Colors and Magic at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Aren’t we so lucky to have these incredible museums right here in our backyard? As kids, we are exposed to them through field trips and as adults we get to relive those moments all over again but with fresh eyes and respect.

Beau and I have been Albright-Knox Art Gallery lovers for life. My school did field trips here and I was able to experience my Mother (now a retired Art Teacher) taking her students to it as well. We went as a family a few times and as a ‘big kid’, Beau and I have attended for live music and special exhibits. Now that we have Chloe, it’s a whole new adventure. We took her for her very first Albright experience last weekend and it was more magical than we expected.

AKG had a hands-on exhibit called ‘Art of the Senses’ which included works you could taste, touch, and hear. Great interaction for people of all ages, especially babies! Chloe was looking everywhere and seemed to love the bright art the most. The museum was packed and rightly so- the second exhibit featured the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami which was colorful, mesmerizing, and imaginative. (Think: the Japanese Lisa Frank)

AKG is stroller-friendly (can carefully take stairs, too, but there is a small elevator). There is a cafe inside you can grab lunch at- a sit down so you can enjoy your time. The gift shop is always fun afterward because you will find unique art supplies, books, and decor. You see classic artists such as Picasso, Monet, and Matisse and they even brought back the ever-popular favorite: The Mirrored Room by Lucas Samaras. *bring socks so you can step inside!

We’re pretty cheesy, if you didn’t already know. Every time we had Chloe take some pics, she giggled and posed- clearly she has the cheese, too. Must be in our genes! How can you not want to get a cool shot in the Albright-Knox though??

These exhibits I mentioned have ended their time at AKG, but the museum is constantly curating new exhibits and artists to come. The best place to see what is currently there and arriving soon is on their website: Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Follow their Instagram, too!

This is seriously one of our top fav date places in Buffalo! You can solo, grab a friend, bring the kids and baby, cross generations, or go on a date.

Grab your camera, grab your person…even download their app to play some fun games. We are too lucky not to keep going to AKG again and again, to expose our young selves once again and of course to enlighten the future youth.

Details:

Albright-Knox Art Gallery // 2182 Delaware Ave. Buffalo 14216

Tuesday – Sunday 10-5 // First Friday of each month is 10-10

Parking in lot: $5 for guests

Available street parking behind the museum

Family / friends / solo / date night / day date

Weekend Bash: 3/7 – 3/9

It’s a heatwave today, lovebirds! Friday should be your out-and-about date night no matter what the plan (or lack of plan) is! Head to Allentown, Elmwood, East Aurora, Williamsville- somewhere you can walk hand-in-hand and check out new local spots. Take March in like a lion!

FRIDAY 3/7

It’s First Friday in Allentown tonight- showcasing artists, musicians, and other businesses in the area. It’s free. It ends around 9. So you can still squeeze in some quality time before napping for round two or simply calling it a cozy night in. Check out the link here. Free!

The Buffalo Home Show kicks off this evening at the Convention Center! Running for two weekends, explore ideas and meet with businesses for an array of home projects. This massive event has everything from solar panel installers, real estate agents, decor, landscaping ideas, and windows & doors. After the show, we highly encourage you to walk across the street to Osteria166 for lunch or dinner. (closed on Sundays) At the show Sunday? Then definitely hit up the new Dinosaur BBQ on Franklin- you can reserve on their website as you’re checking out gutters.

Lobster Fest at Delish! Cooking School in Black Rock kicks off Saturday with demos on everything lobster! Want it in a light lemon sauce over angel hair? You got it. Lobster Corn Chowder? Yep. Lobster Summer Rolls? Yes, please. Tickets $45; call (716) 881-2022 Hurry! Now is the time to learn how to be that host that everyone is envious of.

First Fridays at the Albright-Knox means the gallery is open until 10pm and is free! The perfect last minute decision for those who can never make up their mind at 5:30pm.

SATURDAY 3/8

We’d tell you Beerology at the Science Museum, but you’re too late. [sold out]

Every Saturday, El Buen Amigo holds salsa lessons at 114 Elmwood Ave.. Open to individuals and couples, $10/person. Trust us- it is wild, fun, and a great time! Start working that second left foot in to shape!

The last remaining weeks of ice skating at Rotary Rink are upon us. So head to Fountain Plaza and rent skates (adults $3, kids $2) and show off your triple axels. Warm up at Tappo, The Archer, or Pan Am afterward. (Perfetto on Main is temporarily closed…yikes) **like we always say- if you come from ‘The North’, park at UB, take the subway in and take it easy!

The treasured Buffalonian chicken wing turned 50 this past week and it’s pretty much a must-celebrate occasion. Hit up your favorite wing joint and cheer to our famous food! Our top wing spots we like to immortalize this messy feast: Anchor Bar, Bar Bill, Duff’s, and Gabriel’s Gate.

SUNDAY 3/9

We’d tell you Nickel City Chef. But you’re too late. [sold out] BUT- you should be following the live feed on their Twitter: Nickel City Chef

The Farewell Tour of the Irish Rovers is happening at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. Get in that leprechaun and shamrock feeling before the biggest celebration on Buffalo happens next weekend! Shamrock Shakes are now at McD’s.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME: 2am this Sunday- so while all of our smartphones will just do it automatically for us, remember to fix all your wall clocks, old school analog decor, and maybe an old microwave.