Buffalo-Niagara Events and Activities

Each year, we recommend local events and activities so our convention attendees can get the full experience of our host city.

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Museums & Art Centers

Albright-Knox Art Gallery
1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

Albright-Knox Northland
612 Northland Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14211
www.albrightknox.org

One of the oldest art institutions in the country, the Albright is renowned as the home of one of the most significant collections of modern and contemporary art in North America. Their bench is long and deep and includes names like Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, Gauguin, Pollock, Warhol and other luminaries far too numerous to mention. This voluminous collection cannot be adequately exhibited in the museum’s current configuration, which is why it is temporarily closed and undergoing a major expansion that is expected to be complete in 2023. A satellite location on Northland Avenue on the city’s East Side will open in January 2020 and serve as the museum’s public space while its main campus is expanded and renovated.

1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
burchfieldpenney.org

Located on the campus of Buffalo State College, the Burchfield Penney Art Center is one of the finest regional museums in the entire country. Foremost among the Burchfield’s credentials is the fact that it’s home to the largest collection of work by the great American watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield, who spent most of his life in nearby Gardenville. Since its inception in 1966, the Burchfield has collected, nurtured and celebrated the work of artists from throughout Western New York. 

Parking is provided by Buffalo State College in the lot directly in front of the Burchfield Penney Art Center (Lot R-3), and is free on the weekend.

145 Broadway,
Buffalo, NY 14203
www.thecoloredmusiciansclub.com

The Colored Musicians Club is the only continuously running, all-Black owned club in the United States. Designated as a historical landmark and a historical preservation site, its history is one of triumph over adversity, pride in African American heritage, excellence in performance, and inclusiveness. The club’s museum, designed by Hadley Exhibits in 2018, provides an interactive experience for visitors of all ages.

One Museum Court,
Buffalo, NY 14216
buffalohistory.org

This National Historic Landmark building was built in 1901 during the Pan-American Exposition and now houses The Buffalo History Museum (renamed in 2012). Research library includes a repository of genealogical information; the museum features exhibits and an extensive collection of artifacts, manuscripts, books and photographs chronicling the development of Buffalo and the Niagara Frontier.

341 Delaware Avenue,
Buffalo, NY 14202
www.hallwalls.org

Hallwalls was founded on Buffalo's West Side in late 1974 by a group of young visual artists (some of them still just students at the time)—including Diane Bertolo, Charles Clough, Nancy Dwyer, Robert Longo, Larry (LP) Lundy, Cindy Sherman, and Michael Zwack—who carved an exhibition space out of the walls of the hall outside their studios in a former icehouse. From the beginning, their interest was in exhibiting new work by local artists (including, at first, their own) and providing opportunities for exchange between them and artists in other cities, by inviting visiting artists to give talks or create installations, and by organizing exchange shows with similar spaces springing up in other cities. Hallwalls is renowned for its exhibitions of contemporary art, film and video screenings, live jazz, new music and performances.

1201 Pine Ave
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
thenacc.org

As the largest multi-arts center in up-state New York, the NACC is home to more than 75 artists and arts groups: over 60 artist studios, 3 public galleries, and multiple private galleries, three theaters, a radio station, a certified sound stage / movie production facility, the Niagara Falls High School alumni center, and the NACC Artisan Café & Gift Shop.

825 Depot Avenue West
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
www.niagarafallsundergroundrailroad.org

The Heritage Center preserves the historic role of the people of Niagara Falls in facilitating freedom for the oppressed. The places and stories associated with this network of freedom seekers, free African Americans, and abolitionists evoke powerful themes in American history and celebrate the bravery of the men and women who risked their own lives to achieve the most basic rights of liberty. The Heritage Center’s mission is to reveal authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls that inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and take action toward an equitable society.

263 Michigan Avenue,
Buffalo, NY 14203
www.pierce-arrow.com

This museum features automobiles made in Western New York including Pierce-Arrow and Thomas Flyer, cars from 1903 to 1960s, muscle cars, and a Frank Lloyd Wright designed 1927 Filling Station. The museum is located in a building that was once a Mack Truck showroom and repair shop. The collection represents a passion spanning more than 45 years, and includes many automobiles that were once produced in Buffalo. It is considered by car enthusiasts as one of the most unique in the world. The Museum is here to remind the people of Buffalo—and the world—that Buffalo, NY was once an influential city of industry and producer of outstanding vehicles.

Natural Attractions

24 Buffalo Avenue
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303
www.niagarafallsstatepark.com

Encounter the splendor of the American Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls State Park, home to jaw-dropping natural beauty, miles of trails and fascinating historical sites just waiting to be explored. Niagara Falls State Park is situated on 400 acres of lush terrain, where you'll find protected wildlife and an array of exciting activities and fantastic attractions. Storied landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed Central Park, created a wonderland that surrounds Niagara Falls which includes gardens, over 15 miles of challenging hiking trails and stunning views at every turn.

2655 South Park Avenue,
Buffalo, NY 14218
www.buffalogardens.com

Created from the visions of extraordinary people; David F. Day, Frederick Law Olmsted, John F. Cowell, Frederick A. Lord and William A. Burnham, this masterpiece opened in 1900. Lord & Burnham, premier designers of Victorian glass houses brought these visions to life with their unique design that was based upon the famous Crystal Palace in England. The Botanical Gardens is a national historic site, education center and tourist destination full of exotic horticulture treasures from around the world.

Historical Sites

65 Niagara Square,
Buffalo, NY 14202
visitbuffaloniagara.com/businesses/buffalo-city-hall

From the architects George J. Dietel and John J. Wade, Buffalo City Hall was built between 1929-1931. Buffalo City Hall is an Art Deco masterpiece with outstanding murals depicting the city’s history and industry. Common Council Chamber with exquisite skylight and sculptures are a must see. Observation Tower gives a spectacular view of the waterfront and the Ellicott radial street design for Buffalo. Closed weekends and holidays.

641 Delaware Avenue,
Buffalo, NY 14202
www.trsite.org

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site preserves the home in Buffalo, New York, where Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States in 1901; promotes opportunities for the public to understand the historic events surrounding the inauguration; and fosters discussion of Roosevelt, his presidency, and his legacy. Built in 1837, the former Wilcox mansion stands today as a vital part of Buffalo’s historical heritage.

125 Jewett Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14214
martinhouse.org

The multi-structure estate (1903-05) that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Darwin D. Martin is a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. The Martin House is widely considered one of Wright’s finest Prairie houses – a signature work from the early years of his celebrated career. Today the Martin House has been completely-restored to its former magnificence in the most ambitious restoration of a Frank Lloyd Wright site ever undertaken. Three of the original elements — the pergola, conservatory and carriage house, which were demolished decades ago – are rebuilt in the first-ever reconstruction of Wright buildings.

31 South Grove Street
East Aurora, NY 14052
www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com

The historic Roycroft Campus will inspire visitors to experience the creativity, ideals and future of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The Roycroft Campus Corporation (RCC) offers educational programming, artisan classes, lectures, interactive events and social gatherings to further promote and preserve the historic Roycroft Campus and the ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement as if Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters never left.

Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (NACC)
1201 Pine Avenue
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
thenacc.org/freedom-crossing-home

During the 1800s, many fugitive slaves came through the Buffalo Niagara region, crossing over to Canada—and to freedom. The Underground Railroad Exhibit at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (NACC), “Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara,” tells the story of the Underground Railroad Movement in Buffalo Niagara—and of the people who risked their lives, all in the name of freedom.

250 Ganson Street
Buffalo, New York 14203

The Great Northern Elevator is a grain storage facility and local historical landmark. The elevator is located along Buffalo's "elevator alley" and at the time of its completion in 1897, the elevator was the world's largest.

Libraries

University at Buffalo Libraries
433 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1625
716-645-2965
library.buffalo.edu/specialcollections

Special Collections includes four units: The Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare & Special Books and The Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection. Housed separately from the Libraries’ regular collections, the rich literary and historical materials found in these collections make them invaluable to researchers and a distinguished part of the university.

Buffalo and Erie County are bursting with colorful neighborhoods, each offering its own unique niche. Whether you’re interested in a small-town feel that’s rich in history or an up-and-coming, hot-spot sprinkled with art galleries and live music, we’ve got it. You can check out those various neighborhoods on the Buffalo Niagara Neighborhood Guide.