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Plantasia Rocks! –Thursday through Sunday, March 31-April 3 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall. All four days will feature unique seminars, special events including the Children’s Garden from the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, live music and entertainment and a live radio broadcast featuring Domenic Cortese. Hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults (coupon for $1 off here), $7 for seniors (60+ - no additional discount) and free for kids 12 and under. Find out more about Plantasia at www.plantasiany.com.
Maple Weekend – Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3 at maple producers across New York State. Among the participating area venues: the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd. in Amherst), Schumacher Farm (10217 Mill Rd. in Medina), Maple Glen Sugar House (2266 Gowanda Zoar Rd. in Gowanda), and the Genesee Country Village and Museum (1410 Flint Rd. in Mumford). Find more venues and more information here.
Biennial Quilt Show – Friday through Sunday, April 22-24 at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd. in Amherst. The Quilters Gild presents this show during even-numbered years in April, featuring quilts, wall hangings, wearables and more – categories are adjudicated and awards are presented. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday – cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and BNHV members and $2 for kids under 12.
Sips, Suds and Sweets – Thursday, April 28 from 6-9 p.m. at Fox Run at Orchard Park, One Fox Run in Orchard Park. This is a beer, wine and dessert tasting with more than two dozen vendors plus live music, silent auctions, basket raffles and more – event supports the Senior Wishes organization.
Knox Farm Spring Art Fest – Friday through Sunday, April 29-May 1 in the Main House at the Knox Farm, 437 Buffalo Rd. in East Aurora. The event will feature 70 artists from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca, set up throughout the mansion. Friday is Preview Night from 6-9 p.m. ($10 admission), while hours on Saturday and Sunday are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ($5 admission).