5 Things You Absolutely Must Do in BFLO This January

City Guide, Things to Do


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on January 8, 2015

Things to do in January

Just because the weather’s chilly (okay, downright frigid) doesn’t mean Buffalo turns into a sleeper town. This is when we glow – literally.  There’s plenty to do inside and out, and these are 5 of the best this month. Notice how a lot of them are new this year. Buffalo is still on the upswing in the dead of winter people.


1. 2015 HARBORCENTER Winterfest at Canalside

When: Friday, January 9 – Sunday, January 11 2015

Where: HARBORCENTER and Canalside

What: A three day event showcasing all there is to do in the most recently developed areas of Pegulaville and Canalside. Expect ice skating (fingers crossed for cold weather), outdoor happy hours, hockey, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, food trucks, and smiling Buffalonians.


2. ScrabbleFest

When: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Where: The Filling Station in Larkin Square

What: The kick-off event for the 10th Annual ScrabbleFest to benefit Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara. The Filling Station is hosting night one of the two month long Scrabble tournament which will continue around the region at various public and private Scrabble parties. (Click here to learn more about hosting your own.) The entry fee for The Fillling Station event is a$15 donation for two games of scrabble. Winners advance to the finals on March 26. Look forward to beer, wine and light fare available for purchase, free parking and close proximity to Hydraulic Hearth for a nice happy hour beverage afterwards!


3. Game Night Buffalo

When: Thursday, January 15, 2015

Where: Asbury Hall

What: The fact of the matter is, no matter what you’re doing, you’re probably not having as much fun as you did when you were a kid playing board games and taking names. For this very reason, we think you should embrace what cities around the world have already come to love, Buffalo’s first game night. Play games like Jenga, Hot Potato, Clue, Battleship and much more, meet new people, lighten up your life for a few hours. Cost is $10, ages 21+ only. Sounds good to us!


RELATED: 7 Best Places to go Ice Skating in Buffalo


4. Buffalo On Tap

When: Saturday, January 17, 2015

Where: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

What: The chance to sample over 150 of the country’s finest craft beers. Need I say more? Wander, sample and enjoy live music, food available for purchase and awesome beer related vendors. Local bars and restaurants have been doing an excellent job at showcasing the best of our local beers, but let’s face it, you won’t get an opportunity like this one to try faraway breweries again until Buffalo On Tap 2016! Tickets are $35 and include 3 hours of sampling and a souvenir sampling glass.


5. Larkinville Ice Festival

When: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Where: Larkin Square

What: The first ever Larkinville Ice Festival offers the chance to check out all the new (yes – new since summer!) developments in the area. Start with brunch by BreadHive at Hydraulic Hearth and make sure to check out the latest exhibit in their mini gallery. After that, peek in on any of three lectures at The Filling Station, including Chris Hawley on Sweet Peggy O’Neil, Ethan Cox from CBW or Carl Schmitter of BFLO Distilling Co. and Frank Weber from Chateau Buffalo. Finally, stop by Flying Bison Brewing for a tour, beer samples, food trucks, ice carving and more.


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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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