Upcoming Events

The Great American Read | Share Your Love of Books

Tell your story on camera at the Buffalo Central Library!

Sign up for a taping session at the library this summer and share your favorite books with WNED.

Buffalo Day at Chautauqua | July 3

It’s the ninth annual celebration of the cultural contributions made by the Queen City to both the Institution and the nation.

WNED | WBFO Signature Events

WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash

WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash brings a rollicking night of music, food and fun to WNED | WBFO each fall and spring. WNED’s large studio is transformed into a state-of-the-art concert venue for one night only; it offers the perfect setting for local opening blues acts and notable national headliners alike. Food, beer and wine are available for purchase to complete this rockin’ evening.

We hope you enjoyed the WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash on April 21, 2018. A big thank you to this year's sponsors, our headliner- the Keeshea Pratt Band and the Willie May Band who opened the show the show!

Visit Blues Bash Page

Check back soon for details on the next WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash.

The Antiques Home Show

The Antiques Home Show comes to the WNED | WBFO studios in downtown Buffalo each May. For one day only, community members are invited to bring antiques to be evaluated by an expert. For only $10 per item, prized heirlooms will be verbally valued by Western New York’s finest appraisers.

We hope you enjoyed the The WNED | WBFO Antiques Home Show held on May 19, 2018. A big thank you to this year's sponsors, appraisers and volunteers! Check back soon for details on the 2019 event.

Don Boswell (WNED|WBFO) and JoAnn Falletta (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra) welcome the Semi-finalists.

The JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition

Named in honor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Director, the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition was launched in 2004 by WNED-FM, WNED-TV and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. It was the world’s first concerto competition for classical guitarists with accompaniment by a full symphony orchestra. The Falletta Competition was established to help identify and encourage talented young classical guitarists and help them on their musical journeys. Every two years, it brings international guitarists to Buffalo, New York for one week to perform publicly in competition for cash prizes, a recording contract, national and international broadcast exposure, and a return engagement with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. It is the opportunity of a lifetime for young musicians who have dedicated themselves to their art and who are serious about pursuing careers not only as international performing and recording artists, but also as concert soloists.

In addition to bringing prominent recognition to highly-skilled young classical guitarists, WNED and the BPO seek to promote music appreciation and enhance the visibility of the cultural arts in Western New York.

WNED | WBFO and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra congratulate Bokyung Byun of South Korea who was awarded first place and Musician's Choice in the eighth biennial JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition on June 9, 2018.

Eight classical guitarists, representing five nations, competed throughout the week. Byun is the first woman to win the competition. Tengue "TY" Zhang of China captured Audience Favorite and second place. Congyi Zhang won third place, and also received the inaugural William and Carol Greiner Award for his performance of Ernesto Cordero’s Concierto Antillano. The Greiner Award encourages the performance of lesser-known works.

Byun will receive a solo concert at the Fondazione La Società dei Concerti in a recital among the series “Winners!” of Incontri Musicali at Gaber Auditorium in Milano, Italy, along with a $10,000 cash prize, national and international broadcast exposure, and a return engagement with the BPO.

For more information click here. Check back for information about the 2020 competition.

WNED-TV Kid Fest

This fun-filled family weekend takes place annually each winter at the WNED | WBFO studios in downtown Buffalo. Children and parents can enjoy meet-and-greets with beloved PBS KIDS characters as well as an assortment of activities, prizes, and more. Various organizations from around the community participate -- presenting live performances, crafts and giveaways for those who attend. Complimentary goodie bags are given to every child and low-cost snacks are available for purchase.

Families also have the opportunity to make it a full day of fun by attending the popular Character Breakfast where they can dine and hob-nob with the likes of Daniel Tiger, Curius George and other PBS friends. Character Breakfast tickets include VIP early admission to Kid Fest.

This year's Kid Fest was February 3 & 4, 2018. A big thank you to this year's sponsors and community partners!