East Side Festival at the Central Terminal
Saturday 13th Jul, 2019

Time: 1:30 - 9:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Clear your schedule for THE event of the summer season! The BPO – in collaboration with the BPO Diversity Council, the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation and Senator Timothy Kennedy – is spearheading a daylong cultural festival that celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Central Terminal and the cultural heritage of Buffalo’s East Side.  This FREE one day festival takes place on Saturday, July 13 with a full orchestral concert from your BPO serving as the grand finale of the day!

Doors open at 1:30 PM

Music performances begin at 2 PM

Central Terminal tours begin at 2:30 PM

BPO concert is at 7:30 PM


Live music and demonstrations will take place all day that showcase the history of the neighborhood surrounding the Central Terminal from 1830 to present time. Performers include the All City Gospel Youth Choir, Buffalo Museum of Science, African American Cultural Center, Paul Robeson Theatre, Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble, German-American Musicians Association, Colored Musicians Club’s George Scott Big Band and Buffalo Soul Review: A Tribute to Buffalo Musicians and the Pine Grill. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 7:30 p.m. concert features music from the 1920s and 1930s as well as repertoire that represents the neighborhood surrounding the Terminal.


The African American Cultural Center, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Buffalo and Erie County Library, Buffalo Museum of Science, Jericho Road Community Health Center, Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, and Torn Space Theater will host exhibits and activities in Cultural Row throughout the day that showcase the broad history of the Central Terminal and East Side of Buffalo.


The Artisan Gallery will feature the work of eclectic East Side artists hand selected by the BPO Diversity Council in collaboration with Juneteenth Festival.  The following artists will sell their work with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the artist: A Joyful Impression, Classic Knot, Divinity Holistics, Inspirational Stones and Handmade Jewelry, Kathy’s Kloset Boutique and Muhammad Z. Zaman.


The Central Terminal Restoration Company will offer free tours of the 17-story Art Deco-style train station and discuss the future of the Terminal at 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 PM.

Also be sure to visit the Buffalo Public School Office of Parent and Family Engagement and Northland Workforce Training Center tables to get information about the important services they offer to East Side residents.


Food concessions will be available for purchase by East Side business Mad Sauces Catering with specialty desserts and treats also for sale from the following Broadway Market vendors; Chrusicki Bakery, Sweet Temptations du Jour and Sweet Whisk.

Wine, beer, soda and water will be available for purchase by East Side company Pretty Girls on the Rocks.

All concessions open at 1:30 PM and close at 7:15 PM.


1:30 PMDoors open to public2 PMAll City Gospel Youth Choir2:30 PMBuffalo Museum of Science demonstration2:45 PMAfrican American Cultural Center Dance and Drum
Performance with special guests from Paul Robeson Theatre
3:30 PMHarmony Polish Folk Ensemble4 PMGerman-American Musicians Association4:45 PMBuffalo Museum of Science demonstration5 PMColored Musicians Club‘s George Scott Big Band5:45 PMBuffalo Museum of Science demonstration6 PMBuffalo Soul Review: A Tribute to Buffalo Musicians and the Pine Grill7:30 PMFull BPO Orchestral Concert: A Celebration of Buffalo’s East Side


Please note: Due to construction and closures on Fillmore Avenue, we recommend all patrons arrive via Jefferson Avenue from the west (NY-33).

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There is ample free parking around the Central Terminal and in the surrounding neighborhood.  The Broadway Market has also offered use of their parking ramp.  If you choose to bike to the Festival, please bring your chain/lock as there will be a limited number of bike racks available outside the Terminal.


All activities – including the BPO concert – will take place inside the Central Terminal.  No tickets or reservations required.

Limited seating will be available but is not guaranteed. Reminiscent of the golden era of hustle and bustle of the Central Terminal, please be prepared to stand and/or move around the Terminal throughout the day including during the BPO concert.  If you have special needs, please contact the BPO at 242-7826, and we will be happy to accommodate you.

Please leave your coolers at home.  Food and drink will be available for purchase from 1:30 – 7:15 PM and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to support the participating East Side vendors.

Summer is a busy time so if you want to stop by during the day and then return at night, no problem!  Re-entry is permitted.

All music and activities for the day are free; the only costs are if you choose to purchase food, drink or art.  An ATM is planned to be onsite and many of the vendors accept credit/debit cards.

No bikes – or pets – are permitted inside the Terminal.

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