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Festivals

Festivals in and around Buffalo & WNY

Who doesn’t love a festival? Whether it is based on bloody mary’s, craft beer, sweet corn or ethnic heritage, there is no limit to how much fun you can have at a local festival. Buffalo & Western New York brings it like no place on earth. Check it out!

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Game Day Bar Crawl hosted by Step Out Buffalo

Sunday Sep. 17, 2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hertel Ave., Buffalo

The Bills Sunday Funday Bar Crawl will have crawlers exploring bars and restaurants on Hertel Ave during the Bills first away game 9/17!

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Buffalo Cigar Fest

Saturday Sep. 23, 2017
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wings Flight of Hope Event Center, Orchard Park

This one day mega festival, hosted by Buffalo Cigars, will unite Western New York and all surrounding areas for a day to celebrate the pleasures of smoking premium hand rolled cigars, beer, food and an unbelievable live music lineup.

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Chautauqua Institution Food Festival

Sunday Aug. 20, 2017 - Friday Aug. 25, 2017
All Day
Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua

Join us from Aug. 20 to 25 for a weeklong food, craft beverage and entertainment festival in Bestor Plaza featuring 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.

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Night Lights Music Festival

Thursday Aug. 24, 2017 - Sunday Aug. 27, 2017
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Heron, Sherman

Featuring over 30 musical acts, three nights of camping, art installations, hiking and biking on over 200 acres, swimming, yoga, local craft vendors, great food and music till dawn.

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Buffalo Irish Festival

Friday Aug. 25, 2017 - Sunday Aug. 27, 2017
12:00 am
Outer Harbor Buffalo, Buffalo

Live music and great food and drink all weekend long

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The Carnival of Parahorror

Friday Aug. 25, 2017 - Sunday Aug. 27, 2017
All Day
Buffalo Central Terminal, Buffalo

The Carnival of Parahorror

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9th Annual Egyptian Festival

Friday Aug. 25, 2017 - Sunday Aug. 27, 2017
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
St. Mary & St. Moses Coptic Orthodox Church, North Tonawanda

Free admission- Enjoy authentic Middle Eastern food, desserts, art, Coptic church tour, Christian gifts,& much more!!

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Northwest Jazz Festival, Lewiston NY

Friday Aug. 25, 2017 - Saturday Aug. 26, 2017
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Lewiston, Lewiston

With over 150 musicians, this FREE jazz fest will have you dancing for two days straight. The festival starts on Friday, August 25th from 5:00pm – 10:30pm and Saturday, August 26th from Noon to 10:30pm.

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Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

Saturday Aug. 26, 2017 - Sunday Aug. 27, 2017
10:00 am
Elmwood Ave & Forest Ave, Buffalo

The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts mission is to foster growth in and awareness of Western New York’s artistic and cultural treasures and improve the fabric of our unique urban environment.

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Jefferson Avenue Arts Festival

Saturday Aug. 26, 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Jefferson Avenue between E. Utica & E. Ferry, Buffalo

The Jefferson Avenue Arts Festival is an event that celebrates Art, Culture, and Community on Jefferson Avenue in the heart of the Eastside of Buffalo. There will be singers, dancers, storyteller, musicians & more for entertainment. Art, retailers, food, & book vendors will also be along Jefferson Avenue, in addition to kids activities.

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Surf & Yoga Festival at Sunset Bay, NY

Saturday Aug. 26, 2017
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
SUP ERIE Adventures, Irving

Yoga, Meditation, Surf lessons, Fitness Classes, Zumba, Paddleboard Lessons, SUP Yoga, Drum Circle, Vendors, Live Music and More!

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Aroma Farm Dinners 2017

Saturday Aug. 26, 2017
1:00 pm
Oles Farm, Alden

Aroma Farm Dinners 2017

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Scharf’s 2nd Annual BierFest

Saturday Aug. 26, 2017
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Scharf’s German Restaurant & Bar, West Seneca

Come celebrate 501 years of German Brewing Purity, and the best of local craft beers as well with a great festival under a huge tent.

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Olean Outdoor Festival 2017

Saturday Aug. 26, 2017 - Sunday Aug. 27, 2017
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bradner Stadium, Olean

Friday starts with a comedy show, live music, and a huge fireworks show. On sat. we start with a 5K Color Race for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers. Then we have river regatta for kayaks, canoes, and tubers. Aug 25 from 5PM to 11PM and Aug 26 from 9AM to 11PM.

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Buffalo Rotary Duck Derby

Sunday Aug. 27, 2017
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Canalside, Buffalo

The Rotary Club of Buffalo is quackers about ducks! Join us for the quaziest race ever when we “launch” hundreds of lil’ rubber ducks off the Blue Line Bridge in Canalside.

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Wild Wing Festival

Sunday Aug. 27, 2017
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, Delevan

See 700 Duck, Geese and swans, 78 species from all over the world, food by Colden Mill from$2-$5: Pulled Pork, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Salads, Cup Cakes, Brownies, Popsicles. Music by The Rustic Ramblers with Gene Hilts on steel Guitar, Chinese Auction, and more.

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John Mayer with Special Guest Dawes

Sunday Aug. 27, 2017
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Darien Lake, Darien Center

To celebrate the 25th season of the Darien Lake Amphitheater, every purchased concert ticket for the 2017 season now includes FREE same day admission to Darien Lake Theme Park!

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Squeaky Wheel Animation Fest

Friday Sep. 01, 2017
7:30 pm
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Join us for Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center’s 14th Animation Fest.

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Taste of Niagara Falls

Saturday Sep. 02, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 03, 2017
All Day
Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls

The Taste of Niagara Falls takes over the premier, Old Falls Street, with some of the areas top restaurants and vendors and will also feature live music all weekend inside our beer & wine tent.

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28th Olcott Beach Car Show

Saturday Sep. 02, 2017
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Krull Park, Olcott

Located in a shaded park, on the shores of Lake Ontario, the Olcott Beach Car Show has grown into one of the largest outdoor car events in Western New York.

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South Buffalo Irish Festival

Saturday Sep. 02, 2017
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cazenovia Park, Buffalo

Aside from an incredible talent line-up of bands and dancers, the festival also marks the highly anticipated reunion of the fiery band Jackdaw!

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Buffalo Wing Festival

Saturday Sep. 02, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 03, 2017
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Coca Cola Field, Buffalo

AS WE ENTER INTO OUR 16TH YEAR, the festival is recognized as one of the best in the country.

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1st Annual Festival of Hops

Saturday Sep. 02, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
42 North Brewing Company, East Aurora

During the festival, local farmers will have the opportunity to showcase and sell their product to home brewers, local breweries or anyone else who may be interested in purchasing fresh hops.

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German Heritage Festival

Saturday Sep. 02, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 03, 2017
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cheektowaga Town Park, Cheektowaga

Celebrate German culture at this two day festival.

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Tailormade Music Festival feat. Travis Scott and 2 Chainz

Saturday Sep. 02, 2017
1:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Canalside, Buffalo

Tailormade Music Festival feat. Travis Scott and 2 Chainz

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2nd Annual Tour de Cask festival

Sunday Sep. 03, 2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Flying Bison Brewery, Buffalo

Tour de Cask will feature cask beer, traditionally a British process where unfiltered beer still containing some yeast is added to a ‘cask’ vessel along with a simple sugar source, generating a refermentation in the vessel which creates natural carbonation.

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Toronto International Film Festival

Thursday Sep. 07, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 17, 2017
All Day
Toronto Canada, Toronto

TIFF is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers.

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Niagara County Peach Festival

Friday Sep. 08, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 10, 2017
All Day
Academy Park, Lewiston

An old fashioned festival complete with a parade, peach shortcake, food, vendors, carnival rides and 3 days of stage entertainment.

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Niagara Grape and Wine Festival

Friday Sep. 08, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 24, 2017
All Day
Montebello Park, St Catherines

The Niagara Grape & Wine Festival offers over 100 events including cellar door experiences, concerts, fresh local food, street parades and more.

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15th Annual Music is Art Festival

Saturday Sep. 09, 2017
11:00 am
Buffalo Riverworks, Buffalo

The Music is Art Festival is a free event for the entire community. It celebrates our local music and art scene, provides a unique look at our city and encourages people of all walks of life to come and enjoy our multi cultural artists in a safe environment.

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6th Annual Taste of East Aurora

Saturday Sep. 09, 2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
East Aurora Village, East Aurora

The event will feature the 26 Greater East Aurora Restaurants and food vendors presenting tastings of their unique menu items.

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Hamburg OktoberFest

Saturday Sep. 09, 2017
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Memorial Park, Hamburg

Hamburg Oktoberfest is an authentic German festival that features beer, food, wine, music, a car show, dancing and live entertainment.

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Family Fall Fest

Saturday Sep. 09, 2017
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
St. Peter and Paul Church – Williamsville, Williamsville

Featuring live music, beer tent, kids activities and vendors.

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UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL

Sunday Sep. 10, 2017
All Day
St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Kenmore

Ukrainian Festival

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Schlachtfest

Sunday Sep. 10, 2017
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Spring Garden Park, Marilla

Schlachtfest

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Curtain Up! Buffalo

Friday Sep. 15, 2017
All Day
Theater District, Buffalo

The Theatre District Association of Western New York presents the annual celebration of the opening of Buffalo’s theatre season in the historic Theatre District each September.

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Ellicottville Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend

Friday Sep. 15, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 17, 2017
All Day
Ellicottville Village, Ellicottville

Ellicottville Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend

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Niagara Falls Blues Festival

Friday Sep. 15, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 17, 2017
All Day
Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls

A weekend of great music!

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THE FEVER

Friday Sep. 15, 2017 - Saturday Sep. 16, 2017
7:30 pm
Silo City, Buffalo

The Fever tests the limits of individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another.

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Buffalo Zombie Mud Run 2017

Saturday Sep. 16, 2017
All Day
Pumpkin Farm, Clarence

Zombies are swarming the grounds in search of brains.

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HARVEST FESTIVAL

Saturday Sep. 16, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 17, 2017
All Day
Darien Lake, Darien Center

HARVEST FESTIVAL

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The Great Pumpkin Farm Opening Weekend

Saturday Sep. 16, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 17, 2017
All Day
Pumpkin Farm, Clarence

All your favorite things to do will be available including the Cornmaze, Boo Barn, Amusement Rides, Cow Train, Jumping Pillows, Magic Show, Halloween Store, Bakery, Cider & Donuts and much more…and plenty of great food!

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Tour de Farms

Saturday Sep. 16, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Oles Farm, Alden

Join us for the 9th Annual Tour de Farms–a celebration of local food and sustainable transportation. Ride with us on a 30+ mile scenic bicycle tour as we visit urban and rural farms and community gardens! The Classic Tour ends at the Oles family farm with a local food celebration that includes food, drinks, music and more!

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2017 Mighty Niagara Half Marathon

Saturday Sep. 16, 2017
9:15 am - 4:00 pm
Artpark, Lewiston

The half marathon course runs through the charming, historic villages of Lewiston and Youngstown along scenic River Road.

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17th Annual Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games

Saturday Sep. 16, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 17, 2017
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Krull Park, Olcott

Everyone is invited to the 17th Annual Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games, taking place on September 16th & 17th at Olcott Beach, NY.
Includes Celtic music, dancers, athletics, clans, living historians, vendors, food, children’s activities and MUCH more. Plus join us Sunday for the 5th annual Niagara Celtic 5K Run.

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Quaker Arts Festival

Saturday Sep. 16, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 17, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Orchard Park Middle School Campus, Orchard Park

300 Artisans and Craftsmen. Featuring Fine Arts, Graphics, Pottery, Photography, Mixed Media, Metals, Woodworking, Packaged Specialty Food, Jewelry, Glass, Fabric and Fiber, Floral Designs and much more

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Peace, Justice & Nonviolence Festival and Walk

Saturday Sep. 16, 2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Canalside, Buffalo

Tabling * Music * Children’s Games & Activities; Entertainment * Food Trucks * Prizes & Giveaways; Join with us as we celebrate those who work to make our communities, our environment safer and our lives better

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3rd Annual Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation Music Festival

Saturday Sep. 16, 2017
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
River Fest Park, Buffalo

Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation will hold its 3rd Annual Music Festival to promote Americana music and history and raise funds for the many programs we provide to foster music appreciation and learning in our local community.

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Rolling Hills Asylum Psychic Fair

Sunday Sep. 17, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
ROLLING HILLS ASYLUM, East Bethany

We see a day of fun and adventure in your future at the 2017 Psychic Fair at Rolling Hills Asylum! Come experience psychics, mediums, tarot readers, reiki, candles, holistics and wellness and more. Featuring guest appearences from Tessa DelZappo – Psychic Medium, Ms. Lorna Marie Reynolds – Psychic Medium, Sarah Carr – Auro Photography, and Mystic Pines Candles.

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Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival

Wednesday Sep. 20, 2017 - Sunday Oct. 01, 2017
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival capture the essence of what filmmaking is all about, but it also captures the essence of the filmmakers themselves, providing the atmosphere and the go-to connections for their next films, locations and everything under the sun.

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Williamsville Oktoberfest

Thursday Sep. 21, 2017 - Saturday Sep. 23, 2017
All Day
Island Park (Williamsville, Behind Village Hall), Williamsville

Bring your families to Williamsville and celebrate Oktoberfest with great food, contests, activities and more!

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Buffalo Beer Week

Friday Sep. 22, 2017 - Sunday Oct. 01, 2017
All Day

Buffalo Beer Week (BBW) promotes Buffalo’s growing craft beer culture by coordinating a ten-day festival in Erie and Niagara counties.

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Oinktoberfest

Friday Sep. 22, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 24, 2017
All Day
Pumpkin Farm, Clarence

Oinktoberfest has continuous music all three days, plenty of BBQ vending teams, a KCBS sanctioned Competition Saturday, a Whole Hog Competition, Outdoor Cooking Contest and the Rib Oink-Off on Sunday and an Awards Ceremony following the contests both days.

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Oktoberfest

Friday Sep. 22, 2017
All Day
Roycroft Inn, East Aurora

Includes German style food and music.

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Tesla Fest: Electric Circus

Friday Sep. 22, 2017
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
The Barrel Factory, Buffalo

Join the Electric Circus for a Victorian-inspired night of creativity and innovation with Buffalo-Niagara Tesla Festival! A multi-disciplinary art party will celebrate the life and legacy of Nikola Tesla in WNY.

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HARVEST FESTIVAL

Saturday Sep. 23, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 24, 2017
All Day
Darien Lake, Darien Center

HARVEST FESTIVAL

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Museum Day Live!

Saturday Sep. 23, 2017
All Day

Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine.

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Taste of Grand Island

Saturday Sep. 23, 2017
All Day
Grand Island- Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island

Taste of Grand Island. We hope that you will come to join us in celebrating our town pride as we showcase all that Grand Island has to offer.

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13th Annual WNY Fiber Arts Festival

Saturday Sep. 23, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Emery Park Ski Lodge, South Wales

13th Annual WNY Fiber Arts Festival, come experience local artisans, shop for unique, handmade gifts & craft supplies. Demonstrations & Workshops.

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AppleUmpkin Festival

Saturday Sep. 23, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 24, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wyoming NY, Wyoming

We invite you to revel in the final golden days of summer along gaslit streets lined with hundreds of craft vendors, strolling entertainers and the mouth-watering aromas of delectable festival treats!

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Harvest Festival

Saturday Sep. 23, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 24, 2017
10:00 am
Niagara Wine Trail, Niagara

Celebrate harvest season with wine and food pairing samples at each participating winery.

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Lewiston Harvest Festival

Saturday Sep. 23, 2017 - Sunday Sep. 24, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Center Street in Lewiston, Lewiston

More than 100 vendors will showcase their artwork, jewelry, woodwork, candles and handmade crafts throughout the weekend.

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Buffalo Cigar Fest

Saturday Sep. 23, 2017
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wings Flight of Hope Event Center, Orchard Park

This one day mega festival, hosted by Buffalo Cigars, will unite Western New York and all surrounding areas for a day to celebrate the pleasures of smoking premium hand rolled cigars, beer, food and an unbelievable live music lineup.

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Aroma Farm Dinners 2017

Saturday Sep. 23, 2017
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oles Farm, Alden

The Aroma Group is proud to announce the Aroma Farm Dinner Series is returning in 2017 with three events at Oles Farm in Alden, NY.

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2017 Ballpark Brew Bash

Saturday Sep. 23, 2017
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Coca Cola Field, Buffalo

Head down to beautiful Coca-Cola Field on Saturday, September 23rd and sample over 100 unique beers from 50+ breweries near and far!

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Country Harvest

Saturday Sep. 23, 2017
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo

Celebrate the changing of the seasons at the first ever Country Harvest at the Buffalo Zoo! Enjoy festive fall activities, country music BBQ food and seasonal beers.

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The 38th Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival

Friday Sep. 29, 2017 - Sunday Oct. 01, 2017
All Day
Corpus Christi Social and Athletic Center, Buffalo

This joyful celebration, which dates to the middle ages, is the Polish equivalent of America’s Thanksgiving holiday.

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Buffalo Humanities Festival

Saturday Sep. 30, 2017
All Day
Buffalo State College, Buffalo

The Buffalo Humanities Festival’s mission is to foster dialogue, the sharing of ideas, and the enjoyment of the humanities among the public, scholars, and artists.

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HARVEST FESTIVAL

Saturday Sep. 30, 2017 - Sunday Oct. 01, 2017
All Day
Darien Lake, Darien Center

HARVEST FESTIVAL

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Roycroft Campus Fall Festival

Saturday Sep. 30, 2017 - Sunday Oct. 01, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Roycroft Campus Corporation, East Aurora

Join us for our Art Show as we feature a variety of artists, produce and cultural groups.

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Oktoberfest

Saturday Sep. 30, 2017
6:00 pm
Buffalo Central Terminal, Buffalo

Another Buffalo tradition returns for the second year in a row to the Terminal: Oktoberfest, featuring the music of Those Idiots (German-style).

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Oktoberfest of Tonawanda

Saturday Oct. 07, 2017
All Day
Niawanda Park, Tonawanda

Kick off the fall season with live music, craft brews and great food, Columbus Day weekend at the Oktoberfest of Tonawanda at Niawanda Park

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Honey Harvest Festival

Saturday Oct. 07, 2017 - Sunday Oct. 08, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Masterson’s Garden Center, East Aurora

Do you just love the taste of fresh, raw honey? Join local beekeepers and vendors at Masterson’s Honey Harvest Festival October 7th and 8th to enjoy all things honey.

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Rochester Bloody Mary fest

Sunday Oct. 15, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Street Armory, Rochester

You’re invited to taste each establishment’s unique brunch bevy and vote on your favorite while enjoying a live DJ, cash bar with additional libations, and other entertainment plus food vendors.

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