Around Town: how to enjoy the first weekend of fall in Buffalo


No matter how much you want to deny it, it’s fall.

Cold in the morning and hot in the afternoon, the crisp season is creeping into Buffalo. Time for big sweaters, leggings, a cup of hot cocoa and of course, some fun weekend activities to help explore Buffalo and enjoy the incoming season.

Chris Hardwick

Take a break from your Friday night antics and see Chris Hardwick’s show, “The Funcomfortable Tour” on Friday night at the Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. The young comedian is a master of mixed media – he has podcasts, appears on television and has grown his YouTube channel, Nerdist, into an entire business with a website and nearly 1.2 million subscribers.

Now he’s ready to give UB a good laugh.


Looking to get your weekly dose of art appreciation? Go downtown Friday and see Co-Artifact, an exhibit in which 42 artists will present their collaborative works. The finished pieces will be displayed and then auctioned off for anyone looking for something Buffalo-born to decorate their apartment, house or dorm.

The exhibit will take place the Starlight Studio and Art Gallery in downtown Buffalo.

In addition to the art, there will be live music, a cash bar, and the West Side Bazaar Food Cart for all lovers of mobile dining.

Break the Cycle Bike-a-thon and Walk

If you’re looking to get some community service done, be it for a club, a class, or any other organization, look to the sixth Annual Break the Cycle event on Saturday. The event is intended to raise awareness for domestic violence by honoring victims, survivors and their families.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick-start the opening of the Tribute Garden being built at Isle View Park.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., when participants will receive t-shirts for their efforts. The walk/ride begins at 10 a.m. after which there will be a celebration with food and raffles. Because the event ends so early, you will have the rest of the day for yourself to do what you please.

Or of course, you can always just go back to sleep. It’s Saturday, after all.

Buffalo Humanities Festival: Gender Bender

This four-day festival explores the question of whether or not we are defined by gender. Each day focuses on a different element of the question and held at a different location, but all events take place from around 6-9 p.m.

Wednesday’s kickoff event is titled “Do Clothes Make the Man?” at the Buffalo History Museum. UB professor Patrick McDevitt will be giving a lecture at 7:30 p.m. about the history of men’s suits and how they’ve progressed over time.

Thursday hosts a book group in which attendees will discuss “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” at the Sweetness 7 Café at 7 p.m. Those interested can scoop the book at Talking Leaves, and join the discussion.

Friday piggybacks on Thursday’s event, where the author of “The Secret History,” Jill Lepore, will be signing books and discussing her work at the Albright-Knox starting at 8 p.m. This event is also connected with UB’s Gender Institute symposium, “Wonder Women and Super Men,” which will be taking place all day on North Campus on Friday.

The last day for the event is Saturday, where the full-on festival breaks out at the Burchfield Penney Art Center on SUNY Buffalo State's campus starting at 11 a.m. There will be round-table discussions, live music, conversational pieces and free boxed lunch from the West Side Bazaar.

Pick a day, educate yourself, and enjoy the variety of events Buffalo offers all over town.

Tori Roseman is the senior features editor and can be reached at