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Martin Yan Explains the Chinese New Year


Martin Yan explains some of the traditions that make up this important holiday.

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Learn about Diwali | PBS Featured Video


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Diwali, the "festival of lights," marks the beginning of the new year. It is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere). Revellers adorn themselves in their finest clothes, illuminate the interior and exterior of their homes with diyas (oil lamps or candles), offer puja to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth and partake in family feasts.

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Cultural Celebrations

Burmese Water Festival
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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.

March: Cultural Celebrations

22nd Annual Pączki Day
Sunday, March 3rd, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

WNY’s Largest Polish Pre-Lenten Celebration
Come out and warm up to the Polkas, Polish food and of course the Pączki!
Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral
6298 Broadway in Lancaster

Shamrock Run

March 2, 2019

Celebrating 41 years of running through the Ward! The Shamrock Run is a fundraiser for the Old First Ward Community Center. Fundraising dollars help the OFW Community Association to provide quality services to the community.

The 26th Annual Old Neighborhood St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 16, 2019

The Valley Community Association’s signature event – 26th Annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade Presented by Powers Whiskey– will kick off on Saturday, March 16th, 2019 at 12 Noon from the Valley Community Center.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17, 2019

The Buffalo St. Patrick's Day parade takes off from Niagara Square in Downtown Buffalo at 2:00 PM and will continue down Delaware Ave. ending at North St. The Parade last roughly 2 hours and is filled with music, dancers, first responders, and other amazing organizations from across Western New York. So won’t you please join us for a wonderful event that celebrates this regions Irish heritage!

Feast of St. Joseph
Mar. 17-19, 2019

Chef Mary Ann Giordano, author of The Saint Joseph’s Day Table Cookbook, invites you to a traditional Sicilian Saint Joseph’s Day celebration at Gigi's Cucina Povera. Reserve your table today!

34th annual Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival
March 22-28, 2019

The 34th annual Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival is the third longest running festival of its kind in North America – will present 11 award-winning and critically acclaimed films from around the world including Australia, Israel, Germany, Poland, Austria, Canada and the United States.

Nowruz – Persian New Year’s Day
March 23, 2019

The Multi-Ethnic Society of Afghanistan in America (MESAA) is celebrating their 3rd annual Nowruz – Persian New Year’s Day in Western New York, on Saturday March 23rd 2019 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Buffalo Public School #18, 750 West Ave.
April: Cultural Celebrations

Festinema! Youth French Film Festival
April 2-4, 2019

The annual French Film Festival by Alliance Francaise introduces students to films and Francophone culture! Free and open to the public.

Bhangara Fever X
April 6, 2019

Come watch the best of the best battle it out at the Center for the Arts, Buffalo NY!!

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Bhangra Fever. It is New York's premiere bhangra competition, hosting dance teams from around the world to celebrate the rich dance culture of Punjab.

Western New York Refugee Film Festival
April 11, 2019

The Lost Dream follows the poignant stories of two "special immigrants," Nazar and Salam, Iraqis who came to the U.S. on Special Immigrant Visas for those who served the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan as interpreters and translators. Through their home videos, personal diaries, and media clips the film intimately captures their emotional, psychological, and physical struggles as they reconcile their hopes for a liberated Iraq with the harsh reality of refugees without a stable home.

Taste of Ghana

April 18, 2019

Join us for a night of food, live music, fashion, a silent auction and raffle to benefit HOSIKIDS, a non-profit organization striving to provide education and healthcare to rural community schools in the Greater Accra region of Ghana, West Africa.
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Dyngus Day
April 22, 2019

Over the decades, Dyngus Day has become a wonderful holiday to celebrate Polish-American culture, heritage and traditions. Dyngus Day is an annual post-Lenten bash, attracts tens of thousands to Buffalo, New York to celebrate spring, show Polish pride, flirt with pussy willows and listen to the best polka bands in the nation.
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!

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.

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.

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.

Italian Festival

July 19-21, 2019

With its third year on Buffalo’s Historic Outer Harbor the Italian 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!
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 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.