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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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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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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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The Buffalo-area has reached the pinnacle of its festival season, with annual giants such as Taste of Buffalo, Jam in the Valley, Queen of Heaven and Canal Fest all running this weekend. These four festivals all cater to different interests, too, with the Taste focusing on food, JiTV celebrating country music artists big and small, Queen of Heaven pitching carnival ride…

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Buffalo's summer event schedule would be more dull if it just repeated festivals year after year. There's nothing wrong with tradition - this weekend's Ride for Roswell and Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle are reasons to look forward to each summer - but the spice of new, creative options injects a little more excitement to this list of things to do. Artpark's Strawbe…

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This is an elite concert and festival weekend in Buffalo, as it's entirely reasonable to hit four major happenings in the span of three days. For those who acted fast for the sold-out Taste of Country, that accounts for Friday night, with a prospective doubleheader of Juneteenth and Thin Man's Summer Solstice a diverse selection on Saturday. Cap the weekend with Death C…

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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 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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Back-to-back days of celebration can be a lot to handle. Easter typically brings baskets of chocolate bunnies (with odd expressions) and jelly beans, family meals with heaps of ham, and the awkward cutting of a cute butter lamb. Dyngus Day immediately follows with awkward squirt gun and pussywillow flirting, a longer parade route and a chance to revel with Polish bee…

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The best part about writing titles for the Weekend in WNY, which rounds up a wildly diverse cast of Buffalo events, is that they almost never make sense on their own. For instance, if you pictured a clown sipping Krupnik while listening to Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places," you totally get my point. While Arkells, Badfish and Perks' first "Parks and Rec" trivia nigh…

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Slurping soup might be a pet peeve for some, but it will be hard to resist this weekend at Buffalo Soup-Fest, which leads off a strong event list for the Buffalo area this weekend. Outdoor events, such as the four-day Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament and 42 North's rural Brewski, celebrate winter, perhaps (slightly) reversing the irksome reputation it's earned from ha…

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The two premier concerts scheduled for this weekend - Every Time I Die's TID the Season in RiverWorks and Lindsey Stirling's gig at Shea's Buffalo - sold out well in advance. But don't fret! The Buffalo area welcomes two cookie-focused events, two compelling holiday markets and a partridge sauntering down Southwestern Boulevard. 1. Niagara Falls SantaCon, 4 to 11 p.m…