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Thursday might just be one of summer’s biggest nights

When Liz Callahan was growing up in Riverside, she remembers not having anything to do. Now, there’s almost too much.  

“Summer is only so long,” she said. “I think it’s wonderful that there are so many different opportunities to get out in the city.”

Although the calendar insists summer has just begun, Buffalo is just as lively as it has been for weeks. Callahan, who now lives in South Buffalo and works with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, said she loves that from restaurant openings to free workouts on Canalside, there’s something for everyone.

Thursday’s lineup makes that clear. With four major, yet very different events drawing in thousands, it’s sure to be one of the summer’s biggest nights. Take advantage, for summer is truly only so long.

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Shakespeare In Delaware Park

People picnic at a 2015 Shakespeare In the Park performance of "Twelfth Night." (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

People picnic at a 2015 Shakespeare In the Park performance of "Twelfth Night." (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Shakespeare In Delaware Park’s first production was “The Winter’s Tale” in 1976. On June 23, it will be the first production on its new stage.

SDP is celebrating its $1.2 million stage and the opening night of its 41st season. The ribbon cutting will be at 7:15 p.m. at a reception at the top of the hill. Right after, the actors will take their places for the 7:30 p.m. performance.

[Dabkowski: New season and new stage for Shakespeare In the Park]

“The Winter’s Tale,” known as one of Shakespeare’s late romances, will run from June 23 until July 17 on Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park, next to Hoyt Lake behind the Rose Garden. “Taming of the Shrew” will take the stage from July 28 through Aug. 21.

For tickets to the opening night reception, visit www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org or call 856-4533.

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Corporate Challenge

Advocates For Healthier Living at the 2015 Corporate Challenge. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

Advocates For Healthier Living at the 2015 Corporate Challenge. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

While some will run to Delaware Park to make it to the show, others will run to make their best time. The 36th annual Buffalo JP Morgan Corporate Challenge starts at 6:45 p.m. June 23.

The 3.5-mile race promotes corporate camaraderie and celebrates local businesses and fitness in the Buffalo area. Nearly 12,500 people in 382 companies are signed up to participate. Dan Loncto, the Buffalo race coordinator, said each company brings food to enjoy after the race and it becomes a “massive party.”

[Photos: See a smiles gallery from the 2015 Corporate Challenge]

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Public Enemy

Chuck D, left, and Flava Flav of Public Enemy are part of a wild June 23 in the Buffalo area. (Getty Images)

Chuck D, left, and Flava Flav of Public Enemy are part of a wild June 23 in the Buffalo area. (Getty Images)

The Canalside Free Thursday Concert Series continues this week with Public Enemy, an influential hip-hop group featuring Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord and the S1W group.

Public Enemy is famous for its politically and socially charged music and responsible for "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back," touted as one of the most influential albums of all time.

Formed in 1982, Public Enemy is still one of the most critically acclaimed groups in hip-hop. The free show is from 6 to 10 p.m. VIP tickets are still available.

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Miranda Lambert

Country star Miranda Lambert performs at Darien Lake in 2014. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

Country star Miranda Lambert performs at Darien Lake in 2014. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

Country goddess Miranda Lambert is hitting the stage June 23, as well. In the midst of her “Keeper of the Flame” tour, the country music singer and songwriter will perform her sassy lyrics at 7:30 p.m. at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

Apparently many of her new songs share details of her divorce from fellow country singer Blake Shelton ... expect catty, heartbreaking and hip-shaking hits.

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