|Luna, circa 2013|
September is a time for harvest events, music, craft beer and theatre – plus the long-awaited opening of a new exhibit at the Buffalo Zoo. Just because school is back in session doesn’t mean you can’t fill up the weekends with fun!
Arctic Edge at the Zoo – we’re all hoping sweet little Luna will be making an appearance at the Buffalo Zoo when her new home, the Arctic Edge, is opened to the public on Saturday, September 12. It’s a 1.5-acre exhibit with two polar bear enclosures and underwater viewing areas for Luna and her mama, Anana. Also housed in the exhibit are American bald eagles, Eurasian lynx and arctic wolves.
Celebrate fall – autumn in the Buffalo-Niagara region is beautiful, and there are a number of places to celebrate the season beginning this month, including Becker Farms in Gasport, the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence and Pumpkinville in Great Valley (near Ellicottville).
Music Is Art with the Goo Goo Dolls – the Music Is Art Festival, Saturday, September 12, is in its 13th year, and this year is extra-special, as it’s headlined by Robby Takac’s band, the Goo Goo Dolls. The festival, at Marcy Casino in Delaware Park, features more than 100 bands, DJs, performance artists, a kids’ zone and much more – and admission is free! Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Buffalo Beer Week – actually, more like 10 days, but when you’re celebrating beer, who’s really counting?! From Saturday, September 26 through Monday, October 5, beers from Buffalo and around the world will be celebrated with a number of events, including the Ballpark Brew Bash on September 26. Find out more about the festival here.
Curtain Up! – Buffalo’s theatre season opens up with this downtown celebration on Friday, September 18. The 34th annual event has three “acts”: dinner and cocktails at a restaurant in the Theatre District or at Shea’s Performing Arts Center; a show at one of the area’s theatres; and a street party when the show is over. There are 15 theatres participating in the event, with “curtain up” at 8 p.m. at all of them – find a complete list and more information here.