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The 10: Ellicottville Fall Fest, Iron Works Oktoberfest

1) Ellicottville Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 7 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Village of Ellicottville (Monroe Street). Festival is free to attend, although there's a cover for entrance to Ellicottville Brewing Co.

Commentary: Ellicottville is gorgeous in the fall, but that's just part of the reason why the village's fall festival is a wild time.

From a carnival-esque atmosphere on the main strip to the tent party in the spacious Ellicottville Brewing Company to chairlift rides at Holiday Valley overlooking foliage, it's not hard to spend a day with friends or family.

Plan your route and time to and from Ellicottville wisely; alternative routes, shuttle bus schedules and more can be found at the event page.

Read more about the Village of Ellicottville in The News' guide produced last summer, then see the 100 Things entry below.

100 Things Every WNYer Should Do: Attend the Ellicottville Fall Festival


2) Oktoberfest in Iron Works, 3 p.m. Oct. 7 in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). Tickets are $5 at the door, while $25 gets eventgoers 20 tickets for beer and food.

Commentary: The Oktoberfest in the Cobblestone District stresses its local focus - beer from Buffalo's breweries will be available, while food will be laid out of Lagerhaus 59, a German restaurant mere yards away.

Considering Iron Works' reputation as a solid place to see a live show, it's not shocking that the music will be decent, too, as Mike Gantzer of Aqueous and Rob Compa of Dopapod join the German-American Musicians on the bill.


3) Great Pumpkin Drop, noon Oct. 9 at the Great Pumpkin Farm (11199 Main St., Clarence). Monday is also Wristband Day; $18 entitles the purchaser to unlimited amusement rides all day.

Commentary: Fall Festival Weekend at the Great Pumpkin Farm runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as usual, but this particular weekend is extended because of Columbus Day.

Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, too, including the Pumpkin Olympics and the Great Pumpkin Drop, where a 1,000-pound pumpkin - stuffed with prizes, goodies and the usual fleshy guts - is dropped from a 50-foot crane.

The drop is a sight to behold, although Kiss 98.5 FM winners are the ones scrambling to horde as many of the treats as they can.


4) Demetri Martin, 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts (North Campus, Amherst). Tickets are $36.50 and may be purchased here.

Commentary: The former contributor to "The Daily Show" is a man of many talents - Demetri Martin is a filmmaker, actor and author, but first and foremost a comedian. The News' Mark Ciemcioch chatted with Martin in advance of his show at UB about his absurdist humor, inspiration from cartoons and preference for shorter jokes.

The VIP tickets for the local stop of the Let's Get Awkward Tour have already sold out, which indicates that the performance has some allure.

Getting awkward with Demetri Martin


5) Burritos and Brooze, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: A new twist on the popular Bagels & Brooze means a new partner for Larkinville's Hydraulic Hearth, as BreadHive passes the torch after three successful seasons of brunch bagels.

Lomo Lomo! Food Truck will take over kitchen duties for the weekly Saturday brunch, offering the Zac Efron Burrito (refried black beans, chorizo-spiced potatoes, egg-fried rice, pickled cabbage, Oaxaca cheese, house hot BBQ and crema) and the Miss Piggy Waffle (house bacon, hott honey, roasted apples, pistachios and whipped cream), as well as breakfast burritos and waffles.

Community Beer Works will handle much of the drinks, with the Bloody Wilbur, beermosas and more.


6) Amsdell Ice Cream closing party, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at 3041 Amsdell Road, Hamburg. Free to attend.

Commentary: You know you've stumbled upon a successful food story when the reaction is predominantly "they're one of our summer favorites." That was the response to Elizabeth Carey's interview, which you can read below, with JoAnn Mohler, owner of Amsdell Ice Cream.

For the season-ending party, Amsdell will offer food from Chef's and discounted ice cream, with $2 small sundaes and $1 small cones. The ice cream shop doles out 36 different flavors of Perry's and has earned acclaim for its Cake Batter Milkshake, inspired by trips to New York City.

Hamburg family toasts ice cream success at former bar


7) Tonawanda Oktoberfest, noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in Niawanda Park (310 Niagara St., Tonawanda). Free to attend.

Commentary: Western New York event organization Corey McGowan Productions hosts a family-friendly gathering all day on Saturday, right next to the water.

The music highlight is a performance by country and Western swing band the Skiffle Minstrels from noon to 4 p.m., while a large beer tent and plentiful food options round out the festival.


8) Shakhti: A Bollywood Dance Showcase, doors at 6 p.m., performance at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in Shea's Smith Theatre (660 Main St.). Tickets are $20 in advance here or $25 at the door. A cash bar is open before and after the performance.

Commentary: Devi Bollywood Dance, the Buffalo dance company founded by Guyana, South America-born Gaitrie Subryan in 2013, puts on an encore performance of its well-received Shakhti - defined as "the female spirit of divine energy" - on Saturday night.

Marvel at the graceful movements, colorful attire and lively music of classical Indian dance during an enjoyable evening downtown.


9) Earth Science Day at Penn Dixie, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at 4050 North St., Blasdell. The event is free.

Commentary: As a popular spot to view the solar eclipse last month, Penn Dixie has been in the limelight a little more than usual this year.

Embrace the Blasdell quarry again for Earth Science Day, when the first 200 attendees receive a free fossil-collecting bag and a copy of The Geology and Paleontology of Eighteen Mile Creek by Amadeus Grabau, the foremost guide to fossils in the region. Bring the family to see what ancient remains can be dug up.

Plenty of local vendors, like the Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo Museum of Science and the UB Undergrad Geology Club, have a presence, while Lloyd Taco Truck will be on site at lunchtime.

100 Plus Things: Discover at Penn Dixie Fossil Park


10) Better than Ezra at UB Football's tailgate, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in Stampede Square outside UB Stadium (North Campus, Amherst). Tickets for the full experience - which includes the show and the game - run for $36 apiece. Tickets for the game itself, vs. Western Michigan at 3 p.m., cost $30.

Commentary: It's homecoming weekend at the University at Buffalo, which begins with a carnival, bonfire and fireworks on Friday night by Lake LaSalle. Naturally, the football game is a major part of the weekend, as the 3-2 Bulls have reeled off three straight behind thrilling running back Emmanuel Reed and competent backup quarterback Drew Anderson.

Better than Ezra, the Louisiana-based alt-rockers who approach 30 years of touring, headlines the tailgate experience before the game. The four-member band hasn't released a new album since 2014, but core musicians Kevin Griffin and Tom Drummond have kept the band relevant.

Townsquare Media announced earlier this week that the Buffalo on Tap Harvest Festival, scheduled for Saturday at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, has been canceled.

A Day to Remember, the rock-metalcore band slated to perform Sunday in RiverWorks, has sold out its show.


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