A Guide to Western New York’s 2024 Festivals

Excitement is in the air as Western New York gears up for a spectacular array of festivals in 2024! From art and music festivals to multi-cultural events, the region promises an unforgettable calendar of celebrations for every taste and interest. Food and beverage vendors hoping to secure a spot in festival concessions offerings should look for vendor application links on each festival website. This is not an exhaustive list of all the amazing festivals in the upstate New York region, but a list of the major festivals in Buffalo and Rochester with 2024 dates and vendor submissions made available. 

Western New York Festivals 2024

Rochester Lilac Festival: MAY 10-19, 2024 HIGHLAND PARK: live music, food, arts and crafts, and North America’s most extensive collection of lilacs. 

Buffalo Pride Festival: JUNE 2, 2024, 1 P.M. – 7 P.M. CANALSIDE BUFFALO. Immediately following the Parade, a vibrant celebration of WNY’s LGBTQ+ community, featuring entertainment, family activities, food and beverages, live performances, and nonprofit and retail vendors.

Allentown Art Festival: JUNE 8th and 9th, 11 AM TO 6 PM. A wonderful celebration of art, demonstrations, music, and food in Buffalo, NY. 

Buffalo Juneteenth Festival: JUNE 15-16, 2024 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARK Buffalo Juneteenth’s 49th Consecutive Festival will include pre- and post-festival activities with Sankofa Days, the MAAFA Ceremony, and CommUniversity. 

Rochester International Jazz Festival: JUNE 21-29, 2024. The hottest celebration of American jazz music will take over downtown Rochester for its 21st edition of the festival. Nine days, 19 stages, 300 shows.

Buffalo’s Taste of Diversity: JUNE 29, 2024, 11 AM-7 PM GRANT STREET @ LAFAYETTE Celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of Western New York with an array of international cuisines, crafts, and performances.

ROC Pride Festival: JULY 13, 2024, 11:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Food, wine & beer, Games and activities, Vendor tables, Live music, and performances will be there. 

Corn Hill Arts Festival: JULY 13-14, 2024, a fabric of the Rochester community over the years; the Festival takes place over nine of the historic and architecturally significant streets of the Corn Hill neighborhood and showcases hundreds of artists and musicians from across the country.

Lewiston Jazz Festival: AUGUST 23-24, 2024. CENTER ST. LEWISTON, NY. Enjoy smooth jazz tunes paired with exquisite culinary offerings in the charming streets of Lewiston.

Clothesline Art Festival: SEPTEMBER 7- 8, 2024, 10 am-5 pm. Clothesline is the MAG’s largest annual fundraiser and biggest celebration of the arts for 60+ years. Over 300 artists from across the country offer their work for purchase at this juried, two-day festival on the beautiful grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery.

Rochester Fringe Festival:  SEPTEMBER 10-21, 2024. Innovative art, theater, music, and dance are at the core of this eclectic and vibrant event.

Naples Grape Festival: SEPTEMBER 28-29, 2024. Snuggled into the Village of Naples, New York, the annual Naples Grape Festival 2024 brings the valley two days filled with music, art, and food.

As we embrace these festivals’ communal joy and cultural richness, we must acknowledge the backbone of any successful event: the food and beverage distributors. These unsung heroes ensure attendees can savor delicious treats and refreshing drinks, making each festival experience even more delightful.

This is where Allen Associates steps in. With over 75 years of expertise in the food and beverage distribution industry, we’re more than just a supplier; we’re your strategic partner in building a lucrative concession business and creating memorable festival experiences.

How Allen Associates Supports Festival Concession Entrepreneurs

Quality and Variety

Our extensive selection of premium food and beverage products caters to the diverse tastes of festival-goers. From gourmet delights to comfort food classics, we have everything you need to satisfy any palate.

Reliable Supply Chain

We understand the importance of timely and efficient deliveries, especially during the bustling festival season. Our robust supply chain ensures that your stalls are always stocked and your offerings remain fresh and appealing.

Customized Solutions

Every festival is unique, and so are your needs. Allen Associates offers personalized service to match your specific requirements.

Join Forces with Allen Associates

As you prepare to dazzle festival-goers with culinary creations, remember that Allen Associates is here to ensure your success. Our commitment to quality, reliability, and customer service makes us the ideal partner for festival vendors looking to make a lasting impression.

Whether you’re a seasoned vendor or a newcomer to the festival scene, we invite you to discover the Allen Associates difference. Together, we can create unforgettable festival experiences that celebrate the spirit and flavors of Western New York.

Let’s make 2024 a year of memorable festivals, joyful gatherings, and exceptional dining experiences. Reach out to Allen Associates today, and let’s embark on this exciting journey together!


1. How can Allen Associates help increase the profitability of my concession business during festivals?

Allen Associates can boost your concession business’s profitability by providing food and beverage programs with wide profit margins. Our competitive pricing and efficient supply chain management also help reduce operational costs and improve margins.

2. What products does Allen Associates offer suitable for festival concessions?

We offer an extensive selection of products ideal for festival concessions, including quick snacks, beverages, gourmet food items, and ingredients for creating signature dishes. Our product range caters to various dietary preferences, ensuring you can serve a broad audience, from classic festival fare to health-conscious and gourmet options.

3. Can Allen Associates assist with menu planning for my concession stand?

Our team can provide valuable insights and recommendations for menu planning based on current trends, popular items, and logistical considerations for festival settings. We can help you design a menu that appeals to the festival crowd and efficiently manages during busy times.

4. What logistical support does Allen Associates offer to concession vendors during festivals?

Allen Associates offers robust logistical support, including reliable and timely delivery of supplies to ensure your concession stand is well-stocked throughout the festival. Our flexible supply chain can accommodate the ebb and flow of festival demand, providing peace of mind and the ability to focus on serving your customers.

5. How do I start with Allen Associates for the upcoming festival season?

Getting started with Allen Associates is simple. Reach out to us through our website’s contact form. Our team will then contact you to understand your business needs, discuss your goals for the festival season, and outline how we can best support your concession stand’s success.