Friendship Festival – Thursday, July 1st through Monday, July 5th at Riverside Park in Buffalo and Mather Arch in Ft. Erie, Ontario, Canada. Features daily craft show, vendors, demonstrations, and entertainment; fireworks Thursday, plus concerts from Hedley (Friday), Five Man Electrical Band (Saturday), and Admit One (Sunday). For more information, visit www.friendshipfestival.com.
Ellicottville Summer Festival of the Arts – Friday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 4th in the town of Ellicottville. Features an arts and crafts show (Saturday and Sunday), strawberry festival (Sunday), house and garden tour (Saturday and Sunday), and live music from Jeff Beckly (Friday), Survivor (Saturday), and the BPO (Sunday); fireworks display Saturday night. Find out more at www.ellicottvilleny.com.
Taste of Buffalo – Saturday and Sunday, July 10th and 11th in Niagara Square and along Delaware Ave. in downtown Buffalo. The country’s largest two-day food festival features over 50 local restaurants and six wineries, plus live music on two stages and the Culinary Theatre, featuring Nickel City Chefs. Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; visit www.tasteofbuffalo.com for menus and more.
Italian Heritage Festival – Thursday, July 15th through Sunday, July 18th on Hertel Ave. in Buffalo. In addition to great Italian food, the festival features the “Italian Idol” contest, Bocce Ball tournament, the “Dancing Under the Stars” contest, live music, a bilingual mass on Sunday, and the Sorrento Cooking Stage. Visit www.buffaloitalianfestival.com for more information.
BurgerFest – Saturday, July 17th in the Village of Hamburg. Features 5K run (Union Pleasant School), the Taste of Hamburg (noon to 8 p.m.); Main St., Buffalo St., and Village Parking Lot), Hamburg Film Festival (1 p.m., Hamburg Palace Theatre), and live music on two stages. For more information, visit www.hamburg-chamber.org.
Taste of Niagara – Friday, July 23rd through Sunday, July 25th on Old Falls St. in Niagara Falls. Highlighting the restaurants and vendors of the Niagara region and Western New York, also features music all three days. Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; for more information on the Taste of Niagara, visit www.tasteofniagara.com.
PirateFest – Saturday and Sunday, July 24th and 25th at Evangola State Park in Angola. Featuring treasure hunts, costume contests and parade, a pirate zoo, pirate ship parade, and many demonstrations and pirates’ tales. $7 per carload; 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days. For more information, go to www.piratefest.civilwarsignals.org.
Taste of Orchard Park – Wednesday, July 28th at the intersection of 20A and North Buffalo St. in Orchard Park from 6 to 10 p.m. “Caribbean Night” features food from local restaurants and live music; part of OP’s “Quaker Days,” Tuesday, July 27th through Saturday, July 31st. Find out more at quakerdays.com.
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