What to do in WNY this weekend, Summer 2013

Moving away from all things social media for a minute, last year, I wrote a post about some of the things happening in WNY on just one weekend.  It proved pretty popular and I thought about writing a round-up post of some of the more popular events happening this summer in Buffalo (mostly on weekends)  like the Allentown Art Festival or Taste of Buffalo.

Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival
Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. August 1 – 4, Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo’s little Italy.

Summer  is a great time to be in Western New York; the temperatures are comfortable and there is a plethora of activities happening from local outdoor festivals and events to concerts and other outdoor activities. The Buffalo News put out a magazine called Discover Summer 2013 which feature the best round-up of all these great WNY summer events that I have seen yet. The pull-out calendar features dates and locations to nearly all of the Summer festivals, events and concerts happening in the Western New York area. I highly recommend picking it up or checking it out online.  You will need to view page 46 in order to see the listing of local festivals.

Here are my favorite events happening around WNY this summer. As mentioned before, most happen on the weekends. Times and dates are subject to change, so check before you go.


Art Alive 2013, Noon–2 p.m., Saturday, June 1 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery grounds.

Allentown Art Festival, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. Allentown Historic Preservation District.

National Garden Festival, June 21-August 4. Various locations around Buffalo, and also in the WNY suburbs(see special garden tours for WNY suburbs online.) Purchase a copy of the National Garden Festival 2013 Digital Guide online or at the following locations.


Taste of Buffalo, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13  and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14.  Delaware Avenue, Downtown Buffalo from Chippewa Street to Niagara Square.

Canal Fest of the Tonawandas 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. most days. Sunday, July 15 to Sunday, July 22. Sweeney and Niagara streets in North Tonawanda/Tonawanda. Map here: http://www.canalfest.org/cftvendormap.pdf

Buffalo Infringement Festival July 25 through August 4. Times and locations vary, but the majority of events happen in venues located in Buffalo. Check site: http://infringebuffalo.org/schedule.php


Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival 11 a.m.  to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.  to 10 p.m.  August 1 – 4, Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo’s little Italy.

Chalk Fest Buffalo  check website for time and events. August 3 and 4, along Main Street between W. Huron & Mohawk streets.

Erie County Fair, 2:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m.  August 7 and 9:00 a.m. -10:30 p.m.  August 8-18. Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, N.Y.

Lewiston Art Festival – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. August 10 & 11. Outdoors on Center Street, Lewiston, New York

Scottish Festival and Highland games, 10:00am – 8:00pm, Saturday, August 17. 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY.  Directions here.

National Buffalo Wing festival, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, August  31 and 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, September 1 at Coca-Cola Field, downtown Buffalo.

Although August marks the ending of summer (in my mind), there are still plenty of events going on in September and October.  Here are some worth noting:


  • Niagara County Peach Festival
  • Music is Art Festival
  • Oktoberfest

By no means is this an all-inclusive list of everything going on this summer.  I left plenty off this list, View a full list online here: Discover Summer 2013.

There are also plenty of concerts, ongoing outdoor activities and sporting events happening as well. A friend of mine used the guide to create a bowl of events to keep her and her family busy and free from boredom all summer.

What’s your favorite WNY summer festival? :)