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What to do in Buffalo this weekend


Fall is officially here and this weekend marks the transition from September to October.  With highs in the 60s this weekend and plenty to do, Buffalo is offering some great fall-opening activities.


Sept. 29, 9:00 a.m., Main St., Lockport

Lockport received its namesake for the chain of Erie Canal locks running through the town. What better way to celebrate the town’s history than to celebrate its locks?

Locktoberfest is “a celebration of our local heritage, our farms, food, crafts and community all built on the shores of the Erie Canal,” according to the event’s website.

The celebration of Lockport’s locks include historic reenactment photos, flight of five locks demonstrations, tours of the locks, live music and food and drink. The event is also hosting a bicycle tour of the locks. The two hour-long ride costs $15, but student discounts are available.

Lock 34 Bar and Grill will be hosting a beer tent throughout the day. The day will also feature the dedication of the new Locks District Museum, which focuses on the lockport locks. 

Roycroft Campus 2018 Fall Festival

Sept. 29 and 30, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., East Aurora

This weekend is the Roycroft Campus’ Fall Art & Antique Show and will “feature over 60 artists, antique vendors and cultural groups,” according to the Roycroft Campus website.

At the weekend-long show, festival-goers can stroll the grounds of the campus, shop, visit live animals like alpacas and watch copper and glass demonstrations from local artists. The show will also have live music, food trucks and gourmet popcorn.

The Campus’ Copper Shop Gallery and Furniture Shop will be open for the event and will “feature the work of over 100 local, national and international artists, as well as a variety of unique gifts, artwork and home décor … antiquities and additional artist works.”

Larkinville Block Party

Sept. 29, 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m., Larkin Square

Larkinville’s Food Truck Tuesdays are getting a weekend makeover this Saturday with the Larkinville Block Party.  The afternoon-long event is free to the general public.

Seneca Street will be closed with over 50 artisan vendors, food trucks, musicians and more as attendees can shop, eat, drink, play games and enjoy live music, according to Larkin Square’s website.

Food and drinks will also be provided by The Hydraulic Hearth, Flying Bison Brewing Company, Buffalo Distilling Company, Swan Street Diner, Eckl’s at Larkin and more.

Oktoberfest at Buffalo Central Terminal

Sept. 29, 3:00 p.m. to 11 p.m., $10 

Buffalo Central Terminal used to be an active railroad station between 1929 and 1979 and is now home to many events, including 2018’s Oktoberfest celebration.

The celebration will feature musical performances by The Auslanders with The Berghotz German Band. There will also be “authentic German beer and food” provided by Potts Catering, according to Step Out Buffalo.

Tickets for this 21+ event cost $10.

Forest Lawn’s Famous History Trolley Tour

Sept. 30, $27.50, Forest Lawn Cemetery

Kick off the start to Halloween season by touring a cemetery! 

Forest Lawn is Buffalo’s premiere cemetery, featuring the burial grounds of many famous people including Frederick Cook, the man who discovered the North Pole, surgeon Roswell Park and Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the United States.

The cemetery trolley tour allows guests to “learn about [Forest Lawn’s] history, including the rural cemetery movement, [the] art and architecture, trees, waterways and wildlife and, most importantly, learn more about many of [the] residents,” according to Forest Lawn’s website.

Two of the two-hour-long trolley tours are still available for purchase as of Wednesday, beginning at 10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. There is also a walking tour of the cemetery beginning at 2:00 p.m.

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