Previous Events

August 2020

Artifact & Relic Show CANCELLED

DATE: Saturday, August 1 2020 @ 9:00am - 4:00pm

VENUE: St. Philip Catholic Church Social Hall (401 S. Mercer Street Linesville, PA 16424) 

COST: $4.00 (Children 12 and under free)

PHONE: John Sites 814-398-8212



Artifact & Relic Show 2020 Presented by the French Creek Archaeological Society

DISPLAYS & ITEMS FOR SALE: Indian artifacts, fossils, minerals, jewelry, display cases & flint knapping supplies. You never know what you may find or see!

Masks are required at all times. For safety reasons, a limited number of people will be allowed in the hall at any given time. Please maintain social distancing. 

DEMONSTRATIONS: Flint knapping & spear throwing

Bring your artifacts and fossils in for identification! 

For more information, call John Sites at 814-398-8212


May 2020

Buffalo Geological Society Annual Show CANCELLED

Due to the statewide-ban on large-scale gatherings to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, our 2020 show has been CANCELLED

DATE: May 16 @ 10:00am - May 17 @ 5:00pm 

VENUE: The Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy Hamburg, NY 14075)

COST: $6.00

ORGANIZER: Buffalo Geological Society 


A great educational experience
• Educational Displays
• Lapidary Arts
• Fossils
• Minerals
• Private Gem Collections
• Unique Gifts

Free Parking
Free Admission for Children 12 and Under
Free Admission for Scouts (and Leaders) in Uniform


April 2020

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Pre-MAPS and MAPS Shows are CANCELLED

Pre-MAPS (Mid America Paleontology Society) Show CANCELLED

Jump Start Hotel Show

DATE: April 15 @ 8:00am - April 19 @ 8:00pm

VENUE: Clarion Hotel (2525 N Dodge St. 1-80, Exit 246 Iowa City, IA)


-- Free Admission and Parking! 

3 Day Jump-Start Show officially opens Wednesday April 15th at 8 AM
The main focus is on fossils, gems and minerals, meteorites, novelty items and jewelry.


MAPS (Mid-America Paleontological Society) Show CANCELLED 

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, this 2020 show has been CANCELLED

DATE: April 17 @ 8:00am - April 19 @ 5:00pm

VENUE: Sharpless Auctions Facility (5049 Herbert Hoover Hwy, NE, I-80 Exit 249 Iowa City, Iowa)


This is the worlds largest fossils only event!



INCLUDING: Trilobites, Crinoids, Corals,
Shark Teeth, Cephalopods, Plant Fossils,
Vertebrates, Dinosaur Eggs, Fossil Shells,
Books, and Other Fossil-Related

Children’s Activities, Silent Auctions,

Watch for a list of speakers coming soon!


February 2020

Albany Gem Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale - Annual James Campbell Memorial 

DATE: February 22 @ 10:00am - February 23 @ 5:00pm

VENUE: New York State Museum (222 Madison Ave Albany, NY 12230)

COST: $5.00



The Annual James Campbell Memorial Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 22, 2020 (10 am – 5 pm), and Sunday, February 23th, 10-5.

Vendors display and sell gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, and much more.

$5 each day. Children 12 and under are free.
**Cash Only**

Co-sponsored by the Capital District Mineral Club and the New York Academy of Mineralogy. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s mineral acquisition fund.


January 2020


DATE: January 25 @ 6:00pm - February 29 @ 10:00pm

VENUE: Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave Buffalo, NY 14218)

COST: $15.50


Past & Present was generously selected to loan fossils and minerals to display in two rooms of the Buffalo Botanical Gardens for Lumagination!

Mysterious Minerals – The interior of the Botanical Gardens will be illuminated to excite imaginations, stimulate the senses and entertain all ages! This year, visitors will experience the extraordinary facets of Earth and minerals. From simulated salt caves and stalactites to wooden sculptures, balancing stones, geodes and crystals, Lumagination will take visitors on a journey like no other!

January 24 – Launch Party – Tickets sold separately
January 25-26, January 29-February 1
February 5-9, 12-22, 26-29

6-9pm / 6-10pm Friday and Saturday
Doors open at 5:30pm.

Please note that Lumagination is best experienced after the sun sets.


General Admission / Garden Member Pricing
Adults $15.50 / $13.50
Seniors (62+) $14 / $12
Students (with ID) $14 / $12
Kids (3-12) $7 / $7
Kids 2 and under are free

Please email or call 716.827.1584 ext. 211 with questions.


November 2019


DATE: November 9, 2019

TIME: 10:00am - 4:00pm

VENUE: Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy Buffalo, NY 14211)

PHONE: (716) 896-5200

The Buffalo Museum of Science is again hosting this years DinoFEST. This event is featured for everyone and includes many guest exhibitors. Be sure to visit our table at this years event on Saturday, November 9th (10am to 4pm).


October 2019

Earth Science Day 

DATE: October 5, 2019 

TIME: 9:00am - 4:00pm

VENUE: Penn Dixie Site 

Earth Science Day. Join us for science and nature fun from 9 am to 4 pm, rain or shine at the Penn Dixie Site. Lloyds Taco Truck will be there for food during this all day event.


Rochester Gem and Mineral Show

DATE: October 26, 2019 @ 10:00am - October 27, 2019 @ 5:00pm

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

COST: $6.00


Saturday October 26, 2019 from 10am to 6pm
Sunday October 27, 20
19 from 10am to 5pm

2019 Rochester Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show & Sale

At our NEW Location: Total Sports Experience
Kids Activities, Educational Displays, Demonstrations, Raffle, Beads, Crystals, Fossils, Minerals, Jewelry, Carvings, Spheres, Straw Draw, Hourly Door Prizes, & Much More!

Admission $6 for Adults, Kids 12 & Under free with an Adult. 
Students receive a half price daily admission with valid student ID.
There is also a 2-day pass available for $9.00.
Tickets sold at the door only.


August 2019

Letchworth Artifacts Show 

DATE: August 23, 2019 - August 25, 2019

VENUE: 1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427

COST: Free



Stone Tool Craftsman Show 2019/29th Annual Gathering of the Genesee Valley Flintknappers

Letchworth State Park - Highbanks Recreation Area

Friday, August 23rd - August 25th 

10:00am - 5:00pm (Friday & Saturday) 10:00am - 2:00pm (Sunday)


-Flintknapping demonstrations under the knappers tent and throughout the event site

-Sales and personal displays of knapping by various artists

-Award ceremony – Sunday at 11:00 AM


-Walk through the camps and visit with the re-enactors

-Purchase period items from trade blankets

-See black powder firearm demonstrations

ATLATL COMPETITIONS: August 23rd, 24th, & 25th

-Eastern Seaboard Atlatl Competition,

-New York Atlatl Association (NYAA) Contests,

-Toss Across the Gorge Qualifiers, Silhouette Shoot

-Mammoth Hunt and Atlatl Battle


November 2018

DinoFEST at the Buffalo Museum of Science

DATE: November 9, 2018 @5:30pm - November 10, 2018 @ 4:00pm

VENUE: Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14211)

PHONE: (716) 896-5200


A family day event at the Buffalo Museum of Science featuring special exhibits on dinosaurs and much more!


September 2018

Fall Harvest Festival 

DATE: September 29, 2018

TIME: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

VENUE: Bassett Park on the corner of Youngs and Klein Road in Williamsville, NY

Come see us at this outdoor event on Saturday September 29th. We are looking forward to the Fall Harvest Festival, with many dealers and great exhibits to view. We will be set up for this outdoor show in Bassett Park on the Corner of Youngs and Klein Road.


August 2018

Dinosaurs, Fossils & Nature Science Summer Day Camp

DATE: August 15, 2018

TIME: 9:00am - 3:00pm

COST: $200 


Pre-registration is required for this special event. We will be studying fossils from all over the world, including how they form, where they come from, and other important and fun information. This program is a special day, and is only one of a week of special activities performed with Penn Dixie.


July 2018

Dinosaurs, Fossils & Nature Science Summer Day Camp

DATE: July 18, 2018

TIME: 9:00am - 3:00pm

COST: $200


Pre-registration is required for this special event. We will be studying fossils from all over the world, including how they form, where they come from, and other important and fun information. This program is a special day, and is only one of a week of special activities performed with Penn Dixie.


June 2018

Great Lakes Experience

DATE: June 9, 2018

TIME: 11:00am - 5:00pm

COST: Free

Venue: Memorial Park (Lake Shore Dr West, Dunkirk, NY)


November 2017

Dino Daze

DATE: November 11, 2017 - November 12, 2017

TIME: 10:00am - 4:00pm

VENUE: Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14211)

PHONE: (716) 896-5200

Come and join us for Dino Daze at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, New York. It will be held from 10 am-4 pm on Saturday November 11th, and Sunday November 12th. This show features costumed dinosaurs, Paleontologist activities, a dino dig pit, and much more. See us and other wonderful special exhibits at this great event.


June 2017

Book Sale! 

DATE: June 22, 2017 - June 24, 2017

TIME: 10:00 am - 5:00pm

VENUE: Past & Present 

On Thursday, June 22, Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, Past & Present Science and Nature Store is having a book sale on many of its books, new and used. Many are classic books from the 1800’s, and many are out of print additions. Many books are out for the first time, and are on a first come, first served basis. They include all of our New York State publications. Most books are non-fiction reference books, and books for pre school through adult readers.


October 2015

18th Annual WNY Earth Science Day

DATE: October 10, 2015 

TIME: 9:00am - 4:00pm




National Earth Science Day WNY celebration at Penn Dixie co-sponsored with the Buffalo Association of
Professional Geologists.

Talk to earth scientists as they exhibit and demonstrate various aspects of their professions; see a drill rig demonstrating rock coring and drilling operations; view sunspots; collect fossils; and participate in a wide variety of other activities.

Girl and boy scouts can earn badge requirements.


June 2015

Children's Day

DATE: June 7, 2015 

TIME: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

VENUE: Penn Dixie Site (4050 North St, Blasdell, NY 14219)

COST: $7.00


PHONE: (716) 627-4560


Celebrate Childrenʼs Day at Penn Dixie!

Special fun events for children and their families, prizes for childrenʼs contests, viewing sunspots and other astronomy activities, fossil identification, and more!

Adults $7 each
Children 12 and under $6
Children 2 and under & Penn Dixie members FREE.


October 2014

Rochester Gem & Mineral Show

DATE: October 25, 2014 @ 8:00am - October 26, 2014 @ 5:00pm

VENUE: Rochester Main Street Armory (900 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14605)


ORGANIZER: Rochester Lapidary Society 


42nd Annual Rochester Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show and Sale!

It will be at the same location as last year: The Rochester Main Street Armory


August 2014

Dinosaurs, Fossils & Nature Science Summer Day Camp

DATE: August 13, 2014 

TIME: 9:00am - 3:00pm