The most important message regarding Ellicottville’s 2014 Summer Music Festival, which takes place from July 4-6, is this … it’s a family affair.

Summer Music Festival is easily one of the most affordable, family-friendly events in Western New York, with tickets for the evening headline acts (Buffalo Philharmonic Saturday night, the Gin Blossoms Sunday night) starting at $25 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. There’s also free parking, the event is wheelchair accessible and families are allowed to bring their own picnic baskets to the shows.

When you add to this mix an arts and craft show, a Pet Parade, Strawberry Festival and other daytime entertainment in this historic village … along with Ellicottville’s numerous shops and restaurants just waiting to be explored … then it’s no wonder the festival attracts thousands each year from across Western New York, Ohio, Northern Pennsylvania and Southern Ontario.

This year’s festival gets a big lift (literally) when it kicks off on Friday, July 4, with the festival’s first-ever Holiday Valley Top of the Mountain Party. It begins with an almost mile-long chairlift ride to the top, where there will be food and drink stations, live entertainment and a spectacular view of the valley below.

Saturday, July 5 marks the return of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the 80-musician strong ensemble that will perform everything from the Stars and Stripes Forever to a variety of popular classics, before they wrap up with the iconic 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, complete with choreographed fireworks to end the evening with a bang.

Not to be outdone, the weekend festival wraps up on Sunday evening, July 6, with national recording artists The Gin Blossoms, known for such albums as “New Miserable Experience,” which sold over 4 million copies and such Grammy-nominated songs as “As Long as It Matters.”

Aside from the fact that families are allowed to bring their own lawn chairs and picnic baskets, individual and group VIP packages are also available that include meals, refreshments, all event tickets, and preferred parking and seating.

To learn more about Ellicottville’s 2014 Summer Music Festival, call 1-800-349-9099, email or go to