Photo via HEAL BFLO
Ahhh February, it’s cold and
snowy rainy and rarely do you want to leave the house. Most Buffalonians know the feeling well. But not you. You will not be held captive by your slippers and favorite sweats. To help entice you to step out we’ve put together this list of fun, interesting, mostly drinking related events to get excited about. So put on some pants and get out there. There’s chocolate, beer, and Mardi Gras festivities waiting for you.
Mardi Gras Jam
Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo
One way (quite possibly the best way) to get into the Mardi Gras spirit is with a NOLA inspired jam sesh. The Annual Mardi Gras Jam, held the Friday before Mardi Gras by The Big Easy in Buffalo is part of a three-day long music celebration with The Marc Stone Band featuring Chuck Campbell of The Campbell Brothers, The Heavenly Chillbillies, and even the Kenmore East High School Band. The kick-off to the festivities will take place at Buffalo Iron Works where the Mardi Gras atmosphere WILL be in full force. Tickets are $15-$20.
Snow Stroll Pedal & Pedestrian Parade
Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo
We’re pretty sure this Slow/Snow Roll and The Big Easy in Buffalo Mardi Gras collab is one you won’t want to miss this month. They are “calling all *really* slow bikes along with pedestrians in the form of individuals, clubs and organizations” to join this 1-mile pedal & pedestrian parade around downtown destinations including the Historic Cobblestone District, Canalside Buffalo, HARBORCENTER & First Niagara Center. There will even be pre-parade live music from Buffalo Brass Machine and a post-parade party at Buffalo Iron Works! #justanotherfebruaryinbuffalo
Brewing Buffalo Bus Tour
Starts at Gene McCarthy’s, South Buffalo
It’s no secret Buffalonians like to drink in the winter to pass time, but sometimes we need a little more motivation to make the trek (to basically anywhere further than the sidewalk) worth it. This four hour bus tour with Explore Buffalo is exactly the answer to that extra push you always knew you needed. Travel to four different local craft breweries to experience interior tours and beer samples at each as well as light apps at the final stop. Brewing history, here you come! Tickets are $60 and reservations are required.
ShopCraft / Photo by Yeah Buffalo for ShopCraft
All You Need is Love
Thin Ice Gift Shop, Buffalo
Remember ShopCraft, the artisan collective that hosted a pop up shop in the back room of Thin Ice during the holiday season? Good news, they decided to stick around after the holiday rush and they have another party coming! This time around they’re putting together a one-stop shop for all of your locally made Valentine’s Day gifting needs. Expect goods from Lady Fingers Handmade, Paperette, C Designs, Park Edge Sweet Shoppe and Cookie Expressions, Gretchen Cole Jewelry, Buffalo Cake Pops, Buffalo Gal Organics, Everyday Earthware. Plus there will be wine and beer tastings from local producers!
Valentine’s Day Pairing
Wine. Beer. Cheese. Chocolate. What could you possibly want more on good ol’ V Day? This holiday dinner consists of five courses of the aforementioned wants/needs. Enough said. Tickets cost $33.
Cure Cabin Fever: Yelp Takeover Fox Hunt
Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga
Sick of hanging around the house (or your local bar at 2pm as the case may be)? Yelp has a quick fix – head to the Galleria for a scavenger hunt. Winners get gift cards to the mall (who doesn’t need a little of that in their life?) and the experience of taking over the mall with Yelp. The hunt is free to join. Guests interested in participating must RSVP here.
Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament
Riverworks, South Buffalo
The weekend-long pond hockey festivities will return this year at the fully functioning Riverworks facility. Sure there are over 140 teams participating and hockey will certainly be a centerpiece of this annual event put on by Labatt, but there will be something fun to see and do for everyone. Whether you’ve been dying to check out Riverworks, have a meal in the new space, take a selfie in front of the Labatt Blue 6-pack, or actually watch some hockey, this is the perfect chance to do so.
Buffalo Winter Hop Fest
Gene McCarthy’s, South Buffalo
We’re kind of in love with Gene McCarthy’s for hosting an event that embraces winter in such a bold way. Frankly, Buffalonians NEED to drink outside during the winter more often. The First Annual Hop Fest encourages beer lovers to enjoy the winter season in Old First Ward Brewing’s beer garden while “sipping on some of the hoppiest beers that Buffalo has to offer”. Local breweries will be in attendance (obv) featuring OG’s like Community Beer works and Flying Bison, plus newcomers like 42 North and 12 Gates, and everyone in between. Participants receive a souvenir tasting glass and five 4oz. pours. Tickets are $20.
Statler City Psychic Fair
Statler City, Buffalo
If meeting and having readings done by some of the world’s most renowned psychics is your thing, pencil in this geek out sesh. Sunday, February 1st the Greater WNY Paranormal Society is hosting an all-day Psychic Fair downtown at the Statler. Admission includes entry to the historic venue, vendors, and a meet and greet with your favorite psychic mediums. Private meetings are also available. Tickets are $5.
Arts, Crafts, and Drafts
Resurgence Brewing Co., Buffalo
This annual event gets local artists and the public together for an evening of shopping and drinking. Have you ever heard of a more beautiful pairing? We think not. The event is free to attend.
The Buffalo Wine & Chocolate Affair
Tonawanda Castle, Tonawanda
Samples of great local, regional, national, and international wines, chocolate, food and dessert samples, shopping, music, giveaways, stop us if this doesn’t sound good. Admission also includes a souvenir glass. This event has two sessions, 1pm-4pm and 6pm-9pm, and tickets cost $27.
Photo via HEAL BFLO
Heal Buffalo Yoga Retreat
Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Buffalo
Yogis unite for this all-day yoga retreat hosted by H.E.A.L. BFLO. The event which includes 5 different yoga classes, live music, and Celebrity Yoga instructor Dan Nevis, doesn’t stop at yoga. Attendees as well as the public can also shop local vendors across the hall from the retreat. Tickets for the Yoga Retreat are $60.
Brick Oven, No Pizza Pop-up
Hydraulic Hearth, Buffalo
This first part in the three part series that is Brick Oven, No Pizza features Chef Emily Pierce-Delaney of Same Old Antics – a local dinner pop-up we covered back in September. The theme of the night is “East Indies Meets South End” and a quick glance at the menu will leave you curious and likely drooling. Each of the 3 courses is paired with a beer from Community Beer Works (brewed on site at Hydraulic Hearth). Tickets are $65 which includes tax and gratuity.
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