June 2012: Festival Calendar
L-r: Chautauqua in June; 100 American Craftsman, work created by L.A. designer Janet Chico; Lewiston Garden Festival, photo courtesy of e3communications.
Through June 17
Chautauqua in June Learning Festival
Locations throughout Chautauqua County. A three-week festival (starting on May 25) featuring culinary and craft workshops, along with a variety of other classes.
866-908-4569 / www.tourchautauqua.com
Buffalo Greek Fest
Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica St. Greek cuisine and music highlight this annual celebration, now in its thirty-fifth year.
882-9485 / www.buffalogreekfestival.org
100 American Craftsmen
6–9 p.m. on June 1, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on June 2, and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on June 3 at Kenan Center Arena, 195 Beattie Ave., Lockport. The annual juried craft show will feature twenty-four new artists.
433-2617 / www.kenancraftshow.com
Springville Dairy/Ag Festival
Springville. This year’s theme is “200 Years of Farming in the town of Concord”; see website for full events schedule.
Taste of Diversity
11 a.m.–7 p.m. at Grant St. at Lafayette. A celebration of Buffalo’s rich and diverse cultural heritage of the West Side.
393-WEST / www.tasteofdiversity.org
Brass Ring Thing XII: A Renaissance Festival
11 a.m.–6 p.m. at Herschell Carrousel Museum, 180 Thompson St., N. Tonawanda. An archery tournament, sword fighting, dancing, and family fun.
693-1885 / www.carrouselmuseum.org
Pride Festival & Parade
Dyke March: 5 p.m. on June 2 at Kleinhans Music Hall; Allen Street Festival: 5–10 p.m. on June 2 on Allen St.; Pride Parade: 1 p.m. on June 3 starting at Elmwood and Lafayette; Pride Festival: 1–7 p.m. on June 3 at Erie Canal Harbor at Canalside, 1 Marine Dr. The Pride Center of WNY’s two-day festival drew almost 20,000 attendees in 2011.
852-PRIDE / www.pridecenterwny.org
June in Buffalo
Slee Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus. The festival and conference dedicated to composers features concerts, lectures, and workshops.
645-0624 / www.music21c.org
Polish Heritage Festival
Hamburg Fairgrounds. Polish and Polish-American culture and traditions are represented through food and music.
998-2501 / www.polfunfest.com
Allentown Art Festival
11 a.m.–6 p.m. in Allentown. Tens of thousands of art patrons visit the annual festival featuring artists from across North America; this is the fifty-fifth incarnation.
881-4269 / www.allentownartfestival.org
Allen West Festival
Allen St. from Wadsworth to Elmwood Ave. An offbeat showcase for local artisans held annually on Allentown Art Festival weekend.
Fairy House Festival
Noon–5 p.m. at Artpark, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston. Tours of fairy houses, activities, storytelling, performances by Lewiston Dance, and more.
754-4375 / www.artpark.net
June 9–10, 15–16
Roycroft Chamber Music Festival
8 p.m. on June 9, 15–16, and 7 p.m. on June 10 at St. Matthias Church, 374 Main St., E. Aurora. The nineteenth annual Roycrofters-at-Large Association festival opens with a night of Mozart, Dvorak, and Ravel.
June 12, 19
Summer Festivals at Becker Farms
Kids Day: June 12; The Strawberry Extravaganza: June 19; pony rides and hayrides from noon–4 p.m., BBQ at noon, at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards, 3760 Quaker Rd., Gasport.
772-2211 / www.beckerfarms.com
Buffalo River Fest
6 p.m.–midnight on June 15, 9 a.m.–midnight on June 16, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on June 17 at Buffalo River Fest Park, Ohio St. The Valley Community Association’s twelfth annual waterfront festival features a museum tent, live music, and more.
716-823-4707, ext. 2 / www.thevalleycenter.com
Doors Open Niagara
Locations throughout WNY. The binational event returns; local sites include the Hull Family Home and Farmstead in Lancaster and the Mansion on Delaware Avenue.
716-856-6525 / www.doorsopenniagara.com
Wine and Cheese Weekend
Noon–6 p.m. on June 15 and 17, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on June 16, on the Niagara Wine Trail. Celebrate with wine and cheese during National Dairy Month.
11 a.m.–8 p.m. at Amherst Museum, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst. German heritage is celebrated with music, dancing, cars, food, and beer.
716-689-1440 / www.amherstmuseum.org
15th Discover Amherst Street Festival
9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Amherst St.; fest headquarters at Historic Hook & Ladder No. 12 Firehouse, 395 Amherst St. An outdoor art sale from 464 Gallery, a parade at noon, music, food, and more.
716-983-2112 / www.464gallery.com
9 a.m.–8 p.m. on June 16, 10 a.m–8p.m. on June 17, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Best and Fillmore. The thirty-seventh annual fest celebrating African-American culture; Sankofa Days from June 9–15.
716-891-8801 / www.juneteenthofbuffalo.com
Niagara New Vintage Festival
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. Two weeks of wine and unique food.
905-688-0212 / www.newvintagefestival.com
Strawberry Social in Island Park
4–8 p.m. at Island Park, Williamsville. The annual Rotary Club event features clowns, face-painting, and strawberry sundaes.
716-632-4120 / village.williamsville.ny.us/events.html
June 21–Aug. 19
Shakespeare in Delaware Park
7:30 p.m. every night except Monday. The country’s second largest free Shakespeare festival begins with Richard III from June 21 to July 15; A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows from July 26 to Aug. 19.
716-856-4533 / www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org
Lockport Outdoors Arts and Crafts Festival
11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Main St. off Rt. 78 (S. Transit Rd.), Lockport. Thirty-seventh annual festival with more than 200 vendors; free admission and parking.
Lewiston Garden Fest
10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Center St., Lewiston. Seventh annual event, hosted by the Lewiston Garden Club.
716-754-7048 / www.lewistongardenfest.com
Roycroft Summer Festival
Times TBA at Parkdale Elementary School, 141 Girard Ave., E. Aurora. Artists sell their wares at this juried fest.
Heritage Arts Fair
11 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Hull Family Home & Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster. Musical performances, arts, and more.
716-681-6451 / www.hullfamilyhome.org
Main Street Music and Art Festival
11 a.m.–10 p.m. on June 23 and 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on June 24 on Main St., Niagara Falls. Art, food, wine tastings, classic car show, and more, from Linwood to Niagara.
716-285-1318 / www.womadistrict.com
June 23–July 29
National Buffalo Garden Festival
Locations around WNY. A five-week celebration of the area’s garden walks, talks, and tours. For a complete schedule, visit www.nationalgardenfestival.com.
800-BUFFALO / www.nationalgardenfestival.com
Parkside Garden Tour
10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Parkside. The Parkside Community Association presents its annual self-guided tour.
716-838-1240 / www.parksidebuffalo.org
June 29–July 1
Ellicotville Summer Music Festival
Ellicottville. Headliners include Sister Hazel on June 29, the BPO on June 30, and the Guess Who on July 1; also includes arts and craft show, pet parade, and Strawberry Festival.
800-349-9099 / www.ellicottvilleny.com
June 29–July 2
Mather Arch Park, Fort Erie, Canada. The annual festival promotes friendship between Canada and the U.S.
888-333-1987 / www.friendshipfestival.com
Annual Village Garden Walk
10 a.m.–4 p.m. in Williamsville. Pick up a garden map at the Village Meeting House (5658 Main St.) on the day of the event.
716-632-4120 / village.williamsville.ny.us/events.html