Festival Calendar / June 2018
Buffalo Pride Festival
Photo by Elizabeth Licata
May 28 to June 3
Buffalo Pride Festival
Buffalo & WNY Pride Week is ready to take over the region with a week’s worth of celebration, advocacy, and community engagement. No other event in WNY touches such a varied and large demographic cross-section of residents and visitors, while bringing neighbors together to celebrate pride in our community. See website for events and times (buffalopridefestival.com)
Buffalo Greek Fest
Enjoy a festival that celebrates Greek culture live music, real Greek food, games and cultural events.
Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Buffalo (46 West Utica St.; buffalogreekfest.org or 882-9485)
Rock the Gates Music and Beer Festival
Expect a full day of live entertainment and special beer releases at the second annual music and beer festival.
12–11 p.m. at 12 Gates Brewing Company (80 Earhart Dr., Williamsville; 12gatesbrewing.com or 906-6600)
Buffalo Pints & Pierogi Fest
Hosted by StepOut Buffalo, the 2018 Buffalo Pints & Pierogi Fest showcases a variety of both traditional and unique pierogi dishes made by local restaurants and food trucks. Plus, beer stations and multiple cash bars, live music, giant inflatables, games, a pierogi eating contest, vendor market, and more.
11 a.m.–6 p.m. at Outdoor Rinks at Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.; pintsandpierogifest.com or 261-9111)
Celebrate with authentic German food, drinks, music, and lots of fun. The event is catered by Schnitzel & Company. The museum and historic village will also be open with family-friendly programs.
12–7 p.m. at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst; bnhv.org)
St. Mary of the Lake Lawn Fete
This festival features music with Strictly Hip, Krossfire, Hit N Run, and Reset to Vinyl, plus a 5K race, raffles, a vendor fair, food, rides, an outdoor mass on Sunday, and much more.
Starting June 8 at 6 p.m. through June 10 at 11 p.m. at St. Mary of the Lake (4737 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg; 627-3123)
Albion Strawberry Festival
You’ll get way more than strawberries here. Festival highlights include a parade, carnival, live music, pancake breakfast, and lots more.
Friday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. in the Village of Albion (albionstrawberryfestival.com)
June 8–9, 15–16
The Roycroft Chamber Music Festival
This annual festival is recognized for the excellence of its programming and performances. RCMF has become a highlight of Western New York’s musical landscape.
June 8–9 & 15–16 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthias Episcopal Church (374 Main St., East Aurora; roycroftchambermusic.org)
Allentown Art Festival
Tens of thousands of art patrons visit the festival in the Allentown Historic Preservation District to view and purchase artwork in every imaginable media, eat street food, hear bands, and take in the charm and uniqueness of the Allentown area.
June 9 & 10, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Allentown Historic Preservation District, (allentownartfestival.com or 881-4269)
Allen West Festival
Founded in 1998, the Allen West Festival is held concurrently with the Allentown Art Festival on the second weekend in June each year to promote local artisans and Allentown Businesses.
June 9, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., June 10, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., (Allen St. from Elmwood Ave. to Wadsworth; Wadsworth to Hudson; allentown.org)
Buffalo River Fest Park Festival
This family-friendly event includes the Rigidized Metals River Fest Regatta, a waterfront photo and memorabilia display, “I Got It” Bingo, food and refreshments, a kids area, vendors, historic walking tours, live entertainment, a Father’s Day fishing contest, and much more.
Festival begins June 15 at 6 p.m., Buffalo River Fest Park (249 Ohio St. near Michigan Ave.)
Artpark Summer Solstice
The whimsical outdoor festival offers hands-on art activities, live music and performances, and food and drink. Discover hundreds of tiny houses made entirely of natural materials–and maybe meet a fairy or two.
June 16, 12–7 p.m. at Lower Park of Artpark (4th St., Lewiston; artpark.net or 754-4375)
BBQ & Blues
Enjoy live blues, barbecue food, beer, and good company while supporting the children and families served by Gateway Longview. The official after-party is at Buffalo Iron Works.
5 p.m. at Illinois St. in Buffalo’s Historic Cobblestone District (bbqbluesbash.com)
Summer Solstice Street Festival
This day is filled with food, beer, and music. Both bars inside Thin Man will be open for full beer, wine, and cocktail service as well as a beer truck outdoors for quick access. Entertainment for the day will be supplied by some of your favorite local musicians.
12–10 p.m. at Elmwood Ave. (between Utica St. and Hodge Ave.; thinmanbrewery.com)
The 6th Annual Crossroads Bluesfest
This fundraiser for Plymouth Crossroads features some of Western New York’s hottest blues bands including Blues Daddios, Rod Horning Project, and Jony James Band, with special guest Hayden Fogle. The event also includes a basket raffle. Food and beverages is available for purchase.
2 p.m. at Chicken Coop Grove, VFW Post 8113 (299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca)
Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival
Enjoy the majestic sport of dragon boat racing and fun activities for the whole family at the Hope Chest’s annual Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival.
7:45 a.m.–5 p.m. at Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.; hopechestbuffalo.org)
The Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo
A celebration with the mission to actively preserve and promote the broad spectrum of African American heritage through educational and cultural activities that will benefit the community.
Festival begins at Martin Luther King Park (juneteenthofbuffalo.com)
A favorite start-of-summer fest, enjoy sweet fun for the whole family on Island Park at this Rotary Club of Williamsville tradition!
5–8 p.m. at Island Park (5565 Main St., Williamsville; willvill.com or 632-7669)
Chautauqua Writers Festival
In addition to the festival’s tradition of intensive workshops and one-on-one conferences with award-winning contemporary authors, writers can also explore the craft of writing in the context of urgent social questions through panel conversations, breakout sessions, and a keynote address.
Chautauqua Institution (1 Ames Ave., Chautauqua; firstname.lastname@example.org or 357-6310)
Roycroft Summer Festival
Two days of food, music, and chances to win a great raffle! First day includes a special luncheon for artisans and partners after the close of the show.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, Healthy Zone Rink (41 Riley St., East Aurora; ralaweb.com)
Lockport Arts and Crafts Festival
The Optimist Club of Lockport sponsors the 43rd annual Lockport Outdoor Arts & Craft Festival attracting up to 25,000 people over the two-day period. All proceeds from the show support Youth Activities in the Lockport area.
11 a.m.–5 p.m. on both days (Main St., Lockport; 940-0554)
The “Forgotten” War of 1812 comes to life in the historic village as more than one hundred re-enactors portray shopkeepers, housewives, merchants, and soldiers amidst the early 19th-century sounds of fifes and drums, cannons and muskets, and English country dancing.
10 a.m.–4 p.m. both days at Genesee Country Village & Museum (1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford; gcv.org or 585-538-6822)
Taste of Diversity Festival
This festival takes place each year on Buffalo’s West Side. It features live music, dance, and food that represents Western New York’s many ethnic and cultural communities and groups. Since its inception, the festival has been a grassroots effort; it continues to be managed by members of the community.
11 a.m. (Grant St. between Lafayette and Auburn; tasteofdiversity.com)
June 30–July 1
Ellicottville Summer Music Festival
Visit Ellicottville this Independence Day weekend, when the first fairway at Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond Golf Course becomes one of the best outdoor concert venues in the region. There’s plenty going on in the village over the weekend as well.
All day at Village of Ellicottville (Ellicottville; ellicottvilleny.com or 699-5046)