Festival Calendar / July 2018
UB on the Green
UB on the Green - July 18 and 25
This free outdoor, alcohol-free, family-friendly festival is where the campus meets the community on the iconic South Campus Hayes Hall Lawn. Learn about various university resources in fun and engaging ways on both days of the event, while listening to great local music.
6–8 p.m. on both days at Hayes Hall lawn on the South Campus (buffalo.edu)
The 27th Annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival
A summer tradition since 1992, the festival brings thousands of music lovers to the rolling hills of Western New York. Enjoy the Independence Day weekend with a wide variety of live original music on three stages, instrument workshops, dance lessons, and activities for both children and teens.
The Heron Farm and Event Centre (2361 Waits Corners Rd., Sherman; greatblueheron.com)
Queen of Heaven Carnival
Free admission and free parking make it easy to enjoy this old school lawn fete, which features a large midway. New for this year are craft beers and specialty food vendors.
Begins at 5 p.m. at (4220 Seneca St., West Seneca; qofhcarnival.com or 674-3468)
Taste of Buffalo
More than 55 restaurants, 5 wineries, and 450,000 guests gather downtown to enjoy “fun by the forkful.” Experience the largest two-day food festival in the US.
July 7, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. & July 8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Delaware Avenue (Downtown Buffalo, from Chippewa street to Niagara Square; tasteofbuffalo.com)
Cheektowaga Art Guild Arts and Crafts Fair
The Cheektowaga Art Guild has promoted and supported creative arts for 51 years. This arts and crafts show offers cultural activities, as well as the opportunity to purchase handmade goods from artists.
Cheektowaga Town Park (Harlem Rd., Cheektowaga; cheektowagaartguild.com)
Italian Heritage Festival
Expand beyond the limitations of the city streets and traditional vendors with new faces serving the best of Italian cuisine. Enjoy great live entertainment nightly.
Outer Harbor (225 Fuhrmann Blvd.; buffaloitalianfestival.com)
The international Friendship Festival celebrates the the good relations between Canada and the United States of America since the end of the War of 1812. Enjoy 4 days of family fun with loads of activities, free concerts, and much more.
All day events at Mather Park, Mather Cir, Fort Erie, Ontario, L2A 1B1 (friendshipfestival.com)
Waldfest delivers a German-themed beerfest in the woods. A little under-the-radar, but still super popular, Waldfest offers attendees authentic German music, food, dancing, and, of course, beer.
All day at Spring Garden Park (3838 Two Rod Rd., East Aurora; springarden.com)
Eight days of a wide variety of food, music, and nightly events including a two-day craft show featuring 250 vendors from around the area. The event closes with a fireworks display along the Erie Canal.
Erie Canal (15 Webster Street, North Tonawanda; canalfest.org)
Wines in the Wild
Enjoy a summer evening sipping wine and beer from specialty vendors right next to your favorite animal friends. You can even try your luck at the basket and silent auctions!
5:30–9 p.m. (Buffalo Zoo; tickets at buffalozoo.org)
Buffalo Spree Best of WNY
Buffalo Spree magazine’s twelfth annual Best Of list covers dining, theater, visual art, music, politics, sports, media, shopping, services, natural beauty, and more.
5:30–7 p.m. for VIP guests; 7-10 p.m. for general admission (Larkin Square; 745 Seneca St.; buffalospree.com or 783-9119)
Scandinavian Folk Festival
Celebrate the 16th annual Scandinavian Folk Festival featuring The Wife Carrying Contest, based on Finnish traditions, returning this year.
Begins on July 20 at 1 p.m., Gerry Rodeo Grounds (Gerry; scandinavianjamestown.org)
Grease Pole Festival
Celebrate Puerto Rican culture with music, dancing, and live entertainment. There will, of course, be plenty of authentic food and beverages, as well as carnival rides. The highlight of the weekend will be the climbing, or should we say the attempt at climbing, the greased pole.
Begins at 5 p.m. on July 20, runs 12–11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; located at Olivencia Community Center (261 Swan St.; FB @puchossocialclub)
The 34th Annual Burger Fest
Burger Fest celebrates the creation of the first hamburger during the Erie County Fair at the Hamburg Fairgrounds in 1885. The one-day festival has something for everyone, from Kidspace children’s inflatable rides and activities, an arts and crafts show and sale, the classic car show, and the Labatt beer tent.
All day along Main and Buffalo Streets and in the Village of Hamburg Municipal Parking Lot, (hamburgburgerfest.com)
WILD RENN FEST
Be part of Hawk Creek’s unique renaissance-themed celebration of wildlife diversity. Exciting entertainment and activities for all ages, including live wildlife presentations, bird of prey flight demonstrations, medieval reenactments, educational exhibits, food, music, art, and much more.
11 a.m.–4 p.m. both days, Hawk Creek Wildlife Center (Luther Rd., East Aurora; hawkcreek.org or 652-8646)
July 26–August 5
Buffalo Infringement Festival
This is a non-profit-driven, non-hierarchical grassroots endeavor bringing together a broad range of eclectic, independent, experimental, and controversial art of all forms. Visual, performing, musical, and media arts are all welcome here.
Taking place in multiple venues in and around Buffalo’s Allentown District (infringebuffalo.org)
Cobblestone Live Music and Arts Festival
Over the past decade, the historic Cobblestone District has become a breeding ground for live music and entertainment. Cobblestone Live is a single neighborhood of bars, restaurants, and venues coming together to put on a two-day festival, which will continue to grow in the years to come.
Festival gates open at 4 p.m. on July 27, and at 1 p.m. on July 28; at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.; buffaloironworks.com or 200-1893)
20th Annual Lebanese Festival
Experience a treasure chest of traditional Lebanese culture, customs, cuisine, and terrific music. Share the Lebanese heritage in Buffalo this summer.
5 p.m. at St. John Maron Church (2040 Wehrle Dr., Williamsville; stjohnmaron.org/Festival)
The Glen Park Art Festival
Enjoy the best fine arts and crafts, entertainment, and great food in the historic Village of Williamsville.
(10 a.m.–5 p.m., on Glen Ave. between Mill St. and N. Cayuga Rd., Williamsville; glenparkartfest.com or 632-4120)
Roger Tory Peterson’s Wild America Nature Festival
The festival features a juried-entry fine nature art and craft show and competition; local food cook-off competition; and classes, workshops, music, and talks by well-known speakers and artists.
Panama Rocks Scenic Park (11 Rock Hill Rd., Panama; wildamericafest.com or 782-2845)
Live Well Buffalo
Hosted by Step Out Buffalo, this all day event will feature fitness classes, healthy food vendors, and shopping and educational experiences.
11 a.m.–6 p.m. at Outer Harbor (225 Furhmann Blvd.; livewellbuffalofest.com)
July 29–August 1
Kingdom Bound Summer Festival
Experience exclusive events, artwork, concerts, and much more at this festival. Featuring Mandisa, for King and Country, and Mike Gordon.
Darien Lake Theme Park (9993 Alleghany Rd., Corfu; kindgombound.org)