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An opinionated to-do list for September

National Buffalo Wing Festival


I would never complain about the heat, but…dang! This was a hot summer. It’ll be great to celebrate the end of the ’90s (degrees) with a pile of steaming hot wings early this month and then run off some of those kcals near the Falls the following week. Plus, we’ve got some weird and creative artsy stuff to share. Autumn, you’re looking super cool already.


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National Buffalo Wing Festival

What better way to celebrate Labor Day in Buffalo than with chicken wings? Although you may get more than you bargain for at this celebration of all things wings. Sure, there are loads of Frank’s-and-butter wings, but be ready to consider peanut-butter-and-jelly wings and a host of other don’t-knock-it-til-you-try-it flavors, sauces, and preparations. This is the festival’s seventeenth year, and it’s recognized as one of the best in the country, drawing over 50,000 people and donating nearly half a million dollars to local charities so far.

Sept. 1–2, Saturday 12–9 p.m., Sunday 12–7 p.m. at Coca-Cola Field (275 Washington St.; buffalowing.com or 479-6545)



Funtcase & Cookie Monsta

You guys. I googled this as I was putting the calendar together just to make sure it was all spelled correctly (it is). But then I stumbled across mesmerizing videos of this show and it is 100% bananas. Even with the volume nearly all the way down on my computer, I could tell this show was loud. If you like dubstep, DJs, pulsing lights, shirtless sweaty white dudes, and wearing a bandana around your face like an old-timey Western outlaw, do not miss this show. Bring earplugs.

Sept. 7, 8 p.m. at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.; townballroom.com or 852-3900)


Walk the Falls 2018

Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative hosts its second annual Walk the Falls where folks come together to connect the city back to the magnificent waterfront. This community event begins at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, where participants can run, cycle, or walk together northward to gorgeous Whirlpool State Park for fun and community building through a free meal and engaging family-friendly activities. At the finish line, there will be a sidewalk chalk gallery to help bring the community vision together. (The event is free, but participants are asked to preregister at healthierniagarafalls.org to ensure enough food and t-shirts for everyone.)

Sept. 8, registration 9 a.m. at Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, Niagara Falls State Park, with staggered ride/walk times beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Lewiston Harvest & Hops Festival

So, this used to be just the Lewiston Harvest Festival. Which was cool. Apples. Crafts involving corn. Dish towels and doilies replete with pumpkins. But, a couple years ago, they added hops to the mix and created a whole new animal. An animal with beer. Suddenly scarecrows got way more interesting. Explore (honestly really great) craft vendors and local beer brewers at this charming and expanding annual event.

Sept. 22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at Village of Lewiston (Center Street, Lewiston; niagarariverregion.com or 754-9500)


Book release: Buffalo Trace - A Threefold Vibration

It’s been said that this is a strange, original, wonderful book. It is! At a time when the university humanities are under siege, this heady, fascinating trio of novella-length autobiographical accounts  of grad school literary studies by Mary Cappello, James Morrison, and Jean Walton is an absolute treat: bracingly honest, self-aware, witty, probing, exquisitely written, lucid, and humane. The event is being co-sponsored by Talking Leaves Bookstore.

7:30 p.m., Sept. 28 at Hallwalls (Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.; hallwalls.org or 854-1694)


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