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An opinionated to-do list for July

Silo City Reading Series


Because it can get rather warm in Western New York in July, we’re sharing a to-do list that features events that take place both indoors and out, and during the day and night. Of course, it may be rather cold, too, with lows in the lower sixties. Who knows?! Whether sweltering or freezing, we’ve got you covered.



My Pick

Silo City Reading Series

This popular multidisciplinary literary series features several artists. Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, whose first collection of poems, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much was released in 2016. dev11n is a singer, songwriter, and poetic lyricist from Buffalo, with a jazz-influenced style and thought-provoking lyrics. Tom Dreitlein is a poet from Rochester and a teaching artist at the Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology. Carlie Todoro-Rickus is a visual artist working in light, creating light sculptures, environments, and installations. All readings are free and open to the public and will take place in Silo City’s Marine A.

July 21, 7 p.m. at Silo City Row, Buffalo, (justbuffalo.org or 832-5400)



Oldsmobile Car and Boat Regatta

Ease into the Independence Day festivities with this free and super cool car and boat show, billed as Thunder at the Outer Harbor. This unique event features fly-by heats of vintage hydroplanes, jersey speed skiffs, classic wooden boats, and offshore powerboats. This is a judged show, with class awards, special awards, and four Best of Show. Plus, food stands, indoor and outdoor events, and live music by Kathy Lynn and the Playboys.

July 1, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. at Buffalo Outer Harbor (325 Fuhrmann Blvd.; outerharborbuffalo.com or 824-2368)


Kellogg Observatory Grand Opening Weekend Celebration

We’ve waited a long time, Buffalo, and it’s finally happening! The historic landmark has silently anchored Buffalo’s East Side for nearly two decades, and it’s finally ready to open the skies for a whole new generation of explorers. The Museum offers extended hours (10 a.m.–11 p.m.) to the community both days for guests to participate in hands-on, astronomy-related activities, and have access the roof deck solar telescopes and newly renovated Kellogg Observatory restored Lundin Telescope (first come, first served).

July 14–July 15 at Buffalo Science Museum (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.; sciencebuff.org or 896-5200 ext. 345)


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

Reserve this Saturday in July for a day (and night) trip to gorgeous Chautauqua. During the day, picnic by the lake, visit the quirky/cool campus, maybe go to a winetasting at a nearby vineyard. Then head over to the Ampitheater for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has Potter-philes quivering in their pointy hats. This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in high-definition, on a giant screen, while a live orchestra performs John Williams’s unforgettable score. This just might be the ultimate film experience.

July 28, 8:15 p.m. at Chautauqua Amphitheater, 31 Roberts Ave.; chq.org; 357 6250)


Live Well Buffalo

The folks at Step Out Buffalo want to encourgage Buffalonians to live their best lives. This event promotes mind and body wellness while showcasing its attainability and accessibility here in the Queen City. Look forward to fitness classes, healthy food vendors, and related shopping and educational experiences and learning about fun options in our area.

July 29, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. at Outer Harbor (225 Furhmann Blvd.; stepoutbuffalo.com)


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