Mark Your Calendars: 20 Sizzling Events of Summer 2018

It’s never too early to look forward to summer, right?! Buffalonians make the most out of the season of sun as nearly every weekend is packed with festivals. We’ve dug deep to get the dates of 20 top events from the start of summer (and late spring) through September. As more information becomes available for other events, we’ll keep you posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

A full list of upcoming events can be found here. So crack out those calendars, save the dates and while you’re here, explore our resurgent city, from the waterfront to the heart of downtown. We can’t wait to see you!

PAST 1. Buffalo Pride Festival,  May 29 – June 3, lots of locations around Buffalo
With cultural events, art exhibitions, a colorful parade and even a 5k run, show your support for Buffalo’s LGBTQ community by joining one of the biggest parties of the year.

PAST 2. Buffalo Greek Fest,  June 1 – 3, Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica Street, Buffalo
Often referred to as the kickoff to the summer festival season, Buffalo’s unexpectedly large Greek populous comes together for the most authentic food, music, shopping and dancing.

PAST 3. Allentown Art Festival, June 9 – 10, Delaware Avenue and Allen Street, Allentown
The Allentown community becomes a living gallery as hundreds of talented artists and vendors line Delaware Avenue, live performers entertain on every block, the aroma of food trucks fills the air and thousands of people flock to this creative neighborhood.

PAST 4. Juneteenth, June 16 – 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Buffalo
This two-day celebration of African American families, culture and tradition, one of the largest in the nation, draws more than 100 vendors to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation.

ONGOING 5. Shakespeare in the Park, June 21 – July 15 & July 27 – August 19, Delaware Park, Buffalo
BYOB&W: Bring your favorite blanket and a bottle of wine to experience these live midsummer productions of Shakespeare’s masterpieces on the lawn of Delaware Park (plays to be announced).

PAST 6. Roycroft Summer Festival, June 23 – 24, Parkdale Elementary School, East Aurora
The Roycrofters At Large association celebrates the first of two artisan festivals, where craftsmen and women gather to showcase their handcrafted work in charming East Aurora, NY – the birthplace of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

PAST 7. Taste of Buffalo, July 7 – 8, Delaware Avenue, Downtown Buffalo
Prepare for the best food that Buffalo has to offer while over 50 local restaurants dish out delicious samples. With live music and culinary demonstrations, the largest two-day food festival in the U.S. is a foodie’s paradise.

PAST 8. Galbani Italian Heritage Festival, July 12 – 15, Buffalo’s Outer Harbor
Back for the second year in its new location on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, celebrate Italian food, music and even play some bocce to commemorate Buffalo’s rich Italian heritage.

9. Grease Pole Festival, July 20 – 22, Olivencia Community Center, 261 Swan Street, Buffalo
The Puerto Rican community of Buffalo gathers for this unique festival cherishing Puerto Rican cuisine, music and family, culminating with teams attempting to climb the famous greased pole.

10. Infringement Festival, July 26 – August 5, all around Buffalo
Eleven days of eclectic art, performance and music take over all of Buffalo’s neighborhoods for the sprawling indoor/outdoor art fest. From the top art museums to the smaller community galleries, the entire Buffalo art collective joins forces to put Buffalo’s creative spirit on display.

11. Cobblestone Live, July 27 – 28, Cobblestone District, Illinois Street, Buffalo
Cobblestone Live!, located in the Historic Cobblestone district of Buffalo, consists of three outdoor stages, another inside Buffalo Iron Works, and inside Lockhouse Distillery. Nearly 40 bands rocked our socks off last year, so you can expect even more in the festival’s sophomore year. The lineup for 2018 will be announced March 13th so check back here.

12. Colored Musicians Club Jazz Festival, July 28, 145 Broadway, Buffalo
Surpassing the club’s 100th year in 2017, the historic Colored Musicians Club returns with the Queen City’s best jazz. Join in on the fun and relax to the soothing jazz sounds. Make sure you step inside the Club and take a journey through time to explore Buffalo’s roots as a stepping stone for many musicians, past and present.

13. Garden Walk Buffalo, July 28 – 29, over 400 homes & parks throughout Buffalo
This is the largest garden tour in the U.S. – and it’s free! Whether you’re a casual green thumb or fully-fledged master gardener, you’ll be awestruck as you tour over 400 public and private gardens, from eclectic backyards to the majesty of Buffalo’s Olmsted parks.

14. Eden Corn Festival, August 2 – 5, 500 block of Main Street
This charming festival is a perfect opportunity to chow down on an ear or two of summer’s sweetest harvest. Bring the whole family to quaint Eden, New York, nosh on a couple cobs and enjoy the country experience, including tractor pulls, midway rides, square dancing and much more.

15. Erie County Fair, August 8 – 19, Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg
The Fair is pure Americana. Since 1820, the Erie County Fair has entertained millions upon millions of visitors at the Fairgrounds. The Fair features loads of family-friendly events including a petting zoo and animal shows, an expansive midway, amusement park rides and, of course, tasty treats like deep-fried Oreos and kettle corn.

16. Buffalo Irish Festival, August 24 – 26, Buffalo’s Outer Harbor
Erin go bragh! The Buffalo Irish community, and all of those wish to celebrate, will gather at Wilkeson Pointe at the Outer Harbor for three days of Irish music, great food, cold drinks, Irish dancing and even more music.

17. Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, August 25 – 26, Buffalo’s Elmwood Village
Get your art on as you meander through displays from more than 150 art vendors and sway to the musical sounds of 50 live performances in the beautiful Elmwood Village. In addition to the art, don’t forget to cool down and fuel up at the many food trucks and restaurants dotting the Avenue.

18. National Buffalo Wing Festival, September 1 – 2, Coca-Cola Field
Join thousands of wing fanatics as they make the annual Labor Day pilgrimage to the birthplace of this saucy, spicy signature Buffalo delicacy where attendees chow down on over 20 tons of wings.

19. Music Is Art, September 8, Buffalo RiverWorks
Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac founded this festival, which is part concert, part bazaar, street fair, art gallery and all fun! Check out the new digs as Music Is Art kicks off year two at the sprawling sports and entertainment complex that is Buffalo RiverWorks.

20. Curtain Up!, September 14, The Theatre District, Main Street, Buffalo

The sun sets on summer as Buffalo’s theater season gets underway in earnest with this annual event that includes performances and live entertainment at several downtown theater companies, and a free street party along Main Street in front of Shea’s Performing Arts Center that goes until 1 a.m.