Spring is coming – get excited, Buffalo Niagara! Here are just a few of the awesome opportunities headed our way.

by Meg Bennett

The warm weather is slowly making it’s way to Buffalo Niagara, so we’ve put together a list of events to get you ready for the upcoming season

Whether or not you buy into the superstition of the groundhog and his shadow, I think we can all agree that Buffalo Niagara is ready for an early spring! From the sunshine and budding flowers to the fun local events, there are many reasons to get excited about the change in seasons. Here is a quick look at some of our favorite upcoming occasions.

St. Patrick’s Day at Gene McCarthy’s

A festive St. Patrick’s Day celebration wouldn’t be complete without quality Irish grub at Gene McCarthy’s! Come and enjoy slow-cooked Corned Beef and Cabbage topped with creamy leek sauce and served with rye bread. Taste a classic Grilled Reuben Sandwich or a lighter Reuben Salad. Here you will also find plenty of local favorites: Stuffed Banana Peppers, Hot Wings, Beef on Weck, and so much more! Free live music by Crikwater will be available from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Gene McCarthy’s is where the real Irish magic happens!

Located at 73 Hamburg Street in Buffalo. Open from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. For more information, please visit www.genemccarthys.com.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Spring Lake Winery

Make way, kids – the adults want to have some holiday fun, too! Come to Spring Lake Winery and relive one of your favorite childhood past-times, but with a boozy twist at their Adult Easter Egg Hunt. Admission includes one egg hunt, prizes, and a glass of wine. There will be five different hunt times as well as an egg toss and sack races with cash prizes! The afterparty will feature music, specialty drinks, beer, shots, beer pong, food, and lawn games. Be sure to bring your ID!

Located at 7373 Rochester Road in Lockport on Saturday, April 11th from noon until 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door in limited supply. Tickets can also be purchased in advance. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early for parking and registration. Dress for the weather and bring your own basket. Must be at least 21 years old to participate. If you have additional questions, please email info@springlakewinery.com or call 716-439-5253.

Whether you’re really Irish or not, fueling up at Gene McCarthy’s before heading downtown for the parade will make you think you are. Or it could just be the copious amounts of beer. You decide

Spring Styles at Half & Half Boutique

Half & Half Boutique has a refreshing collection of apparel for women and men. Here you will find comfortable but trendy clothing from the boutique’s own line as well as selections by Scotch and Soda, Amanda Uprichard, Susana Monaco, and more. In addition to clothing, Half & Half Boutique also carries accessories, swimwear, sleepwear, intimates, and beauty and wellness products. I can’t think of a better occasion to update my wardrobe than a change in season. It’s easier to feel good when you look good!

Located at 1088 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Closed on Mondays except for appointments. For more information, please visit www.halfandhalfboutique.com.

Village People at Seneca Niagara Casino

Put on your throwback duds and get ready to disco at Seneca Niagara Casino! The Village People will be in town for two nights, performing all your favorite hits like “Y.M.C.A” and “Macho Man.” Come and experience these legends up close and personal at Seneca Niagara Casino!

Located at 310 4th Street in Niagara Falls, NY on March 13th at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $65 per person. For more information, please visit www.senecaniagaracasino.com.

Re-live your favorite 80’s jams at Buffalo RiverWorks on April 4th

Buffalo’s Greatest 80’s Party at RiverWorks

The now seven-year-old Buffalo’s Greatest 80’s Party held at Buffalo RiverWorks is still going strong! There will be a DJ and live music by Hair Nation, as well as a laser light show and costume prizes. VIP admission includes parking, balcony access, your first drink, and the all-you-can-eat buffet. Food, drinks, AND party atmosphere? Sounds like the perfect Saturday night!

Located at 359 Ganson Street in Buffalo on April 4th at 7 p.m. VIP admission is $60. General admission is $22 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buffalos-greatest-80s-party-tickets-86364595831.

Yoga Night at the Aquarium of Niagara

The Aquarium of Niagara is the perfect venue for a Yoga Nite. Think about it: what could be more inspiring than the fluid movements of aquatic life? Instructor Amanda Mallwitz will guide participants in a refreshing session of Vinyasa yoga. Learn how to practice mindfulness through linking your breathing with active movement and meditation. After a long, cold winter season, it’s time to stretch those weary bones and get ready for active Spring life!

Located at 701 Whirlpool Street in Niagara Falls, NY on Wednesday, March 11th from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is for adults 18 and up. Bring your own mat. For more information, please visit the Yoga Nite event page.

Get your fish pose on with the fishies and your crow pose on with the penguins at Yoga Nite at Aquarium of Niagara

Keep Us Informed!

Be sure to stay connected with Welcome 716 so that we can keep you updated on the latest and greatest. Enjoy your next adventure in the (hopefully soon to come) warm spring weather!