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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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Spree Hot Off the Press Happy Hour

Wednesday May. 24, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Community Beer Works – New Location, 520 7th St

Get a first look at our commemorative June issue and enjoy drinks and complimentary snacks and tastings at Community Beer Work’s NEW brewery located at 520 7th Street.

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Buffalo Dinner Club at Osteria 166

Thursday May. 25, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Osteria 166, Buffalo

Amazing food, wine pairing, BDC drink specials, and plenty of awesome people to meet! Eat, drink, and network. Stay tuned for the menu, and link to purchase your ticket!! Tell your friends and family about this one!! You won’t want to miss out!

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Totally Buffalo Festival

Saturday May. 27, 2017
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Buffalo Riverworks, Buffalo

The first annual Totally Buffalo Festival is celebrating everything we love about Buffalo and WNY. This event is totally home-grown! The food, the beverages, the music, the vendors, the activities – are all Buffalo-centric.

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BuffaLoveFest

Friday May. 26, 2017
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo

This 21 and over event will feature live music from some of Buffalo’s finest bands, beer & wine from a variety of local brands, food trucks, artisans who specialize in Buffalo-themed goods & much more!

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Taste of Lewiston

Saturday May. 27, 2017
All Day
Lewiston, Lewiston

A Taste of Lewiston as it makes it’s grand return in 2017 as one of the region’s premier culinary festivals. Lewiston’s historic look and quaint feel, offer an inviting atmosphere for event goers, families and friends to enjoy all of the best features of Lewiston, all at one great event.

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WATERFRONT CARNIVAL

Saturday May. 27, 2017 - Sunday May. 28, 2017
12:00 am
Outer Harbor Buffalo, Buffalo

The 3rd Annual WATERFRONT CARNIVAL starts this weekend at the Event Space at the OUTER HARBOR at 325 Fuhrmann Blvd. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11-9pm and MONDAY 11-6pm

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Clarence Bark in the Park

Saturday May. 27, 2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Clarence Town Park, Clarence

Family Fun for the Whole Doggone Family! A Clarence Town Civic Organization Fundraising Event featuring: Doxie Derby*, Dock Jumping, Barn Hunt Demo, Sheep Herding, and more

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Totally Buffalo Festival

Saturday May. 27, 2017
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Buffalo Riverworks, Buffalo

The first annual Totally Buffalo Festival is celebrating everything we love about Buffalo and WNY. This event is totally home-grown! The food, the beverages, the music, the vendors, the activities – are all Buffalo-centric.

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Maifest

Sunday May. 28, 2017
All Day
Spring Garden Park, Marilla

Maifest

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Fire Pit Festival

Sunday May. 28, 2017
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
New York Beer Project, Lockport

Join us at New York Beer Project for our Fire Pit Festival as we enjoy blues, brews and BBQ! River Dogs Blues Band will perform starting at 6 pm.

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WNY Herpetological Society’s Annual Show & Fundraiser

Saturday Jun. 03, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rescue Fire Hall, North Tonawanda

Alongside our indoor show and fundraiser we will be hosting a free outdoor festival also known as the “WNY Wild Expo” that will feature Western New Yorks finest non profit organizations, educational, and wildlife / outdoor related businesses.

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Rock The Gates // Music & Beer Fest

Saturday Jun. 03, 2017
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12 Gates Brewing Co., Williamsville

Following last year’s “Better Late than Never” One Year Anniversary Party, with its turnout in the thousands, the crew has decided to do it all over again. A few twists will be added to this year’s Music and Beer Fest, however.

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German Festival

Sunday Jun. 04, 2017
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, Amherst

Celebrate German cultural heritage! Featuring German food, drinks, authentic live German entertainment and fun for all ages! Food and beverages will be available for purchase, catered by Schnitzel & Company.

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2017 Pride Festival

Sunday Jun. 04, 2017
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Canalside, Buffalo

The festival features community organizations, family activities, food and beverage vendors, retail vendors, advocacy events and live musical performances – including headliner Betty Who!

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Havana Nights

Sunday Jun. 04, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Providence Social, BUFFALO

Join us for a day party filled with a passionate Afro Cuban vibe. Inspired by the hit movie “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights”, this must attend event will include specialty cocktails, food, live music and enactments that you don’t want to miss!

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IT FEST: Two Days & Nights with Intrepid Travelers

Friday Jun. 09, 2017 - Saturday Jun. 10, 2017
All Day
South Blossom Lea Drive, Alden

IT Fest is a grassroots event focused on pulling the stitches of our small community of “Travelers” even tighter (as well as expanding and welcoming new ones)!

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Chamberfest and Beer Festival

Saturday Jun. 10, 2017
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Seneca -Allegany Casino & Resort, Salamanca

Bringing awareness and support to our local animal shelter Empire Animal Rescue Society (EARS)

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Buffalo Fantasy and Magic Festival

Friday Jun. 16, 2017
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Buffalo Central Terminal, Buffalo

Join Beyond Ghosts for the 1st annual Buffalo and Magic Festival!

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COLORBLOCK Interactive Festival

Friday Jun. 16, 2017
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artspace Buffalo Gallery, Buffalo

COLORBLOCK is an interactive art festival where artists and non-artists alike can contribute to a variety of large scale installations.

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Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday Jun. 17, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Buffalo Riverworks, Buffalo

See the majestic sport of Dragon Boat Racing at the Hope Chest’s annual Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat FestivalSM. Join us for a day of dragon boat racing and fun-filled activities for the whole family

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ELLICOTTVILLE PADDLE FESTIVAL

Saturday Jun. 17, 2017 - Sunday Jun. 18, 2017
10:00 am
Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce, Ellicottville

Start the Stand-up Paddle Board season at Spruce Lake!

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Lewiston Garden Fest

Saturday Jun. 17, 2017 - Sunday Jun. 18, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lewiston Garden, Lewiston

The festival includes more than 50 vendors selling flowers, plants, and garden essentials along with speakers, demonstrations, a free garden walk, container garden contest and more throughout the weekend.

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Buffalo Fantasy and Magic Festival

Saturday Jun. 17, 2017
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Buffalo Central Terminal, Buffalo

Join Beyond Ghosts for the 1st annual Buffalo and Magic Festival!

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SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

Saturday Jun. 17, 2017
12:00 pm
Artpark, Lewiston

The Summer Solstice heralds the beginning of summer, and represents a time of fulfillment.

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Summer Solstice Celebration

Saturday Jun. 17, 2017
All Day
Artpark, Lewiston

Summer Solstice Celebration! Ticket Info: $10- Fairy House Festival and Summer Solstice Celebration ! $15- Lehrer Dance performance and after-party $20- Day Pass.

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Thin Man Brewery First Anniversary Summer Solstice Street Festival

Saturday Jun. 17, 2017
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thin Man Brewery, Buffalo

Come celebrate our one year anniversary with us as we close Elmwood Avenue between Utica Street and Hodge Avenue for a day filled with food, beer and music!

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Crossroads Bluesfest

Saturday Jun. 17, 2017
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chicken Coop VFW, West Seneca

Scheduled line-up for this year includes Randle and The Late Night Scandals, Blues Daddios, Rod Horning Project and Jony James with special guest Hayden Fogle.

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Buffalo Fantasy and Magic Festival

Sunday Jun. 18, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Buffalo Central Terminal, Buffalo

Join Beyond Ghosts for the 1st annual Buffalo and Magic Festival!

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Make Music Day 2017

Wednesday Jun. 21, 2017
All Day

Completely different from a typical musical festival, Make Music Day seeks to encourage all people, young and old, amateur or professional, to experience the pleasure of making music.

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EXPOSURE Concert: E8

Friday Jun. 23, 2017 - Sunday Jun. 25, 2017
All Day
The Cove, Depew

The 8th annual EXPOSURE Concert: Because love shouldn’t hurt. This is a 3-day, FREE, live music festival to raise awareness of domestic violence, on 2 stages featuring over 50 bands, all weekend long.

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Learn with Bricks, Brick Fest Live-Lego Fan Experience

Saturday Jun. 24, 2017 - Sunday Jun. 25, 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo

The Brick Fest Live LEGO® Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate, and entertain.

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4th Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival

Saturday Jun. 24, 2017
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Outer Harbor Buffalo, Buffalo

The festival will feature more than 40 breweries, including all 20 local breweries such as 12 Gates Brewing , 42 North Brewing, Big Ditch, Buffalo Brewing Company, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Hamburg Brewing Company and more.

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Gaufest 2017

Thursday Jun. 29, 2017 - Sunday Jul. 02, 2017
All Day
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo

Gaufest 2017

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Rockin’ 2017: Our Lady Peace and Collective Soul

Thursday Jun. 29, 2017
6:00 pm
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Rockin’ 2017 will feature acclaimed alternative rock bands Our Lady Peace and Collective Soul with special guest, Tonic.

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SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Friday Jun. 30, 2017 - Sunday Jul. 02, 2017
All Day
Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville

Over the years, the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce has prided itself in bringing some of the top names in music to our area for a great outdoor show.

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The Great Blue Heron Music Festival

Friday Jun. 30, 2017 - Sunday Jul. 02, 2017
All Day
The Heron, Sherman

A summer tradition since 1992, the Great Blue Heron Music Festival is an annual celebration that brings thousands of music lovers to the rolling hills of Western New York each July.

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ELLICOTTVILLE STROLL THE STREETS

Friday Jun. 30, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ellicottville Village, Ellicottville

ELLICOTTVILLE STROLL THE STREETS

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SABAH’s Kickstock Kickball Tournament

Saturday Jul. 08, 2017
All Day
Wilkeson Pointe, Buffalo

SABAH’s 2nd Annual Kickstock Kickball Festival. A throwback tournament that will have you and your friends or coworkers vying for thrilling prizes and the prestigious title of 2017 Kickstock Champions!

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Taste of Buffalo

Saturday Jul. 08, 2017 - Sunday Jul. 09, 2017
All Day
Downtown Buffalo, Buffalo

Summertime fun and delicious food from more than 55 of Buffalo’s best restaurants and food trucks, plus six New York State wineries.

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4TH ANNUAL BUFFALO NIAGARA BLUES FESTIVAL

Saturday Jul. 08, 2017
11:45 am - 11:30 pm
Silo City, Buffalo

This year’s festival includes Grammy award-nominated blues guitar and keyboard stalwart, Lucky Peterson, and Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots, whose band features local prodigy, Pat Harrington on guitar.

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American Salute with the Buffalo Master Chorale and Plien Air Art Festival

Sunday Jul. 09, 2017
7:00 pm
Clarence Town Park, Clarence

American Salute with the Buffalo Master Chorale and Plien Air Art Festival

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2017 Rochester MusicFest

Friday Jul. 14, 2017
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Genesee Valley Park, Rochester

The Rochester MusicFest is a two-day event for families featuring live musical performances, popular food trucks and an interactive “KID ZONE”. The “KID ZONE” will be available on Saturday for children under 10 featuring waterslides, bounce houses and more.

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Carrousel Carnival Days

Saturday Jul. 15, 2017 - Sunday Jul. 16, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, North Tonawanda

Enjoy $1 admission to the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum during our Carrousel Carnival Days! Our Children’s Gallery will be transformed into a carnival midway with games for the whole family to play. 50 cent rides and games!

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Hawk Creek’s 28th annual WILD RENN FEST

Saturday Jul. 15, 2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center – West Falls, West Falls

Exciting entertainment and activities for all ages include live wildlife presentations, bird of prey flight demonstrations, medieval reenactments, educational exhibits, food, music, art, and much more!

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2017 Rochester MusicFest

Saturday Jul. 15, 2017
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Genesee Valley Park, Rochester

The Rochester MusicFest is a two-day event for families featuring live musical performances, popular food trucks and an interactive “KID ZONE”. The “KID ZONE” will be available on Saturday for children under 10 featuring waterslides, bounce houses and more.

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Hawk Creek’s 28th annual WILD RENN FEST

Sunday Jul. 16, 2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center – West Falls, West Falls

Exciting entertainment and activities for all ages include live wildlife presentations, bird of prey flight demonstrations, medieval reenactments, educational exhibits, food, music, art, and much more!

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UB on the Green

Wednesday Jul. 19, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Univeristy at Buffalo – South Campus, Buffalo

UB on the Green is a free, outdoor, alcohol-free, family friendly festival where the UB campus meets the community on the iconic Hayes Hall Lawn on the South Campus.

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48th Annual Grease Pole Festival “El Palo Encebao”

Friday Jul. 21, 2017 - Sunday Jul. 23, 2017
All Day
Olivencia Community Center Festival Grounds, Buffalo

We will be celebrating 3 days of music, ethnic food, and dancing; a celebration of community and culture, with activities for the entire family; With Live Performances

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Hawk Creek’s 28th annual WILD RENN FEST

Saturday Jul. 22, 2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center – West Falls, West Falls

Exciting entertainment and activities for all ages include live wildlife presentations, bird of prey flight demonstrations, medieval reenactments, educational exhibits, food, music, art, and much more!

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Hawk Creek’s 28th annual WILD RENN FEST

Sunday Jul. 23, 2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hawk Creek Wildlife Center – West Falls, West Falls

Exciting entertainment and activities for all ages include live wildlife presentations, bird of prey flight demonstrations, medieval reenactments, educational exhibits, food, music, art, and much more!

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UB on the Green

Wednesday Jul. 26, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Univeristy at Buffalo – South Campus, Buffalo

UB on the Green is a free, outdoor, alcohol-free, family friendly festival where the UB campus meets the community on the iconic Hayes Hall Lawn on the South Campus.

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10th Annual Walk Off Hunger

Saturday Jul. 29, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Island Park, Williamsville

This fun, family-friendly event will once again be presented by Life Storage. Walk Off Hunger is a two-mile scenic walk through the Village of Williamsville. The walk is followed up with a festival full of children’s activities, musical entertainment, bounce houses, raffles, food and refreshments.

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Festival of India (India Mela)

Saturday Aug. 12, 2017
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Canalside, Buffalo

Enjoy an evening filled with live musical and cultural performances from different parts of India. Sample the varieties of Indian cuisines, Handicrafts, Dresses and much much more.

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Taste of Lockport

Sunday Aug. 13, 2017
All Day
Ida Fritz Park, Lockport

Niagara County’s ultimate summer food fair, featuring local restaurants, wineries and farms. A day in the park, with food, live entertainment, contests, arts & crafts, and fun for the whole family.

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Scottish Festival

Saturday Aug. 19, 2017 - Sunday Aug. 20, 2017
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, Amherst

Celebrate Scottish cultural heritage. Featuring Scottish fare and beer, highland games, live music and dancing, clans and pipers. Fun for all ages!

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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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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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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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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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