Thursday, June 29, 2017

Five Things to do in July 2017

Taste of Buffalo – Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9 on Delaware Ave. in downtown buffalo, from Niagara Square to Chippewa. The largest two-day food festival in the country will feature over 60 restaurants, food trucks and wineries from throughout the area, as well as cooking demonstrations, a beer tent and live music. Hours are Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (beer tent until 11 p.m.) and Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. – find out more at www.tasteofbuffalo.com.

Old Home Days parade
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Old Home Days – Tuesday through Friday, July 11-14 at Island Park, Main St. in the Village of Williamsville. Events include the giant parade (Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.), bike rodeo (Wednesday at 11 a.m.), midway rides, live music and performances, food and much more. Find out more at the Old Home Days website.

Canal Fest of the Tonawandas – Sunday, July 16 through Sunday, July 23 on both sides of the canal in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. Features food and beverages, midway rides, demonstrations, live entertainment and more. Events include the Canal Fest parade (Tuesday, July 18), Car Cruise (Wednesday, July 19), Bike Cruise (Friday, July 21) and the Arts & Crafts Show (Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23). Find a complete schedule at www.canalfest.org.

Rock the Barn – Friday and Saturday, July 21-22 at The Big Yellow Barn, 9015 Main St. in Clarence. Two days of music and great food to benefit Meals on Wheels Services in Clarence, Akron and Newstead; Friday features Bon Journey, and Saturday is headlined by Nightrain. Tickets are $20 in advance for both days – free for kids under 10; tickets will be $25 at the door. Find out more about the event at rockthebarn.com.

Glen Park Arts Festival – Saturday and Sunday, July 29-30 at Glen Park in the Village of Williamsville, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. The festival will feature numerous artisans, food, live entertainment and more. Find out more at the Glen Park Arts Festival Facebook Page. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

BfloGirlSports: July 2017 Buffalo Bisons schedule

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  • Friday through Monday, June 30-July 3 – at home against the Syracuse Chiefs (Friday and Saturday– 7:05 p.m., Sunday – 1:05 p.m., Monday – 6:05 p.m.)
  • Tuesday through Thursday, July 4-6 – on the road against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Tuesday and Wednesday – 7:05 p.m., Thursday – 12:05 p.m.)
  • Friday through Sunday, July 7-9 – on the road against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Friday – 7:05 p.m., Saturday – 6:15 p.m., Sunday – 1:35 p.m.)
  • Thursday through Sunday, July 13-16 – at home against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Thursday through Saturday- 7:05 p.m., Sunday – 1:05 p.m.)
  • Monday through Wednesday, July 17-19 – on the road against the Columbus Clippers (all games 7:05 p.m.)
  • Thursday through Sunday, July 20-23 – on the road against the Louisville Bats (Thursday and Friday – 7:05 p.m., Saturday – 6:35 p.m., Sunday – 6:05 p.m.)
  • Monday through Thursday, July 24-27 – at home against the Durham Bulls (Monday through Wednesday – 7:05 p.m., Thursday – 1:05 p.m.)
  • Friday through Sunday, July 28-30 – at home against the Louisville Bats (Friday and Saturday – 7:05 p.m., Sunday – 1:05 p.m.)
Find out more about the Bisons, and find the complete promotional schedule for 2017, at the Bisons’ website.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Western New York 2017 Independence Weekend fireworks guide

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**fireworks should begin at dusk unless otherwise noted**

Saturday, July 1
  • Cherry Creek – Ballpark on Main St./Rt. 83
  • Collins – Town Park – approximately 9:45 p.m.
  • Ellicottville –Holiday Valley Resort (after BPO concert)
  • Franklinville – Woods at Bear Creek, 3510 Bear Creek Rd.
  • Grand Island – Martin's Fantasy Island (July 1-4)
Sunday, July 2
  • Town of Niagara – Veteran’s Memorial Community Park, 7000 Lockport Rd.
  • Niagara Falls – Seneca Niagara Casino – 9:30 p.m. (rain date July 3)
Monday, July 3
  • Akron – Veteran’s Park – Buell St.
  • Buffalo – Coca Cola Field – after Bisons game and BPO concert
  • Clarence – Town Park
  • East Aurora – Hamlin Park, 166 S. Grove St.
  • Hamburg – Woodlawn Beach State Park
  • Newfane – West Pier
  • Town of Tonawanda – Kenney Field (rain date July 7)
Tuesday, July 4
  • Amherst – UB North Campus
  • Batavia – Dwyer Stadium, 299 Bank St. – after baseball game
  • Buffalo – Canalside
  • Dunkirk – Dunkirk Pier (rain date July 5)
  • Lancaster – Save-A-Lot parking lot, 10 Aurora St. 
  • Lewiston – Academy Park, 890 Center St.
  • Little Valley – Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, 501 Erie St.
  • Lockport - Outwater Park
  • Lyndonville – Lyndonville Central Schools Softball Fields (rain date July 5)
  • Niagara Falls – Hyde Park
  • Olean – Bradner Stadium
  • Orchard Park – Middle School, 60 S. Lincoln St.
  • Pendleton – Town Park (rain date July 5)
  • Tonawanda – Niawanda Park (also watch at Gratwick Waterfront Park)
  • Wheatfield – Oppenheim Park
Friday, July 7
  • Salamanca – Seneca Allegany Casino (rain date July 9)
Saturday, July 8
  • Lockport – West Main St. (part of Erie Canal Bicentennial Celebration)
  • Varysburg – Buffalo Hill Village, Rt. 20A – 10:15 p.m. (part of Jam in the Valley)
Find an updated list at www.wgrz.com.


*****All dates and times subject to change and the weather*****

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Five Things to do in June 2017

German Sommerfest – Sunday, June 4 from noon-7 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd. in Amherst. Featuring live music and dancing, food and beverage from Schnitzel $ Co., vendors and more. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for military and seniors, and $6 for children and members – find out more here.

Allentown Art Festival – Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11 in the Allentown Historic Preservation District in Buffalo, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. The juried event features more than 400 exhibitors and is hosted by the Allentown Village Society. Find out more about the event at allentownartfestival.com.

Buffalo History Museum
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M&T Third Friday and Party on the Portico – Friday, June 16 at the Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Ct. in Buffalo. On the third Friday of every month, admission to the Buffalo History Museum, Resource Center, and select events are free for everyone. During the summer, the Museum hosts happy hour on the portico and steps, featuring music, history-related activities, “happy hour” and more. On the schedule for June: Vinnie DeRosa and Vitamin D. Tickets are $5 for Museum members, $10 for thee general public – find out more at www.buffalohistory.org.

BBQ and Blues Bash – Friday, June 16 from 5-9 p.m. along Illinois St. near KeyBank Center. Support the children and families served by Gateway Longview with live music, beer, barbecue and more. Musical line-up includes Hayden Fogel Band, Tim Britt Band and Miller and the Other Sinners. Tickets for this 21-and-over event are $20 and available through www.bbqbluesbash.com.

Starry Night in the Garden – Wednesday, June 21 from 6-9 p.m., at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, starring Leann Rimes, Johnnyswin and James TW. General admission tickets are $55 and include entry to the concert and the Gardens, a wine glass, and wine, beer and food samples from local restaurants – get tickets and more information here.

Monday, May 29, 2017

M&T First Friday: June 2, 2017

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On the first Friday of each month, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, located at 1285 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo, opens the doors to the 1962 Knox Building to the public free of charge from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., thanks to sponsorship from M&T Bank.
  • Drop-in Art Activity – 10 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m. – free for all ages in the Education classrooms.
  • Family Fun Tour – 11-11:45 a.m. – free in the 1962 Building.
  • ArtCart – Menagerie: Animals on View – noon-1:30 p.m. – free in the 1905 Building.
  • Studio Art Class for Adults: Pen-and-Ink Drawing – 1-3 and 7:30-9:30 p.m. – free for members, $10 for non-members.
  • Public Tour – 1:30-2:30 p.m. – free one-hour tour.
  • The Buffalo Zoo’s Zoomobile – special event from 3-7 p.m. on the Elmwood Ave. Lawn.
  • “What’s Your Vision?” Tour – 4-5 p.m. – free one-hour tour.
  • Jazz and Happy Hour – 5:30-7:30 p.m. – live music in the AK Café featuring Doug Yeomans and Sue Kincaid.
  • Gallery Talk – Menagerie: Animals on View – 6-6:30 and 7-7:30 p.m. – free lecture with Albright-Knox Godin-Spaulding Curator and Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes in the 1905 Building.
  • Film Screening: Zootopia – begins at 7:30 p.m. – free in the Auditorium.
  • Exquisite Corpse – 8 p.m. in the Sculpture Court – try a unique parlor game invented by Surrealist artists.
  • The Art of Drink: Tequila Tasting with Cantina Loco – 8:30-9:30 p.m. in the AK Café - $10 general admission, $5 for members.
Registration is required for many classes and events – call 716-270-8292 to register and find more information at www.albrightknox.org.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

BfloGirlSports: June 2017 Buffalo Bisons schedule

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  • Tuesday through Thursday, May 30-June 1 – at home against the Toledo Mud Hens (Tuesday – 6:05 p.m., Wednesday – 1:05 p.m., Thursday – 10:35 a.m.)
  • Friday through Sunday, June 2-4 – at home against the Charlotte Knights (Friday – 7:05 p.m., Saturday – 6:05 p.m., Sunday – 1:05 p.m.)
  • Monday through Wednesday, June 5-7 – on the road against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (all games 7:05 p.m.)
  • Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11 – on the road against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Thursday and Friday – 7:05 p.m., Saturday – 6:15 p.m., Sunday – 1:35 p.m.)
  • Tuesday through Thursday, June 13-15 – at home against the Lehigh Valley ironPigs (all games 7:05 p.m.)
  • Friday through Sunday, June 16-18 – at home against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Friday and Saturday – 7:05 p.m., Sunday – 1:05 p.m.)
  • Monday through Wednesday, June 19-21 – on the road against the Rochester Red Wings (Monday and Tuesday – 7:05 p.m., Wednesday – 1:35 p.m.)
  • Thursday through Sunday, June 22-25 – on the road against the Syracuse Chiefs (Thursday – 6:35 p.m., Friday and Saturday – 7:05 p.m., Sunday – 1:05 p.m.)
  • Monday through Thursday, June 26-29 – at home against the Rochester Red Wings (Monday through Wednesday – 7:05 p.m., Thursday – 1:05 p.m.)
  • Friday through Monday, June 30-July 3 – at home against the Syracuse Chiefs (Friday and Saturday– 7:05 p.m., Sunday – 1:05 p.m., Monday – 6:05 p.m.)
Find out more about the Bisons, and find the complete promotional schedule for 2017, at the Bisons’ website.


Monday, May 1, 2017

M&T First Friday: May 5, 2017

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On the first Friday of each month, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, located at 1285 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo, opens the doors to the 1962 Knox Building to the public free of charge from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., thanks to sponsorship from M&T Bank.
  • Drop-in Art Activity – 10 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m. – free for all ages in the Education classrooms.
  • Family Fun Tour – 11-11:45 a.m. – free in the 1962 Building.
  • ArtCart – Shantell Martin: Someday We Can – noon-1:30 p.m. – free in the Sculpture Court.
  • Studio Art Class for Adults: Fresco Techniques – 1-3 and 7:30-9:30 p.m. – free for members, $10 for non-members.
  • Public Tour – 1:30-2:30 p.m. – free one-hour tour.
  • “What’s Your Vision?” Tour – 4-5 p.m. – free one-hour tour.
  • Jazz and Happy Hour – 5:30-7:30 p.m. – live music in the AK Café featuring Bill Bates.
  • Gallery Talk – Shantell Martin: Someday We Can – 6-6:30 and 7-7:30 p.m. – free lecture with Public Art Project Coordinator Zack Boehler in the Sculpture Court.
  • Performance: Baila Dance – 7:30-8:30 p.m. – free in the Auditorium.
  • Studio Art Class for Adults: Monoprint – 7:30-9:30 p.m. – free for members, $10 for non-members.
  • Yoga in the Sculpture Court – 8:30-9:30 p.m.  (SOLD OUT)
Registration is required for many classes and events – call 716-270-8292 to register and find more information at www.albrightknox.org.