Here are a few highlights of events and attractions the Buffalo area has to offer:
Just a 20-minute drive from UB’s North Campus is Niagara Falls, one of the world’s seven natural wonders.
Buffalo is well-known for four-time AFC champions the Buffalo Bills and two-time Stanley Cup finalists the Buffalo Sabres. Area sports fans also flock to watch the Buffalo Bisons Triple-A baseball team and the Buffalo Bandits Major Indoor Lacrosse League team.
Delaware Park — designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, architect of New York City’s Central Park — is the recreational heart of the city: a mecca for joggers, cross-country skiers, tennis players, softball teams and dog walkers alike.
Just outside the city, Buffalonians can enjoying hiking and camping in a wide range of breathtaking natural areas, including Letchworth State Park, which boasts over 20 waterfalls, and Allegany State Park, the largest in New York State.
Kissing Bridge, Holiday Valley, Peek’n Peak and nearly 20 other ski resorts in the region offer world-class downhill skiing. Nearby Ellicottville offers the quaint charm of a small ski village just an hour outside of Buffalo.
Also about an hour away, on Chautauqua Lake, sits the Chautauqua Institution. Founded in the 19th century, this famed gathering place for artists and scholars attracts more than 150,000 guests each summer.
Any discussion of Buffalo cuisine begins with world-famous Buffalo wings (a Buffalo original served up at the Anchor Bar, where they debuted more than 40 years ago, and at many other bars and restaurants in town). The National Buffalo Wing Festival, inaugurated in 2002, now celebrates the city’s culinary creation every summer.
But Buffalo’s gastronomic offerings go well beyond wings. You’ll find everything from fine dining and international fare to local favorites such as charbroiled hot dogs and beef on kimmelweck sandwiches. At the annual Taste of Buffalo festival, held downtown every July, thousands of Buffalo residents and visitors crowd the streets to enjoy samples of some of the city’s finest cuisine from dozens of local restaurants.
Taste of Buffalo is just one of several dozen annual festivals enjoyed in Buffalo. A street festival takes place nearly every weekend from May through September, including ethnic celebrations like the Hellenic Festival in June, the Canadian/American Friendship Festival every July and the Allentown Art Festival, where over 500 local artists display their work to crowds of several hundred thousand.
Downtown Buffalo’s nightlife is alive throughout the year, from the bright lights of the Chippewa Street strip to fine dining and world-class music venues, and weekdays are just as lively in the summer as weekends are. Thousands of Buffalonians of every age and walk of life throng to the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf on Thursday evenings in the summer to enjoy free live musical entertainment at the Thursday at the Harbor series sponsored by the city; the summer of 2012 saw bands like Fountains of Wayne, Seether and Arrested Development play. Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor brings even more great bands to the summer stage; 2012 acts included Weezer and Feist.
Last updated: December 07, 2012 2:45 pm EST