Upcoming Events

April 2024  

THINK GREEN at the Grand Island Welcome Center

DATE: Saturday, April 20, 2024

TIME: 11 - 2pm

VENUE: 1999 Alvin Road, Grand Island, NY


HOST: Taste NY at the WNY Welcome Center

Taste NY at the WNY Welcome Center presents THINK GREEN at the Welcome Center on Grand Island. Join us from 11am - 2pm with a day of FREE earth friendly activities.

Taste NY will be giving away 100 native NYS trees (first come, first serve) starting at NOON, and featuring sustainable local products and small agriculture businesses that use environmentally friendly processes from our Taste NY store.

Other WNY environmentally friendly businesses and organizations will be joining us as well with informative tables & displays, and items for sale!

Other activities include:
• Planting wildflower seeds in compostable cups to take home
• Family crafts and activities
• Educational handouts to learn about how our vendors are thinking green
• Free samples of sustainable food products inside Taste NY

Other vendors & activities will unfold as we get closer to the date!
Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with us! 1999 Alvin Road Grand Island, NY




July 2024 

Syracuse Gem & Mineral Show

DATE: Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14, 2024

TIME: Saturday 10 - 6pm, Sunday 10 - 4pm

VENUE: NYS Fairgrounds, Center of Progress Building (575 State Fair Blvd. Syracuse NY)


HOST: Gem & Mineral Society of Syracuse



So Much to See and Do:

Minerals • Fossils • Crystals • Jewelry • Demonstrations • Lectures • Metaphysical

Youth Area with Sluice and Activities

The Famous 25 Cent Straw Draw

Located at NYS Fairgrounds, 
Center of Progress Building
581 State Fair Blvd. Syracuse NY 

*Bring an original NY Rocks postcard or ad in the paper and receive $1.00 OFF
Children under 12 & Scouts in uniform with an adult get in FREE

Shop ‘til You Drop

Enjoy a marketplace filled with 56 Unique Retail Vendors and 5 Wholesale Vendors. Get a preview of who’s coming to the show:

Learning Center Presentations

Saturday & Sunday!
Be entertained & enlightened by the wonders of the earth including wonders right in the State of New York, by four amazing professionals sharing their expertise at The Learning Center

The Metaphysical Center

Stop by The Metaphysical Center where Sages, Psychic Mediums, Mystics and Holistic Therapies all tap the wisdom within crystals to help you align with your highest potential in mind, body & spirit
Prices vary



French Creek Indian Artifact Show

DATE: Saturday July 27, 2024

TIME: 8 - 5pm

VENUE: Saint Philip Catholic Church Social Hall 401 South Mercer Street Linesville, PA 


HOST: French Creek Archaeological Society




August 2024

Stone Tool Craftsman Show

DATE: Friday August 25, 10 AM - Sunday August 27, 2024 2 PM

TIME: 10am - 2pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday

VENUE: Letchworth State Park, Highbanks Recreation Area

HOST: Genesee Valley Flint Knappers Association


Open to the public;  food concessions and group camping available for the weekend.



September 2024

Erie County Earth Science Day at Penn Dixie

DATE: September 14, 2024

TIME: 10 - 3 pm

VENUE: Penn Dixie Fossil Park

COST: Free

HOST: Penn Dixie Fossil Park


join us from 10 am – 3 pm, rain or shine, to learn about Western New York’s natural history, ecology, and resources through interactive exhibits and demonstrations in a family-friendly setting. Experience hands-on learning under the big tent!

There will also be a special Memory Quest activity on Earth Science Day! Teams of two or more must search around the park to answer questions and collect tokens to solve a puzzle. A keen ear and a sharp memory will help your team to the grand prize!

Thanks to the generous support of Erie County and the Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists, Earth Science Day is FREE to ALL – no registration or tickets are required. All ages are welcome. This event is accessible to those with mobility impairments and we recommend the use of a reach tool for fossil collecting.

Complimentary fossil collecting trowels will be available to all guests during the event.

Teachers: Please contact us in advance to schedule your group. There is no charge for unguided group tours on Earth Science Day but we request advance notice to help with our parking planning. Guided group tours are available at our usual rates.

This FREE event is made possible by Erie County and the Town of Hamburg. Donations are welcome through the day of the event and will support Penn Dixie’s community education efforts.




October 2024

WNY Earth Science Day with Buffalo Geological Society

DATE: October 12, 2024

TIME: 9 - 4pm

VENUE: Heritage Discovery Center (100 Lee St. Buffalo NY 14210)

COST: Free

HOST: Buffalo Geological Society

This event is to educate students, children and adults on the importance of geologists to our society and various job opportunities for geologists.

Rochester Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show & Sale

DATE: October 26 - 27, 2024

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

VENUE: Total Sports Experience (435 West Commercial Street, Rochester, NY 14445)

COST: Adults $7, Kids 12 & under FREE, 2-day pass $10. Advance tickets available. 


HOST: Rochester Lapidary Society

The times will be Sat. the 26th -10 to 6 and Sun. the 27th - 10 to 5. It will be held at Total Sports Experience, 435 W. Commercial St., East Rochester (just off Interstate 490).

Adults $7, Kids under 12 free with adult, 2 day pass, $10. 

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 which can be opened on site, 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, and rock painting will be replaced with mineral trivia and soapstone carving demonstrations for kids. Adult crafting tutorials/mini-workshops are being converted to demonstrations and instruction, but shared tools and supplies will not be available for hands-on learning.



MAPS Satellite Show 2021 in Northfield Inn, IL

DATE: Wednesday, October 16 - Saturday, October 19, 2024

VENUE: Northfield Inn, Suites & Conference Center (3280 Northfield Drive, Springfield, IL 62702)


Taking place prior to the main MAPS expo, dealers will be setup at the Northfield Inn & Suites, Oct 16th through the 19th. There will be several dozen dealers present with a wide variety of fossils with and emphasis on fossils from the mid-west.


MAPS National Fossil Exposition XLIII

DATE: October 18 - 20, 2024

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

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

COST: Free


HOST: Mid America Paleontology Society (MAPS)

Buy, Sell, Swap and Display of Fossils Exclusively!

Free Admission to the World's Largest Fossil-Only Exhibition!

Visit http://www.midamericapaleo.org for more information. 

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