Buffalo Events

Events near Buffalo, NYBuffalo is the second largest metropolis in the state of New York. This city celebrates its beginnings, leadership during the industrial revolution and modern cultural diversity. Buffalo has numerous events and festivals that help keep history, culture and the arts alive. Here are examples of the spectacular celebrations held in this city:

The Dyngus Day Parade - The Monday after Easter is set aside for Polish pride. A traditional Polish holiday, Buffalo has the largest celebration of Dyngus Day worldwide. The evening parade starts at the Corpus Christi Church after 5:00.

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival - Every year in April, a film festival for screenwriters and filmmakers brings in film greats from around the world. The festival is encourages independent film people to attend. Included with the festival is a Festival Expo for industry vendors.

Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament - In June, Buffalo hosts this tournament that promotes families and friends to get together in twos and threes and play basketball. Age-based competitions are held. The event raises money for various charities.

Thursday at the Harbor - Free outdoor music concerts are held every Thursday evening from June to the first weeks of August. The place is Canalside.

Friendship Festival - Commemorated on the Independence Day in Canada on July 1 and July 4 in the United States, the event celebrates more than 200 years of cooperation between the two countries. Parades, car shows, fireworks and more are held. The main events take place both the Ontario and the New York sides of the Niagara River in the two parks, Fort Erie's Mather Arch Park and Buffalo's Riverside Park. Both cities share sponsorship of the event.

The World's Largest Disco takes people back to the 1970s for a day on Thanksgiving Weekend. Special guests from the era like Henry Winkler and Leif Garrett make appearances, and many bands celebrate the songs and sounds of the disco era. Profits go to a local camp for kids who have cancer.

Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration - The tree is lit and fireworks are lit after the lights go on the tree. The skating rink is opened for the season, and people can take rides in horse-drawn wagons.

First Night Buffalo - The ball drops from the Niagara Mohawk Building on New Year's Eve. Free from drugs and alcohol, the evening includes music, puppetry and other performance arts shows. Children can jump in bounce houses, and other activities are fun for everyone.