In a city as diverse as Buffalo, you can always find something fun to do, whether it's taking a leisurely walk in one of our glorious Olmsted-designed parks or taking in a thought-provoking work of art at dozens of art galleries.
Our architecture represents the works of H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, Eliel and Eero Saarinen and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Among our must-see landmarks are:
The New York Times calls Buffalo “a textbook for a course in modern American buildings” and “home to some of the greatest American architecture of the late-19th and early-20th centuries.”
Buffalo-Niagara is home to more than 400 independently owned restaurants offering a range of food for every palate and pocketbook.
More than 60 local restaurants and wineries serve their fare at Taste of Buffalo, the largest two-day food festival in the U.S. During Labor Day weekend, we pay tribute to our deep-fried claim to fame at the annual National Buffalo Wing Festival.
In Buffalo you can stand where Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office, gaze at the terminus of the Erie Canal, wander through a fort that played a pivotal role in the French and Indian War, among others:
If you’re a classical music buff, you don’t want to miss a chance to hear the internationally renowned Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in concert. In addition, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society plays in the perfect acoustics of Kleinhans Music Hall and UB’s Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall features a full slate of performances throughout the year.
If you prefer pop, rock or country, First Niagara Center and the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center attract the hottest national acts. UB’s own Center for the Arts hosts an impressive slate of concerts, in addition to speakers, theater and dance.
The Buffalo area is home to a number of hugely popular summer concert series. One of the largest, Canalside, is situated in downtown Buffalo along the waterfront and features some of the top acts from the U.S. and Canada.
Numerous smaller clubs feature emerging local performers, touring bands and first-rate jazz acts, while local bars feature local microbrews, exotic cocktails and a wide variety of foods to nibble on.
Much of Buffalo’s nightlife is centered in several distinct districts. The Chippewa Strip in the heart of the city is a hub of bars, dance clubs, restaurants and coffee shops.
Allentown and the Elmwood Village are artsy neighborhoods brimming with hip meeting places and eclectic restaurants. In North Buffalo, Hertel Avenue features plenty of pubs, as well as an art house movie theater that draws a faithful crowd.
The cluster of clubs and eateries in University Heights, adjacent to UB’s South Campus, is another popular destination.
Spring, summer and fall offer mild weather, perfect for outdoor activities like:
In the winter months, get out and enjoy:
The Football Club of Buffalo plays a spring and early summer schedule at Robert E. Rich Sr. All High Stadium.
Buffalo has also hosted several major tournaments, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament regionals, the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship and the NCAA Frozen Four.
In the college sports, twenty UB Bulls sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. Many other area schools also have active collegiate sports programs, including Buffalo State College, Canisius College, Niagara University and St. Bonaventure University.
"Buffalo is a city with a lot of history, but at the same time, local businesses are always opening, creating a blend of old and new. I have lived here all my life and there are still things I haven't done! We Buffalonians are pretty friendly, so don't be afraid to explore."
Lee Ann Radwan
Graduate School of Education