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The 10: Allentown Fall Festival, RevelX25, Central Terminal Oktoberfest

1) Allentown Fall Festival, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 throughout Allentown, including the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site (from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 641 Delaware Ave. for family-friendly events) as well as along Allen between Delaware and Main (from noon to 7 p.m.). It's free to attend.

Commentary: Allentown is gorgeous in the fall. (Well, actually, it looks almost exactly the same, it's just damp more often and gets darker sooner.) But, the neighborhood hosts an autumnal festival focusing on what it does well: namely art, live music and beer.

The more family-friendly area is located over at the TR Inaugural Site, where there will be pumpkin and face painting, a petting zoo and acrobats (!). Celebrate one of Buffalo's pleasantly weird neighborhoods without paying a cent (to get in, at least).

This is almost a band press image, but it's really just a bunch of smiling friends at the 2014 Allentown Fall Festival. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)

This is almost a band press image, but it's really just a bunch of smiling friends at the 2014 Allentown Fall Festival. (Matt Weinberg/Special to The News)

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2) Buffalo Arts Studio's RevelX25, 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Jewett Avenue Loading Dock (2495 Main St.). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: We're suckers for slightly confusing-yet-catchy names (as well as activities at the Tri-Main Center) and Saturday's party at the Jewett Avenue Loading Dock fits the bill.

In this case, the 25 makes sense - it's BAS's 25th anniversary - and a music lineup of Humble Braggers, who just opened for Metric, Aircraft and Feverbox sets the tone for a lively gathering.

[Related: See Smiles from the Tri-Main Center's indoor street fair]

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3) Central Terminal Oktoberfest, 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 1 at Buffalo Central Terminal (495 Paderewski Dr.). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: Those Idiots don't perform very often - if the Polish band's name rings a bell, it's because they're the annual stars of Dyngus Day - but the Oktoberfest party at the Central Terminal is another opportunity to see the jovial, energetic band in motion.

The cavernous former train station has been the setting for an abundance of recent events and shoots - like Parahorror, Jack Craft Fair, a jazz concert, this Goo Goo Dolls video for "So Alive" and Ken Block's Gymkhana stunt driving clip.

Those Idiots perform in the Central Terminal in 2012. They're back again for the 2016 Oktoberfest this weekend. (Don Nieman/Special to the News)

Those Idiots perform in the Central Terminal in 2012. They're back again for the 2016 Oktoberfest this weekend. (Don Nieman/Special to the News)

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4) Philosofest, 5 to 11 p.m. Oct. 1 at 12 Gates Brewing Company (80 Earhart Drive, East Amherst). Free to attend.

Commentary: Nearly every Buffalo-area brewery is having its harvest festival on the same day, so you might have to make a choice. Up in East Amherst, 12 Gates presents four bands playing two hours each, Lloyd Taco Truck and KTB's Bucking BBQ for food, as well as all of the brewery's beer offerings. There will be lawn games galore, too.

Try a glass of Ales for ALS XXIPA from 12 Gates during Beer Week, which runs through Oct. 2.

Try a glass of Ales for ALS XXIPA from 12 Gates during Beer Week, which runs through Oct. 2.

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5) Rusty Nickel Harvest Festival, noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2 at Rusty Nickel Brewing Company (4350 Seneca St., West Seneca). Free to attend, and you can find the schedule here.

Commentary: The two-day extravaganza in West Seneca, just behind Ebenezer Ale House, features fall activities like cider pressing, a mixology contest among RNBC brewers, a balloon toss, chicken dinner and pumpkin carving on Saturday, and then a Bills tailgate, viewing of the game, a halftime brewery tour and a dip-off competition (not like Skol dip, fortunately, but chicken-wing dip and the like) on Sunday. Don't forget the lawn games.

Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. special beers during Buffalo Beer Week, which runs through Oct. 2. You can try a Not Yo' Grandpa's Cream Ale, left, Pre-Season IPA and a Vanilla Chai Tea Milk Stout. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Rusty Nickel Brewing Co. special beers during Buffalo Beer Week, which runs through Oct. 2. You can try a Not Yo' Grandpa's Cream Ale, left, Pre-Season IPA and a Vanilla Chai Tea Milk Stout. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

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6) Moe., 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in Town Ballroom (681 S. Main St.). Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here. Both the Oct. 1 show and the two-day pass have already sold out.

Commentary: You probably know the spiel by now - Moe. is a popular jam band that formed at the University at Buffalo, and the five guys have been rolling since 1989.

The band has some fiercely devoted followers - proven by the sold-out two-day pass for both Town Ballroom shows - and News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers goes deeper in his preview here, spotlighting a bike tour that spans Moe.'s local history.

Founded at the University at Buffalo, Moe. returns home for back-to-back shows.(Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Founded at the University at Buffalo, Moe. returns home for back-to-back shows.(Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

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7) Hamburg Brewing's third anniversary, noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 1 at 6553 Boston State Road, Hamburg. Free to attend and open to all ages, but only 21+ can drink (obviously).

Commentary: Hamburg Brewing Company is passionate about the food accompanying its beer, as beer-infused sausages and brats, clams and oysters, and a top-round sandwich round out the outdoor menu - food tickets must be purchased, in cash, at the bar - and special beers will be available in addition to the Southtowns brewery's flagship options.

The option of purchasing a commemorative $10 souvenir mug allows revelers to get a $1 discount per fill. No mention of lawn games.

The patio seating surrounds the pond outside Hamburg Brewing Co. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

The patio seating surrounds the pond outside Hamburg Brewing Co. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

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8) Rodney Atkins, doors open at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at Nashvilles II (8166 Main St., Clarence). Tickets are $28 and can be purchased here.

Commentary: You might be confused by the venue name - Nashvilles II is the former Howdy's on Main Street, just off Transit Road in Clarence - but Atkins is a solid country music booking for the new ownership (also, they're bringing back line dancing, which should make many people excited).

Sure, he hasn't experienced much national acclaim since 2008, but Atkins is a recognizable name - and he did win an Academy of Country Music award, after all.

Rodney Atkins, pictured performing at WYRK's Taste of Country in 2010, is the first big show at Nashvilles II. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

Rodney Atkins, pictured performing at WYRK's Taste of Country in 2010, is the first big show at Nashvilles II. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

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9) Go to the theater: Six different locations, all explained in the Thursday Theater Roundup, where Colin Dabkowski rounds up theater on Thursdays.

Commentary: So, it's probably going to rain in your area on Saturday - sorry to burst your metaphorical bubble on event No. 9 - but do you know where it doesn't rain? The theater.

Dabkowski dutifully deciphers plays worth checking out each weekend; you could do much worse than trips to Road Less Traveled Theatre and New Phoenix Theatre, and this seemingly steamy production at the Irish Classical Theatre, pictured below.

Patrick Cameron and Aleks Malejs star in the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s season-opening production of Tennessee Wiliams' “Sweet Bird of Youth.”

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10) Final weekend of "Shade" at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2 at 1285 Elmwood Ave., costs here; OR "Blistering Vision" at Burchfield-Penney, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 at 1300 Elmwood Ave., costs here.

Commentary: This marks the final weekend of Clyfford Still and Mark Bradford's abstract exhibition, "Shade," at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, whose expansion plans took an incredibly favorable turn last week.

"Blistering Vision" across the street is a peek into Charles E. Burchfield's vivid representations American landscapes, if you're looking for something less open to interpretation. That exhibition runs through Oct. 23, but it's probably not a bad idea to learn about Burchfield since the entire gallery is named after him. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

A 1918 painting by Charles E. Burchfield shows abandoned coke ovens in an Ohio factory town.

A 1918 painting by Charles E. Burchfield shows abandoned coke ovens in an Ohio factory town.

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BONUS: Steamworks Coffee's grand opening, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 1 at 51 Canal St., Lockport. Free to attend.

Commentary: There's a new coffee shop in Lockport! Get excited. Customers will get a complimentary Steamworks cookie while supplies last, and designer biscotti will be available (I didn't know Prada and Armani have delved into the upscale dessert industry). Stick around for live music later at night!

BONUS NUMERO TWO: Old Falls Street Oktoberfest, 1 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 along Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls. Free and family friendly.

Commentary: I haven't given Niagara Falls events the short end of the stick this summer, so I feel fine about putting this Old Falls party in the bonus category. A beer tent, a performance by the German-American Musicians and ample authentic German food are the elements to this Oktoberfest shindig.

BONUS THREE: The Meatball Street Brawl, 11 a.m. Oct. 2 on W. Mohawk St. between Franklin and Delaware. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 if purchased day-of.

Commentary: We wrote about the Meatball Street Brawl, organized by Osteria 166, in a separate piece, but the fresh-air meatball extravaganza boasts outstanding friendly competition among local restaurants.

Benefiting charities include the Buffalo City Mission, The Michael Donald Perry St. Francis Scholarship Fund, Meals on Wheels and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who could go for some designer biscotti right now, at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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