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The 10: Fall Fest at Canalside, Ellicottville Fall Festival, Cobblestone Oktoberfest

1) Fall Fest at Canalside, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 8 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: We are knee-deep in fall festival season, and Canalside has attracted a wide variety of vendors for Saturday's festival. Judging by Facebook, roller skating at Canalside - the Ice at Canalside space will be covered (because, as hard as you try, you won't be able to roller skate on water) - looks to be a hugely popular activity, and it's free.

Other notable vendors and activities include Johnny Mac's Inflatable Pub, amusement rides, Duke's Doughnuts, the Saturday Artisan Market, a movie night featuring "Monsters, Inc." and "Hocus Pocus," and the continuation of Fright Night, which you can read more about later in The 10.

Apple cider fry cake (top) and raised yeast doughnut from Duke’s Donuts. (Christa Glennie Seychew/Special to The News)

Apple cider fry cake (top) and raised yeast doughnut from Duke’s Donuts. (Christa Glennie Seychew/Special to The News)

[Related: Read all about Duke's Doughnuts here]

2) Ellicottville Fall Festival, 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to late Oct. 8 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Village of Ellicottville. Free to attend.

Commentary: The annual pilgrimage to Ellicottville arrives this weekend with the usual attractions - brilliant fall foliage, chairlift rides at Holiday Valley, a big party in Ellicottville Brewing Company, food and art vendors all over town, and special events at several of the village's restaurants. The full schedule can be found here.

Look back at our "Follow the crowd to Ellicottville" from last year, then read up on a new business, Ellicottville Distillery, here. More of a photo person? We have a Smiles gallery from last year's festivities, too.

Smiles at the 2015 Ellicottville Fall Festival. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

Smiles at the 2015 Ellicottville Fall Festival. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

3) Cobblestone Oktoberfest, 2 to 10 p.m. Oct. 8 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). General admission is $5, and it costs $25 for admission and 20 food and drink tickets.

Commentary: Local is the focus at Buffalo Iron Works, which has recruited seven different local breweries, and one regional in Great Lakes, to serve their Oktoberfest beers on Saturday.

[Related: Smiles gallery from the 2015 Oktoberfest at Buffalo Iron Works]

Music will be provided by the German-American Musicians, who are seemingly in The 10 every week these days, and German food will be available from Lagerhaus 95.

Members of the German-American Musicians at the 2015 Buffalo Iron Works Oktoberfest. (Cody Osborne/Special to The News)

Members of the German-American Musicians at the 2015 Buffalo Iron Works Oktoberfest. (Cody Osborne/Special to The News)

4) Buffalo Halloween and Monster Fest, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Buffalo Central Terminal (495 Paderewski Dr.). Tickets are $7 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Beyond Ghosts, the event presenter, offers all sorts of ghoulish (not goulash) activities, including the chance to shoot zombies, a monster-themed Olympics, indoor trick-or-treat for kids, and the ability to pose for a picture - for free - with Buffalo's version of Jason Voorhees, the masked man from "Friday the 13th." Plus, Baby from "Supernatural" will be there - and yes, she's a car.

5) "Finding Neverland," 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8, 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Tickets are $23.25 to $67 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Producer Harvey Weinstein - not to be confused with local celebrity Irv - cascades into town for "Finding Neverland," and we have so much for you to read to get prepared that you'll have to check back to Buffalo.com a little later today.

6) Black Achievers Awards Dinner, 6 to late on Oct. 8 at the Adam's Mark Hotel (120 Church St.). Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online, via PayPal, here.

Commentary: The 44th annual Black Achievers Awards Dinner rolls to the Adam's Mark on Saturday, as the black-tie affair is replete with a reception and full meal before awards are doled out. Look back at a Smiles gallery from the 2015 gala.

Smiles at the 2015 Buffalo Black Achievers Gala at the Adam's Mark. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

Smiles at the 2015 Buffalo Black Achievers Gala at the Adam's Mark. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

7) Lakeward Spirits grand opening, 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 8 at 65 Vandalia St., Suite 1. Free to attend.

Commentary: New distilleries in Buffalo are coming fast and furious, as the Old First Ward welcomes Lakeward Spirits to the fold. Tours of the facility, cocktails featuring Grain Canyon Vodka - the business' flagship product - three food trucks, a chance to explore the second-floor event space and a ceremonial ribbon cutting mark the Saturday party.

8) Buffalo Beauts home opener, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in HarborCenter (100 Washington St.). Season tickets are $150 or individual tickets for Friday's game are $20. All tiers can be purchased here.

Commentary: The National Women's Hockey League's Buffalo Beauts return to HarborCenter for their second season after reaching the Isobel Cup Finals last year. Friday night's game is a rematch of that series, as reigning champion Boston Pride comes to town. See the Beauts' full schedule here, as well as some of the other festivities planned for the season.

New Beauts forward Corinne Buie will suit up against her former team, while Buffalo's captain Emily Pfalzer, a Nichols School grad and defenseman for the U.S. women's national team, is back for another season. See the team's full roster here.

The Buffalo Beauts stand for the national anthem before a 2015 clash against the Boston Pride. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News file photo)

The Buffalo Beauts stand for the national anthem before a 2015 clash against the Boston Pride. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News file photo)

9) Fright Night, 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 7 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Tickets are $20, include entrance into all three haunted houses and can be purchased on site with cash, credit or debit.

Commentary: Three scary houses - the Hotel, the Mine and a Buffalo-themed Queen City Horror - will be available for exploration, via District of the Dead Haunted House. Attendees are told to look for the two white tents on the Canalside boardwalk. Fright Night runs Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 7 through Oct. 29, adding Sundays on Oct. 23 and 30. It's open on Halloween from 7 to 10, too.

10) Buffalo Fashion Show, 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 7 at Adam's Mark Hotel (120 Church St.). Tickets are $50 at the door - all presales have ended - while high school students can get in for $30 with proper ID.

Commentary: Steven Bales' Pandamonium brand hosts the Buffalo Fashion Show, which features a swimming pool-based show by Ripple Effect Aquatic Entertainment at 6:15 before the runway spectacle at 7:30. New York City designer Samantha Black is the featured guest, and over 50 models will participate.

BONUS) Ballyhoo's second anniversary, 4 p.m. to midnight Oct. 9 at 211 South Park Ave. Free to attend.

Commentary: Cobblestone District bar Ballyhoo celebrates two years in business with a full slate of fun on Sunday. The Bills game will be televised (it's a 4:25 p.m. start), local breweries will compete in corn hole and the night will conclude with a guys vs. girls cocktail competition with an illustrious cast of judges. Well, I'm a judge, so it can't be that illustrious.

Tim Stevens, who excelled in San Diego as a bartender, returned to Buffalo to open Ballyhoo, right on the edge of the Cobblestone District. The bar now celebrates two years in business. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Tim Stevens, who excelled in San Diego as a bartender, returned to Buffalo to open Ballyhoo, right on the edge of the Cobblestone District. The bar now celebrates two years in business. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

BONUS NO. 2: Buffalo International Film Festival, noon to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 7; 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 8; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 9; 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 10 in North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.), Hallwalls (341 Delaware Ave.) and Squeaky Wheel (617 Main St.). There are smaller events in the Filmmakers Lounge at Huddle on Hertel (1209 Hertel Ave.). See the full schedule here. Individual tickets run for $10; unlimited viewings for $35.

Commentary: Gusto editor and classic-and-indie film lover Toni Ruberto went in-depth on details and some premieres to watch in her preview post.

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who now has Ruth B's "Lost Boy" in his head (THANKS, SHEA'S), at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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