9 End of Summer Festivals You Won't Want to Miss

City Guide, Food & Drink


Written by Francesca Bond

Published on August 10, 2017

Photo courtesy of the National Buffalo Wing Festival

It’s already August and while summer is winding down, festival season is still in full blast. Get the most of the warm weather, sunshine and overall happy summer feeling with these festivals, so you can say summer 2o17 was a huge success.

1. Lewiston Art Festival

August 12th – August 13th // 10 am – 6 pm // Lewiston 
The Lewiston Art Festival has been going on for over 50 years, and this year they feature over 175 artists. They guarantee you’ll find at least some kind of art you love, with paintings, sculptures, photography, and jewelry. Meet the artists one-on-one and enjoy food and live performances.
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2. Buffalo Niagara Scottish Festival

August 19th- August 20th // All day // Amherst
Celebrate your Scottish heritage, or just enjoy a festival, at the Scottish fest. There will be games such as hammer throws and stone put, as well as Celtic bands and Pipe bands. There will also be dancing, musical workshops, and food.
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Photo courtesy of Chautauqua Institution Food Festival

3. Chautauqua Institution Food Festival

August 20 – August 25  //  Times Vary  //  Chautauqua Institution
This week-long food, craft beverage, and entertainment festival in Chautauqua, just south of Buffalo (Bestor Plaza to be exact) has a schedule of events that screams *super legit*. The event features renowned speakers from the culinary world as well as a daily roster of food- and drink-themed events from cooking demonstrations and competitions to interactive experiences and tastings prepared by the best regional restaurants, farms, wineries, and breweries. Stop it. Just stop it.
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Buffalo Irish Festival

Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Irish Festival

4. Buffalo Irish Festival

August 25th- August 27th // Times vary // Outer Harbor
Looks like there’s another day in the year to pretend to be Irish. This festival will have two stages of continuous entertainment from U.S., Canada, and Ireland. There will be a kickoff parade on Friday, and traditional Irish music and dancing. Shop for Irish goods with over 30 exclusively Irish good vendors and eat and drink traditional Irish food and drinks.
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5. Northwest Jazz Festival, Lewiston NY

August 25th – August 26th // 5 pm – 10:30 pm // Lewiston
Get your blues on at the Lewiston Jazz fest. Over 150 of the best local jazz musicians in over 30 bands will be showcasing their talent for everyone to see. Walk along the heart of Lewiston and listen to different stages full of blues-y jazz, big bands, and soulful jazz singers.
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Elmwood Ave Festival of the Arts, Step Out Buffalo

Photo courtesy of Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

6. Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

August 26th – August 27th // All day // Elmwood
They’ve got art (170 different artists and crafts vendors), performances (over 50 spanning three stages) dance (family friendly dance tent), food, Kidsfest activities for the kids, and Cultural Row, where you can learn about different organizations helping the community. They’ve got it all.
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7. Buffalo Wing Festival

September 1 – September 4  //  All Day  // Coca-Cola Field
A homegrown festival that has attracted national audiences for years, this is a full-on celebration of chicken wings, but not just local wings. Throughout Labor Day weekend stop by Coca-Cola Field to try wings from across the country, catch some *interesting* eating competitions, and enjoy a festive atmosphere.
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Peach Festival, Step Out Buffalo

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8. Niagara County Peach Festival

September 8 – September 10  // Thursday Ride Preview 6 pm – 10 pm, Friday 5 pm – 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 11pm  //  Academy Park in Lewiston, NY
Described as an old fashioned festival complete with all your favorites like a parade, food, vendors, carnival rides, 3 days of stage entertainment, and of course, peach shortcake!
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9. Music is Art Festival

September 9th // 11 am – ? // Buffalo Riverworks
This free event has moved to the Buffalo River and has live music performances as well as local art and dance. Described as a “multi-sensory event; part concert, part bazaar, part street fair and art gallery”.
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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Francesca Bond</a>

Written by Francesca Bond

Francesca was a Step Out Buffalo intern in 2017.
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