Friday, September 25 The huge former factory and warehouse building that is the Tri-Main Center was renovated years ago into offices, art studios, and the occasional massive event space. Buffalo Arts Studio is a long-time tenant, with a strong reputation for excellence and a fascinating mix of artists-in-residence. Friday night, the gallery comes alive with two art openings: Elizabeth Gemperlein’s drawn mediations on nature, environment and humans as distant witnesses, and Marissa Lehner’s “Anima Mundi” fabric and light installation. BAS selects two artists for solo shows whose work compliments each other, and this event is no exception. Cash bar, free snacks, as part of M&T Bank Fourth Fridays.

Saturday, September 26 Gorgeous fall weather is expected this weekend, and you should take advantage of it from north to south. Spend your daytime on the Niagara Wine Trail for their annual Harvest Festival, but be careful! With twenty participating wineries, you don’t want to come home, take a wine nap, and miss the Artvoice 25th Anniversary Party back in Buffalo Saturday night. Themed “A Quarter in the Nickel City”, the party –at a previously unknown warehouse on the Buffalo River — includes art installations, live music, roving performances, plus food trucks and a cash bar.

Sunday, September 27 What was an “Onion Johnny?” A French onion farmer who, after harvest, would cross the Channel and pedal across Britain to hawk his wares, of course! Buffalo tips its chapeau to these maritime types with a themed and costumed group bicycle ride. Now entering its fourth year, the Buffalo Lazy Randonneur Club’s Johnny Onion ride slowly encircles Buffalo, from the waterfront to Delaware Park’s Rose Garden, with a pot of French onion soup to reward hardy riders.

Monday, September 28 Container, an innovative electronic musician, will perform Monday at Mohawk Place, the storied Buffalo dive that came back to life last year after a hiatus. Opening acts include Unicorn Hard-on, Night Slaves, Ay Fast, and VWLS, with visuals provided by NP & Flatsitter.

Tuesday, September 29 If you like history, newspapers, and gorgeous old theaters, you are in luck. Newsies, the acclaimed Broadway musical, opens at Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Tuesday. Saved by the wrecking ball years ago by dedicated preservationists, Shea’s is a gem in downtown Buffalo. Newsies won Tony awards in 2012 for Best Choreography and Best Score.

Wednesday, September 30 
Another chance to get drunk … er, enjoy a wine tasting, is aboard a replica vintage vessel, the Spirit of Buffalo, which docks on the historic Commercial Slip at Canalside. Wine in the Wind is a two-hour sailing event: participants can enjoy the beauty of Lake Erie, with regional and international wine samples, and cheese.

Thursday, October 1 The Elmwood Village was named one of the “Ten Great Neighborhoods in America” by the American Planning Association, and you’ll get to experience it, culinarily, on a Buffalo Bites Food Tour. Farm-to-table, Slow Food, and localism are more than just catchphrases here. Taste what Buffalo has to offer, and be surprised.

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