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The Only Summer Festival Guide You’ll Ever Need

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Just in time for the official start to summertime, here’s a list of every last festival going down in Western New York this summer. (Just in case the Gusto is a tad too big to roll up and fit in your back pocket.) Get your fanny pack ready because it’s gonna see a lot of action in the next few months. Stay hydrated and enjoy! Click on the event name for more info!

 

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Taste of Alden

Thu Jun 25 | Start Time: 5:00 PM

Alden Town Park, Alden

 

Friendship Festival

Fri Jun 26 – Sun Jun 28 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Mather’s Arch Park, Fort Erie

The Fort Erie Friendship Festival has been celebrated for 29 years commemorating the peace between Canada and the USA.

 

Marilla Civil War Days

Fri Jun 26 – Sun Jun 28 | Start Time: 9:00 AM

Marilla Town Park, Marilla

The Town of Marilla in conjuction with the Marilla Historical Society and the Eastern Reenactors Association are proud to be able to bring history to life at this annual event.

 

Roycroft Summer Festival

Sat Jun 27 – Sun Jun 28 | Start Time: 10:00 AM

Parkdale Elem. School, East Aurora

 

Lockport Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival

Sat Jun 27 – Sun Jun 28 | Start Time: 11:00 AM

City of Lockport, Lockport

Outdoor vendors on Main Street.

 

Taste of Diversity 2015

Sat Jun 27 | Start Time: 11:00 AM 

West side vendors along Grant Street.

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Strawberry Fest

Sat Jun 27 – Sun Jun 28 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

St John’s Episcopal Church, Youngstown

 

Parkside Garden & Architecture Tour

Sun Jun 28 | Start Time: 10:00 AM

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Buffalo

 

Wurstfest 2015

Sun Jun 28 | Start Time: 1:00 PM

Buffalo River Fest Park, Buffalo

Wurstfest is a celebration of traditional sausage, bier, and oompah in the city’s very own River Fest Park.

 

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Jam in The Valley

Fri Jul 02 – Sat Jul 04 | Start Time: Varies by Day 

1629 Route 20a , Varysburg

One of Western New York’s premier country music events with featuring The Band Perry, Eric Paslay, Chris Young, Dallas Smith, Blackjack Billy, Austin Webb, Jerrod Niemann, Parmalee, The Hertiage & more!  Jam in the Valley is a country music concert and fireworks celebration of Independence Day. Billed as a family style event it has also become known as a pretty wild party.

 

Hollandstock Craft Beer Festival

Fri Jul 03 – Sat Jul 04 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Holland Speedway, Holland

Come join us for the Craft beer, Music, and Camping festival of the year! We are bringing in more than 60 brewers to offer you more than 100 beers to taste.

 

Summer Music Festival

Fri Jul 03 – Sun Jul 05 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville

The fun and festivities are not limited to the slopes! Everything from music to a pet parade, an arts and crafts show and even a strawberry festival are all part of what you will experience in our historic downtown village district!

 

Picnic In The Park

Sat Jul 04 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

Centenial Park, Batavia

Come join us for a day of fun-filled festivities including musical acts on the Main Stage and special performances for children & families on Stage II.

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46th Annual Grease Pole Fest

Fri Jul 10 – Sun Jul 12 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Puchos Social Club, Buffalo

 

Hamburg Garden Walk

Sat Jul 11 – Sun Jul 12 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Memorial Park, Hamburg

 

Taste of Buffalo 2015

Sat Jul 11 – Sun Jul 12 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Niagara Square, Buffalo

One of the region’s signature events, the Taste of Buffalo presented by TOPS is the largest two-day food festival in the United States.

 

Perry Chalk Art Festival

Sat Jul 11 | Start Time: 8:30 AM

Village of Perry, Perry

 

Sweet Chalk Fest

Sat Jul 11 – Sun Jul 12 | Start Time: 9:00 AM

Flight of Five Winery, Lockport

This year we have moved locations—around the corner to Pine Street.

 

Olde Sanborn Days

Sat Jul 11 – Sun Jul 12 | Start Time: 10:00 AM

Sanborn Fire Company, Inc., Sanborn

Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival

Sat Jul 11 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

Silo City, Buffalo

Featuring a stellar line-up of national blues acts!

 

Cheektowaga Polish Fest

Thu Jul 16 – Sun Jul 19 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Cheektowaga Town Park, Cheektowaga

All Performances Will Take Place At The Outdoor Cultural Center in Town Park on Harlem Road.

 

Galbani Italian Heritage and Food Festival of Buffalo

Thu Jul 16 – Sun Jul 19 | Start Time: 11:00 AM

Little Italy, Buffalo

This year we celebrate the 26th anniversary on Hertel Avenue, in North Buffalo’s Little Italy.

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Rock the Barn Music Festival

Fri Jul 17 – Sat Jul 18 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

Clarence Senior Center, Clarence

Headlining this year’s musical lineup on Friday night are locally founded national recording artists 10,000 Maniacs.

 

Ken-Ton Garden Tour

Sat Jul 18 – Sun Jul 19 | Start Time: 10:00 AM 

 

4th Annual Buffalo BookFest

Sat Jul 18 | Start Time: 11:00 AM

WNY Book Arts Center, Buffalo

The Western New York Book Arts Center will host our 4th annual Buffalo BookFest, a day-long festival dedicated to printing and the book arts.

 

Grand Island Garden Tour

Sat Jul 18 | Start Time: 11:00 AM

Experience the islands nicest gardens and patios!

 

Burger Fest 2015

Sat Jul 18 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

Village of Hamburg Municipal Parking Lot, Hamburg

The Taste of Hamburg portion of the festival features the favorite offerings of local restaurants, in the parking lot and along Main and Buffalo streets.

 

Wild Renn Fest

Sat Jul 18 – Sun Jul 26 | Start Time: 4:00 PM

Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, East Aurora

Immerse yourself in Hawk Creek’s unique renaissance-themed celebration of wildlife diversity!

 

Vibe Fest 2015

Sat Jul 18 | Start Time: 2:00 PM

RiverWorks, South Buffalo

This one-day festival celebrates Buffalo with music from more than 12 bands, activities for the family, vendors, BMX riders and more! 

 

Canal Fest of the Tonawandas

Sun Jul 19 – Sun Jul 26 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

15 Webster Street, North Tonawanda

Canal Fest of the Tonawandas is the largest festival of its kind along the Erie Canal.

 

South Buffalo Garden Walk

Sun Jul 19 | Start Time: 9:00 AM

Showcasing the gardens of South Buffalo and the Old First Ward.

 

Waldfest 2015

Sun Jul 19 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

Spring Garden Park, Marilla

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Kingdom Bound

Wed Jul 22 – Sat Jul 25 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Darien Lake, Darien Center

A Christian Music & Arts Festival at Darien Lake.

 

Infringement Festival 2015

Thu Jul 23 – Sun Aug 02 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Allentown, Buffalo

Every summer, the streets of Buffalo come alive with scores of events by local and visiting theatre and dance companies, puppeteers, media artists, poets, comics, musicians, cabaret acts, digital designers, and miscellaneous insurrectionists.

 

Ellicottville Jazz & Blues Weekend

Fri Jul 24 – Sun Jul 26 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Village of Ellicottville, Ellicottville

A Jazz and Blues weekend in Ellicottville is a boutique experience.

 

Seventeenth Annual Lebanese Festival 2015

Fri Jul 24 – Sun Jul 26 | Start Time: 5:00 PM

2040 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville

East Aurora Street Festival and Sidewalk Sale

Sat Jul 25 | Start Time: 9:00 AM

Village of East Aurora, East Aurora

Vendors on Main Street in the Village of East Aurora.

 

Fiddler’s Green Country and Bluegrass Festival

Sat Jul 25 | Start Time: 9:30 AM

17 Franklin St, Springville, New York

Bring your acoustic instruments for the open Jam all day in the Entertainment Tent!

 

8th Annual Walk Off Hunger & Summerfest

Sat Jul 25 | Start Time: 10:00 AM

Island Park (Williamsville, Behind Village Hall), Williamsville

Come join the Food Bank of WNY on Saturday July 25th at Island Park in Williamsville as we take steps to fight hunger in our community!

 

Garden Walk Buffalo

Sat Jul 25 – Sun Jul 26 | Start Time: 10:00 AM

Garden Walk Buffalo is a free, self-guided tour of more than 380 Buffalo gardens, the largest garden tour in America.

 

Glen Park Art Show

Sat Jul 25 – Sun Jul 26 | Start Time: 10:00 AM

Glen Park art Festival, Williamsville

 

Sanborn-Lewiston Farm Museum Festival

Sat Jul 25 – Sun Jul 26 | Start Time: 10:00 AM

Sanborn Lewiston Farm Museum, Sanborn

Farm museum, Native American Dancers, the Sanborn Fire Company Band, a large flea market and craft show, a classic car show and basket auction.

 

Wild Renn Fest

Sat Jul 25 – Sun Jul 26 | Start Time: 11:00 AM

Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, East Aurora

What better way to celebrate man’s 4,000 year old history with raptors than to go back to the medieval period when falconry reigned!

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Serbfest 2015

Sat Jul 25 – Sun Jul 26 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Lackawanna

Church tours, ethnic pastries, roast lamb & pig off the spit, orchestras

 

Wine & Culinary Festival

Sat Jul 25 – Sun Jul 26 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

Academy Park, Lewiston

Each festival ticket includes 3 tastes at each of the participating wineries.

 

Alternative Buffalo’s Kerfuffle 2015

Sat Jul 25 | Start Time: 1:30 PM

We are excited to host for the second year in a row Alternative Buffalo’s, Kerfuffle.

 

Alden Auto Show

Sun Jul 26 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Alden Village Bandstand Park, Alden

The Alden Car, Truck and Cycle Show, Arts & Music Festival, aka. 

 

Ukrainian Heritage Festival

Sun Jul 26 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Cheektowaga

Ethnic Food, Ukrainian beer, wine, performances.

 

The Chautauqua County Fair

Mon Jul 27 – Sun Aug 02 | Start Time: 9:00 AM

Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, Dunkirk

The Chautauqua County Fair has been a fun, family event for 132 years. The fair combines farming, food, and fun. Don’t miss out on this event for all ages.

 

Orleans County 4-H Fair

Mon Jul 27 – Sat Aug 01 | Start Time: 10:00 AM

Orleans County Fairgrounds, Albion

A proud Orleans County tradition for families, friends and our community, the Orleans County 4-H Fair is dedicated to offering experiences for everybody be it their first or fortieth time at the fair.

 

Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

Thu Jul 30 – Sun Aug 02 | Start Time: 10:00 AM

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival (Lucy Comedy Fest) is an annual festival that takes place in Jamestown, NY (Lucy’s hometown).

 

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Down-Home Country Weekend

Sat Aug 01 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Langford Tractor Pull Grounds, North Collins

 

Chalk Fest 2015

Sat Aug 01 – Sun Aug 02 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

Main Street, Downtown Buffalo

A free annual event where artists and the public come to cover the streets of buffalo with beautiful chalk drawings.

 

Black Rock and Riverside Tour of Gardens

Sat Aug 01 | Start Time: 10:00 AM

Eat dinner at one of our many fine, local restaurants and stay for the Starry Night Tour which is always a “hit” with visitors!

 

Taste of Niagara Falls

Sat Aug 01 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls

Live music, food vendors, outdoor movie, beer tent – fun for the entire family!

 

Flavor of Hamburg

Sat Aug 01 | Start Time: 12 PM

Main and Buffalo Streets, Village of Hamburg

A sidewalk festival for all ages.

 

IBO World Bowhunting Championships

Sun Aug 02 – Sun Aug 09 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Holiday Inn – Buffalo-Amherst, Williamsville

This is, “The Big League of the Bow World“.

 

WNY VegFest

Sun Aug 02 | Start Time: 10:00 AM

Delaware Park, Buffalo

WNY Vegfest is FREE to attend!

 

Cattaraugus County Fair

Mon Aug 03 – Sun Aug 09 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

The Cattaraugus County Fair has been a tradition for 173 years! Families have experienced all the exciting rides, animal shows and live entertainment for more than a century!

 

Niagara County Fair

Wed Aug 05 – Sun Aug 16 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Niagara County Fairgrounds, Lockport

The Niagara County Fair is more than fun rides, talented performers and fair food.

 

Eden Corn Festival

Thu Aug 06 – Sun Aug 09 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

American Legion Post 880 grounds, Eden

A variety of delicious foods, midway rides, tractor pull, square dancing, arts & craft show, auto show, musical entertainers, animal shows, contests.

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Buffalo Brewfest 2015

Fri Aug 07 | Start Time: 5:30 PM

Cobblestone District, Buffalo

Premier summer festival that features unique craft brews from local, regional and national Brewers.

 

4th Annual Lewiston Art Festival

Sat Aug 08 – Sun Aug 09 | Start Time: 10:00 AM

Lewiston, Lewiston

Back this year is the pedestrian-friendly layout that will close Center Street to cars from 4th to 8th Streets, and fill the Village streets with art and music.

 

Lewiston Chalk Walk Competition

Sat Aug 08 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

Our Chalk Walk is based on I madonnari (street painters), an Italian tradition of street painting that dates back to the 18th century.

 

German-Polish Celebration

Sat Aug 08 | Start Time: 4:00 PM Spring Garden Park, Marilla

German and Polish food, refreshments, music and Polish Heritage Dancers of WNY.

 

Jack Craft Fair

Sun Aug 09 | Start Time: 11:00 AM

Buffalo Riverworks, Buffalo

This curated art event is held in Buffalo, NY and aims to showcase young, progressive artists and expose a wide variety of craft.

 

Erie County Fair 2015

Wed Aug 12 – Sun Aug 23 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Erie County Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway

The 10th largest fair in North America – fun for the whole family.

 

ARTsPARKed Music and Art Festival

Sat Aug 15 | Start Time: 11:00 AM

Artpark, Lewiston

Estimated 60 – 70 artists will sell original works out of the trunks of their cars.

 

Buffalo Niagara Scottish Festival

Sat Aug 15  | Start Time: 11:00 AM

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, Amherst

The 31st Annual Buffalo Niagara Scottish Festival will feature Scottish fare and beer, bag piping, clan row, dancing, celtic vendors and the ever-popular Highland Games presented by the Buffalo Heavies!

 

Taste of Ellicottville 2015

Sat Aug 15 – Sun Aug 16 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

Village of Ellicottville, Ellicottville

August 15th and 16th, 2015 it’s the Taste of Ellicottville where everyone can sample the best that Ellicottville’s fine restaurants have to offer as they set up “Cafe Style” on the streets.

 

Intune Music & Lifestyle Festival

Sat Aug 15 | Start Time: 2:00 PM

Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo

 

Family Fun Day

Sat Aug 15 | Start Time: 2:00 PM

Bartholomew Anglican Church, Tonawanda

Classic cars, food, live music and wildlife demonstrations.

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Griffis Sculpture Park Summer Festival

Sun Aug 16 | Start Time: 11:00 AM

Griffis Sculpture Park, East Otto

Tours of the park, plus live music, children’s crafts and artists at work. 

 

Buffalo Paddle Festival

Sat Aug 22 | Start Time: 9:00 AM

Gallagher Beach, South Buffalo

 

Buffalo Irish Fest 2015

Fri Aug 28 – Sun Aug 30 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Shannon Pub, Amherst

Come and celebrate Irish Heritage,  food, drink, music and fun.

 

Infant of Prague Church Lawn Fete

Fri Aug 28 – Sat Aug 29 | Start Time: 12:00 AM

Infant of Prague Church, Cheektowaga

Games, carnival rides, face painting, food, refreshments, live music and petting zoo.

 

German Fest

Sat Aug 29 | Start Time: 3:30 PM

Attica Park, Attica

Food, live music and kids activities. Music provided by The Genesee Valley Band; 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

 

Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

Sat Aug 29 – Sun Aug 30 | Start Time: 10:00 AM

Elmwood Village, Buffalo

A festival with over 170 artists and artisans selling their work which is done in 16 different mediums. Plus, see over 50 performances on 3 stages!

 

Wild Wing Festival 2015

Sun Aug 30 | Start Time: 12:00 PM

Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, Delevan

 

*September festivals coming soon! If we forgot your festival, please email us at info@stepoutbuffalo.com.

 

 

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