Weekly Feature



2017-07-12 / Entertainment

Historical Tours

fri. 14

Allentown Mob — When Italian and Sicilian immigrants came to Buffalo, many of their local customs came with them — and so did the Mafia. Through much of the 20th century, the Allentown neighborhood was a hotspot for Mob activity, 7 p.m. Friday, July 14. Meet at Cafe 59, 62 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Estates Along the Avenue — Enjoy a walking tour of Delaware Avenue’s northern section to admire classic homes of the Gilded Age and learn about the families who built them, 1 p.m. Friday, July 14. Meet in the parking lot behind Blessed Sacrament Church, 1035 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

fri. 14 & sat. 15

Turn of the Century Treasures — This tour showcases Buffalo commercial architecture at the turn of the 20th century, when the city was the eighth largest in America and hosted the Pan-American Exposition, presented by Explore Buffalo, 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15. Meet at WNY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

fri. 14 & sun. 16

Old First Ward — Enjoy a walking tour of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buffalo, 6 p.m. Friday, July 14, and 1 p.m. Sunday, July 16. Meet at Mutual Riverfront Park, 41 Hamburg St., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

fri. 14, sat. 15, sun. 16 & wed. 19

Riverfront Renaissance — This waterfront walking tour will explore the oldest neighborhoods of Buffalo, many of which have gone through numerous transitions and are in the midst of yet another change as the city returns its focus to the water, 7 p.m. Friday, July 14; 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15, Sunday, July 16, and Wednesday, July 19. Meet at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 125 Main St., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

fri. 14, sat. 15, wed. 19 & thurs.

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Best of Buffalo — Enjoy this downtown walking tour of the best of Buffalo architecture and history, 1 p.m. Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15, Wednesday, July 19, and Thursday, July 20. Meet at WNY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

fri. 14, sat. 15, sun. 16, wed. 19 & thurs. 20

Masters of American Architecture — See signature works by some of America’s greatest architects on this tour, presented by Explore Buffalo, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15, Sunday, July 16, Wednesday, July 19, and Thursday, July 20. Meet at Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington S., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

fri. 14, sat. 15, sun. 16, mon. 17, tues. 18 & thurs. 20

Silo City Grounded — Experience the monumental scale of the grain elevators constructed in Buffalo in the first half of the 20th century and also see how they are now being repurposed, 10 a.m. Friday, July 14, Monday, July 17, and Thursday, July 20; 11 a.m. Sunday, July 16; 1 p.m. Saturday, July 15, and 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 18. Meet at Silo City, 120 Silo City Row, Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

sat. 15

Downtown Mob Tour — Walk among some of the downtown locations that mob members would have been familiar with as they plotted their next moves, you will understand the power the local mob once wielded, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Meet at Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

City of Light Bus Tour — Experience Buffalo through the eyes of the narrator of Lauren Belfer’s historical novel, “City of Light,” which is set in Buffalo at the dawn of the 20th century, 1 p.m. Friday, July 15. Meet at Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Parkside — Join Explore Buffalo on a walking tour of this picturesque Buffalo neighborhood to discover the beauty and history of its streets, homes and past residents, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15. Meet at the Episcopal Church

of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Inside Delaware Avenue Mansions — Join Explore Buffalo for a tour that features the interiors of two historic mansions on Buffalo’s Millionaire’s Row, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15. Meet at the American Red Cross, 786 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Free Family Tour: Riverfront Renaissance — On this tour, you’ll get to explore some of the most important aspects of our city’s past, as well as the new waterfront attractions that are bringing Buffalonians to its water once again, 11 a.m. Saturday, July 15. Meet at Buffalo & Erie County Naval Park, 1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

sat. 15 & tues. 18

Hidden Gems of the Delaware District — Take a walk around the block on Linwood Avenue, Bryant Street, Oakland Place and Summer Street to discover beautiful gardens and spectacular homes in a wide variety of architectural styles just off Delaware Avenue, 1 p.m. Saturday, July 15, and 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 18. Meet at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

sat. 15, sun. 16 & wed. 19

Elevator Alley Kayak Tour — Enjoy a kayak tour of the Buffalo River and its grain elevators, in partnership with Elevator Alley Kayak, who will provide the kayaks for this urban adventure tour, 9 a.m. Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, and 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 19. Meet at Elevator Alley Kayak at The Barrel Factory, 65 Vandalia St., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

sat. 15 & thurs. 20

Lincoln Parkway — This tour will be a walk in the park” as you explore the neighborhood and the stories of the families who have lived on Lincoln Parkway, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15, and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20. Meet at the Abraham Lincoln in front of the rose garden in Delaware Park; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fontana Boathouse — Join Explore Buffalo for a tour of the only rowing boathouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, includes both the exterior and interior of the Boathouse, providing an in-depth

look at a masterpiece of Prairie Style design, 11 a.m. Saturday, July 15, and 1 p.m. Thursday, July 20. Meet at 1 Rotary Row, Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Delaware Avenue Midway — Enjoy this tour of historic landmarks on the section of Delaware Avenue from North Street to Tupper Street, 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15, and 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20. Meet at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

sat. 15, sun. 16, wed. 19 & thurs. 20

Silo City Vertical — Experience all of the history and mechanics of the grain elevator, as well as the malt production process in the Perot malthouse on this in-depth tour, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15, Sunday, July 16, and Wednesday, July 19; and 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20. Meet at Silo City, 120 Silo City Row, Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

sun. 16

Scandalous Buffalo — On this downtown walking tour, you’ll learn some of the darker stories of the Queen City’s past, 10 a.m. Sunday, July 16. Meet at Spot Coffee, 227 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

Art of the Subway — Buffalo’s Metro Rail system is an often-overlooked treasure trove of modern art, with each station featuring unique artwork by a wide variety of artists, which will be seen on this tour as you travel from one end of the Metro Rail system to the other, getting off at each station along the way, 10 a.m. Sunday, July 16. Meet at University Metro Rail Station on the University at Buffalo’s South Campus; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

sun. 16 & wed. 19

Delaware Avenue Mansions — The richest of the rich in Buffalo put their wealth on full display on this section of Delaware Avenue, home to the grandest collection of mansions built in the city, 1 p.m. Sunday, July 16, and 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 19. Meet at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 245-3032, www.explorebuffalo.org

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