Events & Festivals

March 2018 Events

Now thru March 18th    FREE Ice Skating at Rotary Rink
Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza
Main at Chippewa Streets, Buffalo
(716) 856-3150
Downtown Buffalo's outdoor, free ice-skating rink. Snacks and beverages are available. Opening on November 26th weather permitting. Host an upcoming party or special event; party packages available. Skate rental available. Rotary Rink is weather dependent. Call before coming if the temperature reaches 45 degrees.

Now thru March 18th    Ice Skating & Ice Biking at Canalside
The Ice on Canalside
44 Prime Street, Downtown Buffalo
 (716) 574-1537
The ice at Canalside is Buffalo's newest downtown attraction. It offers more than ice skating! Enjoy curling or, unique to Buffalo, enjoy riding an ice bike. Ice Bikes were designed and manufactured locally to be ridden on the ice! Warm up with some hot cocoa and snacks from the Winter Café! Call or check our website before coming down if the weather is not so wintery.

Now thru April 22nd     digiPlaySpace
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
(716) 896-5200
Produced by TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), digiPlaySpace is an interactive playground for kids and grown-ups alike where they can explore new media technologies, learning-centric games and hands-on installations. Guests will engage with 14 different interactive digital activities created by artists around the world. From large-scale interactive installations and fast-paced multi-player videogames, to immersive green-screen adventures and experimenting with robotics, digiPlaySpace offers guests of all ages exciting ways to explore our increasingly interconnected world. The Buffalo Museum of Science is only the third museum in the U.S. to host the exhibit.

1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd    Cooking Classes @ Webster's Kitchen
Webster's Kitchen
110 Webster Street, North Tonawanda
(716) 264-4315
Creating the warmth and welcome of a classic kitchen, Webster's Kitchen presents a series of cooking classes that go beyond simply learning new recipes. Beginning February 22nd with Basic Kitchen Skills, each class offers instruction for a different food item. Other classes are offered on March 1st (Soups), March 8th (Salads), March 15th (The Mother Sauces) and March 22nd (Entrées) Pre-register for classes as they sell out fast.

2nd    First Fridays in Allentown
Allen Street between Pearl Street and Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
(716) 881-1024
Join us on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9pm, when Allentown art galleries, performance artists, musicians, restaurants, retailers and more, come together to create a rich cultural attraction.

3rd    Cooking Class - Desserts/Pastries
Webster's Kitchen
110 Webster Street, North Tonawanda
(716) 264-4315
Creating the warmth and welcome of a classic kitchen, Webster's Kitchen presents a series of cooking classes on the preparation of desserts/pastries that go beyond simply learning new recipes. Dessert/Pastry classes are on February 3rd, 10th, 24th & March 3rd. Visit the website for more information. Register early to secure your place!

3rd & 4th    Orchid Show
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Avenue, Lackawanna
(716) 827-1584
The show includes dozens of amazing award winning orchids.  Exhibits will be spread throughout the Botanical Gardens, and educational programs will be held both days on growing orchids and other aspects of indoor gardening. Orchids and supplies will be for sale from several vendors. Garden members & kids 2 and under are free! Tickets are available at the door.

3rd, 9th & 24th    Queen City Roller Girls
Buffalo RiverWorks
359 Ganson Street, Buffalo
(716) 342-2292
All QCRG home games are played at Buffalo Riverworks, a multi-purpose venue. In addition to roller derby, Buffalo Riverworks houses 3 bars, a restaurant, a brewery, concert venue, covered outdoor ice rinks, and a second-level mezzanine overlooking the roller derby track. QCRG is very excited to be partnering with Buffalo Riverworks to offer a best in class experience to our fans across Western New York. Tickets for their home games through April 21, 2018, can be purchased at the door or in advance at

4th    LAOH's 10th Annual Traditional Irish Breakfast
St. Leo's Worship Site
2748 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY
Mary (716) 998-9332  For more information
Mari (716) 696-2035   For more information
Enjoy a delicious Irish breakfast buffet with authentic foods, along with entertainment, basket auction and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets: $10pp/ $6 kids 10 & under. Menu: scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, scones, brown bread, beans, tomatoes, oatmeal, pastries, coffee, tea, orange juice.

4th    Peter and The Wolf - BPO Kids
Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
(716) 885-5000  Box office
One of the most famous musical tales in the world. Close-up video of the orchestra performing brings each instrument into focus as they represent the characters in this exciting story of Peter and his adventures to catch the wolf and make the meadow safe for his friends. Come at 1:30 for stories, crafts, games and other activities.

9th - 11th    Ellicottville's Mardi Gras Weekend & Winter Carnival
Monroe Street, Ellicottville, NY
(800) 349-9099
This weekend is packed full of fun including live music and a Mardi Gras parade. FREE fun for the whole family. Visit the website for more information.

9th - 11th & 16h - 18th    Buffalo Home Show

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin Street, Buffalo
(716) 429-6626
Find innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improvement and gardening with hundreds of experts all under one roof. From windows and flooring to cabinets and landscaping, and much more. Appearing Live:  Jason Cameron of DIY Network's Desperate Landscapes, Man Caves and Sledgehammer & Brett Tutor, carpenter for TLC's hit show Trading Spaces! Shop, compare and save for 6 days only.

9th - 15th    Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival
Amherst Dipson Theatre
3500 Main Street, BUffalo
One of the most important elements of Judaism celebrated in film by the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival, now in its 33rd season, is diversity. Jewish stories and culture appear in the most unlikely places. In the coming edition, the festival endeavors to take viewers to a place not visited before ... India. Additionally, the festival features films produced in Denmark and Hungary, partial productions in Sweden, Poland and Austria. This festival promises high-quality, seldom seen, but universally acclaimed films. Get your tickets now!

10th thru April 8th    Spring Flower Exhibit & 4-H Farm
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo
(716) 827-1584
With over 22,000 bulbs on display, come celebrate the sensations of spring inside their Dome. Fragrant shrubs and flowers of every kind will be set against the ombre hues of tulips and daffodils highlighting the majestic conservatory at one of the most beautiful times of the year. Included with the exhibit is the 4-H Farm that will host baby bunnies, chicks, pigs, ducks and so much more! The 4-H Farm will be open from 10am-4pm daily. The Easter Bunny will visit the Botanical Gardens April 14 and 15 from 10am-5pm.

11th    Jazz on 2nd Sundays at The Buffalo History Museum
The Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court, Buffalo
(716) 873-9644
Concluding the Second Sunday's series with New York native and Toronto jazz artist, Pat Labarbera. LaBarbera has performed and recorded consistently with Elvin Jones since 1975, appearing at premier jazz festivals all over the world. He has also worked with the bands of Louis Bellson, Woody Herman and spent several years touring and recording as the featured tenor saxophone soloist with the Buddy Rich Band. 2:30-4:00pm. Visit the website for further information.

16th    M & T Third Fridays at the Buffalo History Museum
The Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court, Buffalo
(716) 873-9644 ext. 301
On the third Friday of every month admission to the Buffalo History Museum, the Resource Center and select events are free for everyone.  Visitors will experience new programs, family events, happy hour entertainment, docent-led tours and more.
- Free admission HOURS OPEN on M & T THIRD FRIDAYS at the Resource Center at 459 Forest Ave.  10am-5pm.
- Free admission to the History Museum at One Museum Court 10am-5pm.
Call or visit the website for the M & T Third Friday event schedule. Members always receive free or discounted admission to special happenings.

17th    "Old Neighborhood" Parade & Hooley
Kicks off from the Valley Community Center
93 Leddy Street, Buffalo
(716) 823-4707 ext.4
   Since 1994, this parade has wound its way through the historic streets of the Valley and Old First Ward neighborhoods. Viewing of the parade is available starting at 12pm from the Valley Community Center (95 Leddy Street, Buffalo) along South Park Avenue (between Hamburg Street and Smith Street), Smith Street (between South Park Avenue and Elk Street), Elk Street (between Smith Street and South Park Avenue), Hamburg Street (between South Park Avenue and South Street), and South Street (between Hamburg Street and Louisiana Street).
   Immediately following the parade is the traditional grand Irish “Hooley” featuring live music as well as plenty of food and drink. The “Hooley” runs from 1pm-5:30pm. For more information regarding any of the Valley Community Association's St. Patrick's Day activities contact the phone# above.

18th    St. Patrick's Day Parade - Downtown Buffalo
Delaware Avenue (Niagara Square to North Street, Buffalo)
(716) 875-0282
Each year, thousands of people flock to downtown Buffalo to enjoy this annual parade! Bring the family downtown and celebrate the luck of the Irish. The parade kicks off at 2pm in Niagara Square and travels north on Delaware Avenue to North Street ... don't forget to wear green!

24th    SEASTER
Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, NY
(716) 285-3575
Take your photo with the Easter Bunny at the Aquarium! Enjoy all the Aquarium has to offer and more with egg-periments and an egg hunt - can you find all the eggs hidden in the tanks? Also, be among the first to experience Penguin Coast and watch a Penguin Feeding, Rescue Harbor Seal Presentations and Sea Lion Shows! 11am-3pm. Regular admission price; members free.

24th    Eggstravaganza
Niagara Power Vista
5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston
(716) 286-6661
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will celebrate the season at its annual Spring Eggstravaganza from 10am4pm. Activities include free photos with the bunny from 10am-2pm, a scavenger hunt, crafts, face painting, and free rides on the Niagara Scenic Trolley compliments of New York State Parks. In addition to the Eggstravaganza  activities, guests are invited to enjoy the all-new state-of-the-art exhibits at the Niagara Power Vista. Visitors can take a seat in a 4-D simulated ride, create a transmission distribution system on a one-of-a-kind transmission grid table, build a dam or simulate the coordination of power across the state during bad weather.  Parking and admission are free. For more information, call the number listed above or visit the website for a complete schedule of activities.

24th    Easter Egg Hunt & Visit the Easter Bunny
Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
2655 South Park Avenue, Lackawanna
(716) 827-1584 ext. 292 with questions
Register early! This Hunt sells out every year! Kids ages seven and under are eligible to participate in the Hunt. Collect two eggs to exchange for a prize! The Hunt is outside so dress accordingly and bring a basket to collect eggs. While you are at the Gardens, check out the Spring Flower Exhibit & 4-H Farm! Visit the Easter Bunny on March 24th, 30th & 31st from 10am-5pm. Visit the website for more information. 

24th    Easter Bonnet Tea Party at Webster's Kitchen
Webster's Kitchen
110 Webster Street, North Tonawanda
(716) 264-4315
Join Jill Townson for a special Afternoon Tea event from 3-5pm on January 27th (sold out), February 24th and March 24th. Each date with a different theme. Come alone or with a group of friends. These are popular events! Register early to secure your place!  $25 per person.

Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
(716) 896-5200
Join the Buffalo Museum of Science from 7 to 10pm to learn about the science of beer! Beerology guests can sample beers and other brews from some of the best microbreweries in the region, snack on beer-friendly foods, enjoy presentations on home brewing and a variety of beer-related topics, and more! Adults 21+ only. Tickets required, general admission $49.

24th, 25th & 31st    Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Buffalo Zoo!
Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo
(716) 837-3900

Join us for a wonderful breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Two seatings each day from 9-10:30am and 11:00am-12:30pm. Due to limited seating, pre-paid, non-refundable tickets are required. Ticket prices for non-members are $17 adults and $14 for children. Members prices are $12 for adults and $9 for children. Children 23 months and younger are free. Get your tickets here.

31st    Adult Easter Egg Hunt
Spring Lake Winery
7373 Rochester Road, Lockport
(716) 439-5253
All grown up, but still enjoy an Easter egg hunt? Then Spring Lake Winery is the place for you on March 31st from 12:30-1:30pm! It’s an Adult Spiked Easter Egg Hunt. Enjoy wine, egg hunting and music. $10pp includes a glass of wine and hunt. Find the golden egg and win the ultimate Spring Lake Winery experience as your prize! Visit their website for further details and to register.