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City of Night Shines this Weekend



City of Night, a multi-disciplinary arts event, returns to Buffalo’s Silo City on June 28 with a VIP preview night June 27. Located at the internationally renowned and historic grain elevators on the waterfront in Buffalo, New York, this magical and illuminating event promises great art, music, food and drink, and a surprise around every corner. Guests will be treated to stunning art installations, interactive exhibits, live performances, an indie art fair, and have the opportunity to talk to representatives from organizations that champion the City of Night core themes: Art, History, Culture, and Sustainability.


The organizers of the event, Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo (ELAB), have made available a limited number of VIP tickets (400 maximum) for a the preview night, Friday June 27 from 8–11 p .m. The $100-ticket entitles holders to a multitude of benefits, from a first look at the amazing art to transportation to food and drink to a kickin’ dance party. City of Night coordinators will also give tours and offer a little bit of history.


VIP guests will experience the event with a very small crowd. “It’s really an exclusive preview experience,” says Dana Saylor, event coordinator.

Other exclusive VIP perks include:

  • Exclusive menu from Lloyd Taco Trucks
  • Open bar with local beer and wine from Flying Bison and Leonard Oakes Winery
  • Live entertainment in the stylish and comfortable lounge created the American Warehouse by local interior designer Suzanne Eberhardt
  • Dance party with Spooky Business, a DJ duo, who will be spinning from 8-11 in the grain elevators
  • Special Bollywood dance performances
  • Gratis round-trip water ferry ride to and from Canalside courtesy of Queen City Ferry


If this list isn’t spectacular enough, a trailer of bathrooms is available for exclusive use of VIP ticket holders on the preview night and the day of the main event. (That alone may be worth the price of admission.) There will also be a dedicated cash bar for VIP guests so they won’t have to wait in line to buy drinks—which makes the dedicated bathrooms all the more appealing.

Visit the City of Night website to get more information, purchase tickets, or sign up to volunteer on Saturday.


Getting there

There is no parking at the event site unless you have a handicapped tag. Attendees are encouraged to leave their cars behind and take advantage of many alternate transit options including the water ferry, NFTA bus routes, bicycling, and carpooling to the Old First Ward, just across the Ohio Street Bridge from the event. Wear comfortable shoes that are suitable for walking on uneven ground in an industrial environment. And bring a jacket in case it gets cool later in the evening. Silo City is located at 100 Childs Street.



Wendy Guild Swearingen is writer, editor, and frequent contributor to Buffalo Spree.

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