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2014 Buffalo River Programming Season

Submissions are now closed; final announcements will be made March 21, 2014.

Congratulations to our recipients!

Blues Society of Western New York – “Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival”

  • July 12, Silo City

Buffalo Audubon Society – “Birding Buffalo!”

  • Various dates May – September, Buffalo River Fest Park, Mutual Riverfront Park, Silo City, & Buffalo River

Buffalo DIY – “Buffalo DIY Fest”

  • Buffalo River Fest Park

Buffalo Niagara RiverKEEPER -”Buffalo Niagara Rivertours”

  • Buffalo River Fest Park, Mutual Riverfront Park, & Buffalo River

David Butler – “Grain Dances, Steel Floats”

  • Mutual Riverfront Park & Buffalo River

Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo – “CITY of NIGHT”

  • June 28, Silo City

Explore & More Children’s Museum – “Explore and More’s Imagination Playground”

  • June 14 (2pm-7pm) and August 8 (2pm-5pm), Buffalo River Fest Park

GObike Buffalo – “Bicycle Basics & Commuting Workshop”

  • Buffalo River Fest Park

Just Buffalo Literary Center – “100,000 Poets & Artists for Change”

-Featuring TRIPLETS OF DEPEW by Leonard Ziolkowski

  • September 27, Silo City

Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York – “What’s in My Backyard?”

  • Various days in August (course of six weeks), Mutual Riverfront Park & Silo City

Locust Street Neighborhood Art Classes – “Graffiti Workshop at Silo City”

  • August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Silo City

Maia Alexander Potter – “A Night at the Oasis”

Featuring Pyromancy Fire Performance Troupe

  • Buffalo River Fest Park

Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe – “Buffalo Creek Treaty Canoe Paddle and Celebration”

  • May 31, Buffalo River Fest Park & Buffalo River

Old First Ward Community Association – “Buffalo River and Old First Ward History Mural”

-Featuring Canal Street String Band

  • June 9 – June 22, June 14, June 15, June 21, June 22 (Creation, unveiling, open to public); Community Steel Building, 80 Alabama Street

Squeaky Wheel (Buffalo Media Resources Inc.) – “Evening with Tiny Circus Art Collective”

-Featuring Pyromancy Fire Performance Troupe

  • August, Buffalo River Fest Park

Torn Space Theater – “STOREHOUSE”

  • August 22 – 24, Silo City

Valley Community Association – “From the Other Side – Historic Tours of the Buffalo River”

  • July: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. August: 7, 14, 21, 28; Buffalo River Fest Park, Father Conway Park, Mutual Riverfront Park, & Buffalo River

Valley Community Association – “Wellness on the Water”

  • July: 7, 14, 21, 28. August: 4, 11, 18, 25; Buffalo River Fest Park


Also featuring:

Buffalo Niagara Concert Band at River Fest on June 15, 2014 (Buffalo River Fest Park)

Buffalo Zoo at River Fest on June 13, 2013 (Buffalo River Fest Park)

Buffalo River Fest Park and Mutual Riverfront Park Information:

Park Rental Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Buffalo River FAQs 2014

The purpose of the Buffalo River Programming is to develop a calendar of events and recurring programming that will activate the existing features, public spaces and water at multiple sites on and along the Buffalo River.  The funding source for the grants is proceeds payable to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation pursuant to the New York Power Authority Relicensing Agreement.


  • Buffalo River Fest Park (249 Ohio Street)
  • Father Conway Park (300 Ohio Street)
  • Mutual Riverfront Park (41 Hamburg Street at South Street)
  • Silo City (120 Childs Street)
  • The Buffalo River