Explore #Buffalove on Budget

A million dollar view without a price tag? A moe. concert on the waterfront without a price tag? No problem. Buffalo has you covered this summer with plenty of free activities. Here ‘s a rundown of five that we highly recommend.
1. Free outdoor concerts on the waterfront at Buffalo ‘s emerging Canalside district on Thursdays. The summer line-up was just announced and there is a little something for everyone’s music taste. We recommend you get there early and snag an Adirondack chair.

2014 Concert Schedule

6/12: Dj Milk, Soul Rebels, Shaggy
6/19: Conehead Buddha, moe.
6/26: July Talk, Sam Roberts Band
7/3: Boy & Bear, Hey Rosetta!, Gord Downie & The Sadies
7/10: Fitz and the Tantrums
7/17: The Oh Hellos, Lake Street Dive
7/24: Extreme
7/31: Sheila E
8/7: BPO Rock Show: Earth, Wind & Fire + Michael Jackson

2. How about a million dollar view of Buffalo? Show up at Buffalo’s City Hall any day but Sunday and you’ll get to see this Art Deco gem from bottom to top. The one-hour tour starts in the lobby and finishes with one of the best views of Buffalo. No reservations needed! Details found here.

3. Want to see Prince Harry? No, not that one, we’re talking about the Prince Harry in “Henry V.” One of the highlights of a Buffalo summer is catching a free Shakespeare production in Frederick Law Olmsted ‘s Delaware Park. Take it from us that you will want to pack a picnic basket, grab a blanket and show up a little early to plop down in a prime location on the lawn. Shakespeare in the Park‘s “Henry V” opens on June 19 and runs through July 13. “Comedy of Errors” will open on July 24 and run through August 17.
4. Itching to get a glimpse of a Jackson Pollack, Vincent van Gogh or Andy Warhol? Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery has an impressive art collection that has been growing for more than a hundred and fifty years. Founded in 1862, it is one of the country ‘s oldest public art institutions. Plan a visit on the first Friday of the month and you’ll get in for free as part of First Fridays @ The Gallery.
5. Looking for something just a little more freaky? How about a visit to see the grave of Rick James – the original Super Freak – in Buffalo’s picturesque Forest Lawn Cemetery? He’s buried there along with a who’s who in Buffalo history including U.S. President Millard Fillmore, Lawrence Bell, Darwin Martin and Aretha Franklin’s mom. You’re welcome to walk the extensive grounds and explore on your own for free or you can buy a ticket for a guided tour.