Friendship Festival – now through Wednesday, July 4th at Riverside Park in Buffalo and Mather Arch in Fort Erie, Ontario. The Canadian side features more than two dozen bands performing through Monday plus the Festival’s Got Talent contest those same days; the Buffalo side also features live bands throughout the festival, plus a midway, food and beverages and more. For more information and schedules visit www.4thatriverside.com (US side) and friendshipfestival.com (Canadian side).
Ellicottville Championship Rodeo – Thursday through Sunday, July 5th through 8th on Sommerville Valley Rd. in Ellicottville, NY. One of the largest IPRA/APRA-sanctioned rodeos in the northeast, the annual rodeo brings over 350 riders to town over the four-day competition. Shows at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday; tickets are $17 for adults, $9 for kids and free for kids under 5 – find out more and get tickets at www.ellicottvillerodeo.com.
Allentown First Friday – Friday, July 6th at a variety of galleries in the Allentown district in Buffalo. On the first Friday of each month, Allentown art galleries, restaurants and businesses welcome visitors for a variety of cultural attractions. Find out more at www.firstfridaysallentown.com.
Great Blue Heron Music Festival – Friday through Sunday, July 6th through 8th in Sherman, New York. Featuring more than 30 acts including Donna the Buffalo, Big Leg Emma, Jim Avett and the Steam Donkeys. Get complete details at greatblueheron.com.
Jam in the Valley – Friday and Saturday, July 6th and 7th at Buffalo Hill Village in Varysburg, New York. Music on Friday features country newcomers Thomas Rhett and Jerrod Niemann plus headliner Miranda Lambert, and Saturday includes Randy Houser, Justin Moore and the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd. Get more information at www.jaminthevalley.com.
Echo Art Fair – Saturday and Sunday, July 7th and 8th at the Larkin Center of Commerce, 701 Seneca St. in downtown Buffalo. The juried fine art exhibition showcases emerging artists whose pieces are available for purchase in one central location. Find out more at www.echoartfair.com.
Taste of Buffalo – Saturday and Sunday, July 7th and 8th along Delaware Ave. from Niagara Square to Chippewa St. in downtown Buffalo. Savor the flavors of more than 50 area restaurants at the largest two-day food festival in the U.S., plus music, a culinary stage, cook-offs and more. Hours are Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; for more information on participating restaurants and ticket prices, visit www.tasteofbuffalo.com.
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