Lewiston Food Tours

Friday, Jul. 20th - Sunday, Sep. 23rd
From: 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

This guided food tour (just minutes from Niagara Falls) offers unique one-of-a-kind food tastings (enough for a filling lunch) while exploring the rich history of this quintessential small town.

Sample tastings from six local restaurants nationally featured on Food Network’s Man vs. Food and the Travel Channel’s Best of the Road.
Beer pairings included at 2 locations (21+)
Explore Lewiston with history that includes links to the Underground Railroad, the War of 1812 and much, much more.
Enjoy a seasonal tasting from Buffalo Eats’ 2015 Restaurant of the Year – Carmelo’s. (Wednesdays and private event.

Come discover what Rand McNally (“Best of the Road”) calls Lewiston one of the Best Small Towns in America – Best for Food.

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The Roaming Table – Prohibition Tour

Friday, Jul. 20th - Saturday, Sep. 22nd
$59; From: 04:30 PM to 07:00 PM

Western New York’s only walking cocktail tour!  Eat and sip your way through the home of the original cocktail! Enjoy 4 unique libations paired with food as we journey prohibition times.

Four generous alcohol tastings (beer, wine, cocktails) each paired nicely with food. The perfect happy hour!
Explore the Village of Lewiston – learn about the Prohibition Era and history that compares with any city!
Visit Lewiston’s first brewery and sample local beer at The Brickyard Brewing Company
Tour booklet – with map and exclusive guest coupons

“Lewiston is one of the most beautiful undiscovered small towns in America.” ~ Discerning Traveler, 2008

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Elevator Alley Kayak Tour

Saturday, Jul. 21st - Sunday, Aug. 26th
$45; Starting: 9:00 AM

The best way to appreciate Buffalo’s many grain elevators is from the water! From a kayaking perspective, the massive scale of the grain elevators and silos will be even more awe-inspiring. Join us for a kayak tour of the Buffalo River and its grain elevators in partnership with Elevator Alley Kayak. Learn about the history of the grain elevators in Buffalo and have many terrific photo opportunities on this guided kayak tour!

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Central Terminal Historical Building Tour

Sunday, Jul. 22nd - Sunday, Sep. 16th
From: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Take a trip through time to learn all the old stories and histories within this iconic building.  Go behind the scenes of this historic structure during this 2 hour special monthly tour.

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All Wright All Day Tour

Friday, Jul. 27th - 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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City of Light Bus Tour

Friday, Jul. 27th - Friday, Aug. 24th
$40; Starting: 1:00 PM

At the end of the 19th century, Buffalo was a major American city in the forefront of progress. It was a busy inland port and railroad hub with heavy industry and state-of-the-art electricity, which brought great wealth to the city.  These developments culminated in 1901 when Buffalo hosted a spectacular world’s fair: the Pan-American Exposition.  Experience Buffalo through the eyes of the narrator of Lauren Belfer’s historical novel, City of Light, set in Buffalo at the dawn of the 20th century.

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Garden Walk Buffalo

Saturday, Jul. 28th - Sunday, Jul. 29th
Free; From: 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

America’s largest garden tour!

Five free hop-on/hop-off shuttles buses with guides from Explore Buffalo will run continuously both days. Pick up a map of participating gardens at Buffalo Seminary School, 205 Bidwell Parkway near Soldiers Circle and Chapin Parkway, Evergreen Health, 206 S. Elmwood Avenue and Richmond-Summer Senior Center, corner of Richmond Avenue and Summer Street.

In its 24th year, more than 65,000 guests from the U.S., Canada and beyond, will visit more than 400 creative urban gardens!

Garden Walk rejuvenates streets, re-energizes neighborhoods, increases property values, and takes the chill out of Buffalo’s rustbelt/snowbelt image.

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