Whether we’re celebrating our heritage, indulging in our favorite foods, or admiring our talented local artists, throwing festivals is one of the things Buffalonians do best. Take a look at these eleven Queen City celebrations you need to experience at least once!
1. Dyngus Day Festival
You bet your dupa we celebrate Dyngus Day in Buffalo! This South Buffalo festival is one of the favorites in Western New York, with Polish pride radiating through the streets – and lots of kielbasa and pierogi to eat, too! They don't call Buffalo the Dyngus Day Capital of the World for nothing!
2. Taste of Buffalo
Speaking of eating... the Taste of Buffalo brings people from near and far to celebrate one of our favorite things: Buffalo food! 50+ food and drink vendors set up from Chippewa to Niagara Square for the largest two-day food festival in the United States. Come hungry, leave happy!
3. St. Patrick's Day Festival
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, and in Buffalo, we make no exception to the rule! Our St. Patrick's Day festival is full of green beer, an impressive parade, and a sea of green with crowds filling the streets to celebrate good ol' St. Paddy's Day.
4. National Buffalo Wing Festival
If you live in Buffalo, you've certainly heard of the Wing King and the National Buffalo Wing Festival! Held downtown at Coca-Cola Field, thousands of people from around the world celebrate Labor Day weekend by stuffing their faces with spicy wings at Wing Fest!
5. Allentown Art Fest
Allentown Art Fest showcases Buffalo's impressive local art community with over 400 exhibitors. Along with viewing and purchasing favorite pieces, patrons of the Art Fest also enjoy local concessions while taking in the charm of Buffalo's Allentown Historic Preservation District.
6. Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest
If you like to celebrate Sunday Funday, this festival is right up your alley! Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest is new to the festival scene, but it's already in the running for crowd favorite. The event this year is being held next weekend and has already been sold out for weeks!
7. Buffalo Porchfest
When the winter weather breaks, it's not uncommon to find flocks of Buffalonians heading outdoors. This is especially true during Buffalo Porchfest, where locals congregate to listen to local bands and musicians playing from their front porches at this grassroots music festival.
8. Buffalo Pride Festival
Buffalo Pride Festival is a week-long celebration with a mission to make WNY a safe and satisfying place for the LGBTQ community. Events during Pride Week include a flag raising ceremony, art event, 5K run, parade, and more! Join over 30,000 people in attending this colorful celebration of advocacy and community support.
9. Italian Heritage Festival
The Italian Heritage Festival is one of the longest-running festivals in Buffalo, and at 40 years old, the festival continues to grow! This year, you can find the impressive Italian celebration at the Outer Harbor, with more room for events such as the Italian car show, delicious Italian food, live entertainment, a carnival, and more!
If you're looking in the ultimate for family-friendly festivals, head downtown for Chalkfest! This free festival features local artists who showcase their best chalk art along the 500 block of Main Street and provides several activities for adults and children alike. Enjoy the artwork, grab a bite to eat from local food trucks and food vendors, enjoy live music and dancers, let the kids get their faces painted, and more!
11. Buffalo Brewfest
Remember when we mentioned Buffalo's booming craft brewery scene? Buffalo Brewfest "taps in" to the hype with dozens of local brewers and distilleries featured in one wonderful festival. This event offers live entertainment, local food trucks, raffle prizes, and – of course – ice cold beer!
Excited to celebrate yet? Mark your calendar for these events and share your favorite festivals with us in the comment section below!