OUR EVENTS

Buffalo Place promotes Downtown through the management and production of special events and initiatives.

These events work to create a positive Downtown narrative for visitors, employees, and residents. The events roster serves as an opportunity to familiarize the community with Downtown, create memories, and encourage initial and return visitation.

The 38th Anniversary season of the Downtown Country Market, presented by M&T Bank, will take place on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo during the summer of 2020.

Held on Thursdays on Main Street between Court and Church Streets, the Market provides a delightful shopping experience for residents, workers, and visitors, and features an eclectic mix of fresh goods and fine wares. The Downtown Country Market is a proud participant in the Pride of New York Program, Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, Field & Fork Network Double Up Food Bucks Program, and the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York.

The Market will open on Thursday, June 11th and continue weekly on Thursdays through October 22, 2020 between 10am and 2:30pm. The regular season will begin on Thursday, June 11th. Buffalo Place Inc. thanks and recognizes M&T Bank for their continued support of Buffalo Place Inc., the Downtown Country Market and Downtown Buffalo.

+ LOCAL FARMERS & VENDORS

Canfield Farms

Ransomville | Fruits ​ and vegetables

Charlie's Greenhouses

Clarence | Fruits and vegetables

Childs Blueberry Farm

Hinsdale | Blueberries and other berries

Duke's Donuts

Buffalo | Fresh donuts made onsite

Ko’s Kettle Corn

Buffalo | Freshly made kettle corn and caramel corn

Najah Corporation

Buffalo | Sauce, chai tea, Somali crepes

Senek Farms

Ransomville | Fruits and vegetables

Simone's Natural Creations

Buffalo | Homemade soaps, body butters, lips balms, and bath scrubs

We R Nuts

Hamburg | Homemade roasted nuts

Yager Farms

Eden | Fruits, vegetables, hanging baskets, and more

Weiss Farm

Eden | Fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers

THE 2019-20 ICE-SKATING SEASON IS NOW CLOSED DUE TO WARM WEATHER CONDITIONS. THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SEASON! Visit our Facebook page​ more information. ​

Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza is a free, open-to-the-public ice-skating rink in Downtown Buffalo. ​ The 2019-20 Ice-Skating Season is Presented by Five Star Bank.

Regular Hours of Operation

Tuesday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday: Closed

Special Extended Holiday Hours

December 23: CLOSED DUE TO WARM WEATHER
December 24: CLOSED DUE TO WARM WEATHER
December 25: CLOSED
December 26, 27: CLOSED DUE TO WARM WEATHER
December 30: CLOSED DUE TO WARM WEATHER
December 31: CLOSED DUE TO WARM WEATHER
January 1: CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS
January 20: 11a-9p
February 17, 18, 19, 20, 21: 11a-9p

Rotary Rink is weather dependent. If the air temperature reaches 45 degrees, please call (716) 854-RINK or (716) 856-3150 to check the rink’s status before you come Downtown to skate.

Amenities

Ice skate rental is available for $2 for children and $3 for adults. Skate sharpening is available for $3. Skate rentals end 30 minutes before closing.

Snacks and beverages are available for purchase at the Rotary Rink concession stand. Profits from concession sales support the rink’s operation.

Birthday Parties, Celebrations, School Groups

To host a party or special event at Rotary Rink, call (716) 856-3150 for information on group rates, party packages, and rink reservations.

Rotary Rink hosts school groups throughout the season. Call (716) 856-3150 for a school skate form. Students K-12 receive free skate rentals, compliments of ​ our Rotary Rink sponsors.

Click here​ to download our School Group Form.

Click here​ for our Birthday Party Form.

Special thank you to our media sponsor and partner, The Buffalo News.

THURSDAY & MAIN

Thursdays at Fountain Plaza (POSTPONED)

Thursday & Main has been postponed, due to the COVD-19 Pandemic. Stay tuned to our Facebook page​ for updates as they become available.

Thursday & Main is a free happy hour series featuring all things local, including live music, restaurants, and Big Ditch Brewing Company and Labatt beer. Thursday & Main takes place at Fountain Plaza from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday & Main is presented by M&T Bank.

The event continues the mission of Thursday at the Square: creating awareness and spin-off business for Downtown restaurants, bars, and retailers.

Thirty two years ago, in 1987, Fountain Plaza hosted the first Thursday at the Park season, produced and managed by Buffalo Place. One year later in 1988, crowds for the happy hour became too large for the space. The series was shifted to Lafayette Square and Thursday at the Square was born. Fountain Plaza provides the perfect setting for this summer’s Thursday & Main series.

Thursday & Main is sponsored by M&T Bank, Try-It Distributing, Labatt Blue, Big Ditch Brewing Company, and Crowley Web. Logo design by Crowley Webb.

THURSDAY & MAIN ​ ​
​ ​ PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE ​

 

Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Presented by Five Star Bank

December 5, 2020

Saturday, December 5th, join us for the 2019 Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza. This annual event is presented by Five Star Bank​ and marks the official opening of the free ice-skating season in Downtown Buffalo. The event begins at 5pm with free ice-skating. ​ At 6pm, Buffalo Place and local elected officials, countdown the lighting of the tree and fireworks display over Fountain Plaza.

​ “We look forward to carrying on the tradition of free ice-skating in the heart of Downtown Buffalo,” said Michael T. Schmand, Executive Director of Buffalo Place, Inc. “In cooperation with Rotary Club of Buffalo and the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Place has managed the operation of this outdoor ice-skating rink for 20 years. Renovations to Fountain Plaza, and the completion of the Cars Sharing Main Street project in this block, continue to provide residents and visitors with an enjoyable and affordable outdoor winter activity.” ​

Distinguished guest speakers at the event will include Byron W. Brown, Mayor of the City of Buffalo, and Mark C. Poloncarz, and Erie County Executive. The guests will speak briefly and then lead a countdown to the official lighting of the tree followed by a fireworks display over Rotary Rink. Anthony J. Colucci III, President and Vice Chairman of Buffalo Place Inc., will serve as emcee for the evening.

Immediately following the fireworks and tree lighting, the fun will continue with visits with Santa, free rides on the kiddie Merry-Go-Round and Ferris Wheel, holiday gifts, and more. Duke’s Donuts will be on-site with hot, freshly made doughnuts available for purchase. Ice-skating is free and ice-skate rental is available; $2 for children and $3 for adults. Guests are encouraged to bring their own ice-skates and avoid waiting in the ice-skate rental line. Santa will visit with children from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ​

Buffalo Place also thanks our official Media Sponsor and Partners, The Buffalo News.

For complete and up-to-the-minute news on the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting, visit us on Facebook!

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We appreciate your questions and comments about Buffalo Place and Downtown Buffalo. If we can be of any assistance, please send us a message.

Buffalo Place
671 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 856-3150

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We appreciate your questions and comments about Buffalo Place and Downtown Buffalo. If we can be of any assistance, please send us a message.

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671 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
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Photography by Mike Shriver at Buffalo Photo Blog.

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