July 2018 Events

Thru July 15th    Shakespeare in Delaware Park - King Lear
Lincoln Parkway (behind the Albright-Knox Art Gallery), Buffalo
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. King Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. It depicts the gradual descent into madness of the title character, after he disposes of his kingdom giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all. Derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king, the play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors.

Thru Oct. 25th, 2018    Downtown Country Market
Main St. between Court & Church Streets, Downtown Buffalo
The 36th annual season of the Downtown Country Market will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from May 10th through October 25th. 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.

1st     French and Indian War Encampment
Old Fort Niagara
2 Scott Avenue, Youngstown
(716) 745-7611
Several reenactments of the historic Siege of 1759. Large scale battle reenactments, musket and artillery firings, music, food, military pageantry, 18th century artisans and merchants, Native American councils and hands on activities for families. This three-day event is the largest of the season (June 29th, 30th & July 1st).

1st & 21st     Great American Garage Sales
Antique World & Flea Market
11111 Main Street, Clarence
(716) 759-8483
Shop 'till you drop visiting hundreds of vendors selling antiques, collectibles, garage sale items and more on the 1st Sunday and 3rd Saturday of every month May through October! NEW: Come hungry on Saturdays as food trucks will be there to satisfy your appetite.

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.

7th & 8th    Taste of Buffalo
Delaware Avenue, Downtown Buffalo
From Chippewa Street to Niagara Square
Over 55 restaurants, 6 wineries and 450,000 invited guests gather in downtown Buffalo to enjoy "fun by the forkful." One of the regions signature events, the Taste of Buffalo is the largest two-day food festival in the United States. Get up close and personal with Buffalo's finest chefs!

12th - 15th    Italian Heritage Festival
Buffalo's Outer Harbor
325 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo
Info@BuffaloItalianFestival.com (for more info)
(for vendor info)
The Galbani® Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival is the nation’s second largest street festival and a treasured tradition among locals. The family-friendly festival, which celebrates over 30 years of authentic Italian food, lively music, local entertainment, bocce tournament, Miss Italian Festival contest, Italian Idol contest, games & activities, rides and cultural events such as:  street tarantella dancing, grape stomping, St. Anthony procession, Sicilian puppet shows, genealogical research and much, much more.

13th    Summer of '69 (60's, 70's & 80's music)
Hennepin Park Gazebo
4th & Center Street, Lewiston
(716) 754-0166
Don’t miss this FREE music happening of the year as Lewiston Council on the Arts brings back Lewiston’s own 1960’s rock musicians and friends for the annual Summer of ‘69! Join us for a fun-filled evening featuring all your favorites from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s performed by members of Lewiston’s own super-groups such as the County Orphanage, the Invaders and the Lewiston All-Stars. Special guest and Grammy winner Gary Baker, former Invader and County Orphanage bass player, will perform some of his number one hit songs. Gary has worked with performers The Backstreet Boys, Alabama, Lone Star, All-4-One and has created such hits as I Swear, I’m Already There, and Once Upon a Lifetime. So, break out your favorite tie dye T-shirt and gather in the park for a groovy evening of music, family, and fun as they take you on a journey to the past.

15th - 22nd    Canal Fest of the Tonawandas
Along the Erie Canal
Main Street, Tonawanda & Webster Street, North Tonawanda
(716) 692-3292
Canal Fest is an 8 day event and is the largest festival of its kind along the Erie Canal. Shared by the twin cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, it encompasses a 2 square mile area, jam packed full of amusements, games, food, craft & merchandise vendors and much more. The festival closes out with a spectacular fire works display at dusk.

20th - 22nd    Grease Pole Festival
Olivencia Community Center
261 Swan Street, Buffalo
The Grease Pole Festival is one of the longest running festivals in Western New York!  Celebrating its 49th year of Puerto Rican culture, this festival will feature music, dancing, live entertainment, plenty of authentic food and beverages, and carnival rides as well.  The highlight of the weekend will be the fervent attempts to climb the Greased Pole! Check it out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=58&v=t29DybHT5Zg

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.

23rd - 28th   Colored Musicians Club Jazz Festival
The Historic Colored Musicians Club
145 Broadway, Buffalo
(716) 855-9383
The CMC Jazz Fest is WNY's premier summer showcase of today's jazz. With the kick-off being at 5pm on Friday, July 27th, this 6-day Historic Colored Musicians Club Festival is housed on indoor and outdoor stages. The Colored Musicians Club is the only remaining African American club of its kind in the United States. The Club promotes historical research and the preservation of jazz in Buffalo. Members offer free jazz lessons to community youth, and hold a jam session at the club on Sunday evenings. Giants of jazz like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis once played at the city’s Colored Musicians Club. It continues to operate as a club and a jazz history museum.

26th - Aug. 5th    Infringement Festival
Neighborhoods around Buffalo's  Allentown District
Every summer, the streets of Buffalo come alive with scores of events by local and visiting theatre and dance companies, puppeteers, media artists, poets, comics, musicians, cabaret acts, digital designers, and miscellaneous insurrectionists. This annual 11-day festival provides artists and audiences of all backgrounds the chance to come together, take chances, push boundaries, and explore uncharted territory because exciting art can happen anywhere, anytime, without a blockbuster budget.

26th thru Aug. 19th     Shakespeare in Delaware Park - Much Ado About Nothing
Lincoln Parkway (behind the Albright-Knox Art Gallery), Buffalo
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. Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599. By means of "noting" (which, in Shakespeare's day, sounded similar to "nothing" as in the play's title,and which means gossip,rumour, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful. At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.

27th & 28th    Cobblestone Live 2018
Cobblestone District
Bounded by Illinois, Perry and Columbia Streets and South Park Ave., Buffalo
Cobblestone Live! Music and Arts Festival, conveniently located in the heart of the Historic Cobblestone district in downtown Buffalo. Consisting of three stages located outside on Illinois Street, inside Buffalo Iron Works, and inside Lockhouse Distillery & Bar. Music enthusiasts from across WNY will eat, drink, and enjoy the best talent that Buffalo has to offer. Headlining acts include Blind Faith. Get your tickets now!

27th - 29th    Ellicottville's Jazz and Blues Weekend
Monroe Street, Village of Ellicottville, NY
(800) 349-9099
A Jazz and Blues Weekend in Ellicottville is a boutique experience.  Wander through the village and choose from a variety of Jazz and Blues performance areas ranging from restaurants, bars & nightclubs and street-side. Ellicottville has the shops and all the facilities you’d expect in an international class resort, the village is self-contained – all of the venues are within an easy walking distance of each other so after you arrive, leave the car and enjoy the fresh mountain air on foot. Outstanding accommodations for all budget levels are located in the Village or within walking distance.

28th & 29th    Niagara USA Wine Festival in Lewiston
Academy Park
841 Center Street, Lewiston
Wineries from the Niagara Wine Trail, USA offering tasting and wine sales at the festival. Each festival ticket includes one tasting of three wines at each of the participating wineries. Visit the website for more details and participating wineries. $22 pre-sale / $27 day of.

28th & 29th    Garden Walk Buffalo
Three Headquarters locations:
Evergreen Health Services, 206 South Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Pkwy., Buffalo
Richmond Summer Senior Center, corner of Richmond Ave. & Summer St., Buffalo
(800) 557-3981 / Local (716) 247-5004
Garden walk is a free, self-guided tour of more than 400 Buffalo gardens, the largest garden tour in America! It extends from the Frederick Law Olmsted designed Delaware Park to downtown Buffalo, in the shadow of Buffalo's beautiful art deco City Hall. Visit the website to find out how to get a map for the Garden Walk and more details.

28th & 29th    War of 1812 Grand Encampment
Old Fort Niagara
2 Scott Avenue, Youngstown
(716) 745-7611
This year only, The Grand Encampment will be the largest 1812 event yet seen at the Fort. You'll meet reenactors who faithfully recreate the lives of past Fort garrisons and depict their struggles. You'll experience a unique blend of authenticity and drama that brings history alive.