Events & Festivals

February 2018 Events

Now thru March 18th   FREE Ice Skating at Rotary Rink
Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza
Main at Chippewa Streets, Buffalo
(716) 856-3150
Downtown Buffalo's outdoor, free ice-skating rink. Snacks and beverages are available. Opening on November 26th weather permitting. Host an upcoming party or special event; party packages available. Skate rental available. Rotary Rink is weather dependent. Call before coming if the temperature reaches 45 degrees.

Now thru March 18th    Ice Skating & Ice Biking at Canalside
The Ice on Canalside
44 Prime Street, Downtown Buffalo
 (716) 574-1537
The ice at Canalside is Buffalo's newest downtown attraction. It offers more than ice skating! Enjoy curling or, unique to Buffalo, enjoy riding an ice bike. Ice Bikes were designed and manufactured locally to be ridden on the ice! Warm up with some hot cocoa and snacks from the Winter Café! Call or check our website before coming down if the weather is not so wintery.

Now thru April 22nd     digiPlaySpace
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
(716) 896-5200
Produced by TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), digiPlaySpace is an interactive playground for kids and grown-ups alike where they can explore new media technologies, learning-centric games and hands-on installations. Guests will engage with 14 different interactive digital activities created by artists around the world. From large-scale interactive installations and fast-paced multi-player videogames, to immersive green-screen adventures and experimenting with robotics, digiPlaySpace offers guests of all ages exciting ways to explore our increasingly interconnected world. The Buffalo Museum of Science is only the third museum in the U.S. to host the exhibit.

1st thru 28th   Black History Month "African Americans in Times of War"
Niagara Power Project's Power Vista
5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston
(716) 286-6661
Celebrate Black History Month viewing an exhibit of local student projects. While you are at the Power Vista enjoy hands on exhibits, a 4D surround theater simulated ride, stunning Niagara River views and more.  Always free admission and parking.

2nd    First Fridays in Allentown
Allen Street between Pearl Street and Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
(716) 881-1024
Join us on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9pm, when Allentown art galleries, performance artists, musicians, restaurants, retailers and more, come together to create a rich cultural attraction.

3rd    Snowflake Local Living Festival
Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, NY
(716) 569-2345
There’s fun for all ages! Outdoors you can take a horse-drawn wagon ride, snowshoe, cross-country ski, watch sled dog demos, pet alpacas, hike with a naturalist, and sample outdoor cooking. Indoors will be live owl and hawk programs, a basket raffle, demos of soap-, basket- and butter-making, wool spinning, leather working and so much more. And don’t forget the great food!

3rd & 4th    WNED-TV Kid Fest
140 Lower Terrace, Downtown Buffalo
(716) 845-7000 x100 (for info & tickets)  Kid Fest Tickets
Join in on this fun-filled family event! Don’t miss appearances by your favorite PBS Kids characters including Nature Cat, Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat and Clifford! Experience live performances, activities, crafts, prizes, coloring contests and more! Appearances by Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat, and Nature Cat, the daring adventurous backyard nature explorer extraordinaire and more! Get your tickets now!

3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th    So You Want to Write a Book, Navigating the Non-fiction Publishing Process
The Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court, Buffalo
(716) 873-9644
(716) 873-9644 ext. 310 (Contact Megan for membership discount code)
Every Saturday in February from 10am-12pm.
Copyrights and Copywrongs - February 3rd - Permissions, intellectual property, and the anatomy of a book. Non-fiction writing 101, how to get started and make sure your research is legal.
Give me Proof - February 10th - The scholarly apparatus, footnotes and bibliographies, how to prove  your authority.
Roadblock Day - February 17th - How to write your book when your're stuck, a Q&A panel of local authors who have been in your shoes!
Meet the Publishers - February 24th - You've finished your book, now what? Meet with local publishers and distributors. We will dicuss book layout, marketing, social media and distribution.
REGISTER TODAY for and individual classREGISTER TODAY for a series pass.

3rd, 10th, 24th & March 3rd    Cooking Classes - Desserts/Pastries
Webster's Kitchen
110 Webster Street, North Tonawanda
(716) 264-4315
Creating the warmth and welcome of a classic kitchen, Webster's Kitchen presents a series of cooking classes on the preparation of desserts/pastries that go beyond simply learning new recipes. Visit the website for more information. Register early to secure your place!

6th    Project Trio Ensemble
Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
(716) 885-0331
The most-watched ensemble on YouTube comes to Kleinhans at 7pm! Project Trio performs their special blend of classical, hip-hop, jazz and world music for the entire community in this special event in Kleinhans’ intimate Mary Seaton Room. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.

8th    Science After Hours
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
(716) 896-5200
Examine love in the natural world! University at Buffalo’s Dr. Lance Rintamaki talks science of sex communication and the dynamics of social attraction and communication between sexual partners, including biological, socio-cultural and mediated variables that affect sexual attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. Ages 21+.  $16. Register now.  7-9pm.

8th - 11th    Buffalo Auto Show
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street, Buffalo
(716) 631-8510
The Buffalo Auto Show is Western New York's Permier New Vehicle Automotive Event!  See the latest and greatest new SUV's, Hybrids, Minivans, High Performance and Economical Cars and Trucks on the road today! Every new car brand sold in WNY will be on display!

9th    Chocolate & Wine Pairing Presented by Webster's Bistro & Platter's Chocolates
Platter's Chocolates
The Wurlitzer Building
908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda
What's more romantic than chocolate and wine? America's Tea Party is a special wine, chocolate and food pairing/tasting event. Live music and gift basket give-aways! Pre-registration is required. Participants must be age 21 or over to attend. $35. per person. Register today!

9th    Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tours - Geology Rocks
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
(716) 896-5200
Holmes! What kind of rock is this? Sedimentary, my dear Watson. Learn why this and other CoRn Y jokes are funny by investigating the Museum’s Geology Collection. What you see on display is just the tip of the iceberg. Come behind the scenes and see the rock cycle, marvel at our minerals and discover our large fossil collection. Ages 18+.  $25. Register now.

10th    Squeeze Me, Make Me Wine
Spring Lake Winery
7373 Rochester Road, Lockport
(716) 439-5253
A FREE event from 4-8pm, bring your single friends to Spring Lake Winery! Icebreakers and hilarious games to mingle with new faces.  Featuring exotic and V-day inspired vendors to help you gear up for February 14th.  Giveaways and specials running through event. Visit the website for further information.

10th    Candlelight Valentine Hike
Tifft Nature Preserve
1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo
(716) 825-6397
Grab your favorite someone and enjoy the crisp night air while we stroll through Tifft's trails by candlelight and end with a hot cocoa bar in Tifft's cozy Education Center. Snowshoe rentals are an additional $2 per person, weather permitting. 6-7:30pm. Adults 18+. $8 per person.

10th-11th & 17th-18th    Be Mine with Wine

Several participating Wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail (visit website for locations & map)
Between the Niagara Escarpment & Lake Ontario

Wine and chocolate pairing over two weekends – $22 pre-sale / $27 day of: tasting ticket for 10 wineries.

10th & 24th    Queen City Roller Girls
Buffalo RiverWorks
359 Ganson Street, Buffalo
(716) 342-2292
All QCRG home games are played at Buffalo Riverworks, a multi-purpose venue. In addition to roller derby, Buffalo Riverworks houses 3 bars, a restaurant, a brewery, concert venue, covered outdoor ice rinks, and a second-level mezzanine overlooking the roller derby track. QCRG is very excited to be partnering with Buffalo Riverworks to offer a best in class experience to our fans across Western New York. Tickets for their home games through April 21, 2018, can be purchased at the door or in advance at

11th    Jazz on 2nd Sundays at The Buffalo History Museum
The Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court, Buffalo
(716) 873-9644
Buffalo, N.Y., born and raised, two-time Grammy award winner Joe Ford is an innovative soprano and tenor sax player. Ford taught music in the Buffalo Public Schools from 1968 to 1972, and the went on to work and play extensively with such artists as Sam Jones, Lester Bowie, Jimmy Owens, and more.  Visit the website for further information.

13th    Romance In The Wild
Tifft Nature Preserve
1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo
(716) 825-6397
The birds and the bees know what they're doing, but do you? Investigate how Buffalo's wildlie ensure the survival of their species through some hilarious games, trivia, food and hands-on science fun! 6:30-8pm.  Adults 18+.  $12.  Register now.

14th    Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tours - Cabinet of Curiosities
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
(716) 896-5200
Take a peek into the Vertebrate Zoology Collection's spine tingling Cabinet of Curiosities to explore the mind bending stories of some of nature's unique freaks, morbid mistakes and seemingly scientific impossibilities! Marvel at obscure oddities, glimpse the wildly unusual and satisfy your macabre interests. Feeling enticed yet? We invite (dare) you to join us for a hair raising tour to get an eyeful of all this, and more... You truly never know what you might encounter in the Cabinet!  Ages 18+.  5-7pm.  $25. Register now.

16th    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.

17th    Winter Woods Battle
Old Fort Niagara
2 Scott Avenue, Youngstown
(716) 745-7611
Experience winter life in the 18th century. Join the troops as they venture into the woods east of the Fort and encounter enemy forces.

17th, 18th & 19th    716 Weekend at the Aquarium of Niagara
Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY
(716) 285-3575
Admission at the Aquarium of Niagara is only $7.16 for everyone this weekend! What a great way to spend a winter day!

21st    Hike & Seek: Winter Clues (Family event)
Tifft Nature Preserve
1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo
(716) 825-6397
Get more out of your winter walk by investigating real animal clues along the trail and in the Education Center with a knowledgeable guide. We'll become detectives as we make observations, measurements and hands-on comparisons! Snowshoe rentals additional $2 per person, weather permitting. 2-3:30pm.  $6. Advanced registration required.

21st    Dollar Day at the Botanical Gardens!
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo
(716) 827-1584
That's right, it's only $1. to visit the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens all day (10am-5pm)! Enjoy warm, balmy temperatures and garden fun. Members and kids under 3 are free.

21st    SciNights Adult Workshops - Copper Oxide Painting
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
(716) 896-5200
Explore metalworks of the past and create one of your own. Walk and talk in Artifacts for inspiration from the Collections. Use oxidizing paints to transform metal into works of art while learning about controlling chemical processes. 7-8:30pm.  $15., Register now.

22nd    Polar Bites
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Grand Ballroom
153 Franklin Street, Buffalo
(716) 837-3900 (Buffalo Zoo)
Buffalo’s favorite wintertime fundraiser hosted by the Buffalo Zoo. The event takes place from 6pm-9pm featuring food samplings from some of Western New York’s finest restaurants as well as a basket auction, silent auction, glacier gift wall and visits with some of the Zoo’s ambassador animals. Tickets are $30 presale and $40 at the door and include admission, samplings, 2 drink tickets, free parking & more. CLICK HERE for tickets and more info.

22nd    Cooking Classes @ Webster's Kitchen
Webster's Kitchen
110 Webster Street, North Tonawanda
(716) 264-4315
Creating the warmth and welcome of a classic kitchen, Webster's Kitchen presents a series of cooking classes that go beyond simply learning new recipes. Beginning February 22nd with Basic Kitchen Skills, each class offers instruction for a different food item. Other classes are offered on March 1st (Soups), March 8th (Salads), March 15th (The Mother Sauces) and March 22nd (Entrées) Pre-register for classes as they sell out fast.

22nd - 25th    WNY Home & Outdoor Living Show
Fairgrounds Event Center
5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg
(716) 649-3900
Get a jump on spring and attend the annual WNY Home and Garden Expo. Whether you’re building or updating a home, adding a deck or pool, redecorating or looking for a new gardening project, this is the place to get great advice and ideas. Also included is a Wine and Food Garden, featuring cooking demonstrations and wine tasting. Visit the website for ticket info.

23rd    "The Wake" presented by the Buffalo Irish Classical Theatre Company
The Atrium @ Rich's
1 Robert Rich Way, Buffalo
Get your grief on at The Wake, ICTC's Party To Die For! The Irish Classical Theatre Company's rollicking annual fundraise...where shenanigans will abound! Your $65 ticket includes complimentary wine and gallons of Guinness to quench the mightiest of thirsts, plenty of fabulous food and continuous entertainment of the Celtic persuasion as we raise a pint to our dearly departed, Hugh R. Boxworthy. High-spirited dancing and carrying-on will not only be allowed but actively encouraged. Mix and mingle with said dearly departed's "friends and loved ones" and learn about his (or her!) life, times and peculiarities. "Mourners" will be invited to participate in the "Estate Sale" (Basket Raffle) and to try their hand at a variety of silly games of skill to win valuable prizes and, of course, bragging rights. Enjoy live music from Panfill Brothers and headliner, Poor Ould Goat. The McCarthy School of Irish Dance will also be joining us. Get your tickets now.

24th    Songs & Readings About Soldier's Lives - Black History Month Performance
Niagara Power Project's Power Vista's African American Cultural Center
5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston
(716) 286-6661
Celebrate black history in songs and readings about black soldier's lives at 1pm. Also celebrate Black History Month viewing an exhibit of local student projects. While you are at the Power Vista enjoy hands on exhibits, a 4D surround theater simulated ride, stunning Niagara River views and more.  Always free admission and parking.

24th    American Tea Party at Webster's Kitchen
Webster's Kitchen
110 Webster Street, North Tonawanda
(716) 264-4315
Join Jill Townson for a special Afternoon Tea event from 3-5pm on January 27th (sold out), February 24th and March 24th. Each date with a different theme. Come alone or with a group of friends. These are popular events! Register early to secure your place!  $25 per person.

27th   Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tours - Knox Your Average Piggy Bank
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
(716) 896-5200
Teeth and hair and cheese, oh my! Have you ever wondered how people “paid” for things before the adoption of standardized money? Here is your chance to find out. Come behind the scenes and learn about the Knox Money Collection and the evolution of money. 2-4pm.  Ages 18+.  $25. Register now.