Memorial Day Parades. From Tonawandas to Southtowns, fire engines, Girl Scouts, police and marching bands are among those who will join in parades throughout Memorial Day on May 30 honoring those who have served in the armed forces. Here are just a few of the many parades: The Orchard Park Parade begins at 9 a.m. at the Orchard Park Library, heads north on South Buffalo Street, then left on West Quaker Street to Veterans Park . The Lancaster service begins at 9 a.m. followed by a parade from Veterans Park to City Hall. The East Aurora procession begins at 10:30 a.m. in Hamlin Park, on Prospect Avenue to Oakwood Cemetery. In West Seneca, the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Southgate Plaza on Union Road. The Ken-Ton Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Delaware Avenue, runs to Lincoln Boulevard and ends at Elmwood Avenue. In Clarence, the parade begins at 11 a.m. at Kraus Road, followed by a noon service at Clarence Town Park.
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Inspiration in the gardens. 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at the Botanical Garden, 2655 South Park Ave. Admission is $40, garden members $36 (buffalogardens.com). The rainy date is June 2. For ages 16 and up.
Watercolourists will settle in for an afternoon of painting against the backdrop of the Botanical Garden during this outdoor workshop. After choosing a focus of foliage, flowers or trees, groups will create pieces guided by watermedia painter Deanna Weinholtz. Participants must bring their own watercolor supplies, painting surfaces and seats.
Mixed media exhibition. Opening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27. River Art Gallery and Gifts, 83 Webster St., North Tonawanda.
Anything goes in this exhibition which showcases unique art that falls outside traditional categories by incorporating more than one medium such as textile arts, sculptures, collages and paintings. After the opening, the exhibition is visible from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays until June 25.
Totally Buffalo Festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St. Free admission.
This two-day shopping event is filled with 716 Pride with approximately 90 local vendors selling an array of Buffalo-inspired produce and cuisine. Browse deals on both floors of RiverWorks with vendors like Maya’s Makings, The Yummmm Truck, Total Sports Buffalo, Kari Blueberry Creative, Drift Away Buffalo, Marcie’s Scents, and 716 Shop. This year, the festival will collect donations for the community of Jefferson Avenue affected by the tragic event of May 14. Festival guests are encouraged to bring donations of disposable diapers, wipes and baby items.
Clarence Bark in the park. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main Street, Clarence. Tickets are $5 presale, $6 at the door; children under 12 are admitted free (clarencebarkinthepark.org).
Finally, it pays to be someone – or know someone – who looks like your dog. After a two-year hiatus, this pet-centric event returns to Clarence Town Park, with Owner Lookalike and Most Unique Trick contests, the Pomeranian Fashion Show and Kids Scavenger Hunt. Family afternoon featuring basket raffles, food and drink, and an off-leash play area, has partnered with rescue groups Ten Lives Club, Buddy’s Second Chance Rescue, Open Arms Rescue of WNY and Awesome Paws.
A country night in East Aurora. 7 p.m. Friday, May 27 at Mister’s Bar and Lanes, 206 Main St., East Aurora. Tickets are $20 for early birds, $25 for general admission, $50 for the VIP stage (eventbrite.com). 21 and over.
Those who prefer to swap out combat boots and studded cuffs for wide-brimmed hats and cowboy boots can head to Mister’s for Eric Church’s Night and Jason Aldean covers of Frank Garrett and My Kinda Party. Band respectively. VIP guests receive two drink tickets and access to a private space on stage.
Mom said no to the Revolution Gallery salon. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Revolution Gallery, 1419 Hertel Ave. Admission $10 (eventbrite.com). For ages 21 and over.
Energetic performances meet harmonies reminiscent of the Beach Boys as this local band shows off their skills. Consider this Memorial Day weekend the kickoff to a busy summer for the group with other dates including Hamburg Gaming on July 9 and Cobblestone Live on July 16.
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