1) HRVST Festival, 1 to 10 p.m. Oct. 14 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $25 for a limited time with the code "EATRITE," but are otherwise $55 in advance and increase to $65 day-of.
Commentary: The stage is set - albeit in a new location - for the inaugural HRVST Festival, a seven-band indoor show presented by 103.3 FM The Edge in RiverWorks.
French indie pop band Phoenix is the headliner, but a wide range of musicians - from PVRIS to Rochester's Joywave to Manchester Orchestra - also grace the bill. Expect a full day of quality music in Buffalo's go-to event hub.
Craft beer from a slew of breweries and food will be available on the scene for cash.
As Mac McGuire penned in his "3 can't-miss shows," the headliners will don Daft Punk's signature chrome helmets and sharp attire, which makes for fine visuals. Believe it or not, Daft Punk has released only four studio albums over the last 20 years; most recently "Random Access Memories" in 2013.
3) Allentown Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 14 on Allen Street, which will be closed from Delaware Avenue to Main Street, and Frankin Street, which will be closed from Allen Street to North Street. Free to attend.
Commentary: The free autumn street festival takes over sections of Allen and Franklin with an aggressive slate of kids and adult activities. More than 50 booths featuring art and food
Youngsters can head to the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site (641 Delaware Ave.) for a petting zoo, face painting, a photo booth, pumpkin-focused crafts and much more.
Commentary: Less than two weeks after releasing its first album in seven years, Montreal group Wolf Parade crashes into Town Ballroom for a Sunday night show. The Oct. 6 disc, titled "Cry, Cry, Cry," earned a respectable 6.7 rating on Pitchfork, partly because it's "streamlined and coherent."
The closing paragraph of that review sheds some light: "[Dan] Boeckner and [Spencer] Krug’s hearts were on fire on their debut and ever since, that passion has burned just as hot in their other endeavors. And yet, when the two realign on subsequent Wolf Parade records, the results have been workmanlike in all aspects: admirable, handsomely crafted, and ultimately defined by how much they sounded like work."
5) Pumpkin Run 5K and 1.5-mile walk, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15 on Main Street in Amherst, beginning and ending at Gateway-Longview (6350 Main St., Amherst). Registration cost for the run portion is $20 before Oct. 15 here or $25 at the race, while the walk costs $12 before the race and $15 day-of.
Commentary: Hosts of the BBQ & Blues Bash over the summer, Gateway-Longview returns with a fitness-heavy fall event, the Pumpkin Run 5K and walk, which is now a USA Track & Field certified course that welcomes teams for the first time.
The event has already raised over $20,000 in funds, and there's no Bills game to act as an excuse to sit around and nervously gnaw white cheddar popcorn. Food trucks will set up following the race; purchases from these will also support Gateway.
The local non-profit works with children and families through residential treatment for those fighting behavioral health issues.
6) Thin Man Oktoberfest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at 492 Elmwood Ave. Tickets are $10+fees in advance or $15 on the site, while VIP passes are $50 in advance or $60 day-of. Attendees receive a Thin Man stein and one free pour with the purchase of admission.
Commentary: Thin Man has released new beers at a dizzying rate, with new in-house selections gracing the beer board seemingly once a week. (OK, I've been there a lot lately).
Sunday brings the brewery's second Oktoberfest, featuring live music from the Auslanders, ample Thin Man beer, pork and chicken sliders, as well as schnitzel from the brewery's kitchen, and a stein-hoisting competition, which brings out the best in people's forearms and does not come from the kitchen.
Commentary: All-you-can-eat-chocolate should be enough for this commentary, as well as the free drink included with an advanced ticket purchase.
Proceeds benefit Family Promise of WNY, which supports families experiencing homelessness. A raffle and basket auction are added value for the fundraiser, while the usual assortment of Resurgence games - Connect 4, life-sized Jenga and more - will entertain.
8) The Iron Event, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). General admission is $50 in advance or $60 at the door. VIP ticket holders, who pay $85, can enter at 5 p.m. and also receive a cocktail courtesy of Lockhouse Distillery and Certo Brothers.
Commentary: Local chef Dan Tracy, who's battling Lou Gehrig's Disease, hosts an annual fundraiser that's grown exponentially since its onset. A new venue, the spacious Buffalo RiverWorks, will harbor 23 restaurants with chefs vying for $2,500 worth of prizes.
Deep South Taco's Richard Hamilton won first place, as voted by attendees, in 2016. The News' Andrew Galarneau previewed the event extensively, below.
Commentary: A benefit for Girls on the Run Scholarship Fund invades the classy third floor of 500 Seneca on Saturday night, with appearances by Flying Bison, Buffalo Distilling and Global Wine & Spirits for drinks, as well as The Place, Black and Blue, the Lunch Box and more for food.
Support an organization that helps instill confidence and character in girls from third to eighth grade over a 10-week span. The annual Girls on the Run 5K is slated for Nov. 5 in Delaware Park.
Commentary: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this initiative by the American Cancer Society rolls at Canalside. Shortly after registration kicks off at 8:30, a program honoring survivors and the memory of those who've passed commences at 9, with the run and walk times staggered after 10. Further details, including a race map, can be found here.
BONUS: Halloweanie Gay Bingo, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14 at Amvets Medallion Post (25 Review St.). A bingo card runs for $5, while 3-On runs for $10, then 9-On for $15. The line for entry usually forms at 4:30 p.m., well before the 7 p.m. start time. Seating capacity is $425.
BONUS No. 2: Ambush Fifth Anniversary Leztoberfest, 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at Hamlin House (432 Franklin St.). Cost is $5 at the door.