Events & Festivals

October 2017 Events

Thru October 26th    Downtown Country Market
Main St. between Court & Church Streets, Downtown Buffalo
The 35th annual season of the Downtown Country Market will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from May 11th through October 26th. Market hours are 10am-2:30pm, rain or shine.  Pick-up local fresh produce, enjoy tasty treats such as baked goods and fresh lemonade, and purchase plants and flowers to brighten gardens, homes and offices.

Thru October 31    The Great Pumpkin Farm Festival
Great Pumpkin Farm
11199 Main Street, Clarence
(716) 759-8483
WNY's largest fall family festival offering amusement rides & games, food, hayrides, petting zoo, corn maze, pig races, dog show, kids activities and the World Pumpkin Weigh-Off.  Different events every Saturday and Sunday during festival dates from 10am to dusk. Visit the website for more info. 

Weekends in October    Cambria Corn Maze
5274 Lockport Junction Road (Route 270), Cambria, NY
(716) 589-0626
A Family Fun experience for all! The Cambria Corn Maze is just a short drive from Buffalo. Within a 12-acre corn field are 2 mazes full of twists, turns and dead ends. Make memories and try your skills on the smaller Maze and then make time for the expert Maze. Kettle Corn, refreshments, pumpkins, hay bails, local products & produce & a petting zoo!  Just to add to the fun, this large maze is an actual design which varies from year to year. Offering fun activities each weekend Thursday-Sunday. Stay up-to-date on the activity schedule on the Facebook page:

Thru November 4th    FrightWorld
Youngman Plaza
800 Young Street, Tonawanda
Do you like the excitement of being firghtened beyond belief?  Then head on down to FrightWorld, a live, interactive display of Halloween horrors that will test your reactions and have your heart racing!  Be prepared to be scared! Open weekends - visit the website for dates and hours as they may vary.

1st, 8th, 15th & 29th    Vineyard Express Dinner/Murder Mystery Excursion Sponsored by Spring Lake Winery
Boarding location:
21 Michigan Street, Lockport, NY
(716) 948-0505 to purchase tickets

Hop aboard the Medina Railroad express to take an exclusive voyage on a wonderful day excursion! Enjoy the fall foliage, a tour of the Medina Railroad Museum, a fabulous dinner at Spring Lake Winery, live music by the scenic lake and an interactive murder mystery play. Get your tickets now! Visit the website for details and ticket info.

1st, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 21st 22nd, 28th & 29th    The Annual Pumpkin Fiesta
Becker Farms
3724 Quaker Road, Gasport
(716) 772-2211
The Pumpkin Fiesta is a fun family activity that the kids will remember and want to return to year after year. Every Saturday and Sunday from mid-September to late October. Includes: petting zoo, playground, bounce house, goat races, pony rides, sing alongs, hayrides through the forest and much more. Free live music from 1-4pm. Wine, beer, hard cider and dessert wine tasting $5.  Food available all over the farm and into the Becker Bazaar!  Enjoy our famous chicken BBQ & ribs as well!

5th    43North Finals:  Live @ Shea's
Shea's Performing Arts Center
646 Main Street, Buffalo
Watch this year’s ten 43North finalists make the pitch of their lives for a shot at the $1 million grand prize. Live at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, the competition’s finalists will pitch their business to a panel of esteemed judges in front of a live audience. By the end of the night, eight of the ten startups will have won a cut of the $5 million available in cash prizes. Audience members can also vote for their favorite finalist as part of the People’s Choice Award. Doors open at 5:00pm, and the show starts promptly at 6:00pm. The event is FREE and open to the public, but those interested in attending must RSVP. FREE tickets can be found here:

7th    Oktoberfest of Tonawanda
Niawanda Park
300-600 Niagara Street, Tonawanda
Don't miss the Oktoberfest of Tonawanda, coming to Niawanda Park, Columbus Day Weekend!! Featuring live music, great food and a massive beer tent with all of your fall favorites! Main Stage featuring live music from the Skiffle Minstrels! It all happens from Noon to 8pm!

7th  & 8th    Ellicottville Fall Festival
Village of Ellicottville (Cattaraugus County)
West Washington Street, Ellicottville, NY
(800) 349-9099
Ellicottville's oldest and largest Festival takes place when the foliage of the surrounding hills are ablaze with color! Tens of thousands of festival goers make for a lively weekend of unique foods, fine art, an art and craft show, carnival rides, live entertainment and much more. In addition to the vendors and the fun downtown, Fall Festival extends to Holiday Valley with a 5K and chairlift rides to Spruce Lake! Holimont’s Exhibition Express will also be giving views of the colorful valley on Saturday from 11:30am-4 pm. The fun continues in the evening, as the local venues bring in some of the best entertainment the area has to offer! For more information on entertainment, and maps to Ellicottville, check the website above!

7th, 8th & 9th    Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show and Sale
1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY (Genesee Region)
Highbanks Recreation Area
(585) 237-3517 Wyoming County Tourism office
Presenting the finest of artisans and craftspeople from all over the country displaying the best pottery, paintings, quilts and fiber arts, handcrafted jewelry, photography, furniture, decorative painting, dried floral pieces and more. Over 300 artisans display their wares along with plenty of food vendors, live music and entertainment and many other activities for the whole family. Enjoy the backdrop of one of the most spectacular views in New York State!

7th, 8th & 9th    Path Through History Weekends
Various site throughout New York State & Western New York
Path Through History Weekends are a showcase of New York State’s rich and fascinating history and will feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. You don’t have to be a historian to appreciate New York State’s rich heritage. New York’s new Path Through History helps you discover, experience and appreciate the state’s amazing past. A wealth of memorable experiences awaits you! Local participants include: The Buffalo History Museum, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library & Forest Lawn Cemetery. Visit the website for details.

7th, 20th & 27th    All "Wright" All Day Tour
Starting location at 8:15am:  Wendt Archive and Resource Center
1990 Main Street at Jefferson, Buffalo
(716) 856-3858 ext. 404 (Director of Tours and Guest Services at the Martin House Complex)
Western New York affords visitors the rare opportunity to experience a variety of Frank Lloyd Wright's residential, functional, recreational, and monumental designs – both historic and newly constructed. Join in on this all-inclusive package which begins at Forest Lawn's Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center* and proceeds on the fully-enclosed, climate-controlled Forest Lawn trolley to the Martin House (1903-05) for an extended tour. The next stop is the Filling Station designed by Wright for Buffalo in 1927 and built in 2013 inside the Pierce Arrow Museum. Drive by Larkinville and arrive for a tour of the Fontana Boathouse (2007) on the Black Rock Canal. You will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch on the water at the Boathouse! Continue on to Graycliff (1926-31) for an extended tour then visit historic Forest Lawn's Blue Sky Mausoleum (2004). The trolley will return you to Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center. Visit the website for ticket information and schedule.

8th    The Authors are Coming!
Spring Lake Winery
7373 Rochester Road, Lockport, NY
(716) 439-5253 (for more info)
In conjunction with the very successful Fall Murder Mystery Train excursions, Lockport’s own Spring Lake Winery is hosting a panel of Best Selling Mystery Authors at a book signing event between 3:30-6:00pm. They thought it would be fun this year to tie in a book signing of some of the Nation’s top mystery writers, who write about small towns, Halloween themes, and great Who-Dun- its…charming stories with a bit of humor. The book signing event features the following authors:  Duffy Brown, Tonya Kappes, Kathi Daley, Laura Bradford and Barbara Early.

12th    Global Wars - Ring of Honor Wrestling
Buffalo RiverWorks
359 Granson Street, Buffalo
(716) 342-2292
Buffalo RiverWorks, Ring of Honor, and New Japan Pro Wrestling team up to bring the best wrestlers from around the globe to compete in the United States! If the past is any indication, you can bet that these will be some of the greatest bouts in wrestling history and you will not want to miss the chance to be there live!

13th    M & T Second Friday at The Center
Burchfield Penney Art Center
SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
(716) 878-6011
On the Second Friday of every month, thanks to the support of M&T Bank, the Burchfield Penney hosts something great! From openings and happy hours, programs, concerts, screenings or other special events, visitors experience the best of the Burchfield Penney from 10am-8p! Members always receive free or discounted admission to special programs.

13th    Just Imagine:  A Tribute to John Lennon
Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
(716) 883-3560
A celebration of the life and music of John Lennon. The rock band Working Class Hero and Tim Piper join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to intertwine Lennon’s songs with the stories behind them, creating a unique and electrifying multimedia concert experience.

13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th, 29th    The Haunted Hayride
Becker Farms
3724 Quaker Road, Gasport
(716) 772-2211
Come if you dare...but don't don't come alone!! Our Haunted Hayride, and phylotec have been scaring the "yell" out of unsuspecting victims for some time now. It has become a Halloween tradition, so bring your friends and family, Scouts or sports groups - as many people as you can to protect you from the strange happenings and eerie encounters that go on in the Becker Farms forests after dark. Visit the website for more info.

14th    Allentown Fall Festival
Allen Street, Between Delaware Ave. & Main St., Buffalo
(716) 881-1024
Celebrate the changing of the season at the Annual Allentown Fall Festival! Live music, plenty of food and drink and over 40 vendors selling all kinds of arts, crafts, clothing and more. There will be a childrens’ and family area at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site with family-friendly entertainment and so much more. Visit the website for more detail.

14th thru November 5th    Mum Exhibit
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo
(716) 827-1584
Celebrating over 100 years!  Enjoy all the colors of the fall season with many different varieties of mums!  View innovative displays with some creative surprises. 

14th & 15th    Trick or Treat Weekend at the Buffalo Zoo
Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo
(716) 837-3900
From 12:00-3:00pm enjoy trick or treat stations throughout the Zoo free with admission. Enjoy a special animal enrichment schedule and photo opportunities with costumed characters. Additional activities such as hayrides and face painting will be available for a nominal fee on both days.

16th - 22nd    Local Restaurant Week
Various Restaurants Across Western New York
Local Restaurant Week gives customers the opportunity to be adventurous and try new restaurants for a fixed price of $20.17, but it also encourages them to skip national chain restaurants in favor of supporting local independently owned restaurants. Visit the website for participating restaurants.

20th    M & T Third Fridays at the Buffalo History Museum
The Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court, Buffalo
(716) 873-9644 ext. 301
On the third Friday of every month admission to the Buffalo History Museum, the Resource Center and select events are free for everyone.  Visitors will experience new programs, family events, happy hour entertainment, docent-led tours and more.
- Free admission HOURS OPEN on M & T THIRD FRIDAYS at the Resource Center at 459 Forest Ave.  10am-5pm.
- Free admission to the History Museum at One Museum Court 10am-5pm.
Call or visit the website for the M & T Third Friday event schedule. Members always receive free or discounted admission to special happenings.

22nd & 23rd    Hallowine Murder Mystery Weekend
Several Wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail (visit website for locations & map)
Between the Niagara Escarpment & Lake Ontario
Celebrate Halloween with our annual murder mystery. Come as yourself or in a costume. Collect clues, interview a different suspect at each winery on the trail and submit your guess at your last winery to win prizes. Tickets valid for both days and include wine tasting at each winery. Receive a commemorative wine glass from your starting winery and information to solve the crime. Visit our website for more information.

28th    Halloween Happenings: The Wizard of Cause
Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY
(716) 285-3575 ext. 206
Sea lions, penguins and seals, oh my!  Help Dorothy, Toto, the Fisherman and the Courageous Sea Lion stop the Wicked Witch from polluting the ocean in our Wizard of Cause Sea Lion Show! The bell is out of order, please knock to enter the Emerald City where you can make your own rainbow or tornado, learn how to live emerald and find out who's behind the curtain! And the Lollipop Penguin Guild welcomes you to Munchkin Land and more!  Time: 3:00pm to 6:00pm.  Price: $10 for adults and children in costume are free, Members are free.  *Price only applicable between 3:00pm and 6:00pm.  *All other coupons and discounts will not be apply.

28th    Hamburg Dollar Days & Trick-or-Treating for the Kids
Michael's Banquets & Catering
4885 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg!event/2017/10/28/hamburg-dollar-days
Email: (for more info)
Over 50 locally established businesses offering special deals, discounts, and clearance on some specialty items. They will give you a sneak peek at what is coming out for Holiday Shopping too! Each has something to offer for under $5 plus other items for sale. There will be a concession stand with sandwiches, soups, and beverages. The first 225 people in the door receive a free $5 voucher to spend at any vendor of your choice at the event! Bring your kids for trick-or-treating fun!

28th    All Hallows Eve Party
The Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court, Buffalo
(716) 873-9644 ext. 320 for more info
A popular annual family fun for “boos and ghouls” of all ages! This is a community friendly All Hallows Eve Party from 10am-1pm. Throughout the Museum, the festivities will feature pumpkin-decorating, spooky crafts, scary scavenger hunts for treats, and the model trains will be running. A costume contest is planned for youngsters to show-off their characters and potentially win a “Golden Pumpkin Award.”

28th    Halloween Bar Crawl: The Crawling Dead!
Hertel Avenue / Meeting Place & Check In (5-8pm):  North Park Theatre
1428 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo is proud to announce their first ever Halloween Bar Crawl, The Crawling Dead: Halloween Bar Crawl. The Crawling Dead: Halloween Bar Crawl will be full of tricks and treats (but mostly treats) at Hertel’s best bars and restaurants on Saturday, October 28th from 5-11pm. More than just a bar crawl, The Crawling Dead: Halloween Bar Crawl will take over North Buffalo’s most popular strip and let attendees enjoy awesome drink specials, tasty food, giveaways and lots of fun surprises all night long.