We’ve been planning the inaugural Totally Buffalo Festival for months and it’s almost here! Man, that flew by.
Anyway, here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re planning on coming down for the fun. And really, why wouldn’t you be?!
WHERE TO GO
It all takes place at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson Street, Buffalo. You can arrive by foot, car or boat! This place is huge! It is indoors so no need to worry about any weather issues. It is very open with loads of windows and doors that give you an outdoor feel – so we are set regardless of Mother Nature’s mood! If you get lost, just look for the Labatt Blue Six Pack (can’t miss it!)
WHERE TO PARK
There is limited free parking (hundreds of spaces) but once those lots fill up, there is a $5 parking fee for the adjacent lots. There will be parking attendants to help everyone get a spot.
WHEN TO BE THERE
The festival runs from 12 to 9 p.m.
WHERE TO GET TICKETS
Tickets are $5. Kids 5 & under are FREE. You can get tickets ahead of time and avoid lines or possible sell-out (anything’s possible :)) Just go to the Totally Buffalo homepage and click buy tickets. You can also get tickets at the door. Everyone with a ticket will get a wristband – to get in and out if needed.
WHAT TO EAT
We really wanted to celebrate Buffalo’s favorite foods here – so we worked to find the best of the best! Here’s what will be offered. Food and beverages are NOT included in price of admission.
Eckl’s Restaurant will supply roast beef on weck Sandwiches,
Salumeria Belsito will be supplying the stuffed banana peppers. Did you know these are a Buffalo creation? Yep. True story!
Shish Kabob Heaven will be cooking up some amazing barbecue – including hot dogs, ribs and shish kabobs.
Imperial Pizza will be the exclusive pizza provider.
Mulberry Italian Ristorante will be there serving their famous meatballs.
Buffalo RiverWorks will be featuring their pot roast sliders, chicken fingers, and of course -Buffalo chicken wings!
There will be loads of dessert places scattered about too, so save some room!
WHAT TO DRINK
We are excited to be featuring ALL local bevarages – including local craft beer, local wine and even local soft drinks! Here’s what’s on the drink menu:
Totally Buffalo BREWS
- Small Town by HAMBURG
- Hayburner & Low Bridge by BIG DITCH
- Rusty Chain & Buffalo Lager by FLYING BISON
- Blueberry Wheat by ELLICOTTVILLE
- Blood Orange Saison by RESURGENCE
Totally Buffalo GRAPES
Totally Buffalo SOFT DRINKS
WHAT TO BUY
Oh, this list is long. With 85 vendors, you can take your pick. Buffalo-themed jewelry to apparel, towels, signs, glasses, dishes and much more. A few vendors will offer pop-up crafts that you can make right there and take home with you. (Extra charge depending on vendor)
WHAT TO DO – (FOR KIDS)
The Kid’s Zone will be located on the first floor near the entrance to the skating rinks. Our friends from Rolly Pollies will be setting up an amazing area for kids to play and have a ball. They’ll have an obstacle course and other fun stuff. We will also have face painting from 12-5 p.m. (ALL OF THIS IS INCLUDED IN PRICE OF ADMISSION – NO EXTRA CHARGES)
WHAT TO DO – (ADULTS AND KIDS)
We are pretty excited about this! The Sports Zone will be located upstairs and will feature some fun, interactive sports games that will allow anyone and everyone to test their accuracy skills in football, hockey, and baseball. In addition, those in attendance can play the next new tailgating and backyard party craze, First-N-Ten – a fun new game created by Buffalonians! (ALL OF THIS IS INCLUDED IN PRICE OF ADMISSION – NO EXTRA CHARGES)
**** We will also have a photo booth for fun keepsakes, and you can try out the Silent Disco, even get a tarot reading. (these fees are NOT included in the price of admission and go right to the vendor)
WHAT TO HEAR
Here are the bands and performance times.
12:15pm – Growlers Blues Band (BLUES)
The Growlers Blues Band delivers a powerful and unique blend of gutbucket blues tempered with rock ‘n’ roll sensibility. A combination that’s winning over crowds nightly throughout WNY and beyond, the band lays down grooves so deep that you can’t help but dance!
1:45pm – Son Boricua (LATIN)
Son Boricua specializes in music from the Caribbean including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and South America. The band’s styles include Rumba, Salsa, Cha-Cha, Bolero, Merengue and Mariachi. To add that extra spice, try Son Boricua!
3:15pm – 90 West (COUNTRY)
The 90 WEST Band is a high-energy country band playing all of your favorites from today’s country, as well as your country classics! From current artists like Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert, to the outlaws Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, there’s a little something for everyone. 90 WEST has been entertaining Western New York and the surrounding areas since the year 2000 and is made up of some of WNY’s top musicians.
4:45pm – White Chocolate (R & B)
For over 15 years, White Chocolate has playing some of the most popular events in the Buffalo-Niagara region with music that speaks to your feet and your soul! From formal to funky, White Chocolate can lay it down or pick it up with the best R & B dance music. From Motown to modern day along with some hip hop and rock n’ roll, the band appeals to every generation.
6:15pm – Dale Toliver Band (JAZZ)
The Dale Toliver Band is founded by Buffalo’s very own jazz guitarist Dale Toliver. Dale is known for his seasoned innovative style and performs classic jazz standards, smooth jazz mixed with blues, R&B, funk, as well as original music he composed and arranged. Dale works with a set of professional and dedicated musicians. They play it all and are sure to please.
7:45pm – Scott Celani Band (ROCK/POP)
Singer-songwriter Scott Celani and his supporting players are hitting venues all over WNY and all over the U.S. At a typical show, audience members are treated to Celani’s well-crafted, melodic pop songs. Whether with the full band or in acoustic format, Celani offers a powerhouse of rhythm and melody.
We have some items that we will be raffling away – A FULL SET of Major League Baseball hats – yes every team – from New Era. Winner will get a gift certificate for $1000 for the hats – that you can get in YOUR size! Thank you to our amazing friends at New Era Cap.
We will also have a 50/50 raffle and several baskets filled with great items from our vendors. Be sure to stop at the Totally Buffalo table for more information. *** ALL proceeds of these as well as a portion of festival proceeds will go to benefit Carly’s Club and Special Spaces Buffalo.
AND – if you need help with anything on Saturday, just look for one of our amazing staff members – they’ll be wearing bright yellow shirts.