From gorgeous gardens to diverse neighborhoods, Buffalo is truly a vibrant city. Whether taking in a world of ethnic food and fun, embracing the local craft brew culture or meandering through fragrant flower fields, these events offer plenty to see, smell and savor in WNY and beyond.
June 30: Taste of Diversity
Grant Street, between Lafayette and Auburn, Buffalo
Eat the World
6 to 9 p.m. at the International Institute of Buffalo (864 Delaware Ave.). Admission is $20 here and includes two drink tickets.
International flavors will be the order of the day in the International Institute of Buffalo's backyard, with Ms. Judi's International Cravings, Falafel Bar, Lomo Lomo, Sweet Melody's and Lloyd among the food trucks lined up on …
Tom Stahl & the Dangerfields at Picnic in the Parkway
7 to 9 p.m. at Bidwell Parkway and Elmwood Avenue. Free to attend.
Welcome back the free concert series Picnic in the Parkway, summer-long Tuesday evening shows on the green space east of the Elmwood-Bidwell intersection, with food trucks and alcohol for purchase. Opening the season is folk rock group Tom Stahl …
Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour: Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue"
7 p.m. at Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Cost is $7 at the door.
The second installment in a monthly series that finds Buffalo News music critic Jeff Miers joined by co-host Anita West of 97 Rock will focus on the game-changing modal jazz milestone "Kind of Blue."
Miers and West will lead a discussion of the…
Father's Day Brunch options
Does dad love water? On the waterfront, Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, has a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., (steak, fresh oysters, crab legs and more), for $44.95 (adult) or $20.95 (child); a dinner is slotted for 5:30 p.m., too.
Or consider a floating three-course lunch aboard the Grand Lady, part of a 90-minute narrated cru…
Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle
Gates open at 12:30 p.m., music runs from 1:45 p.m. to 11 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). General admission tickets are $35 plus fees and may be purchased here.
Entercom indie radio station Alt Buffalo trots out another lineup that blends familiar visitors such as Matt and Kim, Taking Back Sunday, AWOLNATION and Robert DeLong with newer art…
BBQ and Blues Bash
5 to 9 p.m. at the Cobblestone District, Illinois Street near the KeyBank Center. Tickets $25 pre-sale here, $30 at the door, and $65 VIP, including food and drink specials.
The 10th edition of the Cobblestone District's celebration of barbecue, live blues and beer raises money for the Gateway-Longview social services agency. Barbecue lineup: Babz BB…
1) Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle, gates open at noon, music begins at 1:45 p.m. June 16 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Tickets are $35 plus fees for general admission, $50 plus fees for premium view; more details here. Ticket prices rise to $55 on the day of the show.
Commentary: Kerfuffle is beloved for several reasons: it unites indie music fans on Buffalo's waterfron…
One thing Buffalo and Western New York don't lack? Summer festivals. Here's a look at what's coming through September.
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June 15: Buffalo River Festival. 6 p.m. Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. Family event with live music, games, craft vendors, concessions and historical waterfront memorabilia and photos.
June 16: Buff…
Fitz and the Tantrums
5 p.m. at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Cost is $5 at the gate, $35 for VIP.
Los Angeles neo-soul/indie-pop outfit Fitz & the Tantrums returns to Canalside. Let's hope the group has managed to rekindle some of its early fire, a fresh and inspired take on Motown-era soul and funky pop that has been whittled away and replaced by an overt, Maroon 5-l…
Taste of Vegan
Sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. at Resurgence Brewing Co. (1250 Niagara St.). Tickets $19 (non-drinking), $27.50 (drinking) here, and at the door, as capacity allows. Children under 5 enter for free.
An all-you-can-eat assortment of more than 30 plant-based appetizers, main courses, drinks and desserts will be offered in bite-sized form from a…
Steven Tyler & the Loving Mary Band
6:30 to 10 p.m. at Artpark Tuesdays in the Park (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Cost is $17 and tickets may be purchased here.
The Aerosmith front-man is a bonafide rock 'n' roll icon, but he also loves other forms of American roots music, and in Nashville's Lovng Mary Band, he's found some real ringers.
Expect plenty of mildly co…
Update! Go see Morty the Corpse Flower
Open until 11 p.m. at Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.). Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) and $9 for students (13+ with ID) and $6 for kids 3-12 years old.
The last time a corpse flower opened at the Botanical Gardens, more than 2,500 people converged upon the venue to catch a whi…
Thunder of Niagara Air Show
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (10405 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls). Free to attend.
The United States and Canada may be engaged in something of a tête-à-tête over trade policies, but members of their respective air forces will join forces this weekend in the skies over Niagara County.
The Thunder of Niagara Air Sho…
East Aurora Music Fest
2 p.m. at 20 venues in and around the Village of East Aurora. See eamusicfest.com for the lineup and how to get a wristband that allows you entry to all venues ($10-$15).
The East Aurora Music Festival returns for a day of music by 80 bands in 20 venues in the village. Best of all: it helps worthy causes. A free shuttle will take fans to the vari…