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Summer in Buffalo is one long festival. Just check out this expansive list of events in our area that are happening all the way through Labor Day.

Weekly lawn fetes, carnivals and community days keep things close to home for families. Heritage is celebrated not only at the annual Italian Festival, but also at Serbfest, the Polish Harvest, the Swedish Midsummer, as well as Celtic and German-American events. Nearly every county in Western New York is hosting its own fair, too. Even pirates get their own day.

Music lovers will get their fill at multiple-day events including the Friendship Festival and Great Blue Heron event. Jazz will be heard from the Masten District to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and all the way to Lewiston.

But if there's one theme that is repeated most this time of the year, it's food. The edible delights of burgers, peaches, strawberries, ribs and the ubiquitous chicken wing are celebrated with their very own events. Broader menus are featured at the Taste of Buffalo and similar events in Hamburg and Orchard Park.

Here is Gusto's guide to local festivals.


June 18: BBQ and Blues Bash. 5 to 9 p.m. at 30 Mississippi St. (near W.J. Morrissey's Irish Pub and Benchwarmer's Bar & Grill). Live music by Billy McEwen and the Soul Invaders, barbecue and beer. Must be 21 and older to attend. Info: 783-3356, Admission: $30.

June 18-20: Buffalo River Fest. 5 p.m. to midnight June 18, 11 a.m. to midnight June 19 and 1 to 4 p.m. June 20 in Father Conway Park, between Ohio and Louisiana streets. Live music and entertainment, displays, tours, food, contests and the Rigidized Metals River Regatta. Info: 823-4704, Ext. 2,

June 18-20: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish Lawn Fete. Beginning at 5 p.m. June 18 and at noon June 19 and 20 on the grounds of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Rides, games, food, raffles, a car show, entertainment and fireworks. Info: 824-2935.

June 19: Rediscover Amherst Street 13. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Amherst Street between Elmwood Avenue and East Street. Live music, a pie contest, trolley rides, displays and vendors. Info: 316-8167.

June 19: Swedish Midsummer Festival. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 3143 Eggert Road, Tonawanda. Live music, dancers, vendors and food. Info: 832-5720. Admission: $1.

June 19-20: Strawberry Fest. Noon to 4 p.m. on the grounds of St. John's Episcopal Church, Main and Chestnut streets, Youngstown. Includes food, music by the Lockport Community Band (Saturday) and other activities. Info: 745-3369.

June 19-20: Juneteenth Festival. 9 a.m. June 19 and 11 a.m. June 20 in Martin Luther King Park on Best Street. Includes a parade, live entertainment, vendors, food, exhibits, displays, children's activities and tours. Info:

June 20: Wurstfest. Begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Rose Garden Restaurant and Grove, 2753 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. Presented by the German American Musicians Association. Live music, food and children's activities. Info: 864-1965, Admission: $8 single, $15 couple, $55 table of eight.

June 25. Kick Off Summer CenterFest. 5 to 9 p.m. at Goodrich and Clarence Center roads in Clarence Center. Live music, children's activities, games, raffles, food and a car show.

June 25-26. West Seneca Community Days. Beginning at 6 p.m. June 25 and noon June 26 in Centennial Park, 1250 Union Road, West Seneca. Rides, live music, a parade (2 p.m. June 26), demonstrations, food and fireworks.

June 25-27. St. Andrew's Lawn Fete. Beginning at 5 p.m. June 25 and 26 and at noon June 27 on the grounds of St. Andrew's Church, Crocker and Reiman streets in Sloan. Entertainment (including Kickin Rhythm Cloggers, J.C. Thompson Band, Magic Show by Ted Burczynski, the Strangers and the Bedrock Boys) and a chicken barbecue. Info: 892-0425.

June 25-27: Our Lady of Czestochowa Lawn Fete. 4 to 11 p.m. June 25, 3 to 11 p.m. June 26 and noon to 10 p.m. June 27 at Our Lady of Czestochowa, 2160 Clinton St., Cheektowaga. Live music by Hit 'N Run (June 25), Crash Cadillac (June 26), Terry Buchwald (June 27) and Buffalo Touch (June 27), a fish fry and chicken and rib dinners.

June 26: First Love Christian Fellowship Freedom Festival. Noon to 6 p.m. under the Bowen Road Shelter, Bowen Road and Broadway, Lancaster. This free event features live Christian music featuring Soul Purpose as well as music from Sounds by Simone, food, children's activities and an auction. Info: 685-0401.

June 26: Strawberry Festival. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., East Aurora. Includes a jumble sale, food and activities. Info: 652-0500.

June 26-27: Lockport Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Main Street in Lockport, just off of Route 78. Featuring more than 200 arts and crafts vendors. Info: 940-0554.

June 26-27: Roycroft Summer Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora. Includes fine arts and crafts, food and live music. Info: 655-7252,

June 27: Crystal Beach Arts and Folk Festival. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Waterfront Park, Ridgeway Road, Crystal Beach, Ont. Art displays and live music. Info: (905) 894-8373.


July 1-5: Friendship Festival. This binational annual event includes live music, midways, food and drink, children's activities, contests and fireworks. Events take place in Riverside Park in Buffalo and Mather Arch in Fort Erie, Ont. Info: (888) 333-1987,

July 2-4: Great Blue Heron Music Festival. This annual festival, which takes place on Wait Corners Road in Sherman, includes performances by Donna the Buffalo, Rusted Root, the Town Pants, Slo-Mo, Babik, Jim Donovan & Drum the Ecstatic, Steve Johnson Band, King Rail, the Bogarts and Cindy Haight. Info: 487-1781, Admission: $30 to $80.

July 3-5: French & Indian War Encampment. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day on the grounds of Old Fort Niagara, Robert Moses Parkway North, Youngstown. The event includes battle re-enactments, hands-on demonstrations, music, crafts and children's games. Info: 745-7611, Admission: $13 general, free for children under age 6.

July 4: Tri-Five Annual Car Event on the grounds of the Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St., Clarence. Car show, entertainment, food, vendors, an auction and games. Info: 634-1149. Admission: $7 general, free for children under age 12. To show your car, it's $13 to preregister and $15 the day of the show.

July 9-10: Tuscarora Nation Picnic and Field Days. Beginning at 5 p.m. July 9 and 7:30 a.m. July 10 on the grounds of the Tuscarora Nation on Walmore Road. The event includes a 10K race, live music, Native arts and crafts, food, vendors, competitions and activities. Info: 609-0747.

July 9-11: Queen of Heaven Carnival. 6 p.m. to midnight July 9, noon to midnight July 10 and noon to 10 p.m. July 11 on the grounds of Queen of Heaven Church, 4220 Seneca St. (at Mill Road) in West Seneca. Entertainment, a midway, games, food and raffles. Info: 674-3468,

July 10: Allegany River Fest. The festival begins at 10 a.m. in Veterans Park, 520 Broad St., Salamanca, with the Great Cardboard Boat Regatta and is followed by concerts featuring Mark Wills and Josh Gracin with the Bobby Hartle Band, Native Son and West of the Mark. Info: Tickets for the concerts are $22 presale, $27 day of event and free for children under age 10.

July 10-11: Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk and Fair. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11 in Memorial Park, Lake and Union streets, Hamburg. The sixth annual event includes displays, garden vendors and local artists. Maps are available for self-guided walking tour. Info: 648-7544,

July 10-11: Cheektowaga Family Days. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Cheektowaga Town Park on Harlem Road. Children's activities, annual arts and crafts show and sale, food and entertainment.

July 10-11: Olde Sanborn Days. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Sanborn Fire Hall grounds at 5811 Buffalo Road, Sanborn. Arts and craft show, music, food and a car show. Info: 693-1946.

July 10-11: Taste of Buffalo. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 10 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 11 along Delaware Avenue from Chippewa to Niagara Square. More than 55 restaurants plus area wineries and includes live music and entertainment. Food items range from $1 to $4. Info:

July 10-11: Lockport in Bloom. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. This citywide, self-guided garden tour features more than 40 historic homes and gardens. Info: 434-2380 or 439-1524.

July 11: Summerfest. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center, 9324 Lake Shore Road, Angola. Chicken barbecue, bounce houses, hay rides, activities and entertainment. Info: 549-1420 or e-mail Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 4-12, free for ages 3 and under.

July 15-18: Italian Heritage Festival. The festival takes place along Hertel Avenue and includes vendors, live music, contests, food, displays and activities. Info:

July 16-17. Falls Street Ribfest. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 16 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 17 along Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls. Barbecue, live music and activities. Info:

July 16-17: Victorian Dazzle Festival. Beginning at 10 a.m. July 16 and 8 a.m. July 17 in the Barker Common Gazebo in Fredonia. Ghost tours, entertainment, lectures, demonstrations and vendors. Info: (888) 414-4818, 672-4818,

July 16-18: Scandinavian Folk Festival. 3 to 10 p.m. July 16, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 17 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 18 on the Gerry Rodeo Grounds, Route 60, Gerry. A celebration of Nordic heritage with folk music and dance, lectures, workshops, food and vendors. Info: 665-3203, Admission: $4 July 16 and July 18, $6 July 17 and free for children ages 16 and younger.

July 17: Burgerfest. Beginning at noon on the Hamburg Village Municipal Parking Lot at Main and Buffalo streets in Hamburg, the festival includes live music, a classic car show, children's activities, a student film competition and featuring local restaurants in the Taste of Hamburg. Info: 648-3350,

July 17: Kingdom Vision Buffalo. Noon to 9 p.m. at Niagara Square. Live music, speakers, dancers and food. Info: 854-1086,

July 17-18. Art in the Woods. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 17 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 18 at the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown. Art show and sale features artists and crafters in various mediums. Info: 569-2345,

July 18 and 25: Masten District Jazz Festival. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the steps of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 1020 Humboldt Parkway. This free event features various jazz performances.

July 18-25: Canal Fest of the Tonawandas. Along the Erie Canal on Niagara Street in Tonawanda and Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda, this annual festival includes a parade, an arts and crafts show, fireworks, rides, entertainment, vendors, food and activities. Info: 692-3292,

July 20-24: Genesee County Fair. On the fairgrounds at 5056 E. Main St., Batavia. Includes entertainment, exhibits, food, vendors and rides. Info: (585) 344-2424, Admission: $5.

July 22 through Aug. 1: Buffalo Infringement Festival. Events by local and visiting theater and dance companies, poets, comics, musicians and other artists. Performances take place at various locations throughout Buffalo, centered around Allentown. Info:

July 24: East Aurora Street Festival and Sidewalk Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street between Olean and Elm streets in East Aurora. Crafts, food, vendors, music, displays and demonstrations. Info: 652-8444.

July 24: St. John the Baptist Summer Festival & Run. 2 to 11 p.m. at Englewood and Highland avenues, Kenmore. Food, theme baskets, games, kids entertainment, bounce house, music (including Terry Buchwald from 7 to 11 p.m.), 2.3-mile run (7:30 p.m.) and Chiavetta's chicken (4 to 7 p.m.).

July 24: Gospel Fest. 2 to 9 p.m. in Martin Luther King Park on Best Street. The free event features a performance by Kim Burrell and includes local gospel choirs, dancers and vendors. Info: 855-1569.

July 24-25: Garden Walk Buffalo. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Buffalo's West Side. Self-guided tour of hundreds of Buffalo gardens. Shuttle buses and maps of participating locations are available. Info: 879-0123,

July 24-25: Pirate Fest. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Evangola State Park on Old Lake Shore Road in Brant. The fifth annual event includes contests, crafts, food, displays, live music, demonstrations and entertainment.

July 24-25: Serbfest 2010. Beginning at noon at St. Stephen's Serbian Cultural Center, 177 Weber Road, Lackawanna. Live music and food. Admission: $1 for adults over age 18.

July 26-31: Orleans County Fair on the fairgrounds at 12690 Route 31 in Albion. Exhibits, food, vendors, rides, games and entertainment. Info: (585) 798-4264,

July 26-Aug. 1: Chautauqua County Fair. Gates open at 9 a.m. on the fairgrounds at 1089 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Rides, entertainment, exhibits, food, vendors and games. Info: 366-4752, Admission: $6 advance, $8 Monday through Thursday, $9 Friday and Saturday and free for children ages 2 and under.

July 28: Caribbean Night -- Taste of Orchard Park. 6 to 10 p.m. along North Buffalo Street in Orchard Park. The sixth annual event includes music by the Kokomo Time Band and food by local restaurants. Food tickets available for $1 each. Info: 662-3366,

July 30-31: Annual Arts and Craft Festival. Beginning at 9 a.m., Moore Park, Route 20 and 394, Westfield. This free event features more than 200 artisans. Info: 326-2011.

July 31: Queen City Jazz Festival. Noon to 8 p.m. at the Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway. The fifth annual event includes performances by the Ladies First Big Band, Jazzline, Cadenza and the Will Holton Project. Info: 855-9383,


Aug. 1: Springville Street Painting Festival. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Franklin and North Buffalo streets, Springville. Third annual event includes works by pastel chalk artists, live music, activities, vendors and food. Info: is overdrawn

Aug. 1: SummerFest 2010. Noon to 6 p.m. at Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville. Annual family event includes entertainment, food, vendors, rides, games, kids crafts and demonstrations. Info: 633-8877.

Aug. 2-8: Cattaraugus County Fair. Gates open at 8 a.m. daily on the fairgrounds at 501 Erie St., Little Valley. Rides, entertainment, food, games, vendors and exhibits. Info: 938-9146, Admission: $7 presale through Aug. 1, $9 general, $6 Aug. 5 for Senior Citizen Day and Aug. 4 for 15 and Under Youth Day.

Aug. 4-8: Gerry Rodeo. 8 p.m. Aug. 4 through 6, and 2 p.m. Aug. 7 and 8 at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds. Rodeo events, activities and food. Info: 985-4847, Admission: $12 general, $6 children ages 3-12 and free for children ages 2 and under.

Aug. 4-8: Niagara County Fair. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 5-7 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 8 on the Niagara County Fairgrounds, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. Displays, vendors, rides, games and food. Info: 433-8839. Admission: $2 general, free for children under age 5.

Aug. 5-8: Eden Corn Festival. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 5, noon to midnight Aug. 6, 11 a.m. to midnight Aug. 7 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 8 on the grounds off of Route 62 in Eden. The annual festival includes food, contests, live music, a parade, vendors and rides. Info: 992-9141,

Aug. 6-8: Mediterranean Festival. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 6, 2 to 11 p.m. Aug. 7, noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at St. George Orthodox Church, 1073 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls. Sixth annual event includes music, dancing, food and vendors.

Aug. 6-8: St. Leo the Great Lawn Fete. On the grounds of St. Leo the Great Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Rides, food, games, live music and activities. Info:

Aug. 7: Sip N Shop. Noon to 5 p.m. inside Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive. Presented by Buffalo Federation of Women's Clubs, the third annual event includes wine tasting, vendors, entertainment and food. Info: 875-0421. Admission: $15 (purchase at

Aug. 7: Buffalo Blues N' BBQ Festival. Noon to 8 p.m. at LaSalle Park on Porter Avenue. Live music, food, and a children's area. Info: Admission: $25 advance, $30 day of the event and free for ages 13 and under.

Aug. 11-22: Erie County Fair. 2 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 11 and 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 12-22 on the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. Rides, vendors, food, games, activities, displays, demonstrations and entertainment. Info: Admission: $10 general, $7 seniors and free for ages 12 and under.

Aug. 13-14: Wendelville Fire Company Field Days. On the grounds of the Wendelville Fire Company, Tonawanda Creek Road and Campbell Boulevard, Pendleton. Car cruise, food, games and live music.

Aug. 13-15: Smokin' Eagles International BBQ Festival. Noon to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Gateway Harbor Park in the Tonawandas. Barbecue, live music, vendors and contests. Info: 695-3755,

Aug. 14-15: America's Grape Country Wine Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds at 1089 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Wine sampling and sales, seminars, food, arts and crafts, vendors and live music. Info: (800) 965-4834, Admission: $5 for designated drivers; $15 to $25 for one- and two-day taster tickets.

Aug. 14-15: Lewiston Art Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 14 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 15 along Center Street in Lewiston. More than 170 artists, workshops, vendors, displays and entertainment. Info:

Aug. 21: Sunset Bay Experience. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sunset Bay Beach Club, off Routes 5 and 20, Sunset Bay, Irving. Includes a 5K walk/run, craft show, children's activities, wagon rides, live music, races and food. Info: 934-3835.

Aug. 21-22: Polish Harvest Festival. Noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 21 and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark St. Polish food, music and activities. Info:

Aug. 22: Pesto Festo. Noon to 6 p.m. at Barlow's Mill, 369 W. Main St., Fredonia. Food, live music, tours, vendors and tastings. Info: 673-9020,

Aug. 27-28: Lewiston Jazz Festival. 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 27 and noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 28 at various locations throughout the Village of Lewiston. This free event features live jazz performances from various local and national artists including Curtis Stigers. For a complete schedule, visit

Aug. 28: Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Lakeside Park, Mayville. Gathering of the Clans with Scottish and Irish culture, dancers, pipe bands and athletic competitions. Info: Admission: $8 general, free for children under age 12.


Sept. 4-5: National Buffalo Wing Festival. Noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 4 and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at Coca-Cola Field, 275 Washington St. Wings from more than 30 restaurants, plus contests, vendors, entertainment and activities. Info: Admission: $5 advance, $7 gate and free for children under 8 years of age.

Sept. 4-5: German American Heritage Festival. 1 to 10 p.m. at the Cheektowaga Town Park, 2600 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. Presented by the Federation of German-American Societies Inc. Entertainment, dancing and food. Info: 864-1965, 674-1539. Admission: $3.

Sept. 10-12: Niagara County Peach Festival. 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12 in Academy Park, Center Street, Lewiston. Food, contests, a 5K run, parade, entertainment and vendors. Info:

Sept. 11 Music is Art Festival. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the grounds of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. More than 40 bands, 50 displaying artists and photographers, a kids village, dancers and food. Info:


Note on festivals

We've listed as many festivals as possible based on organizers' submissions and our reporting. To ensure that your event is on file with the Gusto calendar for use in our listings throughout the summer, e-mail the following information to at least 14 days prior to publication: official title of the event; location and address of the event; date(s) and time; any contact information that can be published; ticket/admission information and prices. Also include details on what kind of entertainment or family activities will be included.

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