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I would like to thank our parter The Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce for making this post possible!
One thing I miss about living in FL is all the nonstop action! People really know how to throw events & your social life was booming because of it! Just hop online and you would literally have to go eeny, meeny, miny, moe to choose what event your family would attend that evening.
Here in WNY, things are definitely different. Fabulous, family friendly activities are few and far between! I will admit this area is getting better, huge pat on the back to all of those business owners trying to make our community a great place to raise a family, but we still need some work! And as in work, What I really mean is promotion and getting events seen! Too many times people aren't seeing events until after they happen, which is such a bummer because some of these events are top notch & deserve a large crowd!
When I received the news about the Ellicottville Summer Music Festival or what locals call #SummerFest, I just had to help spread the word about this fabulousness! A weekend jam packed with fun ranging from a Rusted Root concert, to a fireworks show with the Buffalo Philharmonic, even a 38 Special show, this was definitely the type of weekend you would remember for years to come!
Unfortunately due to scheduling & me not finding out about #SummerFest until a few days before, my family was only able to attend Saturday nights epic firework show with the Buffalo Philharmonic. Now that I'm in communication with Ellicottville, I hope to bring you more events before AND after they happen. If I'm going to live here I want to make this community great & use my voice and reach to help do so ;-)
Are you a WNY local needing a little promotion help? Email me & let me help you spread the word!
All of the shows during #SummerFest were held at Holiday Valley, yes as in the ski resort. They had a stage set up slopeside and seating was general admission. Think concert in the park feel with folding chairs & blankets. You could buy VIP tickets for the whole weekend & those seats were reserved in a roped off area with their very own lounge. I believe those tickets were going in the $300's, so those tickets are definitely for those devoted to the entire weekend!
The best part about seeing ANY show at Holdiay Valley ANYTIME during the summer/fall is the fact you can bring your own drinks & snacks! Literally ANY drink too! I wasn't sure how loosely this rule was, so I poured my Parrot Bay into a mason jar, but discovered once I arrived that the mason jar was totally unnecessary as long as I kept things in my cooler ;-)
Holiday Valley is one of a dying breed of concert venues that allow such a loose restriction on bringing items into a show so they do ask you to take home what you bring! Keep the resort liter free while respecting the resort and we will be able to enjoy this privilege for years to come!
The Buffalo Philharmonic performed two sets of tunes with a super hero theme! Batman, Indiana Jones, Super Man, just to rattle of a few, so of course the performance attracted super hero fans alike! We were fortunate enough to run into a few of our favorite super heros in the crowd that had volunteered their time to come out and meet with the kiddos! My daughter couldn't get enough of Cat Woman & kept staring at her all night long!
This was the first time for me being in the audience for the Buffalo Philharmonic & the former trumpet playing music geek inside of me couldn't get enough! For a small city, I was surprised on how well they sounded! I will definitely be driving up to Buffalo in the near future to listen to them play again. Maybe when they do their Abba Tribute show in the spring. Abba may be way before my time, but ever since seeing the musical Mama Mia, I'm hooked on Abba tunes!
And of course the show came to an end around 9:30 & were were graced with a pretty spectacular fireworks show while the Buffalo Philharmonic played a little Susa! This was the first year my daughter actually acknowledged fireworks & was pretty excited for them, so they were a rad ending to an amazing evening!
Just because #SummerFest has come to an end doesn't mean the fun in Ellicottville is over! Check out http://www.ellicottvilleny.com & take a peak at some of the upcoming festivities they have to offer your family! Jazz fest is just a few weeks away & who doesn't enjoy a concert at the gazebo? Taste of Ellicottville is also coming up in August! Lot's of fun for the whole family!
What kind of events do you love to attend with your family during the summer?
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7/6/2016 02:17:25 pm
Looks like you had a great time! I love when venues let you bring your own stuff. It saves a ton of money.
7/6/2016 03:05:12 pm
That sounds like so much fun! I love all festivals, but music fests are the best. You get all the food and fun of other fests, but you also get a ton of music. Yay!
7/6/2016 04:53:27 pm
Sounds like fun. Music festivals are always great entertainment for the kids.
7/6/2016 05:17:21 pm
This looks like a fun event. How neat that they played music during the fireworks.
7/6/2016 05:46:21 pm
I love attending concerts in the park, especially when you can bring your own goodies and make it a special event. Culture under the stars is so much fun.
7/6/2016 05:51:39 pm
What a fun festival to attend!! I love firework displays and so do my kids as well!
7/6/2016 05:53:35 pm
It looks like things are picking up where you are. I agree that entertainment is different in all the many parts of the US; states with more sunny days tend to do more.
7/6/2016 07:51:40 pm
This looked like so much fun! I loved seeing all of your photos on Facebook and Insta. The best part is that you can bring whatever you want to drink ;)
7/6/2016 08:46:10 pm
That is one thing I would love about living in Florida. There would never be a dull moment!
7/6/2016 08:50:45 pm
That sure sounds like a great show. Outdoor shows are awesome as long as the weather is perfect.
7/6/2016 09:08:53 pm
I'll be in Buffalo visiting my nephews, who both live there. My hometown is Rochester and that's where we'll be based as we visit for the week. August. Thanks for reminding me about WNY fun!
7/6/2016 09:58:13 pm
Summerfest sounds like a blast! I love how they also did a little Superhero theme. Such a fun time for families!
7/6/2016 11:13:25 pm
Summer is the perfect time for outdoor concerts and festivals. Sounds like you have a great local summer celebration to take advantage of--have fun!
7/6/2016 11:21:41 pm
Sounds like so much fun! I love all the super heroes! Plus, that's super cool that they let you bring your own food and drinks in. That is definitely rare!
7/6/2016 11:59:40 pm
It sounds so good for families and friends! My son would love super heroes theme.
7/7/2016 02:34:17 am
I love this summer music festival! This is a nice event for the whole family!
7/7/2016 03:18:55 am
I love this music festival, sounds great to spend the weekend here! I haven't attend to something like this for ages.
7/7/2016 03:45:18 am
This festival sounds like so much fun! I would definitely go to a festival like this! We love fairs and carnivals, too!
7/7/2016 04:28:04 am
Looks like you all enjoy this festival. I want to attend this event too, I hope there will be like this in our place.
7/7/2016 04:54:30 am
I like this festival, I really want to go! My family will love this treat.
7/7/2016 06:48:19 am
It looks like y'all had so much fun! I love you and your daughter's matching pony tails. Too stinkin' cute <3
7/7/2016 08:27:45 am
I love summer music festivals! They're so much fun, especially with all the fireworks and warm weather!
7/7/2016 10:15:05 am
Looks like an awesome family date night! (And I've gotta say, I LOVE how your little one's hair is done up just like yours LOL)
7/7/2016 10:22:16 am
Look like you really had fun. I wish we had gigs like this in my country.
7/7/2016 10:25:30 am
Wow, you looks have an awesome day and that festival sounds fun
7/7/2016 11:27:55 am
This looks like a really great summer music festival. Not to mention the price for the tickets is totally reasonable! Looks like you had a blast!
7/7/2016 11:41:10 am
That looks like so much fun. I'd love to attend another music festival. They're always tons of fun!
7/7/2016 02:42:10 pm
This looks like a super fun event. We have something similar to this in our area. They also do Firework shows too.
7/7/2016 03:30:00 pm
Summer festivals are always a ton of fun. I have a few planned for this summer.
7/7/2016 05:15:38 pm
I have never been to a music festival but it looks like so much fun!!
7/7/2016 05:18:18 pm
This sounds like it is awesome and a TON of fun! I love exploring new places and things and this sounds like something id love
7/7/2016 05:46:37 pm
I like attending outdoor concerts in the summer, especially ones where you can bring your own food and drink! Looks like you and your family had a great time!
7/7/2016 07:36:23 pm
Courtney, what a fun time you guys must have had. I love music and try to go to music festivals as often as I can. this looks awesome.
7/7/2016 08:23:14 pm
I love attending outdoor concerts with my boys in the summer. My grandma took me to them when I was younger and I love carrying on the tradition.
7/7/2016 09:30:57 pm
Any festival that has food and music I enjoy. I love mingling with people adn just enjoying the day.
7/7/2016 10:38:04 pm
We don't get to many festivals. That would be a good time!
7/7/2016 11:00:42 pm
Wow, it looked like a great event. I love going to festivals and outdoor movies during the summer. Great excuse to spend time outdoors with loved ones.
7/8/2016 12:21:19 am
What a fun event. I love places that let you bring your own food. It looks like you and your family had a wonderful time.
7/8/2016 12:28:37 am
When I lived in NYC my favorite summertime activity was going to hear the Philharmonic in Central Park. It was amazing listening to these talented musicians serenade as the sun went down.
7/8/2016 01:00:16 am
Music festivals are a huge part of summer and it's always nice to know if your town is hosting one! I'm glad you're able to get in touch with the events coordinator! It would be so nice to attend this with the whole family!
7/8/2016 01:58:35 am
What a fun event and I love your spread! It can be hard to get a good firework picture but you captured it brilliantly:).
7/8/2016 02:02:09 am
This looks like so much fun, I would love to go to something like this here in MN. I love events that includes the whole family. We tend to do concerts.
7/8/2016 03:15:36 am
I love music festivals and this one sounds like so much fun! It sounds like the Buffalo Philharmonic played some great music...I'd love to listen to the Indiana Jones music played live!!!
7/8/2016 07:53:38 am
Summer fests are the best! And with fireworks - how fun!!!
7/8/2016 08:04:58 am
This reminds me a lot about my college years. I miss going to music festivals. This sure does look like a lot of fun and not chaotic unlike most music festivals.
7/8/2016 04:06:22 pm
Just like you, one of the things I look forward to in the summer months are the concert series! We live near a winery so we get to see some of the concert events they schedule there.
7/8/2016 04:26:38 pm
Where i live in the uk there isnt much happening in the summer even the sun has disowned us :) that festival looks amazing and i like that its for the whole family.
7/8/2016 04:32:06 pm
This looks absolutely amazing! We love going to music festivals with our family. Such a good way to get out!
7/8/2016 06:30:16 pm
How awesome! That picture of you and your daughter is the cutest thing ever!!! She is so focused!!! All the best to you!
7/8/2016 10:17:05 pm
Music festivals or a fun way to spend a summer evening with friends and family. I've been to many and have always have a great time.
7/9/2016 02:22:00 am
WHoah! Looks like a great, fun event. I love Festivals & Cosplay Yay! Your baby is so adorable :) Super cute!
7/9/2016 11:02:44 am
Believe it or not, I've never been to Florida. I have noticed, from all my friends' photos that there are a lot of fun events to attend there.
7/10/2016 06:30:58 pm
Glad to hear your daughter was excited about the fireworks! I live about 45 minutes from there so I have to check it out sometime!
7/11/2016 09:54:19 am
never heard of this summer fest, but it definitely looks like a lot of fun and looks like u guys had san amazing time! thanks for sharing!
7/19/2016 05:09:15 pm
These summer fests look so fun! I've been living out here on the east coast, but I haven't ever gone to one of these festivals! I really want to, so I might while there's still summer left! Also, I love that shot of the fireworks!
7/21/2016 12:09:04 pm
What a fun event! It's so hot in AZ for the summer that most activities revolve around swimming or splash pads.
8/8/2016 12:25:12 am
This looks like it was a lot of fun! It was cool they let you bring your own treats as well. I love that played super hero themes! :D
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