101 Things That Aren't Cancelled This Fall in Buffalo & WNY

City Guide, Things to Do


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on September 10, 2020

Ellicottville, fall in buffalo

Holiday Valley in Ellicottville / Photo x Step Out Buffalo

Yes, a lot has been cancelled this year – from the Erie County Fair to Buffalo Wing Fest (legit ones anyway…) to every last 2020 Step Out Buffalo event (they were gonna be so good y’all). We’re sad about it, but if we’re looking on the bright side you probably didn’t want to go to half of those cancelled things anyway. Now thanks to Covid-19 you have plenty of time to experience some of the fall activities you might not have explored otherwise.
So we pulled together a list of things that haven’t been cancelled this fall. Let’s make the most this long list, shall we Buffalo?
Friendly reminder to please continue to follow proper social distancing guidelines, wear a mask when social distancing isn’t possible, and make sure to check in with any and all businesses before visiting to learn about their new hours, service adjustments, and up-to-date health and safety protocols.
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  1. Visit these 9 epic places to see the leaves changing
  2. Take a fall foliage train ride
  3. Check out a haunted/Halloween-themed event
  4. Track down the coolest Halloween Houses across WNY
  5. Eat, drink, and be merry on these heated patios
  6. Catch a drive-in movie at these spots showing films throughout fall
  7. Go apple picking
  8. Visit Rolling Hills Asylum
  9. Go to Mayer Brothers for cider and donuts
  10. Check out the most haunted places in WNY
  11. Take a haunted tour
  12. Get on a hayride – stay tuned for our guide coming soon!
  13. Go pumpkin picking and do all the fun fall things at these Pumpkin Patches
  14. Track down a new pop-up food stand
  15. Go On A Ghost Hunt At Rolling Hills Asylum
  16. Try one of these Essential New Restaurants to Try This Fall
  17. Take a road trip to one of these Epic NYS Waterfalls You Can Drive to In 3 Hours or Less
  18. Track down these Buffalo Bills-themed Beers
  19. Have a picnic with one of these pre-made picnic baskets from a local restaurant


  20. Try this new cereal-themed restaurant on Hertel
  21. Try all the best cider and hot chocolate around WNY
  22. Invest in some new Bills gear at one of these local in-person and online shops
  23. Enjoy a bottomless mimosa brunch
  24. Sign up for a Board & Brush DIY workshop
  25. Visit the Chandler Street Food E Market
  26. Plan a fall getaway at one of these sweet Airbnbs
  27. Visit the new 3-restaurants-under-one-roof “European Lounge” by Chrusciki Bakery
  28. Try the new FlashFood App, now available at certain Tops to save up to 50% on groceries
  29. Track down Southern Tier Distillery’s New Pumking Whiskey
  30. Check Out Orchard Parks very first brewery
  31. Make a long weekend out of a nearby tiny house Airbnb stay
  32. Track down apple cider donuts at these spots
  33. Go on a shop local excursion in Hamburg or Williamsville
  34. Staycation in Jamestown, perfect for nature-seekers and comedy lovers
  35. Try new plant based vegan restaurant, Sunshine Vegan Eats
  36. Visit these unique public art installations around Buffalo
  37. Support local artists, charities and Step Out Buffalo by purchasing our limited edition Step Out Buffalo x Artists merch of the month
  38. Stage your own photo shoot at one of these 27 Insta-worthy spots around town
  39. Go big or go home with these food and drink flights
  40. Try IV therapy
  41. Try one of these hidden gem bike trails
  42. Try homemade ice cream at these 15 local shops
  43. Take a tour of the most iconic street art murals in WNY
  44. Enjoy Oktoberfest in Chandlerville
  45. Hit the Miss Buffalo on a Buffalo Harbor Cruise


  46. Order take-out and have a picnic at any of these parks
  47. See a drive-in movie at Transit Drive-In or Dark Alley Drive-In
  48. Enjoy happy hour on a restaurant patio
  49. Skydive the Falls (open until November)
  50. Order Bozanna’s Pizza from Armor Inn Tap Room
  51. Pick your own bouquet of flowers at The Flower Stand, a u-pick flower farm
  52. Become a geocacher on a county park trail
  53. Try a locally made hard seltzer
  54. Hit a beer garden
  55. Visit Sunflower Fields
  56. Sail on the Spirit of Buffalo
  57. Explore street art in the Southtowns, Downtown, East Side, South Buffalo, Elmwood, Allentown, Niagara Falls, and Hertel
  58. Go on a socially distanced overnight retreat at Becker Farms
  59. Get your market fix while you can at these farmers market
  60. Support a black-owned restaurant or business
  61. Go kayaking
  62. Take a Buffalo River History Cruise (through end of September)
  63. Camp out at or take a day trip to Letchworth State Park
  64. Hike to the eternal flame at Chestnut Ridge
  65. Hit a U-pick fruit farm


  66. Head to Hidden Valley Animal Adventure to see the animals
  67. Visit Griffis Sculpture Park
  68. Visit Becker Farms for a petting zoo, freshly made donuts, chicken BBQ kinda day
  69. Check out every work of art on this list of brand new murals that went up this summer
  70. Hit the trails and connect with nature at Reinstein Woods
  71. Head out to one of these nearby state parks
  72. Visit a dog park
  73. Try one of these 25 alternative parks and trails for walking, biking and jogging
  74. Take a short drive to Lilydale
  75. Check out one of these 6 Bike There, Buffalo! Self-guided tours


  76. Wander Forest Lawn Cemetery
  77. Dig for fossils social distance style at Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve
  78. Visit the Lakeside Bike Park and rent a bike
  79. Head out on a Buffalo Pedal Tour
  80. Do a self-guided Explore Buffalo walking tour
  81. Check out Panama Rock Park (reserve a time here)
  82. Enjoy one of WNY’s many waterfront patios while you still can
  83. Get an adventure in at Sky High Adventure Park and ride the Mountain Coaster at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville (open through October)
  84. Visit the Buffalo Zoo
  85. Head to Old Fort Niagara for some old fashioned entertainment


  86. Drive out to Genesee Country Village & Museum for lot’s of family friendly fun
  87. Get friendly with the animals at Aquarium of Niagara
  88. Learn something new at Buffalo Museum of Science
  89. Stop and smell the flowers at Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
  90. Grab a bite on Food Truck Wednesdays at Samuel’s Grande Manor
  91. Take an Explore Buffalo walking tour
  92. Visit the Buffalo History Museum
  93. Check out our Guide to Stargazing for the ultimate date night
  94. Take a waterfront bike ride
  95. Extend rooftop patio season into fall
  96. Take Lewiston Food tour with The Roaming Table (through September)
  97. Get wings from Josh Allen’s favorite spot
  98. Squeaky Wheel’s Excellent Adventure happening Oct. 10
  99. Get a Bloody Mary flight at Santora’s Pizza Pub & Grill
  100. Try the Billz Mafia Burger at the new Off The Wall Sandwich Co.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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