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It's the most Buffalo time of the year. Spirits soar as we warm up for the Turkey Trot, one of the 100 Things every Western New Yorker should do at least once. And for the World's Largest Disco, another adventure on our bucket list. Friends and relatives flock in from out of town, craving wings and beef on weck. Thanksgiving is in the air. It's fun to celebrate this …

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1) UB Distinguished Speaker Series: Jesse Williams, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena, North Campus. Tickets range from $18-$42 and may be purchased here. Commentary: This visit by the undergraduate student-choice speaker is a big deal, even if the character he plays on "Grey's Anatomy," Dr. Jackson Avery, cannot be trusted because he has two fir…

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A Polar Stop with toy train layouts provided by local model railroad clubs, a building competition with canned goods to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York, and Kandy Kane's Holiday Magic Show are among the new sights this year at the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. The 13th annual festival opens from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Frid…

  YOUNGSTOWN - Soon thousands of tiny lights will illuminate the dark rural skies at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, paying homage to the spiritual aspect of the upcoming Christmas holy days and drawing hundreds of spectators.    The Barnabite Fathers are readying for their annual Festival of Lights, which begins Nov. 18 and runs from 5 to 9 p.m. eac…

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1) Janet Jackson, 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in KeyBank Center. Tickets range from $32.45 to $122.45 and may be purchased here. Commentary: It's a big deal that Janet Jackson is playing Buffalo, especially if you're like News contributor Ben Siegel, who had his 11-year-old heart set on seeing his beloved performer back in 1993, when she canceled her area show at the last minute due …

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1) The Witches Ball, 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $40 general admission, $120 VIP, and must be printed and brought to the event. They may be purchased here. Commentary: Eight performance spaces and five event stages will encompass the Statler for a night of spooky dancing and exploration. From Se2 Silent Disco to Dames of the Dead, a H…

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It is almost the witching hour -- but not quite. The weekend before Halloween offers a wealth of chances to celebrate this dark and atmospheric time of year with style and a touch of elegance. Here are some options to consider. This is the perfect time of year to try something different. Supernatural rumors swirl around the Buffalo Central Terminal, a place of awe-i…

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1) 103.3. The Edge's Halloween Bash, 6 p.m. Oct. 21 in The Cove (4701 Transit Road, Depew). Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Commentary: Hosted by Edge personalities Shredd and Ragan, the first big Halloween bash of the season rolls to Depew, where $2,000 will be doled out for the best costume - plus $500 for best Pennywise the Clown, the haunting Stephen Ki…

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A family night out with a Halloween costume giveaway and cooking demonstrations will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Catholic Charities of Buffalo, 75 Caldwell Place in Lackawanna. More than 30 providers including BlueCross BlueShield, Journey’s End Refugee Services, Child Care Resource Network, Best Self, YourCare Health Plan, Erie County Department of…

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The lengthening shadows, the early darkness, the scent of cinnamon, it can all mean only one thing. The year is turning into a pumpkin. Embrace it. We brag about our seasons here in Buffalo, and now is the time to celebrate that. Find a big orange gourd, throw your arms around it, heft it up and haul it home. Sure, you can find pumpkins at any supermarket. But for be…

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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. Frenc…

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Due to production issues, the debut of 103.3 The Edge and After Dark Entertainment's HRVST Festival has been moved from the Cumulus radio station's grounds to Buffalo RiverWorks, at 359 Ganson St. The music, food and beer event, slated for 1 p.m. Oct. 14, features an impressive lineup of bands: Phoenix, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, Manchester Orchestra, Joywave, Pvr…

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1) Ellicottville Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 7 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Village of Ellicottville (Monroe Street). Festival is free to attend, although there's a cover for entrance to Ellicottville Brewing Co. Commentary: Ellicottville is gorgeous in the fall, but that's just part of the reason why the village's fall festival is a wild time. …

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Andy Wolf showed up to the Great Pumpkin Farm Sunday in his pickup, pulling a trailer and a ton of pumpkin. That's right. Singular, as in one pumpkin. Standing proudly with his two children next to their giant orange fruit, the farmer from Little Valley didn't just take home top honors and $4,500 in cash for this year's heaviest pumpkin at the annual festival in News…

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1) Central Terminal Oktoberfest, 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 30 in Buffalo Central Terminal (495 Paderewski Drive). Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance here or at the event. Parking is free, and the event is for ages 21 and over. Commentary: The historic Buffalo Central Terminal transforms into a festive party hall with Polish music, as polka band Those Idiots is sla…