Upcoming Events

 October 2023

Buffalo Botanical Gardens Coleus & Creatures Exhibit

DATE: September 1 - October 31, 2023

TIME: 10am - 4pm

VENUE: Buffalo Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo NY 14218)

COST: Included in E-ticket Admission
$15.50 Adults
$14.00 Seniors (62+) & Students (13+ with ID)$8.50 Kids 3-12Kids 2 and under are free but must have a ticketGarden Members are free but must have a ticket


Past & Present was once again asked by the Buffalo Botanical Gardens to exhibit in their show, Coleus & Creatures from now until Halloween! We will have some daunting dinos like a Triceratops skull, a real walrus skull, a life-size Deinonychus raptor model, and fabulous fossils like our T-rex skull cast and a bison skull hidden around the Gardens! 

Take a trip to the Gardens and come visit us down the road (we're just 5 minutes away!) to tell us what was your favorite thing to see!

"Step into a world of prehistoric plants, captivating creatures, and colorful coleus at the Botanical Gardens! Explore the Botanical Gardens to find dozens of creatures made of LIVE plants including dinosaur succulent topiaries, a massive megalodon, a moss-made pterodactyl, a giant buffalo, a dragonfly, turtles, and more planty friends taking on new characters giving "plant-life" a whole new meaning! Looking for some real dinosaurs? Our friends from Past & Present will be showing off their life-size fossil casts including a giant T-Rex skull, a Triceratops skull and some life-like dinos hidden among the foliage.  

A special thank you to our friends from Past & Present! Past & Present is Buffalo's very own Science and Nature store as well as a Fossil Museum that is free and open to the public! They're your one-stop shop for all things minerals, crystals, fossils and more! Located down the street from us at 3767 South Park Ave in Blasdell, NY.

E-TICKETS are recommended for all visitors. Walk-ins may be turned away if our visitor capacity has been met. Please arrive within 15 minutes of your arrival time. Most visitors spend 45 minutes-1.5 hours to complete their visit, but you are welcome to stay until we close to the public."



MAPS National Fossil Exhibition XLIV

DATE: Friday October 20 and Sunday October 22, 2023 

TIME: Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday 8am - 3pm

VENUE: Orr Building (Illinois State Fairgrounds 66 4H Road, Springfield, Illinois)

COST: Age 19 and over $2, age 12-18 $1, kids under 12 FREE with adult

HOST: Mid America Paleontology Society (MAPS)


The MAPS Fossil Expo is the largest show in the world that exhibits fossils exclusively. You'll find an enormous variety and number of fossils ranging from tiny insects to giant dinosaur bones. The great range of items at the show makes fossils accessible to all interests and budgets.

In addition to the Fossil Show itself, the Expo also presents a Friday evening lecture by a trained scientist speaking about the fossil theme of the year. And don't miss the fossil auction where fast-paced bidding brings great buys and all the proceeds go to the society's work of furthering paleontology education.



Rochester Gem Mineral Jewelry & Fossil Show and Sale

DATE: Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29, 2023 

TIME: Saturday 10am - 6pm and Sunday 10am - 5pm

VENUE: Total Sports Experience (435 W. Commercial St., East Rochester, NY)

COST: Adults $7, kids under 12 FREE with adult, 2 day pass $10

HOST: Rochester Lapidary Society


Once again, it is being held the fourth weekend in October; October 28th and 29th, 2023.

The times will be Sat. the 22nd -10 to 6 and Sun. the 23rd - 10 to 5. It will be held at Total Sports Experience, 435 W. Commercial St., East Rochester (just off Interstate 490).

This year we did raise the price by $1. We have not had a rate change in many years and a lot of other shows have raised their admission even more. Adults $7, Kids under 12 free with adult; 2 day pass, $10. Advance sales tickets can skip the line at the door, and go right to the check in table. Advance Sale tickets can be upgraded to the 2-day pass at the door for an additional $3 per ticket. Saturday only.

There are specimens for beginning and advanced collectors; beads to make your own necklaces, craft supplies, jewelry of all kinds, ethnic, antique or modern; geodes, and lights made of salt. You can buy a slice of a dinosaur tooth, or a fossil dinosaur bone. Our vendors have wonderful things from around the world.

Children’s activities like soapstone carving, mineral bingo, straw draw, and rock painting will be with mineral trivia and soapstone carving demonstrations for kids. Adult crafting tutorials/mini-workshops and instruction as well.

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