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.


Tuesdays & Thursdays, May through October

The Downtown Country Market is an annual farmers’ market held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., rain or shine, on Main Street between Court and Church Streets. This year’s season runs from May 17 to October 25, 2018.

For 36 years, the market has offered residents, workers, and visitors the perfect place to pick up local fresh produce, enjoy tasty treats like baked goods and fresh lemonade, and purchase plants and flowers to brighten gardens, homes, and offices. The market is also home to a community tent that local nonprofits can utilize to share their mission and services with the public. The market also proudly participates in the SNAP Program, Double Up Food Bucks, Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, Farmers’ Market Federation of New York, and Pride of New York Program.

Buffalo Place thanks presenting sponsor M&T Bank for its continued support of the Downtown Country Market and Downtown Buffalo.

Stay up to date with market information by visiting our Facebook page!


Baumgaertner Bee Farm


East Arcade | Honey and honey products

Canfield Farms


Ransomville | Fruits and vegetables

Charlie's Greenhouses

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Clarence | Fruits and vegetables

Childs Blueberry Farm


Hinsdale | Blueberries and other berries

Duke's Donuts

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Buffalo | Fresh donuts made onsite

Hanzlian's Sausage


Cheektowaga | Homemade sausages and patties (poultry and pork)

Peppermint Farms


East Aurora | Hanging baskets, fresh cut bouquets, vegetables, and more

Ko’s Kettle Corn

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Buffalo | Freshly made kettle corn and caramel corn

Schwab Farm


Gasport | Fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, and other tasty treats

Senek Farms

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Ransomville | Fruits and vegetables

Simone's Natural Creations

Tuesdays & Thursdays

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

We R Nuts

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Hamburg | Homemade roasted nuts

Yager Farms

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Eden | Fruits, vegetables, hanging baskets, and more

Weiss Farm

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Eden | Fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers


Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza is a free, open-to-the-public ice skating rink in Downtown Buffalo. The 2018-19 free ice-skating season is presented by Five Star Bank. Rotary Rink is open from December through March.

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 24: 11a-2p December 25: CLOSED December 26, 27, 28: 11a-9p December 31: 11a-1a January 1: 11a-9p January 21: 11a-9p February 18, 19, 20, 21, 22: 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.



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 Evenings, June through August

Queen City Social is a free happy hour series featuring all things local, including live music, restaurants, and Big Ditch Brewing Company and Labatt beer. This year, Queen City Social happy hours will take place every Thursday evening, June 21 through August 9, 2018, at Fountain Plaza from 5 to 8 p.m.

Fountain Plaza was recently renovated by the City of Buffalo as part of the Cars Sharing Main Street Project, making it the perfect setting for this happy hour event.

Queen City Social is sponsored by M&T Bank, Try-It Distributing, Labatt Blue, Big Ditch Brewing Company, and Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation. Logo and poster design by Crowley Webb.

Check out our Facebook page for more event details and updates!


June 21

The Town Pants, with special guest The Probables

June 28

The Strictly Hip

July 5

CMC Jazz Pre-Festival Celebration, featuring George Scott Big Band

July 12

Lazlo Hollyfeld

July 19


July 26

Tommy Z Band

August 2

Bruce Wojick & The Struggle

August 9

John & Mary and the Valkyries, with special guest Zak Ward

Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting

December 1, 2018

Saturday, December 1st, Five Star Bank presents the 2018 Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza. This annual event 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 Five Star Bank representatives, as well as 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 with Presenting Sponsor Five Star Bank,” 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.”

Five Star Bank C&I Lending Executive and Buffalo Regional President Ted Oexle said, “Five Star Bank has been located at Fountain Plaza since February of 2017 and we are thrilled to be in the vibrant financial center of the City of Buffalo. Downtown Buffalo is an exciting place to live, work, and play. It is an honor to serve as Presenting Sponsor for the Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration and Ice Skating Season. We are proud to support these wonderful family traditions.”

Distinguished guest speakers at the event will include Byron W. Brown, Mayor of the City of Buffalo, and Mark C. Poloncarz, Erie County Executive and Ted Oexle of Five Star Bank. 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 thanks Five Star Bank for their Presenting Sponsorship of the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration and 2018-2019 Ice-Skating Season. Buffalo Place also thanks our official Media Sponsor and Partners, The Buffalo News.

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