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…

1) Kerfuffle Before Christmas, 5 p.m. doors Dec. 2 in KeyBank Center. Ticket prices range from $25 to $45 and can be purchased here. Commentary: The biannual Kerfuffle series returns, courtesy of Alternative Buffalo 107.7 FM, with a six-band bill of that station's favorites, including Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, Judah & the Lion, Atlas Genius, Capital Cities,…

A Niagara County native's documentary about the important and little-known influence of Native musicians on the development of rock music has been chosen to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. "RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World" was co-created by Tim Johnson (Mohawk), who grew up in North Tonawanda, and Stevie Salas (Apache) who met when Johnson h…

The World's Largest Disco will likely be the best attended of any event this weekend - except for the home Bills game, of course - but the throwback dance party sold out earlier this week, making it ineligible for inclusion in The 10. We have rules here. But, if you're really excited about the World's Largest Disco, be sure to read Mary Kunz Goldman's entry in 100 Thing…

Mirror, mirror, on the ball, who is the fairest of them all? Buffalo, hands down. Nobody else has a party to rival the World's Largest Disco. The disco is part of the polyester fabric of our region. It always sells out in advance (this year is no exception). Seven thousand glitzed-out revelers flock annually to the disco, traditionally held at the Buffalo Convention…

The 12th Annual Fairgrounds Festival of Lights celebrates opening weekend with an international ice carving competition with 11 teams from around the world. The Great Lakes International Ice Carving Competition will host 22 competitors – two on each team – who will begin sawing, chiseling and crafting 26.4 tons of ice at 5 p.m. Friday.  The duos will compete f…

1) Tonawanda Christmas at the Castle, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 20 in Tonawanda Castle (69 Delaware St., Tonawanda). Admission is $4, and a 25-cent donation for children 16 and under. The first 100 through the door receive a $4 gift certificate to the festival, while the next 200 attendees will receive a $2 gift certificate. Commentary: The challenges of holiday shopping a…

1) Dino Daze, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 in the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). Entrance is free with cost of admission, which is $11 for adults, $8 for kids under 17 and $9 for seniors (62+). $1 discounts are available for anyone bringing a perishable food item. Commentary: If I was 10 years old (which, admittedly, I act like I am sometimes), I'd…