Before you say goodbye to summer in Buffalo – the hot weather, the outdoor concerts, the fun-filled festivals – hold on to one more weekend.
Two of the Queen City’s biggest festivals take place this weekend: the Elmwood Avenue Festival of Arts in the Elmwood Village and the Buffalo Irish Festival at Canalside.
Also among the end-of-summer events scheduled for this weekend are the Jefferson Avenue Arts Festival and Battle @ Buffalo: Under the Lights, billed as the city’s only break dancing and hip-hop festival.
The 16th annual Elmwood Festival of Arts will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday along Elmwood Avenue from Lafayette to West Ferry. The Elmwood Village will be filled with shopping, dancing and eating. There will be 170 artists and crafters selling goods at booths; local dance companies, theater troupes, community organizations and bands performing on three stages; youngsters crafting hands-on art projects at the popular Kidsfest; and local restaurants and food trucks serving delicacies ranging from pizza and Italian sausage to locally roasted coffee and homemade artisan gelato.
Just a few miles away, at Canalside, the third annual Buffalo Irish Festival got underway Friday night. It will continue from noon to 11 p.m. today and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Celebrations include: three stages of traditional and contemporary music, folk music and step-and-set dancing; genealogy experts; an artisan market featuring Irish goods and crafts from nearly 30 vendors; traditional Irish cuisine, drinks and more.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children under 4. There’s a $1 admission discount for folks who use the Metro and show their Metro rail or bus pass.
Battle @ Buffalo: Under the Lights will feature both international and local dancers and emcees who will compete in battles within the various subgenres of hip-hop. Billed as a family-friendly event, it starts at noon today outside the New Era Cap Co. World Headquarters, 160 Delaware Ave.
The Jefferson Arts Festival runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday on Jefferson Avenue, between East Ferry and East Utica streets. The free event, sponsored by 50 Women With a Vision, features live performances by Njozi Poets, the Muhammad School of Music and other local musical artists. Works by a variety of visual artists also will be on display, and Taste of Soul Neighborhood food vendors will provide samplings of African-American cuisine for sale.