2022 attractions include inaugural Seneca Casinos Outer Harbor Concert Series, Queen City Super Flea, public art and laser light shows
Be Our Guest announced an “exciting 2022 season” at the Buffalo Waterfront, with activities from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. Summer on the waterfront will see several new attractions, including the inaugural season of the Seneca Casinos Outer Harbor Concert Series at the Lakeside Event Lawn presented by the Upstate Honda Dealers, the Queen City Super Flea coming to the Outer Harbor, two laser light shows at Canalside, and the return of Roller Skating at Canalside in partnership with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation in August.
“The Buffalo Waterfront kicks off an exciting summer with a full weekend of events and happenings at Canalside and Outer Harbor,” said Kevin Parkinson, vice president of finance and operations for Rich Entertainment Group, “Come stroll the Canalside Boardwalk, enjoy a beer and a sunset at the Wilkeson Pointe beer garden, or attend one of the over 100 events and programs. There is something for everyone at the waterfront this summer.”
The season officially kicks off Memorial Day weekend with a full line-up of events and activities in the first two weekends of summer:
√ Laser light show at Canalside on May 27 and May 28 at 9 p.m.
√ “Creators on the Boardwalk” at Canalside on May 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
√ Seneca Casinos Outer Harbor Concert Series featuring T-Pain on May 29 at 5 p.m.
√ Kickoff of Fitness at Canalside presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY on May 31 at 6 p.m.
√ Kickoff of “Fitness in the Parks” presented by Independent Health at Outer Harbor on June 2 at 6 p.m.
√ Queen City Super Flea at the Outer Harbor on June 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
√ Pride Festival at Canalside on June 5 at 1 p.m.
√ “Start Up The Summer” at the Outer Harbor on June 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
During the first weekend of operation, the Buffalo Waterfront will be donating a portion of proceeds to the 5/14 Survivors Fund. Additionally, food and toiletry donations will be accepted at the laser light show, “Creators on the Boardwalk,” and the T-Pain concert to support the impacted communities.
The Seneca Casinos Outer Harbor Concert Series includes a full line-up of nationally touring acts, kicking off with T-Pain on May 29, followed by JA Rule, Taking Back Sunday, moe., Nas, the BPO with the Strictly Hip, and Jimmie Allen. The series will be held on the new Lakeside Event Lawn presented by the Upstate Honda Dealers with views of Lake Erie and the downtown Buffalo skyline. VIP tickets start at $49 while general admission tickets start at $24. Parking is free, but ride-sharing and alternative modes of transportation are strongly encouraged.
Concert tickets can be purchased through this link: www.buffalowaterfront.com/concerts.
In addition to the concert series, the Outer Harbor will welcome Queen City Super Flea, featuring more than 100 vendors setting up along the water’s edge on select Saturdays and Sundays this summer.
The Queen City Super Flea is just one of several events and programs at the Outer Harbor this summer, including “Fitness in the Parks,” “Outer Harbor Fitness,” Buffalo Irish Festival and Water Lantern Festival. The lineup of events is in addition to the reopening of the Wilkeson Pointe Beer Garden, the Nosh and Nibble Food Truck, and the Lakeside Bike Park Café, with a rotating menu of food and drink offered throughout the summer.
“Independent Health is excited to again join the Outer Harbor Buffalo as its official health and wellness partner and to officially begin the summer season for everyone throughout Western New York to enjoy the scenery, fresh air and many activities available on our waterfront,” said Kathy Glieco, vice president, marketing communications, Independent Health. “There are many ways to have healthy fun at the Outer Harbor this summer. Kayak on the open water, bike along the lake’s edge, join a fitness class overlooking the gentle waves or walk the Independent Health Wellness Trail from Wilkeson Pointe to the green space of Lakeside Bike Park. There’s truly something for everyone!”
A press release stated, “Canalside remains the go-to destination in Buffalo for everyday summertime fun. After kicking off the summer with a family-friendly laser light show on May 27 and 28, the boardwalk and lawns will be full of activity. From boat tours to the Buffalo Heritage Carousel, Explore & More Children’s Museum to the building of the replica Seneca Chief in the Longshed presented by MP Caroll Hardwood. ‘Fitness at Canalside’ presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY returns on May 31 with daily class offerings through Labor Day weekend. Healthy specials this summer include a ‘Healthy Happy Hour’ at Clinton’s Dish on Tuesday evenings, the launch of ‘Healthy Happens Here’ – a historical and healthy tour of Canalside, and the inaugural season of ‘Fitness Cruises.’ ”
“As the official health plan of Canalside, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York is thrilled to kick off another summer season of healthy activities on Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront,” said Michael Ball, vice president, community affairs, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York.
Joining Shark Girl this summer, Canalside will be home to three temporary public art installations. Thanks to the partnership with Resource Art, “The Green Room” by Millie Chen and Warren Quigley is located above the Main Canal, “Flux” by Kari Achatz is located in the windows of the Explore and More Children’s Museum, and “River (Niagara) Steroviews” by Monica Angle is located in the Longshed entryway.
To explore all the Buffalo Waterfront has to offer, the Queen City Bike Ferry powered by Citizens will reopen this Memorial Day weekend, making the connection from Canalside to Outer Harbor easier. The ferry is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It will operate noon to 8 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
“Citizens is proud to partner with the Buffalo Waterfront and sponsor the Queen City Bike Ferry,” said Ted Smith, president for Citizens Upstate New York. “We are stronger and more resilient when we work together and support initiatives that strengthen the neighborhoods in which we live and work.”
For all of the latest updates to the summer schedule, visit https://buffalowaterfront.com.