BUFFALO, N.Y. — This is Festival Fest.

Festival Fest is the thing I do where I talk about things to do in Western New York.

Festival by festival, event by event, fried thing on a stick by fried thing on a stick, we have found ourselves lightly freckled and staggering into Labor Day weekend. 

Here we are checking out the events happening on and around August 31st and September 1st. Can you believe it's September already? I KNOW.

Let's get into it before all the leaves fall off the trees.

We know Buffalo is becoming known around the world for it's growing food scene but we're not the kind to forget our roots and this is the weekend we celebrate the iconic wing. The National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival takes over Sahlen Field with vendors serving up all kinds of takes on the old classic. 

Down in Dansville the New York State Festival of Balloons is happening from August 29th to the 1st.

Some rock royalty will be in Ellicottville as they welcome Allman Betts, a band founded by the sons of the Legendary Allman Brothers, for the 2nd Annual Rock Autism Festival on the 31st.  Thanks to Matthew who gave us the heads up by sending an email to festivalfest@wgrz.com.

Where are my beer drinkers? You have a few choices including:

German Fest in Cheektowaga, Boil & Brew Clambake at Buffalo Riverworks and the 2019 Buffalo Beer Goddesses Tour De Cask Festival at Flying Bison Brewing Company.

And finally… you can already feel it in the air, can't you? That unmistakable change in the atmosphere that can only come from… a Meat Raffle! Buff State's Club Hockey Team is raising money with one of the 31st at the Polish Falcon Club in Depew.

And that's Festival Fest: the greatest thing to happen to Monday since the three-day weekend. Have a great day and a great week and I'll see you in September.