Step Out, Be Fit
Step Out, Be Fit is our new weekly “column” where we’ll feature a free outdoor fitness class paired with a nearby activity, restaurant, or bar to check out after class! Why? Because it’s just more fun that way. Get ready for your fittest – and funnest – summer yet!
Not having a gym membership is no longer a reason to not to get fit in Buffalo. Over the past few summers, Buffalo has become home to an array of free, $0, won’t-break-the-bank, outdoor fitness classes. Regardless of where in the city – or outside of the city – you’re living, working, or playing, on any given day you can find a free fitness class to shake up your current workout routine, have fun with friends and family, or take your first baby steps into fitness.
Saturday, June 18
Fitness Class: Yoga
Bidwell Parkway @ 10 a.m. – Sponsored by Independent Health
Activities: Elmwood Village Farmers Market
Bidwell Parkway @ 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Parade starts at 11 a.m. @ Genesee and Moselle; ends @ Martin Luther King Park
Arts and Culture State can be found at Fillmore Ave and E. Parade St.; entertainment runs from 2 – 8 p.m. Saturday
Vendor Marketplace and Food Court will be open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday
At its core, yoga should be a thought-inspiring practice as it is rooted in thousands of years of history. It is one of those things that – no matter how hard secularization may try – cannot be untethered from the personal, interpersonal, and societal reflections it demands from practitioners. Instead of just treating yourself to a boozy brunch after class, this weekend, you can keep up the yogic mindset and explore some more local offerings and then celebrate Buffalo’s strong Black and African heritage with a trip to the Elmwood Village Farmers Market and the Juneteenth Festival.
The Farmers Market opens up an entire two hours prior to Independent Health’s free yoga class at Bidwell Parkway, so you can grab a light breakfast – what’s better on a sunny summer day than a fresh tomato? – and some groceries for the coming week before getting your Warrior II on.
After class, head east for the beautiful celebration that will be Buffalo’s 41st Juneteenth Parade along Genesee St. The festival has been growing since it began all the way back in 1976 by B.U.I.L.D. and is currently the 3rd largest celebration of Juneteenth in the world (we’ve got some big darn heritage celebrations in Buffalo!). The Juneteenth Festival celebrates the mission of Juneteenth of Buffalo, Inc. by preserving and promoting Buffalo’s African American heritage through education and cultural activities. Juneteenth celebrates the de facto ending of slavery in the United States – the Emancipation Proclamation was actually signed two years prior to the date now celebrated as the end of slavery, June 19, 1865.
There are more activities throughout the week and weekend to celebrate and commemorate Buffalo and America’s African American history.
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