by Matt Steinberg

Spring has come early to Buffalo, with sunshine and 60° temperatures the norm now. And with the onset of spring comes the opening of the Buffalo Bisons season. Today is Opening Day at Coca-Cola Field, as “the Herd” take on the Pawtucket Red Sox at 3:05. Baseball has a 125 year history in Buffalo, and Buffalonians have seen many major league stars-in-the-making. The Bisons had a rough year last season (as did the parent club, the New York Mets), but are bouncing back this year and are aiming at a return to the International League playoffs. And the game itself isn’t the only reason to come downtown this summer – there are promotions galore at the ballpark this year. There’s a pre-game party and post-game fireworks at every Friday home game, Father’s Day giveaways, celebrations of Irish, Hispanic, Polish and Italian heritage, the annual Independence Day celebration with the Buffalo Philharmonic orchestra (and more fireworks, of course), appearances by Dora the Explorer and the Famous Chicken, and much more. Tickets are still Buffalo’s best entertainment value – the best seats are only $11 each! Major league quality action at very minor league prices. For more information, check out their website at www.Bisons.com.

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by Doug Sitler

ErieCanalHarbor-fireworksThe night sky over Buffalo will be filled with fireworks on the 4th of July. There are numerous Independence Day celebrations in communities throughout Erie County, but the one that caught my eye is “Buffalo’s Official 4th of July Celebration” at downtown’s Erie Canal Harbor.

“The Harbor” is already garnering a reputation as being a beacon of fun in Buffalo with the Buffalo Place “Rocks the Harbor” events each month. In its second year, the site has also quickly become the “go-to” place for 4th of July festivities. Crowds stroll around the Central Warf and the Commercial Slip, or sit on the lawn and watch entertainment. Meanwhile, throngs of boaters will tie up to the warf – and each other- to soak in one of the most festive nights of the year.

The organizers are picking up where they left off last year by offering musical performances from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display high above Buffalo’s historic waterfront.

The Explore & More Children’s Museum and will be leading free children’s activities throughout the evening. There will also be clowns on hand creating balloon animals and tattoos.

While down at the Harbor Saturday night, you can participate in “GoodieFest” – booths where you can purchase homemade baked goods, which in turns supports the Food Bank of WNY. In addition, there will be food and beverages available for purchase at the celebration. Subsequently, no coolers, cans or outside concessions are allowed. There’s plenty of nearby parking and the NFTA Metro Train will be running to service the event.

For more information, please visit www.buffaloplace.org

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