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This week around Buffalo: July 7th through 13th, 2014

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National Garden Festival – now through Saturday, August 2nd throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region. The six-week garden party will include special events, garden-related bus tours, garden walks, a garden art sale and more. Get the complete schedule for this year’s event at nationalgardenfestival.com.

Old Home Days – Tuesday through Friday, July 8th through 11th at Island Park, Main St. in the Village of Williamsville. Events include giant parade (Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.), bike rodeo (Wednesday at 11 a.m.), a YMCA 5K run (Thursday at 6:30 p.m.), midway rides, live music and performances, food and much more. Find out more at the Old Home Days website.

Taste of Buffalo – Saturday and Sunday, July 12th and 13th on Delaware Ave. in downtown buffalo, from Niagara Square to Chippewa. The largest two-day food festival in the country will feature over 50 restaurants and food trucks from throughout the area. Hours are Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – find out more at www.tasteofbuffalo.com.

Canal Fest of the Tonawandas – Sunday, July 13th through Sunday, July 20th on both sides of the canal in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. Features food and beverages, midway rides, demonstrations, live entertainment and more. Events include the Canal Fest parade (Tuesday, July 15th), Car Cruise (Wednesday, July 16th), Bike Cruise (Friday, July 18th) and the Arts & Crafts Show (Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and 20th). Find a complete schedule at www.canalfest.org.

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