Around Town

Events happening around Buffalo that you should know about

Fall semester has begun and September is in full swing. As we near the end of summer and the beginning of fall, Buffalo has lots to offer students.

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, here are some activities happening around town this weekend.

Niagara County Peach Festival

Sept. 6-9, Lewiston, NY

The Niagara County Peach Festival is a sweet, annual tradition in Western New York. For the first time, the festival will be open four days this year and expects to serve more than 13,000 pounds of locally-grown peaches.

The event includes vendors, rides, food, a parade, the crowning of the “Peach Queen,” and of course, lots of peaches.

Free shuttle parking is available this year to festival-goers.

M&T First Fridays

Sept. 7, 10am - 10pm, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

On the first Friday of every month, Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery opens part of the museum to the general public for free. The museum is home to paintings by famous artists like Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and more.

At 1:30 p.m., visitors have the opportunity to tour the collection with one of the gallery’s docents for free as part of the M&T First Fridays promotion.

Game Day Bar Crawl

Sept. 9, 12 - 6 pm, Hertel Avenue

Step Out Buffalo is hosting a Game Day Bar Crawl to celebrate the Buffalo Bills’ season opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

Tickets are $10 presale and $15 at the door. Crawlers will receive a wristband and can visit all the affiliated bars for discounted drinks and watch the big game at their leisure. This is a 21+ event.

Participating bars include The Burning Buffalo, Mac’s, Sidebar, Sterling Tap & Wurst and Wine on Hertel. Participating restaurants are Marco’s and Poutine & Cream.

American Idol: Buffalo Auditions

Sept. 9, Canalside, all day

Musical minds will make their way to the foot of Lake Erie this weekend. American Idol is holding open-call auditions at Canalside for Season 2 of the ABC show.

Buffalo is stop 17 on the show’s 24-city tour this summer. This is the first time the show has held auditions in Western New York.

Previously, Buffalonians traveled to other cities or submitted auditions online to get a spot on the show. Idol hopefuls must be between the ages of 15 and 28 years old, an umbrella that covers a large number of UB students.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World Tour

Sept. 9, 9 pm, Center for the Arts

Fashion, glam and glitz are all making a stop at UB on Sunday.

The show, hosted by Bob The Drag Queen, will include finalists from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 like Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka and Kameron Michaels. Other fan favorite queens will be at the show like Kim Chi, Valentina and Violet Chachki.

Tickets are available for purchase in person at the CFA and online. VIP tickets for sale include the opportunity to meet the queens before the start of the show.

Kirsten Dean is the assistant features editor and can be reached at and @KirstenUBSpec on Twitter.