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Things to do this June

This month, get out there and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues, and maybe even make some new acquaintances along the way. Whether you’re mingling at waterfront tastings, perusing the works of master artisans or surrounding yourself with remarkable WNY women, the following events offer plenty of opportunity to find inspiration, appreciation and camaraderie.

June 1: Bottles & Bites Under the Sun

The Terrace at Delaware Park, 199 Lincoln Pkwy., Buffalo

With one of the finest views in the city as the backdrop, this inaugural event features live music; tastings of craft beer, regional wines and locally distilled spirits; and gourmet food samplings from the likes of Sear Steakhouse, Oliver’s, Bonefish Grill, Allen Burger Venture and more. VIP ticket includes early sampling rights, Albright-Knox “Member for a Day” pass, custom cocktail courtesy of Lockhouse Distillery, and a “Meet and Eat” with Buffalo Chef Mike Andrzejewski. General admission hours are 6-9 p.m.; VIPs get the party started at 5 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Olmsted Parks Conservancy as they celebrate their 150th anniversary. (888-9628;

Admission: General, $30; VIP, $50

June 1-3: 48th Annual 100 American Craftsmen

Kenan Center Arena, 195 Beattie Ave., Lockport

This juried event is one of WNY’s most distinguished shows of fine, contemporary craft. Showcasing established artisans in the main show as well as emerging talent in the Annex Marketplace, shoppers can find fabulous one-of-a-kind gifts across a wide variety of mediums. Event also features music, specialty food vendors, fine art exhibit in the Kenan Gallery and more. Hours are Friday, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (433-2617;

Admission: $6

June 3: Pints and Pierogi Fest

Outdoor rinks at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., Buffalo

Ramping up the taste quotient, this year’s celebration will feature traditional pierogi as well as some legit pierogi-themed creations from area restaurants and food trucks. Combine that with live music, beer stations and cash bars, games, a pierogi-eating contest and artisan vendors, and you’ve got a day packed fuller than the delicious dumplings themselves. Festival runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets available presale and at the door. (261-9111;

Admission: $10; each dish is $1-$3. Kids 10 and under, free.

June 5: ATHENA Awards Luncheon

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo

Giving new meaning to “ladies who lunch,” this event acknowledges the valuable contributions made to advance the status of women in the Buffalo Niagara region, as well as those who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence. Mingle with finalists for both the ATHENA Leadership Award and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, and be there as recipients for each are announced. Luncheon runs 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (852-7100;

Admission: $75

June 9: JoAnn Faletta International Guitar Concerto Competition Final

Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo

As the world’s first concerto competition for classical guitarists accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, this biennial event welcomes the most gifted performers from across the globe. Finals night features the top three facing off live, with attendees voting for the Audience Favorite prior to the judges announcing the overall winner. Competition begins at 7:30 p.m. (885-5000;

Admission: $29-$79

July 19-22 & 26-29: Horizons Tour of Homes

Various locations throughout WNY

What better way to see the fine craftsmanship of prestigious WNY builders all at one event? Bigger and better than ever, the 2018 tour features 13 of the area’s most-recognized builders and luxury homes throughout Erie County. And the ParadeCraze app will let you map out the homes, view color photos and plans, and even interact with the builders on social media. Check website for hours as date approaches. (874-3435;

Admission: $9

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