Annual Festivals/Fairs » Albany, NY

Annual Festival/Fairs in Buffalo, NY

Western New York is THE place for festivals and fairs. No matter summer or winter seasons--Buffalo has a festival with the country's best food, friends, and entertainment for the whole family.
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Canal Fest

This FREE eight-day festival along the Erie Canal in the Tonawandas is more than food and music. This festival offers more activities than most of the festivals you’ll experience. The Canal Fest offers different activities for the entire family each of the eight days! Pick your potato sack and partner and race to the finish or challenge yourself on the obstacle course race. Every day is jam-packed with fun activities to join or you can be a spectator at the Tug-of-War or car cruise show. If there is a festival to mark down on your calendar to take the whole family—Canal Fest is it!

Dyngus Day

What is Dyngus Day and what’s the deal with pussy willows? It’s a Polish-American tradition that celebrates the end of the observance of Lent and Easter. Pussy willows are used to gently hit women on the legs as a practice associated with purification, cleansing, and fertility. While women reciprocated by throwing dishes and crockery!

Buffalo, NY is the Dyngus Day Capital of the world while other smaller Polish-American festivals are found throughout the world. Why are Buffaloians the best Dyngus Day hosts—the food buffet begins mid-morning with kielbasa, ham, fresh breads, and polka music and continue until the next morning!

Buffalo Chicken Wing Fest

The Buffalo Wing Fest is home-grown tradition with national notoriety: draws more than half a million visitors; raises over $200,000 for local charities; and invites national celebrities such as Duff Goldman, star of Food Network’s Ace of Cakes to judge the Birthday Cake Contest. The highlight, the U.S. Wing Eating contest. Would you be surprised if I told you the winner was a fit 100-pound woman, Sonya Thomas!! There’s more to this festival than spicy chickens. Kids Zone is a great place to entertain the kids with a puppet show, magic shows and tons of activities to tire those kids before heading home.

Taste of Buffalo

Highly acclaimed as the country’s largest two-day festival. This one-of-a-kind food lovers extravaganza is a must for any Buffalo locale or summer trip destination. Over 50 restaurants, 7 wineries, and 450,000 of your closest friends will gather in downtown Buffalo to enjoy EVERYTHING Buffalo. If you have ever wondered why people still live in Buffalo when you see the winter reports of “lake effect snow”, the Taste of Buffalo is one of the many reasons. The Taste features Caribbean to Chinese, Polish to Italian to please every palate. Award-winning vineyards showcase their prized vintages, accompanied by local bands, music and international acclaimed musicians and artists.

Winterfest and Powder Keg Festival

Why only have fun, food, and festivities during the summer in Western New York? With the notoriously long winters in Buffalo, the Winterfest and Powder Keg Festival brings you outdoors to enjoy the snow, food, drinks and friends. Build a rockin’ snowman and win prizes for creativity! When you need to warm your fingers and toes, grab the kids and head to the second floor of Statler City for a winter investigator mystery hunt. Don't miss the best part of the festival--the ice maze and tubing. One of Buffalo’s major freeways is closed down: for fun instead of high wind or snow drifts this time. Grab a tube and experience the Skyway like never before!!