Welcome to the second year of Borderland. A festival beyond boundaries, the Borderland Music & Arts Festival is a fully immersive music, arts and food festival. But that might be oversimplifying it. The Buffalo area is home to natural wonders, talented people and an industrious spirit. Looking to capture the essence of that local energy, the folks behind Borderland have created a totally unique two-day music and cultural festival at one of Buffalo’s most historic sites. As if you needed any, here are five reasons to head to Borderland Music & Arts Festival. And if you haven’t yet purchased your tickets, head to BorderlandFestival.com to do so as tickets are selling fast!
The Lineup: Let’s get the big reason out of the way. As difficult a task as it may be, the musical acts for Borderland’s second-year lineup are even better than year one. Event organizers pulled no punches in getting premier acts like Gov’t Mule, Greensky Bluegrass, Shakey Graves, The Wood Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Mavis Staples on the bill. These 25+ blues, bluegrass, folk and rock acts will start cranking out the tunes at noon both Saturday and Sunday on Borderland’s three stages. Make sure to spend some time at the Homespun Stage to hear some of the best music coming out of Buffalo, too!
The Artists and Artisans: Borderland isn’t just about the music. It’s a place to showcase some of the best local talent when it comes to craft and trade, too. The Artisan Alley and Craft Corral will give Borderland attendees a riveting view into woodworking with Roycroft artisan, Tom Pafk, glassblowing with Peggy Eisensmith of Aurora Art Glass, metalsmithing by Roycroft artisan Dave Tundo, wooden bicycles by Normal Bicycles, and lots of goods and wares for purchase from Oxford Pennant and C&S Copper Steel. The folks from Urban Design will even have one of their hand-built tiny homes on display.
The Food: Almost as good as the musical lineup, the food that’ll be available at Borderland is a feast fit for a king or queen. Nosh on the big honkin’ burgers of Allen Burger Venture, the ooey-gooey mac and cheese from Winfield’s Pub, the fresh-fired pizza pies from Rolf’s Bread, and Japanese-inspired cuisine from Misuta Chow’s. Looking for something to grab and go so you don’t miss a minute of the music? Head over to the food truck village for handheld eats.
The Drinks: It wouldn’t be a music and “craft” festival without craft beer, spirts and wine, would it? The Buffalocal Beer Paddock will keep your whistle wet all day with beverages from nine breweries and cideries, five distilleries and a winery. Tap into local favorite brewers 42 North Brewing Company, Flying Bison Brewing Company and Community Beer Works, stiffer cocktails from local distilleries like Lockhouse Distillery and Buffalo Distilling Co., and wines from The Pinot Project, and traveling brewers like our northern neighbors at Collective Arts.
The Location: Perhaps the most important part of Borderland is the venue. Knox Farm State Park is a place brimming with history. This 633-acre farm is a natural haven for outdoor lovers and history buffs. And as this former country estate of the prominent Knox family of Buffalo is located in the charming village of East Aurora, home of the American Arts & Crafts Movement, a better location for this festival couldn’t have been chosen.