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Learn About Ramadan

Ramadan is Here

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For Muslims it is a time of discipline and spiritual rewards.

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Eid al-Fitr

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik describes the rituals that mark the end of Ramadan and fasting.

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A Turkish Menu for Ramadan

Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting. However, it is also a month of feasting after the fast with foods that are vibrant, bold, and aromatic.

Cultural Celebrations Calendar

Learn About The Burmese Water
Featured Celebration

Burmese Water Festival

The Burmese Water Festival (Thingyan which means “changing over”), is the celebration of Burma’s New Year. It is traditionally held over a three day period in April in Burma.

Upcoming Cultural Celebrations
May: Cultural Celebrations
Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival

Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival
May 1-5, 2019

The Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival is an Annual Event that started in 2014. Its original goal was to bring awareness to our Cherry Tree Grove in the Japanese Garden in Buffalo and to support the upkeep of this treasure. The mission has expanded to encourage Cherry Tree Plantings in Buffalo in order to bring a springtime 'Blizzard of Blossoms' to Buffalo, following our Winter Blizzards.
Buffalo Pierogi Fest

Buffalo Pierogi Fest
May 21, 2019

Hosted by Step Out Buffalo, will bring your favorite pierogi makers to Wilkeson Pointe. Enjoy an afternoon of pierogis, local craft beer and wine, live music, vendors, games, food trucks, outdoor activities plus super fun surprises!

Maifest
May 26, 2019

Join the Spring Garden Association at their annual party ringing in the vernal quarter at the 42 North Brewing Company, 25 Pine Street, East Aurora, NY 14052. There will be German fare with a featured Maibock beer and German music by The Frankfurters.

Buffalo Greek Fest

May 31-June 2, 2019

Enjoy an authentically Greek cultural experience with food, dance and music. Visit our cultural display, our church tours or one of our scheduled lectures and presentations. Stop in our Agora Marketplace to browse for unique jewelry, alluring art, Greek food products, gifts and more!
June: Cultural Celebrations

54th Buffalo Feis
June 1, 2019


The Irish Cultural & Folk Art Association of W.N.Y. celebrates its 54th year at the Fair Grounds Event Center in Hamburg, NY with Irish dance and music competitions, vendors, food and beverages.

Western New York Refugee Film Festival

June 7, 2019

Soufra is a film about Mariam Shaar, a generational refugee who has spent her whole life in a refugee camp south of Beirut who sets out against all odds by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home. An inspiring and delicious tale of hope, friendship, and the unifying power of food.

Western New York Refugee Film Festival

June 8, 2019


Warehoused: The Forgotten Refugees of Dadaab explores the plight of long-term refugees through a glimpse into the lives of those living in Dadaab, Kenya, one of the world’s largest refugee camps. We see the camp's inner workings through refugees’ personal stories and the journey of one man, Liban, to do everything in his power to provide for his family.

Western New York Refugee Film Festival

June 8, 2019


The Other Side of Hope, a feature film by the internationally renowned Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki. A wry, melancholic comedy that is a clear-eyed response to the current refugee crisis, following two characters searching for a place to call home.

Seneca-Iroquois 3rd Annual Heritage Day

June 8, 2019


The Seneca-Iroquois presents their annual festival celebrating Native American Arts and Music. Come and enjoy performances, competitions, activities for kids and traditional foods.

Juneteenth Festival
June 15-16, 2019


The Buffalo Juneteenth Festival is the third largest in the country which celebrates Black Heritage, commemorating emancipation from slavery and honoring African culture and heritage. This community-wide celebration includes guest speakers, food and merchandise vendors, music performances and family activities.

Polish Heritage Fest
June 15, 2019


The Polish Heritage Festival is a family-oriented gathering place for both Poles and non-Poles to enjoy Polish entertainers, artists and crafts vendors showcasing their talents and services as well plenty of delicious Polish food, pastries, and refreshments.

Eat The World
June 19, 2019


A food truck event of global proportions in the backyard of the International Institute of Buffalo. Celebrate World Refugee Day and Buffalo's diversity while enjoying some of Buffalo's best ethnic food trucks! Proceeds benefit the work of the International Institute in making Buffalo a better place for, and because of, refugees and immigrants.

Taste of Diversity
June 29, 2019


The Taste of Diversity takes place each year on Grant Street, in the heart of Buffalo’s burgeoning west side market district. It features a whole day of live music, dance and food that represents Western New York’s many ethnic and cultural communities and groups. The festival is a celebration of diversity and also provides an opportunity for Western New York residents to visit our west side neighborhood and educate themselves about different cultures.

Buffalo Myanmar Water Festival
June 29, 2019


The Water Festival—or formally, the Festival of Thingyan. The festival coincides with the Taste of Diversity Festival on the Grant Street in order to promote and celebrate diversity and progress of the City of Good Neighbors. Everyone in Western New York—and beyond—is invited to come and celebrate the most important cultural event of the Burmese community.

World Refugee Day
La Salle Park June 29, 2019


Buffalo celebrates its refugee populations throughout the day with events being held in various parts of the city, including LaSalle Park, where refugee families and their friends have gathered to play music, dance, Zumba, drum, exhibit art, share food, face paint, throw Frisbees, play soccer and volleyball, and picnic.
July: Cultural Celebrations


Macedonian Festival

July 12-14, 2019

Sts. Cyril & Methody Macedonian Church will host its annual Macedonian Festival with entertainment by Macedonian Bands and Folk Dancing Groups from the United States and Canada. It will also feature the delicious flavors of Macedonian cuisine and traditional, homemade baked goods.

Polish-American Arts Festival
July 19-21, 2019

This year the Polish-American Arts Festival celebrates its 41st anniversary beginning Friday, July 19th. Enjoy Polish music, food from several Polish themed vendors and crafts. The celebration will continue through Sunday, July 21st with the General Pulaski Association’s annual “General Pulaski Parade” starting at the Thruway Mall at 1:30 p.m.

Italian Festival

July 20-21, 2019

The Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival is going back to its roots in downtown Buffalo at Niagara Square. The festival will continue to offer you all of its traditional vendors, along with many new faces serving the best of Italian cuisine. Enjoy great live entertainment nightly as well as participating in our many cultural events: street tarantella dancing, grape stomping, St. Anthony procession, Sicilian puppet shows, genealogical research and much, much more.

Waldfest
July 21, 2019

It's a party in the woods! That's exactly what the German festival means. It's a hidden gem and certainly one of the most fun Sundays you will have this summer. There will be live German music, German beer, German dancers, and German food.

Lebanese Festival

Jul. 26-28, 2019

The Lebanese Festival continues to share its heritage with the Western New York community in an enjoyable and unique way, by offering delicious and authentic Lebanese food and mouthwatering desserts. Continuous music is provided along with free style dancing, Lebanese line dancing, games of chance, raffles and bounce houses. Unique apparel, unusual gift items, food products, hand-made and costume jewelry will be featured in the Gift Shop.
August: Cultural Celebrations

Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Aug. 9-11, 2019


The Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games is an annual three-day event that celebrates local Scottish heritage and features world-renowned talent and entertainment in the beautiful town of Fergus, Ontario. Please join us for our 74th year, as we continue to commemorate our Scottish roots and culture.

German-Polish Celebration
August 10, 2019

Join Spring Garden as they host this year’s German-Polish Celebration. There will be a German and Polish menu with beverages, live music by The Auslanders and New Direction. Come and enjoy a bratwurst or sip on a nice cold beer to celebrate the culture!

Scottish Festival
August 17 - 18, 2019

Celebrate the Scottish cultural heritage! Enjoy Highland Games, the gathering of the clans & pipe Bands, band and solo pipe and drum competitions, world class music, dancing & workshops, Celtic marketplace, local craft beer, wine, Mead & Scotch and Scottish Food.

Celtic Festival & Gathering of the Clans
August 23 & 24, 2019

Come join us for Caber Toss, Bagpipes, 15 Klans attending, Plus Kilted Throwers club - The Buffalo Heavies - Competitions, Food Vendors, Beer & Wine Garden. This festival raises money for our scholarship fund for area high school students going to college.
September: Cultural Celebrations


Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games

September 14-15, 2019

The Niagara Celtic Heritage Society invites you to their 19th Annual Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games. You'll be immersed in the wonders and pageantry of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The weekend of family-friendly fun includes Celtic music, dancers, athletics, clans, living historians, attractions, vendors, food, children’s activities and much more! Visit NiagaraCeltic.com for ticket discounts, our event schedule, and much more!

Making Buffalo Home is a two-year, in-depth WNED | WBFO engagement initiative to inform and raise awareness of immigration for our entire community. The project aims to help the region develop a better understanding of the shared opportunities and challenges we face together as long-time residents and new immigrants and refugees.

Making Buffalo Home is funded by Rich Products Corporation and Rich Family Foundation.