Party On

Revelry for a cause in January

Lumagination Launch Party is January 24 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens


Every month, Spree lists special events at Western New York’s many cultural and nonprofit organizations, fundraisers for area charities, and other happenings for good causes, including those we organize or coorganize. Do you have an event that should be included here? Contact us at The listing deadline for the March issue is January 15.


Twelfth Night Ball

7–11 p.m., January 7, at Old Fort Niagara, Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown

Call 745-7611 or visit

Enjoy an evening of English country dancing and refreshments in an eighteenth century tavern setting. 


The Premier

5:30 p.m., January 14, at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, 310 Fourth Street, Niagara Falls

Contact Julia Clark at 278-4570 or visit

This annual benefit for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is a winter highlight. It includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and a program, followed by dancing, featuring Party on the Moon. Honorees this year include Komal Chandon and James Roscetti.


Grain Alley Gala

7 p.m., January 21, Barrel Factory, 65 Vandalia Street

Contact Brad Hahn at 245-3032 or visit

Benefitting Explore Buffalo, tickets to this annual gala include refreshments and tours of Lakeward Distillery inside the Barrel Factory. There will also be silent and live auctions, including local art and a chance to have lunch with local movers and shakers like Rocco Termini, Bob Wilmers, and Leslie Zemsky.


Breath of Life Gala

6 p.m., January 21, Hyatt Regency, 2 Fountain Plaza

Contact Kristina Burow at 204-2535 or visit

This elegant black tie affair benefits the local chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It includes a cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, and an after-party with a dessert reception and band.


Lumagination Launch Party

6–9 p.m., January 24, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue

Contact 827-1584 or visit

Be among the first to see the spectacular annual winter light show inside the Botanical Gardens; enjoy specialty coctails, light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, a basket raffle, and more. 



Buffalo Spree’s Hot Off the Press Happy Hour

5:30–7:30 p.m., January 25, Lockhouse Distillery, 41 Columbia Street

Check out our Facebook event for more information or email

Welcome to a brand-new season of Spree happy hours, which celebrate every new issue of Spree. This year, we’re adding to the excitement with contests and giveaways, as well as the usual delicious complimentary snacks and drink specials. Meet the people who make Spree happen and have fun exploring Lockhouse’s Cobblestone District headquarters. Tastings from both Lockhouse and Community Beer Works will be available.


Do you have an event that should be included here? Contact us at The listing deadline for the March issue is January 15​.


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