January 2018 Events

Now thru January 7th    Poinsettias - Expect the Unexpected! & Garden Railway Exhibit
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Avenue, Lackawanna
(716) 827-1584
The whole family will enjoy beautiful poinsettias, vibrant colors and playful surprises!  The WNY Garden Railway Society is sponsoring the Railway Exhibit which brings fun and whimsy to our holiday season! Adults and kids enjoy this great exhibit! 10am-5pm.

Now thru January 26th    Fireworks Over the Falls
Viewable from Niagara Falls, NY & Niagara Falls, Ontario
Enjoy spectacular fireworks over Niagara Falls EVERY FRIDAY at 9pm until January 26, 2018!  NIGHTLY FIREWORKS will show every evening December 23rd-29th at 9pm and New Years Eve, Dec. 31st at midnight. Fireworks schedule is subject to change.  Fireworks performances are weather permitting and may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

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.

5th    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.

5th & 26th    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 qcrg.net/tickets.

6th    Our Famous New Year's Flea Market
VFW Post 8113
299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca
(716) 627-3619
From 9am-3pm this Flea Market will offer collectibles, antiques, china, glass, knickknacks, sports items, cosmetics, ephemera, postcards, books, toys, jewelry, tools, household items, clothes, crafts, magazines-brand new and vintage. Clean and bright hall with ample parking. Handicap accessible.

13th   Buffalo On Tap
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street, Buffalo

We’re bringing Buffalo’s largest Craft Beer Festival back to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center! The 6th annual Buffalo on Tap is from 12-9:30pm. Pick from two early-access VIP sessions or two general admission sessions to sample over 150+ craft beers from over 75 breweries. Plus hang out in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors. Get your tickets now!

13th, 14th & 15th     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!

14th    Jazz on 2nd Sundays at The Buffalo History Museum
The Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court, Buffalo
(716) 873-9644
Artistic Director, George Caldwell, leads the BJC Repertory Orchestra in an afternoon of the music of the Count Basie Orchestra. For over 30 years, George has toured the world with groups such as the Count Basie Orchestra and Duke Ellington Orchestra and has performed with an extensive list of legendary artists that includes Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, and Nancy Wilson. The Buffalo Jazz Collective Repertory Orchestra is a newly formed group of young professional jazz musicians in the Western New York area. 2:30-4:00pm. Visit the website for further information.

15th    Kids Day at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo
(716) 827-1584
The kids are off of school today for Martin Luther King day, so stop by the Wegmans Family Garden and other hands-on stations to participate in fun seasonal activities and meet some of the amazing plants that live at the Botanical Gardens! FREE admission for Botanical Gardens' members and kids ages 3-12.

17th    Boasting Buffalo: A Celebration of Doing Business in Buffalo
Buffalo Riverworks
359 Ganson Street, Buffalo
(716) 342-2292
This Boasting Buffalo networking expo and panel discussion will begin with a late afternoon panel discussion covering local breweries and distilleries from 4-7pm. They’ll have experts sharing their knowledge on a variety of topics. Afterwards, join some of WNY's breweries and distilleries at their "Hoppy Hour" where they'll share a sampling of their products. Other vendors will also be on hand to  showcase their products and services! Panelists for this discussion include: Roy Bakos, Director of Hospitality & Pleasure-Buffalo Distilling Company, Bobby Finan, Co-Founder/Operating Partner & Tommyrotter Distillery and Founder & Managing Member-Whiskey Fest LLC, Matt Kahn, President & Co-Founder-Big Ditch Brewing Company, Robin Ross, Owner-Arrowhed Springs Vineyard and BeauVine Vineyards LLC, Frank Weber III, Cofounder & Distiller-Buffalo Distilling Company. Come celebrate what makes Buffalo great! Cost: $50

18th    Suntory Whisky Dinner
Sear Steakhouse
200 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo
(716) 319-1090
At 6pm Sear Steakhouse will be serving a fantastic 5 course food and Japanese Whisky pairing dinner for $150/person. There will be a representative from the Suntory distillery in Japan educating dinner guests about their whisky and Chef JT has an awesome menu planned to pair with it. Check them out at whisky.suntory.com! You don’t want to miss this one! Call now to make your reservation.

19th    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.

19th - 21st    Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo
Niagara Falls Conference & Event Center
101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY
(716) 278-2100
In their 5th year, this show continues to grow toward becoming one of the best fishing shows in all of the Great Lakes with over 200 fishing and outdoor exhibitors (hunting, boating, paddling, etc.). Over 100 FREE seminars taught by more than 70 fishing and outdoor experts. Daily family and children's activities, seminars, trout pond and youth shooting trailer. Affordable admission (check the website for 2018 ticket prices). Free parking.

22nd    A Magical Dinner with Jim Fingerlow
Webster's Kitchen
110 Webster Street, North Tonawanda
(716) 264-4315
Enjoy a magical evening with a four-course dinner and wine pairing created by Jim Fingerlow and inspired by his personal experiences in Walt Disney World. Sit back, relax and taste at this Demo & Dine, as Jim shares his tips and recommendations for a truly memorable trip to this magical destination. $65. per person. Register today!

25th - 28th    Disney On Ice:  Frozen
KeyBank Center
1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, Buffalo
(888) 223-6000  Tickets by phone
Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer. Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award®-winning songs like Let It Go and ultimately discover true love is the most powerful magic of all. Click here for tickets.

27th    Buffalo Wine & Chocolate Festival
The Adams Mark Hotel
120 Church Street, Buffalo
(315) 471-9597
Wineries and wine enthusiasts from across the region will gather for an unlimited sampling of dozens of fabulous wines of all styles and tastes. Then, buy bottles of your favorites, all for great prices. There will be distilleries and cideries too. Enjoy a fabulous selection of tasty nibbles and treats, chocolates, cheeses and sweets. Take a dip at the chocolate fountain. Then get some serious shopping done. Browse through fantastic mini boutiques featuring purses, jewelry, clothing and more.

27th    Winterfest
Chestnut Ridge Park
6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park
(716) 662-3290
Enjoy the best that winter in WNY has to offer!  Bring the whole family and come to the park to enjoy a day filled with many fun activities.  There will be sledding, snow sculpting contest, marshmallows to roast, arts & crafts and magic shows.  Haywagon Rides are available for a small charge.  Erie County Park Rangers will be giving live demonstrations with activities also.

27th    Mermaid Day at the Aquarium
Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY
(716) 285-3575
Make your child’s dream come true or your inner child’s dream of seeing a real mermaid! The Aquarium's mermaid friends will be swimming and playing in the main pool for your enjoyment and you’ll have a chance to meet and take a photo with a magical mermaid! This event is from 10:30am-3:00pm. Regular admission applies. Sea lions will be off exhibit for this event.

27th    Niagara Wine & Beer Tasting Fest
Kenan Center Arena
195 Beattie Avenue, Lockport
or enter through 422 Locust Street, Lockport
(716) 433-2617
This popular night of fun returns with more than 30 wineries, breweries, restaurants and specialty food vendors from 5-9pm. Plus basket raffle, 50/50 split, live music, and a photo booth to capture all the fun! Each ticket includes a souvenir glass, tasting journal, and $5 food voucher. VIP guests enjoy early entry at 4pm, reserved parking, $1 off wine purchases until 5pm, and a special VIP goodie bag. Tickets will go on sale in November. $30 pre-sale; $50 VIP; $40 at the door. Get your tickets now ... this event sold out last year!

27th & 28th, February 1st-3rd, 7th-11th, 14th-24th     LUMAGINATION
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Avenue, BuffaloLumagination_Logo_2018_8392c099-2f4d-450b-894b-ae019c924c19_grande.jpg
(716) 827-1584
The Botanical Gardens will be illuminated to excite imaginations, stimulate the senses and entertain all ages! Check out this amazing drone video of Lumagination 2017! Visit the website for special feature dates, times and admission pricing. Tickets available online or at the door!

28th    Buffalo Soup-Fest
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street, Buffalo
(716) 983-5062
Join 5,000+ friends and 30 restaurants while sampling over 75 different soups all in one place. This is the fastest-growing and most exciting event of the winter in Buffalo, NY. Bring your friends and family and be a part of what everyone is calling the must-attend event of the winter. Surprises & great fun!