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25 Awesome Events Happening This May

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on May 7, 2021
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Photo courtesy of Totally Buffalo Festival / Totally Buffalo Festival 2017

Yes, with few large scale events happening this May, things are still far from normal. However, in the name of finding out what *is* happening around town, stepping out, and supporting local businesses and events, we’ve pulled together a list of exciting smaller events that are actually happening this month.

At the time this guide was published, all of these events are scheduled to happen. However with things changing rapidly and cancellations possible, please be sure to check with each organization before going to any event for the most recent updates possible. We will do our best to keep this list updated with any new information and cancellations should they come up.

Friendly reminder to follow any and all safety protocol put in place by the establishment while attending any of the following events.

Here is our curated list of exciting events happening this May in WNY, as chosen by Step Out Buffalo’s editors.

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Check Out Exhibits Happening in Buffalo & WNY This Month:

Exhibition: Layers, Works by Monica Angle and Barbara Murak

Tue, Jun 28 - Sat, Aug 13
All Day

C. Stuart and Jane H. Hunt Gallery
403 Main St
Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

View new works by BSA Artists, Monica Angle and Barbara Murak ...

Cut, Fold, Roll: Making Art with Paper

Tue, Jun 28 - Sun, Nov 6
All Day

Free

Castellani Art Museum
Niagara University Campus
Niagara University, 14109

Niagara County

Paper is more than something you write an adventure on. It is more than the doodles drawn on every inch. Paper is art. By changing the shape of ...

Jenson Leonard: Gland Prix

Tue, Jun 28 - Mon, Aug 29
All Day

Free

Squeaky Wheel
617 Main Street
Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Squeaky Wheel is excited to present a new solo exhibition by new media artist Jenson Leonard. GLAND PRIX is a multiple-screen video exhibition to explore ...

Timothy Frerichs: Navigation: Lake Erie – the Great Lakes

Tue, Jun 28 - Sun, Aug 28
All Day

Free

Burchfield Penney Art Center
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, 14222

Buffalo

Timothy Frerichs has spent the past 25 years using his artwork to address the impact humans have on the environment. His current work addresses human activity ...

Different Perspectives

Tue, Jun 28 - Sun, Oct 2
All Day

Free

Burchfield Penney Art Center
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, 14222

Buffalo

Museums provide engaging exhibitions and programs that explore different themes and issues relevant to current world experiences. SUNY Buffalo State graduate ...

Bonnie Gordon Mapping Image and Word, Stumbling into Streams of Consciousness

Tue, Jun 28 - Sun, Nov 27
All Day

Free

Burchfield Penney Art Center
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, 14222

Buffalo

sand : a moment of time….This definition stands out from the swirling streams of words and definitions that surround a man who appears to be balancing ...

Dorothy Gillespie: Works from the Radford University Collection

Tue, Jun 28 - Sun, Nov 20
All Day

Free

Castellani Art Museum
Niagara University Campus
Niagara University, 14109

Niagara County

American artist Dorothy Gillespie (1920-2012), was a dynamic painter, innovative sculptor, and passionate educator, known for her vibrant, colorful work. ...

Niagara in Summer and Winter

Tue, Jun 28 - Sun, Oct 16
All Day

Free

Castellani Art Museum
Niagara University Campus
Niagara University, 14109

Niagara County

Before the introduction of the Brownie camera and long before social media, tourists would often purchase souvenir books of the places they visited in ...

Painting Water & Cutting Paper: Traditional Turkish Paper Arts

Tue, Jun 28 - Sun, Dec 18
All Day

Free

Castellani Art Museum
Niagara University Campus
Niagara University, 14109

Niagara County

Painting Water & Cutting Paper: Traditional Turkish Paper Arts explores the traditional arts of ebru (Turkish Paper Marbling) and kat’ı sanatı ...

Kenan Center Arts Collection: Public and Private Collections

Tue, Jun 28 - Sun, Aug 7
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free

Kenan Center Campus
433 Locust St
Lockport, 14094

Niagara County

Including works by Julie Beamer, Manning McCandlish, Jane E. Stoddard and from the Dr. Gerald Mead Collection. This exhibition features some of our ...

Harold LeRoy Olmsted (1886-1972) with Friends and Family

Tue, Jun 28 +more dates
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Free

Meibohm Fine Arts
478 Main St
East Aurora, 14052

South Towns

Art Exhibition, Harold LeRoy Olmsted (1886-1972) with Friends and Family, at Meibohm Fine Arts, 478 Main Street, East Aurora, NY. Opening reception Saturday, ...

Creative Journeys: Celebrating the Art of 
Refugee Women in Western New York

Tue, Jun 28 - Sat, Aug 20
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free

The Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court
Buffalo, 14216

North Buffalo

Since 2014, Stitch Buffalo (501c3) has provided a welcoming space for refugee and immigrant women to connect and share their love of the textile arts. Creative ...

“Natural Rhythms” Exhibition

Tue, Jun 28 - Sun, Jul 24
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free

Strohl Art Center: Main Galleries
One Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, 14722

Southern Tier

“Natural Rhythms” exhibition opens. Closing July 24. Opening reception with exhibiting artists June 26, 3:00-5:00pm. Natural forms, shapes and patterns ...

“Undercurrents” Exhibition

Tue, Jun 28 - Sun, Aug 21
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free

Strohl Art Center 2nd Floor
One Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, 14722

Southern Tier

“Undercurrents” exhibition opens. Closing August 21. Opening reception with exhibiting artists June 26, 3:00-5:00pm. Water, in its various forms, is ...

“All that Glitters” Exhibition

Tue, Jun 28 - Sun, Aug 7
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free

Fowler-Kellogg Art Center: 1st Floor
One Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, 14722

Southern Tier

“All that Glitters” exhibition opens. Closing August 7. Opening reception with exhibiting artists June 26, 3:00-5:00pm. This exhibition takes its cue ...

“The Shape of Things to Come” Exhibition

Tue, Jun 28 - Thu, Jul 21
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free

Strohl Art Center 2nd Floor
One Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, 14722

Southern Tier

“The Shape of Things to Come” exhibition opens. Closing July 21. Opening reception June 26, 3:00-5:00pm. This one-person exhibition with works by Jean ...

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/emily/" 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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