As part of the massive Garden Walk celebration, Kleinhans Music Hall will be hosting a mini folk music festival at its reflecting pool this Saturday. Garden Walk enthusiasts, neighbors and music lovers are invited to come out and relax in front of the majestic music hall, as Savannah King, Nan Hoffman, and Sara Elizabeth perform from 4 PM to 6:30 PM.
After a fun-filled day of exploring Buffalo’s flowery neighborhoods, the concert setting is the perfect place to meet up with friends and enjoy one of the city’s greatest cultural and architectural assets.
Along with the superb live music, there will be a Food Truck Rodeo in the parking lot of the music hall (Saturday and Sunday 10am to dusk). Then it’s off to First Presbyterian Church for a “nature-inspired special Garden Walk Buffalo 20th Anniversary concert” (get tickets here). After the concert ends, people will be treated to a brilliant “green” illumination of Kleinhans Music Hall.
Following is the entire line-up for Garden Walk activities…
OPEN GARDENS THROUGHOUT BUFFALO NIAGARA | Thursday and Friday | Free, no reservations required. 90+ gardens to tour. Visit gardens in Buffalo’s Delaware District, Elmwood Village and Allentown, Parkside, Northtowns, Hamburg, Southtowns, Lancaster, Niagara County, East Aurora, Holland, South Buffalo, Lakeshore, and Buffalo’s Cottage District. For locations, hours, maps, and garden descriptions visit National Garden Festival Open Gardens.
GUIDED AAA/HORIZON CLUB TOURS MOTORCOACH TOUR | Thursday | 10am-4:30pm | Sally Cunningham’s Garden Discoveries: Buffalo, Heart of Garden Walk. The Elmwood Village area boasts some of the most photographed, beautiful, and original gardens. We’ll talk dahlias, espalier, and garden art. Departs from Orchard Park, and Buffalo. $74/person. Call 800-242-4244 to book, or visit AAA/Horizon Club Tours to purchase online.
PARTY | Friday | 7-9pm | J.P. Bullfeathers American Grill and Bar | Garden Walk Buffalo Pre-Party: Featuring garden-inspired hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, beer and wine open bar, raffles and giveaways. $30 ticket at the door. Call for reservations 716-886-1010. J.P. Bullfeathers, 1010 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo.
EXHIBITION OPENING | Friday | 6-9pm | Garden Mystique at Artsphere Studio & Gallery | 10th Annual group art exhibition, in all media, celebrating garden walks in Buffalo’s neighborhoods. Gallery hours Wed-Fri: 12-5pm, Sat: 11am-3pm.
PRESENTATION | Thursday | 7-8pm | Flowers and Plants in the Bible and Buffalo: Their Meaning and Symbolism. Dr. B. G. Flickinger will give a lecture fascinating for gardeners, students, artists, writers, and Garden Walk enthusiasts! Pilgrim St. Luke’s UCC & El Nuevo Camino, 335 Richmond Avenue. FREE No reservations required.
GARDEN WALK LIGHTS BUFFALO GREEN | Friday, Saturday, and Sunday | 14 area landmarks and businesses, along with dozens and dozens of gardener’s homes, will be lit green in celebration of Garden Walk’s 20th anniversary, including Niagara Falls, the Buffalo Main Lighthouse, The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, the Electric Tower, the Peace Bridge, Buffalo Central Terminal, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Estate, Kleinhans Music Hall, M&T Bank Tower, Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historic Site, the Best Western on The Avenue, and One Canalside. For exact days, hours and locations, visit here.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
GARDEN WALK BUFFALO | Saturday and Sunday | 10am-4:00pm | Free, no reservations required. Get maps at Garden Walk Headquarter locations: Richmond Summer Senior Center, Buffalo Seminary on Bidwell Parkway and Evergreen Health Services, at Elmwood and Chippewa. Buy GW merchandise, including the GW Anniversary Bookazine. Purchase tickets for our SuperBig Raffle for $3,000 worth of prizes – and enter free raffles – by 20th anniversary sponsor Sprout, for a Frank Lloyd Wright sprite garden statue, or BPO Nation tickets to see Emmy Lou Harris including a backstage meet-and-greet with Emmy Lou! For more information, visit www.GardenWalkBuffalo.com.
SHUTTLE BUSES | Saturday and Sunday | 10am-4:00pm | Five free, hop-on/hop-off shuttles will carry visitors through many Garden Walk Buffalo neighborhoods, stopping at all three Garden Walk headquarters. Professional guides from Preservation Buffalo Niagara will share significant and architectural masterpieces along the route. 10am-4pm, pick up the shuttle at any three HQ, or along the route where you see the orange bus signs. See the Garden Walk map for details.
SCAVENGER HUNT | Saturday and Sunday | Find 20 gardens with secret signs, win twenty $20 bills! See the Garden Walk Buffalo map for details.
FOOD TRUCK RODEO | Saturday and Sunday | 10am-dusk | First Presbyterian Church, Symphony Circle. There will be picnicking space available on the grounds of Kleinhans Music Hall. You will be able to enjoy Lloyd Taco Truck, Black Market, Whole Hog, Amy’s Place and Betty Crockski food trucks for lunch and/or dinner, as well as Gelatto and Sweet Hearth for desserts. Want a sit-down option? Consider Garden Walk Buffalo sponsors J.P. Bullfeathers (1010 Elmwood Avenue) or Crust Pizza Bar (242 Allen Street).
FREE FOLK CONCERT | Saturday | 4-6:30pm | The Buffalo Philharmonic’s Garden Walk Folk Fest on the grounds of Kleinhans Music Hall, Symphony Circle. Catch three of Buffalo’s top folk acts before the evening’s concert. It’s a perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring the gardens. Savannah King, Nan Hoffman, and Sara Elizabeth will perform by the reflecting pool. Grab dinner at the food trucks across the street and come enjoy the free concert!
BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC CONCERT | Saturday | 7pm | Buffalo Philharmonic Garden Walk Celebration Concert, First Presbyterian Church. Bradley Thachuk, conductor of Symphony Niagara, leads a concert of music inspired by nature in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Buffalo Garden Walk. Tickets $49/$29/$19. Purchase tickets online at BPO.org.
An OASIS @ Urban Roots Garden Center | Saturday | 12pm-7pm | 428 Rhode Island Street, Buffalo. Celebrate Garden Walk Buffalo’s anniversary, and the Infringement Festival, with live music, refreshments, food, wine tastings and garden education – with an exhibition of purchasable garden art.
BURCHFIELD PENNEY ART CENTER EXHIBITION | Burchfield Botanicals an exhibition of Charles E. Burchfield’s botanical sketches and paintings paired with life-like wildflower reproductions from Marchand Collection at the Buffalo Museum of Science. On view on through November 9. 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10am-5 pm; Thursday: 10am-9pm; Sunday: 1-5 pm; Closed Mondays. Admission $10, Seniors: $8, Students: $5, Children (10 & under): FREE
EXHIBITION | Naturally Inspired at 1045 Gallery for the Arts, 1045 Elmwood Avenue | Free. Exhibition of works by ceramicist (and Garden Walk Buffalo co-founder) Gail McCarthy, painter Barb Earnst, and sculptor Bill Wilson. On exhibit through July 31.