The world is our oyster, Buffalo. The days are longer, the sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and signs of the upcoming spring and summer are all around us.
One highlight of the upcoming months is the slate of annual festivals on nearly every weekend. But almost every day during the summer also has weekly events that are great for whenever your next visit to the Queen City is. The following is a weekly planner for some of Buffalo’s top recurring events; we’ll update this and our Facebook and Twitter pages as more information becomes available with the approach of summer.
TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park, 7:30 p.m.
Crack out the wine, cheese and lawn chairs and head to Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park. Buffalo’s free Shakespearean productions enter their 42nd season this year. King Lear runs from June 21 to July 15, while Much Ado About Nothing runs from July 26 to August 19.
The George Scott Big Band at the Colored Musician’s Club, 145 Broadway, 7-9 p.m.
Ring the doorbell at the front door of this legendary jazz club, wait for the buzz, and walk up the storied stairwell to the second floor. There, George Scott and his big band hold a free, open jazz session every Monday night in the very room where the likes of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis once jammed. The original, 80-year-old wooden bar at the club also serves the “coldest beer in town,” according to Scott.
Slow Roll Buffalo, Various Locations, 6:30 p.m.
Join hundreds of avid bicyclists and leisurely riders as Buffalo’s largest weekly community bike ride explores neighborhoods all around the city. Each week, the starting point changes to locations like the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, Big Ditch Brewing Company and more. And if you didn’t happen to bring your all the way to Buffalo, Reddy Bikeshare is there to help you out. Learn more about Buffalo’s bike culture here.
It’s hard to believe no food trucks existed in Buffalo just over six years ago. How times have changed. Spend all summer trying to find every food truck in Buffalo, or catch them all at the can’t-miss mobile eatery gathering featuring dozens of food trucks every Tuesday. We’ve even put together a comprehensive round-up of this year’s new food trucks.
Tuesday Night Elmwood Village Concert Series, Bidwell Pkwy., June 19 – August 14, 7-9 p.m.
Just around the corner from the open-air cafes, bars and restaurants on Elmwood Avenue is a weekly concert series on the tree- covered median of Bidwell Parkway. The Elmwood Village Association celebrates the 21st year of the concert series with a killer lineup, including local favorites The Tins and Grammy award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
TUESDAYS (AND THURSDAYS)
Downtown Country Market, May 17 Through Oct. 25, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Buffalo Place Downtown Country Market has filled Main Street with a wide variety of fresh produce and the aroma of freshly popped kettle corn for 35 years. It’s within earshot of the weekly noontime concerts at One M&T Plaza during the summer months.
Buffalo Riverfest Park Concert Series, 249 Ohio St. Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. from May 30 to September 5
Riverfest Park on Ohio Street offers one of the most unique views in the city. Across the Buffalo River is the RiverWorks complex and several grain silos. Behind you is The Swannie House, the second oldest tavern in the Queen City, and the Buffalo skyline. It’s a terrific setting for a weekly concert series; check back on the Valley Community Association’s website for the lineup.
Live at Larkin Concert Series, Wednesdays from June 6 to September 5, 5-8:30 p.m.
In the course of 24 hours, Larkin Square transforms from a food truck mecca to a rollicking concert venue. Keep the party going at the nearby Hydraulic Hearth restaurant and beer garden, Flying Bison Brewing Co., Buffalo Brewing Company and Buffalo Distilling Co. Check back on Larkin Square’s website as the spring progresses for the 2018 lineup.
Queen City Social, Thursdays from June 21 to August 9, 5-8 p.m.
When the ice is away, the bands shall play! Queen City Social is a free weekly happy hour at Downtown Buffalo’s Fountain Plaza featuring all things local – bands, restaurants, and Big Ditch Brewing Company beer. Each week there’s a new local theme like guest appearances from the artists of the Colored Musicians Club local theme.
Canalside Live, June 7- August 17, Concerts start at 5 p.m.
It’s hard to imagine summer Thursday nights downtown without a concert attracting thousands of visitors. These concerts moved from Lafayette Square to Canalside several years ago, and have become even more popular in their new waterfront location. Entry to these concerts is only $5 and Canalside has pulled out all the stops for the lineup this year!
This free gallery walk on the first Friday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. has become a staple in Allentown’s bohemian district.
Free Fridays at Museums
No matter what Friday you’re visiting Buffalo, you can enter one of Buffalo’s museums or art galleries for free thanks to Buffalo’s M&T Bank. First Fridays are at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Second Fridays are at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Third Fridays at The Buffalo History Museum and Fourth Fridays are at the Buffalo Arts Studio.
Fridaynightbash! At Coca-Cola Field – June 1, 15 & 22, July 6 & 20, August 10 & 24
It wouldn’t be summer in Buffalo without the Fridaynightbash!, where an evening of Buffalo Bisons baseball is followed by post-game fireworks. Games start at 7:05 p.m.
Elmwood/Bidwell Farmer’s Market, 8-1 p.m. Saturdays May through November, Bidwell Pkwy., The Elmwood Village.
The Saturday morning farmer’s market on Bidwell Parkway is situated in one of Buffalo’s most vibrant neighborhoods and surrounded by Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscape design.
Canalside Artisan Market, May 25, June 9 & 23, July 21 & 28, August 18, September 1 Prime St., 10-4 p.m.
Another recurring Canalside event showcases the city’s creative side with tent after tent of handmade goods for sale. Visit the market’s website for each dates details.
Jazz at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, July 8 to August 5, overlooking Hoyt Lake
A summertime tradition in Buffalo is to sit on the back steps of the Albright-Knox and listen to jazz. Trust us, there’s nothing cooler!