Buffalo Powder Keg Festival

Winter Festivals in Buffalo!

I’m LOVING the fact that Buffalo is FINALLY embracing winter and organizing AWESOME festivals!

Olmstead Park Flurrious

Join us January 14th-16th for an outdoor winter festival in Delaware Park, complete with ice wine, snow golfing, igloo building, and more!

Events include the Fleet Feet Sports Flurrious Forecast 2 Mile Fun Run, Campus Wheel Works Snow Sprint Bike Race, Snowshoe Softball Tournament, Snow Golf, and Snow Kickball Tournament.
February 12th-13th

New Era Cap Bubble Hockey Tournament Snowman Building Competition Snow Sculpture Building Contest Little Tike Scavenger Hunt Broomball Snow Tennis Kan Jam Tourney Couples Rescue Sled Relay Races Police vs. Fire Athletic Contest Hasing Event – Hash Hound Harriers Powder Keg K9 Parade Buffalo Historical Hike – Buffalo Hike Club

Skyway Seneca St. Ramp Tubing Hill – tubes available at hill
Pearl Street Brewery Beer Tent with Live Music
Powder Keg Beer – Pearl Street Grill & Brewery
Outdoor Grill Station
Snowshoe Rentals
Ski Rentals – Campus Wheelworks
Hot Pretzel Carts
Hot Cider Press
Horse and Carriage Rides – Eden Carriage Company
Igloos Building
Ice Sculptures

I had a BLAST at this festival last year! Powder Keg Festival (A week later…)

Powder Keg Festival (A week later…)


Hell yes! Tis the Powder Keg Festival in Buffalo, NY last week and I was there…all the live long day on Saturday and lived to tell about it. It only took about a week later for me to recover and blog…ha.

The plan was to get to Pearl Street in the morning for ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST. However by the time my friends and I got there (I blame Rita Moreno and the Mayor…)

Heading to the Powder Keg Festival!

No breakfast for us.  Pancakes, gone.


Of course the next logical step was to have Powder Keg Beer for Breakfast. And another and another and another.


Buffalo Powder Keg Festival!!!

The fact that Buffalo really doesn’t have a winterfest is kinda bizarre. After all, cities like Quebec and Montreal pride themselves on their winter wonderlands. A couple years back, Labatt took a stab at a pond hockey tournament. Now moving into its third year, the event has captured the imaginations of people who actually want to celebrate winter. This year the pond hockey tournament will be held on two days – February 27th and 28th.

Recently, there has been an additional festival in the works that organizers (myself included) are in the midst of planning. For now, it’s being called the Buffalo Powder Keg Festival – to pay homage to both the snow as well as our history of brewing.

There will be plenty of festivities planned for those two days – some of the ideas being bandied about are: Ice sculptures, snowman building contests, sleigh rides, a snow maze, hot cider booths, hot pretzels and peanuts, sledding hills, live music, snow queen contest, toboggan pulls, festival of lights, a bike race, tubing, a parade, 5k snow run, snow shoveling contest, sorority/fraternity igloo building, fireworks, snow shoeing, pancake breakfasts, curling demonstrations, a festive ball, ice snow globes, chili contest… The festival will be family friendly, with a variety of chalet inspired retreats including the wrap-around decks of the Pearl Street Brew Pub that would mimic ski chalet decks.

At this point we are looking for people who are interested in participating or volunteering for the festival.  If you have suggestions we want to hear them. Also, if you have a group of people, such as a business or organization, let us know and we can brainstorm levels of involvement. I can be reached at Newell@BuffaloRising.com.