Events & Festivals

August 2017 Events

Ongoing All Month     Fitness Classes at Canalside
Canalside, 44 Prime Street, Buffalo

Enjoy exercising FREE at Canalside on the Pierce Lawn Monday through Sunday with a variety of forms fitness. Just to mention a few fitness classes:
- RevFit with Revolution Fitness every Monday 6-7pm.  A total body circuit workout designed to get your muscles fired up by using your own body weight.
- Power Yoga every Friday 6-7pm.  Emphasis on alignment, postures, physical conditioning, breathing, building strength and spirit.
- Harmony Fitness every Saturday 10-11am.  Full body blast combining resistance & cardiovascular training, stretching & flexibility, fat burning and muscle building. Bring your own hand weights.
Bring your own mat and water bottle. All classes are weather permitting. 
Visit the Canalside website@ for class cancellations and a complete calendar of all fitness classes being offered.

Every Thursday Thru August 17th     Thursdays at Canalside
Canalside, 44 Prime Street, Buffalo
Concerts every Thursday evening for only $5. Gates open at 5pm and a headliner will go on stage between 8-9pm, depending on concert start time.  Check out the exciting lineup this summer at the website above.

Thru August 20th     Shakespeare in Delaware Park - Macbeth
Lincoln Parkway (behind the Albright-Knox Art Gallery), Buffalo
Macbeth is a tragedy, dramatizing the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.  The performance takes place in beautiful Delaware Park, located behind the rose garden off Lincoln Parkway. Shakespeare in Delaware Park is a not-for-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to providing free, high-quality public theatre.  A Buffalo summer tradition since 1976, the performance takes place in a historic park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

Thru Oct. 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.

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd      Queen City Social
20 Fountain Plaza (Main & Chippewa Streets), Downtown Buffalo
(716) 856-3150
The Queen City Social is a free happy hour featuring all things local including bands, restaurants and Big Ditch Brewing Company beer.  This series will run every Wednesday through August 23, 2017 from 5-8pm. Featuring a different live band every week!  Show your love for the city and party with the best of Buffalo!

2nd & Sept. 6th    Annual Food Truck Rodeo!
The Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court, Buffalo
(716) 873-9644 ext. 320
The Buffalo History Museum is hosting the 5th annual Food Truck Rodeo. The events will be held from 5-8pm with the food trucks serving until 8:30pm. Trucks will be offering a variety of specialized dishes and desserts the first Wednesday of the summer months with FREE museum admission, extra seating for picnicking, children activities and a live DJ!  Blankets or lawn chairs are welcome! Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.
Facebook:  @TheBuffaloHistoryMuseum  Twitter:  @BuffaloHistory  

4th    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.

4th    First Friday at Market Arcade
Market Arcade
617 Main Street, Downtown Buffalo
(716) 220-8468
Enjoy First Friday of the month inside downtown’s historic shopping and arts destination, the Market Arcade. View a new art opening at Queen City Gallery, browse the CEPA Gallery exhibits and shop local at all the retail stores all under one roof.

5th & 6th    Soldiers of the Revolution
Old Fort Niagara
2 Scott Avenue, Youngstown
(716) 745-7611
Life on the New York frontier during the American Revolution. Period camps, musket and artillery demonstrations, military skirmishes.

5th & 6th    ChalkFest Buffalo!
Along the 500 Block of Main St. (between Chippewa & Mohawk Sts.), Downtown Buffalo
ChalkFest Buffalo is a FREE annual event. Kids of all ages can participate and while drawing, they can watch and learn over the shoulders of local and world renown artists who are creating their sidewalk masterpieces. Enjoy art, games, live music, dancers, face painters, balloon hats, street performers and food. Check out the website for all the family fun details!

9th - 20th    178th Erie County Fair
The Fairgrounds
5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg
(716) 649-4687
The largest independent county fair in North America
averaging over 900,000 guests annually. The fair features $500,000 in free entertainment, over 2,500 animals, top name concerts, exciting motor events, mile long midway, great food and much more. This is a must see summer attraction!

11th    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.

11th & 25th    Canalside Boardwalk Bazaar
44 Prime Street, Buffalo
(716) 436-7100
Canalside’s new Boardwalk Bazaar series presented by Five Star Bank offers something for everyone. From fire performers and magicians to aerialists and acrobats, you are sure to be left in awe. With a variety of your favorite local restaurants and a mix of unique artisan vendors, the Boardwalk Bazaar will keep you coming back for more! Best of all, the event is free to attend!

12th & 13th    Annual Lewiston Art Festival
Center Street (between 4th & 8th Streets), Lewiston
(716) 754-0166
Lewiston’s signature event, now in its 50th year, features work by more than 175 exceptional artists in a wide range of fine art and artistic craft media in this juried art show. Meet the artists one-on-one and enjoy more than 20,000 original works of art - including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, wood, mixed media, and photography.  Bring the whole family for a weekend of art, music, food, street performers, workshops and demonstrations. Free event. 10am-6pm - rain or shine!

18th    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 our website for the M & T Third Friday event schedule. Members always receive free or discounted admission to special happenings.

19th    Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of WNY
Starting point at Buffalo City Hall
65 Niagara Square, Downtown Buffalo
(716) 310-8644
Facebook:  @Puertoricandayparadeofwny
Starting at 1:00pm in front of Buffalo City Hall and marching north on Niagara Street. There will be great food and a free concert immediately following at LaSalle Park on Buffalo's beautiful waterfront. This parade has always sponsored events that are intended to be a celebration inclusive of all Hispanics and to encourage pride in the Hispanic heritage (Mexican's, Dominicans, Cubans, Colombians, and others from the Caribbean, Central American and South American Hispanic countries). This year's theme is UNIDOS SIEMPRE!

24th    Celtic Rocks the Outer Harbor
Outer Harbor Buffalo Event Space
325 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Downtown Buffalo
Check out the Details
Enjoy a night of Celtic music when Scythian and The Town Pants rock the Outer Harbor the night before the Buffalo Irish Festival!  Tickets are $15. and can be purchased through

25th     Friday Night Lights at the Aquarium of Niagara!
Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls USA
(716) 285-3575
Visit the Aquarium of Niagara after-hours from 7-10pm! Join us for fun games, live music, delicious food and a special sea lion show! Then top it all off by watching the fireworks over the Falls from our outdoor deck! Regular admission price. Food and drinks will be for sale.

25th - 27th    Buffalo Irish Festival
Outer Harbor Buffalo
325 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Downtown Buffalo
Even if you are not Irish, you can be for a few days at this festival! Festival hours are from 4-11pm on Aug. 25th, 11am-11pm on Aug. 26th & 11am-10pm on Aug. 27th. Featuring two stages of continuous Irish entertainment from the U.S., Canada and Ireland. The festival also includes: a kick-off parade on the 25th at 5:30pm, traditional Irish music, folk music, step and set-dancing, genealogy experts, Irish goods & crafts from nearly 30 vendors, Irish authors & book signings, traditional Irish foods & beverages.

26th & 27th    Elmwood Festival of the Arts
Elmwood Avenue between St. James Place & West Ferry
(716) 830-2484
Facebook:  @ElmwoodAveArtFest
-Shop with more than 170 artists and craftspeople; you're sure to find something you love.
-Entertainment - see over 50 performances on three stages.
-Dance at our family friendly dance tent.
-Bring the family to Kidsfest where children can do hands-on art projects, see kid-oriented performances and march in Sunday's Kidsfest parade.
-Eat - When you are ready for a snack, our festival café will have vendors waiting to serve you.