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Dining at Dusk returns to the Botanical Gardens with New Artists, New Menus, and New Themes 

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY- The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens brings the Dining at Dusk summer series back for 2022. The series will feature a variety of local musical artists, caterers, and dessert vendors for a unique experience all summer long. Dining at Dusk will be taking place on Sunday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through the summer and fall on June 26, July 24, August 28, September 18 and October 2. 

The Dining at Dusk series at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens is back and better than ever. There will be dinner, drinks, live music, desserts and raffles on the front lawn of the Botanical Gardens. Dining at Dusk makes for a great date night or a relaxing evening to bond with friends and family. Attendees will take in the sights and sounds of summer surrounded by the historic conservatory and continue to celebrate Erie County's 200th Anniversary. The series has continued to grow and evolve and this year will be welcoming several new perks? Each night there will be a different theme with a different musical artist, varying dinner menus, dessert vendors, and the Buffalo Bubble Bar.

The first night of Dining at Dusk is called BBQ and Brass taking place on Sunday, June 26. Attendees will enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner from Curly’s Grille, live music from Buffalo Brass Machine, and desserts available for purchase from High Vibe Sweets. Event goers are encouraged to wear their ‘summeriest’ outfit for a summer BBQ celebration whether that be floral shirts and sunhats or flip flops and flamingos.

The next Dining at Dusk theme is Jazz Night on Sunday, July 24. Attendees will enjoy the amazing energy and good vibes of local jazz artist and singer, Alex McArthur. Serving up dinner will be Ilio Dipaolo’s with a Tuscan chicken dinner box.

Dining at Dusk: 50’s Night will be happening on August 28. Brother James will return to the series to perform some 50’s favorites and even some other popular songs from other decades. Ilio DiPaolo’s will return with a Tuscan chicken dinner box. Event goers are encouraged to bring their best 50’s fashion from poodle skirts and pin-ups to ascots and leather jackets.  
90’s Night will follow the decade theme for a nostalgic evening of fun. Brother James will be performing the best hits of the 90’s. Event goers should find their grungiest fits full of fanny packs, scrunchies, overalls or combat boots. Ilio DiPaolo’s will serve their final Tuscan chicken dinner of the series. High Vibes Sweets will return with some delicious desserts for sale at 90’s Night.  
Finally, to round out the series, Dining at Dusk: Oktoberfest will be celebrated at the Botanical Gardens. Western New Yorkers won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear a 15-person German band called The Bergholz Blaskapelle from Bergholz, NY. Curly’s will be serving up Oktoberfest staples with soft pretzels, brats and beer. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best Oktoberfest look.
Tickets are available now at buffalogardens.com and are $48 per person for the general public and $45 for Botanical Gardens Members. Tickets include live music, a boxed dinner, one glass of wine or beer from the Bubble Bar with a cash bar following, a small raffle and dessert vendors available for purchase, and of course full access to the Botanical Gardens conservatory. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets to create their dining space. Organizers advise purchasing as soon as possible as the events have sold out previously. 

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