For some, June is the start of the summer season in the Buffalo area. To others, it’s the opening of our festival season. From lawn fetes to food festivals, community picnics to garden walks, cultural celebrations to heritage events, there are festival-type events every weekend through the summer for people of every age to enjoy. So fill up on food (Burger Fest, Wing Fest, Peach Festival), music (Pine Grill Reunion, Masten District Jazz Festival, Music is Art) and family fun (Queen of Heaven Carnival, Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts). Our annual festival guide will help you plan your summer.
June 18-21: BuffaLove Music Festival. 4 p.m. June 18 through 6 a.m. June 21. Cole Farm, 7405 Warner Road, Panama. Music, activities and vendors. buffalovemusicfest.com.
June 18-July 12: Shakespeare in Delaware Park. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park, next to Hoyt Lake, behind Rose Garden. Professional outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” 856-4553. shakespeareindelawarepark.org. Free.
June 19: BBQ & Blues Bash. 5 to 9 p.m. Cobblestone District, Mississippi Street. Barbecue, drinks, raffles and live music. bbqbluesbash.com. $20 advance, $25 door.
June 19-21: Niagara Falls Music and Art Festival. 4 to 11 p.m. June 19, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 20 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 21. Art, food, music, wine tasting, kids’ activities and street entertainers. festivalatthefalls.com.
June 19-21: Buffalo River Fest. 6 p.m. to midnight June 19, 11 a.m. to midnight June 20 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21. Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. Waterfront displays, kids’ area, vendors, historic tours and entertainment. thevalleycenter.com, 823-4707, Ext. 2.
June 20: Buffalo Brewers Festival. 3 to 7 p.m. Thirty New York State breweries, food and live entertainment. buffalobrewersfestival.com.
June 20: Discover Amherst Street Festival. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Amherst Street between Elmwood Avenue and Tonawanda Street. Parade (noon), contests, music, food, trolley rides, arts and crafts, activities and games. 957-0909. Free.
June 20: Crossroads Bluesfest. 2 p.m. VFW Post 8113 – Chicken Coop Grove, 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca. Music, classic car show, basket raffle and food. crossroadsbluesfest.weebly.com. $10 advance, $15 day of event.
June 20: Strawberry Festival. 3 to 6 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway. Food, games, basket raffle and music. 833-1151.
June 20-21: Lewiston Gardenfest. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Center Street, Lewiston. Gardening demonstrations and more than 60 vendors selling flowers, plants and garden art. Plus free garden walk at homes in and around the village. Presented by Lewiston Garden Club.
June 25: Taste of Alden. 5 to 8 p.m. Alden Town Park, Refreshment Tent Area, Main Street, Village of Alden. Food and entertainment. aldenny.org.
June 26-28: About Face Festival. Noon to 10 p.m. Veterans Stadium, 2960 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Vendors, music, fireworks display on Saturday, health fair and food vendors. 827-6455.
June 26-28: Friendship Festival. Mather Arch Park, OLG Concert Stage, Fort Erie, Ont. Live music, car shows and model airplane shows. friendshipfestival.com.
June 27: Strawberry Festival, Jumble Sale. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., East Aurora. Food and a jumble sale. 652-0500.
June 27: Taste of Diversity Festival. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Grant Street between Lafayette and Auburn avenues. Food, performances and vendors. tasteofdiversity.org.
June 27-28: Marilla Civil War Days. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Marilla Town Park, 2449 Three Rod Road, Marilla. Ladies’ tea, period dance featuring City Fiddle, battle re-enactments, guided candlelight tours and 19th century church service. marillacivilwardays.com or call 652-1827.
June 27-28: Roycroft Summer Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora. Works by more than 80 juried artisans, demonstrations, lectures and raffles. ralaweb.com.
June 27-28: Lockport Arts & Crafts Festival. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main Street, Lockport. Vendors, arts and crafts and food. 940-0554.
June 27-28: Strawberry Festival. Noon to 4 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 110 Chestnut St., Youngstown. Live music, food, homemade strawberry shortcake and kids’ activities.
June 28: Parkside Community Association’s Garden Tour and Architectural Walk. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Begins at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway. Garden tour of Parkside neighborhood, optional narrated walking architecture and history tour available at noon and 2 p.m. parksidebuffalo.org.
June 28: Wurstfest. 1 to 8 p.m. Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. German music, food, children’s activities and vendors. buffalogermanband.com. $5 suggested donation.
July 3-5: Summer Music Festival. 6 to 10:30 p.m. July 3, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4-5. Holiday Valley, 6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville. BPO performance July 4 and Blood, Sweat and Tears July 5. Arts and Crafts show, pet parade and more events in Village of Ellicottville. ellicottvilleny.com or 699-5046.
July 5: Outdoor Summer Art Show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evans Historical Building, Route 5 and North Main Street. Art, live music, kids’ art activities, auction and crafts.
July 10-12: Finger Lakes Wine Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Watkins Glen International, 2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen. Wine, food, vendors and entertainment. flwinefest.com.
July 11: Perry Chalk Art Festival. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Perry Festival Plaza, Perry. Displays, activities, vendors, crafts, food and music. (585) 237-5375. perrychalkfestival.com.
July 11: Community Fun Day and Health Awareness Fair. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trinity Baptist Church, 2930 Bailey Ave. Face painting, bounce house, games, health screenings and presentations. Free.
July 11: Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival. Noon to 11 p.m. Silo City, 92 Child St. Featuring national artists Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King, Teeny Tucker, Mississippi Heat, Tony Monaco with Buffalo’s Bobby Militello. Food and refreshments. wnyblues.org. Free.
July 11: Summerfest. 4 to 11 p.m. Holy Trinity Church, 1032 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Games, carnival rides, food and raffles. 366-2306.
July 11-12: Olde Sanborn Days. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 11 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 12. Sanborn Fire Company Grounds, 5811 Buffalo St., Sanborn. Family activities, crafts, vendors, food, entertainment and children’s games.
July 11-12: Taste of Buffalo. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 11 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 12. Delaware Avenue from Chippewa Street to Niagara Square. Food from area restaurants and food trucks, wineries and music. Food ranges from $1-$4. tasteofbuffalo.com.
July 11-12: Annual Grease Pole Festival. 1 to 11 p.m. Olivencia Community Center Festival Grounds, 261 Swan St. Ethnic food, kids activities, talent show, dance performances and live music.
July 16-19: Galbani Italian Heritage Festival. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hertel Avenue between Delaware and Colvin avenues. Food, contests, entertainment, vendors and activities. buffaloitalianfestival.com.
July 16-19: Queen of Heaven Carnival. 6 to 10 p.m. July 16, 6 p.m. to midnight July 17, noon to midnight July 18 and noon to 10 p.m. July 19. 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca. Rides, family activities, games and food. qofhcarnival.com.
July 17-18: Rock the Barn Music Festival. 3 p.m. July 17 and 1 p.m. July 18. 9015 Main St., Clarence. Music by 10,000 Maniacs and additional acts, food and children’s activities. rockthebarn.com. $15 advance, $20 day of show.
July 17-19: Ken-Ton Garden Tour. Noon to 4 p.m. July 18-19. Night Lights, 8:30 to 11 p.m. July 17-18. Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda. Self-guided tour of gardens. Maps available. kentongardentour.com.
July 18: Grand Island Garden and Culinary Tour. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homes across Grand Island. Tour, food from area restaurants and live music. coreymcgowan.com. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 day of event and include tour and food.
July 18: Hamburg Burger Fest. 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Main and Buffalo streets, Hamburg. Music, food, classic car show, children’s activities, contests and arts and crafts. 648-4167. hamburgburgerfest.com.
July 18: Lancaster Carnival, Kids’ Steel Drum Orchestra and Barbecue Afternoon. 12:30 to 5 p.m. 8110 West Ave., Gasport.
July 18-19: Festa Italiana. Noon to 11 p.m. July 18 and noon to 6 p.m. July 19. 931 N. Union St., Olean. Italian food, live music, raffles, games, drinks, kids’ rides and activities. stjohnsofolean.com.
July 19: St. Mary’s Swormville Picnic. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 6919 Transit Road, East Amherst. Live music, food, zip line, dunk tank, games and vendors. Also, 5K Chowder Chase and Beer and Wine Social 7 p.m. July 17. stmaryswormville.org/parishpicnic.
July 19 and 26: Masten District Annual Jazz Festival. 3 to 8 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Park behind Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway. Honoring James “Pappy” Martin, featuring Bags and Trane and Curtis Lundy.
July 19-26: Canal Fest of the Tonawandas. Along the Erie Canal in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. Rides, games, vendors, food, contests, crafts, tours and entertainment. canalfest.org.
July 22-25: Kingdom Bound. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Allegany Road, Darien Center. Christian music festival, with speakers, marketplace, extreme sports demo, kids’ tent and seminars. kingdombound.org.
July 23-Aug. 16: Shakespeare in Delaware Park. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park, next to Hoyt Lake. Professional outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” 856-4553. shakespeareindelawarepark.org. Free.
July 23-Aug. 2: Buffalo Infringement Festival. Various locations. Local and visiting theater and dance companies, poets, comics and musicians. infringebuffalo.org.
July 24-26: Lebanese Festival. 5 to 11 p.m. July 24, 3 to 11 p.m. July 25 and noon to 8 p.m. July 26. St. John Maron Church, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. Ethnic food, entertainment, rides, raffles, games and vendors. 634-0669. stjohnmaron.org.
July 24-26: Ellicottville Jazz and Blues Festival. 6 to 11 p.m. July 24, noon to 11 p.m. July 25 and noon to 5 p.m. July 26. Village of Ellicottville. Live performances throughout the village, including Chicago Authority from 1 to 4 p.m. July 25. ellicottvilleny.com.
July 25: East Aurora Street Festival and Sidewalk Sale. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Main Street, East Aurora. Food, crafts and vendors. Chalk Walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
July 25: Walk Off Hunger Walk and Festival. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Island Park, Williamsville. Family-friendly walk and festival with 1.9-mile walk around Island Park and activities including bounce houses, climbing wall, games, music and raffles. foodbankwny.org. $20.
July 25: Fiddler’s Green Country and Bluegrass Festival. Noon to 9:30 p.m. Fiddlers Green Park, Franklin Street to Concord Historical Society, 98 E. Main St., Springville. Live music, open jam sessions, crafts, food, cloggers, historical demonstrations, community round and raffles. Square dance at 6 p.m. townofconcordnyhistoricalsociety.org.
July 25: Voodoo & Burnt Rubber III. 5 to 9 p.m. Broken Sprocket Garage, 660 Persons St., East Aurora. Art, food, cars, motorcycles and music by Blue Ribbon Bastards. voodooandburntrubber.weebly.com. Free.
July 25-26: Glen Park Art Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Glen Park, Glen Avenue, Williamsville. Artists and craftsmen, entertainment, food, children’s activities and displays. 308-1501.
July 25-26: Sanborn-Lewiston Farm Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flea market, car cruise, antique engine and tractor exhibits, food and music.
July 25-26: Wine & Culinary Festival. Noon to 7 p.m. July 25 and noon to 6 p.m. July 26. Academy Park, 841 Center St., Lewiston. Wine tasting, live music and local food. niagarawinetrail.org.
July 25-26: 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 available. (800) 557-3981. gardenwalkbuffalo.com.
July 25-26: Serbfest. Noon to midnight July 25 and noon to 10 p.m. July 26. St. Stephen’s Serbian Orthodox Church, 177 Weber Road, Lackawanna. Food, music, dancing, tours and vendors. saintstephenlackawanna.org.
July 26: Ukrainian Heritage Festival. Noon to 10 p.m. Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 200 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. Ukrainian dancing, food, vendors, live entertainment and bounce house. holytrinitybuffalo.com. $1.
July 27 to Aug. 1: Orleans County Fair. On the fairgrounds at 12690 Route 31, Albion. Exhibits, livestock, rides, vendors, games, food and entertainment. orleans4-hfair.com.
July 27 to Aug. 1: Chautauqua County Fair. Gates open at 9 a.m., Midway opens at 1 p.m. on the fairgrounds at 1089 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Midway rides, food, livestock, displays, vendors, games and entertainment. chautauquacountyfair.org. $10.
July 30: Town of Tonawanda Police Club Scholarship Picnic. 2 to 9 p.m. Lincoln Park Arena, Decatur Road, Tonawanda. All-you-can-eat Ted’s hot dogs and raw clams, Buffalo Roadhouse pulled pork sliders, chicken dinner, music and free cab rides home. $25-$30.
July 30-Aug. 1: Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Lucy-Desi Museum and Desilu Studios, 2 W. Third St., Jamestown. Annual comedy festival with comic acts, music and activities. lucycomedyfest.com.
July 31-Aug. 2: St. Christopher Summerfest. 5 to 11 p.m. July 31, noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 1 and noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 2. 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda. 5K race, music, food, refreshments, raffles, kids’ activities and carnival rides.
Aug. 1: Black Rock and Riverside Tour of Gardens. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. plus a Starry Night Garden Tour 8 to 10 p.m. Self-guided tour features 50-plus gardens. Headquarters for merchandise is St. Mark’s and All Saints’ Church, 311 Ontario St., and Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East St. Maps are available at headquarters, area businesses or by calling Councilmember Joseph Golombek’s office at 851-5116, or by downloading at brrtourofgardens.com.
Aug. 1: Taste of Niagara Falls. Noon to 10 p.m. Old Falls Street, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. Food from area establishments. coreymcgowan.com.
Aug. 1: Shishkababa & Kaiserbob Polka Fest. 1 to 8:30 p.m. Church of St. Casimir, 160 Cable St. Live music, food, refreshments and kids’ activities. 824-9589. $12 to $15.
Aug. 1: Wilson Wine & Art Festival. 2 to 7 p.m. Young Street, Wilson. Local wineries, restaurants and live music, plus items from artists, crafters and area farms. 510-6222.
Aug. 1-2: Angelica Heritage Days. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park Circle National Historic District, Angelica. Games, arts and crafts, music, food, Civil War tours and croquet tournament. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug. 1-2: Downhome Country Weekend. 4 p.m. Aug. 1 and noon Aug. 2. Langford Tractor Pull Grounds, Routes 75 and 249, North Collins. Jamboree and tractor pull. downhomecountryweekend.com. $18 adults, free for children younger than age 12.
Aug. 1-2: Pennies to Heaven Lawn Fete. 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and noon to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. Games, food, refreshments, raffles and live entertainment. Chiavetta’s Chicken BBQ served 1 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 2. 828-9444 or ourladyofvictory.org.
Aug. 2: WNY Vegfest. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Delaware Park, Marcy Casino and Rose Garden, 199 Lincoln Parkway. Speakers, exhibitors, vendors, live music, rescue animals and kids’ activities. Free.
Aug. 2: Church Picnic. Noon. St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 308 Fillmore Ave. Ukrainian foods, basket raffle and children’s games. 826-7321. Free.
Aug. 2 and 9: Pine Grill Reunion. 4 p.m. Martin Luther King Park. Performances by nationally known and local artists.
Aug. 3-9: Cattaraugus County Fair. Fairgrounds at 501 Erie St., Little Valley. Rides, exhibits, games, food, vendors and entertainment. cattarauguscofair.com. $7-$10.
Aug. 5-9: Niagara County Fair. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 5-8 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 9. Niagara County Fairgrounds, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. Midway rides, games, food, livestock, displays, vendors and entertainment. 433-8839. cceniagaracounty.org. $5 daily, $3 Sunday and free for children ages 6 and younger.
Aug. 6-9: Eden Corn Festival. American Legion Grounds, 2912 Legion Drive, Eden. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 6, noon to midnight Aug. 7, 11 a.m. to midnight Aug. 8 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 9. Food, contests, music, parade and carnival rides. edencornfest.com.
Aug. 8: Chalk Walk Competition. Noon to 6 p.m. Center Street, Lewiston. Juried mural competition, part of Lewiston Art Festival. artcouncil.org.
Aug. 8: German-Polish Celebration. 4 to 10 p.m. Spring Garden Park, 3838 Two Rod Road, East Aurora. German and Polish food, refreshments, music by the Auslanders and New Direction and performances by S.G.T.V. Edelweiss and the Polish Heritage Dancers of WNY. springarden.com. $7.
Aug. 8-9: Lewiston Art Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Center Street, Lewiston. Art festival featuring more than 170 artists from the U.S. and Canada, vendors and food. artcouncil.org, 754-0166.
Aug 9: Jack Craft Fair. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buffalo Riverworks, 359 Ganson St. Alternative festival of art, music and food.
Aug. 12-23: Erie County Fair. Noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 12 and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 13-23. Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. Displays, midway, entertainment, food, vendors, games and activities. ecfair.org. $10 adults, $7 seniors, free children ages 12 and younger.
Aug. 14-16: Summer Picnic. 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 14, 1 to 11 p.m. Aug. 15 and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 16. Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Music, classic cars, raffles and food. annunciation.cc or 683-5254.
Aug. 15: ARTsPARKed Music and Art Festival. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Artpark, Lewiston. Celebration of music, dance, food, and visual arts. More than 50 artists will sell original works out of the trunks of their cars. artpark.net.
Aug. 15: Family Fun Day. 2 to 7 p.m. St. Bartholomew Anglican Church, 2368 Eggert Road, Tonawanda. Classic cars, food, live music and wildlife demonstrations. stbartston.org.
August 15-16: Taste of Ellicottville. Noon to 4 p.m. Village of Ellicottville. Sample food from Ellicottville restaurants. ellicottvilleny.com or 699-5046. $1-$4.
Aug. 16: Griffis Sculpture Park Summer Festival. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Griffis Sculpture Park, 6902 Rohr Road, East Otto. Live music, tours of the park, children’s crafts and activities and artists creating works. $10 adults; 12 and younger are free.
Aug. 21-22: South Line Summer Bash. 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 21 and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 22. South Line Volunteer Fire Company, 1049 French Road, Cheektowaga. Live music, food and raffles.
Aug. 23: Ukrainian American Day Festival. 1:30 to 8 p.m. Ukrainian Cultural Center Dnipro, 562 Genesee St. Featuring Ukrainian dance performances, live music, Ukrainian foods, imported refreshments, basket raffle, bounce house, arts and crafts vendors, games of chance and building tours. Rain or shine. Free admission and parking available. Contact Akacia Belmega at 674-4916.
Aug. 28-29: Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival. 5 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 29. Center Street, Lewiston. Live jazz performances featuring Upstate Express and Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band, food and refreshments. lewistonjazz.com.
Aug. 28 and 29: Infant of Prague Church Lawn Fete. 5 p.m. Aug. 28 and noon Aug. 29. 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Games, carnival rides, face painting, food, refreshments, live music and petting zoo.
Aug. 28-30: Buffalo Irish Festival. 5 p.m. to midnight Aug. 28, noon to midnight Aug. 29 and noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 30. RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St. Opening parade, food, Irish entertainment, exhibits, vendors, crafts, activities and raffles. $10-$15. 743-9348 or buffaloirish.com.
Aug. 28-30: Music Festival, Community Fair and Business Market. 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 29 and Aug. 30. Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Live music, business fair, food, car show, refreshments and raffles.
Aug. 29: German Fest. 3:30 to 9 p.m. Attica Park, Exchange Street, Attica. Food, live music and kids activities. germanfest.atticalions.org.
Aug. 29-30: Gus Macker Basketball Tournament. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Town Commons and Grand Island Boulevard, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament. Register at coreymcgowan.com.
Aug. 29-30: Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30. Along Elmwood Avenue. Artisans and crafters, vendors, food, entertainment and children’s activities. eafa.techriver.net.
Aug. 30: Wild Wing Festival. Noon to 5 p.m. Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Townline Road, Delevan. Food, auctions, tours, live music by Rustic Ramblers with Gene Hilts and more. gooseneckhillwaterfowlfarm.com or 942-6835. $5.
Sept. 5: Irish Feis. Noon to 11 p.m. Cazenovia Park Casino. Live music, kids activities, food and refreshments. southbuffaloirishfestival.com.
Sept. 5-6: National Buffalo Wing Festival. Noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 5 and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Coca-Cola Field, 275 Washington St. Wings from restaurants across the country, contests, vendors, entertainment and activities. buffalowing.com. $5, free for children ages 8 and younger.
Sept. 5-6: German Fest. 1 to 10 p.m. Cheektowaga Town Park, Harlem Road. Carnival rides, German food and refreshments, music and folk dancers. buffalogerman.com.
Sept. 10-13: Niagara Falls Blues Festival. 6 p.m. Sept. 10, 5 p.m. Sept. 11, noon Sept. 12 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13. Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. Music with featured artists the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charlie Musselwhite, Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang and more, classic car and bike cruise, food, crafts and vendors. niagarafallsbluesfest.org.
Sept. 11-12: Night Lights Fall Music Festival. The Great Blue Heron, 2361 Waits Corners Road, Sherman. Workshops, vendors, hiking trails and live music by acts including RJD2, the Werks, Marco Benevento, Jimkata and Aqueous. Preparty Thursday. $50 single day pass, nightlightsfest.com. $65 advance weekend, $80 gate.
Sept. 11-13: Niagara County Peach Festival. 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 12 and noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 13. Academy Park, 841 Center St., Lewiston. Parade, entertainment, food, carnival rides and crowning of the Peach Queen.
Sept. 12: Music is Art. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Delaware Park, behind Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Performances by bands and DJs, plus artists, photographers, dance troupes and live art creation. 880-3377. musicisart.org.
Sept. 12: Taste of East Aurora. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main Street, East Aurora. Showcasing East Aurora restaurants with live music by Old Hippies. 652-8444.
Sept. 12: Fall Fest. 12:30 to 9 p.m. Calhoon’s Pub Grove, 2598 Main St., Newfane. Local vendors, food, refreshments, activities and live entertainment by Tom Keefer and Celtic Cross, Tim Britt, Road to Recovery and Off the Cuff. Free.
Sept. 12: Oktoberfest. 3 to 11 p.m. Memorial Park, corner of Lake and Union streets, Hamburg. German music and dancers, German car show, food, music and a beer-making contest.
Sept. 12: Oktoberfest. 5 to 9 p.m. Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville. Music by Rare Vintage, food and tours of church. 633-7800. calvaryepiscopal.net.
Sept. 13: Ukrainian Festival. Noon to 7 p.m. St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Performances by Ukrainian dancers, food and beverages, music, theme baskets, vendors and church tours. 873-5011.
Sept. 13: Schlachtfest. 1 to 8 p.m. Spring Garden Park. 3838 Two Rod Road, East Aurora. German food, refreshments and music by the Auslanders. springarden.com. $6.
Sept. 18-20: Ellicottville Rock ’N’ Roll Weekend. 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 18, noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 19 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 20. Village of Ellicottville. Live entertainment, food and classic car show. ellicottvilleny.com or 699-5046.
Sept. 19: Sausagefest. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St.
Sept. 19-20: Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 19 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 20. Krull County Park, Burt. Music, entertainment, food and attractions celebrating Celtic heritage. niagaraceltic.com.
Sept. 19-20: Quaker Arts Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20. Orchard Park Middle School, 60 S. Lincoln Ave., Orchard Park. More than 300 arts and crafts exhibitors, live entertainment and food. opjaycees.com.
Sept. 25-26: Buffalo Humanities Festival: Gender Bender. 8 p.m. Sept. 25 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26. Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Burchfield Penney Art Center. Speakers, music, art and food. buffalohumanities.org.
Sept. 26-27: Harvest Festival and Craft Show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Center Street, Lewiston. Craft artists and entertainment. niagarariverregion.com. 754-9500.
Sept. 27-28: Niagara Wildlife Festival. Niagara Power Project’s Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. Featuring live birds of prey, old and new world primates, reptiles and exotic animal presentations, food and entertainment. nypa.gov or (866) NYPA-FUN.
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