Friday, October 21, 2011

What to Do This Weekend for $10 or Less

1. Trick or Treat at the Amherst Museum

Time: Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday: 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $8 Children, $5 Adults
More Information: Website

Give the kids a Halloween to remember! Children between the ages of 3 and 10 can trick-or-treat at the Amherst Museum's historic buildings, with 17 stops in all. Horse-drawn hay wagon rides are available, as well as cider, donuts, popcorn, coffee, and hot cocoa.

2. Free Central Terminal Tours

Time: Saturday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

As part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, the Central Terminal is offering free tours to the public. The Central Terminal's store will be open for shopping and Buffalo's gourmet food trucks will be on hand to provide refreshments.

This event will be the first time that the public will have the opportunity to tour the Central Terminal's iconic tower.

3. All Hallow's Eve at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society

Time: Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $10 for non-members, $5 for members
More Information: Website

Take a horse-and-carriage ride through the historic neighborhood around the museum. Pumpkin-painting, mask-making, and scary museum tours are part of the day's activities. You'll hear tales about the most interesting and dark artifacts on display in the museum.

What's more, you can participate in a parade, take a mini-museum tour and go on an artifact scavenger hunt.

4. Iron Island Museum Tour

Time: Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: $2 for self-guided tours; $5 for ghost tours
More Information: Website

Make your reservations for Saturday's ghost tour, or take a self-guided tour at your own pace. The Iron Island Museum was featured on three national television shows, including Ghosthunters.

5. Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

Time: Saturday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market is a producer-only market, meaning that all of its vendors grow or produce what they sell themselves. This Saturday, you can taste wines, listen to singer/guitarist Kate Shaffer from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and meet Registered Dietitian Nicole Klem from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

6. Showing the Grain at CEPA Gallery

Time: Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

A 3-part exhibition celebrating Buffalo’s Grain Elevators, Showing the Grain highlights photographs showcasing Buffalo's industrial heritage. CEPA Gallery, located in the historic Market Arcade building, also displays a public art memorial to mark the anniversary of September 11th.

7. Forest Lawn Walk-up Tour

Time: Saturday: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $10
More Information: Website

Forest Lawn Cemetery was founded in 1849 and contains the grave of U.S. President Millard Fillmore.

During the tour, you'll see the inside of the historic gate houses, where exhibits will teach you how funerals were held in earlier days. Then you'll venture into the cemetery, where your guide will talk about some of the cemetery's famous residents. No reservations are required.

8. Second Annual Community Clothing Exchange

Time: Saturday, Sunday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Replenish your wardrobe without emptying your wallet. The Community Clothing Exchange is an opportunity to “shop” for gently-used donated clothing, shoes and accessories for the whole family. Infant, toddler, youth and adult sizes will be available. Take what you need. No money or clothing donations necessary for participation.

9. Cross Roads Craft & Farm Market

Time: Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Open every Saturday, this indoor market in Westfield spans several buildings and sells maple syrup, quilts, flags, fudge, toys and more.

Most vendors accept credit and debit cards, but you might want to be safe and bring cash. There is no ATM on site.

10. Halloween Fun on the BOO-levard

Time: Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Children 12 and under are invited to come in costume to the Boulevard Mall food court for a Halloween celebration! Games, face painting, a "Haunted" Bounce House, special halloween crafts, and a live magic show are all free of charge.

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