Summer Fun in the Sun: From Comedy Festivals to Shakespeare! (June 15-30)

Sometimes, you just need a good laugh… and this guide features four events that are sure to keep you in stitches! Bert Kreischer is bringing his Comedy Festival to Darien Lake (and who doesn’t love Adam Ray as Dr. Phil!), Vanna Deux is at AKG, Puppeteers for Fears presents Cthulhu: the Musical at Ironworks, and the gut bustingly funny One Man, Two Guvnors is now running at the Shaw Festival.  So, if you have a little bit of the summertime blues, check out one of these comedies.  

Shakespeare in Delaware Park is back, and in addition, remember to honor Juneteenth, a federal holiday, and national day of significance with the parade on June 15. See you out and about!   

Juneteenth Festival

Martin Luther King Jr. Park (intersection of Best Street and Fillmore Avenue)
June 15 and 16 

According to the Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo was one of the first cities in the Northern United States to create a Juneteenth Festival, an event that continues to thrive 46 years later in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.  This annual celebration brings the whole community together with educational events, cultural activities, and food and entertainment. The Juneteenth Parade is on Saturday, June 15th at 11am and begins at Juneteenth of Buffalo Headquarters at 1517 Genesee Street.

Party on the Portico

Buffalo History Museum
1 Museum Ct
June 21 | 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 
$10/$15 ($5 additional day of the event) | Tickets

The Party on the Portico summer concert series is set to return to the The Buffalo History Museum this summer! The evening brings incredible musicians to the museum. This month will feature PA Line with Stephen Babcock. Check out our feature here

The Winter’s Tale 

Shakespeare in Delaware Park
June 20 – July 14 | 7:00 PM
Free | Information 

The Winter’s Tale, weaves together themes of jealousy, redemption, magic, and a 1960’s dance party, and asks what can be forgiven after an incredible tragedy.  Performances run Tuesdays through Sundays and begin at 7:00 p.m. Arrive early, check out their merch, and bring a picnic! 

Fully Loaded Comedy Festival

Six Flags Darien Lake Amphitheater 
9993 Alleghany Rd, Corfu, NY 14036
June 23 | 7:00 PM
$54 – $210 | Tickets

Inspired by the spirit of outdoor music festivals, comedian Bert Kreischer’s Fully Loaded Comedy Festival is a groundbreaking celebration of laughter. Featuring top comedic talents such as Adam Ray, Big Jay Oakerson, Cipha Sounds, Dan Soder, Greg Fitzsimmons, Joe DeRosa, Tony Hinchcliffe, and Whitney Cummings, the festival delivers will bring the laughs to your summer. 

Drag Brunch with Vanna Deux at the AKG

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Town Square
Buffalo AKG Art Museum
1285 Elmwood Avenue
June 23 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
$20 – $65 | Tickets 

With makeup skills to rival even the best paintings in the collection, go to the AKG to Do the Deux with Buffalo’s favorite queen at Cornelia.  There are two seatings at this brunch (10:00 AM and 1:00 PM), so choose one – or get a ticket for both.  

Puppeteers for Fears presents: Cthulhu: the Musical!

Buffalo Iron Works
49 Illinois Street
June 24 | 7:00 PM
$20 advance, $25 day of show | Tickets

After sold-out performances all over the west coast, Puppeteers for Fears, Oregon’s only dedicated puppet musical horror troupe, will bring its original show, Cthulhu: the Musical!, to Buffalo for a performance on June 24 at Buffalo Iron Works as part of the company’s 2024 summer tour. Check out our podcast with Josh Gross, artistic director, here.  

Natural Dyeing Workshop

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village 
3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY 
June 29 | 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
$25 BNHV Members, $30 Non-Members | Tickets 

Come to the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, and learn about the history of natural dye (you will even be able to try a few!). 

One Man, Two Guvnors

Shaw Festival Theatre
10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Through October 13
Starting at $28.25 (CA) | Tickets

In this modern take on Carlo Goldoni’s Commedia dell’arte classic, The Servant of Two Masters, Henshall is  employed by both a murderous gangster and a wealthy snob does everything in his power to ensure they never meet, resulting in romantic romps, criminal capers, and some of the funniest dialogue this side of Brighton, making it a sure-fire crowd-pleaser that will keep you on the edge of your seat and pull you right out of it! And go early to hear the skiffle band!

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