For almost 40 years, the instructors and staff of Dip 'N Dive have demystified the magic of breathing underwater. They instruct and outfit both scuba divers and snorkelers at their Buffalo location, and the facility's curriculum of PADI and NAUI courses help budding divers stay safe, maintain control of their equipment, and walk like Naomi Campbell while wearing fins. From beginning diving lessons to advanced instructor training, courses include classroom work, pool exercises, and real open-water-diving trips.
ComedySportz's teams of improv artisans compete for belly laughs in a fast-paced, unscripted stage match fueled by audience participation. With humor hampers full of fluffy, clean jokes, the players act out suggestion-based scenes and yodel out impromptu songs while vying for the viewers' glow-stick votes. A referee officiates the games and penalizes off-color language by making the speaker wear an unfashionable brown bag for a bonnet. Much like snowflakes, no two shows are the same, and all are best enjoyed with an outstretched tongue.
In the 2001 movie Osmosis Jones, Bill Murray's character dreams of attending the National Buffalo Wing Festival. Although that made for an amusing plot point, there was a problem: at the time, no such festival existed. When Buffalo native Drew Cerza heard about this oversight, he realized that it was a wrong that needed righting. He threw his inaugural festival that same year, and the rest is meaty, sauce-slathered history. Now, every Labor Day weekend, wing fans flock to Buffalo, and they usually bring their appetites to chow through one million-plus wings over the duration of the festival.
At each festival, restaurant representatives travel to Coca-Cola Field to share their tastiest, hottest sauces with festivalgoers. A select group of buffalo wing purists participate in the festival's traditional and creative sauce competitions, whipping up sauces onstage before serving their concoctions to a panel of local celebrity judges. The sauce-off is one of the festival's many contests, which also include wing eating competitions and bobbing for wings in a pool of blue cheese.
Aside from the many wing-based events, the festival features entertainment ranging from live music to live quiz shows. In 2006, the festival even hosted a wedding, fulfilling every father's fantasy of grabbing a snack as he accompanies his daughter down the aisle.
With a room full of toys and no time constraints, Toddle Town & More is designed to give kids an outlet for their energy and creativity. Visitors aged 6 and younger explore age-appropriate playgrounds and don dress-up clothes in an open, safe environment, while parents observe with the help of numerous mirrors. The space is open Monday–Friday for unlimited drop-in play, ensuring sessions can fit into the busiest of schedules. A calendar of supervised programs, such as preschool, play groups, and music classes, offer little ones additional chances to learn social skills and introductory guitar solos. Toddle Town & More caters to the allergy-sensitive, and parents are asked to refrain from packing peanut products in their child's lunch bags.
The brainchild of owner Dale Ali and chef Sergio Aquino, Epic Restaurant and Lounge captures diners’ interest with dishes that showcase fresh, seasonal ingredients as well as the chef’s mastery of culinary techniques ranging from classic French to peasant, according to Buffalo Spree. The menu—which the Buffalo News called “ambitious” and “totally different from any other in the area”—comprises upscale dinner fare with unexpected twists: the grilled rib eye arrives with pomegranate jam, and the duck breast is flanked by a cilantro-nutmeg emulsion and rubber-ducky bodyguards.
The eatery also strives to be epic in its drink selection with a varnished wooden bar offering more than 25 imported or microbrewery beers as well as an extensive wine list. Diners can kick off the weekend with dinner, drinks, and jams every Friday night, with entertainment alternating between salsa and live bands.
Specializing in the healing aspects of yoga, Anjali Yoga & Wellness treats students of all abilities to a sweeping schedule of curative classes held in the historic Wurlitzer building. Through stances that build strength, endurance, and flexibility, Power yoga blasts away blubber, minimizes midsections, and sears off sequined Christmas sweaters. Gentle Hatha yoga fosters physical balance and opens the mind, while healing yoga targets backs, necks, and shoulders to improve the mantle's range of motion and ability to balance lit candelabras. With a selection of implements such as blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, and wedges, instructors guide participants to a prop-supported place of awareness and whole-body health. Using the proceeds collected from one monthly class, Anjali Yoga & Wellness supports monastic communities abroad, allowing students to extend the value of their practice beyond the body.