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Borderland Festival returns to Knox Farm for 4th annual event

The Flaming Lips and alt-rock band, Portugal, The Man will headline this year's festival.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Borderland Festival returns to Knox Farm State Park this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18.

The two-day festival will feature more than 20 bands on three stages. This year's headliners are The Flaming Lips and alt-rock band, Portugal, The Man.

Other bands appearing will be Michael Franti & Spearhead, Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel, The Infamous Stringdusters, Donna the Buffalo, Driftwood, The Big Easy of Buffalo presenting Dumpstaphunk, and Farrow. 

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Local artisans, vendors, a Sunday football zone, and a curated kid's area will round out the festival experience. 

There will be more than 20 vendors set up in the Historic Knox Park Stables also known as Artisans Alley during the festival. There will also be craftspeople and exhibitions set up throughout.

Tickets are on sale now at www.borderlandfestival.com. A portion of Borderland ticket sales will be donated to Knox Farm State Park. The festival is also supporting Headcount, West Falls Center for the Arts, and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper.

Gates for the festival will open at 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at Knox Farm State Park. Musical acts will end at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sunday, grounds will be cleared shortly after the music ends.

Parking for the two-day event is available at the Polo Fields right next to the festival entrance with overflow parking available.

Festival organizers said that they are encouraging people to carpool or use ridesharing apps to get to and from Knox Farm State Park.

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