7 things to do in Western New York: Labor Day Weekend

Posted at 12:00 PM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 12:25:50-04

Labor day weekend wraps up the summer and is the last weekend before school starts. There are plenty of fun events for the long weekend. 


#1 Buffalo Chicken Wing Fest: Sept. 1st (12-9pm) & September 2nd (12-7pm) at Coca-Cola Field. 

This event is what Buffalo is known for. There will be over 100 chicken wing flavors to choose from-- with exotic flavors of Whiskey Pomegrante BBQ & Margarita Buffalo, to your classic hot Buffalo wing. Coming back this year is the mechanical chicken wing that a person can ride like a mechanical bull. For a list of all the attractions at wing fest visit their website.

#2 South Buffalo Irish Festival: Sept. 1st (12pm-10:30pm) Cazanovia Park 

Have a taste of some Irish tradition with live music, Irish dancers, and of course traditional Irish food this weekend at the South Buffalo Irish Festival. Entertainers include Emish, the Dady Brothers, McCarthyizm and Western New York natives The Left Overs. The 18th annual event is free for people to enjoy some Irish music, culture, food and drink. 

#3 Rock Autism Music Festival: Sept. 1st (12pm-11pm)  11 Parkside Dr, Ellicottville, NY

If you're in the mood to rock out, this event will help you jam and it's also for a great cause. Western New Yorkers are able to celebrate autistic families and support art therapy programs while enjoying drinks, food and fantastic music. The cost is $15 and the VIP option is $40.

#4 Farmers Markets: Sept. 1st & 2nd. All over Western New York 

Now is the time to get the freshest fruits and veggies before the summer ends. Alden Farmer's market and Hamburg Farmer's market are just a few venues to explore to get a local food fix. There is only about a month left for the farmer's market season. 

#5 Taste of West Seneca & PBA Car Show: Sept. 2nd (12pm-5pm) 1300 Union Road West Seneca, NY

Take a ride on the luxurious side and check out some retro cars. There will be over 350 cars to check out and of course, try some delicious food from a variety of vendors. 

#6 Saturday Artisan Market: Sept. 1st (10am-5pm) Canalside 

93 talented artists will display their work down at the water's edge of Canalside. Tourists and shoppers can poke around at all different kinds of arts and goods, including glass work, pottery, woodcrafts, purses, jewelry, candles, and more. 

#7 Hop Harvest Festival: Sept. 3rd (10am-4pm) 1410 Flint Hill Rd Mumford, New York

Take a tour of a 19th-century brewery and experience how hops are harvested. There will of course be sampling of local beers and hop-inspired snacks. Families can have some fun with country dancing and you can even participate in sack races and barrel rolling games. 


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