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1) Jason DeRulo at the Erie County Fair, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Gusto Grandstand of the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg). General admission tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Commentary: The Erie County Fair, which runs through Aug. 20, is the marquee event of the weekend, drawing friends and families from all over the area to explore the car…

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Lackawanna Community Fun Days will kick off with a Resource and Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, in the Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road. Health screenings will be available from many health and wellness service providers. An awards dinner at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at Lucarelli's Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, will salute Assemblywoman Cry…

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1) Dierks Bentley, 7 p.m. Aug. 4 in Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Lawn tickets begin around $32, while further options can be found here. Commentary: Like most of the upper echelon of country musicians, Bentley flourishes because of his ability to work a crowd. Sure, his music has earned him 12 Grammy award nominations but consider…

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Who says you need to pay full admission to the Erie County Fair? We've got 10 ways to get discounts – if not free – admission to the 178th edition of the Fair, which opens Aug. 9 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 60 and older but here are ways to save. Advance tickets. Save on the regular gate admission price by …

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The first 500 people to greet the fair train Thursday in Hamburg will receive a "train day" button to commemorate the arrival of the Strates Show. The James E. Strates Show train is expected to arrive at the historic Erie Railroad Depot in Hamburg on Scott Street between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Arrival updates will be made by the Erie County Fair on its Twitter and Facebook …

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You don't have to ask John Strates to imagine what would have happened at the Erie County Fair if the tornado that took down 50 trees and caused up to $3 million damage to the fairgrounds blew through just three weeks later, after the fair opened. "You can just look at the Labor Day storm of the New York State Fair. You can take it from that. Your answer is right there,…

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Summer is flying by, so don't miss out on the many free activities in the area. Here's a guide to a free family-friendly event for every day in August. Aug. 1  Movies at Canalside. Enjoy a family movie outdoors. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; concessions will be available. This week's movie, starting at about 8:30 p.m., is the adorable feature "Trolls." Au…

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Lucille Ball had a dream. She envisioned a festival of contemporary comedy being held in her name. But the madcap heroine of "I Love Lucy" might not have imagined the scope of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, held annually since 1996 in Jamestown, where she was born on Aug. 6, 1911. The festival centers on the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, home to tons of …

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1) Buffalo Ribfest, 3 to 10 p.m. July 28, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 29 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 30 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). General admission tickets are $15, while a VIP passes run for $45. Commentary: It's not wrong to go just for the smell. Unlike locavore events such as Taste of Buffalo, the purpose of Ribfest is to expose Buffalonians to esteemed barbecue vendo…

The 8th annual Glen Park Art Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in Williamsville, on Glen Avenue, behind Glen Park and the Williamsville Water Mill. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The event includes live street performers and music. Over 140 vendors and artists will display their works at this year’s festival. A pre-festival concert from Seren…

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It might be easy to look at his life in the last year and assume it’s been an easy road for Christian rocker Zach Williams. He released his debut single, “Chain Breaker,” in the fall and the song went to No. 1 on the Christian charts and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. Not a bad way to launch a solo career. But be…

At one point during this busy concert season, Lancaster's Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra performed 12 shows in 12 days, said longtime music teacher Ken Kowalski. The orchestra, an extra-curricular organization for Lancaster middle and high school students, is heading for one of its biggest performances of the summer. "Seniors Send-Off" will bid farewell to band m…

“The Gathering of the Drums: Indigenous Drum Festival,” a free event, is planned for 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Performers include Frankie McNaughton, Carl Jamieson, the African American Cultural Center, Monte Jones, Strong Water Women, SlyBoots’ Mohamed Diaby and his ensemble, Manding Foli…

Don't expect to see amusement rides at Lackawanna Festival unfolding this weekend at Veteran's Stadium, 2960 South Park Ave. Instead, the festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with back-to back softball tournaments, continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday with a three-on-three basketball tourney and winds down Sunday on bicycles with a 10-mile ride through the Stee…

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1) Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, noon to midnight July 21, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 22, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 23 on both sides of the Erie Canal. The festival is free to attend, and you can see the site map here. Commentary: The biggest festival of the weekend straddles Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, where you can order souvlaki – beef or chicken – crafted as you wa…