Thursday, October 13, 2011

Weekend Entertainment for $10 or Less

Buffalo, NYWhy spend $40 or more at the movie theater when you can get out in the community for $10 or less? Here's what's happening in Western New York this weekend.

1. Orchid Show at the Botanical Gardens

Time: Saturday, Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $7 Students 13+ with ID, $4 Kids 3-12, Free Kids Under 3 and Members
More Information: Website

Escape from the rain that's forecasted this weekend and head to the Botanical Gardens. Orchid varieties on display include cymbidiums, dendrobiums, cattleyas and other unusual species.

I've attended this event in the past, and although I don't know anything about plants or gardening, I love the Botanical Gardens for its warmth and floral scents.

2. October Wine Festival at the Broadway Market

Time: Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
More Information: Website

Taste wines from the Lake Erie and Niagara regions and specialty foods from Choco-Logo Confectionary Design, Gino’s Bakery and other vendors.

I love going to the market, if nothing else for its history. The market is 121 years old and its vintage lunch counter and bakeries make me wish I'd seen it in its heyday.

3. Howl-O-Ween Hayrides at the Buffalo Zoo

Time: Saturday, Sunday: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost: $9 for non-members, $6 for members
More Information: Website

Kids are encouraged to come in costume and march in the zoo's costume parade! Participate in hayrides and games and enjoy apple cider, donuts and goodies from the zoo's treat stations. Tickets can be purchased at the zoo's website, by phone, or at the gate.

4. Winnie the Pooh Family Film Series at the Riviera Theatre

Time: Saturday: 11 a.m.
Cost: $2
More Information: Website

Take the kids to see Winnie the Pooh at a North Tonawanda landmark and movie house that was built in 1926. The price can't be beat, and your shoes won't stick to the floor!

5. Buffalo Indie Flea Market

Time: Saturday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Similar to the Brooklyn Flea, the Buffalo Indie Flea Market sells vintage clothing, records, jewelry, Zines, and crafts by local artisans and designers.

As someone who has vowed to shop local this Christmas, I'm bummed that I'll be in Rochester this weekend!

6. Allentown Neighborhood Walking Tour

Time: Saturday: 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person, No Reservation Needed
More Information: Website

I lived in Allentown for two years, and it has some of Buffalo's most beautiful and historic homes, including the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, where the tour departs.

7. Buffalo Chili Fest

Time: Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person
More Information: Website

Held at the historic Statler Building in Downtown Buffalo, the Buffalo Chili Fest allows you to watch the game while voting for your favorite chili. Tickets for chili samples will be sold for $5 for 5 tickets.

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