By Alicia Dziak

It’s hard to believe that September is here—time for a new school year and plenty of fall fun. As we head into the end of the summer solstice and the beginning of the autumn season, be sure to take time out to enjoy all the wonderful activities the area has to offer.

SGI’s first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 5, and the excitement of a new year awaits. Be sure to visit to see all the events going on, including the Homecoming parade and game on Friday, Sept. 15.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the second annual Barn Fest Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Root 39 Event Center. Guests will enjoy a selection of arts and crafts, food and refreshments, live music and contests.

NIGHT LIGHTS return to Griffis Sculpture Park Wednesdays through Saturdays starting Sept. 13. If you’ve never seen these, it’s a sight to behold as awesome light displays give visitors the rare opportunity to see the park lit up at night. Meander the trails and see the unique sculptures in a new light.

Hungry? Teaming up for a one time Southern BBQ dinner event, join Erin’s Edible Crush & Jake and the fat man’s BBQ food trailer for the best of both worlds on Friday, Sept. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. The event, held at Fiddler’s Green Park, will feature Jake’s award winning smoked meats and CIA Chef Erin’s culinary driven side dishes for a truly spectacular experience. For more info, visit the event page on Facebook.

On Sept. 16, TMEM Festivals presents A Country Gathering Harvest Festival at Granny’s Boot Antiques at 10761 Miller Road in Springville. Dana Manzella will be providing musical entertainment outside, and there will be wagon rides and food on the grill. Visit the event page on Facebook for more info.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, check out Springville’s Oktoberfest, 2 to 11 p.m. at Fireman’s Park. This event features food, music, fireworks and of course, beer, brats and other German fare, as well as a German Car and Motorcycle Show from 2 to 5 p.m. For more info, visit

There’s still plenty of time to get some camping in, and why not make it easy on yourself by staying local at Sprague Brook Park? With 123 campsites, Sprague Brook has a lot to offer the recreational camper amidst its towering trees and freshwater lake. Campers will also enjoy fishing, hiking trails, playgrounds, plenty of picnic areas, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and the awesome brook! Reservations can be made by calling (716) 858-8355.

September is full of a variety of fun opportunities. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy every moment!