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If you’re looking for a fun, fall activity, pick up your kids and head to Explore & More Children’s Museum for Apple Day on Columbus Day, Oct. 12. The kids can sink their teeth into all of the apple-themed activities in the workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is generally open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, but sinc…

Near Ellicottville, these attractions offer a variety of Halloween experiences from cute to scary.• For the wee ones, we recommend Pumpkinville, about 7 miles away in Great Valley. Parking and admission are free. Activities bracelets are $12.50 Friday through Sunday and $11 from Monday through Friday. Pumpkinville has cute to corny (even a corn teepee). Parents and grandpa…

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When you are considering fun ideas that are free, don’t forget about your local library. They are generally more than just an endless supply of books and imagination. We found free fun ideas in a few communities. All of the events take place on Oct. 12. Let your kids go batty at 6:30 p.m. for Batphile. This free event will be held at the Aurora Town Library (550 Main St.,…

Spotted at the McKinley Wegmans, Beak & Skiff hard cider. Beak & Skiff (ww.beakandskiff.com) is a large apple operation located in LaFayette, N.Y., about 20 miles south of Syracuse. Its 1911 Distillery produces hard ciders, gin and vodka, all made from apples. In 2013 we took a great One Tank Trip to the area, with Beak & Skiff one of the stops. The place is…

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If you’re looking for a fabulous fall family destination, consider taking a trip to Niagara County. Becker Farms is a fifth generation, family owned farm. The 340-acre working fruit and vegetable farm lets you get up close and personal to Mother Nature. Whether you want to pick whatever fruit is in season – right now they have pumpkin and apple picking available – hang ou…

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The Rusty Nickel Brewing Company and Zittels Farms are hosting a Harvest Fest with activities for the entire family this weekend. The fun start at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 and noon on Oct. 4 at Rusty Nickle (4350 Seneca St., West Seneca) where the kids can enjoy such activities as pumpkin painting and carving, face painting, cider pressing and bobbing for apples. The adults can take…

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Downtown Niagara Falls will celebrate German heritage this weekend when it hosts the sixth annual Old Falls Street Oktoberfest from 1 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3. Situated on Old Falls Street’s Middle Block. The event will be held rain or shine and is free.Live German-themed entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the Bergholz German Band, the German American Musicians a…

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By Kristy KiblerSpecial to The NewsHands-on activities for kids are part of Artpark’s new, family-oriented fall festival, “Hay-Man Happening,” taking place from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday.Children can paint pumpkins and make masks, and families can add their creative touches to scarecrows placed around the park. Materials will be provided, and the scarecrows will remain on displ…

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Every year, Buffalo complains about our long winters. Yet every year, we can’t wait to show summer the door. “But I’m still here,” summer protests. “What are you doing with those jeans and boots? And what is with the pumpkin latte? There’s still yummy strawberry ice cream at Anderson’s!” “Summer, get out. Your time is up. It’s fall.” “Is not.” “Is too.” “Have you bee…

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Ransomville is bringing home the bacon. It’s time for Pig-A-Palooza, a free festival of music, inspiration, entertainment, a bounce house for the kids and, of course, pulled pork. A big crowd is expected, and the organizers are ready. Music includes two popular Western New York Christian rock bands: Lily Among Thorns, featuring vocalist Cheyenne Cleveland, and Uncut Stones…

Hip-hop culture takes center stage in the family friendly event “Battle @ Buffalo Under the Lights.”The fifth annual showcase from Verve Dance Studio features B-boying (breakdancing), DJs, emceeing and graffiti – all elements of hip-hop culture – and puts them into a daylong event that runs from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday outside New Era Cap Company World Headquarters (160 D…

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Fans who bought tickets to see the recently canceled Meghan Trainor and/or Little Big Town concerts are getting a free day at the Erie County Fair.Fair officials are offering those concert ticket holders one free gate admission per ticket purchased to any remaining day of the fair, which runs until Aug. 23. “We appreciate the patience and understanding of the ticket holder…

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It has aged for 176 years. And, like a barrel of bourbon, it is ready.But the Erie County Fair can be overwhelming. It’s not just remembering where you parked the car. (The new Erie County Fair app, which we’ll get to in a second, can help you with that.) It’s the wealth of activities that go on each day, every day, morning to night on the Hamburg Fairgrounds.Where do you …

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There’s always been a timelessness about the Erie County Fair. Things that were enjoyed years ago – cotton candy or rooting for a racing pig – become new again for 12 glorious days in August. So maybe it’s appropriate that this year’s opening of the annual spectacular will feature former alt-rock favorites 3 Doors Down and Collective Soul, set to team up at the Erie County…

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This weekend, a corner of downtown Buffalo will be transformed into a playground for all ages.On Saturday and Sunday, ChalkFest Buffalo! invites artists of all ability to draw on the sidewalks of Buffalo with chalk, decorating the area on Main Street at Fountain Plaza between Huron and Chippewa streets. The fourth annual event will offer food vendors and trucks, live music…