Music is Art, blues and Oktoberfest on tap this weekend

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)The weather may be colder but there are still plenty of events for you and your family to enjoy this weekend in Western New York.

More than 10 years ago, Goo Goo Dolls bassist and Buffalo resident Robby Takac launched Music is Art. Ever since then, the non-profit organization has been supporting educational music programs in our community. Each year, it hosts a fall celebration in Delaware Park. This year’s Music is Art Festival is happening Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Learn how to get involved at musicisart.org.

It’ll be all about the blues this weekend in the Falls! The Annual Niagara Falls Blues Festival runs from now until Sunday, on Old Falls Street. There will be a classic car show as well as dozens of bands visiting from around the world. They will even be showing the Bills game in the beer tent on Sunday. Check it out at fallsstreet.com.

For a true taste of the Southtowns, take a trip to the Taste of East Aurora. It will showcase menu items from the village’s best restaurants. The event runs along Main Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. To see a list and locations of participating restaurants and locations, click here.

It’s not too early to celebrate Oktoberfest. The Village of Hamburg will host its authentic German festival Saturday, featuring food, live music, a car show, and a beer making competition. The festival takes place in Memorial Park from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. with free parking throughout village.

Oktoberfest will also be the theme at least one of the stops on the Lake Erie Pub Crawl Saturday. Fifteen dollars gets you water transportation to several hotspots on Buffalo’s budding waterfront, including Templeton Landing, where you’ll find German food, music, games and beer on the patio. The Pub Crawl also includes service to The Hatch, Liberty Hound, and the Swannie House. It runs until 5:30 p.m., and might be one of your last chances to get out on the water this season.

And lastly, a Fall favorite is kicking off in Clarence. The Great Pumpkin Farm on Main Street offers everything from hot apple cider to hayrides and has plenty of pumpkins for the picking. It’s open from 10 a.m. until dusk beginning Saturday and continues daily through October 31.

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