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1) BuffaLoveFest, 5:30 to 9 p.m. May 26 at the Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.). Tickets are $25 in advance, and include two drink tickets, while admission at the door is $35. 21+ Commentary: The Buffalo Zoo opens its doors for an evening of food trucks, live music and Buffalo-themed craft vendors. The Tommy Z Band, The Alison Pipitone Band and Keith James are the trio o…

Pop-culture conventions - now generally falling under the umbrella label of a comic con - are a great place to get close to your favorite actor, celebrity and athlete. Buying your admission ticket gets you in the door and lets you walk around the convention floor where you can peruse dealer tables filled with movie memorabilia, T-shirts, comic books and fun chotchkies; …

1) SkyRide Buffalo, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21, departs from LaSalle Park. Cost is $30 for adults, $20 for youth ages 14-20, $25 for GObike Buffalo members and $100 for VIP passes; all ticket info can be found here. Late registration is $40. Commentary: The annual SkyRide celebrates sustainable transportation, Buffalo's flourishing bike culture and affords participants one…

As superheroes and sci-fi heroes continue to dominate movie screens during the summer, many local fan events are filling up the calendar featuring celebrity guests, costumes and even baseball. “Flash Gordon,” 7 p.m. May 18 at the North Park Theatre. The 1980 sci-fi pulp film with the classic Queen soundtrack returns with a special screening at the North Park Theatre…

We have another name for summer in the Buffalo area: We call it festival season. From one-day neighborhood lawn fetes and carnivals where you seem to know everyone, to the large multi-day events that attract hundreds of thousands, festivals are happening every week throughout the summer. To help you plan out these rites of summer, Gusto will again be publishing its annu…

1) Joe Nichols, 7 p.m. May 12 in VENU (75 W. Chippewa St.). Tickets range from $27 to $30 and can be purchased here. Commentary: Veteran country star Joe Nichols has been in country music for over two decades, fine-tuning both his sound and live performances along the way. Over time, the baritone has gravitated toward "traditional country," according to Cleveland's S…

Friday is Cinco de Mayo, and Buffalo is more than ready to celebrate the Mexican Army's victory over France in 1862 (or maybe just to take advantage of themed parties and drink margaritas). Browse 15 events to choose from - with some focused on roaring street parties, authentic Mexican fare and solid suburban options. The weekend doesn't stop on Friday, of course, so we…

There's nothing like a good draft. Except maybe two. Or 34. In advance of the NFL Draft Thursday night, 34 craft breweries – half from southern Ontario, half from Western New York – joined forces in Niagara Falls on Wednesday to begin the process of making 34 collaborative beers for the first CanAm Craft Beer Festival next year. The Buffalo Niagara Brewers …

1) Record Store Day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 22 at Record Theatre (1800 Main St.); 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 22 in Black Dots (223 Lafayette Ave.).; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Revolver Records (1451 Hertel Ave.). All are free to attend. Commentary: Celebrate vinyl with Buffalo's three remaining record stores, as massive discounts and a bevy of special releases accompany the annua…

Western New York loves its spring flings. Our typically long winter is behind us. A typically beautiful summer is ahead. And so we go a little crazy. Spring fever has figured in so many of our 100 Things. That first trip your car takes through the car wash, the teeth-chattering excitement of our two St. Patrick's Day parades. Now we come to the most delirious spring …

Save your energy this weekend for Dyngus Day, the annual Polish celebration on the Monday after Easter - April 17 - that seems to get bigger each year. If the last sentence left you scratching your head, read Mary Kunz Goldman's 100 Things feature on Dyngus Day's origin locally, why it's celebrated and some of the quirks. The major news for 2017 is a return to the Bu…

Greater Allentown First Fridays. 6 p.m. Allentown. Free. Come to Allentown on the first Friday of every month to take part in a celebration of the culture to be found in one of Buffalo's most seminal districts. Food, music, art...you can find it all in Allentown. Periphery. 6 p.m. Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $20-$25. Progressive met…

1) Thawfest, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 8 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $39 and can be purchased here. Commentary: Sixteen breweries, six wineries and five distilleries, and maybe more, will congregate in RiverWorks on Saturday for a festival to celebrate the melting of the ice rinks in the venue and the pulling of the ice boom in the Buffalo River. …

The Germans gave us the Easter Bunny. But the Polish gave us the Broadway Market. And the two are one, thanks to a crazy Western New York springtime ritual. In the weeks before Easter, the hip hop to the Broadway Market, a massive, industrial-strength edifice near the corner of Broadway and Fillmore. That corner anchors the section of the East Side called Polonia, …

Thin Man is quickly approaching its one-year anniversary, and to celebrate the occasion, the Elmwood Avenue brewery has a big ol' party planned. At noon June 17, the bar-restaurant (492 Elmwood Ave.) will close off Elmwood from Hodge and West Utica to present the Summer Solstice Street Festival. An eclectic batch of bands will make up the all-day festival's musical l…