Larkinville

Kick off KeyBank Live at Larkin with Big Mean Sound Machine

By Leslie Zemsky  
May 25, 2018

KeyBank Live at Larkin is almost here and we can’t wait for this year’s lineup! With a fresh mix of local acts and national bands, you won’t want to miss a minute of this free concert series. First up – Big Mean Sound Machine. 

They’re name describes them best – they’re BIG and they’re ready to have some fun. Formed in Ithaca, NY, BMSM aims to get everyone dancing! The 8 piece afro-punk band will be making its debut at Larkin Square as part of their summer tour. Check out more here:

Catch BMSM performing with Miller and the Other Sinners on June 6 at 5pm at Larkin Square. KeyBank Live at Larkin runs every Wednesday from June 6 – September 5 and are family friendly. Free admission and parking thanks to Larkin Square’s presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health. Check out the full line up below!

A Celebration of Writing: Buffalo and Beyond with Elizabeth Licata and writers from Voices from the Rust Belt

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 20, 2018

The Larkin Square Author Series welcomes you to a Celebration of Writing: Buffalo and Beyond on Thursday, May 10th at 5:30 pm in the Larkin Square Filling Station. The event features Elizabeth Licata, author of the new book 100 Things to do in Buffalo before you Die along with the writers Jeff Klein and Ben Gwin who wrote essays for the new book Voices from the Rust Belt.

Licata offers suggestions for Buffalo residents and visitors for enjoying “a rich banquet of intriguing history, iconic architecture, lush scenery, fun food, and a relentless nightlife”, (book cover). Suggestion number 57 encourages partying in the Hydraulics aka Larkinville, we heartily concur!

Voices from the Rust Belt features a collection of essays edited by Anne Trubek previously published in Belt City anthologies including writers from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Flint, Youngstown, Akron and Buffalo.

The essays in the book “address segregated schools, rural childhoods, suburban ennui, lead poisoning, opiate addiction, and job loss. They reflect upon happy childhoods, successful community ventures, warm refuges for outsiders, and hidden oases of natural beauty. But mainly they are stories drawn from uniquely personal experiences: A girl has her bike stolen. A journalist from Buffalo (Margaret Sullivan)  moves away, and misses home. A father gives his daughter a bath in the lead-contaminated water of Flint, Michigan” (from the introduction).

Joining the event will be the writers Jeff Klein and Ben Gwin with the editor Anne Trubek

Books will be available for purchase at the event through Talking Leaves. A signing will follow the talks. Beer, wine and other refreshments along with snacks will be available for purchase from the Filling Station.

The event is free and open to the public thanks to the support of presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health.  Talking Leaves is the co-sponsor of the Larkin Square Author Series.

Lauren Belfer and Margaret Sullivan Monday, June 25th

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 20, 2018

The Larkin Square Author Series welcomes Lauren Belfer and Margaret Sullivan on Monday, June 25th at 5:30 pm to Larkin Square.

The two nationally acclaimed  writers and expat Buffalonians will interview each other on stage and then open up the event to questions from the audience. Lauren Belfer is the best selling author of City of LightAnd After the Fire and more. Margaret Sullivan is the former managing editor of the Buffalo News, former Public Editor of the New York Times and currently the Media Columnist for the Washington Post.

Books will be available for purchase at the event through Talking Leaves.  Included books are a selection of novels by Lauren Belfer and Voices from the Rust Belt which includes an essay written by Margaret Sullivan.  Beer, wine and other refreshments along with snacks available for purchase at the event. Book signing to follow the talk.

KeyBank Live at Larkin Returns June 6!

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 18, 2018

Larkin Square’s signature music series is back! KeyBank Live at Larkin will be 13 weeks of rocking live music beginning June 6. This season is an exciting mix of local talent plus nationally touring bands making their debut at Larkin Square.

There is an abundance of free parking during KeyBank Live at Larkin. Lots located on Exchange and Seneca Streets are free to park in, including the gravel event lot located at 111 Hydraulic Street. Ride sharing to and from Larkinville is also encouraged!

KeyBank Live at Larkin kicks off at 5:00pm every Wednesday (no concert on july 4), and features a range of different food trucks each week, specialty beverages, entertainment and law games. Enjoy the outdoors this summer and get to the best happy hour in town! Check out the full lineup below.

 

New Event: Larkin Moves

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 12, 2018

Larkin Square presents Larkin Moves – an urban wellness festival happening morning, noon and night on Wednesday, May 30! We’re thrilled to bring together movers & shakers in the local fitness community and offer a day of workouts and fun. Events and classes all day are FREE thanks to Larkin Square’s presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health.

Ready for this packed schedule?! The day begins with November Project – a free workout starting at 6:10am in Larkin Square. Traditionally located at Delaware Park every Wednesday, November Project will be moving their workout to Larkinville for this special event. From 12:00pm – 1:00pm, you can enjoy a free yoga class with Kelly Tripp on the Larkin Square boardwalk (BYOM!). At 4:30pm, the wellness festival will kick into high gear! The square will feature a small vendor market, food trucks, beverages, a lululemon lounge and lawn games. The final free fitness class of the day begins at 5:30pm with Fitness in the Parks instructors from the YMCA, plus teachers from Revolution Buffalo and a sunset yoga session with Love in Motion Yoga. After class, relax and have fun in the square with the Gay 5K after party! One of the most popular Pride Week events, the Gay 5K presented by Evergreen Health & the Pride Center of WNY will be happening in Larkinville on May 30. The race is open to everyone and participants are encouraged to don their gay apparel, with rainbows, drag and more! Not participating in the race? No problem! Everyone is invited to the race after party in Larkin Square at 7:30pm.

Join us for one, two or all of the events happening during Larkin Moves!
Check out the timeline for the day:

6:00am – 6:50am: November Project in Larkin Square
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Free yoga class with Kelly Tripp on the Larkin Square Boardwalk (Bring your own mat!)
4:30pm: Vendor market opens in Larkin Square with food trucks, beverages, lawn games and more!
5:30pm: November Project BOUNCE kicking off the evening class
5:30pm: Free class featuring a Fitness in the Parks instructor from the YMCA, followed by Revolution Buffalo & sunset yoga with Love in Motion Yoga (Bring your own mat and water bottle!)
7:30pm: Gay 5K after party in Larkin Square – Enjoy music, dancing, drag queens and more. Everyone is invited!

PARKING:
Check out the lots along Seneca Street and Exchange Street for free parking! Click here for more info on parking & directions to Larkin Square.