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Things to do in Western New York: May 19

Buffalo Porchfest

1 to 6 p.m. at locations throughout the Elmwood Village. Shows are free to attend; here's a useful map for exploring.

Craving acoustic on Norwood? What about Americana on Ripley Place? Those combinations and many more will take place Saturday afternoon, as the Elmwood Village Association presents its annual grassroots music festival, Porchfest. Bryant, Claremont, Richmond, St. James Place, Highland and Ashland are among the streets that'll ring with local tunes.

Witty Tarbox, The Buffalo Brass Machine, The Spin Wires, Pine Fever and Marigold are bands The News has written about recently that have sets scheduled. - Ben Tsujimoto

Buffalo Porchfest returns to the Elmwood Village

Booze for Barks

4 to 8 p.m. in EXPO Market (617 Main St.). Admission is $10 at the door.

Bring your pets, or just your thirst, to the fourth cocktail-centric fundraiser that sends all proceeds to the SPCA Serving Erie County. Gypsy Bohemian Grove Bar, the alcohol-serving outlet joined by six food operations at the Main Street food hall, will serve drink specials including the $5 "Hair of the Dog." The patio can accommodate "well-behaved" pets, organizers say. - Mary Kunz Goldman

Quidditch Crawl

2 to 8 p.m. at Chippewa Street venues such as VENU, 67 West and Bottoms Up. Cost is $19.99 in advance here or $29.99 on the day of the event.

Quidditch, the sport played on flying broomsticks in the Harry Potter series, will be the theme of this Chippewa Street bar crawl on Saturday. Drink specials, a commemorative mug and admission into the participating venues will be available to even the Hufflepuffs of the world. Harry Potter entire is encouraged, as you might have anticipated. - Ben Tsujimoto

[Related: Smiles from the last Chippewa bar crawl, the LepreCon]

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