By Alicia Dziak

Fall means festival season, a time to decorate for the changing seasons and get a jump on that holiday shopping. Unique handmade gifts are around every corner, and exploring one of the area’s arts and crafts shows is the ideal way to spend a day.

On Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., head to the Fall Festival at the Springville Moose, at 13080 Buffalo Rd. in Springville. Fun for the whole family will include a crafts show, basket raffle, bake sale, bounce house, kettlecorn, Buffalo’s Best Food Truck and live music by The Ozone Rangers and Band of Brothers. Proceeds benefit The Club of Springville and The Springville Sleeping Bag Project.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, head to the Celebration of the Arts at Ellicottville’s Nannen Arboretum. Spend an afternoon at the Arboretum with artists doing what they do best. On Sunday, Sept.23, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., guests will have an opportunity to see demonstrations in painting, photography, wool applique, spinning and weaving, flower arranging and pottery.

Feeling creative? Creative note cards, Make & Take Butterfly and Grapevine wreaths can all be created during the celebration.

Refreshments will be available on the Rotary Patio behind the Ellicottville Town Center building adjacent to the arboretum. Perennials from the Carolyn Lowe Herb Garden will be available for a small donation.

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The Colden Festival takes place in downtown Colden on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Many vendors, music and fine art will be on display throughout the two-day event. The Colden Festival also features the towns fantastic eateries.  Colden Country Inn, Colden Mill, Whelan’s Colden Lakeside Restaurant, Colden Market & Cafe, Last Run and the Colden Country Kitchen will all be open and be serving up their exquisite dishes. Also featured will be the area’s best Chicken BBQ cooked up by the Colden Fire Department. New this year, the festival will include historical tours of the town on a horse drawn wagon, a chili cook off between local restaurants, voted on by festival attendee, a  family tent featuring pumpkin painting, face painting and more! See the article on page 3 for more info.

Columbus Day weekend means Fall Festival in Ellicottville, complete with a huge arts and crafts show along the main drags. Visit for more info.