Allentown Art Fest, Juneteenth, Dragon Boat races highlight Buffalo today - The Buffalo News
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Allentown Art Fest, Juneteenth, Dragon Boat races highlight Buffalo today

This Buffalo summer weekend is crammed with opportunity to get out and explore, filled with adventures for those whose hearts beat for music, automobiles, boats and more.

• The city will be covered with color this weekend as the 57th annual Allentown Art Festival commences. The activities run until to 6 p.m. today, and will reopen from 11 6 p.m. Sunday.

Approximately 375 artists have been selected as exhibitors out of more than 550 applicants. Artists can win cash prizes and art scholarships.

The fest was named by American Style Magazine as one of the top 25 art fairs and festivals in the country.

• Buffalo’s Juneteenth Festival, the third-largest Juneteenth get-together in the country, also began today.

Sunday includes praise and worship from 9 to 11 a.m.; music, African drums and dance; and the second annual science fair and expo.

Sunday, the final day, includes free African drum and dance classes.

• The 14th annual Buffalo River Fest continues through midnight tonight, then starts again at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Valley Community Association event includes live entertainment, food and refreshments, a waterfront heritage display and a regatta of vessels rowing along the Buffalo River, among other activities.

• Dragon boats competed today on LaSalle Lake at the University at Buffalo’s North Campus during Luminina’s third annual Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival, and resumed at 12:45 p.m. Onlookers’ best vantage point is probably Baird Point. For those unfamiliar with the sport, dragon boating is a boat of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steer person.

• Darien Lake will host its annual Father’s Day Car and Bike Show today and Sunday. Car enthusiasts are able to check out a wide array of vehicles and vote on their favorites.

• Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue is hosting its fundraiser, “Cruisin’ at the Canal,” 6-10 p.m. today at Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises. There will be a one-hour canal cruise, light dinner buffet, cash bar, live music and more. A limited number of tickets is still available.

• The Broadway Market celebrated “Dogs, Dads and Doughnuts” at the market at 999 Broadway.

• Flag Day was today at Canalside. The patriotic celebration took place at the 100-foot-tall Rotary Flagpole at the corner of Marine Drive and East Street.

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