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Things to do this September

As sad as we are to see summer wind down, there’s still a chance to take in some end-of-the-season celebrations and festivals. From an outdoor music extravaganza to a look inside the career of one of the ‘80s most unconventional heroes, we’ve mapped out some can’t-miss events.

Sept. 6-9: Niagara County Peach Festival

Academy Park, 890 Center St., Lewiston

Everything’s peachy keen at this annual festival that celebrates summer’s fabulous fuzzy fruit. There will be a parade, rides, games, dancers, music, 5k run, Peach Fuzz and Blossom pageant, Peach Queen competition, not to mention an estimated 13,000 pounds of locally harvested peaches served up in the form of shortcake. Free shuttle parking. Festival runs Thursday, 5-10 p.m., Friday, 5-11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. See website for full schedule of activities and list of businesses selling advance ride tickets. (

Admission: Free. Ride tickets purchased separately and available in advance for 50 percent off.

Sept. 14: Buffalonia

Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St., Buffalo

Party with a purpose at this third annual fundraiser for the Matt Urban Center and enjoy live music, DJ, wine, beer, Ru’s Pierogi food truck, raffles, games and a photo booth. All proceeds benefit the Center, which has served Buffalo’s East Side for 40 years, providing programs that revitalize neighborhoods, serve families and change lives. Celebration runs 5-10 p.m. (893-7222l

Admission: $25 presale available at Buffalo Iron Works and the Matt Urban Center (1081 Broadway, Buffalo); $30 at the door

Sept. 14: John Cusack with “Say Anything”

University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, 103 Center for the Arts, Buffalo

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 30 years since Lloyd Dobler hoisted his boom box over his head and blared “In Your Eyes” in a last-ditch effort to get the girl. Watch a screening of the movie that “…established John Cusack as an icon for left-of-center types everywhere,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, and stay for a candid conversation with the actor about the making of “Say Anything” and his successful career. Audience questions will round out the night. (If you’re a woman between the ages of 45 and 55, his confirmed bachelorhood could very well be one of them.) Screening starts at 7:30 pm. (645-6915;

Admission: $53.75-$73.75; VIP tickets are $154 and include a post-show photo op with Cusack

Sept. 22-23: Borderland Music + Arts Festival

Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora

Think outside the Knox at this grassroots festival that will transform bucolic Knox Farm State Park into a two-day musical and cultural mecca. Bringing a little bit of SXSW to East Aurora, Borderland will feature Americana bands and the lineup is no joke. National acts include The Revivalists, Sam Roberts Band and John Oates & The Good Road Band. The event will also showcase works of art from area craftspeople, fare from local chefs and food trucks, and plenty of craft beer, wine and spirits from WNY and across the state. Festival hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (

Admission: 1-Day Package, $65; 2-Day Package, $110; VIP Package $359 (includes VIP lounge, complimentary parking and private reception Friday, Sept. 21)

Sept. 29: Buffalo Whiskey Riot

The Adam’s Mark Hotel, 120 Church St., Buffalo

After a sell-out event in January, Step Out Buffalo and Tommyrotter Distillery are rolling out the barrel with another festival of whiskeys. Taste over 80, get educated by master distillers and keep it classy with whiskey cocktails at three pop-up bars. Chase it all down with a little shopping, food and live DJ music. Choose from an afternoon session, 1-4 p.m. or evening session, 6-9 p.m. Must be 21 or over. (525-0642;

Admission: $45

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