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A daily guide to free family fun in July

One thing that is really cool about summer in Buffalo is the fact that you can have fun without spending a ton of money. In fact, you and your kids can have a blast – without spending a dime. There are free events all summer long.  So don’t go broke savoring the summer – follow our guide to something free every day all month long. Yep, totally free. Every day in July. You're welcome.

July 1

What: Mommy and Me Sing Along. Join Miss Kathy for a fun sing-along that will have the kids smiling and singing up a storm. This event is best for kids up to age 5, but everyone is welcome.

Where: Barnes & Noble at the McKinley Mall McKinley Mall (3701 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg)

When: 10:30 a.m.


July 2

What: Ellicottville Summer Music Festival. This is fun for the whole family. There will be music, pet parades, entertainment and food. (Festival runs July 1-3.)

Where: 9 West Washington St., Ellicottville and Holiday Valley Resort (6557 Holiday Valley Road)

When: The village will be rocking all day long.



July 3

What: Fireworks over the water. An amazing firework display the whole family will love.

Where: Olcott Beach Carousel Park (5979 Main St. Olcott)

When: 9 p.m.

Info: 778-7066


July 4

What: Independence Day in the Tonawandas. Just about every community has some type of Independence Day Celebration, but we are highlighting the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda fireworks display. Niagara Street will be closed, there will be live music, entertainment and then an amazing display bursting at dusk.

Where: Niagara Street near Tonawanda Island

When: 7 p.m.


July 5

What: Vacation Fun Club. Don’t miss out on the fun stories, crafts and more. Register by calling 652-2719.

Where: Elma Library, 1860 Bowen Road, Elma

When: 10:30 a.m.



July 6

What: Games on Old Falls Street. Check out the three blocks of activities. Challenge your friends to neat games like foosball, Kan-Jam, large chess and checkers.

Where: 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls

When: noon to 9 p.m.



July 7

What: Fun for kids at the West Seneca Farmer's Market. The kids will get a kick out of all the fun games. They can play giant connect four, jenga, checkers or have a bean bag toss. All that and fresh fruits and veggies - can't beat that! This event is held every Thursday.

Where:  Main Street at Union Road.

When: 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Info: Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca on Facebook


July 8

What: Free movie under the stars. Enjoy the animated movie, “Minions” under the night sky. Bring a blanket, chairs, snacks and watch the movie in the park’s bandstand.

Where: Hamlin Park, East Aurora

When: Dusk


July 9

What: Free family Saturday. Create a plate and check out the “Art of Experience.” This is a great opportunity for kids to have some hands-on fun with arts and crafts.

Where: Artpark, Lewiston

When: noon to 4 p.m.



July 10

What: Free magic show. “Nick Presents Magic Show” is great for kids of all ages – and parents, too.

Where: Canalside

When: 12:30 and 1 p.m.



July 11

What: Blue Monday Outdoor Concert. Dance the night away with your little ones at this event sure to please everyone.

Where: Hennipen Park Gazebo (4th and Center streets, Lewiston)

When: 7 to 9 p.m.



July 12

What: Free Movie at Broadway Driving Range. Check out the “Peanuts Movie” while sitting on your own blanket or chairs. Bring drinks and snacks – and don’t forget to wear your pajamas. There will be a contest for the cutest PJs.

Where: Broadway Driving Range (4367 Broadway, Depew)

When: Dusk



July 13

What: Waterfront Wednesdays. Live music, food trucks, shopping and games - all along Buffalo's beautiful waterfront. Bring a blanket or some chairs and spend a few hours playing lawn games, eating and listening to some great music. There is plenty of free parking right there, too. The event is held every Wednesday, all summer long.

Where: Waterfront Circle (28 Waterfront Circle)

When: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.


July 14

What: Williamsville Old Home Days. This is a popular celebration to honor a century-old community tradition. Sure, there are rides that cost money, but admission, entertainment and the parade are all free. Your kids will love it!

Where: 5565 Main St., Williamsville

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.



July 15

What: Free Fridays. Take a walk around the gallery, check out the incredible works of art. Even the parking is free.

Where: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave.

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.



July 16

What: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert. Talk about a great opportunity. Bring a blanket or some chairs and enjoy the amazing music of the BPO.

Where: Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park

When: 7 to 9:30 p.m.



July 17

What: Street Chalk Festival. You don't want to miss the fourth annual event with more than 50 artists from Buffalo and around the country. If you haven't seen chalk art, this is your chance. It is amazing and fun to see.

Where: Main and Pine streets, Lockport.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



July 18

What: Walk in the Park. Take a hike along the beautiful trails at Tifft. You can enjoy the beautiful Buffalo summer and check out some of the animals along the way. Take a hike anytime or check out their various events that take place on a regular basis.

Where: Tifft Nature Preserve (1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.)

When: From dawn until dusk.



July 19

What: Williamsville’s Tuesdays in the Park. Check out the community band concert and enjoy some summer fun.

Where: Island Park

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m.



July 20

What: Volunteer Day. Get the kids outside and get them to help out. It’s a win-win all the way around.

Where: Beaver Meadow (1610 Welch Road, North Java)

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.



July 21

What: Free Flicks. This week’s feature is “Inside Out” – the adorable animated movie about our feelings.  Bring a blanket or chairs to get comfy on. (Don’t forget the popcorn)

Where: Old Falls Street (101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls)

When: Dusk



July 22

What: Family Movie Night. The movie starts at dusk – don’t forget everything you need for a picnic under the stars.

Where: Island Park, Williamsville

When: Dusk



July 23

What: Family fun at the market. You have an incredible variety of local vendors and farmers selling their products, plus fun music and entertainment to help create a great atmosphere for the whole family.

Where: Lockport Community Market (57 Canal St., Lockport)

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.



July 24

What: Free outdoor movie. Check out “The Incredibles” on your own blanket, under the stars. Sounds incredible.

Where: Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park

When: 9:15 to 11:30 p.m.



July 25

What: Take a Splash. Bring the kids for some fun in the sun and beat the heat in the splash pad.

Where: Oppenheim Park, Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield.

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.



July 26

What: Summer Concert Series. This is a great event for the whole family and this week you can listen to the amazing sounds of The Carnival Kids Steel Drum Band.

Where: Charles Burchfield Art and Nature Center (2001 Union Road, West Seneca)

When: 6:30 to 8 p.m.



July 27

What: Free Summer Family Film Series. Bring your kids and check out the hilarious movie, "Paddington" in the beautiful Aurora Theatre. The free movies are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays through summer.

Where: The Aurora Theatre (763 Main Street, East Aurora)

When: 11 a.m.



July 28

What: Take a walk through nature. Reinstein Woods is a beautiful, peaceful nature preserve with plenty to see. Trails, woodlands and wetlands that span the 292 acres are home to many species of wildlife. It’s a great way to get your child to appreciate nature, and get some nice, quiet time together.  It’s all free so stay as long as you’d like.

Where: Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (93 Honorine Drive, Depew)

When: From dawn until dusk.



July 29

What: Explore and More Fun. Free outdoor fun with toys, activities, crafts, and much more.

Where: Canalside

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



July 30

What: Garden Walk Buffalo. Bring your kids along on a self-guided tour some of the most beautiful gardens in Buffalo. My kids love looking at the gorgeous flowers along the way. It's a great lesson on caring for your home, garden, yard and community.

Where: Various Buffalo neighborhoods

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



July 31

What: A tour of a one-room schoolhouse. This is a great history lesson for kids. The one-room schoolhouse was originally built in 1857. Your children can get a good look at what school was like in the past, and perhaps get a better appreciation for what they have today.

Where: Schoolhouse #8  History Center and Museum (2101 School St., North Collins)

When: 1 to 4 p.m.




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