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BORDERLAND: Buffalo’s most beautiful and expansive music festival debuts this week

Inaugural multi-day music + art festival to highlight Buffalo's Renaissance

The inaugural Borderland Music & Arts Festival™ launches later this week.  The two-day festival aims to highlight the best of the region’s music, arts, and crafts on September 22 + 23 at Knox Farm State Park.

Buffalo, at heart, has always been a music town. Even given our relatively small population size, as compared to major markets like Toronto, Chicago, and New York, Buffalo still consistently attracts large audiences of music lovers, as well as great musicians. With Borderland now on the scene, we can add music tourism to our list of regional accomplishments.

The event will feature over 20 national and local acts on three stages. The organizers have indicated that it will also focus on the growth of craft beer culture in the region, and highlight the growing culinary reputation of WNY. Guests of the festival will also experience hands-on exhibitions from local artisans.

“The Buffalo Niagara region has tremendous assets. We felt that the Borderland Festival would be the ideal environment to showcase our unique assets and, by doing so, attract fans from beyond the region to experience all the diversity and the talent of the region,” stated the festival’s co-founder, John Cimperman.

Cimperman, former head of marketing for the Buffalo Sabres and, most recently, owner of entertainment marketing firm Cenergy added, “Festival are an important and growing segment in the entertainment industry. It was time for Buffalo to be on the national festival map and, by doing so, attract visitors from beyond the region and provide a positive economic impact.”

Headlining the inaugural festival is American roots rock band The Revivalists. Burgeoning acts Dr. Dog, acclaimed country female recording artist Margo Price, and rock n’ roll hall of famer, John Oates and the Good Road Band. The festival stays true to its local roots by featuring some of Buffalo’s thriving music acts, Upstate Rub- down, PA Line, Folk Faces, Leroy Townes Band, 10 Cent Howl, and The Observers.

The festival will also highlight a number of local corporate partners that share the vision for the festival. Local sponsors include Try-It Distributing, Elmhurst Nutmilks, Westin Buffalo, Hotel Henry, and Towne Automotive Group.

Additionally, Visit Buffalo Niagara and I Love NY have been active partners in supporting the festival to drive tourism to the region.

Artisian Lineup

A portion of the proceeds from the festival will be donated to Knox Farm State Park, as well as The Boys and Girls Club of East Aurora, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, and Friends of Knox Park.

Getting there.

Parking is available on Knox Road, $15 for both days.

Ride Sharing and carpooling is encouraged. Lyft is offering a new rider promo code BLAND20 for a $20 credit.

Shuttles will be running between the Borderland festival grounds and Buffalo Ironworks.

  • 1st pick up leaving Buffalo Ironworks 11:00am am arriving at Knox Farm before 12 (noon).
  • 2nd pick up leaving Buffalo Ironworks 2pm arriving at Knox Farm before 2:30pm
  • Leaving Borderland (East Aurora) 7pm – arrive at Buffalo Ironworks 7:30pm
  • Leaving Borderland (East Aurora) 9:30pm – arrive at Buffalo Ironworks 10pm
  • $10 round trip ticket. Cash only!


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Schedule of events.

For more information on the Borderland Music + Arts Festival or to buy tickets visit,

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