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Gusto's Summer Festival Guide

Here's how you can celebrate Western New York's rich bounty of music, art, food, ethnic traditions, agriculture and civic pride this summer.

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June 16: Strawberry Social. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. First Congregational UCC, 132 N. Main St., Evans. Food, refreshments, raffles.

June 16: Colorblock Interactive Festival. 5 to 9 p.m. Artspace Buffalo Gallery, 1219 Main St. Hands-on exploration of art including paint, photography, markers, pencils, chalk. $5-$20.

June 17-18: Lewiston Garden Fest. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Center Street, Lewiston. More than 50 vendors selling flowers, plants and garden essentials plus speakers, demonstrations, garden walk, container garden contest. Free.

June 17: Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buffalo RiverWorks, 333 Ganson St. 749-2267. Dragon boat racing and family activities in event that benefits breast cancer survivors. Free.

June 17: Discover Kenmore. 9 a.m. Village Green in Kenmore, 2900 Delaware Ave. Vendors, food, entertainment, kid zone.

June 17: The Great Lakes Experience Festival. 11 a.m. Memorial Park, Lakeshore Drive, Dunkirk. Family entertainment including Wild Spirit Education Live Birds of Prey, exhibits, food.

June 17: Strawberry Fest. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 St. John’s Episcopal Church, Main and Chestnut, Youngstown. Homemade strawberry shortcake, grilled foods, entertainment, music, Donuts D. Clown (noon to 3 p.m.), tours of church. Free.

June 17: Music in the Woods Festival. Noon to 8 p.m. Wood Spring Club, 2749 Four Rod Road, Marilla. Bands, food, picnic, swim, open house. Donation-based admission (suggested $10); kids 12 and younger admitted free.

June 17: Summer Solstice Celebration. Noon. Artpark, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston. 754-4375. Featuring the seventh annual Fairy House Festival and Lehrer Dance. $10-$20.

June 17: Crossroads Bluesfest. 2 to 9 p.m. VFW Post 8113 -- Chicken Coop Grove, 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca. Fifth annual festival of blues music helps fight teenage homelessness. $10-$15.

June 23-25: Chaffee-Sardinia Volunteer Fire Company Carnival. 4 p.m. to midnight June 23, noon to midnight June 24-25. Chaffee-Sardinia Fire Company, 13169 Genesee Road, Sardinia. Annual carnival and aerial/ground fireworks display. $2 parking.

June 24: The 111th Strawberry Festival. 3 to 6 p.m. Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway. Food including strawberry shortcake plus banjo music, face painting, lawn games and basket raffle. Rain or shine.

June 24: Buffalo Brewers Festival. 4 p.m. Buffalo Outer Harbor, 325 Fuhrmann Blvd. Craft beer festival with more than 40 New York state breweries, food vendors and trucks, cider tent. $35-$45.

Smiles at the 2016 Buffalo Brewers Festival. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

[PHOTOS: Smiles at the 2016 Buffalo Brewers Festival]

June 24-25: East Aurora Art Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Roycroft Campus, 31 South Grove St., Aurora. Music, art and antiques shows and sale, bird demonstration, food.

June 24-25: Lockport Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along Main Street, Lockport. More than 200 vendors from across the state selling arts, crafts and food. Free.

June 30-July 2: Summer Music Festival. Holiday Valley, 6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville. Performances by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (July 1), Grand Funk Railroad (July 2). Vendors, arts and crafts show, music, entertainment and pet parade. or (800) 349-9099.


July 7: Macedonian Festival. 5 p.m. to midnight. Sts. Cyril & Methody Macedonian Orthodox Church, 4785 Lake Ave., Blasdell. The 27th annual event has traditional Macedonian food, music, youth dance groups, cultural exhibits. $1.

July 7-9: Queen of Heaven Carnival. 5 p.m. to midnight July 7, noon to midnight July 8, noon to 9:30 p.m. July 9. 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca. Rides, games and food.

July 8: Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival. 11:45 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Silo City, 120 Childs St. 555-1212. Music, education tent, food and merchandise vendors. Performers include Lucky Peterson, Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots, Southern Avenue. $12.50 advance, $20 at event.

July 8-9: Taste of Buffalo. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 8 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 9. Along Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square. Food from more than 55 restaurants and food trucks, plus six New York State wineries and entertainment.

July 13-15: Warsaw Valley Fest. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Throughout Warsaw. Community yard sales plus Duck Derby, ice cream contest, Victorian tea, quilt show, crafts, entertainment and artisans.

July 13-16: Galbani Italian Heritage Festival. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Outer Harbor, 225 Fuhrmann Boulevard. Italian food, drinks and music. Admission is $5. Seniors, $2.50, veterans and kids younger than 12 are admitted free.

July 13-16: Friendship Festival. Mather Arch Park, OLG Concert Stage, Fort Erie, Ont. Music, rides, food.

July 15: Hamburg BurgerFest. 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Hamburg municipal parking lot, Main and Buffalo streets, Hamburg. Restaurants and food trucks, bands, magic, refreshments and classic car show.

July 15-16: Sweet Chalk Festival. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lockport Municipal Parking Lot, 2 Pine St., Lockport. Dozens of professional artists and students plus an area for "Little Chalkers." Free.

July 15-16: Cobblestone Live!. 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 15 and 2 to 11 p.m. July 16. Cobblestone District at Buffalo Iron Works and Lockhouse Distillery & Bar. Two days of music and arts on three stages. Plus food trucks, vendors, outdoor activities and festival drink menu. $25 to $200 (VIP).

July 16-23: Canal Fest of the Tonawandas. Along the Erie Canal in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. Rides, games, vendors, food, contests, crafts, tours and entertainment.

July 26-29: Kingdom Bound. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Allegheny Road, Darien Center. Christian music festival.

July 17-22: Genesee County Fair. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 17-20, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 21 and 9 a.m. to midnight July 22. Genesee County Fairgrounds, 5056 East Main St. Road, Batavia. The 178th fair has family activities, a demolition derby, tractor pull, music, 4-H shows. $5 per carload.

July 20-23: St. John Vianney Lawn Fete. 5 to 11 p.m. July 20-22, noon to 5 p.m. July 23. Activities include Food Truck Rally, 5 to 10 p.m. July 21-22; music by Eric Van Houten, 7 p.m. July 22; Mass, noon July 23 and chicken barbecue, 1 to 4 p.m. July 23; music by New Direction Band, 2 to 5 p.m. Free.

July 21-23: Ken-Ton Garden Tour. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22-23 with Night Lights Tour from 8:30 to 11 p.m. July 21-22. Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda. Self-guided garden tours. Free.

July 23 and July 30: Pappy Martin Legacy – Masten Jazz Festival. 2 to 8 p.m. Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway (outdoors). Music on July 23 includes Wallace Roney and Camille Thurman. Music on July 30 includes Freddie Hendrix and Vanessa Rubin. Free.

July 24-29: CMC Jazz Festival Centennial Celebration at multiple venues including Colored Musicians Club (145 Broadway), Larkin Square, Hallwalls, Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Performances from more than 150 bands. Kids Tent by Explore and More Children’s Museum, July 29. All outdoor performances and the July 29 concert in the CMC are free. Individual tickets for other concerts range up to $39; festival passes are $105 to $135.

July 24-Aug. 1: Orleans County 4-H Fair. Buildings are open 2 to 10 p.m. July 24 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 25-July 29. Orleans County Fairgrounds, 12690 Route 31, Albion. More than 50 food vendors, midway rides, livestock displays, flower show and quilt show. $7 per car.

July 27-Aug. 6: Buffalo Infringement Festival. Various locations. Theater and dance companies, poets, comics and musicians.

July 29-30: Wild America Nature Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Panama Rocks Scenic Park, 11 Rock Hill Road, Harmony. Speakers, music, attractions, art and craft show, farmers market. $5-$15.

July 29-30: Garden Walk Buffalo. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided tour of hundreds of Buffalo gardens. 247-5004.


Aug. 2-6: Niagara County Fair. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 2-5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 6. Niagara County Fairgounds, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. 433-8839. $3-$18.

Aug. 3-6: Eden Corn Festival. 3 to 11 p.m. Aug. 3, noon to midnight Aug. 4-5, noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 6. American Legion grounds, 2912 Legion Drive, Eden. Food, contests, music, parade and rides.

Aug. 5: Langford Jamboree. 4 to 11 p.m. Langford Tractor Pull Grounds, Routes 75 and 249, North Collins. Music, food, drinks and dancing. Concert by Phil Vassar, Barnstorm and West of the Mark at 7:30 p.m. $30; kids under 12 admitted free. 337-3440.

Aug. 9-20: Erie County Fair. Noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 10-20. Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. $7-$10.

Aug. 12-13: Lewiston Art Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Center Street, Lewiston. Paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, wood, mixed media, photography, music and food. Free.

Aug. 13: Taste of Lockport. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ida Fritz Park, West Avenue, Lockport. Food and drink from local restaurants, wineries and farms, entertainment, arts and crafts. Free.

Aug. 19-20: Scottish Festival. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. 689-1440. Scottish fare and beer, highland games, music and dancing, clans and pipers. Adults, $13; seniors and military, $11; members, $10; ages 12 and younger admitted free.

Aug. 25-26: Northwest Jazz Festival. 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 25 and noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 26. Along Center Street, Lewiston. Multiple stages of jazz music.

Aug. 26-27: Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Along Elmwood Avenue. Arts, crafts, music, entertainment and Kidsfest.

Aug. 27: Wild Wing Festival. Noon to 5 p.m. Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Townline Road, Delevan. Guided tours of more than 700 birds with country music by Rustic Ramblers, food. $5 admission, $2 tours.

Aug. 27: Ukrainian Day Festival. 1:30 to 8 p.m. DNIPRO Ukrainian Cultural Center, 562 Genesee St. Homemade Ukrainian foods, music, art, culture, craft vendors and historic building tours. Rain or shine. Free.


Sept. 1-3: 49th Annual International Polka Association Convention & Festival. Millennium Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave, Cheektowaga. Polka music, IPA Hall of Fame Banquet, pool parties. $15-$20; $50 for weekend pass.

Sept. 2-3: National Buffalo Wing Festival. Noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 2 and Noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 3. Coca-Cola Field. More than 100 varieties of chicken wings, eating contests, music and entertainment.

Smiles and wing munching at the 2016 National Buffalo Wing Festival at Coca-Cola Field. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

[PHOTOS: Smiles at the 2016 National Buffalo Wing Festival]

Sept. 3: Taste of West Seneca and PBA Car show. Noon to 5 p.m. 1250 Union Road. Sample foods from local businesses and view cars from collectors. Free; food tickets are $1-$8.

Sept. 2-3: Taste of Niagara Falls. Noon to 8 p.m. Along Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. Food, music, beer and wine tent. Free.

Sept. 9: Hamburg Oktoberfest. 3 to 11 p.m. Hamburg Memorial Park, The 10th annual authentic German Festival featuring German food, drinks, merchandise, music, dance and car show. Free; tickets for food and drink.

Smiles at the 2016 Hamburg Oktoberfest. (Sarah K. McIlhatten/Special to The News)

[PHOTOS: Smiles at the 2016 Hamburg Oktoberfest]

Sept. 10: Ukrainian Festival. Noon to 10 p.m. St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Ukrainian dance and music, food and beverages, vendors. Free.

Sept. 15-17: Niagara Falls Blues Festival. Old Falls St., 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. International and local bands, food vendors and more. Free.

Sept. 16: Sportsmen’s Americana Music Festival. 2 to 10 p.m. River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. Musical heritage festival showcases eight bands including Leroy Townes and the Lonestars, Ten Cent Howl, McCarthyizm, The Rear View Ramblers and Uncle Ben’s Remedy..

Sept. 16-17: Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 16 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 17. Krull Park, 6108 Lake Road, Newfane. 778-7711. The 17th annual event has highland games, food, drink and culture. $8-$25; ages 12 and younger admitted free.

Sept. 23: Taste of Grand Island. Noon to 8 p.m. Whitehaven Road (Grand Island Boulevard to Baseline Road). More than 100 vendors including food and drink, plus music, pumpkin decorating, face painting and crafts. Free.

Sept. 23-24: International Music Festival. Noon to 4 p.m. Lewiston Peace Garden, 476 Center St., Lewiston. Celebration of diversity through international music. Free.

Sept. 23-24: Wildlife Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. More than 50 exhibitors and vendors, hands-on outdoor activities, wildlife shows, archery, fishing pond, kids scavenger hunt. Free.

Sept. 30: Old Falls Street’s Oktoberfest. 1 to 8 p.m. Old Falls St., 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. Music and dancing with German food, beer, wine. Free.

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Colden Art Festival and Belle Starr Music Festival. Arts Festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in downtown Colden with artists, craftsmen and musicians. The Belle Starr Music Festival, at 7 p.m. at Whelan’s Colden Lakeside Restaurant (9504 Heath Road, Colden). Free.






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