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30th Annual Friendship Festival

If there’s on thing that Buffalo doesn’t do enough of, it’s promoting cross border events. When was the last time you hopped across the border to attend an event? As long as the lines at the Peace Bridge aren’t that long, getting to and from Canada is still a snap, relatively speaking. Better yet, cycling across the bridge is a lot of fun and fairly simple. Once in Canada, there are plenty of immediate options to consider, from some of the best Rails to Trails in the country (out along Lake Erie), to a couple of fantastic bars and restaurants with views of the Niagara River. Whether it’s to get Chinese food at Ming Teh in Fort Erie, or riding the bike path along the river, one of Buffalo’s best assets happens to be its close proximity to Canada.

The Friendship Festival celebrates the good relations between Canada and the United States since the end of the War of 1812.

Each year, Fort Erie holds a Friendship Festival that is literally within viewing distance from Buffalo. The festival is a fun family affair that features concerts, car shows, a historic encampment, a new midway, free family activities, a green area, reptiles, food trucks, vendors, and artists. 

This year, if you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary to attend, consider stopping over to the Friendship Festival. You’ll be amazed at how close it is, and how much there is to offer.



When you get to the festival, be sure to tell people all about the great things happening in Buffalo. Considering that Fort Erie is just a stone’s throw away, we should all be cross promoting a lot more than we are currently.

Friendship Festival | Mather Park – just off the Peace Bridge | July 21 – July 24 | See location | Admission is free | See Facebook

Thursday July 21 – 5pm to 11pm | Friday July 22 – 3pm to 11pm | Saturday July 23 – 11am to 11pm | Sunday July 24 – 11am to 6pm

Written by queenseyes


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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