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East Side Festival at the Central Terminal

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


Will there be seating available / Can we bring our own chairs?
Limited seating will be available but 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. To ensure space and safety, patrons are unable to bring their own chairs inside the Terminal.

If you have special needs, please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you.

Where will the festival take place?
All activities will be held inside the Central Terminal.

Please be aware that the Terminal does not have air conditioning.

Is there an entry fee?
Admission to the East Side Festival is FREE! There are no tickets or reservations required.  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.

Is the Central Terminal handicap accessible?
The Terminal itself is handicap accessible and there will be a reserved area to view the performances. Please be advised that the Central Terminal tours will go downstairs to the tracks and may go into areas that are not recommended for individuals with wheelchairs or other accessibility concerns. Due to the ongoing restoration projects taking place at the Terminal, please err on the side of caution if you have any special needs in regard to accessibility.

Will the festival be accessible for people of all ages?
We anticipate the festival to be a very popular event. This is an all-ages event, though alcoholic beverages will be served onsite with proper I.D. We do our best to accommodate anyone who may have special needs, including children and the elderly. Please let us know if you have any specific concerns.

Can I bring my dog? What about my bike?
Sorry, no bikes or pets are permitted inside the Terminal.

Will there be parking / handicapped parking / bike parking available?
There will be free parking around the Central Terminal and in the surrounding neighborhood. The Broadway Market has also offered use of their parking ramp (entrances on both Gibson and Lombard Streets). Handicapped parking will be available on a first come first serve basis. Please notify the parking staff of your needs and we will do our best to accommodate you. There will also be the ability to drop off and pick up patrons at the entrance.

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.

Will there be food/drink available?
Food and drink will be available for purchase from 1:30 – 7:00 PM and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to support the participating East Side vendors. An ATM is planned to be onsite and many of the vendors accept credit/debit cards. Please do not bring coolers into the event. Individual water bottles will be permitted.


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 7:00 PM.


1:30 PM Doors open to public
2 PM All City Gospel Youth Choir
2:30 PM Buffalo Museum of Science demonstration
2:45 PM African American Cultural Center Dance and Drum
Performance with special guests from Paul Robeson Theatre
3:30 PM Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble
4 PM German-American Musicians Association
4:45 PM Buffalo Museum of Science demonstration
5 PM Colored Musicians Club‘s George Scott Big Band
5:45 PM Buffalo Museum of Science demonstration
6 PM Buffalo Soul Review: A Tribute to Buffalo Musicians and the Pine Grill
7:30 PM Full BPO Orchestral Concert: A Celebration of Buffalo’s East Side


Please note: We recommend that all patrons leave some extra time to arrive at the event due to renovations in the surrounding areas.

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The East Side Festival is made possible by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and a lead sponsorship from M & T Bank.

Additional financial support provided by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Iroquois Bar Corp., National Grid, Uniland, Council Members David Franczyk; Christopher Scanlon; David Rivera; Ulysees Wingo, Sr.; Congressman Brian Higgins, and Majority Leader Assemblymember Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes.

Thank you also to our media sponsor WIVB-TV.

A special note of thanks to East Side Festival Co-Chairs, Otis G. Glover and Rev. Melody Rutherford whose guidance has been invaluable.


The BPO’s East Side Festival is a true community collaboration demonstrating our City of Good Neighbors!

A Joyful Impression
Adam Mickiewicz Library
African American Cultural Center
All City Gospel Youth Choir
Advance Production Group (APG)
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Buffalo History Museum
Buffalo Museum of Science
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Buffalo Philharmonic Diversity Council
Buffalo Philharmonic musicians and staff
Buffalo Public School Parent Engagement Center
Buffalo Soul Review
Central Terminal Restoration Corporation
Chrusciki Bakery
Cindy Abbott Letro
Classic Knot
Colored Musicians Club’s George Scott Big Band
Congressman Brian Higgins
Council Member Chistopher Scanlon
Council Member David Franczyk
Council Member David Rivera
Council Member Ulysees Wingo, Sr.
Divinity Holistics
Event Chairs, Otis N. Glover & Rev. Melody Rutherford
German-American Musicians Association
Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble
Hispanic Heritage Cultural Center
Inspirational Stones and Handmade Jewelry
Iroquois Bar Corp.
Jericho Road
Joe Cascio
Juneteenth Festival
Kathy’s Kloset Boutique
M & T Bank
Mad Sauces Catering
Majority Leader Assemblymember Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes
Mayor Byron Brown
Muhammad Z. Zaman
National Grid
Northland Workforce Training Center
Paul Robeson Theatre
Pretty Girls on the Rocks
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Regional Economic Development Council/New York State Council on the Arts
Senator Timothy Kennedy
Sweet Temptations Du Jour
Sweet Whisk
The Broadway Market
Torn Space Theater


Saturday, July 13, 2019
1:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Central Terminal
495 Paderewski Drive
Buffalo, NY 14212 United States
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