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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…

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Jessica Underberg, who has been assistant manager of the Erie County Fair since 2010, will succeed the retiring Dennis Lang, the Erie County Agricultural Society has announced. Underberg, who grew up on a farm in Collins, will manage operations at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg year-round as CEO and fair manager for the agricultural society. Underberg's first…

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1) Buffalo Beer Week kickoff parties: NYS Fall Beer Fest at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 in Woodcock Brothers Brewery (638 Lake St., Wilson). Beer Week Opening Gala at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in Adam Mickiewicz Library (612 Fillmore Ave.). Ballpark Brew Bash, 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Coca-Cola Field (275 Washington St.). Commentary: It's fitting that Buffalo's Beer Week is 10 days long. S…

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Did the solar eclipse leave you dazzled? Are you interested in learning what else is in the stars? Fall is full of events of interest to stargazers. The Buffalo Astronomical Association lists events on its website. The group also works closely with virtually all the astronomy-oriented organizations in town. Oct. 7, 8 p.m.: Public Observing Night, Beaver Meadow Ob…

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There were classic meatballs made with secret combinations of meats and spices and simmered in a rich red sauce. There were "freestyle" meatballs made of smoked pork and bacon in a Carolina barbecue sauce, from This Little Pig, and chicken wing meatballs from Bada Bing. There was laughter and some dancing in the jovial crowd that filled the closed block of West Moha…

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The Canadian side of Niagara Falls is famous for its view. And rightly so. The roar, the colored lights, the wide-eyed tourists from all over the world -- where do you find words for it? How do you describe Clifton Hill? On this famed tourist promenade, people from all over the world gather to goof off. Arcade games abound. Carnival barkers bawl from the funhouses. "…

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1) Resurgence Brewing Oktoberfest, noon to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at 1250 Niagara St. Free to attend. Commentary: One of the best parts of fall? No, not pumpkin spice or apple cider, but stein-hoisting competitions! All those forearm squeezes can pay off. Resurgence's Oktoberfest holds challenges for both men and women on Saturday, plus $10 steins (as you can see from t…

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To Shakespeare, the play's the thing. In Buffalo, the party is. Buffalo is a theater town second to none. We are famous for our wealth of theaters -- probably more per capita than any other burg our size. Live theater in Buffalo has a devoted, passionate audience. But for one evening, reality eclipses the stage. Curtain Up!, which takes place this year Sept. 15…

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1) Music Is Art, 11 a.m. Sept. 9 at Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Free to attend. Here's the full music schedule for Saturday, which includes more than 100 bands. Commentary: It's a whole new look for Buffalo's biggest local music festival, founded and organized annually by Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac. The destination shifts for the first time from the lawn…

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1) National Buffalo Wing Fest, noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 2 and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Coca-Cola Field (275 Washington St.). Tickets are $5 each day. Children 8 years and younger get in for free. The festival guide PDF will answer your questions. Commentary: While the focus is on spicy sauces, creative flavors and eating as messily as possible, the Buffalo Wing Fest has pa…

A Chautauqua County man was arrested after police say he attacked a person he suspected of attempting to steal from a stand at the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts on Saturday afternoon. Buffalo police said the incident occurred at 4:30 p.m. at Elmwood and Auburn avenues. Steven E. Taylor, 47, of Forestville, is accused of pepper-spraying the victim and cutting his r…

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1) Buffalo Irish Festival, 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 25, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 26, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 27 at Buffalo's Outer Harbor (325 Fuhrmann Blvd.). General admission for one day is $10, while a weekend pass runs for $20. Complete ticket details here. Commentary: Scoot over to the Outer Harbor for one of the final cultural festivals of the summer, as the annual Buffa…

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1) Arkells, Edgefest: Part 3, 5 p.m. Aug. 19 in Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Commentary: After Volbeat and 311, the closing act of three-pronged Edgefest is Canadian rockers Arkells, who sold out back-to-back shows in Town Ballroom last December. Frontman Max Kerman explained why he adores the Queen City in this 2015 int…