Most 90th birthday parties don't boast a live BPO concert.
Buffalo's historic Central Terminal turns 90 this year and the milestone is being celebrated with the daylong East Side Festival. Construction on the art deco landmark began in 1927 but the public first entered the terminal in 1929, a tumultuous year in American history. It must have been a moment worthy of oohs, ahhs, gasps and if it were 2019, lots of smartphone photos.
When the terminal opened, with its soda fountain, shops and a restaurant, it was the place to be. Over the past few decades, restorationists have poured a lot of work into the terminal, revitalizing the grand space into the venue and Dyngus Day headquarters we know today.
Not only will we celebrate the terminal this weekend, but also the cultural and musical history of the East Side. Here's what you can expect for music, art, performances and more at the.
When: 1:30 to 9 p.m. July 13.
Where: Buffalo Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive.
Music: Performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Music is by the All City Gospel Youth Choir, Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble and German-American Musicians Association. There will be a tribute to the former East Side jazz club, Pine Grill, by the Colored Musicians Club’s George Scott Big Band. The African American Cultural Center and Paul Robeson Theatre will collaborate on a dance and drum performance.
BPO concert: The BPO will end the night by playing a mix of music from the 1920s and 1930s, as well as music that embodies the neighborhood at 7:30 p.m.
Central Terminal tours: Free tours around the terminal are at 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Arts and culture: Major local institutions will host exhibits to educate guests on the history of the East Side and Central Terminal, including The African American Cultural Center, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Jericho Road Community Health Center and Torn Space Theater.
Additionally, shop for handmade goods by East Side artisans.
Food and drink: Mad Sauces Food Truck is known for its mac and cheese, chicken skins, hamburgers and ample variety of sauces. Broadway Market mainstays Chrusicki Bakery, Sweet Temptations du Jour and Sweet Whisk will vend desserts. East Side bartending company Pretty Girl On The Rocks will sell beer and wine.
Parking: Find a spot around the terminal or in the Broadway Market parking ramp.