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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.

Cultural Celebrations Calendar

Upcoming Cultural Celebrations
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.

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!

Asian Food and Cultural Festival
August 11, 2019

Come out to enjoy Buffalo’s inaugural Asian Food and Cultural Festival at the Canalside! Festival-goers will have a chance to sample food from local Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese restaurants, and learn about different cultures and ethnic groups that call Buffalo home. The festival will feature live performances by musicians, dancers, and martial arts presentations, all on the main stage.

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.

Puerto Rican & Hispanic Day Parade
August 17, 2019

The Puerto Rican & Hispanic Day Parade celebrates their immaculate heritage in hopes to educate others and preserve the culture. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun, indulge in some food, or participate in the parade.

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.

Buffalo Irish Festival
August 23-25, 2019

Celebrate your Irish Heritage or just join in the party at the Buffalo Irish Festival! There’s live music and entertainment, including traditional music, folk music and Irish step-dancing, Irish food, beer and an artisan market featuring exclusively Irish goodies, all at the Outer Harbor. This weekend-long festival is a colorful celebration of all things Irish.

Egyptian Festival
August 23-25, 2019

This year is the 11th annual Egyptian Festival by St. Mary St. Moses Coptic Orthodox Church! Adventure into the Egyptian culture with delicious food, decadent deserts, traditional gifts and a community that will have you feeling like family. The exuberant cultural celebration includes church tours, raffles, delicious authentic Egyptian cuisine, Coptic/Cultural gift shop, basket auction, activities for children, and more.

Festival of India
August 24, 2019

Celebrate Indian culture and heritage at the Canalside! Enjoy the parade, live music and performances. Join activities such as yoga, henna and face painting. Stop by the marketplace filled with food, jewelry, handcrafts and clothing. Facebook Page

International Polka Association Festival & Convention

August 30 - September 1, 2019

The Festival will kick off with a welcome party on Friday, the Polka Music Hall of Fame and Music Awards Banquet and Pool Party on Saturday and a Polka Mass and annual election of officers and convention meeting on Sunday.

Buffalo German Fest
August 31 & September 1, 2019

A weekend long celebration of German Heritage and culture. Indulge your interest in German food, music and culture – eating authentic German delicacies, drinking German beer, and listening to 4 different bands.
September: Cultural Celebrations

South Buffalo Irish Festival
September 7, 2019

19th Annual South Buffalo Irish Festival. A celebration of Irish music and culture. A full day of Irish music, dancing, food, drink and children's activities!

Hamburg Oktoberfest
September 14, 2019

Celebrate 11 years of German tradition! The Hamburg Oktoberfest is an authentic German festival that features beer, food, wine, music, a car show, dancing and live entertainment. This annual event is held in Memorial Park in the beautiful Village of Hamburg.

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 for ticket discounts, our event schedule, and much more!

Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival
September 14 & 15, 2019

Join Corpus Christi Church to celebrate the 40th annual Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival. Visitors to the harvest festival will find authentic Polish food, beer and music, Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest and more!

Old Falls Street’s Oktoberfest
September 28, 2019

Celebrate at the 8th annual Niagara Falls Oktoberfest on Old Falls Street. FREE ADMISSION. RAIN OR SHINE. — Raise your beer steins high and celebrate with authentic German cuisine, beer and wine. Featuring Live Music & Dancing with the German American Musicians Association. Grab your lederhosen and get ready to “OOM PAH!”

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.

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