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24 Hours in Buffalo: August

The 24 Hours in Buffalo Series is sponsored by Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

24 Hours in Buffalo is a monthly series we’ve launched to give our readers the rundown on places to explore and things to do in the coming month – whether you’re here for a quick visit and are hoping to squeeze in a mini adventure or two, or you’re a local looking for ideas on where to take your out-of-town guests, or you’re simply stumped on what to do with an upcoming free weekend.

Each month will be a little different, but look for features on a variety of urban adventures – from history tours, to arts exhibits, places to grab a bite, festivals, and more. We hope you discover something new to love about the Queen City!


Buffalo Brewfest

Friday, August 2 | 5:00 – 9:30 PM
Buffalo RiverWorks
359 Ganson Street, Buffalo, New York 14203
Tickets | Facebook | Website
Must be 21 or older to attend

Buffalo Brewfest, Buffalo’s original craft beer festival, is set for Friday, August 2nd from 5:00pm – 9:30pm at Buffalo Riverworks! All proceeds will benefit the programs and services of Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center. Craft beer lovers have the chance to enjoy more than 100 craft beers from local, regional, national and international breweries.

Back again for 2019 is the Buffalo Brewfest VIP Biergarten. The VIP area will feature reserved seating, special beer selections and food (requires the purchase of a VIP ticket). In addition to more than 100 craft beer samplings, special selections of wine and spirits will be available for sampling.

Advance General Admission tickets are $35 ($45 day-of) and include admission to the event, 20 tasting coupons (each tasting is three ounces) and a souvenir Brewfest glass.

Advance VIP tickets are $75 ($85 day-of) include admission to the event, 20 tasting coupons (each tasting is three ounces) a souvenir Brewfest glass, access to the VIP level, reserved seating, priority beer service, and Buffalo-themed food.

Designated drivers are admitted free of charge with complimentary soft drinks and water available. Must be 21 or older to attend. All Buffalo Brewfest proceeds benefit Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center.

More information is available at

Insectival at Tifft Nature Preserve

Sunday, August 4 | Noon – 4:00 PM
Tifft Nature Preserve
1200 Fuhrmann Blvd (Across From the Small Boat Harbor)
Tickets $7 per person | Facebook

Don’t miss the ninth annual bug-tastic festival of insects and their crawly cousins! Meet live insects up-close, venture outside for an insect safari, make-and-take buggy crafts, explore educational insectigation stations, try a bite of real edible insects, and much more! It’s sure to be an insect-errific day for everyone! Event is Rain or shine.

Buffalo Rotary Duck Derby

Sunday, August 11 | 11:00 AM – to 3:00 PM
Canalside, 44 Prime Street
Website | Facebook

Join the quaziest race ever when hundreds of lil’ rubber ducks are launched at Canalside. With your $5 donation for a duck, YOU have the chance to cheer on your little quacker racing for the finish line. Prizes awarded for the duckies who come in first, second, and third, plus library swag, giveaways and Vidlers gift certificates. Plus hop on the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s Library on Wheels bookmobile!

It’s free to attend ($5 to “adopt” your own racing duck!!)

Help “Rudy” and his feathered friends raise money for The Buffalo Rotary Foundation, Inc.’s diverse community projects that make Western New York a better place to live.

Grown Up Night of Play at Explore & More Children’s Museum

Friday, August 16 | 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum
130 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14203
Must be 21 or older to attend

Who says kids should have all the fun?? Have some grown-up only fun at the new museum along the Buffalo Waterfront! An evening of excitement with four floors of food and fun in Buffalo’s all-new play museum. Ticket includes access to hands-on activities throughout the museum, food stations, Tommyrotter Distillery tastings, one drink ticket, cash bar, live music, and more! Stay past 9:30 for a champagne toast and to stargaze and watch the ballpark fireworks – weather permitting!

End of Summer Throwback Street Party Weekend on Chandler Street!

Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24 | 6:00 – 11:00 PM
Thin Man Brewery (Chandler St)
166 Chandler St, Buffalo, New York 14207
Tickets | Facebook
Must be 21 or older to attend

You’ve been to the festivals on Elmwood… now it’s time to kick things off on Chandler Street!

Friday night kicks off the weekend with The Strictly Hip and Invisible Touch – 80s Cover Band. Then Saturday it’s back to the 80’s with favorites from NERDS GONE WILD in WNY and all your 90’s hits from Soul Patch. The bar inside and the patio bar will both be open for full service, with additional beer stations located throughout the grounds. Food will be provided by the talented Tappo Pizza kitchen.

The 20th Annual Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts

Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Located on Elmwood Avenue, between West Ferry and St. James

Facebook | Website

Shop more than 170 artists and craftspeople. See more than 60 performances on four stages. Visit the family friendly dance tent. Also, check out KidsFest which features five hands-on activity tents. Learn about 50 different Cultural and Environmental Groups located in Buffalo as well as Elmwood Businesses.


CLICK HERE to see other upcoming events in Buffalo, NY.

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24 Hours in Buffalo

This monthly guide introduces and reacquaints our readers with the very special experiences that make life in this city a rich and fascinating tapestry. Every month, we will highlight unique urban adventures including, history and heritage tours, dining and entertainment, arts and culture, along with many other activities that comprise Buffalo’s DNA.

24 Hours in Buffalo is designed to encourage Western New Yorkers to explore the city they Bufflove in a way they may not have previously considered. Help us highlight these adventures by using and following the tag #24hoursBFLO on Instagram.

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