Buffalo Festivals & Shows
Despite the cooler temperatures in the latter half of the year, there is always something fun to celebrate in Buffalo. So whether its an art fair, cultural holiday traditions or just the changing of the seasons, these festivals and annual shows keep the celebratory vibe going in the city.
The Roycroft Winter Festival
is an annual event held the first weekend in December. It is a gathering of some of the area's best merchants, as holiday shopping is the main focus here. Festival-goers can also enjoy seasonal music, arts and crafts vendors and refreshments. Door prizes are offered throughout the event, too. So make your plans to spend some quality time at the Roycroft Winter Festival to make your Christmas a very merry one!
Address: 430 Main Street, East Aurora Main Street School,
East Aurora, NY 14052 - MAP
Bring the family together and ring in the new year at the annual First Night Buffalo
. This family-friendly New Year's celebration is alcohol-free and features several great attractions like live music and entertainment and great food vendors. The event is held simultaneously at various venues throughout downtown Buffalo. So get your party hats and noisemakers and safely bid last year goodbye as you welcome the new one at First Night Buffalo.
Address: Convention Center Plaza, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo, NY 14202 - MAP
Phone: (716) 855-5534
Every summer, thousands of hungry guests wait for the doors to open to the Taste of Buffalo
. This annual event held in mid-July allows various vendors, restaurants, caterers and other food-related businesses to show off their wares in the forms of free samples, cooking demonstrations, and other types of exhibits. Over 50 restaurants, 7 wineries and many others gather for what is the largest two-day food festival in the United States. Last year's attendance topped a staggering 450,000 guests, so get your fork and napkin and get set for a delicious Taste of Buffalo.
Address: Buffalo City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202 - MAP
Phone: (716) 656-1214
Right before the summer winds down in Buffalo, art aficionados make their way to the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts
. Held annually for the last eleven years, this is a great family-friendly event that celebrates art in various forms as created by artists from the area as well as those that travel to Buffalo from all over the country. Visitors can shop for various items offered by more than 170 artists and craftspeople who are on hand selling their work in 16 different mediums. There's also great live music, dancing performances and even a place for the kids to dance, too. Plus, there's great food, informative environmental booths, and various local organizations on hand whose mission it is to further Buffalo's cultural development.
Address: Elmwood Village, Elmwood Avenue between Lafayette & West Ferry, Buffalo, NY 14222 - MAP
Phone: (716) 830-2484
Buffalo's National Buffalo Wing Festival
is held every September at Coca-Cola Field. Once you're in, you can not only tour the stadium but also treat your taste buds to some of the most delectable buffalo wings you've ever tasted! Wing lovers come from all over the country (and even the world) to celebrate the art of the buffalo wing. The event is held every Labor Day weekend and not only features the best wings in the world, but an equally staggering selection of beer and other delicious treats. Plus, there's great live music, events for the kids in the kids zone and even a nearby RV park for people who make the pilgrimage by way of the road. Lots of great fun, lots of incredible wings, and, to be sure, lots of napkins for everyone!
Address: Coca-Cola Field, 275 Washington Street,
Buffalo, NY 14203 - MAP
Phone: (716) 843-4373
People who are hoping to make their green thumbs even greener can always be found at the National Garden Festival
, an event that runs from late June to late July in Buffalo. This is no ordinary garden show, as the event encapsulates various events that include garden walks, motor coach tours of some of the area's best gardens, special events and even a front yard contest where garden enthusiasts can get some practical ideas. There is also a series of seminars and talks that are designed to help the attendees achieve excellence when planting and maintaining their gardens. This is one of Buffalo's most fun (not to mention greenest) events that draws visitors from all over the country.
Address: 617 Main Street, Suite 200, Buffalo, NY 14203 - MAP
Phone: (716) 852-0511