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

Buffalo River Tours

Monday, Sep. 24th - Friday, Oct. 12th
$21; 10:30 AM, 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 5:30 PM

Hear the story of the Erie Canal during this 90 minute narrated tour.  Learn about Buffalo’s history as the largest grain port in the world and experience the nation’s largest collection of standing grain elevators from just a few feet away.  Come and travel along the waterway that made Buffalo one of the richest cities in the world – while you gaze up at the magnificent structures that drove it’s growth. Hear the stories of Buffalo’s scoopers – residents and immigrants alike who worked the docks and mills feeding the nation and the city’s “Guilded” economy.

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Buffalo City Hall Tour

Monday, Sep. 24th - Friday, Sep. 25th
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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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
Canalside
Downtown Architecture

Tours leave from the Naval Park

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Presidents in Buffalo

Tuesday, Sep. 25th - 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, 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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Burchfield-Penney Docent Led Tours

Thursday, Sep. 27th - Sunday, Dec. 29th
$5 - $10; Starting: 2:00 PM

From the moment you first step through our doors, you will be surrounded by inspirational, thought-provoking and often world-renowned artwork. The guiding philosophy at the Burchfield Penney is to engage audiences. To that end, the museum offers three docent-led public tours (suitable for all ages) during the week giving guests the opportunity to gain insights into the artists, the artwork, and even the museum itself. The Burchfield Penney can also customize a tour for your group based on your specific interests and needs.

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Best of Buffalo Fun and Food Tour

Friday, Sep. 28th - Saturday, Nov. 3rd
$45; Fri: 6-9 PM, Sat: 7-10 PM

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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Queen City Downtown Tour

Friday, Sep. 28th - Friday, Nov. 23rd
$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, Sep. 28th - Saturday, Sep. 19th
$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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Elevator Alley Kayak Tour

Saturday, Sep. 29th - Sunday, Sep. 30th
$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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