By Alicia Dziak
There’s never a shortage of fun in Ellicottville, and with the long, sunny days ahead, festival season will soon be in full swing. Mark your calendars for the upcoming festival weekends so you don’t miss a beat!
Summer Music Festival, July 3-5
Music, games, family-friendly fun, and, of course, fireworks! It’s all here on Independence Day weekend at the annual Summer Music Festival, July 3-5 at Holiday Valley and in the village of Ellicottville.
Friday, July 3 – Kick off the weekend with a Top of the Mountain Party. Take a chair lift ride to a celebration, complete with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, then head back down the mountain, where the party will continue at Holiday Valley’s Main Lodge with a Caribbean Poker Night. Use the funny money that comes with your ticket to grow your pot, and then use the “money” to bid on auction items.
Saturday, July 4 – Check out the annual Pet Parade, beginning at 11 a.m. on Washington Street, and stay for the Ellicottville Gazebo Music Series from 1 to 4 p.m. in the village.
That evening, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) will take to the Holiday Valley stage at 8 p.m.
“May the Force be with you” as the 80-piece orchestra plays favorites from Star Wars, complete with movie characters roaming the resort. And you won’t want to miss the finale, when the BPO will play along to choreographed fireworks. Tickets are $35 ($25 until June 21), and children 12 and under are free. A VIP Weekend Package is also available that includes a sponsors’ dinner in the evening.
Sunday, July 5 – It’s strawberry season and the Strawberry Festival will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at the Village Gazebo.
In the evening, don’t miss your chance to see GRAMMY® winning classic rockers Blood, Sweat and Tears, led by American Idol runner-up, Bo Bice. Opening the show for Blood, Sweat and Tears will be Buffalo’s own Caitlin Koch, a former X-Factor competitor. Tickets are $35 ($25 until June 21), and children 12 and under are free.
Tickets for all shows are available at the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce — ellicottvilleny.com — or call (800) 349-9099. Tickets can also be purchased area Wegmans stores.
Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and pack a picnic dinner as they enjoy the entertainment on the slopes. Parking is free and the entire venue is wheelchair accessible.
Other Summer Festival weekend highlights include an arts and crafts show which takes place on Jefferson Street in the village, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Jazz and Blues Weekend, July 24-26
Take in a full lineup of live music at Ellicottville’s restaurants, bars, nightclubs and street-side during this weekend of non-stop guitar riffs that will be sure to get your feet movin’. Check ellicottvilleny.com for details on the performance schedule as the date gets closer.
Taste of Ellicottville,
Wander the streets between noon and 4 p.m. both weekend days and sample the best that Ellicottville’s fine restaurants have to offer. Purchase tickets for $1 each and enjoy “cafe style” dining along the streets. Most items cost $1-$4. Come hungry and leave with a full belly!
Rock N Roll Weekend, September 18-20
Enjoy the last official weekend of summer with loads of live entertainment throughout the village, and featuring Sunday’s classic car show, where cars, trucks and rods will all be on display and judged by a panel of experienced car enthusiasts with awards in each class. A full weekend of live entertainment will literally have you dancing in the streets!
Fall Festival, October 10-11
Save the date for Ellicottville’s oldest and largest festival for this fun-filled weekend of unique foods, an arts and crafts show, carnival rides, live entertainment and so much more. It’s the event of the fall, so don’t forget to make your lodging reservations soon!