Sixth Annual Citybration Kicks Off Today

June 23, 2011 Updated Jun 23, 2011 at 12:51 PM EDT

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Sixth Annual Citybration Kicks Off Today

June 23, 2011 Updated Jun 23, 2011 at 12:51 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- The sixth annual Citybration event kicks off today in Buffalo, with the focus on the city's developing waterfront.

Residents and visitors are invited to see for themselves the improvements that have been made on the Waterfront, showcasing the “lighter, quicker, cheaper” model of development.

“This year’s fun events will bring people together on the Waterfront for hot air balloon rides, a scavenger hunt, a floating cocktail party, a Canal Side Festival – we’re even serving free Cheerios on the Boardwalk to celebrate 70 years of Buffalo’s iconic cereal,” said event organizer Marti Gorman. “What’s more, The Travel Channel has just given Citybration exclusive rights to premiere the Off Limits’ segment shot inside one of our historic grain elevators, not scheduled to air nationally until June 27. We’ve arranged to project it in the new Riverfest Park amphitheater, in shadow of the grain elevators where it was shot. This is just one example of how Citybration is taking every aspect of Buffalo’s waterfront and creating fun, exciting events for our residents and visitors to enjoy.”

First held in 1907, Buffalo Old Home Week was revived 99 years later in 2006. Renamed Buffalo Citybration, the festival is now in its sixth successful year. It continues to showcase Buffalos assets, highlight opportunity and celebrate successes in order to retain our best and brightest and attract individuals and businesses to our community.

This year, this four-day “party with a purpose” is family friendly, smoke free and wheelchair accessible.

The weekend kicks off on today, with Buffalo Spree Magazine’s Best of WNY party, benefitting Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc.

On Friday, three hot air balloons will provides rides that offer spectacular views high over the Outer Harbor, courtesy of RE/MAX and benefitting the WNY Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Later that evening, Citybration participants are invited to an exclusive sneak preview of The Travel Channel’s Off Limits segment shot inside one of Buffalo’s historic grain elevators, which will not be aired nationally until Monday, June 27. This exclusive preview will be held at the brand new Riverfest Park on Ohio Street, a short distance from the site of the hot air balloon rides and in the shadow of the grain elevators themselves.

Saturday boasts both a Scavenger Hunt that will start at the Pearl Street Grill and take Teams all over the Waterfront and lower Downtown, as well as a floating cocktail party that will launch from Templeton Landing and sail down the Harbor in the evening, complete with waterworks by the historic Edward M. Cotter fireboat.

The festivities conclude on Sunday with a daylong festival at the Erie Canal Central Wharf on Canal Side. The morning begins at 10 a.m. with a free Cheerios 70th Birthday Breakfast on the Boardwalk with Buster Bison and all of Buffalo. All remaining cereal and milk will be donated to the Buffalo City Mission. From there, Canal Side turns into a carnival of activity, with lots of fun for the entire family. Local artists and artisans, a large children’s area, a wellness pavilion, a green expo, and great entertainment on the stage throughout the day. The event tops off with a bike ride along the waterfront, from Canal Side over to Dug’s Dive for continued merriment.

Citybration’s mission is to showcase Buffalo's assets, highlight opportunity and celebrate the city's many successes to help keep our best and brightest here, to bring back those who have left and to attract entrepreneurs and professionals to help grow our community and our economy.

For the latest news and information, visit www.citybration.com, www.facebook.com/citybration or www.twitter.com/citybration.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, JUNE 23-26:

Thursday, June 23

Buffalo Spree Best of WNY Party
Shea's Performing Arts Center, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
A benefit for Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc.

Join Buffalo Spree Magazine for the best cocktail party of the summer as we celebrate the finest our area has to offer with the revealing of the Spree "Best of WNY" 2011 winners. The party features food and beverages from twenty of our finest local restaurants, a wine tasting, music, a photo booth, and a silent auction. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 day of the event at www.buffalospree.com or 716.783.9119 x2202.

Friday, June 24

Hot Air Balloon Rides
Presented by RE/MAX on the Outer Harbor, 6-9 p.m.

A benefit for the WNY Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Fabulous views and lots of fun! Climb into one of three safely tethered hot air balloons and rise more than 100 feet over the Outer Harbor and beautiful Lake Erie, or bring a lawn chair and watch the fun. Fairground music, food and fun for all! Tickets are available on site only, starting at 6 p.m. $15 for adults, $10 children 12 & under.

EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE: Travel Channel’s Off Limits segment shot inside one of Buffalo’s Grain Elevators
Riverfest Park on Ohio Street – FREE, 10 p.m.

Be one of the first to see the exclusive world premiere of The Travel Channel’s Off Limits segment featuring one of Buffalo’s historic grain elevators. This sneak preview will be projected in the amphitheater at the brand new Riverfest Park on Ohio Street near Michigan Avenue. Only at this event will you be able to see this documentary showcasing a significant piece of Buffalo’s history before it airs nationally on Monday, June 27. Bring a lawn chair.

Sunset Reception
28th Floor Observation Deck of City Hall - FREE, 6-9 p.m.

If you've never been on the Observation Deck of our magnificent City Hall, you have been missing a great view. Join us at City Hall for light fare, great views and a tour of Buffalo from above.

Citybration Night at the Ball Park: Buffalo Bisons vs. Norfolk Tides
Coca-Cola Field, One James D. Griffin Plaza, 7:35-10:30 p.m.

Bring the entire family to a fun Friday night at the ballpark! The free pre-game Plaza Party with live music and food/drink specials starts at 5:30pm. Gates for the game open at 6:00pm and the first pitch is at 7:35pm. Don't miss the post game fireworks!
Citybration half-price tickets for $5.75 are available at www.Bisons.com, using promotional code CITYBRATION, or by calling 716.846.2048.

Saturday, June 25

Discover Buffalo Tours

• Delaware Neighborhood Tour of Homes
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Starts at 641 Delaware. $25 in advance/$30 day of. Reservations required. By Buffalo Tours and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

• Queen City Downtown
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Meet at 617 Main. $10. By Buffalo Tours.

• Allentown Mafia Tour
10-11:30 a.m. Meet at 62 Allen at Franklin. $10. By Naked Buffalo.

• The Whirlwind Tour
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Open air bus departs Elmwood at Bidwell. $20/adults, $5/12&under. By the Campaign for Greater Buffalo.

• Roseland/Extreme Makeover Tour
1-2:30 p.m. $10. Meet at 490 Rhode Island. $$10. By Naked Buffalo.

• Real Erie Canal Tour
1-2:30 p.m. Meet at Lloyd & Prime streets on Canal Side. $10. By Naked Buffalo.

• Open Houses hosted by Realtors throughout the city

Scavenger Hunt
Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, 76 Pearl Street, 1-5 p.m.
Presented by Synacor
Register on site or online at Facebook.com/Citybration. Team of four: $20.

Teams will meet at the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery at 1 p.m. and use QR codes to navigate from clue to clue, discovering Buffalo’s Waterfront by foot, bicycle, bus, rail or ferry. The top three teams will win great prizes, with a grand prize of $400!

Floating, Floating Cocktail Party
Templeton Landing, Two Templeton Terrace, 4-8 p.m.
Presented by Alliance Advisory Group, a benefit for Give for Greatness.

Come aboard a real floating cocktail party on Buffalo's Harbor. Arrive at Templeton Landing by land or by lake for a fabulous Happy To Be Here Hour starting at 4:00 p.m. Then, board the Moondance Cat or your own boat at 6:00 p.m. to launch this floating cocktail party. The parade will sail past Canal Side and the Buffalo River, floating along the Outer Harbor to beyond Dug's Dive and back, celebrating all the while. The historic Cotter fireboat will provide some festive waterworks. Moondance ticket: $15/person. Cash bar.
Media: Limited camera crew opportunities. Please request in advance.

Sunday, June 26

Free Cheerios Breakfast on the Boardwalk
Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf Boardwalk - FREE, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Benefits Buffalo City Mission.

You are cordially invited to join hundreds of your closest friends for a free bowl of Buffalo's iconic cereal within sight of where it's been made for the past 70 years! Come enjoy a good, heart-healthy breakfast with an outstanding view of our amazing Inner Harbor from the boardwalk of Canal Side. The whole city is invited, so bring the kids, bring your friends, and bring a pen for autographs. You never know who might be there...First come, first served.

Walk the Waterfront
Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf - FREE, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Take a Sunday morning stroll along Buffalo's beautiful Waterfront. Walkers of all ages are invited to start at Canal Side, choosing from several routes, some involving the new Queen City Ferry. The longest route is about four miles, the shortest less than a mile. A map for self-guided walks will be available.

Citybrate the Waterfront Festival
Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf - FREE, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Benefits Children’s Hospital Miles for Smiles.

Celebrate Buffalo on the Waterfront. A bounce house, dunk tank and mini-recording studio will entertain young and old, performances every 20 minutes on the stage, a Wellness Pavilion, area artists and artisans, a green expo … fun hands on activities for all at this family-friendly festival. Good food, fun festivities and much more on our glorious Waterfront.

Cycle the Waterfront
Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf - FREE, 4-6 p.m.

Hop on your bike and take a ride along Buffalo's newly connected Waterfront. Bicyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to ride from Canal Side along the Buffalo River, cross the Ohio Street Bridge to Dug's Dive, where all are invited to stop for light, cycle-friendly refreshments. Then, either continue north to Times Beach, head south to the Union Ship Canal, or head back to Canal Side. A great way to end a wonderful weekend on the waterfront.

More Discover Buffalo Tours:

• Erie Canal Tour
12-1p.m. & 2-3 p.m. Starts on Canal Side – Free. By Buffalo Tours.

• Veterans Walk Tour
1-2 p.m. & 3-4 p.m., Starts on Canal Side – Free.

• Queen City Downtown
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Meet at 617 Main. $10. By Buffalo Tours.

• Richardson Olmsted Complex
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Meet at Forest & Richmond. $10. By Buffalo Tours.

• Glory Days Shopping Tour
10-11:30 a.m. Meet at Main & Court. $10. By Naked Buffalo.

• 14th Annual Parkside Garden Tour
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Starts at 96 Jewett Parkway. $5. By the Parkside Community Association.

• The Whirlwind Tour
11 a.m.-1p.m. Open air bus departs Elmwood at Bidwell. $20/adults, $5/12&under. By the Campaign for Greater Buffalo.

• Political Corruption and Organized Crime Tour
1-2:30 p.m. Meet at Spot/Delaware & Chippewa. $10. By Naked Buffalo.

• Open Houses sponsored by Realtors throughout the city.