EAST AURORA, NY (WIVB) – This weekend, Borderland returns to East Aurora, filling the area with music and activities for all ages – bringing the community together in harmony.
“Borderland is all about our region, so we like to celebrate local artists/musicians and crafts and make sure we bring a variety of bands to the Homespun stage each year, from Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse “origin-based and put them on the same stage as some of these big acts,” said Zachary Keller, marketing director for the Borderland Music & Arts Festival.
Keller, an East Aurora native, says it’s great to see the music he loves coming to the place where he spent time as a child. He believes what makes this festival special is the beauty of the historic venue. Knox Farm State Park.
“Some of the headlines that have come here over the years have said that this is one of the most magical places they’ve ever played – so I think everyone who leaves these festivals really appreciates the beauty of this place said Keller.
Organizers expect between 8,000 and 10,000 people to cheer on the nationally known artists on the lineup – but also support our neighbors who got their start here in Western New York.
“Just being back here to play a local show and seeing our family and friends out in the crowd is going to be a really fun time,” said Joe Bellanti, keyboardist for a local band called “ Fairchild organ. “It’s incredible to be able to be here again and just supporting the local area, local music and local festivals and businesses – it’s all good news.”
Along with the music, the Western New York community is celebrated. There will be more than 40 vendors and artisans at the stables on site, local breweries and food trucks to enjoy, a kids’ area and even a Bills tailgate party on Sunday.
“It’s such a beautiful place, and East Aurora has always been a creative community,” said Joseph and Anna White, owners of Dope dough, which will have a food truck at the festival serving grilled cheese. “It’s really a community thing. There are a lot of people coming together, smaller vendors, larger vendors, smaller businesses, large businesses – all in the same beautiful pool, Knox Farm State Park.”
The three-day event begins on Friday at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online Here. This year they are also partnering with Kissing Bridge to offer camping for an additional fee. You can find this information here Here.
Hope Winter is a reporter and multimedia journalist who joined the News 4 team in 2021. You can find more of her work here.