Party On

Charitable events and revelry for a cause in March

Bloody Mary Festival image courtesy of BMF


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



Blues and Brews

6–10:30 p.m., March 3, at the Ellicott Square Building, 295 Main Street

Support the services of Kevin Guest House by enjoying brews from Flying Bison and Labatt and barbecue from Dinosaur BBQ. The event features live blues from Hayden Fogle Band and DJ Seitz & Sounds.

Call 882-1818 or visit


Loot & Laughter Dinner

5:30–9:30 p.m., March 4, at Michael’s Catering, 4885 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg

Enjoy an evening of stand-up comedy with Nick Siracuse and headliner Michael Harrison, as well as dinner, dessert, a large theme raffle, and special auctions. Proceeds support Suburban Adult Services, Inc.

Call 805-1555 or visit


Buffalo Bloody Mary Festival

1-4 p.m., March 5, at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson Street

Ten local bars and restaurants—including Billy Club, Colter Bay, Pasión, SEAR, and Winfield’s—vie for the honor of Buffalo’s Best Bloody Mary at this festive event, which features a DJ, balloon sculptures, garnish bar, and special appearances by Buffalo Collective, SPACE, and others. The event is presented by Compeer, which matches caring friends and mentors with individuals who are striving for good mental health. It is hosted by Step Out Buffalo, the local event and entertainment website. 

This event is sold out, but visit (or their Facebook event page) to find out about special ticket giveaways.


Twenty-third Annual Fabulous Feast

6–10 p.m., March 18, at the Connecticut Street Armory, 184 Connecticut Street

Mingle with Shakespearean characters, enjoy music, and witness period-appropriate entertainment at this long-running fundraiser. The event also includes cocktails, a multicourse meal, and other refreshments. Proceeds support free Shakespeare productions in Delaware Park every summer. 

Call 856-4533 or visit


EPIC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Celebration

Noon–3:30 p.m., March 19, at The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, 414 Delaware Avenue

Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a performance by the Clann Na Cara Irish Dancers, and spectacular views of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade from the Mansion’s front parlors. Proceeds support the work of Every Person Influences Children.

Call 332-4100 or visit



Hot off the Press Happy Hour

5:30–7:30 p.m., March 22, at Adam Mickiewicz Library, 612 Fillmore Avenue

Mingle with Spree staff, writers, and the fascinating people featured in the April issue at Buffalo’s oldest Polish-American institution (founded in 1895). It’s fitting, because April’s theme is Western New York’s Polish heritage. Enjoy complimentary snacks, drink specials, a free copy of the new Spree, and our new trivia contest. 

Contact Angela Gambacorta at 972-2244 or



Taste of Paradise

6–9 p.m., March 31, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue

Enjoy tropical drinks from Captain Morgan, snacks from a wide range of local restaurants, raffle prizes, and live entertainment at this sneak preview of the spring flower show at the Gardens. Participants are encouraged to wear pirate/tropical attire.

Call 827-1584 or visit



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


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