The summer can be a great time to explore the arts. Whether it’s stopping by an arts-and-crafts tent or taking in a summer concert, there are many ways to sample and even participate in music, dance, art and theatre. There are a plethora of summer arts programs throughout Western New York, offering varying levels of cost and commitment. Many opportunities are free and open to the public. All it takes is a quick look in the local paper or on the web to see what is happening in your community.
If you are eager to start browsing for ideas, below are a few information-packed resources. Who knows? You may be just moments away from immersing yourself in a rewarding and educational artistic experience!
Gusto – The Buffalo News publishes the Gusto every Friday, featuring a wide-range of entertainment and educational events sorted by date and category. The Gusto appears as an insert in the Friday edition of The Buffalo News, but the online experience offers advantages in terms of searching by date and category. Take this link to the home page of the Gusto www.buffalonews.com/entertainment/gusto/ or go straight to the listings by visiting events.buffalonews.com/events/. Here, events are listed by the hour from morning till nighttime. To browse to this listing from any page of www.buffalonews.com, clicking Entertainment on the menu bar will open a bullet list that includes the Gusto. Click on calendar.
Once you are on the events page, you have access to a wealth of information about local events. The menu to the left allows you to search for event categories such as art, music, dance, theatre, and literary. There are also categories for family-friendly and classes and seminars. Additional subcategories expand the search options making it very easy to find specific types of events, like Jazz Music or Art Demonstrations.
If you want to attend festivals that include art-related activities and presentations, choose the category special events. You will be able to browse the upcoming summer arts festivals to find something that suits your taste. Especially helpful is A gusto guide to summer festivals, which can be accessed at www.buffalonews.com/entertainment/gusto/article457112.ece .
WNY Festivals & Events Guide – Simple to navigate and with a more distinct community flavor, the WNY Festivals & Events Guide is published by the Bee Group Newspapers. It can be found online at www.beenews.com/wnyevents/. Updated daily, the site allows users to search for events in Western New York by date, category and keyword.
WNY Family Magazine – A great resource for family-friendly activities, WNY Family Magazine is published once a month and is available online and in print. The print edition is free and available at over 450 locations throughout western New York. A central feature is the monthly calendar, which provides quick access to information about special family-friendly events each day. Online, the calendar can be accessed at www.wnyfamilymagazine.com/calendar-highlights.aspx.