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ECHDC announces summer 2014 Canalside programming and events schedule

by jmaloni


Thu, May 22nd 2014 06:55 pm

Daily activities, music, fitness and family programming all part of the 1,000 events and activities planned for Buffalo's waterfront

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. today launched its 2014 season of summer events and programming at Canalside. This year, Canalside will host more than 1,000 events and activities, including daily activities for kids, fitness, music, history, a new Clinton's Dish menu, festivals and more on Buffalo's waterfront. Visit www.canalsidebuffalo.com for the calendar of events, which is continuously being updated as activities and events are booked.

Today's announcement is in addition to the most diverse and exciting concert lineup concert crowds have ever seen on Buffalo's waterfront, including 10 free Thursday concerts and four ticketed concerts.

"With more visitors discovering Canalside each year, ECHDC continues its work to encourage public access of the waterfront and enjoyment of our unique asset," said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. "This year, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. offers a diverse selection of daily activities, with returning favorites and new activities that you asked for. We invite one and all to experience the history, family fun, fitness and more that makes Buffalo truly exceptional."

New offerings this year include an expanded Clinton's Dish with an innovative menu and additional seating; WNY Bike Rentals and Tours; pedal car rentals and daily tours to learn the story of Buffalo. For the kids, there will be family activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, including F BITES on Tuesdays featuring Chef Bobby Anderson from the television show "Hell's Kitchen," who demonstrates culinary techniques for kids and young adults.

Zumba, Pilates, Power yoga Buffalo, boot camp and YMCA's yoga classes are back, but new this year Canalside will feature "Soccer Shots" for kids at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. Street performers will also be part of the summer scene this year with everything from magicians to musicians entertaining crowds on the Central Wharf from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

The new Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside takes place July 19 featuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Taste NY" initiative with New York state food and craft beer. Also, new this year, open mic night on Mondays for four weeks straight starting June 9, and pre-parties before the Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and James Taylor concerts at First Niagara Center.

Old favorites returning include the Saturday artisan market and children's programming with Explore and More Children's Museum, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, and Young Audiences of WNY.

Amenities, such as table games/game rentals, a reading room, QR Code tours, BFLO Kayak tours/rentals, water bike rentals, Queen City Water Taxi, Spirit of Buffalo rides, will also be available throughout the summer.

Highlights of the 2014 Programming and Events Season include:

▪ June 1: Pride Festival

▪ June 13: "Buffalove" photo shoot

▪ July 4: Independence Day celebration

▪ July 12: Wooden Boat Festival

▪ July 13: Budding Tree Yoga Festival

▪ July 19: Buffalo Brewers Festival at Canalside

▪ Aug. 22-24: Buffalo Irish Festival

▪ September: Buffalo Maritime Festival

About Canalside

Canalside is a growing regional destination and entertainment district, situated on 21 historic acres along downtown Buffalo's emerging waterfront on the Buffalo River. Canalside earns its name from its storied past, when the Erie Canal Harbor was built in 1825 as the western terminus of the Erie Canal.

Until five years ago, the land was barren and inaccessible, but the area has been reclaimed by the state's Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., and developed with millions of dollars in public and private investment.

For more information, visit www.canalsidebuffalo.com.

A nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors governs the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York state governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The Erie County executive and the City of Buffalo mayor hold the two non-voting, ex-officio director positions.

For more information on ECHDC, visit www.eriecanalharbor.com.

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