Fortunately, this week in Buffalo offers a wealth of free shows – at venues such as Gateway Harbor, Larkin Square and Banchetti By Rizzo's – as well as several other alluring events from Monday through Thursday.
Stay tuned for The 10, which is published Thursday morning, to learn about the weekend's major events.
Gates at 5 p.m., show at 6 on Aug. 22 at Artpark (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). Tickets range from $19 for general admission lawn to $47 for bowl seating; full info here.
Like clockwork, O.A.R. plays Western New York in August for another year. Sellouts have been common in past visits, as frontman Marc Roberge, popular sax player Jerry DePizzo and friends put on a lengthy set that cruises through Of A Revolution songs new and old.
The Maryland band will follow Matt Nathanson, expected to release his album "Sings His Sad Heart" on Oct. 5.
6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 22 on Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda. No cover listed.
The memory of Gord Downie, former lead singer of the Tragically Hip, lives on, and Buffalo tribute band Strictly Hip keeps those memories fresh.
Before hitting New York Beer Project this weekend, Jeremy Hoyle's band will play an outdoor show in North Tonawanda along the Erie Canal. Wild & Crazy Guys take the stage at 6 p.m., with the headliner following at 8.
Groovin' in the Grove, featuring Flipside
5:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 22 at Banchetti By Rizzo's (550 N. French Road, Amherst). No cover charge.
Wednesday brings the penultimate Groovin' in the Grove concert of summer 2018, featuring Flipside, a classic rock party band based in Buffalo. There's no cost to attend, and plenty of food and drink will be available for purchase.
News Smiles photographer Matt Weinberg captured the scene at a previous free Banchetti By Rizzo's summer concert, when Hit-N-Run played on July 11.
5:30 to 6:20 p.m. in Larkin Square, then 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 20 in Billy Club for a book signing. No cost.
Arthur Bovino, author of the Buffalo food-based book "Buffalo Everything," found himself in the limelight when a Daily Beast story trumpeting his stance on Queen City pizza went viral.
The News food editor Andrew Galarneau – who featured Bovino, below – will ask probing questions during the short Larkin Square discussion, preceding a book signing at small Allentown bar Billy Club.
5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery (76 Pearl St.). Free to attend.
Regardless if you're a longtime lover of punch-packing Trainwreck or a new convert to the downtown brewery-bar-restaurant icon's Green Tea Beer, Pearl Street Grill and Brewery highlights its wealth of patios and new beers, including two IPAs – the Summer SIPA Session IPA and Nautical Disaster, a New England-style brew.
5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22 in Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.). Free to attend.
The funk band's drummer, Nikki Glaspie, was Beyonce's touring drummer for five years before fully embracing Nth Power, which considers New Orleans its "spiritual home," properly following last week's NOLA-themed evening. Buffalo's funk-reggae regulars Funktional Flow will open the show.
Events throughout the week at various locations, including Hatchets & Hops, Colter Bay and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery. Full schedule of the 10 days of events here.
From a cider takeover at Colter Bay by Albany-based Nine Pin to a classy cider-and-cheese pairing party at Lait Cru Brasserie (6:30 p.m. Aug. 21, $75) to an exploration of cider styles at Leonard Oakes (6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22, 10609 Ridge Road, Medina), the inaugural Cider Week chugs along following a popular start at Graycliff and Blackbird Cider Works.
5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Public House on the Lake (4914 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg). Free to attend, donations accepted.
The final edition of the three-part Pups and Pints on the Patio, hosted by Public House on the Lake, runs during happy hour Wednesday, with proceeds benefiting Awesome Paws Rescue. There's actually a special cocktail created for Awesome Paws called the Purple Pup, which comprises blueberry vodka, lemonade, curacao and grenadine.
Drink specials, dogs up for adoption and entertainment from WYRK 106.5 FM make up the festivities.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Charlie's Boat Yard (1111 Fuhrmann Blvd.). Cost is $30 individual or $55 for couples, available at the door.
The fundraiser for the annual Delaware Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade – put on by the United Irish-American Association – will embrace the sunset at Charlie's Boat Yard at the Outer Harbor on Thursday. Tickets include beer, mixed drinks and appetizers.
With Irish festivals at the Outer Harbor and in South Buffalo in the near future, here's a glance back at the Smiles at the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade to aid in feeling green.
Looking forward: 5 weekend events to know
*Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Festival in Silo City
*Buffalo Irish Festival at the Outer Harbor
*Festival of India at Canalside
*Spikes for Tykes at Woodlawn Beach
*Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts