For a city of its size, it is surprising how many art venues exist in and around Buffalo. There is a world class art gallery, a philharmonic, concerts in parks, plays in parks, museums, and many programs at the area universities. Yesterday I talked about the architecture in Buffalo and today I’ll talk about the other forms of art around Buffalo.
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery – (1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY) Founded in 1862, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is on the oldest art institutions in the United States. Known for its collection of modern and contemporary art, the collection includes works from artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Paul Gauguin to name a few. The gallery is free to the public on the first Friday of every month or $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students (13 and up), $5 for kids (6-12) and free for kids 5 and under. Admission is also free for active duty service members and their families.
- Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhan’s Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY), and Art Park (450 South Fourth St, Lewiston, NY) – The home of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is Kleinhan’s Music Hall. But they also perform at many parks, including Art Park during the summer. Many of the summer performances are free to attend. Both Kleinhan’s and Art Park also host many other artists and programs. I’ll never forget seeing James Galway perform at Kleinhan’s when I was in high school. He ended the show with The Flight of the Bumblebee. It was absolutely amazing!
- Shakespeare in the Park – Located in Delaware Park, Shakespeare in the Park is a Buffalo staple in the summer. Shows run Tuesday through Sunday and are free! Many people bring a picnic to enjoy while watching the show.
- Concerts in the Park – As I mentioned above the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs for free at park locations throughout the summer. Many towns run a series of concerts in the park over the summer. Check the local newspaper for locations and times or the link I provided at the beginning of this bullet.
- Allentown Art Festival – Every second weekend in June, the Allentown neighborhood of Buffalo hosts the Allentown Art Festival. It includes art from approximately 450 artists from nearly every state, as well as Canada and Europe.
- Griffis Sculpture Park – (6902 Mill Valley Road, East Otto, NY) I love Griffis Sculpture Park! I don’t think that you will find anything like it anywhere else in the U.S. It is the oldest and largest outdoor sculpture park in the U.S. It’s located approximately 45 miles outside of Buffalo on 400 acres of country land. There are hiking trails that take you past over 250 sculptures. You are allowed to touch and even climb on the sculptures. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students and kids under 12 are free.