Live music, children’s activities, tours and cultural and environmental exhibits are among the attractions planned for the 16th annual Boom Days festival, a celebration of the arrival of spring from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at Silo City, Ohio Street at Ganson Street.
Young Audiences teaching artists will lead arts activities for youngsters. Interactive exhibits will focus on animal and wildlife conservation. The fireboat Edward M. Cotter will be open for tours from noon to 3 p.m. and docents from Explore Buffalo will give free mini-tours of the grain elevators and other buildings on the site from 3 to 7 p.m. There also will be food trucks and a beer tent.
At 4:30 p.m., five inflated Boom Balls, six feet in diameter, will be launched in a race down the Buffalo River. Providing music will be Susan Rozler, Doug Yeomans, Michael DiSanto, the Boomer Daddys, Blood Money and the Minions. The Kentucky Derby will be shown live on a giant LED screen. The program will conclude with fireworks at 9 p.m.
The WNY STEM Hub will be participating in the event, kicking off a month of activities to raise awareness of the importance of STEM and STEAM – science, technology, engineering and math plus the arts.