Live at O’Larkin 3.17.17

By Leslie Zemsky  
March 03, 2017

olarkin_nieman_017Join us in Larkin Square on Friday, March 17 from 5-8pm for the fifth annual KeyBank Live at O’Larkin!

For the first time in its five-year history, one of Buffalo’s newest St. Patrick’s traditions will fall on the actual holiday in 2017, as Larkin Square will again welcome the public to an Irish-American celebration with live Celtic music and dance along with food trucks and drinks.

This year, KeyBank Live at O’Larkin will feature the familiar faces of Celtic rockers McCarthyizm, traditional folk trio Emerald Isle, students from Clann Na Cara School of Irish Dance, and the first responders of Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes & Drums, all performing individual sets along with an encore ensemble jam on the square’s covered and heated boardwalk. Drinks will also be served on the boardwalk and in the Square along with food from over a dozen food trucks.

As always, this family-friendly event is free, including free parking, and open to all, presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health.

Photo Credit: Don Nieman

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Larkinville Ice Festival

By Leslie Zemsky  
December 21, 2016


Third Annual Larkinville Ice Festival
Saturday, January 28th, 11am – 3pm

Join us on Saturday, January 28th, from 11am – 3pm for the Third Annual Larkinville Ice Festival! Kick-off the New Year with a day of winter fun at this neighborhood-wide celebration, including programming at Larkin Square, the Filling Station, the Larkin Center of CommerceFlying Bison and Buffalo Distilling Company.

snowgaThe Boardwalk at Larkin Square will feature a variety of family friendly activities including a sledding hill, face painting, kan-jam, spin art and other games from Nickel City Novelties. After the games, browse our winter holiday market or grab some food from Amy’s Place or Sassi Cakes trucks or inside the Filling Station Restaurant. Guests can also warm up with a session of “Snowga,” a special Independent Health sponsored session of Fitness in the Parks, or a game of hockey on the Keybank ice rink. Be sure to also take a seat on our ice throne for the perfect winter photo op!  Read More

Truck or Treat in Larkin Square!

By Samantha Epps  
October 06, 2016

The treat is a fleet of food trucks spread around Larkin Square; the trick is to pick a winner with so many options!

IMG_0406That’s any given Tuesday in Larkin Square from April into October, as in 2016 Food Truck Tuesday furthered its place as Buffalo’s biggest dinner party with another successful six-month season.

IMG_0384Topping it off with an annual tradition, “Truck or Treat” will return on Friday, October 21st, 5-8pm, with dozens of Buffalo and Rochester trucks serving their usual creative fare while competing in a pumpkin-carving contest and offering candy for kids in costume. As is Truck or Treat tradition, local Grateful Dead tribute band Workingman’s Dead will don its own musical costume onstage, plus a bonus this year in the zombie-like revival of The Stamplickers, the long-lost underground party band fronted by Amy’s Truck owner Amanda Amico.
“We’re thrilled to again get into Halloween spirit with the food trucks and community this year,” said Larkin Square Director of Fun Leslie Zemsky. “We’ll be keeping an eye on our life-sized caricatures of the late pioneers John Larkin and Darwin Martin, in case they come back to life to join the fun!”

IMG_0416Admission is free; beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Food Truck Tuesdays are presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health. For more information about this and other Larkin Square events, please visit


Ann Hood returns to the Larkinville, October 5th, 2016

By Leslie Zemsky  
September 08, 2016

We are delighted to welcome Ann Hood back to Buffalo and Larkinville. Ann will be speaking at the Larkin Square Author Series on Wednesday October 5th from 5:30 – 6:45 pm. Ann’s new novel is called The Book that Matters Most (W.W. Norton & Co., 2016)Book That Matters Most_9780393241655

This will be Ann’s third time speaking in Larkin Square. Back by popular request, Ann is a very engaging speaker. Her previous best sellers include the novels An Italian Wife and The Obituary Writer. She is also the editor and a contributor to two best selling books of essays with a knitting theme, The Knitting Circle and Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

The Book that Matters Most is an enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature. Read More

2016 Local Author Celebration

By Leslie Zemsky  
August 30, 2016

Join us for the 3rd annual celebration of local authors on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 from 5pm – 7pm.

More than 30 authors, along with their books, will be on the Boardwalk in Larkin Square for this special edition of the Larkin Square Author Series. Talking Leaves will have copies of their books available for purchase.  Authors will welcome guests to join them in conversation and for book signings.

There is an abundance of  local writing talent. We look forward to welcoming back some past Larkin Square Authors along with many new writers to Buffalo’s biggest book party! The variety of writing includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and childrens’ books.

Beer, wine and light fare available for purchase during the event.  The celebration is free and open to the public courtesy of Presenting Sponsor Key Bank and sponsor Independent Health.

Authors planning to attend the celebration include:

TheArthur A. Duncan II Esq., Greg Parkes, Matthew Smith, Willie Price, Pat Obermeier, Stephen Eoannou, Nancy Fuentes, Steve Delmonte, Kevin Siepel, Dave Bauer, Gerald Halligan, Jackie Albarella, Christina Abt, Barbara Early, Tim Shannon, Miriam Shannon, Janice Okun, Shane Stephensen, John McGlarry, Mary Mullett Flynn, Paul Lewis, Dave Coleman, Susan Sellingsloh, Patricia Hull, Dianne Sanders Riordan