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.



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Behind the Scenes Collection Tour: Cabinet of Curiosities

Wednesday, May. 29th
$25

You truly never know what you might encounter in the Cabinet! Look into the Vertebrate Zoology Collection’s spine-tingling Cabinet of Curiosities to explore the mind-bending stories of some of nature’s unique freaks, morbid mistakes and seemingly scientific impossibilities! Marvel at obscure oddities, glimpse the wildly unusual and satisfy your macabre interests.

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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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Millard Fillmore- His Life, Loves, and Legacy in WNY

Friday, Sep. 13th
$79; From: 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Our 13th President, Millard Fillmore, lived a good part of his life here in WNY.  During this unique day-long trolley tour, guests will learn about Fillmore’s influential impact on our community and the lifestyle he kept, before and after his political career.  As we board the Forest Lawn trolley we will be joined by the First Lady herself, Abigail Fillmore for a narrated tour of Forest Lawn.  Mrs. Fillmore will also highlight some of the other local presidential connections that are buried at Forest Lawn. 

Then off to the quaint village of East Aurora for a “historic dining experience” at the National Historic Landmark, Roycroft Inn.  The lunch menu will be similar to what was served in Fillmore’s day while at the White House.  Aurora Town Historian, Rob Goller will provide an enjoyable guided tour of Millard Fillmore’s life in East Aurora.  We stop to tour the Fillmore homestead on Shearer Avenue with docent Kathy Frost. The homestead is also a National Historic Landmark, and besides the White House, it is the only remaining house of the 13th President.  Journey with us through this fun filled day while learning a lot about our hometown President and his family.

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Literary Lore on the Lawn

Saturday, Oct. 19th
$20; From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Learn about Buffalo from a whole new perspective–the written word. Several well-known authors lived in this city i.e., Taylor Caldwell, Anna Katharine Green, Lewis F. Allen, etc.  and are either permanent residents or have ties to Forest Lawn Cemetery.  Their life stores and those they authored will be recalled as we trolley past the grave sites of some of Buffalo’s most memorable literary residents. 

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Best of Buffalo Fun and Food Tour

Friday, May. 10th - Tuesday, Dec. 31st
$45

The Best of Buffalo Fun & Food Tour is a unique and fun way to create memories with friends and family.  You’ll be picked up in a limo at a designated meeting point, and taken on a tour of “bests”, 5 different fun and food stops.  At the food stops, there will be a free sample of the ‘best’ of foods.  It is a great time, which you’ll remember forever.  You can do it single, coupled or as a group.  We’ll mix the party up, and you’ll all come away as friends.  This 3 hour tour, will please any age. 

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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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Queen City Downtown Tour

Friday, May. 10th - Friday, Nov. 15th
$5 – $10; From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Queen City Downtown Tour is a guided walking tour that takes you through the history and architecture of the downtown portion of the city. Our beautiful downtown landmarks provide a stunning backdrop for Buffalo’s most important stories, including the Erie Canal, several presidents, master architects like Sullivan, Burnham, Upjohn, and Green. This tour includes about 2 miles of walking on well-paved sidewalk. Please inquire about mobility needs. Reservations not required.

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Guaranty Building Tour

Friday, May. 10th - Saturday, May. 8th
$5 – $10; From: 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM

The Guaranty Building is one of Buffalo’s most beautiful buildings and an important site in architectural history. Join us for this interior and exterior tour of this Sullivan masterpiece. During this 1 hour guided tour which meets in the lobby, you’ll learn about the history of the building, the architectural elements that make it so special, and why it serves as an important case for preservation.  Reservations are required for this tour; walk-ons will not be admitted. Please call or visit website to reserve a spot.

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Buffalo City Hall Tour

Friday, May. 10th - Tuesday, May. 11th
Free; From: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

PBN’s City Hall tour is a FREE guided walking tour that takes you through one of Buffalo’s most significant architectural treasures. One of the largest city halls in America, this tour will give you the opportunity to see this Art Deco masterpiece inside and out. The tour normally includes the lobby, Common Council Chambers, the Mayor’s Office, and the best view of Buffalo on the Observation Deck.  The tour meets in the lobby of City Hall, no reservations required! Please inquire about mobility needs.

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