Taste of Clarence and Cruise Night – Monday, August 1st at the Clarence Town Park Pavilion on Main St. from 4 to 9 p.m. The eighth annual event features 21 restaurants (including Ivy’s Vine Fine Café, Clarence Grille, Hirsch’s, Quaker Steak and Lube and Bill Gray’s), classic cars throughout the park, and music from Whirlin’ Disc Sound and the Blues Brothers (7 p.m.). Find out more at www.clarence.org.
Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy – Wednesday through Sunday, August 3rd through 7th in Jamestown. Features four nights of comedy at Reg Lenna Civic Center (including Joan Rivers – August 4th, Paula Poundstone – August 6th), Be A Lucy – the Guinness Book of World Record attempt for the most people dressed as Lucy Ricardo on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and the 100th Birthday Parade on Third St. on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Find out more at www.lucy-desi.com.
Taste of Country BBQ Nationals – Saturday, August 6th at the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Rd. in Williamsville, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. BBQ contest for teams from New York and the surround area with four categories: Brisket, Chicken, Pork and Ribs, plus People’s Choice and Best All-Around. There is also a Kidz Zone, a beer garden, and live music, including national recording artist Jack Ingram at 5 p.m. Find out more at www.bbqnationals.com.