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Mark your calendars: Summer festival season is almost here

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 festival season with a heap of souvlaki, a helping of baklava and endless traditional dancing. Runs from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on West Utica.

Chefs Tim Klentos, left, and Kosda Konstantopoulos cook lamb chops for souvlaki  on the first day of the  37th annual Greek Fest, in 2014. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Chefs Tim Klentos, left, and Kosda Konstantopoulos cook lamb chops for souvlaki on the first day of the 37th annual Greek Fest, in 2014. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Buffalo Pride Festival - June 7

Pride Week as a whole runs from June 1 to 7, but the flurry of activity culminates with the Pride Festival, from 1 to 7 p.m. June 7 at Canalside. Fifteen thousand people are expected to attend the final celebration alone. See more of the week's events here.

The proud LGBTQ festival includes a whole week of events. (Buffalo News file photo)

The proud LGBTQ festival includes a whole week of events. (Buffalo News file photo)

Allentown Art Festival - June 13 and 14

The annual ode to Buffalo's artsiest neighborhood runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on day 1 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on day 2.

Western New Yorkers congregate in Allentown to celebrate the neighborhood's artistic prestige. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to the News)

Western New Yorkers congregate in Allentown to celebrate the neighborhood's artistic prestige. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to the News)

Juneteenth of Buffalo- June 13 and 14

A "culturally-relevant alternative to the Bicentennial Celebration," Juneteenth will be held between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. both days in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Festival attendees hang out at Juneteenth in Buffalo in 2014. (Don Nieman/Special to the News)

Festival attendees hang out at Juneteenth in Buffalo in 2014. (Don Nieman/Special to the News)

Buffalo River Fest - June 19 to 21

Presented by the Valley Community Association, this event held annually in River Fest Park includes the River Regatta, fireboat tours, "I Got It!" bingo tent and softball. Food trucks and live music from three bands add to the allure. It begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and then noon on Saturday and Sunday.

Taste of Diversity - June 27

The Grant Street celebration draws together African, Asian and more food vendors, plus boasts a wide variety of music and dance. It runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Grant Street between Lafayette and Auburn.

Taste of Africa was one of the food vendors at the Taste of Diversity. (Matt Weinberg/Special to the News)

Taste of Africa was one of the food vendors at the Taste of Diversity. (Matt Weinberg/Special to the News)

Old Home Days - July 7 to 10

Centered on Island Park in Williamsville, the four-day event is part festival part Williamsville reunion.

Taste of Buffalo - July 11 and 12

The largest two-day food festival in the United States run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. the first day and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. the second on Delaware Avenue from Chippewa Street to Niagara Square.

Curious eaters patrol Delaware Avenue during the 2014 Taste of Buffalo. (Buffalo News file photo)

Curious eaters patrol Delaware Avenue during the 2014 Taste of Buffalo. (Buffalo News file photo)

Buffalo Italian Festival - July 16 to 19

Officially the "Galbani Cheese Italian Heritage and Food Festival of Buffalo," the celebration of all things Italy runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for four days on Hertel Avenue.

Kenneth Pryor, of Buffalo, carries his daughter, Genesis, 3, on his shoulders along Hertel Avenue during the annual Italian Heritage Festival in 2014. (Buffalo News file photo)

Kenneth Pryor, of Buffalo, carries his daughter, Genesis, 3, on his shoulders along Hertel Avenue during the annual Italian Heritage Festival in 2014. (Buffalo News file photo)

Queen of Heaven Carnival - July 17 to 19

In a summer that will be packed with church festivals and lawn fetes, this West Seneca party is considered the champ. It runs from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

The Queen of Heaven beer tent is one of the best of the summer. (Don Nieman/Special to the News)

The Queen of Heaven beer tent is one of the best of the summer. (Don Nieman/Special to the News)

City of Night - July 18

A wildly popular evening in and around Silo City's grain elevators that's reportedly been moved to the Old First Ward for 2015, a mixture of intense visual art and music makes City of Night a must-attend benefit for Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo. Event runs from 4 p.m. July 18 through 1 a.m. June 19.

City of Night is a visual spectacle that takes place annually in Silo City. (Don Nieman/Special to the News)

City of Night is a visual spectacle that takes place annually in Silo City. (Don Nieman/Special to the News)

Waldfest - July 19

One of festival season's hidden gems celebrates German culture in the woods of East Aurora. You may want to set a cell-phone reminder to pack your lederhosen now. The party runs from 2 to 9 p.m. at 3838 Two Road Road and includes two stages of live music.

Waldfest is a party in the woods of East Aurora. (Don Nieman/Special to the News)

Waldfest is a party in the woods of East Aurora. (Don Nieman/Special to the News)

Canal Fest - July 19 to 26

The cities of North Tonawanda and Tonawanda all but grind to a halt for this weeklong celebration of the Twin Cities.

Eden Corn Festival - Aug. 6 to 9

There are rides, games and host of events, but really, it's all about the corn.

Caydon Heckert, 3, mows down some corn in the eating competition at the 2014 Eden Corn Festival. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News file photo)

Caydon Heckert, 3, mows down some corn in the eating competition at the 2014 Eden Corn Festival. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News file photo)

Buffalo Brewfest - Aug. 7

A celebration of beer. (Is that redundant?) The 2015 event starts at 5:30 p.m. on Illinois Street in the Cobblestone District.

Lewiston Art Festival  - Aug. 8 and 9

Imagine Allentown, only more intimate and with teams of students competing to see who can create a chalk masterpiece on village sidewalks.

Erie County Fair - Aug. 12 to 23

The food. The rides. The shows. The small and large animals. For many, the Fair at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg is THE signature event of the summer.

Carnival rides and fried food are major draws of the Erie County Fair. (Don Nieman/Special to the News)

Carnival rides and fried food are major draws of the Erie County Fair. (Don Nieman/Special to the News)

Buffalo Irish Festival - Aug. 28 to 30

Irish music, food and dance will invade Buffalo RiverWorks on this late-summer weekend. Festival runs from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Held last year at Canalside, the Buffalo Irish Festival will move to Buffalo RiverWorks for 2015. (Cody Osborne/Special to the News)

Held last year at Canalside, the Buffalo Irish Festival will move to Buffalo RiverWorks for 2015. (Cody Osborne/Special to the News)

Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts - Aug. 29 and 30

As far late-summer people-watching goes, it's hard to beat this free festival that closes off Elmwood Avenue to traffic. A community that prides itself on DIY and local business, Elmwood shows its true colors in late August. Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

National Chicken Wing Fest - Sept. 5 and 6

The world bows down before our most famous culinary contribution from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday of Labor Day weekend at Coca-Cola Field.

Some chicken wing festival-goers follow the theme through fashion. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

Some chicken wing festival-goers follow the theme through fashion. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

Niagara County Peach Festival - Sept. 11 to 13

Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston, this September weekend is dedicated to all things peaches (provided this year by Singer Farms in Appleton, NY). A parade, carnival rides and children's activities are some of the additional highlights for an event that typically runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Music Is Art - Sept. 12

An all-day festival showcases local bands on several stages in Delaware Park near the Marcy Casino.

(The official date of ChalkFest Buffalo!, which we intended to include on this list, has yet to be announced. Keep your eyes on this page for that date.)

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