Larkin Square Blog

4th Annual Larkinville Ice Festival

By Leslie Zemsky  
December 21, 2017

Head to Larkinville on Saturday, January 27 for the 4th Annual Ice Festival! This neighborhood wide celebration includes programming and specials from Larkin Square, The Filling Station, Hydraulic Hearth, Swan Street Diner, Buffalo Distilling Company, Flying Bison Brewing Company and Larkin Center of Commerce. Bring the family to Larkin Square to enjoy a range of activities for kids and a local vendor market on the heated boardwalk. Explore the neighborhood through horse drawn carriage rides and grab a bite to eat at the participating restaurants!

A full list of programming is below, stay tuned for updates. As always, Larkin Square has free event parking and this event is free and open to the public courtesy of presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health.

Larkin Square (745 Seneca Street)
Programming from 11am – 3pm

  • Winter vendor market
  • Ice Throne
  • Sledding Hill (weather permitting)
  • Nickel City Novelties spin art and games
  • Coloring Stations
  • Pickleball, Kan-Jam, Cornhole
  • Independent Health, Fitness in the Parks sponsored Snowga (Yoga in the Snow is a winter edition of Fitness in the Parks presented by the YMCA and Independent Health)
  • Outdoor bar on the boardwalk, including a make your own hot chocolate station
  • Filling Station restaurant open for lunch indoors
  • Performers throughout the square from The Bird’s Nest Acro Circus.

The Ice Fest Vendor Market will include:

  • Kitch Studios
  • Freddie’s Doughtnuts
  • Pretty + Grit
  • Dragonfly Jam
  • Wild Crafters Candles
  • West Side Stichery
  • Overwinter Coffee
  • Bflo Distilling
  • Pastry by Camille LLC
  • Witty Gritty Paper Co
  • Earth Alchemy

Larkin Center of Commerce (701 Seneca Street)

  • Horse-drawn sleigh wagon rides up and down Seneca Street from 12pm – 2pm

Hydraulic Hearth Restaurant & Brewery (716 Swan Street)

  • Burritos and Brooze Brunch with Lomo Lomo: 10:30am – 2:30pm
  • Live music with a Band Named Sue 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • The Bavarian Winterfest in the Beer Garden: noon to 4pm
  • Sarah Myers paintings in (716)GAL-LERY, the phone booth art gallery inside the Hydraulic Hearth

Swan Street Diner (700 Swan Street)

  • Open from 7am – 3pm
  • Ice Fest Specials on the menu including frozen hot chocolate!

Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca Street)

Buffalo Distilling Company (860 Seneca Street)

  • Tasting room open 11am – 3pm
  • Buffalo Groundhog Day specialty cocktails beginning at 12pm
  • The distillery will keep the party going into the evening with live music by Aidan McManus

Holiday Vendor Market Thursday, December 7, 10am – 2pm

By Samantha Epps  
November 21, 2017

Stop by the Larkin at Exchange Building (726 Exchange Street) on Thursday, December 7 from 10am – 2pm to shop our Holiday Vendor Market. Get ready for the Holidays with over 30 vendors (complete list below)!

If you are coming to the market from outside Larkinville, you are welcome to park in the Visitors Lot on Exchange Street or in the Lot next to the Hydraulic Hearth.  Make a day of it and stop by the Filling Station for lunch before or after shopping! 

Vendors Include:

1801 handcrafted
Buffalo Distilling Co
Buffalo Made Co
The Buffalo News
Burning Asphalt
Butter Block
Dragonfly Jams and Jellies
The Flower Stand
Grape Country Soaps
Gretchen Cole Jewelry
Honey Girl Ornaments
House of Olives
Janie’s Emporium
Just Sew Embroidery
Justice Ring
Larkinville Merchandise
Larkin Training Room
Mazurek’s Bakery
Olden Designs

Park Edge Sweet Shoppe
Pet Connection
Pitek Art
Predmore Creations
Pretty and Grit
Rusterior
Stuff Guys Like
Sunrae Love Jewelry
Westside Stitchery
The Witty Gritty Paper Co
Women Folk
Zandra Beauty

6th Annual Holiday Live at Larkin on December 1

By Leslie Zemsky  
November 01, 2017

Kickoff the holiday season at Larkin Square! On December 1, Larkin Square is back with a special edition of KeyBank Live at Larkin celebrating the upcoming holidays. From 5pm – 8pm, guests will be able to enjoy food trucks, specialty drinks including mulled wine and hot cider, alpacas from Thistle Creek Alpaca Farm and shopping with a few vendors in the square. Robot Holiday will be rocking all night long with their unique spin on holiday music. New this year, Larkin Square will feature a tree lighting in the middle of the square!

Don’t miss this special  family-friendly event. Admission is free thanks to Larkin Square’s presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health. Free parking is located in the event lot at 111 Hydraulic Street. Handicap parking is available in a dedicated lot at Seneca and Emslie Streets. There is additional parking in the lot behind Swan Street Diner at 700 Swan Street. This event will be outdoors, be sure to bundle up!

Larkin Square Truck or Treat Event is Back!

By Leslie Zemsky  
October 12, 2017

Kick off Halloween weekend with Larkin Square’s annual Truck or Treat on Friday, October 27 from 5pm – 8pm. Western New York’s favorite food trucks will fill the square with delicious eats and spooky treats! Guests can enjoy live music from Black Rock Zydeco, lawn games, craft beer, wine, pumpkin carving contests, and more.

Costume are encouraged! From frightful fashions to your favorite pop star, let’s see your best Halloween costumes yet. This family-friendly event is free thanks to our presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health.

Free parking is located in the event lot at 111 Hydraulic Street. Handicap parking is available in a dedicated lot at Seneca and Emslie Sts. There is additional parking in the lot behind Swan Street Diner at 700 Swan Street.

Welcoming Hillary Rodham Clinton to Larkin Square

By Leslie Zemsky  
September 29, 2017

In partnership with Talking Leaves Books, Larkin Square was thrilled to welcome Hillary Rodham Clinton for a book signing in The Filling Station on September 28. Secretary Clinton signed 1,000 copies of her new book What Happened as well as her children’s book, It Takes a Village. To purchase tickets, people had to buy What Happened from Talking Leaves Books. In just five days, the event sold out.

Hundreds of eager guests filled the square on Thursday morning waiting for Secretary Clinton’s arrival. About 30-50 people were permitted into The Filling Station at one time, allowing a genuine greeting with Secretary Clinton. She was very kind and chatted briefly with guests, even snapping a few pictures with some of her youngest fans. Smiles filled Larkin Square and new friendships were formed  as Clinton fans and supporters came together for this special event.

The Larkin Square team was extremely proud to host what was an incredibly memorable event for so many. Our team is looking forward to continue hosting unique events and opportunities for Buffalo and Western New York. To see more photos from Secretary Clinton’s signing, check out The Buffalo News photo gallery. Thank you to everyone who made this event successful and fun!


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