May Must-Dos: Brunches, Blooms & Beyond! (May 1 – 15)

If you don’t have brunch plans yet, we want to encourage you to make them.  May seems like the month for brunches, and many restaurants are creating special menus for Cinco De Mayo.  Mother’s Day is the following week, which for many, is celebrated with a traditional brunch.  The week after is college graduation… and what better way to honor the occasion with eggs benedict and endless mimosas? Play your cards right and you could be in brunch all month long.  

For those looking to expand their activities beyond brunch, we have you covered.  With this guide, you can check out a classic musical (Oklahoma!), a dog beauty pageant (Hombre y Lobo), The World’s Largest Yard Sale, a theatrical masterpiece (Wedding Band), and a community sing (Koolulam).  You might need a nice quiet brunch after all this activity!  

Event: Oklahoma!

O’Connell & Company
4110 Bailey Avenue, Amherst, NY 
May 3 – 19 | evening and matinee performances 
$25 – $38 | Tickets 

O’Connell & Company closes out their season with this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.  Those who didn’t love the most recent tour at Shea’s will love this traditional take on Curly, Laurie, Jud, and Aunt Eller.  

Event: Flowers at Buffalo Art Movement 

“Chance” by Eugene Sims, 2023, oil on canvas, H: 48″ W: 36″, Buffalo Art Movement (BAM)

Buffalo Art Movement
255 Great Arrow Avenue, Suite 200
May 3 – May 31 | Friday – Sunday: 12  – 5
Free | Information

Flowers by Eugene Sims is a collection of portrait paintings that depicts individuals and their unique experiences, through personal interviews to authentically capture their essence, and incorporates symbolism such as light, water, and foliage to visually convey their stories. 

Event:  Chihuahua Beauty Pageant 

Hombre y Lobo
149 Swan Street 
May 5 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Menu | Information 

As part of Cinco Weekend, register your pup, and bring them down for a chance to win a $100 gift card.  Later in the day, DJ Tatiana spins from 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  

Event: Luke Russert Book Launch

Blackthorn Pub
2134 Seneca St
May 5 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
$10 suggested donation | RSVP

Luke Russert is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and author, who covered American politics for NBC News from 2008 to 2016, before embarking on a three-year, six-continent travel expedition, culminating in his deeply personal book Look For Me There. This is a fundraiser for Cazenovia Neighborhood Library. 

Event: Koolulam

Babeville Buffalo, Asbury Hall
341 Delaware Avenue
May 9 | 7:00 PM Doors, 8:00 PM Show 
$25  | Tickets

Koolulam, a social musical initiative aimed at empowering communities and strengthening the fabric of society, is a show where the entire audience is the star.  Sing along with other Buffalonians, feel empowered, and build connections in an immersive journey of joy and harmony. 

Event: Wedding Band

Lorna C. Hill Theater at Ujima Theatre Company
429 Plymouth Avenue
May 9 – 19 | evening and matinee performances 
$15-$35 | Tickets 

Alice Childress’s rarely staged 1966 masterpiece, set in 1918’s deep south during the flu epidemic, vividly depicts interracial love, navigating through anti-miscegenation laws, family bigotry, community censure, disease, and internal struggles of a devoted couple.

Event: World’s Largest Yard Sale 

Hamburg Fairgrounds 
5820 South Park Avenue
Hamburg, NY 
May 10 and 11 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
$5, kids under 12 free | Information 

The 24th annual World’s Largest Yard Sale at the Hamburg Fairgrounds features thousands of bargains, yard sale treasures, local artisans, Rustic Buffalo Artisan Market, and more, making it a beloved WNY event for all your shopping needs.

Event: Getting Sassy: Sarah Vaughn 100th Centennial Celebration 

Seneca One Tower
1 Seneca Street 
May 15  | 7:00 PM 
$23.18 | Tickets 

Start “Getting Sassy ” as vocalist DeeAnn DiMeo celebrates the 100th Centennial of jazz legend Sarah Vaughan alongside the Nixon, Croft, Goretti Trio and saxophonist Dave Schiavone. This event promises to be an unforgettable evening filled with timeless melodies and swinging rhythms.

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