Festive Weekend In Downtown Buffalo

June 3, 2011 Updated Jun 4, 2011 at 6:51 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

June 3, 2011 Updated Jun 4, 2011 at 6:51 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The festival season is underway in Buffalo!
Four major events took place Friday night, drawing tens of thousands to the metro area...with more events continuing through the weekend.

AccuWeather says look out for some showers if you are going to the Hellenic Festival Saturday, or the KISS The Summer Hello concert at Coca-Cola Field.

On Friday, the "Taste of Country" was staged by Country 106.5 FM WYRK at Coca-Cola Field, and featured some the biggest country music stars of the day.

"I mean this is where you want to be as a singer, song-writer. You want to be out in front of as many people as possible, and they absolutely love country music out there," noted Josh Thompson, who hit the stage second to a cheering crowd.

Eyewitness News meteorologist Aaron Mentkowski joined Clay Moden and Dale Mussen from WYRK on stage. Channel 7 was proud to support the big show that brought more than 19,000 people downtown to enjoy food, drinks and country music.

Moving up to the northern part of the city, the 34th Annual Greek Heritage Festival also got underway Friday. The event features plenty of Greek and Eastern Mediterranean food, music and historical and cultural displays.

Dean Pavlakis, who helped to put on this year's festival, calls the event, "our opening of our heritage to the community...and this is really our way of showing ourselves to the Western New York region."

The Greek Festival runs through Sunday at Delaware Avenue and West Utica.

Up the road just a block, the grounds of the Buffalo Chapter of the Red Cross was turned into a make-shift military barracks for the annual "BASH!"

This is the largest fund raising event of the year for the Red Cross. The party brought in more than 4,000 people, nearly all dressed in ca mo or some military garb.

The event included live music with the legendary Lance Diamond and his band, fine food and drink, auctions, with all the money raised going to local disaster relief and education.

"All the money we raise here tonight stays right here in Western New York to support our disaster relief foundation and also our disaster preparedness education," said Jay Bonafede of the Red Cross.

WKBW was a major co-sponsor of "The BASH" and supports the work of Nancy Blaschak and her team at the Buffalo Chapter.