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One of the best times to come to Buffalo is in the summer because that is when the festivals take over most weekends. From May through September Buffalo enjoys some of the sunniest weather in the eastern United States. The festival season starts in early June with the Hellenic festival celebrating Greek food and culture. The Allentown Art Festival follows. With over 500 vendors, it attracts over 200,000 visitors annually (one of the largest in the country). Along with the impressive artwork, visitors enjoy people-watching and the feel of Allentown- a thriving art community for decades. In the beginning of July, Buffalo celebrates the Friendship festival. Celebrated on both sides of the border, this festival celebrates Independence Day and Canada Day (July 1st) as well as the friendship and peace that exists between these two great nations. The festival features music, rides and of course fireworks at different locations on both sides of the border. This is followed by the second largest food festival in the world, the Taste of Buffalo. From hot dogs and ice cream for the kids to Indian curries and Jamaican food for the adults, everything is great. The event is crowded but definitely worth a visit. Later in July, The Italian Festival takes over North Buffalo with Music and food, food, and more food. August brings The Erie County Fair(2nd largest in the country), The Elmwood Art Festival, and The Chicken Wing Festival.There are local festivals in many of the surrounding small villages, like the Eden Corn Festival, the Taste of Hamburg, Canal fest, The Taste of Ellicotville, and The Lewiston Art Festival just to name a few. In addition to festivals, summer in Buffalo brings many other free events. Every Thursday from Late May through mid September, Buffalonians enjoy Thursdays at the Square. This free concert series features major, international acts ranging from country to hard rock.