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50+ Fantastic Events to Check Out This May in WNY

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on April 20, 2022
Porchfest 2022, Saturday May 21 in the Elmwood Village

If you’re like us, then you’re just itching to get outside for some warm weather events. Luckily, May is like a breath of fresh air and is filled from start to finish with fun events happening all around town. We kick off this month with Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day festivities and then round it out with Memorial Day weekend. In between all that, you’ll find live music, comedy shows, markets and more! Without further ado, let’s get into Step Out Buffalo’s curated list of exciting events happening this May in WNY, as chosen by our editors.

Disclaimer: 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.

Did one of these events get canceled, rescheduled, or postponed? Send us a note!

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29th Annual Affaire of the Heart

Fri, May 20
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

$125

Kevin Guest House
782 Ellicott St Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Our 29th Annual Signature Event benefiting the work of Kevin Guest House returns to the historic Buffalo Club this year, in addition to offering take home

The Oregon Trail At Alleyway Theatre

Fri, May 20 +more dates
7:30 pm – 3:00 pm

$30

Alleyway Theatre
One Curtain Up Alley Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

Finishing a critically acclaimed season, including productions like WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT and BERSERKER, Buffalo’s home for new plays closes out its

Hamburg Music Festival

Sat, May 21
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

$15

MEMORIAL PARK Main Stage
Corner of Lake St & Union St Hamburg, NY 14075

South Towns

In order to attend the music festival, you will need to purchase a wristband. A wristband enables you to enter the venues, ride on the “Music Bus”,

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Paul Cauthen

Tue, May 17
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$35

Buffalo Iron Works
49 Illinois St Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Paul Cauthen comes to Buffalo, NY on May 17 to play Buffalo Iron Works! ...

NEEDTOBREATHE: INTO THE MYSTERY ACOUSTIC TOUR

Wed, May 18
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$34

Artpark
450 S. Fourth St. Lewiston , 14092

Niagara County

Live music ...

Charlie Berens

Wed, May 18
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

$25.00

Helium Comedy Club
30 Mississippi Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Charlie Berens is an Emmy-winning journalist, comedian, and creator of the "Manitowoc Minute." The Wisconsin native has been featured on Fox, CBS, Funny ...

Iceage w/ Wiki

Thu, May 19
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$20

Rec Room
79 W Chippewa St Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

After Dark Presents Iceage with special guests Wiki TICKETS & INFO | https://aftr.dk/3LjJaIv Tickets are available without online fees at After ...

Brad Williams

Thu, May 19 +more dates
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$24

Helium Comedy Club
30 Mississippi Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Known For: "The Degenerates" & Co-host of "About Last Night" Described by Robin Williams as "Prozac with a head," Brad Williams is a dynamo on the ...

July Talk

Thu, May 19
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$30

Town Ballroom
681 Main Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Live Music ...

16th Annual Charitable Auction To Benefit CEPA Gallery

Fri, May 20
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$125

Forbes Theater
500 Pearl Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

The Center for Exploratory & Perceptual Arts is excited to invite the Greater Buffalo community to join their 16th Charitable Auction on Friday, May ...

Buffalo Wing a Ding Ding Festival

Sat, May 21
11:30 am - 6:00 pm

$15

Buffalo RiverWorks
359 Ganson St Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

THE ORIGINAL WING A DING DING FESTIVAL It’s here Buffalo – The Original Wing a Ding Ding Festival! More than just Wings – We’re Bringin’ ...

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Porchfest 2022

Sat, May 21
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free

Elmwood Village
Elmwood Village Buffalo, 14222

Buffalo

Started in 2013, Buffalo Porchfest has quickly grown to be a community favorite! Buffalo Porchfest 2022 is set for a return on Saturday, May 21. Get ready ...

Full Circle Festival 2022 by 42 North Brewing

Sat, May 21
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$45

Knox Farm State Park
211 Knox Rd. East Aurora, 14052

South Towns

About this event:  42 North will host its 5th installment of Full Circle Festival. This year’s festival will move to the historic Stables at Knox Farm ...

TACOS & TEQUILA FESTIVAL

Sat, May 21
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

$25

Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel
8315 Park Avenue Batavia, 14020

Genesee County

Get $7 OFF each ticket purchased when using the code STEPOUT at checkout! We are excited to announce our new Tacos & Tequila event at Batavia Downs ...

Triminia: An Art Party For Our Times

Sat, May 21
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$25

Buffalo Arts Studio
2495 Main St. Suite 500 Buffalo, 14214

North Buffalo

As a pillar of the Western New York arts community for 30 years now, Buffalo Arts Studio is moving and morphing along with the times. After two mega-successful ...

Johnny Nobody / Bearhunter / Bryan Dubay

Sat, May 21
9:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$7

Nietzsche’s
248 Allen Street Buffalo, 14201

Buffalo

Saturday, May 21st @ 9pm, $7 21+ Johnny Nobody Bearhunter Bryan Dubay ...

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience

Sun, May 22
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$39

Shea’s Performing Arts Center
646 Main Street Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

Theresa Caputo, star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. She will deliver ...

Demetri Martin

Sun, May 22
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$42.75

Asbury Hall at Babeville
341 Delaware Buffalo, 14202

Buffalo

Demetri Martin is a standup comedian, writer, and director. Demetri won the Perrier Award at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh for his ...

Pink Mountaintops

Tue, May 24
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$15

Mohawk Place
47 East Mohawk Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

After Dark Presents Pink Mountaintops with special guests Ashley Shadow ...

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CARCASS

Tue, May 24
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$29

Town Ballroom
681 Main Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Funtime Presents CARCASS with IMMOLATION & CREEPING DEATH ...

Modest Mouse

Fri, May 27
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$49.50

Artpark
450 S. Fourth St. Lewiston , 14092

Niagara County

Modest Mouse with special guest The Cribs Friday, May 27, 2022 Artpark | Lewiston, NY Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative PCR test (taken within ...

Michael Colyar

Fri, May 27 +more dates
7:30 pm - 3:00 pm

$22

Helium Comedy Club
30 Mississippi Street Buffalo, 14203

Buffalo

Michael Colyar is a multi-talented, actor, comedian, and author. Michael is no stranger to work as he is still packing out shows in major cities night ...

The Head And The Heart – Every Shade of Blue Tour 2022

Sat, May 28
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

$29

Artpark
450 S. Fourth St. Lewiston , 14092

Niagara County

Live Music ...

Terry Fator

Sat, May 28
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$25

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
310 4th St Niagara Falls, 14303

Niagara County

Terry Fator, famed ventriloquist and comic, launched his impressive career after winning Season 2 of America’s Got Talent. He’s enjoyed a record-breaking ...

Buffalo Marathon Weekend

Sun, May 29
6:30 am - 8:00 am

$25


Buffalo, NY

Other

The course is relatively flat and fast with great volunteer support and a scenic view of downtown’s waterfront and its major landmarks. The course ...

Seneca Casinos Outer Harbor Concert Series featuring T-Pain

Sun, May 29
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$24

Buffalo Waterfront - Lakeside Event Lawn presented by Honda
825 Fuhrmann Blvd Buffalo, NY 14203

Buffalo

Grammy Award winning recording artist T-Pain takes the Buffalo Waterfront stage, kicking off the inagural season of the Seneca Casinos Outer Harbor Concert ...

Lake Street Dive

Sun, May 29
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$49.50

Artpark
450 S. Fourth St. Lewiston , 14092

Niagara County

Lake Street Dive With Special Guest ...

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