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Buffalo Central Terminal Schedule of 2012 Tours, Events & Festivals

The 2012 event schedule for the Buffalo Central Terminal has been released, and with it we are seeing some familiar programming such as the Toy Train and Railroadiana Expo and the Dyngus Day celebration (expanded this year). Deco Fest is making a return visit in 2012, and for those ghost hunters and zombies out there (there are many) the terminal will become the site of three-day paranormal and horror convention – one of the largest in the northeast. Each time you attend an event at the Buffalo Central Terminal you help the architectural icon towards its ultimate salvation. So pick a festival, expo, event or tour and mark it on your calendar. 
Highlights include:
Monday, April 9th, 3p-11p – Dyngus Day: The Dyngus Day Capital of the World’s biggest party. Polka supergroup Those Idiots will take over the Terminal for the entire night as they play three shows that includes a special “rock polka” concert for the finally. Authentic Polish food, spirits & beer available. Located at the end of the Dyngus Day Buffalo Parade and on the Sobieski Vodka Shuttle route. Doors open at 3pm. Cost is $10/or $2 with a Pussy Willow Pass.
Saturday, May 12th, 9a-Noon – Annual Volunteer Day (Clean-Up):  15th anniversary of the grassroots efforts to beautify the Terminal. Over the years this community volunteer day has positively transformed the Terminal’s concourse and grounds. Come ready to work with gloves, work attire and tools as we prepare for 2012 season of tours and events.
Friday, May 25th, Saturday, May 26th & Sunday May, 27th – ParaHorror Con: One of the northeast’s largest paranormal conventions comes to Buffalo Central Terminal. Meet and discuss all things ghosts with fellow enthusiasts and national experts. Event will feature lectures, workshops and a number of celebrities including Tyler Mane & Lloyd Kaufman from Troma Films, Leah Gibson from Twilight & Eclipse and James Winburn from the original Halloween. Weekend will include a VIP investigation of Buffalo Central Terminal and an evening of “candlelight” tours of the Terminal complex. Visit for details.
Saturday, June 16th, – Deco Fest: A celebration of the “swing & style” of the Central Terminal. Headline act to be announced later this spring. Learn more at
Saturday, September 8th & Sunday, September 9th, 10a-4p – Toy Train and Railroadiana Expo: One of the area’s largest assemblages of toy and model train vendors from the Northeast selling trains of all gauges and vintages.  Purveyors of railroad antiques, DVDs, books, photographs and other associated ephemera known as “railroadiana” will also be on hand. Historians will be available to tell stories of Buffalo’s past important position as the second largest railroad hub in North America. Admission is $5 for adults; children under 12 free.    
Saturday, September 29th, 3:30p-11p –The Buffalo Oktoberfest: Get ready to raise your beer and toast, “Prost” during Western New York’s largest event of its kind. Eat, drink, dance German heritage in the spirit of gemutlichkeit! Central Terminal is transformed into a giant Bavarian beer hall with authentic German beer & food and continuous German music provided by Buffalo’s Auslanders and the 25-piece, German American Musicians Blaskapelle. Learn more at
An expanded schedule of tours will educate the public about the Terminal’s history, architecture and future. Back by popular demand, two scheduled “Tower Tours” will give the public a rare opportunity to climb to the Terminal’s 13th floor for a spectacular view of the Buffalo skyline. Trained docents will take groups of fifteen to the 13th floor every 30 minutes for an unprecedented photo opportunity. “Photographer Tours” will give amateur & professional shutter bugs the opportunity to capture unfettered views of the Terminal in small, controlled groups.
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2012 Buffalo Central Terminal full events schedule: (All event details are subject to change without notice. Updated information will be available at
Monday Apr 9th                        Dyngus Day 3p-11p
Saturday May 26th                    Paranormal Convention & Expo TBA
Saturday June 16th                   Decofest Music Festival TBA
Sat/Sun Sept 8-9th                   Train Show and History Expo 10-4p
Saturday Sept 29th                   Buffalo Oktoberfest 3p-11p
Sunday May 6th                        Tower Tour 10a-3p
Sunday May 20th                      History & Architecture Tour 11a-1p
Friday May 25th                        VIP Ghost Hunt TBA
Saturday May 26th                    ParaHorror Con TBA
Sunday May 27th                      Candlelight Tours 7-Mid
Sunday June 10th                     History & Architecture Tour 11a-1p
Sunday June 24th                     History & Architecture Tour 11a-1p
Sunday July 8th                        History & Architecture Tour 11a-1p
Sunday July 15th                      Photographer Tour 8a-5p
Sunday July 22nd                      History & Architecture Tour 11a-1p
Sunday Aug 5th                        History & Architecture Tour 11a-1p
Sunday Aug 12th                      Photographer Tour 8a-5p
Sunday Aug 19th                      History & Architecture Tour 11a-1p
Sunday Sept 2nd                       History & Architecture Tour 11a-1p
Sunday Sept 16th                      History & Architecture Tour 11a-1p
Sunday Sept 23rd                      Member Only Tour 11a-1p
Sunday Oct 7th                         Tower Tour 10a-3p
Thursday Oct 25th                     Candlelight  Tours 5p-9p
Thursday Oct 25th                     VIP Ghost Hunt 9p-Mid
Friday Oct 26th                         Candlelight  Tours 5p-9p
Friday Oct 26th                         Halloween Ghost Hunt 9p-Mid
Saturday Oct 27th                     Candlelight Tours 5p-9p
Community Events
Saturday May 12th                    Annual Volunteer Day (Clean Up) 9a-Noon
Wednesday May 23rd                Veterans’ Stand Down TBA

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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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