Buffalo Weekend Festival Guide

July 9, 2010 Updated Jul 9, 2010 at 8:47 PM EDT

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Buffalo Weekend Festival Guide

July 9, 2010 Updated Jul 9, 2010 at 8:47 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- There will be plenty to do in downtown Buffalo this weekend, as a number of festivals kick-off.

The 41st Annual Grease Pole Festival gets underway Friday. The popular three-day event is the oldest Hispanic ethnic festival in the area and features traditional music and food and the ever popular grease pole competition.

The Queen of Heaven Carnival begins in West Seneca Friday beginning at 6:00 p.m. The 29th annual event is free with free parking and runs through 10:00 p.m. Sunday. The carnival features rides, food, games and entertainment.

The largest event downtown this weekend is the annual Taste of Buffalo, which kicks-off Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The food judging will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, with awards presented at 4:30 p.m. The Taste continues Sunday until 7:00 p.m. For more information on this years Taste of Buffalo, visit the official website here

The 2010 Buffalo Book Fair begins Saturday and runs from 11:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. at Lafayette Square and Washington Street. The event is free and open to the public, and provides author presentations, book signings, seminars and more. For more information, click here.

This weekend's festivities will cause a number of road closures, and you can check out our weekend travel guide here.

If there are any other events happening around town this weekend, let us know by e-mailing us at news@wkbw.com or call us at 840-7777.