Hellooooooo June. Is it just us or has summertime never felt this good? (Yes, we’ll probably say that every June for the next 25 years and we’re not sorry.) Tis the season to step out, exhaust yourself, wake up, and do it all over again. Sleep when you’re dead people! Here’s what’s exciting us this June…
Buffalo Pride Week 5/31-6/5
All over WNY
Some free / Some paid
A mish-mash of festivities celebrating the LGBTQ community. Events include Gay 5K which is a fantastic display of fashion combined with athleticism, the Big Gay Singalong with the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Pride Parade through Allentown on Sunday.
Buffalo Greek Festival 6/3 – 6/5
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Buffalo
Get down with your Greek roots this month at this big fat Greek festival. There will be food (obv), dancing, music, and more. All are welcome! Tickets are $2 at the door.
Buffalo Bash 6/3
Red Cross Mansion
The Annual American Red Cross Bash is happening this month at the Red Cross Mansion on Delaware Ave. Grab your best military outfit and party with a purpose. Tickets are $75 each or two for $175. Each ticket includes two free drinks and all you can eat food.
Taste of the Tonawandas 6/5
Gateway Harbor Park
Join a bunch of restaurants from NT and Tonawanda in Gateway Harbor Park (one of the coolest settings in WNY IMO) for a food and bevy/musical event by the water. #whynot
Buffalo Reading Invasion 2016 Kick Off 6/7
Bidwell Park near Elmwood Ave
Probably the most adorable event in the history of ever. The first invasion of the year will take place in Bidwell Park from 7 – 8pm and is totally free. Join the group for a fun, free invasion of a beautiful public space for some quality outdoor reading time. This is quite a sight to see, friends.
Hamburg Bites Progressive Dinner 6/9
Village of Hamburg
The local businesses of Hamburg do a great job rounding up the troops and showing their stuff at this annual progressive dinner event. A ticket will get you different bites to eat around town and a free pass to visit more than one restaurant in a night which is practically priceless. Tickets are $27.
Canalside Thursday Night Concert Kick Off & Tins After Party 6/9
Canalside / Lockhouse Distillery
The start to free Thursday night concerts by the water is finally here with Charles Bradley kicking off the season. Head to nearby Lockhouse Distillery for the official after party featuring local band The Tins!
More Info on Charles Bradley / More Info on The Tins After Party
SHOT! in Buffalo 6/10 & 6/12
Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Probably one of the biggest events of the month, Nickel City Opera presents SHOT! a show about the assassination of President Mckinley in Buffalo during his visit to the Pan Am Exposition in 1901. The debut performance of the show, which features modern screen technology, projection, and a full orchestra, will be the first of it’s kind in Buffalo, about Buffalo, for Buffalo. Tickets start at $25.
Albion Strawberry Festival 6/10 – 6/11
Historic Courthouse Square, Albion
Parade, crafts, food, music, and lots of STRAWBERRIES! Go figure. This event is free to attend.
East Aurora Music Fest 6/11
Village of East Aurora
From 4pm to midnight join in the fun with live music happening all around the Village of EA. Wristbands are $10 presale.
Allentown Art Festival 6/11 & 6/12
Allentown & Delaware Ave
Browse over 400 juried art exhibitors over two days mid month in the Allentown Historic Preservation District.
Allen West Festival 6/11 & 6/12
West Side of Allen St
The cooler little sister of Allentown Art Festival #sorrynotsorry. While many of these vendors are not permitted to vend at the official Art Festival (for various reasons like they don’t sell art, etc.), they add quite a bit of fun to the weekend. You’ll find tons of local artistic and non-art related vendors here.
Beer Garden Gospel Brunch 6/12
The first of a three part beer garden brunch series at HH will feature The Black Sheep’s Chef Steve Gedra and a T-Meadow Pig Roast with seasonal sides, plus brunch cocktails by Hydraulic and live gospel music by Toney Rhodes. A portion of the bar sales will be donated to the nearby St. Patrick’s Friary food pantry, so drink up friends! Tickets are $30.
SOB Summer Social Series 6/13
The Black Sheep
This summer Step Out Buffalo is teaming up with Tommyrotter Distillery and four awesome local restaurants one night a mont (June – Sept) for food, drinks, and socializing #becausewhynot. First up is “Spain for a Night” at The Black Sheep featuring Tommyrotter cocktails and Chef Steve Gedra and team. While this event is officially sold out, there are 3 more in July, August, and September that you can still get tickets to! Say no to FOMO and get your tickets now, guys. Tickets are $25 each.
Herd Fest 6/16 – 6/19
All around Buffalo
Some Free and Some not free
Buffalo’s own local music site buffaBLOG presents a four day long music festival hosted at a variety of venues around Buffalo showcasing local, regional, and national bands of all genres. This year’s lineup includes The Naturalists at Nietzsche’s, The Tins at DBGB’s, Bryan Johnson and Family at Mohawk Place, and tons more. Some shows are free, some have a $5 admission fee. They even have a festival app this year to help you keep the schedule straight and curate your own ideal plan of attack – download it here.
BBQ & Blues Bash 6/17
A party celebrating BBQ & Blues – what could be better? Party in the street, eat and drink til your heart’s content, enjoy live blues music, and support the children and families served by Gateway Longview. Tickets are $20. BTW free parking is available in the First Niagara Center ramp!
Buffalo River Fest 6/17 – 6/19
As the Buffalo River has become a sort of rallying cry for the rebirth of the city, the Buffalo River Fest has blown up as a celebration of the rejuvenation and rediscovery of the old neighborhood. Head to Riverfest park for numerous activities, food and drink, historic walking tours, live entertainment, and more.
Buffalo Brewers Festival 6/18
This beer festival put on by the Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association will feature over 40 NYS breweries including all the local favorites, food vendors, and more. Expect a “Meet the Brewer Tent” a NYS Cider Tent, a Farm to Pint Tent, an Ontario Beer Tent, food from Oshun, The Whole Hog Food truck, Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Cheesy Chick, Gourm Asian Bistro, and plenty more. Sounds like it’s gonna be a grand old time. Tickets start at $40.
Juneteenth Festival 6/18 – 6/19
This 41st consecutive year of the Juneteenth Festival in Buffalo’s goal is to actively preserve and promote the board spectrum of African American heritage through educational and cultural activities. The festival includes a parade which will travel on Genesee St to Best St into Martin Luther King Park on June 18th as well as vendors, food, an arts and cultural stage, and more.
Lewiston GardenFest 6/18 – 6/19
Historic Center Street in Lewiston
Shop vendors for unique garden items and plants you may not find anywhere else in the gorgeous village of Lewiston. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to explore the whole town if you ask us!
Holiday Valley Mudslide 6/18
Holiday Valley Resort
We just can’t get enough of this unique event – so expect to see it on these lists for as long as they have it. I mean a sloppy mud run with 11 different obstacles (minus fire, barbed wire, and electric shocks) in Ellicottville New York? Call this number one on our summer bucket list. The course starts at the top of the mountain at Spruce Lake (take the chairlift up!) and heads down the hill. Time to get your tough on, WNY. Register for $60.
Kiss the Summer Hello 6/19
If you’re into any of the staring acts at Kiss the Summer Hello 2016 including Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea, Magic!, Troye Sivan, Melanie Martinez, Shawn Hook and Jonas Blue, and even if you’re not, this annual outdoor concert is always a good time. Taking place right on the waterfront in the heart of Buffalo and with tickets starting at just $35, you really can’t beat this for a fun summer night out.
Shakespeare in the Park Opening Night & Reception 6/23
This month brings the start of another lovely season of Shakespeare in Delaware Park and we couldn’t be more thrilled ’bout it. The first of the two live performance shows this season (June 23 – July 17th) is The Winter’s Tale, and the second (July 28 – August 21st) is The Taming of The Shrew. Check out SDP performances all summer long Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm.
Brew Run Series with Hamburg Brewing Co. 6/25
Yes, you read that right – this is a 5K Brew Run. Still wondering what the hell that means? This Brew Run Series is all about running, funning, partying, and craft beer (from Hamburg Brewing Co.) with friends and family. Register for $45.
Taste of Diversity Festival 6/25
Grant Street, West Side of Buffalo
The local businesses and organizations of the West Side come together for a cultural celebration of ethnic food, drink, music, dance, and more!
Roycroft Summer Festival 6/25 & 6/26
Parkdale Elementary School in East Aurora
The Roycrofters at Large Association will hold their 40th Annual Roycroft Summer Festival towards the end of the month. Head to Parkdale Elementary for juried artisans, food, entertainment, and more.
Parkside Garden and Architecture Tour 6/26
Church of The Good Shepherd, North Buffalo
Tour the local gardens nestled between the beautiful homes of the Parkside neighborhood, the suburb designed by Olmsted in 1870, during the 19th Annual Parkside Garden and Architecture Tour from 10 am to 4 pm! The tour begins in the heart of the Parkside community, outside of the historic Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway, across the street from the Darwin Martin House complex. A full color map and garden directory will be available for $5 on the day of the tour. The maps will direct you to the highlighted gardens and “Parkside Architecture Notes” will be posted throughout the neighborhood, pointing to design elements of our homes.
Wurstfest! 2016 6/26
Buffalo River Fest Park
Translation: Sausage Festival! This celebration of traditional German food, drink, music and dance will take place at the end of June along the Buffalo River from 1-8pm and is free to attend. Expect several types of sausage, other traditional German fare, and an exclusive German brew that you can’t find on shelves – Braumeister.
Jam in the Valley 6/30 – 7/2
Buffalo Hill Village Campgrounds in Varysberg, NY
If you like country music, you’ll love this four-day music festival down in Varysberg, just a hop skip and a jump from downtown Buffalo. This year’s acts include Sam Hunt, Jake Owen, Old Dominion, Jana Kramer, and more! Tickets are $25 – $109 for general admission and campsites are available.
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