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An opinionated to-do list for October

Local Restaurant Week is October 15-21.

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If you can’t find something fun/delicious/exhilarating to do in Western New York in October, you’re not trying very hard. Check out our Halloween and harvest happenings special calendar in addition to our regular agenda if you need more ideas. For me, this curated list has a little of everything I like best: poetry, music, fall festivities, food, and drunk people in costumes. It’s the simple things.


My Pick:

Local Restaurant Week

It’s that time of year again! Support independent, locally owned Buffalo restaurants. This exciting renaissance that is WNY Local Restaurant Week is possible because of the support of area diners and the tempting dining experiences served up by our superb independent local restaurants. It has become the largest independent-only restaurant week concept in the country. Make your reservations now!

October 15 through 21 at various locations. (localrestaurantweek.com)



The Write Thing Reading Series

Perry S. Nicholas, an English professor at Erie Community College, kicks off this reading series sponsored by the Medaille College English Program in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Nicholas is an accomplished poet, publishing a textbook of poetry prompts, three full-length and five chapbooks of original poetry, and one poetry CD, as well as hosting several poetry venues throughout WNY. See his work at perrynicholas.com.  

October 4 at 7 p.m., 4th floor Café, Main Building at Medaille College (18 Agassiz Circle; 880-2228)


Spin Cycle

Formed in 2014, Spin Cycle is a collaborative band that can be lighthearted, serious, funky or abstract but always with a groove and without musical boundaries. A single song might contain influences from modal Coltrane, introspective free jazz, New Orleans funk, or the no holds barred energy of punk. Spin Cycle is led by saxophonist Tom Christensen and drummer Scott Neumann and plays an eclectic blend of hard hitting original music composed by the members of the band, four veterans of the New York City freelance jazz scene.

October 6 at 8 p.m. at PAUSA Art House (19 Wadsworth St.; pausaarthouse.com or 697-9069)


Allentown Fall Festival

This celebration of autumn, put on with partner organization, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historical Site, is going to be a little bit smaller this year due to construction, but it still is chock full o’ fall fun. Mark the changing of the season with live music, food, drinks, and artisan vendors for all of the harvest season’s best finds. There will be family friendly activities as in past years: a pumpkin patch, face painting,  hay rides, a petting zoo, live entertainment, and more! Streets are closed from Delaware Avenue to Main Street.

October 13 all day, Allen Street (allentown.org/allentown-fall-festival)


Halloween BOO’zin Bar Crawl

This could get ugly. Like, really, really ugly. It could also be hilariously fun. This scary thing is starting early! Picture witches, zombies, creeps, and ghouls (and all their “sexy” iterations) crawling up and down West Chippewa Street Halloween style. Dress to impress in your spookiest attire and get ready to BOOze your way down the Avenue. Recommended: designated driver.

October 27, 2–9 p.m. starting at Venu (75 West Chippewa St.; www.ticketfly.com)


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