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Fall in Buffalo will start off with a bang. Sure, autumnal activities were the theme of this week's Gusto cover story, but the wheels are already in motion. The festival schedule is absolutely packed this weekend; Oktoberfests and harvest fests are happening around virtually every corner, suburbs and cities alike. Will you find out what Black Rock and Riverside have …

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Borderland has set its standards high, even though the East Aurora-based music and arts festival enters just its second year. The idyllic setting of Knox Farm was a powerful memory from 2018, while The News' Jeff Miers was complimentary of the roots and Americana-focused lineup that created a "chilled out, mini-Woodstock feel." How could Borderland possibly top that deb…

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Take advantage of Buffalo events that meld exploration, fun and philanthropy. Thursdays' Plate Expectations meets the criteria: attendees will roam the new Resurgence Brewing Co. in the Old First Ward, engage in games of chance such as a Wine Wall and balloon-popping and support FeedMore WNY – formerly the Food Bank – in the process. There's a solid mix of marquee co…

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Christmas in July strikes many as a strange concept (or totally unnecessary), but nevertheless, it's celebrated in Buffalo. But what about St. Patrick's Day in August? Why not give that a chance? This week's event list suggests the creation of another faux holiday, thanks to the arrival of Flogging Molly on Tuesday and the Irish-tinged Almost Halfway to St. Patrick's Da…

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September can be one of the most beautiful months of the year in Western New York: still plenty warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities, but without the blazing temps and hair-curling humidity. From an annual gala at our horticultural hub to a first-time beer and barbecue festival on the grounds of an 1800s Victorian mansion, these events give you one last chance to get ou…

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Meet your grand finale, Buffalo's festival season. Through live music, art, and food and drink, an elite list of events will make wise weekend planning a true challenge. From Ireland to India to Egypt, cultural festivals all highlight traditions - some deeply embedded into Buffalo's fabric, while others, such as India and Egypt, still gaining traction. There's the Elmwo…

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When the Bills aren't competing on New Era Field, a range of community events takes place on the Orchard Park turf. Races have finished at the 50-yard line, flag football tournaments have graced the gridiron and even a kickball tournament is slated for the new future. Namastadium - a yoga event presented by lululemon Buffalo and the Bills - unites some of the area's top…

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Life hasn't been quiet for Chad and Louise Brachmann, the owners of Danielewicz Farm and Sunflowers of Sanborn, which sparked a viral photo craze in 2017. After a cease-and-desist order from the Town of Cambria abruptly shortened their 2018 season, the Brachmanns had their work cut out if they wanted their rural attraction to return this year. Like wineries, brewerie…

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Social media is a little weird sometimes. A tweet by Clarence High School alum Maddy Smith featured a still shot from the Instagram story of her friend, Marisa Miosi – confusing enough already, right? – that exulted the perks of being a member at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. It spread like wildfire, earning nearly 24,000 retweets and more than 200,000 l…

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It really seemed like competitor pig "Jim Smelly" was the favorite in one of last year's Erie County Fair Swifty Swine races. He had the first challenge – facing the proper direction at the starting gate – down, more than could be said for "Russell Bo-swine," who looked thoroughly confused by the obstacle course in front of him. As it turned out, neither pig named after…

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Organizing a downtown music festival is tough work. There are bands to book, schedule and accommodate, a smattering of paperwork to submit, local food vendors to attract, workers/volunteers to find and a litany of other duties necessary to ensure a seamless experience. It's exhausting and overwhelming. Music venue Buffalo Iron Works and part-distillery, part-music host …

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Summer burns bright and fast like a star, and perhaps your money has, too, so here are free events and activities to last you through the autumnal equinox. For the creative Sunflowers of Sanborn As August rolls on, peak sunflower season begins. A few years ago, when photos of friends in sunflower fields flooded Instagram and Facebook feeds, people found out that the I…

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For city dwellers, an occasional urge to escape clusters of buildings, traffic nuisances and cookie-cutter houses must be satisfied. Some fulfill their desire to get away by exploring the Buffalo-area's splendid parks, while others might schedule day trips to Niagara-on-the-Lake or Crystal Beach. From an event standpoint, this week's lineup offers a chance to relax away…

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Aug. 2: Summer Splash Buffalo Harbor State Park, 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo The “sky’s the limit” for this colorful cocktail party to benefit Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Wear your snappy sky-blue duds and bring your dancing shoes for a night of open bar, gourmet foods, decadent desserts and chance to win fantastic prizes—including a Mercedes Benz. This …

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You could write a book about the recent history of the Italian Heritage Festival, and it would be far from boring. There were brawls in 2016, the final year on Hertel Avenue, precipitating a major location change to the Outer Harbor and an admission charge for the first time. Attendance at the 2017 festival set a record for the Outer Harbor, but social media reaction wa…