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Weekend festivals in Buffalo area: June 24-26

It's another busy weekend on the festival scene so there's no reason to stay home. Here's a very full list of weekend activities.

For even more events throughout the summer, check out Gusto's annual Festival Guide.

June 23-July 17: Shakespeare in Delaware Park has opened its first production of the season, "The Winter's Tale." Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday through July 17 at Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park. (It's next to Hoyt Lake, behind Rose Garden.) Bring a blanket and food. Free.

June 24: The annual Wilson SuperCruise is from 6 to 9 p.m. along Young Street, Wilson. Show cars, 50/50 split, basket auction, music by the Insiders, food. Free.

June 24-26: Marilla Civil War Days returns for a 12th year and, as always, guests are invited to participate in events including period dance and battle re-enactments. A full slate of activities are offered daily including ladies’ tea, guided candlelight tours and 19th century church service. At Marilla Town Park, 2449 Three Rod Road, Marilla. Call 652-1827.

June 25: Strawberry Festival and Jumble Sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., East Aurora. 652-0500. Antiques, collectibles and household items will be for sale. Enjoy locally grown fresh strawberries, ice cream, biscuits, hot dogs, chips and drinks.

June 25: Party for the Planet – Western New York Earth Day Family Expo. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Ave. 837-3900. Interactive event, exhibits and scavenger hunt. Free with zoo admission.

June 25: A Celtic Faire celebrating the Genesee County's Scottish and Irish heritage takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Genesee Country Village and Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. Enjoy the music of pipe bands, dance demonstrations and authentic food and drink.

Entertainment will be provided by the Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums, Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band, McMahon School of Irish Dance, Goodwin Academy of Irish Dance, Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes & Drums and the Irish Rochester Musician's Association.

June 25: Taste of Diversity Festival is from noon to 7 p.m. along Grant Street (between Lafayette and Auburn avenues). This festival was created by West Side residents to showcase the diverse cultures of their community.

You'll find that here with food from more than 20 vendors including Abyssinia Ethiopian, Pure Peru, India Gate and Ranchos Latin Food. The entertainment is just as diverse with ethnic dancers and music.

[Read: Starters at Ranchos Latin Food]

June 25-26: Lockport Arts and Crafts Festival has vendors, arts, crafts and food lining Main Street in Lockport from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 940-0554.

June 25-26: There's a lot going on this weekend in East Aurora. This is the 63rd year for the East Aurora Art Society Outdoor Fine Art Exhibit and Sale which features artists from across the country as well as art society members.

The festival also includes the Roycroft Campus Art & Antique Show at the campus, the East Aurora Art Society’s show at the Middle School and the RALA show at Parkdale Elementary. Look for food, entertainment and children's activities. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at East Aurora Middle School, 430 Main St., East Aurora. 687-2453.

Another artful event in East Aurora is the Roycroft Summer Arts and Crafts Festival, being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25-26 at Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora. 687-2352. More than 70 juried artisans will be there plus entertainment, food and refreshments.

June 26: Wurstfest is a salute to sausage, beer and Gemutlichkeit. Hear music by The Ausländers  and the 25-piece German-American Musicians "Buffalo's BIG German Band." Costumed folk performers will teach folks how to sing and dance. There will a gift shop and vendor midway, plus food from Scharf’s Schiller Park Restaurant. It's from 1 to 8 p.m. at River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. 823-4707. Hosted by the German-American Musicians.

June 26: Get out and enjoy the flowers at the annual Parkside Community Association’s Garden Tour and Architectural Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Begins at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway. An optional narrated walking architecture and history tour available.

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