10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.). Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), $9 for students (13+ with ID) and $6 for kids ages 3-12. Garden members and kids 2 years old and younger get in free. Costumed attendees get $1 off admission.
The Fairy and Gnome Fest in the Botanical Gardens is a sure sign of spring. Young and young-at-heart may enjoy crafts and activities, take part in a scavenger hunt, marvel at the entries into the Fairy House Contest and enjoy magic shows, balloon animals and whimsical music. Embrace the theme and dress as a fairy, gnome, dragon or other fanciful creature. - Mary Kunz Goldman
3 to 11 p.m. at Dobson Field (602 4th St.). Advance tickets are $12, or $15 at the gate.
Country star Jerrod Niemann grips the headline slot of the inaugural Rock'n Redfest, a collaborative outdoor spring concert by D'Youville College and the college's student government association at Dobson Field, a quick jaunt from the heart of the campus. MAX, Jon Langston, Eric Van Houten, Kate Mallen and Adam Barrett are the other musicians on the bill.
A slew of food trucks will be on the scene, too, and alcohol will be available to those 21 years and older at a specific tent. - Ben Tsujimoto
[See photos of Niemann performing at the 2015 Jam in the Valley, via Harry Scull Jr.]
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Knox Farm Estate (437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora). Admission is $5, while children 5 years old and younger enter for free. Parking will be at Moog (7021 Seneca St., Elma), with shuttles venturing back and forth to the event venue.
As in past years, the 100+ artists will post up both inside and outside the Knox Farm Mansion, but 2018 is the first year that the Knox Guest House will be open to the public. Vendors come from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca, and a full lineup can be found here. - Ben Tsujimoto
[Smiles from another event at Knox Farm - the 2017 Bark Bash]