August 2012: Festival Calendar
Through Aug. 19
Shakespeare in Delaware Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
7:30 p.m. every night except Monday in Delaware Park.
716-856-4533 / shakespeareindelawarepark.org
The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, 2 W. Third St., Jamestown. The annual “Lucille Ball festival of comedy” features performers Lucie Arnaz and Paula Poundstone.
716-484-0800 / lucy-desi.com
Eden Corn Festival
5–11 p.m. on Aug. 2, noon–midnight on Aug. 3, 11 a.m.–midnight on Aug. 4, and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Eden Legion Grounds, Rte. 62, Eden. The forty-ninth annual fest devoted to corn features family food and fun, including a parade.
716-992-9141 / edencornfest.com
Taste of Williamsville
Noon–9 p.m. at Island Park, Main St., Williamsville. Food from more than twenty restaurants, music, children’s events, and a pie-baking contest at noon.
Darien Lake, 9993 Alleghany Rd., Darien Center. One of the nation’s leading family Christian music festivals grows larger every year.
800-461-4485 / kingdombound.com
Erie County Fair
Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg. It is year 173 for this WNY institution, known for its food, games, animals, and people watching. See ecfair.org for a full list of concerts; this year features Victoria Justice on Aug. 11 and Blake Shelton on Aug. 16.
716-649-3900 / ecfair.org
5:30–9:30 p.m. at First Niagara Center, One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza. More than 100 different beers available for a true “beer-tasting” experience. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center Foundation and the New York State Brewers Association.
The Smokin’ Eagles International BBQ Festival
Starting at noon on Aug. 10, and 9 a.m. Aug. 11–12, Tonawanda Gateway Harbor, Tonawanda. Year five of barbecue, drinks, and music in Tonawanda.
716-695-3755 / sebbq.com
MidSummer’s Night Adventure
Starting at 5 p.m. at Penn Dixie Paleontological & Outdoor Education Center, 4050 North St., Blasdell. Collect fossils and view the stars.
716-627-4560 / penndixie.org
Lewiston Art Festival
10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Center St., Lewiston. Lewiston’s signature event turns forty-six with music, street performers, art, food, workshops, and demonstrations. The KeyBank Chalk Walk Competition will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on August 11.
716-754-0166 / artcouncil.org
ChalkFest Buffalo 2012
Noon–5 p.m. on the 500 block of Main St.; adult party with live music from 5 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 11. A two-day family-friendly event focusing on the use of chalk as a medium for art.
America’s Grape Country Wine Festival
Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, Dunkirk. The largest state-wide wine festival in New York State, with wine and food vendors and a concert from the Guess Who.
888-965-4800 / agcwinefestival.com
Taste of Ellicottville
Noon–4 p.m. in Ellicottville. Sample food from more than twenty Ellicottville restaurants.
800-349-9099 / ellicottvilleny.com
Newfane Town Celebration Weekend
Main St. (Rte. 78), Newfane. The twenty-sixth annual weekend of Newfane fun, with a bike cruise, parade, and more.
716-417-6791 / newfanetowncelebration.com
A new festival for cycling enthusiasts, offering a variety of races and events.
Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst. Celebrate and experience Scottish culture with traditional music, food, pipers, drums, dancers, vendors, and clans.
716-689-1440 / amherstmuseum.org
Taking it to the Streets
Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, between Fillmore and Best. The twenty-fourth annual crusade, rally, and summer festival features music, food, and more.
716-891-4760 / 716-507-1931
Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival
Center St., Lewiston. A hugely popular musicfest featuring a mix of Grammy winners, jazz legends, and rising stars.
716-754-8271 / lewistonjazz.com
Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival
6–10 p.m. Aug. 24 and 9 a.m.–11 p.m. Aug. 25, on Rte. 394, Mayville. The annual “Gathering of the Clans” features music from the 96th Highlanders, food, and drink.
(814) 323-7360 / 96thhighlanders.com
Buffalo Irish Festival
5–11 p.m. Aug. 24, noon–11 p.m. Aug. 25, and noon–9 p.m. Aug. 26 at Canalside, 44 Prime St. The thirty-first annual festival features Irish music and entertainment, genealogy experts, food, drink, and vendors.
716-743-9348 / buffaloirish.com
Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts
10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Aug. 25 and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Aug. 26, on Elmwood Ave., between W. Ferry and Lafayette Ave. Local art, musical performances, environmental demonstrations, and Kidsfest highlight this Elmwood favorite.
716-830-2484 / elmwoodartfest.org