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The 10: NHL Draft fan fest, Taste of Diversity, Wurstfest

1) NHL Draft fan fest, 4 to 10 p.m. June 24 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: The NHL Draft is unquestionably the biggest event in Buffalo this weekend, with hockey luminaries from across the country gathering here to continue to build the future of their respective rosters. Given that the Maple Leafs own the first overall pick, expect many of our neighbors to the north to make the jaunt, too.

[Follow all the hockey-focused activity at BN Hockey]

While the first round of the draft in the First Niagara Center sold out in minutes, fans can hang around Canalside for live music, appearances by Sabres alumni and sustenance from food trucks. The draft will be shown on two large video screens, too. Plus, you never know just whom you'll run into.

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2) Taste of Diversity, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 25 on Grant Street between Lafayette and Auburn avenues. Free to attend.

Commentary: As the West Side continues to blossom due to the influx of other cultures, the Taste of Diversity is a true slice of the community. (I'll spare you the "old wooden ship joke" for another year.)

[See Chuck Alaimo's gallery from the 2015 Taste of Diversity]

Each year, the list of food vendors and entertainers grows longer -- from Brazilian bands to Colombian folkloric dance, from Ranchos Latin Food to Lomo Lomo Food Truck -- and there's plenty to do and see at the Grant Street festival. See the full entertainment schedule and list of restaurants on site.

Three mini beef arepas with a secret salsa rojo from Ranchos Latin Food, a new restaurant on the West Side. (Joseph Leta/Special to The News)

Three mini beef arepas with a secret salsa rojo from Ranchos Latin Food, a new restaurant on the West Side. (Joseph Leta/Special to The News)

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3) Wurstfest, 1 to 8 p.m. June 26 at River Fest Park (249 Ohio St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: Canalside isn't Buffalo's only trendy spot to hang out by the water. River Fest Park, across the river from Buffalo RiverWorks, is now a popular event site.

Wurstfest, which translates to "Sausage Festival," boasts entertainment from the German-American Musicians and Die Auslanders, two favorites from Waldfest, and authentic beer from Warsteiner and a variety of sausages from Marktplatz. A Stein Hoist competition, as well as prizes for the "Best-Dressed Bavarian," also give the event some color.

Members of the German-American Musicians Association raise a glass during Wurstfest in 2015. The festival returns to River Fest Park on June 26. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

Members of the German-American Musicians Association raise a glass during Wurstfest in 2015. The festival returns to River Fest Park on June 26. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)

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4) Shakespeare In the Park: "A Winter's Tale," 7:30 p.m. June 24 through 26 on Shakespeare Hill (runs through July 17, Tuesday through Sunday). Free to attend.

Commentary: Due to the multitude of prime Buffalo events on the same night, you might have missed that Shakespeare In the Park opened Thursday in Delaware Park. It's hard to get mad about free outdoor theater, and Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale" delivers both humor and sadness.

Read Ben Siegel's short preview of the play, which includes the famous line: "Exit, pursued by a bear."

Jordan Louis Fischer, left, and Tim Joyce star in "The Winter's Tale" at Shakespeare in Delaware Park. (Christopher Scinta Photography)

Jordan Louis Fischer, left, and Tim Joyce star in "The Winter's Tale" at Shakespeare in Delaware Park. (Christopher Scinta Photography)

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5) Ride for Roswell, 10 a.m. June 24 for Celebration of Hope, and event day begins at 5 a.m. June 25 at University at Buffalo North Campus.

Commentary: The Friday night Celebration of Hope ceremony leads into Saturday's collection of rides, which vary in distance and direction, but all support cancer research and patient care. Friday's festivities are open to friends and family members of those participating, and draw attention to the spirit behind the ride, plus the memories of those who've died from cancer and the perseverance of those who've survived. The Ride for Roswell is not a race.

Here's the full weekend guide, courtesy of Roswell Park.

The 2015 Ride for Roswell was wet; expect 2016 to be hot and dry. (Nancy J. Parisi/Special to The News)

The 2015 Ride for Roswell was wet; expect 2016 to be hot and dry. (Nancy J. Parisi/Special to The News)

[Photos: Smiles gallery from the 2015 Ride for Roswell]

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6) Human BuffaLOVE, noon June 26 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). $25 general admission includes a Buffalo-themed t-shirt, post-picture food from Chiavetta's barbecue.

Commentary: The third Human BuffaLOVE unites supporters of the city in Buffalo-themed t-shirts, standing in the shape of a buffalo as pictures are taken from above.

The cost of admission includes the t-shirt, Chiavetta's chicken barbecue and live music from the Boys of Summer, as those who pose for the photo are encouraged to mingle around Canalside before and after the shoot.

Almost 600 people participated in Patty Watson's aerial BuffaLOVE photo at Canalside back in 2014. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)

Almost 600 people participated in Patty Watson's aerial BuffaLOVE photo at Canalside back in 2014. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)

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7) Visit Buffalo area's first inflatable pub, Johnny Mac's, 6 to 10 p.m. at Grand Island Town Commons (2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island). Free to attend.

Commentary: Filed to the "unusual things in Buffalo" category this week, Johnny Mac's, the area's first inflatable pub, will vend for the first time in Grand Island on Friday night.

The News' Nick Veronica writes more about this trend that's popped up in major cities like Boston, Nashville and Kansas City, and also passes along a list of Johnny Mac's future stops this summer, which include a presence at River Fest Park.

Johnny Mac's will be on the move this summer, including stops in Grand Island and at River Fest Park.

Johnny Mac's will be on the move this summer, including stops in Grand Island and at River Fest Park.

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8) FC Buffalo vs. AFC Cleveland, 7 p.m. June 24 at Robert E. Rich All High Stadium (2885 Main St.). Tickets are $7 and can be purchased here or at the gate.

Commentary: It's a huge match on Friday for Buffalo's top-level soccer team, as FC Buffalo faces division leaders AFC Cleveland in their quest for the NPSL playoffs. Read more about the season to date and what it will take for the Wolves to reach the postseason over at the BN Soccer blog.

[Photos: See fans from FC Buffalo's home match vs. Detroit City FC]

If you just have a passive interest in soccer or are on the fence about going, know that food trucks like Lloyd Taco Truck, Black Market Food Truck, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs and occasional surprise food vendors will be on the scene, too.

FC Buffalo celebrates a goal earlier in the season at All High Stadium. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)

FC Buffalo celebrates a goal earlier in the season at All High Stadium. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)

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9) Sabrina Carpenter, 6 p.m. June 25 at Darien Lake Amusement Park (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien.). Concert tickets are free with park admission.

Commentary: Glory is not destined for every participant in a Miley Cyrus singing contest, but it sure worked out for 17-year-old Disney performer Sabrina Carpenter (who has to be one of the five most famous "Sabrina"s in the country).

She's resolute and humble -- two qualities that have elevated her to stardom -- and tried to explain her rise in the music industry to The News' Tim O'Shei. You can read his piece here.

The News' Tim O'Shei talks to Sabrina Carpenter about what it means to be a 17-year-old star.

The News' Tim O'Shei talks to Sabrina Carpenter about what it means to be a 17-year-old star.

10) East Aurora art festivals, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25 and 26 on Main Street in East Aurora. Free to attend.

Commentary: The Southtown will bustle with activity, as the East Aurora Art Society Outdoor Fine Art Exhibit and Sale, the Roycroft Campus Art and Antique Show, and the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church Strawberry Festival and Jumble Sale (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25) will all happen within a half-mile in the Village of East Aurora.

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who's suddenly a fan of the sharp consonant sounds in German words, at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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