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Plenty of free family events to try this time of year

Western New York’s golden season has finally arrived. Get out there with the kids and try some of these fun, free family events.

Old Olcott Days. Head to East Main Street in Olcott Beach for a blast from summers long past from noon to 5 p.m. July 25.

There will be free historic trolley tours, memorabilia from the early 1900s, a Skee Ball challenge, Coney Island hot dogs and a screening of the movie “I Remember Olcott.” Parking is free. Vintage children’s rides at the Olcott Beach Carousel Park are 25 cents. For more information, call 778-8284.

Flix Stadium 10’s Free Family Film Series. See a different family-friendly movie at 10 a.m. every Saturday from July 11 to Sept. 5 at Flix Stadium 10, 4901 Transit Road in Lancaster. Movies include “Annie,” “The Smurfs 2” and “Penguins of Madagascar.” Call 668-3549.

Food Trucks & Fire Trucks. Meet some real-life heroes at the Newton Abbot Volunteer Fire Co.,3426 Abbott Road in Blasdell. It takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 8 and Aug. 26. Food trucks will have food for sale. Visit or call 825-3663.

Free Outdoor Family Movie Night and Kids’ Pajama Party. See a different movie every Tuesday at dusk from July 7 to Aug. 25 on the grass next to Green Acres Ice Cream, 4357 Broadway in Depew. Movies include “The Boxtrolls,” “Paddington,” and “Big Hero 6.” Call 683-1849 or visit

Old Home Days in Williamsville. Visit Island Park, just behind 5583 Main St., July 7 through 10 for children’s games, a parade, a bicycle rodeo, live music, food, children’s entertainment and more. Visit for a full schedule of events.

Movies in the Meadow. Watch a movie under the stars every Friday at dusk from Aug. 7 through Sept. 4. Set up your blankets or chairs behind the Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park, 84 Parkside Ave. Movies include “Ghostbusters,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Interstellar.” For more information or to volunteer, call 838-1240.

Clarence HollowFest. Head to Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St. in Clarence July 2,3 and 4 for food, rides, games, live music and product vendors. There will also be fireworks on the Fourth of July. For more information, visit

Free Fishing Weekend. New York State opens its waterways to one and all June 27 and 28. Anyone can fish and no fishing license is required on those days. For more information, call the conservation department’s Bureau of Fisheries, 518-402-8924.

Southtowns Walleye Association Fishing Derby. Fish Kirsty Lake at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. for fun and prizes. You could catch fish native to Lake Erie such as sunfish, perch and bass. There will be a free hotdog lunch and education exhibits on display. No fishing licenses are necessary but bring your own pole. The event takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 27. Donations accepted. Registration is required. Call 649-8202.

Newfane Kids Fishing Derby. Children ages 4 through 15 can fish from four different locations: Olcott Harbor, Eighteen Mile Creek, Fisherpman’s Park and Burt Dam. No fishing license is required, but bring your own rod and reel. Life jackets will be loaned by the Olcott & Newfane Lions Club. Register at the Olcott Marina Pavillion, 5818 Main St. in Olcott. The event goes from 8 a.m. to noon June 27. For more information, call 778-8531.

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