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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…

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The South Buffalo Italian Festival will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday on South Park Avenue in front of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Started in 2005, the festival this year will honor co-founders Rich Angrisano and Carmella Bongiovanni Schroeder, who both passed away this past year. A tree will be planted in their memory. Children's activities incl…

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We have plenty of summer festivals in Buffalo—usually several per week from May into September. But organizers are confident the new Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Festival, scheduled for Aug. 19 at Buffalo RiverWorks, will stand out from the crowd. “It’s a celebration of all things Buffalo,” said founder Lindsey Taylor. “We wanted to cultivate a music and arts festival tha…

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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 Crysta…

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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 purc…

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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,…