Things to do in Buffalo Ny in Summer

Once the snow melts and the trees and flowers are in bloom, the residents of Buffalo, NY want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Luckily for Buffalonians, there is a wide variety of things to do outside during the summer, and many of them are very affordable.

One of the best-known and top-drawing summer activities in the Buffalo area is Thursday at the Square, held in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. The originator of the free concert series in the Buffalo/Niagara region, Thursday at the Square brings national recording acts to the stage free of charge; concert-goers are encouraged to support the concession stands, as proceeds from your purchase go towards keeping the concerts free. The success of Thursday at the Square has brought on a plethora of imitators: Artpark in Lewiston has free shows Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Ulrich City Centre in Lockport brings national acts in for free on Fridays, and Gateway Park in North Tonawanda features top artists for free on Saturdays.

Another great free activity in Buffalo, NY during the summer is Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Celebrating 35 years in 2010, Shakespeare in Delaware Park offers high-quality performances of two or more Shakespeare plays each summer, running from mid-June to mid-August at Shakespeare Hill in the Park. If Shakespeare isn’t your thing, Delaware Park is still a great place to go during the summer, with walking/bike paths, baseball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts, and one of Buffalo’s public golf courses.

There are a number of festivals that celebrate the different communities of Buffalo. One of the top festivals is Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, an eight day festival celebrating the two neighboring towns (Tonawanda and North Tonawanda) on the Erie Canal. Another festival is Williamsville Old Home Days, held for four days in the Village of Williamsville in Amherst, NY. Both festivals feature parades, midway rides, food vendors, and daily live entertainment, and are held in mid-July.

Held just before the “unofficial” end of summer (Labor Day weekend), the Erie County Fair has a 170-year history, making it one of the longest-running fairs in the country. Featuring daily grandstand events, parades, agricultural demonstrations, live entertainment, food, and animals galore, this 12-day event has something for everyone, and is affordable for the entire family.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of things going on in Buffalo, NY during the summer – you can find a lawn fete, car show, art festival, or musical performance going on every weekend (if not every day) during the summer – part of what makes Buffalo such a great place to live.