Buffalo Place promotes Downtown through the management and production of special events and initiatives.

These events work to create a positive Downtown narrative for visitors, employees, and residents. The events roster serves as an opportunity to familiarize the community with Downtown, create memories, and encourage initial and return visitation.

The 40th Anniversary season of the Downtown Country Market will take place on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo in 2022. The Downtown Country Market is Presented by M&T Bank, Supporting Sponsor, United Healthcare, and Media Partner, The Buffalo News.

Held on Thursdays on Main Street between Court and Church Streets, the Market provides a delightful shopping experience for residents, workers, and visitors, and features an eclectic mix of fresh goods and fine wares. The Downtown Country Market is a proud participant in the Pride of New York Program, Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, Field & Fork Network Double Up Food Bucks Program, and the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York.

The pre-season will begin Thursday, May 12th and the regular season will open Thursday, June 9th. The Market will continue weekly on Thursdays through October 20, 2022 between 10am and 2:30pm. Learn more about the Market and apply to be a vendor today by emailing: info@buffaoplace.com.


Apa's Kitchen

Buffalo | Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani Cuisine

Charlie's Greenhouses

Clarence | Fruits and vegetables

Ko’s Kettle Corn
Buffalo | Freshly made kettle corn and caramel corn

Najah Corporation

Buffalo | Sauce, chai tea, Somali crepes

Senek Farms

Ransomville | Fruits and vegetables

Simone's Natural Creations
Buffalo | Homemade soaps, body butters, lips balms, and bath scrubs

We R Nuts

Hamburg | Homemade roasted nuts

Yager Farms

Eden | Fruits, vegetables, hanging baskets, and more

Weiss Farm

Eden | Fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers

The 2022 free ice-skating season is now closed.

Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza is a free, open-to-the-public ice-skating rink in Downtown Buffalo. The 2021-22 Ice-Skating Season is Presented by ACV Auctions. Special thanks to our media sponsor and partner, The Buffalo News.

Rotary Rink is weather dependent. If the air temperature reaches 45 degrees, please call (716) 854-RINK or (716) 856-3150 to check the rink’s status before you come Downtown to skate. ​ Visit our Facebook page​ for additional information.


Ice skate rental is available for $2 for children and $3 for adults. Skate rentals end 30 minutes before closing.

Snacks and beverages are available for purchase at the Rotary Rink concession stand. Profits from concession sales support the rink’s operation.


Thursdays at Fountain Plaza

Buffalo Place will proudly produce the free outdoor summer series, Thursday & Main, weekly on Thursdays from June 9th through July 28, 2022. The series continues to pay homage to the venerable Buffalo Place-produced summer tradition, Thursday at the Square. Thursday & Main is Presented by M&T Bank.

The free and open-to-the-public happy hour, presented on Thursday evenings in the heart of Downtown Buffalo at Fountain Plaza (Main at Chippewa Streets), continues the mission of Thursday at the Square: creating awareness and spin-off business for Downtown restaurants, bars, and retailers.

Thirty-two years ago, in 1987, Fountain Plaza hosted the first Thursday at the Park season, produced and managed by Buffalo Place. One year later in 1988, crowds for the happy hour became too large for the space. The series was shifted to Lafayette Square and Thursday at the Square was born. Fountain Plaza was recently renovated by the City of Buffalo as part of the Cars Sharing Main Street Project and is a beautiful public space in Downtown. It provides the perfect setting for this summer’s Thursday & Main series. ​ Visit our Facebook page​ for updates.

Thursday & Main is made possible with the generous support of our official sponsor family. The series is presented by M&T Bank​ and supported by Lawley Insurance | Employee Benefits, National Grid, UBER, Crowley Webb, Try-It Distributing, Big Ditch Brewing Company, Hyatt Regency Buffalo, and The Buffalo News.

Visit our Facebook page​ for updates!



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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Saturday, December 4th, join us for the 2021 Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza, presented by ACV Auctions. This annual event marks the official opening of the free ice-skating season in Downtown Buffalo. The event begins at 5pm with free ice-skating. At 6pm, Buffalo Place and local elected officials, countdown the lighting of the tree and fireworks display over Fountain Plaza.

“We look forward to carrying on the tradition of free ice-skating in the heart of Downtown Buffalo,” said Michael T. Schmand, Executive Director of Buffalo Place, Inc. “In cooperation with Rotary Club of Buffalo and the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Place has managed the operation of this outdoor ice-skating rink for 22 years. Renovations to Fountain Plaza, and the completion of the Cars Sharing Main Street project in this block, continue to provide residents and visitors with an enjoyable and affordable outdoor winter activity.”

Distinguished guest speakers at the event will include representatives from Presenting Sponsor, ACV Auctions, the Rotary Club of Buffalo, and Media Sponsor and Partner, The Buffalo News. The guests will speak briefly and then lead a countdown to the official lighting of the tree followed by a fireworks display over Rotary Rink. Anthony J. Colucci III, President and Vice Chairman of Buffalo Place Inc., will serve as emcee for the evening.

Immediately following the fireworks and tree lighting, the fun will continue with visits with Santa, live reindeer, horse and wagon rides, holiday gifts, and more. Ice-skating is free and ice-skate rental is available; $2 for children and $3 for adults. Guests are encouraged to bring their own ice-skates and avoid waiting in the ice-skate rental line. Santa will visit with children from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Buffalo Place also thanks our official Media Sponsor and Partner, The Buffalo News.

For complete details on the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting, visit us on Facebook!

Click here​ to download our Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting brochure.

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671 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 856-3150

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Buffalo Photo Blog.

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We appreciate your questions and comments about Buffalo Place and Downtown Buffalo. If we can be of any assistance, please send us a message.

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671 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 856-3150

Photography by Mike Shriver at Buffalo Photo Blog.

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