18 Fantastic Things to Do in WNY in April

Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms / Step Out Buffalo

Congratulations, WNY! You made it through March, not to mention another winter. While it wasn’t quite as bad as it coulda been (we deserve it), we’re thrilled to be mostly out of the woods (ya know, after this snow storm passes) and plan to *live it up* this spring once it actually arrives. Here are a whole bunch of awesome events to celebrate the start of the next glorious 6 months. Knock on wood.


Siddhartha Mukherjee 4/6

@ Alumni Arena, UB North

Cancer Physician, Researcher, and Pulitzer Price-Winning Author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” will be speaking at Alumni Arena at UB North this month as part of their Distinguished Speakers Series. And distinguished he is. Tickets are still available here and here and start at $20.

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Improvathon 2016 4/8-4/10

@ The Arena in Amherst

If fun and carefree is what you’re looking for, look no further. Spread out over three days and 49 1/2 hours, this event brings you improv literally whenever you’re ready for it. Improvathon features 25 straight ComedySportz matches, which is improvisational comedy played as a sport. Teams of professional comedians from across the US compete for laughs and points while a ref calls fouls and gets suggestions from you, the loyal fans. Tickets can be purchased individually or as All Access Passes and range from $1 – $35. Get tickets here.

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Thawfest 4/8

@ Riverworks

Riverworks is putting on a Thawfest, which would be fitting if I weren’t completely frozen to the bone as I write this. But still, A for effort. If you didn’t get enough beer and wine in the past few months, head to Riverworks on April 8th. Drive carefully, we hear there’s a snow storm rolling in. But when has that ever stopped us? Tickets are $39, get them here.

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Small Press Book Fair

Small Press Book Fair 4/9 – 4/10

@ Karpele’s Manuscript Library

This two-day book fair brings together booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and regional cultural workers together in the beautiful Karpele’s Manuscript Library. The event is free for the public to attend.

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Sarah Koeing / Photo via hellogiggles.com
Sarah Koeing / Photo via hellogiggles.com

Sarah Koenig: Binge-worthy Journalism 4/11

@ Center for the Arts at UB North

The Host & Co-Creator of SERIAL (the epic podcast you’ve SURELY heard of) is coming to UB this month. She was named one of Time Magazine’s 2015 “The 100 Most Influential People”, was a producer for This American Life, and has done tons of other cool stuff. You shouldn’t miss this. Tickets are $33 and are available here.

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Rice Pudding
Rice Pudding at SATO / Step Out Buffalo

Local Restaurant Week 4/11-4/17

All around WNY

What comes twice a year and is busting at the seams with opportunities to try local restaurants all in one week? Local Restaurant Week! If you are new to the LRW experience, here’s how it works. A great big list of 200 locally owned restaurants get together and offer prix fixe menus for $20.16, $30.16, and $40.16. This is a great way to sample multiple courses and try new restaurants for a little less than you might normally spend. Check out the list of participating restaurants and what they’re serving this spring here.

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San Fermin / Photo credit: Windish Agency

San Fermin 4/12

@ Mohawk Place

San Fermin makes its Buffalo debut promoting its second album, Jackrabbit. Fermin which is actually an eight person touring ensemble, is the work of Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone who studied music at Yale.

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Buffalo Niagara Film Festival 4/13 – 4/17

Over the course of five days you’re invited to enjoy various showings of documentaries, shorts, feature films, panels, workshops, and more.

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Allentown Pub Crawl 4/15

in Allentown

This marks the start of the summer pub crawl season for Buffalo History Tours and we’re pretty excited about it. Kick off with an Allentown crawl, discover how the neighborhood supposedly changed the course of American history, visit some favorite local taverns, and more. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

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Buffalo Wine Festival 4/16

@ Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

This event is an opportunity to taste regional wines from more than 30 New York State wineries and shop for unique gifts and household treasures from a myriad of local, craft businesses. Tickets are $35 each – get them here.

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record store day

Record Store Day 4/16

@ Local record stores around town

Record Store Day is a national event that takes place on the third Saturday in April every year. It’s meant to celebrate the culture of independently owned record stores. Here in Buffalo five local shops will be participating with festivities, parties, live music, sales, and more.

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Buffalo Unconference 4/16

@ VCAMP on Main Street in Buffalo

A gathering where people come to learn in an open environment. Buffalo Unconference is an interactive event with talks, demos, and plenty-of-time for discussions between attendees. Everyone is encouraged to participate, attendees create the agenda by presenting on topics that they love. Anyone with something to contribute or the desire to learn is welcome to join and/or listen. This event is free to attend, just register here.

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Cabin Fever Beer & Wine Fest 4/16

@Tamarack Lodge (7414 State Road (rt.240) Colden, NY)

Because you can never have enough beer/wine festivals. Or can you? The First Annual Cabin Fever Beer and Wine Festival is presented by the Buffalo Ski Club Freestyle Team, and hosted at the Tamarack Lodge (7414 State Road (rt.240) Colden, NY). Tickets include admission, tastings from breweries and wineries, a tasting glass, live music, and more. Tickets are $25.

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Wayno’s BBQ

BBQ & Brews Beer Pairing Dinner 4/19

@ Resurgence Brewing

This event brings together Wayno’s BBQ, Resurgence Brewing, and Step Out Buffalo for a delicious night of bbq and beer pairings. Not only is Wayno’s hard to come by, it’s also beloved. If you have yet to taste it, you’re missing out! Tickets are currently sold out, but we will be releasing a super limited amount available at Resurgence Brewery as the event gets closer so stay tuned! Tickets are $40.

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Brick Oven, No Pizza Beer Dinner 4/25

@ Hydraulic Hearth

The third of a three part dinner series at Hydraulic Hearth features Lloyd’s Chef Teddy Bryant serving up a Cinco de Mayo theme. Tickets are $65 bucks and includes three courses paired with beer picked out by Buffalo Beer Goddesses. #threeway

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Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey 4/27

If you’re not excited about this event, you’re lying. And if you say you haven’t seen House of Cards, you’re also lying.

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Knox Farm Spring Art Fest 4/29 – 5/1

@ Knox Farms

While there is little to no (read: no) info posted about this event just yet, we feel like you should know about it. Stay tuned on the Facebook event where they’ll hopefully be posting more details soon.

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Cherry blossom Festival - Mothers Day
Cherry Blossoms / Step Out Buffalo

Cherry Blossom Fest 4/30 – 5/7

@ the Japanese Garden behind the Buffalo History Museum

While majority of this week long festival is happening in May, it starts on Saturday, April 30th. This year the festival includes an Opening Ceremony, a Traditional Tea Ceremony in the garden, Family Day, a Japanese Film Festival, Hoppy Hour, Sakura Spring Party-Cherry Blossom Viewing Cocktail Party, and much more.

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