Calling all Buffalonians, Citybration is here—from photographers to runners, there is something for everyone in all the festivities. The collaboration of events aims to highlight Buffalo’s successes, and showcase why people should come to, or stay put, in the Queen City. (You’ll also have the opportunity to answer the age-old question: Cheerios or chicken wings?) So gear up for this year’s four-day party, and checkout how Buffalo is celebrating.
Thursday, June 21
See Buffalo’s waterfront from 50 different angles—a series of photographs of the waterfront will be on display at the Market Arcade from 6pm to 8pm. Students, amateurs, and professionals will be awarded for their shots of the scenic Buffalo hotspot. The display, “Connecting the Dots: Buffalo Waterfront Photography Exhibit,” will be open until July 21 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm).
From 8pm to 11pm, get out your dancing shoes, and appreciate the particular sounds of the Buffalo Shuffle at the Tralf. Also seize the opportunity to get a preview of the feature film being shot in Buffalo, The American Side. Tickets are available at the box office, or for $7.50 using the code “citybration” on Ticketmaster’s website.
Friday, June 22
The second day of this celebration brings the opportunity to go atop City Hall on the 28th floor observation deck from 6pm to 9pm; see the sun set on the Queen City. VIP tickets are $10, and there is a free admission option—space is limited, guests have to RSVP on citybration.com before this sunset reception begins.
This evening of solid sightseeing opportunities continues with hot air balloon rides at the Outer Harbor. Soar 100 feet in the air to take in a bird’s-eye view of Lake Erie from 6pm to 8pm. Tickets are only available day of, $15 for adults, and $10 for children 12 or younger. (Balloon rides continue on June 23, behind the Templeton Landing, and June 24 at LaSalle Park.)
Saturday, June 23
Take charge of your own Buffalo tour, by participating in the Buffalo Living Tour. This self-guided tour runs from 11am to 4pm and will allow you to peek inside some of the city’s upscale condos, lofts and suites. Find out where you pick up maps and punchcards at buffalolivingtour.com.
Scavenger hunts will enter the 21st century, with this year’s “SCANvenger Hunt.” Participants need to comprise a group of friends and bring along a smartphone for this day of clues and Buffalo trivia. Work to find your next set of hints while walking or biking around downtown and the waterfront. The events runs from 1pm to 5pm; team entry is $20.
After a day of adventuring, relax by setting sail at the floating cocktail party and boat parade. Participants can enter their own boat for free or board the Spirit of Buffalo to lead the parade for $25; the festivities kick off at 5pm at Erie Basin Marina and Outer Harbor.
End your evening viewing a series of original Buffalo musicals. Four teams will be given just 24 hours to create a show based off a photograph of the Nickel City. Tickets are $25, $15 for students or actors, and are available at musicalfare.com.
Saturday, June 24
On the last day of events, Citybration will hold its first annual 5k Race and Fun Run, at the Canalside Central Wharf. The run along Buffalo’s riverfront starts at 9:30am—$18 in advance, $22 day of, and $5 for children, proceeds will benefit wellness programs in the Buffalo public schools.
At 10am you can see what Buffalo food will be the victor at Cheerio Vs. Chicken Wing Challenge at the Canalside boardwalk. Sabretooth and Buster Bison will be in attendance as they cheer on this Buffalo food battle. Proceeds will benefit the WNY Food Bank and the Buffalo City Mission.
The four-day long celebration will wrap up with the Citybration Festival at the Canalside Central Wharf. Celebrate where Buffalo’s greatness began over a century ago. With continuous performances switching up every 20 minutes, and the presence of a broad range of Buffalo organizations, this free event is the perfect way to celebrate the city. The festival organizers are also requesting all Buffalo Public School alumni’s attendance, for the first BPS-wide reunion. The festival runs from 10am to 4pm.
Throughout the four days of Citybration there is also a series of tours, like the best of Forgotten Buffalo, or one focusing on Frank Lloyd Wright—for a complete listing of how to become a tourist in your own city, visit citybration.com.