Western New York is full of places to go and things to do. You’ll find everything from heritage festivals to food festivals to music festivals, so go out and explore!

Niagara Falls

Legends Live
June 24 – September 2 (Every Friday) 5 pm to 10 pm
101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls

Start your weekend with the area’s greatest classic rock and pop music bands. Opening acts begin at 5pm and main acts play from 7-10pm. Each week, a food truck will be on-site. fallsstreet.com

Canal Fest of the Tonawandas
July 17– 24

An 8-day event celebrating the Erie Canal and the history. Featuring carnival rides, food vendors, music and more! Festivities are set up on Niagara and Young Streets in Tonawanda and Webster and Sweeney Streets in North Tonawanda. canalfest.org

9th Annual Niagara Falls Blue Festival

September 16 – 18
Old Falls Street, 101 Old Falls St, Niagara Falls

Enjoy a weekend of live music, food vendors and more! Visit the website for a full listing of events. niagarafallsbluesfest.org

16th Annual Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games

September 17 – 18
Krull Park, Olcott

Immerse yourself in the traditions and pageantry of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Enjoy live Celtic music, dancers, sports, clans, living historians, vendors, food, contests, children’s activities and much more! niagaraceltic.com

Buffalo

The Great Blue Heron Music Festival

July 1 – 3
2361 Wait Corners Rd, Sherman, NY

A summer tradition since 1992, the Great Blue Heron Music Festival is an annual celebration that brings thousands of music lovers to the rolling hills of Western New York each July. With a wide variety of live original music on three stages – including the Main Stage, the intimate Tiger Maple Stage and a big-top Dance Tent that swings through the night – plus instrument workshops, dance lessons, and activities for both children and teens, the festival provides many ways to enjoy the Independence Day weekend. And that is why so many music fans come back year after year, sharing the event with family and friends while camping out among the breezy fields and shady woods that grace the property. greatblueheron.com

Buffalo Wing Festival

Sept 3 – 12PM to 9 pm
Sept 4 – 12 pm to 7 pm
Coca Cola Field

The idea for the festival came from a movie called Osmosis Jones. Bill Murray starred as a compulsive eater with a goal of attending the Super Bowl of junk food, The National Buffalo Wing Festival. Ironically, there wasn’t one. That is when native Buffalonian, Drew Cerza, now affectionately known as the Wing King decided to make it happen back in 2002. This is a case of real life knocking off Hollywood! buffalowing.com

Scottish Festival and Highland Games Masters World Championship

August 19 – 21
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, Amherst NY

Expanding on the existing Scottish Festival and Clan gathering, the B.N.H.V. (Along with the Buffalo Heavies) will be hosting the Highland Games Masters World Championship. 120 of the worlds best over 40 year old athletes competing in 9 separate ancient strongman/woman events. The festival has expanded for three days, several grand parties and much more entertainment. Bands, bagpipers, specialty beers, Scottish cultural events and of course the highland athletics are sure to make this a grand spectacle for the whole family. scottishmasters.org

Ellicottville Summer Music Festival

July 1 – 4

The 2016 Ellicottville Summer Music Festival is going to be a three concert weekend! Take some time to enjoy the annual Pet Parade or have some strawberry shortcake before heading up to Holiday Valley. Stroll the craft vendors on Jefferson Street. Hang out at the Village gazebo or head on over to The Winery of Ellicottville Mainstage on Monroe Street for a prelude to the main acts of the day! It is all a part of the Ellicottville Summer Music Festival! evillechamber.wix.com/summermusicfest

Food Truck Tuesdays

July 5 – Oct 4 (Weekly on 5 pm to 8 pm)

Join us each Tuesday in Larkin Square for dozens of alternating food trucks, live music, and a handmade marketplace! LarkinSquare.com

3rd Annual Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival

July 9 – 11:30 am until 11 pm

The 3rd-annual Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival takes place on Saturday, July 9 at Silo City, located at 92 Childs Street, opposite the intersection at Ohio and Ganson streets. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., with music running from noon until 11:00 p.m. There will be a beer & wine tent, along with many food and merchandise vendors. No outside food or drinks may be brought into the event. wnyblues.org

Buffalo Irish Festival

August 26 – 28
Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Granson St)

Regarded as one of the largest Irish-Celtic celebration in the United States, the attendees of Buffalo Irish Festival will be able to sample the finest in Irish cuisine and beverages, as well as enjoy three days of continuous live music on 4 stages along with numerous vendors and craftsmen displaying and selling the finest handmade Irish goods. The opening Parade of the 32 County Flags of Ireland is on Friday, August 26th at 5:00pm. buffaloirish.com

Lockport

Pirate Festival

July 8 – 10
Friday 6 pm  to 12 am, Saturday 12 pm to 12 am & Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm
Krull Park, (6108 Lake Road)

Enjoy rides, food, music, car show, and live entertainment. Parade on Saturday at noon. Wear your pirate costume! Lots of pirate fun for the whole family! Sponsored by the Olcott Fire Co.

Lockport in Bloom Garden Walk

July 9 – 10
10 am to 5 pm

The Lockport In Bloom Garden walk is a free, self-guided, walking – driving tour featuring more than 40 historic homes and gardens throughout the City of Lockport.  Also included are city parks containing well-maintained flowerbeds and trees. This event takes place rain or shine. Twilight Garden Tour July 9 6:30 PM -9 PM

Taste of Lockport

August 14 – 12 pm to 6 pm
Ida Fritz Park

Join us to sample Lockport’s best restaurants, and enjoy live music and other fun family activities!

Hamburg

BurgerFest

July 16
Starting at 11:30 am

BurgerFest is located along Main and Buffalo Streets and in the Village of Hamburg Municipal Parking Lot. The Taste of Hamburg portion of the festival features the favorite offerings of local restaurants, in the parking lot.  The one-day festival has something for everyone, from First Niagara Kidspace children’s inflatable rides and activities; an arts and crafts show and sale, the KeyBank Classic Car Show and the Labatt Beer Tent. hamburgburgerfest.com

Erie County Fair

August 10 – 21
The Erie County Fair is back for the 177th Edition at the Fairgrounds.

Fun for the whole family the Fair features food, rides, shows, animals and shopping. There is something for everyone. As we celebrate 177 years of tradition, agriculture and excitement. For a complete listing of event and more information find the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, or online at ecfair.org

Lewiston

Summer Concerts in the Park

June through August
Artpark State Park, Lewiston, NY

Western NY’s hottest free concert series runs all summer long. artpark.net

Niagara Wine Trail, USA Wine Festival

July 30 – 31
Academy Park, Lewiston, NY

Enjoy wine and local food all weekend! Ticket is valid for both days and includes 3 tastes at each of the participating wineries. Ticket holders will receive a keepsake wine glass, while supplies last. Local vendors will be on hand to purchase culinary delights and refreshments from each day; food is not included with festival ticket price. niagarausawinefestival.com

50th Annual Lewiston Art Festival

August 13 – 14
Center St, Lewiston

Lewiston’s signature event featuring work by more than 175 exceptional artists and fine crafters including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, wood, mixed media, and photography. Event also features food vendors, music and more!

Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival

August 26 – 27
Center St, Lewiston

Enjoy free Jazz performed by world class musicians on 5 different stages along Center Street in Historic Lewiston. Taste delicious food as the region’s finest chefs come out of their kitchens and onto the street to showcase their culinary talents. To whet your appetite, a selection of wines from the Niagara Wine Trail will be available for your enjoyment. Also, don’t miss the Premiere Jewelry Show and Classic Car Show. lewistonjazz.com

Niagara County Peach Festival

September 9 – 11
Academy Park, Lewiston

Enjoy an old fashioned festival complete with a parade, peach shortcake, carnival rides and more! lewistonpeachfestival.org

Lewiston Harvest Festival & Craft Show

September 24 – 25
Center Street, Lewiston

More than 100 of New York State’s finest crafters are featured, along with food vendors, farmers, wineries, and live music.

NYPA Wildlife Festival

September 24 –25
Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Rd, Lewiston

A weekend of attractions, hands-on activities and free family fun! nypa.gov/niagarapowervista

East Aurora

5th Annual Taste of East Aurora

September 10, 11 am to 5pm
East Aurora

The 5th Annual Taste of East Aurora will feature Local Cuisine. Over 25 Restaurants will set up to provide taste tempting delicacies from their restaurants. The event is sponsored by Tops Markets, Bee Group Newspapers and the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Music by the Old Hippies. (716) 652-8444; eanycc@verizon.net for more information.

Insane Inflatable 5K

August 13 at 8:30 am
East Aurora, Knox Farm State Park

The Insane Inflatable 5K is coming to your neck of the woods! Get ready to experience the most fun, wild and insane obstacle run in the world. Get “pumped up” for a course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever created. Here’s your chance to be a kid at heart, and insane by choice!

17th Annual Jackson Square Concert Series

Every Friday Night- July 1st– August 26th, 7 PM To 9 pm
Jackson Square – Downtown Batavia

Friday, July 15th – Ghost Riders (Country)

Friday, July 22nd – Universal Mind (Rock)

Friday, July 29th – The Fibs (Rock/Reggae/Funk)

Friday, August 5th – Stone Row (Celtic Rock)

Friday, August 12th – Midnight Cruisers (Rock)

Friday, August 19th – It’s My Party (50’s and 60’s)

Friday, August 26th – Josie Waverly Band (Country)

Ramble Music and Art Fest

July 2 – 11 am  to  1 pm

The Ramble Music and Art Fest will be held on Saturday, July 2 from 11:00am – 11:00pm on Center St and in Jackson Square.

Picnic in the Park

July 4 at 12 pm
151 State Street, Batavia

GO ART!’s Picnic in the Park will be celebrating its 38th year with live music, food, local vendors and artisans, and family-friendly events all day such as pony rides and a bounce house. The Kiddie Parade kicks off the event!

Finger Lakes Area

Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese

July 15th – 17th
Watkins Glen

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival offers the largest showcase of wines produced in New York State with over 80 wineries paired with regional artisans, live music, culinary classes and cooking demonstrations.

Syracuse Style Fashion Event

September 15, 2016
7:30 PM – 9 PM

Syracuse Style is Downtown’s premier fashion event, showcasing downtown apparel boutiques and salons with a spectacular runway fashion show. An 80-foot lighted runway will set the stage on the 100 block of Walton Street in Armory Square. All proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Central New York.

Naples Grape Festival

September 24 – 25
Naples, Finger Lakes

Since 1961, the grape festival has been held every September to celebrate the area’s grape harvest, talented artisans, wine makers, local and regional music and cuisine on the grounds of the Naples High School and Memorial Town Hall. Bake a pie for the World’s Greatest Grape Pie Contest and sample everything “grape” that our valley has to offer. Taste Finger Lakes wines in the wine tent. You’ll find arts and crafts, reviewed by a jury of independent artists, for every taste and budget. Festivals and great food go together! You’ll have a marvelous selection of edibles to choose from. Throughout the 2-day festival you can enjoy area musicians performing rock, blues, jazz and original music to get your feet tapping and your heart singing.

Arts at the Gardens

August 20 – 21, 10 am to 5 pm
Canandaigua, Finger Lakes

Arts At The Gardens is a two-day juried fine art and crafts show & sale held on the grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park.  Over 110 artists from across the nation. Admission: $6

Park Avenue Summer Arts Festival

Rochester, Finger Lakes
August 6 – 7, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm & Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

One of Rochester’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods celebrates its Annual Festival of arts, crafts, music and shopping. This festival annually attracts over 250,000 people.

Youngstown

Old Fort Niagara’s Annual 1812 Encampment

September 3 – 4
Old Fort Niagara, 4 Scott Ave., Youngstown

Tactical and weapons demonstrations from the War of 1812. Saturday night battle reenactment, 7pm. Living history camps and programs throughout the weekend. oldfortniagara.org

Sanborn-Lewiston Farm Festival

July 23 – 24
Saturday 8 am to 6 pm, Sunday 8 am To 3 pm
Sanborn Lewiston Farm Museum

Experience farm life with an antique/flea market, antique engine & tractor exhibits, food, 100 year old barn, music, and fun. sanbornhistory.org/events.htm

The Great Contraption Race

July 30 at 9 am

The Great Contraption Race (GCR) is a fun, 2-person and or 4-person team race that will soon become The WNY event that will be on everyone’s bucket list near and far!

Teams will race down the lower Niagara River on their floating contraptions beginning in Lewiston, NY finishing in Youngstown, NY at Fort Niagara State Park

The race occurs on floating contraptions designed and built by each team. The contraptions must be made mostly from recycled materials, they must be able to float and the contraption can only be powered by human power, and or, a man made sail to float down the River.

Costumes and themed contraptions are highly recommended. Food and beverage will be supplied at the finish line where we will celebrate a fun-filled day in the incredible lower Niagara River Region with music and awards for team competitors and their support crews. This area along with viewing areas along the river are available for those who would like to come and cheer you on! ithappenedtoalexa.org/The-Great-Contraption-Race

Arts in the Village

September 3, 10 am to 6 pm
Downtown Lancaster, Central Avenue between Broadway and Pleasant Avenue

Join us for a day of fun for the whole family! Enjoy the many Artisans displaying and selling their craft. There is a judged art show, kids artisan area, entertainment on stage all day