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For some, June is the start of the summer season in the Buffalo area. To others, it’s the opening of our festival season. From lawn fetes to food festivals, community picnics to garden walks, cultural celebrations to heritage events, there are festival-type events every weekend through the summer for people of every age to enjoy. So fill up on food (Burger Fest, Wing Fes…

For some, June is the start of the summer season in the Buffalo area. To others, it’s the opening of our festival season. From lawn fetes to food festivals, community picnics to garden walks, cultural celebrations to heritage events, there are festival-type events every weekend through the summer for people of every age to enjoy. So fill up on food (Burger Fest, Wing Fes…

A menacing Jason Voorhees, complete with a bloody hockey mask, walked the floors of the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Saturday, kindly stopping whenever someone asked if they could get a photo with him. A "talkative" droid from "Star Wars" roamed the convention floor to the laughter of those he strolled by. Zombies and characters from "Game of Th…

The 18th annual Picnic in the Parkway Summer concert series will kick off on June 30 along Bidwell Parkway. The Elmwood Village Association will host eight performances throughout the summer from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday. Performing will be the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, June 30; John and Mary and the Valkyries, July 7; Black Rock Zydeco, July 14; McCarthyizm, July 2…

Free community concerts are a staple of our summer concert season and are offered nearly every day of the week. Here are a few of the free weekly concert series being offered this year.MondaysMusic Mania Mondays6:30 to 9 p.m., Town Community Center (7105 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara)June 22, Penelope; July 1, Hit ‘N Run; July 6, 90 West; July 13, White Chocolate Band; …

The rumble of engines, the whiffs of smoke and spice, the kids with hula hoops, the guys in baseball caps and gals in maxi dresses, the cups of Flying Bison beer, the long lines at Lloyd Taco Truck … it can mean just one thing:Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkinville.Maybe you have never been to Larkinville. There is no shame in that. Just a few years ago, neither had anyone. …

When: 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SundayWhere: Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont.Info: niagarafallscomiccon.comWhat: This three-day pop culture festival is taking over 200,000 square feet of the convention center and includes guest appearances from movie and TV celebrities, wrestlers, artists and wr…

Actor Scott Wilson is outside a Michigan restaurant on a phone interview in anticipation of his three-day appearance at Niagara Falls Comic Con when a car pulls over. Wilson has been recognized and the driver wants to chat. The actor patiently takes a moment with the fan.“He was just driving by and recognized me,” Wilson said with a quiet, almost embarrassed laugh when…

Criss Angel knows his numbers, and good numbers they are. Spend 14 minutes on the phone with the 47-year-old magician and he’ll share a bunch: He’s performed 3,000 Vegas shows over the last seven years, bringing in $150 million in a single year to the Luxor – “according to Newsweek magazine,” he said, adding, “It’s the only magic show on that list.” ∆ W…

Criss Angel knows his numbers, and good numbers they are. Spend 14 minutes on the phone with the 47-year-old magician and he’ll share a bunch: He’s performed 3,000 Vegas shows over the last seven years, bringing in $150 million in a single year to the Luxor – “according to Newsweek magazine,” he said, adding, “It’s the only magic show on that list.” ∆ W…

Mini golf is so 1995. Get your fine motor skills in shape for Larkin Links, Buffalo's first "nano golf" course, a lighthearted fusion of public art and recreation dreamed up by Buffalo entrepreneur Harry Zemsky and slated to open June 17. The course, which will be free and open to the public, features 11 holes designed by local artists and designers. These range …

We love our summer festivals. From neighborhood lawn fetes to large annual events attracting thousands, we can’t get enough of this summer tradition.If you are an organizer of a festival open to the public that has activities, food and live entertainment, you can be part of Gusto’s annual Festival Guide. All we need is the information. Send us the official title of the…

The band wore mittens. Listeners huddled in hoodies. But summer at Larkinville is up and running.Luckily, the featured attraction at the second of Larkinville’s Food Truck Tuesdays was the Joey Giambra Big Band. These guys, veteran musicians all, are troupers. When sound problems derailed them 10 minutes into their first set, they took advantage of the quick break not on…

It’s not just an announcement, it’s a party. The schedule for the Live at Larkin summer concert series will be announced with a happy hour party from 5 to 7 p.m. May 4 in Larkin Square.The party will feature the announcement of the 14-week concert series at 5:30 p.m. followed by live music from Jony James and Zac Ward. Food from the Whole Hog truck and a cash bar will …

The green, copper-topped observatory dome of the Buffalo Museum of Science that pops into view along the Kensington Expressway is at the center of a new $1.5 million fundraising push announced Friday.“We view the observatory as an icon of the community,” said Mark Mortenson, president and chief executive of the museum.With $350,000 from the Margaret Wendt Foundation al…