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Third annual Larkinville Ice Festival

Every year, the Larkinville Ice Festival gets more and more exciting. That’s because new businesses continue to pop up in the district, each adding fun and interesting elements to the event. This year, the Buffalo Distilling Company is officially open (see here), which is reason enough to attend the festival. The distillery joins the likes of Larkin Square, Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant & Brewery, and Flying Bison Brewery, to offer a full day of activities and events. The Bird’s Nest (see here) is also making waves in Larkinville, and will be lending their circus talents to the affair. 

“Our Larkinville Ice Fest is the perfect reason to be out enjoying Buffalo all year round,” said Larkin Square Director of Fun Leslie Zemsky. “We are thrilled to host this day of winter fun for all ages.”

While the festival might appear to be heavy on the beer and spirits due to all of the makers in the district, it is a family friendly event. Interactive activities and special events include brunch, a gallery opening, a pop-up shop, and acro-circus performances. It’s a diverse mix of events that will keep everyone busy throughout the day.

Timeline of Events

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Larkin Square (745 Seneca Street)

Programming from 11am – 3pm

  • Ice Throne
  • Sledding Hill
  • Nickel City Novelties spin art and other games
  • Face Painting
  • Coloring Stations, Bubble Station
  • Pickleball, Kan-Jam, Cornhole
  • KeyBank sponsored hockey game
  • Independent Health, Fitness in the Parks sponsored Snowga (Yoga in the Snow): two 30 minute sessions at 11am & 12pm
  • Winter vendor market including Thistle Creek Alpaca Farm and their Alpacas
  • Food trucks: Amy’s Truck & Sassi Cakes
  • Outdoor bar on the boardwalk
  • Filling Station restaurant open for lunch indoors
  • Performers throughout the square from Bird’s Nest Acro Circus.

Larkin Center of Commerce (701 Seneca Street)

  • Horse-drawn sleigh wagon rides up and down Seneca Street

Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant & Brewery (716 Swan Street)

  • Bagels and Brooze with Breadhive: 10:30am – 2:30pm
  • Adam Weekley exhibition On the Line opening in (716) GAL-LERY: 10:30am – 2:30pm
  • The Bavarian Winterfest, sponsored by Jagermeister: 4pm – 8pm
  • Buffalo Black Book Magazine Winter Issue Release Party ~ M~A~G~I~C, Sponsored by Half and  Half Boutique: 8pm – 11pm

Flying Bison Brewery (840 Seneca Street)

  • Brewery open 12pm – 8pm
  • Ice carvings
  • Appearance by Buffalo Mack, the mascot for local folklore around the upcoming Groundhog Day, at 2:00pm

Buffalo Distilling Company (860 Seneca Street)

  • Tasting room open 11am – 3pm
  • Slow Roll Buffalo’s wintertime community bike ride “Snow Roll,” will also depart from Buffalo Distilling Co. at 12:30pm.

Third annual Larkinville Ice Festival

Saturday, January 282017 | 11am – 3pm

As always, Larkin Square has free event parking and this event is free and open to the public courtesy of presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health.

For more information about the Larkinville Ice Fest and other neighborhood happenings, visit Also see Facebook.

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