Commentary: For the third straight year, the massive Central Terminal will reverberate with German melodies by The Auslanders and the Bergholz German Band as Oktoberfest celebrants dance in traditional garb; lederhosen sure get a workout this time of year.
2) Canalside Oktoberfest, noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30 at 44 Prime St. Free to attend.
Commentary: The second of four weekends of Canalside's Oktoberfest celebration rolls on, with German beer and food — such as "extra-large sausages" (their words, not mine), pretzels and apple cider (not distinctively German) available for seasonal snacking.
For kids, a hay maze, pumpkin patch and waterfront hayride should excite; and they're either free or $3, depending on age. Food truck House of Munch and Angola-based Stella's Old-Fashioned Pierogi will be on the premises for the duration of the festival.
Although the two sessions of Goat Yoga are sold out for Sunday, Marilla's Maybe Someday Farm had to cancel last-minute, so Little Valley-based Udderly TopNotch Nigerian Goat Farm will supply the curious-and-nimble beasts, while Soma Cura Wellness Center will send out the yoga instructors.
3) Larkinville Block Party, noon to 5 p.m., with some events lasting much longer, Sept. 29 in Larkin Square, closed-off Seneca Street and surrounding businesses. Free to attend.
Commentary: Activities for adults and kids alike will have Larkinville bustling Saturday, as businesses such as newcomers Eckl's@Larkin and Kornerstone will be joined by standbys Hydraulic Hearth, Flying Bison, Buffalo Distilling and others in presenting live music.
Wayno's BBQ will continue its urban forays by setting up in Hydraulic Hearth, an artisan market will boast a huge lineup of vendors, and cornhole, croquet and barrel races will take place on the lawn next to Seneca Street.
4) Kid Rock and Brantley Gilbert, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Darien Lake Amphitheatre (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Tickets begin at $24.50 apiece in the lawn four-pack, or $39.50 for individual tickets; all details here.
Commentary: Kid Rock ("you can call me 'Tex' ") has just earned an honor his fans would never have dreamed of 15 years ago: to be Grand Marshal in the Nashville Christmas Parade. If that would have happened after "Bawitdaba" came out, there would have been a nationwide country music revolt.
But times have changed, and it's not weird for Kid Rock to be paired with Brantley Gilbert at an earlier fall Darien show. Both country stars are touring off successful 2017 albums; Kid Rock's "Sweet Southern Sugar" peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200, while Gilbert's "The Devil Don't Sleep" vaulted as high as No. 2.
5) Buffalo Whiskey Riot, two sessions: 1 to 4 p.m., 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Adam's Mark Hotel (120 Church St.). Cost is $45 and tickets must be purchased online; they won't be available at the door.
Commentary: I was hoping to disclose new information about the Buffalo Whiskey Riot, a Tommyrotter Distilling and Step Out Buffalo production, but my coworker Francesca Bond detailed "everything you need to know" about the event. (Jokes aside, that linked post does have an inordinate amount of detail).
Not to dole out parental advice, but be careful: Moseying about to take advantage of the 90 whiskeys, even at less than a quarter-ounce per sample, will take a toll on your motor skills — so plan to use a ride-sharing service or bring along a designated driver (for whom tickets are $10 and include access to event seminars).
6) Yelp Without Borders, 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at the International Institute of Buffalo (864 Delaware Ave.). Cost is free for Yelp members, but organizers have asked for a $10 minimum donation to the local refugee settlement agency.
Commentary: Consider yourself on the cutting edge of Buffalo's strong ethnic food scene? Even if you are, it won't hurt to explore Sunday's event at the International Institute on Delaware Avenue, which will feature Bhutanese fare from Druk Kitchen, Cambodian cuisine from soon-to-open Yey's Cafe, Japanese morsels from Sato Brewpub and more.
Yelp Buffalo has done a nice job curating the food purveyors, and the proceeds benefit the IIB's refugee efforts.
7) Hip-Hop Orchestra, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 29 at University at Buffalo's Lippes Concert Hall (North Campus, Amherst). Cost is $20 plus fees, here.
Commentary: Promoted as "B-Boy meets Beethoven," this reportedly rousing performance by Thee Phantom and The Illharmonic Orchestra has sold out in major markets and has drawn significant social media interest in Buffalo.
Sample some of the group's music, which blends strings, brass, percussion, piano, woodwinds and voices with a "fire-breathing emcee," here.
Commentary: Hang out with family and friends at East Aurora's ice rink, where Totally Buffalo founder/event organizer Mary Friona-Celani presents Totally Southtowns for the first time.
Food trucks, live music, face painting, balloon animals, bouncy houses and a puppet show are kid-friendly activities planned, and proceeds will go toward new locker rooms for the youth hockey teams that use the rink.
Commentary: Israeli electronic dance music artist Borgore, a household name in his genre, drops by Town Ballroom for the second time this year, on Saturday. While Borgore's beats stand on their own, his collaborations with other artists have often leaned toward hip-hop, and September's joint effort on "MOP" with Gucci Mane and Carnage is another prime example.
10) Harvest Festival and Malt Beer Fest, 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at Rusty Nickel Brewing (4350 Seneca St., East Aurora). Pre-sale tickets are $18 for general admission, or $24 for admission plus a pig roast dinner. All purchase info here.
Commentary: Zoom to West Seneca for Rusty Nickel Brewing's fall bash, celebrating a central ingredient to craft beer's creation: malted grain. More than 15 local and regional breweries — many of which rely on locally sourced ingredients — will bring their seasonal concoctions to the festival; find out about some of the specific beers in the discussion section of the Facebook event page.
Especially enticing? The Pre-Prohibition cream ale from Four Mile Brewing, based in Olean. And it wouldn't be a fall party if there wasn't a stein-hoisting competition involved.
BONUS: Back in the Day: Old School Jam, 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Arthur's Pub (596 Genesee St.). Cost is $5 before 8 p.m.
BONUS 3: NYBP Oktoberfest, 2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at New York Beer Project (6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport). No cost listed.