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5 things to do this June

Summer is knocking on the door and we’ve got some great events to help get you out your door and enjoy the season. Make a day of it at one of the popular outdoor festivals, dance the night away at the anniversary party of a cherished Western New York landmark or celebrate accomplished women in our community at these events that will entertain and inspire.

June 1: Larkinville Block Party

Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St., Buffalo
Admission: free

Head to happening Larkinville, where Seneca Street will be closed to traffic but open for business as local makers show their wares and food trucks peddle their edibles. Fun includes live music, lawn games, kids’ activities, mural painting, alpacas and acroyoga. Hydraulic Hearth, The Filling Station and Swan Street Diner will also be serving up great cocktails and eats during the party, which runs from noon-6 p.m. (362-2665;

June 4: ATHENA Awards Luncheon

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo
Admission: $75

The ultimate power lunch, this annual 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 Young Professional Leadership Award at the luncheon, which runs 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Recipients for each award will also be announced. (852-7100;

June 8: East Aurora Music Fest

Various venues in East Aurora
Admission: $15 presale; $20 at the door (cash only). Veterans and kids under 12, free.

The quintessential small town of East Aurora hosts one huge music festival, featuring over 60 bands at over 20 venues, with 100 hours of great live music. Catch everything from ’80s tunes and indie alternative to Celtic rock and southern soul. Wristband purchase gives you access to each gig and free shuttle bus rides between venues. Profits to benefit local community organizations. Opening ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. (

June 22: Meet Us at the Clock: 90th Anniversary of the Buffalo Central Terminal

Buffalo Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Dr., Buffalo
Admission: $90

Mark the momentous anniversary of one of Western New York’s most iconic landmarks at this Gatsby-themed event. Enjoy a great evening of dinner, dancing, live music and nostalgia in support of the ongoing renovation of a true architectural gem. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Central Terminal Restoration Project. Doors open at 5 p.m. (810-3210;

June 29: Taste of Diversity

Grant Street, between Auburn and Lafayette, Buffalo
Admission: Free; food tickets available for purchase

Celebrate the many cultures that make the West Side such a vibrant community at this annual festival featuring international music and dance, craft vendors and ethnic cuisine that ranges from empanadillas and Ethiopian to curry kabobs and Creole. See what one of Buffalo’s fastest-growing business districts has to offer from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (;

July 18-21 & 25-28: Horizons Tour of Homes

Throughout Erie County
Admission: $9

Mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed tour showcasing 20 luxury homes built by the area’s most prestigious home builders. Spread across nine towns, the ParadeCraze app will help you map out the homes, see color photos and plans and even interact with the builders on social media. Check website for hours as date approaches. (874-3435;

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