Buffalo Living for Beginners

A guide containing information on transportation, searching for an apartment, and neighborhoods in Buffalo.

Seasonal Activities

Spring (March, April, May)

Dyngus Day Parade
Buffalo Niagara Film Festival (April)

Summer (June, July, August)
Allentown Arts Festival (June) - early June, two days (Sat/Sun) - about 400 exhibits -between North and Edward on Delaware

Thursdays at the Harbor (June-August) - www.canalsidebuffalo.com One of the most anticipated summer events in Buffalo!  A concert series featuring nationally renowned acts! Learn about Buffalo's roots and experience a self-guided walking tour of the recently restored Erie Canal Harbor area.  During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the harbor functioned as the bustling "western terminus" of the Erie Canal. Visitors can experience many elements of the original Erie Canal Harbor, including the refurbished "Commercial Slip," "Central Wharf," "Whipple Truss" Foot Bridge, cobblestone "Commercial Street," and the excavated foundations of several canal era buildings. Site accessible year-round.

Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts (August) -late August, two days - www.elmwoodartfest.org

Shakespeare in the Park (June-August) www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org Shakespeare Hill ∙ Delaware Park ∙ Buffalo ∙ NY ∙ (716) 856-4533 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 7:30 pm (behind the Casino adj. to the Rose Garden) These performances have been a Buffalo summer tradition since 1976.

Ride for Rosewell – ride to raise funds for cancer research and patient-care programs at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (11 routes from three to 102 miles, including a 28 and 46-mile international Canada routes that depart from Roswell Park and finish at UB North

Sterling Renaissance Festival – Sterling, NY – a Renaissance styled theme park with a 12-stage performance venue, a 35-acre interactive/environmental theatre, an arts/crafts fair, a Jousting Tournament, and a food festival and tavern.

Thursday at the Square
Buffalo River Fest – Buffalo River Fest Park, Downtown Buffalo
Canalfest – Erie Canal Banks
Juneteenth Festival
Taste of Buffalo
Pride Weekend
Garden Walk Buffalo
Erie County Fair – Hamburg Fairgrounds
Eden Corn Festival – Eden, NY
Buffalo Irish Festival – Canalside on Downtown Buffalo’s Waterfront

Autumn (September, October, November)
National Buffalo Wing Festival (early September)
Music Is Art (September)
Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival (Sept-October 31)
Curtain Up Buffalo (September)
World’s Largest Disco (November)

Winter (December, January, February)
Buffalo Winter Brewfest (February)

Rotary Ice Rink Fountain Plaza ∙ Main at Chippewa Street ∙ Buffalo ∙ NY Tuesday-Friday 11 am-2 pm and 5 pm-9 pm; Saturday 11 am-9 pm; Sunday 11 am-6 pm December-March. The annual Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting marks the official opening of the free ice skating season in Downtown Buffalo. Rotary Rink is an outdoor rink and is weather dependent. If temperature reaches 45 degrees, please call 854-RINK before you head Downtown to skate.

The Ice at Canalside - Sunday: 10 am-8 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday: 3 pm-7 pm; Thursday: 11 am-7 pm; Friday & Saturday: 10 am-10 pm; Closed Mondays. Other outdoor activities include ice biking and curling. After chilling on the ice, head inside to the Canalside Winter Lodge to warm up over tasty food, hot drinks and a caricature of yourself to celebrate the day. Also check out Canalside merchandise for hoodies, scarves, gloves and hats.

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