This Sunday’s free and inclusive Beau Fleuve Bike Stampede at Silo City (85 Silo City Row, 1pm start) is part of the third annual Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival, which runs from 11am-9pm with a diverse array of installations and performances throughout the storied grounds of Silo City. Our 8-mile roundtrip route along the Outer Harbor will include stops at Times Beach Nature Preserve and Lakeside Bike Park, returning to Silo City as locally-based and nationally-touring blues-soul band Miller & the Other Sinners take the Beau Fleuve main stage.
Learn more about the festival at its website, our recent Stakeholder Spotlight featuring founder Lindsey Taylor, and below from volunteer and avid cyclist Kerry Alsheimer.
What’s your take on the state of bicycling in Buffalo?
I love the growing and thriving cycling community here in Buffalo. I love the diversity of group rides that are available, from those who are looking for rigorous exercise, to those who just want to casually mill about the city and have a beer, to those who want to learn a little bit more about our city and its history along the way.
What inspired you to get involved with Beau Fleuve Music & Arts?
I have always had a passion for bringing the community together over music and art, and I usually do this through small and intimate showcases. I jumped at the chance to be involved with Beau Fleuve. It’s the biggest daylong festival I’ve ever had a role in coordinating, and that’s really exciting.
What was your favorite part of last year’s festival?
Actually, this will be my first time at Beau Fleuve! I had prior commitments that kept me from going last year, but I definitely had some FOMO after seeing photos and highlights from the festival. So when I met Lindsey through Creative Mornings and he invited me to become involved, I knew this would be a great opportunity.
What should both returning and first-time attendees expect at the festival this Sunday?
The way we’ve set up the festival, you can see everything that’s going on from wherever you’re standing, which I think is going to be spectacular.