Thursday, August 23, 2012

Western New York This Weekend for $10 or Less

Summer is almost at a close, but Buffalo's summer festivals are still going strong. Don't miss the Buffalo Irish Festival and Elmwood Arts Festival this weekend. Or take in a game at Coca-cola Field. On your way downtown, stop by the library to see its exhibit "War of 1812: When Buffalo Burned."

1. Buffalo Irish Festival

Time: Friday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $8 children and seniors
More Information: Website

The Festival includes three stages of continuous Irish entertainment from the U.S., Canada and Ireland. A kick-off parade features flags from the 32 counties in Ireland. You'll learn about the history of the Irish in Buffalo and enjoy Irish foods and beverages. Plus, shop for Irish goods and crafts from nearly 30 vendors.

2. Bisons Baseball

Time: Friday: 7:05 p.m., Saturday: 6:05 p.m., Sunday: 1:05 p.m.
Cost: $8.50 - $10.50
More Information: Website

Celebrate the end of summer with the Buffalo Bisons. Get your Dippin' Dots and watch the Bisons take on Scranton/Wilkes on Friday and the Rochester Twins this weekend.

3. Movies in the Meadow (Buffalo)

Time: Friday: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Bring a blanket or chair to Delaware Park and watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a classic family movie from 1971.

4. Movies in the Park (East Aurora)

Time: Friday: Dusk
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Visit Hamlin Park in East Aurora this Friday to watch Puss in Boots. Refreshments are available.

5. Lewiston Jazz Festival

Time: Friday: 5:30 p.m., Saturday: 12 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

The Lewiston Jazz Festival offers free Jazz performed by world class musicians on 5 different stages along Center Street in Historic Lewiston, New York. Food offerings include grilled ravioli, rice balls, greek souvlaki and Beef on Weck. On Saturday, vintage Jaguars and European cars will line Center Street for a classic car show. There is free parking and shuttle service to the festival from Artpark's Lower Level Parking Lot located off of North Fourth Street.

6. Elmwood Avenue Arts Festival

Time: Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

The 13th Elmwood Avenue Arts Festival features more than 170 artists and vendors and over 50 performances on three stages. Food vendors serve up battered veggies, pierogies, hot dogs, and more

7. War of 1812: When Buffalo Burned

Time: Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

This exhibit in the library's rare book room is a must-see for history buffs! Using letters, maps, images, and narratives drawn from the Library's collections, the dramatic story of the devastation of the frontier village of Buffalo in December 1813 unfolds, including Library forefather Seth Grosvenor and the War's national legacy.

8. Shop Rock 'N Stroll

Time: Friday: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information: Website

Stroll the North Park Theater block and enjoy two full blocks of shopping in boutiques that are offering extended hours for this event. Plus, live music, giveaways and refreshments.

9. Transit Drive-in

Time: Daily
Cost: $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-11, Free for children 4 and under
More Information: Website

Take advantage of the weekend's warm weather by taking in a movie at the Transit Drive-in, established in the 1950s. Hungry? The snack bar has food at bargain prices: cheeseburgers for $2.75, hot dogs for $2.50 and french fries for $2.50.

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