Buffalo is a surprising, some might say unexpected, place to celebrate Hispanic culture. From the waterfront, deep into the West Side and all throughout the region, visitors can experience the music, history, artistry, and food of Buffalo’s proud Hispanic community. A melting pot of folks from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, and several other countries, all walks of life come together to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15.
This year the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York has pulled out all the stops to make this year’s festivities the best ever. So put on your dancing shoes, get your cameras ready and loosen up your belts for these tremendous events taking place over the course of the next 30 days:
Buffalo Public School Family Art Night & Niagara Street Mural Unveiling
Friday (9/14) from 4:30p – 7:30p, 448 Niagara Street, Buffalo
Celebrate the newest mural on Niagara Street with a community dedication, along with music and arts activities for children of all ages.
Cooking with Sabor at The Buffalo Museum of Science
Sunday (9/16) from 11:00a – 3:00p, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
Learn some simple Latino cooking skills that will make you look like a pro. Then take a family stroll through the various science exhibits at the museum.
The BPO & HHC Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Bomba y Plena with Tamboricua / El Batey
Friday (9/21) from 6:30p – 11:00p, Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
A night of music and dancing in all genres: watch professional dancers Fanny & Calvin interpret the orchestral musical serenade performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra along with Puerto Rican musicians El Batey and Tamboricua go from Bomba to Plena. The night is capped with an after-party hosted by DJ Vertigo and DJ Milk. Dance until you can’t move!
Bombazo at the Naval Park with Tamboricua / El Batey
Sunday (9/23) from 1:00p – 4:00p, Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo
Practice your Bomba and Plena dance moves with a visiting dance troupe right on USS Little Rock at Buffalo’s majestic waterfront. Discover the history of Buffalo’s Hispanic veterans and their stories as the HHC honors the many accomplishments of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Buffalo History Museum Celebrates Hispanic Heritage
Sunday (9/30) from 11:00a – 3:00p, Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, Buffalo
Explore the importance of Latinos in Buffalo from the past to the present with the Hispanic heritage history display. Visitors can then create their artifacts that celebrate their own history through a guided art activity.
Albright Knox Art Gallery Celebrates a Latinx First Friday
Friday (10/5) from 10:00a – 10:00p, Albright Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
Enter the prestigious Albright Knox and wander the halls for free while viewing the art of several Hispanic artists: Pasos Gigantes; Artistas y La Década de 1960 & a Spanish-Speaking Tour of Giant Steps – Artists and the 1960s
Botanical Garden Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Monday (10/8) from 10:00a – 4:00p, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo
Discover the bounty of flowers from Latin American countries right here in the City of Buffalo. See if you can find them all in a scavenger hunt created just for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Salsa for a Cure Amateur Dance Competition: A Benefit for Roswell Park
Friday (10/12) from 7:00p – 11:00p, Pucho Olivencia Social Club, 261 Swan Street, Buffalo
Get your tickets early, don your best all red attire and unleash your best moves at this festive dance competition.
Isaías González-Soto Branch Library Inauguration
Monday (10/15) at 5:00p, Isaias Gonzalez-Soto Branch Library, 280 Porter Avenue, Buffalo
A fitting end to a month-long celebration, the Hispanic Heritage Council closes Hispanic Heritage Month with a dedication to local this powerful local legend.
For more information on Buffalo’s robust and diverse Hispanic heritage visit: Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY
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Buffalo’s remarkable theatre season officially kicks off tomorrow with the annual celebration that is Curtain Up! Stretching a full block of Main Street in front of Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo’s historic Theatre District, this street party ushers in the spectacle and grandeur that come from our local production companies. And what a season it’s bound to be. Here are all of the jaw-dropping plays and perfromances to see in September:
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory at Shea’s, 646 Main St, Buffalo
This play is the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more at this everlasting showstopper!
Playing September 22 to 29 — Tickets & showtimes at Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave, Buffalo
With eight Tony Awards under its belt, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, dramatic, yet funny musical theatre classic.
Playing until September 30 – Tickets and showtimes at Kavinoky Theatre
Purlie at Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave, Buffalo
Purlie Victorious, that strutting, new fangled preacher man is back home and he wants a church and he wants freedom. Witty, memorable music and a whole lotta of fun unfold in this play.
Playing September 14 to October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at Paul Robeson Theatre
Fahrenheit 451 at Subversive Theatre Collective, 255 Great Arrow Ave, Buffalo
The reimagining of Ray Bradbury’s classic tale takes us into a sinister future where firemen are called upon to burn the true enemy of any authoritarian state: books. But one unsuspecting fireman is about to discover that there’s much more to life than what the well-ordered regime spoon feeds the populace.
Playing now October 6 – Tickets and showtimes at Subversive Theatre Collective
Pinkalicious: The Musical at Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St, Buffalo
Let the little ones experience the joy again. This delightful musical will once again paint Buffalo a brilliant shade of pink!
Playing September 14 to October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at Theatre of Youth
Wizard of Oz at Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave, Lancaster
Follow the yellow brick road to this lovingly faithful adaptation of the classic tale of Dorothy, Toto and the whole gang.
Playing until September 23 – Tickets and showtimes at Lancaster Opera House
Pump Boys & Dinettes at MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St, Buffalo
The ‘Pump Boys’ sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the ‘Dinettes’, Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country, rhythm and blues and rockabilly songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway and a 1982 Tony nomination for best musical.
Playing until October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at MusicalFare Theatre
Golden Boy at Irish Classical Theatre, 625 Main St, Buffalo
In this brilliant and timeless American classic, scrappy young Joe Bonaparte is torn between the desire for the modest and satisfying life of an artist and the pressure to pursue fame and fortune as a prizefighter.
Playing September 14 to October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at Irish Classical Theatre
Genetlemen Prefer DIVAs at O’Connell & Company, 4625 Harlem Rd, Snyder
This is the same cabaret format of songs, stories and humor as their ever popular DIVA by DIVA, the longest running show in Western New York. This time the Gents join the DIVAs to explore the unique relationship between men and women, with a special emphasis on Buffalo Legends.
Playing September 14 only – Tickets and showtimes at O’Connell & Company
Shifting Gears at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo
After six years of hiatus, the incomparable duo of Abel and Basil returns for one weekend only. This special event covers a wide array of topics from the past several years through song and story, with special guests each evening.
Playing September 14 to September 16 — Tickets & showtimes at Alleyway Theatre
Philosophus at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo
An absurd, off-beat and funny reimagining of the famous Voltaire, along with his trusted companion Collini. It seems he’s stolen a treasured notebook from Frederick The Great and the monarch’s men have him surrounded in the German town of Frankfurt. It’s a theatrical entertainment devised for only the stout of heart.
Playing until October 6 — Tickets & showtimes at Alleyway Theatre
Heathers at American Repertory Theatre of WNY, 330 Amherst St, Buffalo
This play tells the story of Westerberg High School being terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the most popular and cruelest girls in all of Ohio.
Playing until September 22 – Tickets and showtimes at American Repertory Theatre
My Old Lady at New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park
A down on his luck middle aged man inherits an apartment in Paris and must live with the elderly woman that has inhabited it for decades. There, he learns friendship, falls in love, and must finally deal with the death of his father.
Playing September 15 to October 7 – Tickets and showtimes at New Phoenix Theatre
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