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The 10: Hamburg Music Festival, WNY IPA Fest, Squeaky Wheel

1) Hamburg Music Festival, 2 p.m. to midnight May 14 in Memorial Park and the Village of Hamburg. $12 in cash at the event gets you a wristband for all of the music; you can find the full music schedule here.

Commentary: Festival organizers did an impressive job curating the music lineup, as a wealth of different genres -- focused on local talent -- are featured in the daylong event. From heralded Tommy Z to Black Rock Zydeco to Gravy, sounds of all kinds will resonate around 14075.

Beer, wine and hard cider will be available for purchase in Memorial Park, but be warned that open container laws will be enforced for outdoor spaces beyond that area. Several food trucks will vend in the park, too.

Rob Falgiano Band is pictured performing at the 2014 Hamburg Music Festival. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Rob Falgiano Band is pictured performing at the 2014 Hamburg Music Festival. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

[Read: 10 minutes with Tommy Z]

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2) WNY IPA Fest, 2 to 6 p.m. May 14 at Marcy Casino (199 Lincoln Pkwy.). Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: India Pale Ale fanatics, unite and rejoice! All 12 local breweries will present IPAs to a thirsty crowd on Saturday, which should prove just how different flavors can be within one genre of beer.

Plus, you can drink as much of that IPA as you'd like over the four-hour window, just in case you can't decide whether you like 42 North or Community Beer Works' offerings more. You can read more about the coming beer-focused events in Kevin Wise's weekly Beer Matters series.

Owner Jeff Ware, left, and Dave Collins, master brewer, present a fresh batch of IPA at Resurgence Brewing, back when the brewery first opened. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

Owner Jeff Ware, left, and Dave Collins, master brewer, present a fresh batch of IPA at Resurgence Brewing, back when the brewery first opened. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

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3) Squeaky Wheel's 3oth anniversary, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. May 13 in 617 Main St., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 14 in Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.).

Commentary: Squeaky Wheel has a two-pronged approach -- its own outside-the-box art installations and events, as well as community engagement through education on film and digital media.

Although former executive director Jax DeLuca has moved on to a new challenge, the organization has moved to a new space -- inside the Market Arcade building -- but continues to "celebrate freedom of expression and diversity of voice," as News Arts Critic Colin Dabkowski relays here.

Squeaky Wheel and its founders will be celebrated as part of a 30th Anniversary Celebration and Conference.

Squeaky Wheel and its founders will be celebrated as part of a 30th Anniversary Celebration and Conference.

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4) Echo Art Fair, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 14, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 15 in old American Axle Plant (1001 East Delavan Ave.). Cost is $5, although there's a pre-party on May 13 for $50.

Commentary: Sometimes taking a year off can be a good thing, as Echo Art Fair seems reorganized and refreshed. Dabkowski broke down the art festival's move into a new location, which fair founder Frits Abell hopes will both diversify the crowd and spotlight an architectural treasure.

The collection of artists has expanded well beyond the bounds of Western New York, too, as only one-third hail from the surrounding area.

The former American Axle plant on East Delavan Avenue will host one component of the Echo Art Fair from Friday to Sunday.

The former American Axle plant on East Delavan Avenue will host one component of the Echo Art Fair from Friday to Sunday.

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5) Holland's Tulip Festival, 6 t0 10 p.m. May 13, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 14 in the Town Parking Lot (near Holland Town Hall, 47 Pearl St., Holland).

Commentary: Focused around the theme "Small Town, Big Dreams," the rural town of Holland (roughly 4,000 people) celebrates its annual flowery festival with a slew of activities.

The rides and midway are at the heart of the evening activities, but a Saturday morning 5K, a used book sale, wine tasting, Krolick's chicken barbecue and the Big Tulip Festival Parade are among the smaller happenings on the schedule, which you can see in full here.

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6) Color Me Rad 5K, 9 a.m. May 14 in Darien Lake Amusement Park (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Registration is $50 in advance or $55 on-site.

Commentary: It's worth remembering that, unlike many runs around the Buffalo area, national organization Color Me Rad 5K is very much a for-profit venture, although it does donate a portion of its proceeds to a charity.

With fluorescent cornstarch cascading through the air, showering runners in white shirts, Color Me Rad runs are wildly popular among participants, especially for the contrast of the before-and-after photos. If anything, it's one of the most cheerful, least competitive races you'll find.

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7) FC Buffalo's home opener, 7 p.m. May 14 at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium (2885 Main St. behind Bennett High School). Tickets are $7 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Buffalo's semi-pro soccer team opens its 2016 season with a home match against natural rival Rochester, which will play its first-ever match in the National Premier Soccer League. FC Buffalo blends local talent with a collection of NCAA Division I players, often resulting in an entertaining performance.

You can read about the team in greater detail and follow the Wolves throughout the season over at The Buffalo News' soccer blog, which, let's face it, is a blatant plug.

FC Buffalo players applaud their fans after a 2015 home game. (Erica Malinowski/Special to The News)

FC Buffalo players applaud their fans after a 2015 home game. (Erica Malinowski/Special to The News)

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8) Shaw Festival, all weekend in Festival Theatre (10 Queen's Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake), Court House Theatre (26 Queen's St.) and Royal George Theatre (85 Queen St.). Prices vary by performance, time and other specifications, but U.S. residents are encouraged to pay using credit card to take advantage of the favorable exchange rate.

Commentary: Shaw Festival's artistic director Jackie Maxwell will step down after this season, but Dabkowski thinks she'll go out with a bang.

The News Theater Critic touches on the basics of the season, which kicks off with "Alice In Wonderland" and "Uncle Vanya," while laying out the festival's details here. You can also read about Tim Carroll, who will take over Maxwell's position on Dec. 1.

The Shaw Festival’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” opens May 13 in the Festival Theatre.

The Shaw Festival’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” opens May 13 in the Festival Theatre.

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9) Browse The Buffalo News' food truck guide, various locations at various times.

Commentary: Food trucks in Buffalo have exploded in popularity since Lloyd Taco Truck debuted in 2010. Now, nearly 50 trucks roam the streets, serving breakfast through dinner and almost every cuisine imaginable, except Greek, which is odd.

For this week's Gusto cover story, contributor Elizabeth Carey and the Buffalo.com staff unveiled a guide to all of the city's food trucks, homing in on owners, popular dishes, frequent locations and more. (Also, Go, Whalers!)

Food Truck Tuesday customer Jeff Drower gets a Cuban pulled pork sandwich with slaw at The Whole Hog food truck. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Food Truck Tuesday customer Jeff Drower gets a Cuban pulled pork sandwich with slaw at The Whole Hog food truck. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

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10) John Pena and OGRE, 8 to 11 p.m. May 13 in Hallwalls (341 Delaware Ave.). Free to attend.

Commentary: I've always had a soft spot for OGRE, the former Buffalo artist who's continued creating in Cincinnati. Maybe it's just his love-able broken prose. OGRE's new exhibit, entitled "HAREUHTICKS," depicts counter-cultural personalities from Galileo to Miley Cyrus.

Pittsburgh's John Pena writes letters to the ocean, which Dabkowski notes has been unresponsive thus far. There's always hope (have you ever put your ear up to a conch shell? Be careful, because sometimes there's actually a disgruntled conch inside).

"Ogre, Canogre" is an example of OGRE's work. This piece was featured in 464 gallery in 2011.

"Ogre, Canogre" is an example of OGRE's work. This piece was featured in 464 gallery in 2011.

Email Ben Tsujimoto, whose nickname was once "Disgruntled Conch," at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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