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Love the arts? Maybe you just need an excuse to eat festival food and tip back a few? No matter which you want, you’ll fit in at the 12th annual Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts.

The festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 27 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28. It will have 16 different types of media from more than 170 artists and craftspeople. You can take home pieces made from ceramics, digital art, domestic crafts, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting and drawing, paper, photography, printmaking, sculpture, toys and wood.

If you’re not into the visual arts, you can still enjoy the performances. Lafayette Stage, Wilson Farms Stage and the Dance Tent will host everything “... from Salsa to bluegrass, swing dance to Zydeco and electric guitar to ukelele,” with dance all day Sunday on Lafayette Stage. Just a few of the performances are:

- Free Henry!
- The Albrights
- Jama Jama African Drum & Dance
- Configuration Dance
- Lehrer Dance
- Les Amis Fencing Club Demonstration
- Outofar Trio Jug Band
- Buffalo Soundpainting Ensemble
- Swing Dance Workshop
- Latin Jazz Project

Also, keep an eye out for the roaming performers: Dale Campbell, Trois Amis, Left on Red, Buffalo Hula Hoop Group, Lake Effect and Bonnie Jean Taylor will be wandering the festival to entertain the crowds. You can visit the family-friendly dance tent and even see some showcases of upcoming Buffalonian performers. The New Band Showcase includes The Social Inferiors, Rhythm and Rhyme and Brimstone Blondes, three promising Buffalo bands. There is also a Singer/Songwriter Showcase in memory of Mike Meldrum, who was a key player for more than thirty years in Buffalo’s folk-music community and host of this festival’s Kidsfest since its inception. The showcase will have performances by Meria Cairns, Mike Criscione, Erin Sydney Welsh and Nick Motil.

If you get stuck keeping an eye on your little brother or sister, make sure to stop at Kidsfest. They’ll love all the kid-oriented performances and hands-on art projects, and they can even march in the Kidsfest parade. This year’s theme is all about taking it slow—just relax and breathe. What an appropriate mascot they’ve found in the snail.

As with any festival, it’s not complete without food and beer. There’s a wide variety, from cultural dishes like pierogi to hot dogs.

Cultural Row includes more than 35 local and regional organizations. This year it’s mainly on Breckenridge Street and includes Bison Hockey, Buffalo Choral Arts Society, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Elmwood Village Association, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Theatre Alliance of Buffalo and more.

If you’re into going green, you’ll dig Environmental Row. It’s full of booths that show us how to help the planet, including a look at clean energy alternatives and ways to decrease energy consumption and lower utility bills. The festival actively recycles and sends all vegetable waste to compost. If you know the festival, you probably know they’ve had a solar powered stage for the past nine years. This year, they’re one-upping themselves by switching to two solar powered stages.

To find out more, visit the festival’s website.

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