Erie County Fair – Wednesday, August 10th through Sunday, August 21st at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. The Fair will feature the usual fair food, midway rides and games, animal shows and vendors, and add in concerts from Miranda Lambert (August 14th) and Ace Frehley (August 17th), motor events like the Ultimate Night of Destruction (August 18th) and the World’s Largest Demolition Derby (August 21st), and new features like the Bengal Tiger Encounter and Dock Dogs. For a complete event schedule, visit www.ecfair.org.
America’s Grape Country Wine Festival – Saturday and Sunday, August 13th and 14th at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, 1089 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. Featuring some of the area’s top wineries, food vendors and craft vendors; highlighting Sunday is a concert from Uncle Kracker and Sean Patrick McGraw. Tickets can be purchased and more information can be found at www.agcwinefestival.com.
Teddy Bear Picnic – Thursday, August 18th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St. in North Tonawanda. An afternoon of games, crafts, stories and puppet shows, and a build-an-animal workshop (additional cost). Cost is $8 per child, $2 per adult; find out more at www.carrouselmuseum.org.