Happy March! While you’re crossing your fingers and hoping for a mild weather month, here’s a list of fun things to do. Sure, they mostly revolve around drinking, partying, and general merriment, but how else do they expect us to get through March MADness? Enjoy, Buffalo!
Disclaimer: Some of these events are technically sold out, so you may have your work cut out for you trying to get tickets, but it’s probably not impossible.
If you’ve never been to an Irish wake, now’s your chance! It may sound odd to some, but Irish wakes are always a grand old time filled with singing, dancing, drinking, laughing, and all-around good fun. The good people at Irish Classical Theatre urge you to come thirsty and wear your dancing shoes, as high-spirited dancing and carrying-on will not only be allowed but actively encouraged. Did we mention this was a fictional wake? And everyone’s invited! Tickets are $55 in advance, $60 at the door.
The Art of Beer
Niagara Arts and Cultural Center
The Art of Beer kicks off this weekend full of fun drinking events. Admission includes food and beer samples, a souvenir logo tasting glass, and live music (the Lakeside Band and Friends). What makes this festival different from the others is the fact that there will also be various displays of brewery art and breweriana in keeping with the NACC’s mission to support the Arts. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
Artwork by Emma Repp
Sometimes You Just Might: Artwork from Emma Repp and John Montedoro
Starlight Studio & Art Gallery
After reading through Buffalo’s Spree’s Hot 5 things to do list for the month of March, we became kind of obsessed with the Emma Repp exhibit opening on March 4th. The artists’ statement below says it all. The opening reception is from 6-8pm on March 4th, but the work will be up until April 15th.
“These pieces are about taking what could induce the need to escape and just building something beautiful right on top of it. Mostly, they just happened. They are made digitally from handmade elements I scan and collage together, usually while listening to Nicki Minaj. I want them to feel like the pop song you listen to while eating ice cream after a man on the street made fun of your shoes.”
Buffalo Science Museum
If you’re lucky enough to have snagged tickets to this beer-focused event at the Science Museum, you’re in for a treat. You’ll be learning all about the science of beer while sampling beers and other brews from some of the best micro breweries in the area – snacking on beer-friendly foods, and enjoying presentations on home brewing and a variety of beer-related topics by the Niagara Association of Homebrewers, Sultans of Swig, Buffalo Beer Goddesses, and more. They’ll even be making beer ice cream using liquid nitrogen and creating works of art with – you guessed it – beer! Tickets to this event are sold out.
WNY Winter Brewfest
Confrence & Event Center in Niagara Falls
Craft beer, giant Jenga, beer pong, and much more. Head to this fest if you didn’t snag a ticket to Beerology and really want to spend a few hours sampling brews. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door.
WNY Wine About Winter Festival
Confrence & Event Center in Niagara Falls
Going on at the same time and place as the aforementioned WNY Winter Brewfest, this is the perfect opportunity to get out of the house, sample some different wines, enjoy games, music, food, and some light shopping. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door.
Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest
Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Hosted by yours truly, we’re unapologetically naming this the event of the month (if not the year). Why? Because we feel, thanks to the awesome bars, restaurants, and local businesses participating, that this is going to be one of the most epic Sunday Funday’s you’ve ever had. While this event is technically sold out, we (and a bunch of our friends) are offering tons of opportunities to win tickets to this inaugural fest. Check out our snapchat (username: stepoutbuffalo) and keep your eyes and ears open for others on our social media channels!
Babel: Louise Erdich
Kleinhans Music Hall
This author of 14 novels, tons of poetry, children’s bookes, etc. is certainly one of the can’t miss events of the month. Just Buffalo Literary Center’s acclaimed BABEL series brings the “most important authors to Buffalo each year, engaging local audiences, attracting guests from across the country and Canada, and creating a global literary conversation right here at home.” Tickets are $35.
Indoor Street Fair @ Tri-Main
This Indoor Street Fair will be a family-friendly festival with food, games, entertainment, and a marketplace. AKA 600,000 square feet of fun, all indoors. UB’s acapella groups will be in attendance as well as games including a chalk-walkway to decorate, locally produced video games created by Buffalo Game Space to play, a hockey slap shot competition, and much more! Admission is free with food and game tickets available for purchase.
When Ellicotville throws a party, it goes all out. We know this. Expect decor everywhere, a parade, parties galore, fun at the top of Holiday Valley and Hollimont’s hills, and more.
Old First Ward Community Center
For those of you looking to pregame the pregame to the pregame, we give you the Shamrock Run. A fun run for runners, partiers, Irishman and women, and anyone looking to prepare for St. Patrick’s Day in style. You know the drill Buffalo.
City of Light Bus Tour
Meet at Buffalo Seminary
If you’re feeling antsy mid-March, take the opportunity to hop on one of Explore Buffalo’s bus tours around Buffalo. You’ll get a chance to get off, tour some different venues, and learn a loooooooot. Trust us. Tickets are $40.
David Cross / Photo by via davidcrosstour2016.com
David Cross: Making America Great Again
UB’s Center for the Arts
Catch a show at UB as Cross returns to the road with a national stand-up tour. Named one of the Top 11 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central, Cross hasn’t been on tour since ’09. Tickets cost around $40 online after fees and are still available.
Old Neighborhood St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Old First Ward
There’s nothing, and we mean nothing, like the St Patrick’s Day Parade held in Buffalo’s Old First Ward every year. Maybe you love this time of year so much that you hit up every parade in a 50 mile radius, but we have people on the SOB team that would choose the OFW Parade over the Downtown Parade any day. Just some food for thought. This event is free to attend!
All over NY State
If you’re feeling like a road trip, head out to tour some of New York State’s finest “sugar houses”. The world of pure maple syrup awaits you at approximately 160 farms and museums across NY state. Over the weekend experience sugar house tours, samples, activities, and more. Head to nysmaple.com for details and guides!
Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
And the party continues with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown. You’ll probably see 21 of your closest friends and hate yourself the next day (or two), but hey, it’s St. Patty’s Day.
First Niagara Center
Riri returns to Buffalo with her Anti-World Tour which is pretty much guaranteed to get you out of your seat and enjoying your self on a random Wednesday in March (assuming you like Rihanna). Tickets are still available and start around $40 so there’s really no excuse.
Brick Oven, No Pizza Dinner – Dyngus Day Dinner
Celebrate Dyngus Day in style at Hydraulic Hearth with a beer paring dinner hosted by Buffalo Beer Goddesses. Kate Hey previously of Betty Crockski and now BreadHive will be preparing a meal in the brick oven. Tickets are $65.
Dyngus Day Parade
Starts near the intersection of Memorial Drive & Paderewski Drive
With Dyngus Day and St. Patrick’s day in the same month this year, you’re going to need to take a serious break in April. But this is still March, so put away the green and get out your red and white, and get your party on at the Dyngus Day Parade. You won’t be sorry you did.
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