Our free and inclusive Beau Fleuve Ride this coming Monday, July 29th, hosted by Silo City (105 Silo City Row, 6:30pm sharp start), is presented in partnership with the Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival, which returns to Silo City on August 25th with a sprawling scene that will include a Bike Stampede.
This will be the third annual edition of Beau Fleuve, which ambitiously arranges an array of artists in keeping with a mission that overlaps with that of Slow Roll – to connect communities in our segregated city. Many genres of music and art will converge around other family-friendly activities in a setting that only Silo City offers, in the shadows of grain elevators and emerging ecological wonders beside the Buffalo River.
Learn more below from festival founder Lindsey Taylor.
What inspired the founding of Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Fest?
Buffalo is a truly diverse city – more than it gets credit for nationally and even recognized regionally – but at the same time very segregated in our communities, our cultures, our events and such. With such a rich history in music, arts, culture and American history, I wanted to create an event that bridged the gap of communities and generations. Outside of sports, music and art are two areas that people tend to find common ground.
What are the greatest challenges to achieving its mission?
Getting people to say the name correctly, ha! But it’s meant to be a conversation piece. But seriously, not even a challenge but the constant brand of separation of what our brand is, what it stands for, and how it does blend with what other events tend to aim for.
What is the festival’s greatest accomplishment to date?
Our ability to listen and grow organically. Also, our launch of our proposal for our Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Center 20/20 through the “Champions For Change” Program this past spring.
What are your favorite fun facts that few know about the festival?
- For all ages (toddlers to grandparents)
- Affordable – $10 pre-sale or for The Herd, buy 3 get 1 free. $20 at gate day off – $10 for youth under 18, kids under 5 free .
- The festival is lead by a 31-year-old businessman and core group of 25-40 year old organizers
- The truly diverse lineup of music
- The fan-favorite Silent Disco
- The amazing 20+ art exhibits and installations
- Street art installation
- Sunday Funday activities – mechanical bull ride, Connect 4, Jenga, beer pong
- Beer and wine garden
How can community members get involved?
Tickets are available on our website. We are always looking for volunteers for day of festival with setup, breakdown, cleanup, parking attendants, greeters, stage hands and more.