BUFFALO, NY – From the Chicken Wing Festival to a downtown beach party, to small town fairs and parades, there is no shortage of fun things to see and do in Western New York over the Labor Day weekend.
The Chicken Wing Festival at Coca Cola Field on Saturday and Sunday will be by the far the largest single event. Now in its 15th year, it draws thousands annually to celebrate and to sample Buffalo’s most world famous cuisine.
Also downtown, Deep South Taco is staging an end of summer beach party in a parking lot steps from its restaurant at 291 Ellicott Street. 60-tons of sand were trucked in on Friday afternoon for “Adios El Summer-O,” which will be held on Sunday from 1pm to 10pm.
Clarence will be the sight of the town’s annual Labor Day Fair, which will be held behind the Clarence Center Fire Hall on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
The South Buffalo Irish Fest will be held at Cazenovia Park on Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm, and Cheektowaga town Park will be the site of the annual German Festival, which will run both Saturday and Sunday.
One of the Queen City’s most popular attractions, the Buffalo Zoo, will offer two dollar admission (with a coupon from Tops Friendly markets) for visitors on Monday.
Officials expect 70,000 or more visitors to Buffalo’s waterfront and downtown over Labor Day weekend, and have installed additional parking signage, and beefed up police traffic patrols, hoping to avoid a recurrence of the night of August 27, when several big events being held simultaneously resulted in traffic jams which bottled up vehicles for several hours.
New York State has suspended construction of ongoing road projects on major highways, in hopes of easing the way for travelers.
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