Among Buffalo’s innumerable summer festivals, one of the most bittersweet is surely the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, a grass-roots affair that celebrates the city’s swirling artistic culture.
If you find yourself getting too melancholy about the imminence of sweater season, a good cure would be a long stroll down Elmwood Avenue on Saturday or Sunday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. In this bustling neighborhood you’ll stumble across fencing exhibitions, short sets by some 50 local musicians and other performers, an entire village and dance tent built for kids, and artwork by more than 170 painters, sculptors and creators of unclassifiable objects. And if that’s not enough, more than 30 regional cultural organizations will be on hand to clue visitors in to the breathless cultural activity that sustains arts-crazed Western New Yorkers through the winter months.
The festival, an environmentally conscious and defiantly anti-corporate event, also features plenty of vegetarian and organic food offerings and an environmental row featuring organizations dedicated to the idea of a sustainable community and economy.
A full schedule and guide is online at eafa.techriver.net, but you might have just as much fun wandering aimlessly through the festival grounds. Call 830-2484 for more info.
— Colin Dabkowski