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.

DOWNTOWN COUNTRY MARKET

Thursdays, May through October

The Downtown Country Market is an annual farmers’ market held 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 14, to October 22, 2020.

For 38 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!

Click here​ for the 2020 New Vendor Application!

+ LOCAL FARMERS & VENDORS

The Bakers Daughter

Buffalo | Vegan and gluten free baked goods

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

Hanzlian's Sausage
Cheektowaga | Homemade sausages and patties (poultry and pork)

Ko’s Kettle Corn

Buffalo | Freshly made kettle corn and caramel corn

Najah Corporation

Buffalo | Sauce, chai tea, Somali crepes

Peppermint Farms

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

Schwab Farm

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

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, June 11th through July 30th at Fountain Plaza

Thursday & Main is a free happy hour series featuring all things local, including live music, restaurants, and Big Ditch Brewing Company and Labatt beer. This year, Thursday & Main will take place on Thursdays from June 11th through July 30th 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.

Check out our Facebook page​ for more event details and updates for the 2020 season!

​ ​ 2020 THURSDAY & MAIN ​ ​
​ ​ PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE ​

June 11

June 18

 

June 25

 

July 2

 

July 9

 

July 16

 

July 23

 

July 30

 

STAY TUNED FOR OUR 2020 SCHEDULE OF PERFORMERS!

Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Presented by Five Star Bank

December 7, 2019

Saturday, December 7th, 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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Photography by Mike Shriver at Buffalo Photo Blog.

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