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An opinionated to-do list for May

Cherry blossoms surround the History Museum and Japanese Garden this month.


It’s festival season once again, and we we’re happy to share samples of some of the earliest. Enjoy the leisurely pace of activities in late spring, because it’s about to get a lot more hectic. Stay tuned in the coming months for Spree’s special summer calendars highlighting the best outdoor fun in Western New York, including concerts, fairs, garden events, movies, tours, and more.



My Pick

Cherry Blossom Festival

Now in its fifth year, this five-day festival is a celebration of Buffalo’s Cherry Tree Grove in the Japanese Garden Delaware Park and a favorite of Western New Yorkers for the art, music, performances, parades, and family fun. The grounds of the iconic Buffalo History Museum serve as the background for scores of cherry trees in full bloom. Take a stroll beneath a canopy of pink and white petals, make your way down to the gorgeous lake replete with Japanese lanterns, and soak in that long-awaited spring warmth.

May 2–6 at The Buffalo History Museum (One Museum Court; buffalocherryblossomfestival.org or  838-1249)



Mental Health Awareness Fair and Flash Mob

One in four people deals with some sort of mental illness. Rather than feeling stigmatized, let’s celebrate Mental Health Month and learn about mental health issues and resources at this informational fair. Attendees are encouraged to wear light green to show support of mental health awareness and join the flash mob at noon in the front plaza.

May 3, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at Downtown Central Library (1 Lafayette Sq.rsiwny.org or 832-2141 x 230)


World’s Largest Yard Sale

This is not your typical tag sale. For starters, it’s an indoor event, so there’s no chance of getting rained out. You will find plenty of merchandise from more than 300 vendors, including crafters, home-based companies, food stalls, and more. The sale takes place throughout the events center, marketplace, expo hall, and even outside and under the family entertainment center. If you’re looking to buy local, this is a one-stop shop for gifts for Mother’s Day, teachers, graduates, and Father’s Day.

May 11–12 at Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg; the-fairgrounds.com/event/worlds-largest-yard-sale or 649-3900)


Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit Opening

The event features artisans age seventeen and older from the Niagara Frontier region, Western and Central New York, and Ontario, Canada, who work in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media. You’ll see new (created within the past three years) original paintings, drawings, collages, photographs, and sculpture—both indoor and out—never before seen at Kenan. It’s a great opportunity to see what’s new in the local art scene.

May 20, 5–9 p.m., exhibit open through July 8 at Kenan Center Gallery (433 Locust St., Lockport; kenancenter.org or 443-2617)


A Taste of Lewiston

This charming village is home to some of the best festivals in Western New York, and Lewiston has positioned its latest fest as of the region’s premier culinary events. The village’s historic look and quaint feel offer an inviting atmosphere where attendees can sample food and drink from local vendors, including wine from Longcliff, Lakeland, Freedom Run, Victorianbourg, and Flight of Five wineries, and food from Dicamillo Bakery, Carmelo’s, Brickyard, Casa Antica, Apple Granny, Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen, and more.

May 26, 12–8 p.m. along Center Street, Lewiston (niagarariverregion.com or 754-9500)   


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