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Seven Things To Do in Olean/Allegany

By Eva Potter

From all the lawnmower engines roaring, leaves and stones being raked out of yards and shoppers browsing home improvement stores, it’s safe to say that warmer weather is finally on its way. And with all that renewed springtime energy, you can choose from an abundant variety of fun things to do in Olean and Allegany through May and into June. Pick one or do them all. Either way, enjoy every minute!

May 9-10 – Arts and Crafts Show at Rock City Park

Come check out a wide variety of vendors displaying arts and crafts 10 a.m.–5 p.m. both days at this fifth annual event. You’ll find artists and craftspeople who work in watercolors, oils, sculptures, photography, jewelry, glass, metals, wood and more. Spend the day walking the trail that dates back to 1980, browsing the show and enjoying refreshments and hot food items. For more information visit or call 1-800-404-ROCK.

May 16—Community-Wide Garage Sale

The officials at Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) have scheduled the community-wide garage sale on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For anyone who is interested in holding a garage sale at their home, they need to register their address with GOACC and will be placed on the garage sale map for a $3 fee.  Deadline to enter is Wednesday, May 13 at noon.  Maps depicting the locations of the garage sales will be available on Friday, May 15 and will also be handed out at the GOACC office on the morning of the sales, from 7 to 9 a.m.  Mail or drop off garage sale information to GOACC, 120 North Union Street. You may also fax information to 372-7912 or email For more information, call (716) 372-4433.

May 19 – Canticle Spring Farm Market

Nurture your mind, body and spirit with fresh, Certified Naturally Grown produce from Canticle Farm. The market is open to the public every other Tuesday at 3809 Old State Rd. in Allegany. Choose from a wide selection of local crops or buy spring, summer and fall shares to guarantee you get your fill. Visit for details.

May 19 – Uncorked Creative: Sip and Sculpt

Grab your friends and enjoy a fun, social evening when you take one or all of the adult Sip and Sculpt classes running six Tuesdays beginning May 19. BYOB and create different projects each week, such as an elegant spoon rest, ceramic plate, birdfeeder, wall planter, candleholder and set of coasters. Each class is $30 and includes supplies. Additional classes begin May 2. Visit or call (716) 372-7455.

May 23 – Boots and Hoses Music Festival

Country music fans will love this new festival in Allegany! Firemen’s Park on North First Street will be rocking 1–9 p.m. with national recording artist Josh Thompson and opening bands The Hootz, Chris Taylor and the Custom Taylor Band, and Buster Gentle. Food and beer sales available. General admission tickets are $20. VIP tickets are $35 and include pavement seating, closest to stage, a private restroom area and VIP beer sales area.

May 29 – Bradner Bash

Come to Bradner Stadium in Olean to enjoy great food, fantastic music and fun games, all with a family focus. Check out the food and retail vendors, cash raffle and more. For more information or for a vendor application, call (716) 372-4433.

June 6 – Celebration of the Arts Awards and Raffle Party

Visit or call (716) 372-7455 to buy your ticket to the Celebration of the Arts Awards and Raffle Party on June 6 at Bartlett Country Club in Olean. The evening features live music by Ade Adu, hors d’oeuvres, open bar, a lavish dessert table, silent fine art auction and raffle for original art valued at more than $10,000 total. This year’s artists include Mikel Wintermantel, Jason Green, Barbara Fox and more. Reservations are due May 22. Anyone can attend the ticketed party and anyone can nominate awardees.

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