31 Super Awesome Things Happening in WNY This September 2015

Things to Do


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on August 28, 2015
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August is coming to an end, but there is a ton going on in September worthy of your excitement. Whip out your phone and “pencil” a few of these into your calendar!


Allentown First Fridays 9/4

in Allentown

Join the party throughout the streets of Allentown for a night filled with art, culture, music and restaurants.

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Aroma Farm to Table Dinner 9/5

@ Oles Farm

Join the Aroma Group at one of their five farm dinners at Oles Family Farm for dinner, vegetable harvests, a farm tour and more.

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Relaxation and Recreation at the Richardson Olmsted Complex: Transitions of the Healing Acres 9/12

@ Richardson Olmsted Complex

The only Richardson Olmsted Complex tour (as of late August) that is not yet sold out for this fall. Spend 90 minutes touring the grounds including the South Lawn and behind the scenes of the construction site. Tours cost $20.

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South Buffalo Irish Festival 9/5

@ Caz Park

Fireworks, food, beer, dancing plus tons and tons of music all in Caz Park! Admission is free.

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Buffalo Wing Festival 9/5 – 9/6

@ Coca-Cola Field

Get your game face on for the National Buffalo Wing Festival this Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy your pick of the Buffalo classic from tons of wing vendors all over Coca-Cola field for this two-day event. This year expect “craft wings” paired with craft beers and craft cocktails. Say what? Admission is $5 and food tickets are $1. Wings cost 1 ticket each.

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Succulents 9/6 – 10/4

@ Botanical Gardens

Our all-time favorite plants (thank you Makers Buffalo) are featured at Botanical Gardens this month in a creative display full of fun surprises. As if looking at succulents wasn’t fun enough. (No, seriously.)

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Silo Fleas 9/6

@ Silo City

For whatever reason, we find few things more satisfying than shopping for vintage things, among vintage Buffalo. Check out this flea market in Silo City for a unique Sunday shopping spree.

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Night Lights Fall Music Festival 9/11 – 9/12

Make your way to Sherman, NY for this two-night music and lights festival. Treat your ears and eyes to over twenty musical acts on two stages and a mile long interactive light display. Tickets are $55 – $85.

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Buffalo Maritime Festival 9/11 – 9/12

@ Canalside

This three-day festival is perfect for all ages and includes boat tours, kids’ activities, live music, a beer garden and more. Free admission!

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Niagara County Peach Festival 9/11 – 9/13

@ Artpark

This 58th Annual – yes you read that right – festival at ArtPark has a parade, peach shortcake, food vendors, carnival rides and 3 days of stage entertainment. Ready, go. Free admission, ride tickets cost money.

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Silo City Urban Drive-in 9/12

@ Silo City

Brace yourself for this one. Silo City is being turned into a one-day drive-in movie theater. This is one not to miss if we do say so ourselves! Expect a day packed full of films projected on the silos. Admission is free!

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Edgefest 2015 9/12

@ Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

See Rise Against, Modest Mouse, and Our Lady Peace and more at the Outer Harbor presented by 103.3 The Edge. Tickets are $38 – $43.

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Tour de Farms / Photo courtesy of Tour de Farms

Tour de Farms 9/12

Across WNY

The ultimate bike ride / foodie farm tour. Join GOBike Buffalo and Massachusetts Avenue Project on a 35 mile bike tour as they venture from urban farms and community gardens to rural Oles Family Farm in Alden, NY. Tickets cost $50 per person.

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Music is Art 9/12

@ Delaware Park by the Marcy Casino

This free music festival surrounding Hoyt Lake highlights local artists, musicians, and dancers. This year, that includes The Goo Goo Dolls. Enough said.

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Buffalo Zombie Mud Run 9/12

@ The Great Pumpkin Farm

Welcome to the Apocalypse. Zombie lovers unite as you navigate your way through PANDEMIC – a 5K course with 13 obstacles. Did we mention you must also avoid zombies trying to hunt you down? Tickets are $50 to participate, $25 to be a Zombie.

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Taste of East Aurora 9/12

in the Village of East Aurora

This street fair on Main Street in East Aurora brings together 25 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants and vendors. This event is free to attend.

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Schlachtfest 9/13

@ Spring Lake Garden

Kick off the Oktoberfest season with some real-deal German fun at Spring Garden Park just outside of East Aurora. Music will be performed by Auslanders. Expect plenty of German food and beer. Admission is $6.

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Bills Home Opener 9/13

@ Ralph Wilson Stadium

Nothing says September in Buffalo like a good tailgate sesh at The Raph. Grab some Bills gear, a case of light beer, a pack of Sahlen’s and don’t miss one of the most fun parties of the year happening in Orchard Park, NY. Tailgating is free. The game is not.

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Iron Event 9/14

@ Hotel Lafayette

The Iron Event is an annual fundraising event where some of the area’s best chefs participate in a “top chef – best amuse bouche” competition. As a guest, you’ll get to try each chef’s dish and vote for your favorite. Participants include James Roberts from Toutant, Jennifer Boye from The Mansion, Steve & Ellen Gedra from the Black Sheep, Victor Parra Gonzalez from Jaguar at the Bistro and many more. Tickets are $40 per person.

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Curtain Up! Buffalo 9/18

@ Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Join theater lovers as they celebrate the grand opening of Buffalo’s theater season with a Gala Dinner at Shea’s, shows, a free street party, fireworks and more. Tickets to the dinner are $80 per couple.

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Color, Frequency, and Flow Show 9/18

@ Hi-Temp Fab

This exhibit at Hi-Temp Fab will feature paintings by Artist Robyn Gallick as well as live music and a cash bar. Over 25 Abstract large scale works utilizing burst of color and resonance will be on display. Admission to the exhibit is free.

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Cuba Garlic Festival 9/19 – 9/20

@ Empire City Farms

Known as a “stinking good time”, this festival an hour and a half southeast of the city covers all things garlic like vendors, garlic growers, live entertainment, garlic foods, garlic lectures, food demos, bar tours and more.  Tickets are $7 at the gate.

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Silo City

Silo City

Silo City Tapped Again 9/19

@ Silo City

From the people that brought you Silo City Tapped, Silo City Tapped Again promises to be a fun combination of everything there is to celebrate about Buffalo including live music, food trucks, beverages, free Silo City tours from our friends at Explore Buffalo, Buffalo vendors and more – all among the grain elevators. Admission is $5, parking is free.

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Toronto International Film Festival 9/10 – 9/20

Okay, so this one’s not exactly in Buffalo, or America, but it is one of the coolest events Buffalonians have access to this September. Start planning your day trip up north now, get in a few good films, see a couple stars and enjoy Toronto. Tickets range in price.

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Elmwood Village Block Bash 9/20

@ Elmwood Village

This Elmwood Village Block Party was a huge hit last year. Join in the neighborhood celebration while enjoying local food, music, street games, activities and more.

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Oktoberfest throughout WNY

Finally Western New York has started amping up the Oktoberfest celebrations all over the region. Get your party pants on and get ready for events like Schlachtfest, Hamburg Oktoberfest, Williamsville Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest Kick-off at Templeton Landing, Resurgence, Old Falls Street Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest at Iron Works and Oinktoberfest.


Gender Bender – Buffalo Humanities Festival 9/23 – 9/26

All Over WNY

This 2nd annual festival presented by the University at Buffalo’s Humanities Institute is meant to “foster dialogue, the sharing of ideas, and the enjoyment of the humanities among the public, scholars, and artists.” This year’s theme is “Gender Bender” which “will go beyond the traditional oppositions of male/female and gay/straight to examine how art, culture, and history are shaped by questions of gender.” The festival includes events at various locations over four days. See the full schedule here.

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Chris Hardwick 9/25

@ Center for the Arts @ UB North

Don’t miss this “stand-up comedian, chart-topping podcaster, television personality, contributor for Wired magazine, and creative head of the multi-platform media behemoth known as Nerdist Industries” at Mainstage Theatre at UB this September.

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Buffalo Beer Week 9/25 -10/4

All over WNY

Towards the end of the month, gear up for a week full of beer, beer and more beer. “The 10-day lineup features events such as farm to table beer and wine dinners, tastings at your local pub and a huge ticketed special event and nearly everything in between”. Prices vary depending on the event.

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Ballpark Brew Bash 9/26

@ Coca-Cola Field

As part of Buffalo Beer Week, this bash aims to showcase WNY’s finest craft beers and then some. Expect a presence from 50+ breweries from across the world, a souvenir tasting glass, and 20 tasting tickets.

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Photo from Lewiston Harvest and Craft Festival's Facebook

Photo from Lewiston Harvest and Craft Festival’s Facebook

Lewiston Harvest and Craft Festival 9/26 – 9/27

@ Center Street in Lewiston

“Two full days of Country Faire type shopping, farmers market and entertainment.”

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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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