The Elmwood Village ArtFest is a brand-new summer festival along Elmwood Avenue that will feature artists, live music, performances, food trucks, a KidsZone, and more along Elmwood Avenue. The ArtFest runs: Saturday, August 26 th (11am – 6pm artists) and (11am – 8pm live music, performances, food trucks, libation station, hot dog eating contest and more on Bidwell Parkway) Sunday, August 27 th (11am – 5pm artists) and (11am – 7pm live music, food trucks, beer tent and more on Bidwell Parkway) Both Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 4pm, KidsZone inside and outside the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 875 Elmwood Avenue. Crafts and activities, food trucks, Y on the Fly van, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Burchfield Penney, face painting, hands on art, Buffalo Zoo Animal Ambassadors, vendors, and more!
No, Elmwood Avenue will remain open during the festival. Artists will be
set up in front of stores and businesses and in “pocket popups” throughout Elmwood (at 695 Elmwood [Unitarian Universalist Church], 716 Elmwood [formerly Cecelia's patio], 782 Elmwood [7-11], 807 Elmwood [Lexington Co Op], 895 Elmwood [Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church], 810 Elmwood [Second Chic], and 937 Elmwood [ETS parking lot]) .
We are not affiliated in any way, shape, or form with the previous festival nor its organizers and have never had anything to do with any previous art festival that took place on Elmwood Avenue in the month of August. This is a brand-new art festival, featuring artists, live music, performances, food trucks, a KidsZone, and more.
Yes, there will be several live performances on the stage at Bidwell Parkway during the Elmwood Village ArtFest including live musical performances, dance performances, spoken word, and a hot dog eating contest.
Yes, there will be performances at the Unitarian Universalist Church, (at West Ferry St), a Spot Coffee, at Aguacates and also at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church (on Elmwood)
Yes, there will be over 100 local artists selling their handmade jewelry, pottery, fine art, apparel, woodworking, fiber art, and much, much more.
Yes, there will be food trucks on Lafayette Avenue, outside of KidsZone, and food trucks at Bidwell Parkway. The restaurants along Elmwood Avenue will also be open.
Yes, there will be a Libation Station at Bidwell Parkway, managed by the Beer Keep and sponsored by Try-It Distributing. It will have craft beers, domestic beers, cider, wine, sangria, soda, water, and non-alcoholic beer.
No, you can no longer enter the hot dog eating contest but you can, and should, watch it!
Yes, there will be porta-a-johns at West Ferry street and at Bidwell Parkway.
Yes, the businesses on Elmwood Avenue will be open and many will be having sales and specials.
This brand-new festival is put on by the Elmwood Village Association (EVA), composed of volunteers from area businesses and local residents. This inaugural event was funded through support of Try-It Distributing, Jack Rabbit, and grants from M&T Bank and Councilmembers Joel Feroleto and David Rivera. The mission of the EVA is to encourage a balance of growth and preservation, to support community-led projects and to promote an inclusive neighborhood for people to live, work, visit and prosper. Founded in 1994, the EVA is best known for its community programs, including the Elmwood Village Farmers Market, the Bidwell Summer Concert Series, Porchfest and neighborhood beautification projects, all which remain free to the community through residential/business memberships, sponsorships and grants.