Free entry to Community Nights on the first Wednesday of every month

Free entry to Community Nights on the first Wednesday of every month

Photos courtesy of Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 01:55 pm

In partnership with New York State Assemblyman Pat Burke, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will be open for free admission from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month through 2024.

“This brand-new series of events, called ‘Community Nights,’ will welcome visitors and community partners, old and new, to enjoy the Botanical Gardens and participate in all that Buffalo and Western New York has to do,” a press release said. Displays.”

She added: “Each month, community partners will be invited to participate through information tables, interactive programs, displays and more to create a fun and easy night to come together and enjoy the City of Good Neighbors. Each month will celebrate a different theme or event to raise the voices and impactful missions served by a wide range of organizations and businesses in Buffalo Community Western New Yorkers are encouraged to visit to enjoy the beautiful parks while learning more about what’s happening in the area and all the amazing opportunities the community offers its neighbors.

“Each Community Night will also feature educational programming with Botanical Gardens team members through learning stations, scavenger hunts, activities, and information about events and classes.”

Photos courtesy of Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens


The first Wednesday of 2024 kicked off with “Escape the Winter” for a warm and relaxing evening after the busy holiday season on January 3rd. More than 600 guests attended the free event and listened to Ravi Padmanabha’s music.

February’s “Community Night,” “From Soil to Soul: A Celebration of Buffalo’s Black Heritage,” will welcome the Underground Railroad Heritage Center to Niagara Falls, the Buffalo History Museum, the Colored Musicians Club and the Jazz Museum to highlight and share some of Buffalo’s black heritage. Stories from then and now. Also on February 7, visitors will also be able to enjoy a brand new orchid exhibition at the Botanic Gardens. It features thousands of orchids shaded with lights.

March will follow “Beyond Barriers: A Celebration of Inclusion” as a local celebration of Disabilities Awareness Month on March 6. Partners will include Unique Theater, Erie County Office for People with Disabilities, and WNY’s Spina Bifida. April is “Spring at the Botanical Gardens,” and visitors will enjoy fragrant spring flowers with more than 30,000 bulbs in bloom on April 3.

More topics and partnerships will be announced in the coming months. Organizers ask interested cultural organizations from the Buffalo community that would like to participate to contact them (email protected). Performances, programs, or other educational opportunities are encouraged for maximum impact at each Community Night.

Community Nights are completely free. Online reservations are encouraged to help partners plan their programs, but not required. You will be welcomed to enter.

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