We might be nearing the second half of summer, but the Buffalo festival season is still firing on all cylinders! These fun affairs celebrate everything from food, art, the waterfront, Buffalo’s diverse cultures and everything in between. When you’re out and about around town this August, these are the festivals you need to visit:
Infringement Festival, now until August 8
Eleven days of eclectic art, performance and music take over all of Buffalo’s neighborhoods for the sprawling indoor/outdoor Infringement Festival. From the top art museums to the smaller community galleries, the entire Buffalo art collective joins forces to put Buffalo creative spirit on display.
Pine Grill Jazz Reunion, August 1 & 8
For the first two Sundays in August the African American Cultural Center presents the Pine Grill Jazz Reunion to honor the local, national and international artists who carry the jazz tradition forward. For decades, the free concerts have celebrated diversity through tribute to its truest American form — the legacy of jazz.
Eden Corn Festival, August 5 – 8
Juicy, sweet, tender, buttery and fresh from the cob, the Eden Corn Festival is the culmination of arguably the region’s favorite summer harvest. Bring the whole family to quaint Eden, New York, nosh on a couple cobs and enjoy the country experience, including tractor pulls, midway rides, square dancing and much more!
PLAY/GROUND, August 6 – 15
PLAY/GROUND started in 2018 as a weekend-long art experience at the former Medina, NY high school. This year’s outdoor installations at Buffalo Central Terminal, Matt Urban Hope Center, The Handley Room at The Lederman/Super Street, and Canalside are visible from dawn to dusk during the run of the exhibition. Installations at The Broadway Market are open everyday from 8am–5pm and features groundbreaking installations, performances, and experiences.
Torn Space Response Performance Festival, August 6 – 22
Every Summer since 2013, Torn Space has designed a site-based performance on the grounds of the expansive and majestic Silo City. This year TST explores new terrain with their original work, And the Sun Sets in Golden Circles. Audiences will collectively view the opening ceremonies on the newly designed soccer pitch at Silo City, be broken up into groups of 25 to experience individual stations of field games while listening to the history of the universe, enjoy beverages, and then come together around the magnificent cottonwood tree at dusk for the final story.
Rocks on Rocks Festival, August 7
Gather at Resurgence on Chicago for a full day and night festival featuring music, art, craft beer, food trucks, local artisans, busker stage & much more. Rock out to Aqueous, Soul Patch, Grub, and Mom Said No.
Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts Community Appreciation Day, August 7
While the main festival is taking 2021 off, Community Appreciation Day at Babeville will feature some of Buffalo’s best bands and world class dance performances. Peruse the works at the art sale featuring some of the Festival’s most beloved artists. Food Trucks will be in the Babeville parking lot all day.
German-Polish Celebration, August 7
Celebrating the cultural heritage of two of Buffalo’s largest and proud immigrant communities the German-Polish Celebration is a festive event centered around music, dance, food, drinks and good times.
Music in Bloom, August 8
Join the Martin House for a special evening of music featuring Cami Clune, local talent and Top Ten contestant on “The Voice.” The experience will include a live performance featuring Cami Clune accompanied by her guitarist, $10 voucher to Anderson’s Food Truck, a self-guided tour of the Martin House and a 10% discount in the Museum Store.
Erie County Fair, August 11 – 22
Since 1820, the Erie County Fair has entertained millions upon millions of visitors at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. The Fair is classic Americana fun featuring loads of family-friendly events including a petting zoo and animal shows, an expansive midway, amusement park rides and, of course, tasty treats like deep-fried Oreos and kettle corn.
Jack Craft Fair, August 14
Some of Buffalo’s best makers, craftsmen and women, and artists come together for one of the largest craft fairs in the region. Returning to their spot on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor at Wilkeson Pointe, come peruse the handmade wares and creations of over 100 local vendors.
Skyride, August 15
Mount up for GObike Buffalo’s biggest event of the year, an incredible bike ride over the 100-foot-high Skyway! Grab a Reddy Bike rental while in town, and sign up for a family-friendly bike ride along Buffalo’s expressways and historic places. The ride will start and return from the Outer Harbor Lakeside Bike Park.
Rock, Rattle, Roll at Buffalo Science Museum, August 21
Get ready to Rock, Rattle, Roll at the Buffalo Museum of Science. Join for a day of music and dance with hands-on science activities and demonstrations throughout the Museum. Discover the movement of seismic waves, decorate your own rattle, create your own Javanese shadow puppet and learn how cicadas sing. With four floors of activities and musical performances throughout the day, this is an event you won’t want to miss!
Puerto Rican & Hispanic Day Parade, August 28
The theme of this year’s parade, Distante Pero Juntos (Distant But Together), will bring folks from all across the region together to celebrate Hispanic heritage in Western New York through music, food and, of course, a lively parade.
Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Celebration, August 29
Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Celebration is an annual one day music and arts celebration in the City of Buffalo that celebrates all genres of music, arts and culture. At its Central Terminal location, Beau Fleuve is unique and trendsetting in its industry, bridging the gap between generations, communities and cultures.
Erie County Bicentennial Events, throughout 2021
Erie County is blessed with an enviable bounty of stories of a place at the confluence of a Great Lake, a world-renowned river and a Canal that was the crowning achievement of the first 50 years of our country’s existence. Join in on the celebration of Erie County’s Bicentennial, through special events, programming and tours, as we commemorate the past and look forward to the future!
For a list of EC200 events visit: visitbuffaloniagara.com/events/ec200
Thursday & Main, every Thursday until August 26
Returning this year is the free and open-to-the-public happy hour, presented on Thursday evenings in the heart of Downtown Buffalo at Fountain Plaza (Main at Chippewa Streets). Upcoming bands include Johnny Hart & The MessT, The Stone Lows, Grosh and Ten Cent Howl.
Parkway Summer Concert Series, every Tuesday until August 17
The 23rd annual Parkway Summer Concert Series is here. Starting on July 6 and continuing each and every Tuesday throughout the summer (7pm-9pm), Bidwell Parkway will come alive with the sounds of some of this region’s best music talents. The concert series has become an essential part of Buffalo’s summer loving fun, and showcases local musicians for family-friendly evenings of entertainment. Feel free to make the parkway your dining room for the evening by enjoying local food vendors lining the side the concert.
Jazz on the Plaz! at Seneca One Tower, every Friday until September 3
JazzBuffalo has partnered with Seneca One Tower to bring you Jazz On The Plaz this summer. Taking place on Fridays beginning at 5:30, Jazz on the Plaz features live jazz, entertainment, local food trucks and drinks all in the newly renovated Seneca One courtyard.
Riverfest Park Concert Series, every Friday until September 3
Pack some drinks, snacks and a lawn chair, and chill alongside the Buffalo River, taking in a sunset with the soundtrack of August’s featured bands – Myster Jukebox, Back To The Bars, Breakaway and West of the Mark.
A Midsummer Night’s Walk, now until August 12
Venture through Delaware Park with Honest Puck for A Midsummer Night’s Experience, Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s walking tour and retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With Puck as your tour guide, experience this Shakespearean comedy like never before! This 45-minute, immersive performance transforms Delaware Park into Oberon and Titania’s Athenian forest, with you – our audience – chasing after Athenian lovers, watching Mechanicals scramble to rehearse, and falling in love with Shakespeare’s work in a brand new way. Make reservations here.