Guide to Free Concerts This Summer in WNY

City Guide, Live Music, Music


Written by Kelsie Engert

Published on July 2, 2019
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All a good summer night in WNY needs is some live music. And what’s better than live music? FREE live music. We’ve got some killer free summer concert series going on weekly all summer long. Here’s an ultimate list of free outdoor concerts in and around the Buff, sorted by region (yw). Grab some friends, a lawn chair, and some cash for the beer tent – we promise it’ll be a good time.

Did we miss one? Email us at!


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Thursday & Main

When: Thursdays @ 5-8pm (through August 8)

Where: Fountain Plaza (Main at Chippewa Streets)

FYI: Not only do you get to enjoy free live music, but also happy hour featuring all things local, including restaurants, Big Ditch Brewing Company, and Labatt Blue beer.



M&T Bank Plaza Concert Series

When: Every weekday @ 12-1pm (through August 23)

Where: One M&T Plaza,  345 Main St, Buffalo

FYI: They’re celebrating their 50th (!!) season this year (we’re told it’s the longest running free concert series in the country🤷‍♀️), so you know it’s legit. You can also expect your fav food trucks to be on-site everyday. 


KeyBank Live at Larkin

When: Wednesdays @ 5-8:30 pm (through August 28)

Where: Larkin Square,  745 Seneca St, Buffalo

FYI: Food trucks; Beer, wine & beverages sold by Larkin; live music in the Hydraulic Hearth Beer Garden following KeyBank Live at Larkin concerts



Canalside Live

When: 5 pm on various nights through August 30 (Lineup Schedule)

Where: Canalside, 44 Prime St, Buffalo

FYI: *Disclaimer: This one isn’t actually free- GA tickets are $5, and can be purchased on OR any Consumers Beverages (includes 1 free drink voucher!). Check out the website to see the show dates and lineup!



Buffalo River Fest Park Concert Series

When: Wednesdays @ 6:30-10pm (through September 4)

Where: Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St,  Buffalo

FYI: Happens right by the waterfront; free parking is available; byo lawn chairs and blankets!




Tonawanda Gateway Harbor Park Concert Series

When: Wednesdays @ 6-10pm (through August 28)

Where: Tonawanda Gateway Harbor Park, 15 Webster Street, North Tonawanda

FYI: No outside food or drink is allowed, but plenty will be available for purchase! Gates open @ 5pm.



Blue Mondays Concerts

When: Mondays @ 7-9pm (July 8 through August 19)

Where: Hennepin Park Gazebo, 4th & Center St, Lewiston

FYI: Bring a chair, cooler & your dancing shoes for some of the greatest blues around!



Elmwood Village Summer Concert Series

When: Tuesdays @ 7-9pm (through August 6)

Where: Bidwell Parkway, Btw Elmwood and Potomac Ave, Buffalo

FYI: Enjoy local food and beverage vendors in the park! Donations and beverage sales support the Elmwood Village Association.



Clarence Summer Concert Series

When: Sundays @ 7pm (July 7 through August 4)

Where: Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St, Clarence, NY 14031

FYI: Bring chairs, blankets and your favorite snacks to enjoy a show by the Summer Clarence Orchestra! Rain location: Clarence Middle School on Greiner Road.


Gateway Park Food Truck Thursday & Music

When: Thursdays @ 5-8pm (through September 26)

Where: Gateway Harbor, 36 Young St, Tonawanda

FYI: Bc what’s better than free music and food trucks galore?! There will also be a small farmer’s market and some other vendors!



Thursdays on the Water

When: Thursdays @ 6-9pm (through August 29)

Where: Gratwick Park, 1300 River Rd, North Tonawanda

FYI: Expect some rock selections, including the Van Halen Tribute and Strictly Hip, food trucks and classic car shows every week!



Music Mania Mondays

When: Mondays @ 6:30pm (through August 19)

Where: Veterans’ Memorial Community Park, 7000 Lockport Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

FYI: Featuring local food vendors and a beer and wine tent! Bring lawn chairs and blankets! At 6:30pm, a local WNY artist will open, and the headliner will go on at 8pm.



Cheektowaga Summer Concert Series

When: Wednesdays @ 6pm (July 7 through August 18)

Where: Casimir Pulaski Cultural Center in Cheektowaga Town Park, 2600 Harlem Rd, Cheektowaga, NY 

FYI: Bring blankets and lawn chairs! If it rains, the concerts will take place at the Lions Pavilion, located next to the Cultural Center. 




Orchard Park Pavilion Music Series

When: Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 7-8:30pm (through August 8)

Where: Quaker Arts Pavilion, 60 South Lincoln Orchard Park, NY 14127

FYI: The refreshment stand opens at 6:30 pm. If it rains, the event will be moved to the OP Middle School aud! 



Music on the Pier

When: Thursdays @ 6:30-8:30pm (through August 29)

Where: Dunkirk Pier, 814 Central Ave, Dunkirk

FYI: Why not enjoy a free concert right on the gorgeous waterfront?! Check out the website for the lineup with different genres each week! Food is available for purchase.



Town of Boston Summer Concert Series

When: Tuesdays @ 7-9pm (July 9 through August 27)

Where: Lion’s Shelter, Boston Town Park, 8500 Boston State Road, Boston

FYI: Bring some friends, snacks and lawn chairs for a free show! The rain location will be the Community Room.



West Seneca Lions Club Summer Concert Series

When: Thursdays @ 7pm (through August 29)

Where: Lion’s Bandshell (Behind Town Hall), 1250 Union Rd, West Seneca

FYI: Arrive early to check out the West Seneca Farmers Market and grab some goodies! In the event of rain, all concerts will be moved to the West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca Street.



Burchfield Nature and Art Center Summer Concert Series

When: Tuesdays @ 6:30-8pm (July 2 through July 23)

Where: Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Rd West Seneca, NY 

FYI: BYO lawn chairs to see a free family-friendly show!



Village of Blasdell Summer Concert Series

When: Wednesdays @ 6:30- 8:30pm (through July 31)

Where:  JFK Playground, 1 Grafton Ave, Blasdell, NY 

FYI: BYO lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers!



Did we miss one? Email us at!

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Written by Kelsie Engert

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