Local Summer Festivals

By Andrea Ludwig


Do you find these summer days to be dragging along and are looking for something fun to do?! Well, we’ve got you covered! Now that COVID-19 is slowing down and a majority of the population is vaccinated, our community can officially gather and enjoy themselves at some amazing summer festivals without having to social distance.


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If you love live music, check out “Thursdays on the Water” in North Tonawanda. “Thursdays on the Water” is an amazing destination and option to spend Thursday evenings this summer enjoying local food, vendors, classic cars, family fun and live entertainment next to the beautiful Niagara River. If you are not from this area and do not want to drive out to Tonawanda to enjoy some music on a Thursday night, “Thursday Music on Main” may be the better option for you. Most restaurants on Main Street in Williamsville will be playing live music, so you can get a great meal and hear some incredible tunes. Both of these events are great ways to start your weekend off early!


Another amazing event(s) to attend this summer are Artpark Concerts at Artpark in Lewiston. Artpark has a handful of events and a variety of artists for those with different music tastes. If you are looking to expand your music taste and find new artists to listen to, definitely check out Artpark Concerts. If you’re into psychedelic pop music/progressive rock, go check out Rockin' the Downs Concert Series in Bativa. Tickets range from $15-$20, and feature artists such as The Grass Roots and The Machine (Pink Floyd Tribute). All concerts take place Friday evenings—just in time to start your weekend off right! Or, if you are looking to have some fun during the week, check out “Wednesday Canal Concerts” at Gateway Park, Sweeney Street, North Tonawanda NY 14120.


If you really want to plan in advance and want to attend some fun festivals, we got you covered for the month of August. The Erie County fair will be taking place during the week of August 11-22 in Hamburg. Tickets are available now on their website and are $13.50 for adults and free for children 12 and under. They must be purchased in advance online and will not be sold at the fair.


For those of you who love to eat (who doesn’t?!) Mark your calendar for Buffalo Mac and Cheese Festival on Saturday, August 14 at Buffalo Riverworks. There will be over 30 kinds of Mac and Cheese to sample from top chefs and food vendors. Tickets are selling fast, so make sure you purchase yours ahead of time at macandcheesefestival.com.


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If you really want to plan far in advance, mark your calendar for the National Buffalo Wing Festival on Saturday, September 4 and Sunday, September 5. This event is presale only, $20 admission, includes free parking, $5 voucher toward a festival souvenir t-shirt or hat, and a donation to FeedMore WNY. According to their website, buffalowing.com, “The festival is recognized as one of the best in the country. In 2019, the festival drew over 60,000 people. Over the last 18 years, the festival has drawn more than 865,000 people and served over 4.8 million wings. The festival, which also supports local charities, has donated more than $365,000 since its inception,” (buffalowing.com). There will be live music and multiple competitions to enter for those hardcore wing-lovers. Or, if you just want to take it slow and enjoy eating wings at your own pace, then you will definitely love this event!


And last but not least, don’t forget to download our Discover716 mobile app where you can find upcoming events on the “event calendar!” I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, and all of us at Discover716 are looking forward to seeing you at these awesome summer festivals!

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