National Buffalo Wing Festival – Saturday and Sunday, September 3-4, at Coca Cola Field in downtown Buffalo. The annual celebration of Buffalo’s gift to the food world features live music, eating contests, a kids’ zone and, of course, lots of chicken wings. Admission is $5 each day, free for kids 8 and under – food tickets are $1 each. Hours are Saturday noon-9 p.m. and Sunday noon-7 p.m.
Music is Art Festival – Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. in Delaware Park behind the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The 14th annual festival will feature more than 100 bands on six stages along with artists, six live DJ stages, performance artists, dancers, a kids’ village, food and beverages, and more.
Curtain Up! 2016 –Friday, September 16 in the Theatre District of downtown Buffalo and many other area theatres. The curtain raises on the 2016-17 theatre season at 8 p.m. at 15 venues throughout the Buffalo-Niagara area, including Alleyway Theatre, Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, Lancaster Opera House, MusicalFare Theatre and O’Connell & Company at Shea’s Smith Theatre. After the final act, the wrap-up party kicks off with free outdoor entertainment in the Theatre District until 1 a.m.
Ballpark Brew Bash – Saturday, September 24 from 4-7 p.m. at Coca Cola Field. This 21-and-over event, presented by Consumer’s Beverages, will feature more than 50 breweries from the Western New York area and around the world and much more. General admission tickets for the Ballpark Brew Bash are $35 in advance, $45 at the door; VIP tickets are $75 (includes admission at 3 p.m., special brews and food), and designated driver tickets are $5 at the door. Tickets are available at all Consumer’s Beverages, the Buffalo Bisons ticket office on Swan St. or online at www.tickets.com.
Niagara Wine Trail Harvest Festival – Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25 at participating wineries on the trail. The festival features wine pairings with harvest-themed foods. Tickets are valid for both days and include three tastings and food samples at your choice of 10 wineries and a commemorative wine glass at the starting winery. Hours for the event are Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.; tickets are $22 in advance (through Thursday, September 22) and $27 at the door.