5 Sunday Day Two of the three-day Labatt International Festival at Six Flags Darien Lake, which -- face it -- is a required summer destination at least once for any true-blue Niagara Frontier reveler. Learn about foreign culture and cuisine while the rides whip your body around. Darien Center. 599-4641. Festival continues Sept. 6.
-- Another opportunity to wrestle a few hard-fought memories from the fleeting days of summer: Bisons Fan Appreciation Night at Dunn Tire Park. Always a ton of giveaways and fan awards from Bisons officials trying to clear shelves and create interest for the coming year. Fireworks follow the game. Game starts 7:05 against Rochester. 843-4373.
6 Monday Back-to-school night at Dunn Tire Park. First 5,000 fans get a Bisons notebook. Last game of regular season. 7:05 p.m. 843-4373.
9 Thursday Got to love a historical society with these tastes: the annual Brewed in Buffalo beer-tasting event 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court. Nine local brewers offer samples of their specialty beers. Also, music by the progressive rock band Riley, food and the serene surroundings of the historical society's grounds. Tickets are $13 pre-sale or $15 at the door. 873-9644.
10 Friday The Los Caribes concert season kicks off with the 24-piece Orquesta Los Caribes performing "The Rhythm of History" 8 p.m. at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center. 874-0486.
11 Saturday Relive old memories or start new ones at the enticing Antique & Classic Boat Show noon to 4:30 p.m. at Buffalo Launch Club, 503 E. River Road, Grand Island. Up to 100 finely restored boats will be on display. Free boat rides, a balloon-making clown and a flea market of nautical antiques and vintage automobiles are part of the show. See what love of the craft and technical know-how can do. Except for $3 for parking, it's free. 662-1949.
-- FIRST SUNDAY loves the offbeat, and the annual Brick House Corners Fair in the Town of Pembroke fits the bill. Unusual foods such as ostrich burgers, signature soups and Kettle Korn. Unusual crafts. Live entertainment including the Downhome Country Cloggers and strolling singers. This year there are fresh-squeezed drinks. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., corner of Routes 5 and 77. 599-3248.
14 Tuesday Mainstream intense end-of-millennium rock. Lenny Kravitz and Smashmouth ("You might as well be walking on THE SUN ...") create some fuss 7 p.m. at Marine Midland Arena. (888) 223-6000 for tickets. Smashmouth frontman Steve Harwell on career aspirations: "If you can't make it in this business, you're stupid."
16 Thursday Strictly Riddim's Thursday night groove continues 9 to midnight at Fat Bob's Smokehouse, 41 Virginia Place. The reggae band featuring Neville Francis has the goods to create a hypnotic flow every Thursday in the corner of the urban bar. No cover. And things seem to happen while you're there. 887-2971.
17 Friday A great idea that has become a tradition, an autumn passage, a reminder of the surprisingly high-quality theater around here. Curtain Up! starts with the mayor's 5 p.m. curtain-raiser at the Market Arcade. Then you eat at the full-service gourmet meal under a decorated tent at Rotary Rink until 8:15. Then you see one of the shows, which are described in loving detail in FIRST SUNDAY's New Season liftout a few pages back in our cavernous magazine. All shows start at 8:15 p.m. We have out favorites (How can you not love "Guys and Dolls" at the Kavinoky and "Celebrity Fish" at the Alleyway has that offbeat appeal to it?). But make your own choice, from pricey to the free showing of "Singin' in the Rain" at Shea's. Then there are street parties after. It has always appealed to all tastes and all budgets. Only a curmudgeon could stay away.
19 Sunday Just try to say it doesn't matter. The Bills open at home with a bang. The New York Jets and Tuna and that Bill-slayer Bill Belichick match wits with our heroes. It's also nationally televised on ESPN. So expect the usual charged atmosphere. And don't expect the kids to get to sleep on time. 8:20 p.m. Better plan ahead for tickets. 649-0015.
-- One more Darien Lake note isn't going to kill anyone. Cheerleading Challenge. More than 1,000 cheerleaders compete while great music blares over the sound system. Classify under cathartic and pagan ode-to-summer ritual. 599-4641.
24 Friday Hockey season already? Preseason match between those overachieving Sabres and the Washington Capitals. 7:05 p.m. at MMA. Start personal preparations for Dominik's farewell season. 888-4000.
25 Saturday Add this to the pithy little Frank Lloyd Wright puns making the rounds: "Walk Wright Inside" offers privileged tours to the interiors of Graycliff, the Darwin D. Martin House and the Barton House, the three local FLW jewels. Also included are the private and often-overlooked Heath and Davidson houses. Cost is $55 for Graycliff members and $65 for non-members, but there's excellent access for those moved by Wright experience. 614-6195.
-- The much-anticipated and one-day-a-year fall cemetery tour presented by Mount Calvary. This year's program includes United German and French Roman Cemetery and Mount Calvary. Tours start at Pine Lawn Chapel on Harlem Road on the hour from 2 to 5 p.m. Guests guides and special appearances by guest infantry re-enactors. Reservations necessary. 892-6600.
-- Someone stop those crazy, out-of-control people at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. "Paint the Town" is the bold daylong activity in which 50 artists choose a spot in the city and spend the day creating art there, whether it be watercolor, drawings, sculpture. Steve Christie and News political cartoonist Tom Toles will donate works. Less-traditional media will also be used, such as Surapa, the pachyderm painter from the Buffalo Zoo. The artists return to the historical society on Nottingham Court late that afternoon (will Surapa clump up the stairs of the 25 Nottingham Court?). Wine and hors d'oeuvres served from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by the live auction. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door. 873-9644.
26 Sunday Raise consciousness and get in shape at the same time. AIDS Walk '99 steps off 11 a.m. at Marcy Casino in Delaware Park. Mayor Masiello sends off walkers as they wind their way through a 5K route including the chic Elmwood Strip and scenic Delaware District. Post-walk party at the park after the walk. About 2,000 walkers are expected to collect pledges and walk in support for AIDS Community Services. Call 847-0340 for a pledge sheet. Free T-shirt for those raising more than $100.
-- Last month it was Harley riders with stuffed animals. Today it's the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots motorcycle ride. Tough guys riding bikes carrying cute fuzzy things. Must be a trend. Sign-up at 11 a.m. at Southgate Plaza, West Seneca. The ride starts at noon. Entrance fee is $10 or a toy of equal value to donate. 627-6715.
30 Thursday Some of us still mark our dates when the circus comes to town. Opening night for the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus. 7 p.m. at MMA. Shows continue to Oct. 3, including three Oct. 2. (888) 223-6000.
2 Saturday Name a better passage of time than a traditional Western New York polka dance. We couldn't, either. Chicago's Grammy Award-winning Eddie Blazonczyk & the Versatones (say this 10 times fast) and Buffalo's Happy Ritchie's Old Time Polka Band 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Sideshow Music Hall, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Call Wally or Darin at 549-7717 for information. Or call the music hall at 821-9150.
3 Sunday You have to plan ahead to do this: Gary Felong, chef at the upscale Lord Chumleys restaurant, is guest instructor at the popular Premier Gourmet cooking classes 1 to 3 p.m. at the store, 3465 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Cost is $15 per person, but the benefits go beyond currency. 877-3574. There's a class every month and they fill up fast.
FIRST SUNDAY faces monthly soul-searching (especially this month) when deciding what to include in its Guide to an Excellent Month calendar. Send your event to FIRST SUNDAY, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240 at least six weeks in advance of the magazine's publication date. Events with the widest, wildest or most intriguing appeal will be selected. Remember, information is subject to change.