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Spring and summer in Buffalo feel significantly shorter than fall and winter. The seasons are obviously the same length, but warm weather tends to vanish in a flash - and, err, take its time arriving - which limits the period we can bask in the sun while absorbing Buffalo's wealth of admittedly jammed-together summer events. From a food truck event centered on world cui…

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Unless you're a devoted classical music fan, Kleinhans might not be on your usual route when going out. But, at least for this weekend, the home of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra meanders deep into pop culture, welcoming former pop stars Hanson and local stalwarts the Strictly Hip. These quirky pop/rock-meets-classical back-to-back shows stick out in an otherwise imp…

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Buffalo Pride Week, which cherishes the local LGBTQ+ community's courage and extols acceptance instead of division, annually produces one of the city's happiest days, uniting Buffalonians regardless of their sexual orientation. Both the Elmwood Avenue parade and the Canalside festival are true celebrations, awash in color, noise and camaraderie, a refreshing environment…

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Memorial Day was absolutely gorgeous in Buffalo, which benefited everything from town parades to the beaches, each overflowing with attendance on the first summery day of the year. (Take that, other rainy weekends in May). Even though it's a shorter-than-usual scope for This Week in Buffalo - just Tuesday through Thursday - plenty of events are packed into those three d…

Summer is knocking on the door and we’ve got some great events to help get you out your door and enjoy the season. Make a day of it at one of the popular outdoor festivals, dance the night away at the anniversary party of a cherished Western New York landmark or celebrate accomplished women in our community at these events that will entertain and inspire. June 1: Larkinvi…

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Memorial Day Weekend is the ideal three-day respite to relax, appreciate better weather and spend time outside - whether it's dusting off the grill, heading to a nearby green space with friends or even following Francesca Bond's suggestions. With one more day to account for, this edition of the biweekly event rundown is robust but balanced, with a wealth of options rang…

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Buffalo's appreciation for the past runs deep. Whether it's a brilliant songwriter like Paul Simon, an influential jam-rock band like the Grateful Dead or an Orchard Park restaurant that endured for nearly 50 years, there's deep respect shown by event organizers and attendees. Powerful ties to the past connect several events in this week's preview, which touches on m…

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It's tough to over-emphasize the importance of "local." Supporting Buffalo businesses, events and people is absolutely crucial to the city's economy, well-being and growth. Like every week, local events are at the root of this list, with a chance to support farmers and other producers, artists, actors and restaurateurs all detailed below. Giving back to the community n…

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Food trucks are virtually omnipresent in Buffalo, popping up in business parks, outside hotels, at the heart of neighborhoods and more. But one place where they're not typically found? Amusement parks. That changes on Saturday, when Fantasy Island hosts its own Food Truck Festival. The Grand Island entertainment site changed hands in 2016, despite major upgrades the yea…

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Food trucks are omnipresent today, showing up near your office for lunch during the week, parked outside your favorite stores on the weekend or showing up en masse at daylong festivals. There are at least six regular events focusing on food trucks. Here's a look. Tuesdays Food Truck Tuesdays, Larkin Square Details: 5 to 8 p.m. through Oct. 1. At least 10 new food tr…

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Thanks to quirky Dyngus Day and now Cinco de Mayo, which isn't even a major holiday in Mexico, Buffalo has had ample opportunity to emerge from winter slumber. The city will be awash with Mexican-themed activities - all weekend, but especially on Sunday - with tacos and margaritas aplenty, with the bonus of some top-notch patios opening. For sombrero-less folks, additio…

Add a little merriment to your life this month and celebrate all the imaginative happenings that make Western New York unique. From a whimsical fairy festival to a transcendent opera performance, these events are sure to be magical. May 4: Buffalo Taco & Margarita Fest Registration/map distribution at Falley Allen, 204 Allen St., Buffalo, from 3-5:30 p.m. Admission:…

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It's all right if you're Dyngus-ed out; signs of spring are more and more prevalent, and the fresh air might re-energize you (but it won't heal bruises from pussywillows). Spring fashions will steal the show at Runway 12.0, Silo City Boom Days will boast fireworks to celebrate better weather and the Spring Fling Disco even includes the season in the name! There's probab…

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Even though there's a wealth of event options on Dyngus Day, revelers typically wind up at one of three places: The Pussywillow Party Tent, especially if the weather cooperates; the Central Terminal, a historic setting with wildly popular Those Idiots; and the Adam Mickiewicz Library, a dance party in tight quarters that's set apart from the wildness near Paderewski Drive.…

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You could spend this Saturday afternoon doing the same old thing. Or you could follow this (admittedly fairly bizarre) itinerary of carousel-riding, American raga music, bubble tea and Italian food. North Tonawanda is home to all of the above, and who says you shouldn't explore it all in one afternoon? By Saturday night, you should feel more well-rounded. You did, af…