1) Art of Beer, 6 to 9 p.m. March 3 in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (1201 Pine St., Niagara Falls). Tickets are $35 day-of.
Commentary: A lengthy list of vendors will set up shop for the NACC's annual fundraiser, including local breweries like 12 Gates, Thin Man, NY Beer Project and Old First Ward, as well as more regional brewers like Ommegang, Southern Tier and Magic Hat.
Commentary: Just because the water temperature of Lake Ontario is warmer than normal doesn't make it pleasant. Bold and charitable participants will raise money for the International Association of Lions Clubs by dressing creatively (and often scantily) and wading through the lake, which sits at 39 degrees Fahrenheit.
Commentary: Rumor has it the Shamrock Run is an 8K because the length of the race keeps you warmer longer (Budd Bailey doesn't mention it in his race primer, though).
This St. Patrick's Day precursor, presented by and benefiting the Old First Ward Community Association, is a chance for competitive runners and those who just like to wear bright green to enjoy a long Saturday jaunt. See last year's Smiles gallery to prepare.
4) Buffalo Home Show, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 5 (continues March 10-12) in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for kids (ages 6-12) if purchased online; adults pay $11 at the door.
Commentary: The first of the Home Show's two weekends in the convention center will gather vendors of all kinds - from businesses able to help with building your own home from scratch to more individual projects regarding windows, garages, gardens, lighting, heating and more.
5) Rainbow Skate, 7 to 10 p.m. March 3 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Prices vary depending on activity - $11 for ice skating, $15 per person in teams of four (minimum) for curling, $12 per half hour for ice bikes.
Commentary: With Friday night looking frigid - much more appropriate that the event's original date, Feb. 24 - expect fine conditions for ice skating, curling and ice biking around Canalside to raise money (10 percent) for the Pride Center of WNY.
The LGBTQ-friendly party continues inside the Winter Lodge, where DJ Spooky Stephen will spin. Club Marcella's drag performers will also star in the Rainbow Skate, while food and drinks will be available.
6) South Buffalo Pizza Fest, noon to 5 p.m. March 5 in St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church (1974 Seneca St.). Admission is $3 at the door, and food and drink tickets are $1 apiece (one ticket is good for a sample slice).
Commentary: Nine different local pizzerias will vie for prizes at Boy Scout Troop 60's fundraiser on Sunday in South Buffalo. Highlights include a 2 p.m. pizza-eating contest, plus competition for Best Cheese & One Topping, Best Specialty, Best Table Presentation and Best Chicken Wing.
7) Del Paxton's LP release, 7 p.m. March 3 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). Admission is $5 at the door.
Commentary: It's not common a Buffalo band's release is previewed at length by Stereogum and Uproxx, so there's substantial fanfare accompanying the indie rockers' debut of "All Day, Every Day, All Night" in Mohawk Place Friday.
Read Mac McGuire's extensive preview and interview with Zack Schoedel, the band's vocalist-bassist.
8) M&T First Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 3 at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.). Free to attend.
Commentary: Fill your Friday night with art, as the monthly festivities inside the Knox include a jazz happy hour with George Kane, plus talks on trendy fabrics as well as the experiences of two artists in a small town in Brazil where citizens double as both spiritual mediums and civil servants. See the full schedule of the day's events here.
Commentary: The eight-piece Alabama soul band makes up its rescheduled performance in Babeville on Saturday, touring off its sophomore release of "Sea of Noise" last September. The band most recently capped Elton John's annual Oscars viewing party, and according to the Los Angeles Times, stole the show.
"If lead singer Paul Janeway doesn’t fit the visual image of the classic soul man — he’s white, stocky and sports nerdy half-frame horn-rimmed glasses — he more than filled the role vocally with an elastic voice that has a piercing falsetto," wrote reviewer Randy Lewis. "Think part Al Green, part Van Morrison."
Commentary: The event-focused party house on Chippewa has also become the home of mid-level country artists coming to Buffalo. Joe Nichols and local Eric Van Houten are slated for the future, but Florida-born Eden visits Saturday night for a gig.
While VENU is still working on installing two bars, it will collaborate with next-door Bottoms Up, where Eden's show can be viewed on video screens with audio to enjoy while you're ordering drinks.
BONUS: Crikwater CD release party, 5 to 9 p.m. March 5 in Buffalo Irish Center (245 Abbott Road). Admission is $10 at the door, or pay $15 total for the new disc and admission.
Commentary: Continue your pre-St. Patrick's Day training with a stop at the Irish Center for the release of Crikwater's self-titled album. The Irish-American traditional folk band formed in 2010 but has already made a name for itself locally, performing at the Irish Festival and the South Buffalo Irish Feis, as well as stops at the River Fest Park Concert Series.
Two prominent events, Step Out Buffalo's Bloody Mary Fest and the Buffalo Museum of Science's Beerology, both sold out well in advance of The 10's publishing.