Friday, March 9, 2012

9 Things to Do This Weekend for $15 or Less

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This weekend, shop locally for food and produce to support Western New York farmers. Sample a slice or two at the South Buffalo Pizzafest or solve a mystery at the Buffalo Museum of Science.

1. Elmwood/Lafayette Winter Farmers' Market

Time: Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Inside the Lafayette Presbyterian Church at 875 Elmwood Avenue, WNY Farmers sell their eggs, heritage meats, poultry, produce, maple syrup, baked goods, breads, and more.

2. South Buffalo Pizzafest

Time: Saturday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $3
More Information: Website

$3 gets you in the door, and $1 buys a sample slice of pizza. Many of South Buffalo and surrounding area pizzeria's will be on hand featuring their best pizzas. Find all of your favorites in an afternoon!

3. Buffalo Home & Garden Show

Time: Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $3 children ages 6 to 12, Free for children ages 5 and under
More Information: Website

The Buffalo Convention Center hosts the Buffalo Home & Garden Show, where you will learn how to make the most of small spaces. This weekend features instruction on decorating on a budget and a pet fashion show.

4. CSI: The Experience

Time: Daily: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $14 adults, $11 children ages 2-17
More Information: Website

CSI: The Experience invites you to step into the world of cutting-edge forensic science and investigative techniques. Guided by investigators from the television show, along with their real-life forensic science counterparts, you’ll formulate a hypothesis, validate your findings based on forensic evidence, and solve the crime!

5. St. Patrick's Day Children's Craft Workshop

Time: Saturday: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Register today to join in on St. Patrick’s Day themed coloring, drawing, and painting at Niagara Hobby. Adults will enjoy a raffle and store discounts.

To register for the day's activities, call (716) 681-1666; or email

6. Chamber Music, a One-Act Play

Time: Saturday: 2 p.m., Sunday: 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 general admission, $5 students and senior citizens, $3 students under 12
More Information: Website

Chamber Music is a one-act play set in 1938 that follows eight famous women in an insane asylum.

The women are, or at least believe they are, author Gertrude Stein, martyr Joan of Arc, activist Susan B. Anthony, politician Queen Isabella I of Spain, Constanze Mozart (wife of the famed composer), pilot Amelia Earhart, silent-film actress Pearl White, and explorer Osa Johnson.

7. War of 1812: Fury, Frenzy and Honor

Time: Saturday: 2 p.m.
Cost: $5 adults, $3 seniors and veterans
More Information: Website

Learn about the significance of the Niagara Campaign, the defeat of Tecumseh, Dolly Madison's heroism during the burning of Washington, D.C and the perseverance of the people of Baltimore and of Fort McHenry, which inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner."

8. Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium: Shorter Nights, Passage into Spring

Time: Friday: 8 p.m., Saturday: 2 p.m.
Cost: $6 general admission, $4 college students, children under 18, and seniors over 65
More Information: Website

During this hour-long event, you'll see changing constellations while the northern hemisphere begins to prepare for the vernal equinox.

9. 2012 WNY Sport & Travel Expo.

Time: Friday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $9 general admission, Free for kids 10 and under
More Information: Website

On Friday and Saturday, meet Joe LaFont and Tommy Chauvin from the TV show The Swamp People. The WNY Sport & Travel Expo. is a can't-miss event for hunters and fishers.

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