From a beach glass festival to a feast in celebration of Shakespeare in Delaware Park, these events remind us that summer in WNY is just around the corner. Or simply take advantage of the nicer weather to get out there and try a hot new restaurant from among all the cool independent eateries popping up.
April 10: Kokedama Hanging Gardens
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo
Add a little sleek style to any room with these trendy pot-less arrangements. Translating to “moss ball” in Japanese, the levitating houseplants are tied together with string, and to the practice of bonsai. Prepare to get dirty at this Botanical Gardens Make It, Take It workshop, and bring gloves and a box for transporting. Starts at 6 p.m. (827-1584; Buffalogardens.com)
Admission: $50, general; $45, members
April 14: Fabulous Feast
The Atrium @ Rich’s, 1 Ferry St., Buffalo
Enjoy a splendid evening of mirth and merriment as Shakespeare in Delaware Park celebrates their upcoming summer production of King Lear. Raise a mug and enjoy an open-bar cocktail hour followed by a five-course, Elizabethan-style meal. There will also be silent and ticket auctions, games of chance, swordplay and more. Don’t miss this royal event that runs 6-10 p.m. Must RSVP by March 30. (856-4533; Shakespeareindelawarepark.org)
Admission: SDP members - $90/person, $170/couple; non-members - $110/person, $210/couple
April 14-15: Buffalo Beach Glass and Coastal Arts Festival
The Fairgrounds Events Center, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg
Used in everything from bracelets to backsplashes, sun-catchers to stained glass, the sea glass phenomenon has caught on with beachcombers and landlubbers alike. Join beach glass, coastal, rustic and boho artisans, jewelers and collectors from across the U.S. and Canada who share their finds and creations. The two-day event includes a lecture series, live music and a “shard” contest with cash prizes. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (833-224-5277; Glassingmagazine.com/festival)
Admission: $6 general
April 16-22: WNY Local Restaurant Week
Various restaurants across WNY
Support locally owned and operated eateries at this event that has become the largest independent-only restaurant week concept in the country. Whether you’re trying out the latest hot spots or making yourself comfortable at your old standbys, Local Restaurant Week invites you to “savor the flavor” and dine outside the national chain box. Visit website for specific deals and participating restaurants.
Cost: Many deals are $20.18, $30.18 and $40.18, but specific pricing and inclusions vary.
April 27: Bucket List Bash
Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave., Buffalo
Ever wanted to win big in Vegas, walk the red carpet, eat your way around the world or be a game show contestant? This is your chance to check these and many more experiences off your “to do in my lifetime” list. Admission to this happy hour event that benefits Unyts and raises awareness about organ donation includes 13 stations, as well as food, beer and wine. Attendees will also enjoy live music, 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Party runs 5:30-8:30 p.m. and is a 21 and over event. (512-7921; Unyts.org)
Admission: $35 pre-sale; $45 at the door