2024 Explore Buffalo Gala

Upcoming Dates:

2023 Gala Photo Album


VIP Tickets: $185
Gala Tickets: $125

Gala ticket sales have now closed.
The Gala Auction is now open, featuring 160 unique items and auction packages! The auction closes at noon on Sunday, March 24. You do not need to be attending the Gala to bid – the auction is open to all!

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2024 Explore Buffalo Gala
Saturday, March 23
Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo
595 Delaware Avenue

Enjoy the first Saturday evening of spring at one of Buffalo’s most historic addresses: The Twentieth Century Club on Delaware Avenue. Come celebrate Explore Buffalo and support our community programs that educate thousands of people annually about our city’s architecture, history, and neighborhoods. Enjoy live jazz, drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, and entree stations throughout the evening while exploring the beautiful interior of the Twentieth Century Club. Get a special preview of our new tours planned for 2024, take pictures at the photo booth, and don’t miss your opportunity to win a bottle (or two!) of wine at our cork pull.

VIP Tickets: VIP Tickets include early access to the Gala for the VIP Reception from 6-7pm. The VIP Reception includes live music by the Cousins Trio, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. Plus, VIP Ticket Holders enjoy parking in the Twentieth Century Club parking lot.

The Cousins Trio is comprised of Marc Cousins (Leader & Bass), Jim Gardner (Piano), and Abdul-Raman Qadir (Drums). People often ask if we are cousins and the short answer is no. However, although not by blood, our musical chemistry makes us indeed, “musical cousins”. Blending spirituals, Latin jazz, 60 and 70s pop, bossa nova and straight ahead jazz, the Cousins Trio enthralls audiences of all ages. Whether it is the virtuosity of Gardner’s piano solos, the artistry of Quadir’s drumming or the versatility of Cousins’ bass playing, a concert will transport the listener to an alternative reality. The repertoire of the Cousins Trio includes compositions by Paquito D’Rivera, Gershwin, Cannonball Adderly, Jobin, Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Stevie Wonder, Sade, Phil Collins and many more. Classics like Summertime, This I Dig of You, Smooth Operator, Work Song, A Felicidade, Speak Low and My Romance are often featured on a typical set list.

Gala Tickets: Gala Tickets provide entry to the Gala from 7-9:30pm at the Twentieth Century Club, and include live music by The Ebsary Quartet, wine & beer, entree stations, and passed hors d’oeuvres. Wine and beer is included with a cash bar available for premium drinks.

The Ebsary Quartet is comprised of Kurt Ebsary (piano), Jon Lehning (saxophone) and Jamie Sunshine (drums). Playing a mix of jazz standards, reimagined popular songs and original grooves, their repertoire is chosen to connect to each audience member, from the jazz enthusiast to the casual listener. This will be the group’s third appearance at the Explore Buffalo Gala!

Deadline to reserve Gala tickets is Friday, March 15. 

Thank you to our Gala Sponsors!