The Buffalo Brewery District and the Binational Alliance have unveiled a lineup of events to take place in downtown Buffalo during “18 Amazing Weeks of Summer.”
“Our goal is that no one will ever be able to say, ‘There’s nothing to do in Buffalo,’ ever again,” said Arlene White, executive director at the Binational Alliance. “We can prove them wrong.”
The Buffalo Brewery District and several other partners have put together a slew of events taking place every day of the summer in downtown Buffalo.
On the calendar are tours, pub crawls, concerts, sporting events, speakers and entertainment packages designed to lure visitors to Buffalo Niagara and Southern Ontario and keep them here as long as possible.
“I know I’m not a four-day destination, but I think I’m part of one,” said Earl Ketry, who has ownership positions in several properties – including the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, the Lofts on Pearl and the Sportsmen’s Tavern on Amherst Street – that make up much of the Brewery District.
The Brewery District also includes the Hotel @ the Lafayette on Washington Street.
Ketry has partnered with several entities, such as the Buffalo Bisons, Try-It Distributing and Erie Canal Harbor Corp. as well as destinations north of the border to offer entertainment packages for sale online.
The packages, made up of events and venues throughout the region, are pulled together under the one Buffalo Brewery District brand and will be marketed to potential visitors from places such as Cleveland and Toronto.
Before the initiative was even formally announced, it had booked 260 people for downtown pub crawls, officials said.
Brewery tours will be offered three times a day, every day.
There also will be Sunday gospel brunches each month, an interactive dinner mystery theater at Dug’s Dive, speaker series, behind-the-scenes tours at Coca-Cola Field and overnight travel packages for wine lovers, history buffs and art aficionados.