April 2018 Events

Now thru April 8th    Spring Flower Exhibit & 4-H Farm
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo
(716) 827-1584
With over 22,000 bulbs on display, come celebrate the sensations of spring inside their Dome. Fragrant shrubs and flowers of every kind will be set against the ombre hues of tulips and daffodils highlighting the majestic conservatory at one of the most beautiful times of the year. Included with the exhibit is the 4-H Farm that will host baby bunnies, chicks, pigs, ducks and so much more! The 4-H Farm will be open from 10am-4pm daily. The Easter Bunny will visit the Botanical Gardens April 14 and 15 from 10am-5pm.

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 & 2nd    Val's 29th Annual Dyngus Day Weekend at Salvatore's
Salvatores Italian Gardens
6461 Transit Road, Depew
(716) 388-9713   Tickets and Table Reservations or
Email: dyngusNY@aol.com for tickets and table reservations
DYNGUS WEEKEND AT SALVATORE'S IS HAPPENING AND HERE'S WHAT GOING ON! THE WORLDS LARGEST DYNGUS EVENT FOR "ALL" GENERATIONS. Easter Sunday, April 1st will be The BOYS from Baltimore and the DYNABRASS from Ohio. Dyngus Day Monday, April 2nd will be The BOYS from Baltimore and POLKA COUNTRY MUSICIANS from Connecticut. AND For the Generations…Country Music by DARK HORSE RUN and Classic Rock & Roll by the fabulous FLIPSIDE. Table reservations are recommended. Special Dyngus Weekend room rates at the Garden Place $99, King with Jacuzzi or Double http://salvatoreshospitality.com/garden-place-hotel and the "NEW" Delevan Hotel & Spa. $124.00. http://salvatoreshospitality.com/the-delavan-hotel-and-spa are now available. Both rates include 1/2 price tickets to the events and a hot buffet breakfast. Rooms book quickly so book "NOW”. Rates are good from March 31, 2018 to April 2, 2018. Must ask for Dyngus Day rate. Call 877-456-6036 or Salvatore's at 716-683-7990.

2nd     Dyngus Day Buffalo Parade & Events
Corpus Christi Church (parade starting point)
199 Clark Street, Buffalo
(716) 833-5211
Email:  dyngusdayusa@yahoo.com
Dyngus Day, the annual post-Lenten bash, attracts tens of thousands to Buffalo, New York to celebrate spring, show Polish pride, flirt with pussy willows and listen to the best polka bands in the nation. This event begins with a parade starting at Cropus Christi Church (address above), but one of the best places to grab a perch are on the big streets heading down Broadway to Fillmore as it winds its way down Memorial Drive. Then join in on the many events going on in various locations offering live polka bands & more. See the website for a calendar of events & locations.Click here for all the event details dyngusday.com

6th    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.

6th    Messfest for Adults! Presented by the Buffalo Museum of Science
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
(716) 896-5200
All the fun of Messfest on a night for adults only from 6-9pm. Come get messy with tie-die make and take’s, fling shot painting and slime time fun! There will also be a cash bar and a DJ all night. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased at by clicking here.

6th & 21st    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 January 5th through April 21, 2018, can be purchased at the door or in advance at qcrg.net/tickets.

7th    Buffalo Snow Bowl Tournament
New Era Field
1 Bills Drive, Orchard Park
BuffaloSnowBowl.org to register
Register your team for the 2nd Annual Snow Bowl, 6 on 6 flag football tournament. This is not a fantasy FOOTBALL game - ou get an opportunity to play on a professional football field and hear the roar of your family and friends as you dive for the goal line! How? Register a team of up to 12 players and to play on the field that the greats did! All players must be 16 years of age or older to participate. There are four divisions:  Pro League, Amateur League, Co-Ed League and High School League. Sixteen-18 year olds are highly encouraged to participate in the High School League. Field size is 20 yards x 40 yards with each team guaranteed three games on the field at New Era Field. This official 6-on-6 flag football tournament is with light blocking. The Buffalo Snow Bowl benefits Special Olympics New York. You must register to play.

7th    Buffalo Wine Festival
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street, Buffalo
(814) 790-5079
Buffalo's most exciting wine tasting, food and shopping festival - 12-9pm! Every ticket holder gets a keepsake wine glass, sampling from all the wineries and vendors, great entertainment and more. Visit the website above to find out about being a VIP Guest. Make sure you get your tickets; sessions WILL sell out! Three sessions are offered this day.

13th & 141th   Gliding Stars' 14th Annual Ice Show
Northtown Center at Amherst
1615 Amherst Manor Drive, Williamsville
(716) 608-8345   Call to reserve tickets
The Gliding Stars of Western New York will present their annual ice show, “Skating to your Favorite Tunes” on Friday April 13th at 7:00pm and Saturday April 14th at 1:00pm. Fun for the whole family, skaters and volunteers will pay tribute to many of their favorite songs and musicians.  Over 100 skaters and 200 volunteers will participate in the ice show, which brings together people who have been skating at rinks in Hamburg and Niagara Falls, NY since October.  Tickets are $8.00 in advance (call 608-8345 to reserve) or $10.00 at the door. Admission is free for children 4 and under.  
Founded in 1994, the adaptive ice skating program for individuals with disabilities headquartered in Buffalo now has seven chapters in four states and continues to grow. Visit the webstie for further info.

14th    Every Day is Earth Day - Sculpture Contest
Niagara Power Vista Community Room
5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston
(716) 286-6661
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is encouraging visitors of all ages to participate in a sculpture contest which will be one of the featured activities at its “Every Day is Earth Day” celebration from 10am-4pm. The sculptures should be made of recyclable materials, such as egg and milk cartons, newspapers, toilet paper rolls, plastic grocery bags, and brought to the Power Vista during the event. The event will feature "The Greenheart" a band using all solar-powered instruments, seed planting and art activities, crafts, face painting and more. Enjoy free rides on the Niagara Scenic Trolley between the Niagara Power Vista and Gorge Discovery Center during the event. In addition to Earth Day activities, guests are invited to enjoy the all-new state-of-the-art exhibits at the Niagara Power. Visitors can take a seat in a 4-D theatre virtual roller coaster ride, create a transmission distribution system on a one-of-a-kind transmission grid table, build a dam or simulate the coordination of power across the state during bad weather.  Parking and admission are free. For more information, contact the phone number above or visit the website for a complete schedule of activities.

14th & 15th    Penguin Days
Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY
(716) 285-3575
Penguin Days will be better then ever this year, Penguin Days will mark Penguin Coast's one month anniversary! This is your chance to experience all of the Penguin Coast exhibit from working in the vet center saving penguins, to being a Penguin Keeper and making your own painting just like the penguins do! And of course, we will have public group penguin encounters throughout the day - each session will focus on a different theme; husbandry, penguin painting, enrichment and vet care. You will learn all there is about Humboldt penguins without the glass between you and the penguin! *There is no hands on interaction between guests and penguins. 10am-3pm. Regular admission price; members free.

14th & 15th    Taste of the Trail
Several participating Wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail (visit website for locations & map)
Between the Niagara Escarpment & Lake Ontario

Wine and food pairing at several wineries each weekend – $25 pre-sale / $30 day of each weekend; both weekends $40 pre-sale / $45 day of. Visit the website for participating wineries.

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 $20.18, but it also encourages them to skip national chain restaurants in favor of supporting local independently owned restaurants. Visit the website for participating restaurants.

17th    Resilience Screening & Panel Discussion
North Park Theater
1428 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo
Join Child Care Resource Network on April 17 from 10am-1pm for a free screening and panel discussion of Resilience, a short film that chronicles the beginning of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat toxic stress and improve the health of future generations.
Immediately following the screening there will be a panel discussion about the film & the effects of the research on this community. Panelists include:
-Dr. Dina Soiroplous, Pediatrician focusing on trauma-informed care,
-Rebecca Stevens, Director, Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center,
-Dr. Ursula Anderson, Pediatrician, Specialist in Public Health, Author
-Mickey Sperlich, Ph.D., MSW, MA, CPM, Assistant Professor University at Buffalo School of  
 Social Work
-Monica Brown, Program Officer, Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
-The panel will be moderated by Timothy Hathaway, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse -New York
Visit the website for further info.

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.

20th    Olmsted-ucation Week: Official Launch of the Olmsted App
Buffalo Parks Conservancy
84 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo
Love your Olmsted Parks? On April 20th, be the first to experience the NEW mobile app crafted for our historic park system. Look forward to wayfinding, a trivia game and an augmented reality feature! Join the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Mayor Brown, M&T Bank and community partners to launch the official Olmsted App, complete with augmented reality attraction featuring the Quarry Garden!

21st    Olmsted-ucation Week:  Volunteer Day
Delaware Park
199 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo
REGISTRATION IS COMPULSORY. Please click on the following link to sign up to volunteer: https://www.bfloparks.org/volunteer150
Get dirty with your Olmsted Parks from 9am-12pm! Spend a day in the dirt helping to get your favorite park ready for spring!

21st & 22nd    Olmsted-ucation Week:  Movie Day featuring Dr. Suess' The Lorax!
North Park Theatre
1428 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo
Special thanks to the North Park Theater for featuring Dr. Suess’ The Lorax! Don’t miss this exciting double feature being shown at 11:30am both days!

21st & 22nd    Patriots Day Weekend

Old Fort Niagara
2 Scott Avenue, Youngstown
(716) 745-7611
Commemorate the opening of the American Revolution with musket demonstrations, military drill and ceremony. Hands on activities for families and a special salute to veterans. Free admission for veterans and active duty military!

22nd    Earth Day at the Buffalo Museum of Science
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
(716) 896-5200
Celebrate Earth Day with hands on activities throughout the Museum and local student artwork, this is a learning experience you won’t want to miss! In cooperation with Erie County Department of Environment and Planning as a part of their “Pollution Prevention Through Art” project, selected student artwork made entirely from plastic bags will be on display in the Museum through the month of May. The project aims to make the connection between litter, storm water and plastic pollution through the use of art. Also on display will be nine rain barrels painted and submitted by students from Western New York schools, sponsored by the WNY Stormwater Coalition. This is an incredible opportunity to learn about and share your thoughts concerning the amount of plastic we use daily and the effect it has on the environment.

24th    Olmsted-ucation Week:  Tree Give Away
Cazenovia Park Casino
Warren Spahn Way, Buffalo
Need a new tree for your landscape? Stop by the Cazenovia Park Casino between 11am-2pm (or until trees are gone) to pick up a new tree, compliments of DEC!

26th    Olmsted-ucation Week:  Book Signing with Frank Kowsky
Atrium at Rich's
1 Robert Rich Way, Buffalo
In partnership with the National Association for Olmsted Parks, we look forward to the second edition release of Frank Kowsky’s book, "The Best Planned City in the   World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System."Join us on between 5-7pm for a book signing session with Frank Kowsky and to ask him a question about the history of your favorite Buffalo Olmsted landscape!

27th    Olmsted-ucation Week:  What the Heck is an Arboretum?
Margaret L. Wendt Archive & Resource Center at Forest Lawn Cemetery
1990 Main Street, Buffalo
Calling all historic preservationist and tree-enthusiasts, join us from 8am-10am for Rooted in History, Growing our Future: What the heck is an Arboretum?! — an expert panel discussion on Arboreta in the historic landscape, presented by Delaware North.  Join us as our panel of national experts discusses their passion for trees, arboretums and why historic restorations are important to community vitality. The Olmsted Parks Conservancy will also release the South Park Arboretum feasibility study.

28th    Fairy and Gnome Festival
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Avenue, Lackawanna
(716) 827-1584
Celebrate spring with their mythical friends! Visitors young and young-at-heart are welcome to join in on the fun activities all day long, including fairy-themed crafts and activities, a special scavenger hunt, view the Fairy House Contest entries and vote for your favorites. Wear a fairy, gnome or dragon costume for $1 off admission! Visit the website for more information.