Artpark: Lewiston, NY

I’m not sure if everyone in Buffalo is really aware of the amount of concerts and venues in and around the area. This summer has opened my eyes to how truly wonderful the music scene is around Western New York. You can find a concert in and around the area of Buffalo and Western New York almost every day of the week for little to no cost. Seriously, I’m not joking!

As a recent college graduate, the free or inexpensive concerts by some awesome bands are a huge draw for people of all ages. Here are a few examples of the free summer concert series for people all over the Buffalo area.

In the city there’s the Free Summer Concert Series in Bidwell Park at Elmwood on Tuesday nights from 7 – 9p.m. The park allows for a relaxing atmosphere right in the heart of the Elmwood Village. Bring a picnic and some good friends along to enjoy the music. Food, wine, and beer are sold at the event if you don’t have time to pack your own food! The concert series goes from July 1 to August 12and the music varies, with performances by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to the Latin Jazz Project.

On Wednesday nights there is the Coors Light Wednesdays @ Artpark. This free concert series is in the outdoor amphitheatre. The series runs from June 20 to August 1.  Artpark is in the beautiful town of Lewiston, NY, situated approximately 30 minutes away from the city of Buffalo. While looking at the Artpark stage, set high above the Niagara River there’s a scenic view of the landscape while the music fills the area. Wednesdays @ Artpark bring in names such as Ziggy Marley, Tokyo Police Club, and O.A.R. with Rebelution in their concert series.

Thursday nights host the Thursday at the Harbor concert series that runs from June 7 to August 23. Located right on the Erie Canal Harbor Central Warf underneath the Buffalo Skyway, it shows yet another great side of Buffalo. The event area is right next to the Buffalo and Eire County Navel and Military Park. You can walk around and see the naval ships and military monuments before and after the show. They bring artists such as The Cult, Fountains of Wayne, Salt-N-Pepa, and one of my personal favorites, Young the Giant.

The summer is not over yet so you should definitely check out these free weekly concerts! There are also concerts for bigger named bands, for a reasonable cost at Artpark and the Harbor on other days of the week as well. Along with these summer concert series there are numerous concerts at other venues hosting bands all week that you should check out! You might even find some of your favorite bands and artists playing all over Buffalo.

Thursday at the Harbor

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