New York City has the Statue of Liberty, a beacon of welcome to newcomers. Buffalo has the Labatt Blue six pack. The towering beer cans loom over RiverWorks, the complex at 359 Ganson St. on the banks of the Buffalo River. The 100 Things adventure swung by them on a summer adventure, kayaking on the river. Now we're back for a winter wonder. From Feb. 17 thro…

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' visit to Buffalo on Friday is unquestionably the most buzzworthy event of the weekend, but tickets sold out minutes after they went on sale in September and only select seats remain available on StubHub and Vivid Seats. Emerging country artist Granger Smith also sold out his show Friday in Town Ballroom, which takes away his eligibility for Th…

1) WNY Wine About Winter, two sessions: 1 to 4 p.m., 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 4 in Tonawanda Castle (69 Delaware St., Tonawanda). Tickets are $29 at the door until all 700 are sold out. Commentary: If only The 10 could start out with a pun every week. Kudos to whoever named "Wine About Winter," a wine festival in the kind-of-medieval Tonawanda Castle. Roughly 20 local and r…

This is not your ordinary January. In a month when attractive local events usually just barely outnumber Bills games, Buffalo has been hopping with things to do. Saturday, which brings at least 15 events of interest, is unquestionably the month's peak. From winter-themed gatherings including the Larkinville Ice Festival to family events like Disney on Ice to quirky part…

Paczki, the deep-fried dough orb filled with jam and covered with powdered sugar, will be the main attraction as throngs of hungry celebrants convene next month in Lancaster to mark Annual Paczki Day. The one-day festival is scheduled  from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway. Featuring the Polish Heritage Dancers at 3 …

Captain Kirk is beaming into Buffalo. Actor William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on the original "Star Trek" series and in multiple movies, will attend the second annual Dave & Adam's Nickel City Con, being held May 19 to 21 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Shatner will appear for one day only, May 20, and will sign autographs, meet fans and particip…

1) EXPO Souped Up Soup Challenge, 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at EXPO Market (617 Main St.). Tickets are $12, which you can purchase here, and include the chance to taste 12 different soups. Commentary: EXPO Market houses myriad restaurants - sandwich specialists Bobby Alfman's, health-focused Newbury Street, black rice-wielding Sun Roll, versatile GBGB and Osteria 166 offshoot…

The Town of Tonawanda celebrated its annual WinterFest with a slew of activities, including a one-pitch softball tournament, youth hockey games in Lincoln Arena, winter KanJam and much more. See who checked out the event.

1) Chillabration, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 13; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 14-16 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Free to attend. Full schedule of events here. Commentary: As it turns out, Native American Snow Snake is not an indigenous reptile fond of cold weather - it's a competitive winter sport. You can watch a video of it below, and read more about it here. The traditional g…

As our thaw goes away, and temperatures once again dip, there's just one thing to do. Celebrate! From Jan. 13 to 16, The Ice at Canalside is playing host to Chillabration, a celebration of winter. The free four-day winter wonderland is family friendly and includes ice carving demonstrations and ice skating, curling, ice biking and children's activities on and off the ic…

1) Downtown ball drop, 10 p.m. in Roosevelt Square, downtown Buffalo (on East Huron between Main and Washington). Free to attend. Commentary: If you like fresh air and people-watching, a trip to the Electric Tower and Roosevelt Square makes the most sense for celebrating New Year's Eve. Expat sensation Caitlin Koch returns home for a show before midnight, when the ep…

1) Festival of Lights, 5 to 9 p.m. entry (buildings open until 10) on Dec. 23 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg). Cost is $25 per carload. Commentary: It's the final night of the Festival of Lights, one more chance to relish the seasonal spirit of the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Photographer Don Nieman snapped photos of the action on Wednesday, and his S…

1) "A Christmas Story": The Musical," 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 in Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Tickets are $37 to $82 and can be purchased here. Commentary: Modernizing a classic film for the stage - in musical form, no less - cannot be an easy task, but the production at Shea's wowed News reviewer Colin Dabkowski. Who …

1) SantaCon Buffalo, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in six bars along Chippewa Street. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here, while attendees must check in to receive a wristband at VENU (75 W. Chippewa St.). Commentary: If you see a peculiar-yet-jolly mass of characters strolling down Chippewa on Saturday afternoon, don't be surprised. The annual SantaCon is a merry bar…