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 41st Anniversary season of the Downtown Country Market will take place on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo in 2023. The Downtown Country Market is Presented by M&T Bank, and Media Partner, The Buffalo News.

Held on Thursdays on Main Street between Chippewa and Tupper 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 Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, Field & Fork Network Double Up Food Bucks Program, and the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York.

The season will begin on Thursday, June 1st and continue weekly on Thursdays through October 12, 2023 between 10am and 2:30pm. Learn more about the Market and apply to be a vendor today by emailing: info@buffaloplace.com.


Charlie's Greenhouses

Clarence | Fruits and vegetables

Duke's Donuts
Buffalo | Freshly made donuts

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

Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza is a free, open-to-the-public ice-skating rink in Downtown Buffalo. The 2022-23 Ice-Skating Season is Presented by Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation. 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.

Regular Hours of Operation

Monday: Closed

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11a-2p, 5p-9p

Saturday: 11a-9p

Sunday: 11a-6p

Last ice-skate rental 30 minutes prior to closing

Special Holiday Hours

December 24: 11a-2p

December 25: CLOSED

December 26 - 30: 11a-9p

December 31: 11a-1a

January 1: 11a-6p

January 2: 11a-9p

January 16: 11a-9p

February 20 - 24: 11a-9p


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.

Birthday Parties, Celebrations, School Groups

To host a party or special event at Rotary Rink, call (716) 856-3150 for information on group rates, party packages, and rink reservations.

Rotary Rink hosts school groups throughout the season. Call (716) 856-3150 for a school skate form. Students K-12 receive free skate rentals, compliments of our Rotary Rink Presenting Sponsor, Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation.

Click here to download our 2022-23 School Group Form

Click here for our 2022-23 Birthday Party Form

Click here to download our 2022-23 Free Ice-Skating Season Brochure


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-five 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 is a beautiful public space in Downtown and provides a picture-perfect setting for this summer’s Thursday & Main series.

To kick off the 2022 season presented by M&T Bank, Buffalo Place is pleased to welcome Ron Hawkins of Canadian alt-rock superstar band, Lowest of the Low. Hawkins holds a special place in Thursday at the Square history, performing with Lowest of the Low several times, including the summers of 1993 and 2005. In 2011, Hawkins and crew inaugurated the official move of Thursday at the Square from Lafayette Square to the Buffalo waterfront. Hawkins most recently performed during the 2019 Thursday & Main season at Fountain Plaza.

The Thursday prior to the Independence Day holiday weekend, June 30th, Thursday & Main is pleased to welcome Buffalo-born singer-songwriter, Willie Nile. Nile has toured across the country with The Who, and sung with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. He is known and loved for his electrifying live performances.

Buffalo Place is delighted to welcome The Sheila Divine to Fountain Plaza on July 14th. Veterans of the Lafayette Square stage, their catalog of performances at Thursday at the Square include support for Moist in 2000, headlining in 2001 with Crash Test Dummies as their opening band, and supporting Tokyo Police Club during the first year of Thursday at the Square along the Buffalo waterfront.

July 21st will be a special evening, “Harvest SUMmer Jam,” featuring artists from the former Buffalo indie record label, Harvest Sum Records. ​ Headlining the evening will be Buffalo indie music scene veterans, Johnny Nobody. Johnny Nobody are masterful shape-shifters, seamlessly transitioning between barroom blues rock riffage, gritty psychedelia, and power pop.

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!


Saturday, December 10, 2022

Saturday, December 10th, join us for the 2022 Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, Presented by BankonBuffalo, at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza. 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. This rescheduled event presentation date is the result of inclement weather conditions on December 3rd, which forced postponement.

Distinguished guest speakers at the event will include representatives from Presenting Sponsor, BankonBuffalo, 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, 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!

Download Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting brochure

Click here​ for additional information and updates and to follow our official Facebook event

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

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Buffalo Photo Blog.

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