One of the fun things about summer in NY is all of the fun festivals and events that happen. On any night you have multiple ways to enjoy yourself. I’m always looking for free and cheap entertainment that the family might enjoy. Since I am working in Lockport, I am in the Buffalo/Niagara area during the week more than I am home. I’m also starting to hear about lots of free concert events in this area.
There’s a great site that catalogs all of the free concerts and festivals in one location for Buffalo and western NY, Best of WNY.com. The free concerts at Artpark, in Lewiston, NY, on Tuesday and Wednesday nights sound good, though the $10 parking fee is a bit discouraging. Artpark is going to be visited by some great performers this summer: Foreigner, the Doobie Brothers, Sara Evans, and American Idol contestant Katherine McPhee.
I wish there was an equivalent website in the Rochester area, but I haven’t found it yet. There were free concerts at the Lilac Festival and there will be more at the Park Ave Fest and Corn Hill. There are free shows during the Rochester Jazz Festival. If you got to the Venues page and click on the links under Free Concert Venues, you’ll see the schedule of free performances. And you can always count on some good groups to show up for the free Party in the Park concerts in the city.
Starting searching the web for festivals and concerts you might enjoy and plan to attend a few. You might even decide it’s worth it to travel a bit to see a favorite group. Let me know if know if you know about any other free concerts in the Buffalo or Rochester area.
I just found out there is also a series of free concerts at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls. Check out the schedule here. The headliners are native Rochesterian Lou Gramm, Soul Asylum and Tonic.