22 Outstanding Things to do in WNY This October

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on October 1, 2015
Knox Farm, Step Out Buffalo

Knox Farm / Step Out Buffalo

As October rolls into town the plethora of awesome events and things to do around here doesn’t even come close to slowing down. Expect Buffalo Beer Week continued, fall classics, harvest, haunts and Halloween. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Buffalo and Western New York this October.


Haunted Paintball Walks 10/2 – 11/1

11586 Holland Glenwood Road, Holland, NY 14080 / (716) 418-7223

Kicking this list off with a bang are these guided walks through Holland Paintball Adventure Park’s  Haunted Forest where you’ll encounter “real live walking zombies” just waiting for you to shoot ’em. Enter at your own risk! Reservations required.

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Buffalo Beer Week Now until 10/4

All over Western New York

From start to finish, the first weekend of October is stuffed with beer-based events like Beer Pairing Dinners, Beer Week Pub Crawls, Oktoberfest celebrations, tastings, specials and more. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – friends don’t let friends drink full-price beer during Buffalo Beer Week! So do your part to spread the word and support our blossoming local beer scene.

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Taste of City Dining Cards 10/1

Market Arcade, 617 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202

In case you haven’t heard, local company City Dining Cards recently released their awesome new app – free to download and use – which curates a list of good local restaurants and allows diners to get discounts at each restaurant in the digital deck. This Thursday they’re hosting a tasting event to celebrate the official launch. Get a sneak peek at the soon-to-be EXPO Market and indulge in bites from a selection of CDC’s featured restaurants. Admission is free, bites will be available for around 2-6 tasting tickets (tickets $1 each).

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Oktoberfest Celebrations

All over Western New York

Oktoberfest season is not quite over! Continue the celebrations this month at any of the following events: Oktoberfest at Riverworks presented by Hofbrauhaus Buffalo on 10/3 with music by The Auslanders and The Frankfurters ($10 advance, $15 day of); Oktoberfest on Old Falls Street on 10/3 for some family fun (free admission); the Lodge’s Oktoberfest celebration on 10/9; the on-going Oktoberfest party at Templeton Landing; and the OFest! Harvest March Parade and Celebration in the Old First Ward on 10/4!

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Buffalo Porchfest 10/3

Elmwood Village

Before the weather turns sour, spend the day wandering Elmwood Village while local bands and musicians grace various porches throughout the day. Free admission!

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Allentown Fall Festival 10/3

Allen Street from Delaware to Main

Celebrate the changing of the season at the 2nd Annual Allentown Fall Festival which kicks off with a bike ride to Olmsted Parks around the city, ending in Allentown. Allen Street will be closed from Delaware to Main Street where cars will be replaced with live music on two stages, food, drink, and over 40 vendors selling arts, crafts, clothing and more. Participation in the bike ride is $35, the festival is free.

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Brewfest in Knox Park 10/3

Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Rd. (Seneca Street), East Aurora, NY 14052

Theme of the season: beer festivals. Embrace the chance to try and compare a variety of beers on a fall afternoon among the stables at Knox Farm, overlooking acres of peaceful land. General admission tickets are $40.

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Buffalo Beer Week’s Pub Crawl Saturday 10/3

Around Western New York

We can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday than checking out multiple different local bars in a wakable WNY neighborhood. As part of Buffalo Beer Week, the beer gods have organized a one night only pub crawl extravaganza, featuring 6 (count ’em 6) pub crawls all over the area offering excellent opportunities to get to some bars you may not have otherwise visited – plus there will be drink specials!

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Apocalypse of the Undead Halloween & Monster Festival 10/3 – 10/4

Buffalo Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Dr., Buffalo, NY 14212

This family friendly holiday event gives you the chance to get inside the historic Buffalo Central Terminal! This weekend it will be filled with all things Halloween and monsters, including apple cider, pumpkins, killers from great horror movies, zombie makeovers, halloween art displays and more. Tickets for the festival are $8 pre-sale, $10 at the door, Kids 10 & under are free. Tours of Buffalo Central Terminal cost extra.

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Architectural Pursuit 10/10

All over Buffalo, start at The Archer – 268 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

Sick of wasting your Saturday away on nothing special? To that, we say join the hunt! Round up a few friends and family members and get ready to explore Buffalo with Explore Buffalo’s Architectural Pursuit Scavenger Hunt. Look high, look low, and look straight ahead and right under your nose to find unique architectural details and historic trivia. The highest scoring crew wins, but all participants get to enjoy a post-hunt party at The Archer. Tickets are $40.

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Urban Drive-in at Silo City 10/10

Silo City, 92 Childs Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Lucky for anyone that couldn’t make it to their first attempt (which ended up getting rained out), Squeaky Wheel has rescheduled their Urban Drive-in at Silo City for mid-October. We love everything about it. Admission is free.

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Ellicottville Fall Festival 10/10

Village of Ellicottville, NY

You likely already know about this long-standing fall festival held throughout the village of Ellicottville, a mere hour drive south of Buffalo, but that doesn’t mean it’s not newsworthy. If you’re looking to celebrate fall in a big way with half of Buffalo at the peak of fall foliage, this one’s for you. Free admission!

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Murder Mystery Train Tour 10/11

Spring Lake Winery, 7373 Rochester Rd, Lockport

What better time to take a train ride through Niagara County than during the peak of the autumn season? Get on this murder mystery themed tour to enjoy a train ride, dinner at Spring Lake Winery, an interactive murder mystery and a grand old time. The early October ride is already sold out, so don’t sleep on this one! Tickets are $69 each or $125 per couple.

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Buffalo International Film Festival 10/15 – 10/18

North Park Theater, 1428 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 & The Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Dr, Amherst, NY 14226

BIFF will present 24 features and 38 shorts as well as host the first all-women filmmaker panel in the history of Buffalo’s film festivals in conjunction with Squeaky Wheel. Guests include Rochester Film Commissioner Nora Brown, film distributor Crystal Calhan, and filmmaker Anna Scime. Plus, the festival will host a free workshop and more. Tickets range from $0 – $10.

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Buffalo On Tap Harvest Festival 10/17

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Convention center plaza, Buffalo, NY 14202

In case it was your dream to go to a beer festival every week for a month straight, your wish has come true. Just when you thought Buffalo was filled to the brim with beer, here comes Buffalo On Tap – Harvest edition. Sample over 150 releases from “some of America’s best craft breweries.” Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door.

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Buffalo Comicon 10/17-10/18

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Convention Center Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14202

Always wanted to go to Comicon? Head to the Convention Center for two days jam packed full of comic book fun including the 1st Annual Buffalo Brawl – a huge 5-game tournament, special guests, a costume contest, prizes, free comics, superhero toys and tons more. Tickets are $15 for 1-day, $25 for 2-day.

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Local Restaurant Week 10/19-10/25

All around Western New York

It’s the most wonderful timeeee of the year! Our friends at Local Restaurant Week are back at it rounding up a fantastic list of local restaurants to check out for just $20.15/meal. Keep an eye out for our Fall 2015 Restaurant Week guides about which reservations to make, where to get the best bang for your buck, and which new restaurants are participating this month.

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Startup Grind with Patrick Finan 10/21

dig, 640 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203 

Local entrepreneur and co-founder of City Dining Cards, Patrick Finan will join Eben Piazza and Buffalo’s startup community at Dig for an evening of food, drink, networking and a “fireside chat”. If you’re at all interested in getting into anything entrepreneurial, Buffalo Startup Grind is a great place to start, and attending this networking/interview event featuring the CDC CEO is even better. Tickets are $10.

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Slow Food Buffalo 10/26

36 Mason Street, Buffalo (just west of Resurgence Brewing Co.)

This “Last Monday of the Month” educational program series has been going on for three years, mostly during the spring and fall months. While the locations vary, the week night stays the same, events run from 6:30-8 pm and are free with suggested $5 donation. This month the Slow Food series will feature Mushrooms with Flat #12 (board member Robbie Gianadda), at his brand-new urban mushroom farm. 

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Rocky Horror Picture Show 10/30

Riviera Theater, 67 Webster St, North Tonawanda, NY

Not just a movie showing – this is a full on Halloween event complete with The Ladies of Illusion with Jayme Coxx and the Sensations from Eye Candy Burlesque performing a pre-show extravaganza. Then the party continues with a Costume Contest (prizes awarded for the Best Rocky Horror Costume and more), plus the cast of The Francis Bacon Experiment will perform with the film in front of the Silver Screen. The actual movie begins at midnight. Tickets are $17

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A Psycho Halloween 10/30

Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Cir, Buffalo, NY 14201

This Halloween, Kleinhans is taking your favorite horror film,”Pshyco” to the next level – projected on a large screen, accompanied by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performing the original soundtrack live. All followed by a Halloween party complete with costume contests and more. Tickets are $35 – $80.

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The Witches Ball – “Buffalo Horror Story” 10/31

Hotel at The Lafayette, 391 Washington St, Buffalo, New York 

The can’t miss Halloween party of the year will include aerial acts, freak shows, male and female burlesque, Thriller flash mobs, lots of bars, a Rave Cave, Terror Tech zombies, a fetish vault, cage dancers, bigger acts, more acts, we’re perfecting the low lying fog, drag king and queens, a macabre museum of mystery, dancers galore, (working) low lying fog, a “Lady Gaga” voyeur room, with special guests CO Jones, Green Jelly and Robby Takac (of the Goos), body painting by Madd Graffix, tarot card readings, a s***ton of bands and more still to be announced. Tickets are $30. Happy Halloween!

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Honorary mention: 

TedX Buffalo 10/22

While we love everything TED stands for and love it even more when locals have the opportunity to speak and attend, applications to attend are no longer being accepted. Therefore, there’s no way you’re attending TEDx Buffalo if you haven’t already got your ticket. Luckily we’re no strangers to the phrase, “There’s always next year!”

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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