On July 13, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will present a free one-day East Side Festival in collaboration with the BPO diversity council, the Central Terminal Restoration Corp., and New York State Sen. Timothy Kennedy. The festival—celebrating the cultural heritage of the East Side neighborhood of Buffalo and the 90th anniversary of the Central Terminal, Buffalo’s historic Art Deco landmark railroad station—will be held at the terminal from 1:30 to 9 p.m. Among those performing at the festival are members of Buffalo’s Colored Musicians Club, Pine Grill Reunion, the African American Cultural Center, Harmony Polish Dancers, the German-American Musicians Association, and All City Gospel Youth Choir. East Side artists will sell their artwork, and free, docent-led tours of the Central Terminal will take place throughout the afternoon. The festival will culminate with a performance by the Buffalo Philharmonic featuring music from the era in which the Central Terminal opened its doors in 1929, and repertoire reflective of the neighborhood from 1830 to the present. The Central Terminal, a once-thriving railway hub that closed 1979, is owned by the nonprofit Central Terminal Restoration Corp., which is working to restore and re-purpose the complex.

Posted June 24, 2019