From the hottest jazz festival in the area to chilling by the river for a great cause, make the most of your summer days and nights. Use these events as your guide and you’ll find plenty of fun and excitement — and possibly even a new place to live!
July 31-Aug. 4: Music and Arts Festival of the Tonawandas
Various locations in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda
This inaugural five-day event will feature live music, art, food, family fun and the chance to check out local businesses, galleries and museums. Festivities start with the Corning Museum of Glass Barge at Gateway Harbor and a Farm to Table Block Party at Webster’s Bistro and Bar on July 31. More Gateway Harbor fun continues with a The Who tribute band on Aug. 1, followed by Food Truck Thursday and craft fair on Aug. 2. Garth Brooks and Shania Twain tribute bands hit Riviera Theatre on Aug. 3 and an all-day art walk spanning the Twin Cities will wrap up activities on Aug. 4. (475-2001; Tonawandamainstreet.org)
Aug. 2: Mikey’s Way Foundation Soirée on the River
Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., Buffalo
The ninth annual event will be taking it to the river this year. Held at Buffalo RiverWorks, it’ll be an evening of live music, dinner stations, open bar, tours of the recently opened RiverWorks Brewing Co., and plenty of auction action, including the chance to bid on Cleveland Cavaliers tickets and a weekend in New York City to see Hamilton. Fundraiser runs 6:30-10 p.m. and all proceeds go directly to helping children suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. (828-8318; Mikeyswaywny.org)
Admission: $75 general; $100 VIP (includes reserved seating area and scenic river cruise)
Aug. 5: Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions
New Era Field, 1 Bills Dr., Orchard Park
Get ready for a night of rousing entertainment that’s hard to beat. This 21st annual event features the top ten drum corps in the world in a competition that combines music and performance skills with on-field athleticism. Rain or shine event starts at 6:30 p.m. Free parking available. (800-745-3000; Drumsalongthewaterfront.org)
Admission: $29-$50 (add $8 per ticket day of show). Kids 12 and under, half-price. $3 discount for senior and military.
Aug. 20: Miles for Smiles Wine Tasting
Acqua, 2192 Niagara St., Buffalo
Bask in vivid aromas and the sunset’s glow, as Acqua hosts this 15th annual event to benefit the Craniofacial Center of WNY at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. In addition to the breathtaking views, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, carving station, delicious desserts, coffee bar, live music, basket raffle and silent auction. Event runs 6-9 p.m. (323-6062; Ochbuffalo.org)
Aug. 24-25: Northwest Jazz Festival
Center Street, Village of Lewiston
The small town of Lewiston plays home to the largest outdoor jazz festival in the region. Catch 26 bands on five stages, accompanied by culinary samplings from the area’s best restaurants, libations from Niagara wineries and local breweries, a jewelry show, and plenty of shopping among the quaint village stores. Rain or shine festival runs Friday, 5-10:30 p.m. and Saturday, noon-10:30 p.m. (754-9500; Lewistonjazz.com)
Admission: Free. Tickets for seating at headliner performances, $20 presale.
Aug. 25: Buffalo Living Tour: Northtowns
Headquarters at The Belvedere, 375 Harris Hill Road, Lancaster
The 10th version of this popular event that showcases greater Buffalo’s fabulous living options, the Northtowns edition will be headquartered at The Belvedere in Lancaster. Nine upscale apartments/new-builds (available for rent or purchase) will be featured in the tour, along with food, craft beer and wine sampling. Go tropical at a Luau in the courtyard of The Belvedere from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and enjoy a heated pool, putting green, clubhouse, garden club and nature-walking trail. Visit website for free pamphlet and map of tour locations. Drive to each or take the free shuttle. Tour runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (553-4061; Buffalolivingtour.net)