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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Martin House + Tour

Friday, Apr. 27th - Sunday, Apr. 29th
$37; From: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

The Martin House + Tour will take you to all the spaces included on the Martin House Tour, plus the intimate, light and art-glass filled Bursar’s Office, the Ballroom in the lower level of the Martin House, and the second floor Master Bedroom. The tour will also visit the first floor of the Gardener’s Cottage (1909) where you will see Wright’s concept for affordable housing beautifully executed. Reservations strongly recommended, not wheelchair acessible.

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Downtown Ceilings & Skylights Tour

Friday, Apr. 27th
$15; Starting: 1:00 PM

Come ready to look up on this downtown walking tour! This tour will reveal the ornate ceilings and skylights found in many buildings throughout downtown Buffalo.  While many people walk underneath them on a daily basis, the ceilings of many of Buffalo’s buildings are often their least-noticed feature.  Take this tour to discover these beautiful works of art, many of which are hiding in plain sight!

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Best of Buffalo Tour

Friday, Apr. 27th
$15; Starting: 1:00 PM

Join us for a downtown walking tour of the best of Buffalo architecture and history! The buildings included on this overview tour help to tell the story of Buffalo’s rapid rise to prominence, from the opening of the Erie Canal to the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. Buildings seen on this tour were designed by both nationally and locally significant architects, including Louis Sullivan, Richard Upjohn, Louise Bethune, and EB Green.  Perfect for visitors and residents alike, this tour is an excellent introduction to Buffalo’s architectural heritage.

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Masters of American Architecture Tour

Saturday, Apr. 28th
$15; Starting: 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 businesses, organizations, and citizens to hire 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, and learn about the prominence of Buffalo on a national scale.

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Historic Linwood Tour of Homes

Sunday, Apr. 29th
$20 - $25; From: 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Linwood Preservation District & Friends presents the 2018 Historic Linwood Tour of Homes! This tour commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Linwood Historic Preservation District. Our beautiful neighborhood will be on display. Historic homes will be open for tours between noon and 5 p.m. This is a self-guided walking tour.  You can purchase tickets online or in person.  Tickets and tour books can be picked up on the day of the tour at WNY Artists Group, 1 Linwood Avenue. Group tours, please call (716) 939-1546 for rates.

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Presidents in Buffalo

Tuesday, May. 1st - 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, May. 3rd - 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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City of Light Bus Tour

City of Light Bus Tour

Saturday, May. 5th - 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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Darwin Martin House Photography Tour

Saturday, May. 12th - Saturday, Nov. 10th
$40 - $45; Starting: 9:00 AM

Calling all photogs – Enjoy an intimate experience at the Martin House, on this 75 minute Photography + Tour.  Gain exclusive access to the home during our first tour of the day.  Photography will be allowed inside the house, for personal use only.  Please note that tripods, flash and camera bags are not permitted.  Tours are limited to no more than 10 guests.  December 8 only, 10:00 am start.

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Central Terminal Historical Building Tour

Sunday, May. 13th - 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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