Sick of traditional fall activities? Here are Buffalo’s offbeat seasonal fests

Ah, fall.

The time of year for scary walks in the park among actors re-enacting “haunting” Shakespeare scenes. The season of finally learning how to become a home bee-keeper. The time when we all celebrate Oct. 3, the unofficial national holiday celebrating the cult classic movie “Mean Girls.”

Well, maybe these aren’t the most traditional fall activities, but normal is boring.

Event organizers in Western New York are deviating from some regularly scheduled seasonal programming to bring you unique festivals, like a “Mean Girls” viewing party, a kombucha-meets-corn festival or a build-your-own-scarecrow festival.

We’ve searched for the more off-the-beaten-path and lesser-known festivals.

Here are some we found:


Where: Delaware Park.
When: Friday, Oct. 12. Tours depart every 15 minutes, from 6:15 to 10:15 p.m.

Beware of wandering actors. On a Halloween-themed walking tour in Delaware Park, Shakespeare in the Park actors will portray spooky scenes from the Bard’s plays. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 856-4533. Tickets are $15 “per victim” and the proceeds benefit Shakespeare in Delaware Park.

P.S. The sun sets at about 6:38 that night, so reserve after 7 p.m. for a darker, creepier setting.

Can’t-miss detail: The buy-one-get-one-free drink that comes with your ticket purchase. Make time to redeem your ticket at The Terrace at

Delaware Park either before or after your tour.

*The above is an excerpt written by Francesca Bond for the Buffalo News. To visit the original article, follow this link: