4 to 9 p.m. at 825 Depot Ave. West, Niagara Falls. Cost is $20 to attend - ticket details here.
It's a big moment for Western New York: The Underground Railroad Heritage Center, honoring the region's important role in the liberation of former slaves, is opening Friday, featuring trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and Buffalo Brass Machine. A self-guided walking tour of the museum is included, while beer and wine will be available.
The new goal of the center is to "inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and to take action toward an equitable society." - Colin Dabkowski
Spring Artists Sale at Burchfield Penney Art Center
Noon to 8 p.m. at 1300 Elmwood Ave. No cost is listed for the event, which continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5.
After one of the more persistently depressing winters in some time, infusing a bit of art into your life couldn't hurt. Western New Yorkers will have the opportunity to just that during the annual Spring Artists Sale, a fundraiser for the Burchfield Penney Art Center featuring affordable works by dozens of local artists and artisans. It will feature items ranging from textiles and note cards to photography and prints. Find the full list of vendors here. - Colin Dabkowski
6 to 9 p.m. in Foundry Suites Hotel (1738 Elmwood Ave.). Cost to attend is $75 and may be purchased here.
Get ready for Saturday's Kentucky Derby with a fundraiser on Friday night to benefit the American Cancer Society. Derby attire - think "big hats" - is encouraged, while an open bar, light food, raffles and a chance to bid on simulated horse races at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30, all add to the merriment.
WYRK's Brett Alan and Liz Mantel are the emcees for the evening, while there's complimentary valet parking, too. - Ben Tsujimoto