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"Under love's heavy burden do I sink." Shakespeare's Romeo was on to something, assuming "love" refers to the multitude of brilliant event choices for this weekend in Buffalo. (The "heavy burden," of course, is the finite amount of time between Friday night and Monday morning.) Starry Night in the Garden and the slightly odd blend of Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa position…

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The name – Buffalo River Fest – is the same. But things have changed for the 15th annual festival sponsored by the Valley Community Association this weekend.The big change took place in 2011, when the hopeful name “River Fest” became a reality. That was the year the festival moved from the land-locked Father Conway Park to the new Buffalo River Fest Park on the Buffalo Riv…

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For some, June is the start of the summer season in the Buffalo area. To others, it’s the opening of our festival season. From lawn fetes to food festivals, community picnics to garden walks, cultural celebrations to heritage events, there are festival-type events every weekend through the summer for people of every age to enjoy. So fill up on food (Burger Fest, Wing Fest,…

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For some, June is the start of the summer season in the Buffalo area. To others, it’s the opening of our festival season. From lawn fetes to food festivals, community picnics to garden walks, cultural celebrations to heritage events, there are festival-type events every weekend through the summer for people of every age to enjoy. So fill up on food (Burger Fest, Wing Fest,…

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For the penultimate The 10 of spring, I'm going to cut right to the chase and go more bare-bones. You'd probably rather spend more time doing activities rather than reading my ridiculous prose anyhow. 1) Allentown Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on Delaware Avenue and Allen Street. Free to attend, but you have to buy the art. Support loc…

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Although The 10 is a weekly look at what's ahead, it's worth revisiting Matt and Kim's Canalside show last night. There's no question a free concert series on the waterfront featuring widely respected bands is fantastic -- and perhaps not the easiest to organize and execute -- so it's fairly excusable when issues arise at the season's first iteration of Canalside Free Thu…

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When: 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SundayWhere: Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont.Info: niagarafallscomiccon.comWhat: This three-day pop culture festival is taking over 200,000 square feet of the convention center and includes guest appearances from movie and TV celebrities, wrestlers, artists and wr…

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Since The Washington Post declared "Buffalove" a trendy slogan in 2014 -- replacing "Keep Austin Weird" -- the term has flourished in Western New York to describe overarching local pride, a music festival in Warsaw, an oft-used Twitter hashtag, a historic preservation-focused development company and -- pertinent for this weekend -- a big party at The Buffalo Zoo. It's prob…

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We love our summer festivals. From neighborhood lawn fetes to large annual events attracting thousands, we can’t get enough of this summer tradition.If you are an organizer of a festival open to the public that has activities, food and live entertainment, you can be part of Gusto’s annual Festival Guide. All we need is the information. Send us the official title of the eve…

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One of the more captivating times in Buffalo's event calendar is the period that precedes festival season. Instead of ____ summer festival or concert venue that you've been to dozens of times before (but still attend because it's fun), a sense of discovery remains, a chance to say, "Oh? I hadn't heard about that." After drafting about 13 different weather-related ledes --…

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LEWISTON – Whether you are a fisherman or not, smelt – a small freshwater fish that run in schools in the lower Niagara River – are the first sign of spring. And their arrival marks Lewiston’s first foray into its busy festival season.Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, the Niagara River Anglers will batter and fry the smelt, which are given out free until supplies run out. Wh…

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It might not look like it today, but it won't be long before the streets are filled with people and music and the air is filled with the aromas of summer. Summer festival season is upon us. The Buffalo News will publish a guide to all things festival, but it's never too soon to start planning. This should get you started. Buffalo Greek Fest - June 5 to 7 Kick off your …

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Be thankful -- this weekend in Western New York is less about finding something to do and more about choosing between several worthy events. Love music? Pick between the Tragically Hip, blossoming locals The Traditional or even pay an exorbitant Stubhub sum for the 16 remaining Modest Mouse tickets. Have a powerful urge to imbibe this weekend? Maybe you were proactive in…

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There are actors. There are actor-directors and actor-writers. And then there is actor-architect-designer-juggler James Wilder. The multitalented artist has designed clothing and jewelry; turned empty lots into apartments that have become artist retreats in the Hollywood Hills; literally juggled as a street performer; and starred in TV and film including the hit series “M…

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Whenever Dyngus Day approaches -- and it arrives on Monday, legitimate extension of the weekend -- Anderson Cooper's reaction to the Polish festival in 2012 is mandatory viewing. If you're short on time, fast forward to 1:42 in the video below. [bn_youtube id="6hRG2WHFFm8"] [Also, remember, Anderson Cooper has promised to one day visit a Buffalo Dyngus Day, as some local…