Festival Calendar / August 2018
Erie County Fair is August 8–19
Erie County Fair photo courtesy of the Erie County Agricultural Society
Niagara County Fair
The largest youth fair in the state includes local events, live music, shows, contests, food, rides, and more. Perfect for the whole family!
Runs August 1 at 10 a.m. through August 5 at 11 p.m. at the Niagara County Fairgrounds (4487 Lake Ave., Lockport)
Lucille Ball Comedy Fest and National Comedy Center Opening Celebration
The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is an annual event featuring more than fifty shows including headlining stand-up performances, dialogues about the craft of comedy, and showcases featuring the best of the industry’s rising talent.
Located in several different venues in downtown Jamestown. See the website for more information. (lucycomedyfest.com or 484 0800)
Eden Corn Festival
The 55th annual Eden Corn Festival is a place to try new foods, midway rides, a tractor pull, and square dancing! The Festival also includes an arts and craft show, auto show, musical entertainers, animal shows, contests and more.
Thursday August 2, 3–11 p.m.; Friday August 3, 3 p.m.–12 a.m.; Saturday August 4, noon–midnight.; Sunday August 5, noon–10 p.m. at American Legion Post 880 grounds (Legion Drive in Eden off Route US-62; edencornfest.com)
AUGUST 3 & 4
Wine Education Series at Keuka Spring Vineyards
The wine tasting at Keuka Spring Vineyards in August, “Merlot & Mignon,” features a library tasting of Keuka Spring wines on the patio overlooking Keuka Lake.
Keuka Spring Vineyards (243 Route 54, East Lake Road, Penn Yan; KeukaSpringWinery.com)
America’s Grape County’s Wine & Food Festival
Be a part of this year’s wine and food festival and sample many different foods and wines while having fun in a beautiful location. Highlights include the 6th Annual Lake Shore Street Rod Association Classic Car Show.
Kick-off party begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. on Aug. 3; Aug. 4, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Aug. 5, noon–5 p.m. at Chautauqua County Fairgrounds (1089 Central Ave., Dunkirk; agcwinefestival.com)
AUGUST 4 & 5
Down Home Country Weekend
Brewfest supports The Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center Foundation and features over 100 unique craft brews from over forty local, regional, and national brewers.
5–9:30 p.m. at Buffalo Riverworks (359 Ganson St.; buffalobrewfest.org)
AUGUST 11 & 12
Lewiston Art Festival
Lewiston’s signature event, now in its 52nd year, features work by more than 175 exceptional artists and fine crafters. Meet the artists one-on-one and enjoy more than 20,000 original works of art, plus food, music, and a competitive chalkfest.
Aug. 11, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. & Aug. 12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Village of Lewiston (Center St., Lewiston; artcouncil.org or 754-0166)
Taste of Ellicottville
This family-friendly event celebrates Ellicottville’s twenty amazing and diverse restaurants surrounded by fun and exciting street performers. Judges sample each restaurants signature dish in front of a live audience.
Noon–4 p.m. each day at Village of Ellicottville (Ellicottville; ellicottvilleny.com or 699-5046)
Taste of Lockport
The 18th annual Taste of Lockport features delicious bites from local restaurants, wineries, and farms. Enjoy a day in the park, with food, live entertainment, contests, arts and crafts, and fun for the whole family.
11 a.m.–7 p.m. on Main St. between Cottage & Elm Sts. in Lockport; lockport businessassociation.com)
Ukrainian Heritage Festival
Celebrate Ukrainian heritage while tasting traditional ethnic Ukrainian dishes and listening to live music and entertainment.
Noon–10 p.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church (200 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga; holytrinitybuffalo.com)
AUGUST 18 & 19
Buffalo Niagara Scottish Festival
Have an unforgettable weekend at this Scottish cultural heritage festival. Featuring events such as; highland games, gathering of the clans and pipe bands, world class music, dancing and workshops, Celtic marketplace, local craft beer, wine, mead, and Scotch, Scottish food, and, band and solo pipe and drum competitions.
Aug. 18, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. & Aug. 19, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst; bnhv.org or 689-1440)
Chautauqua Institution’s Food and Film Festival
Filmmakers and film and food lovers gather for a festival featuring screenings, conversations, and great food and craft beverages throughout the grounds. In addition, Bestor Plaza comes alive with a daily roster of food-and-drink-themed events from cooking demonstrations and competitions to interactive experience and tastings prepared by the best regional restaurants, farms, wineries, breweries and distilleries.
Check the website for more details (chq.org/foodfestival)
Night Lights Music Festival
Attendees can enjoy music from over thirty different musical acts, plus camping under the stars, art installations, local craft vendors, and great food at this three-day festival.
From August 23 at noon. to August 25 at 1 a.m. at The Heron Farm & Event Center (2361 Wait Corners Rd., Sherman; nightlightsfest.com)
Buffalo Irish Festival
Celebrate the rich Irish heritage of Buffalo with Seamus Kennedy, Glengharry Bhoys, Dady brothers, and much more!
Aug. 24, 4–11 p.m., Aug. 25, 11 a.m.–11 p.m., & Aug. 26, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. at Festival Grounds at the Pier (325 Fuhrmann Blvd.; buffaloirish.com)
AUGUST 24 & 25
The Northwest Jazz Festival
See thirty live performances featuring some of the top jazz musicians in the last thirty years across five stages throughout the heart of Lewiston.
Performances begin by 5 p.m. on Aug. 24 located along Center Street in Historic Lewiston, (lewistonjazz.com or 754-9500)
AUGUST 25 & 26
Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts
With more than 170 artists selling work in sixteen different media and over fifty performances on three stages, you’re sure to see something interesting. Plus Kidsfest, where children complete hands-on arts projects, watch youth-oriented performances, and march in Sunday’s Kidsfest parade.
Aug. 25, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Aug. 26, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Elmwood Ave. (Between St. James and West Ferry Streets; eafa.techriver.net)
Check out more events for the month here!