Buffalo Riverworks is bringing the excitement of American Ninja Warrior to Buffalo’s revitalized waterfront in a competition featuring nationally recognized ninja warriors and obstacle course racers competing against western New Yorkers!

For the first time ever Buffalo Riverworks and the Hybrid Ninja Academy present a mixed-discipline obstacle course that combines elements of Ninja Warrior, Tough Mudder, and Spartan competition to decide the inaugural River Warrior Champion, which comes with a $3,000 grand prize. American Ninja Warrior contestant and owner operator of Hybrid Ninja Academy in Lancaster and Buffalo, Patrick Hall has designed a course that will test the limits of top competitors from all obstacle course disciples. To his knowledge there is no other course in the world that combines all three iconic walls from their respective disciplines: The Ninja Warrior Warped Wall, the mudder Everest wall, and the Spartan wall.

Attendees to the Free Friday River Warrior Meet & Greet will get a sneak peek at the River Warrior Challenge course and an event poster for your your favorite River Warrior competitor to sign. The meet & greet begins at 5:30PM on Friday then from 7PM-10PM Riverworks and Hybrid Ninja Academy will present a unique opportunity for prospective obstacle course racers and fans alike. For $35 you can run the course with American Ninja Warriors giving you training tips and tricks. Participants also receive a t-shirt commemorating the inaugural River Warrior tournament at Buffalo Riverworks.  River Warrior tournament shirts will be available to purchase for spectators as well and don’t forget Friday general admission is free.

The popularity of competitive obstacle course racing has boomed over the last five years and the television show American Ninja Warrior has boosted it into the stratosphere.  Even if it’s all new to you, make sure you attend this incredible brand new event at Buffalo Riverworks June 22nd to the 25th. The obstacle course racer community is intensely competitive yet positive and supportive. Tournaments and activities will be open to anyone of all ages to participate or spectate!  Patrick Hall’s vision for a multi-discipline obstacle course is an effort to unify all three major disciplines of the sport for at least one spectacular weekend that you won’t want to miss.

The course itself will encircle the Buffalo Riverworks hockey rinks providing excellent sightlines for spectators in attendance. Four days of activities and competition are planned starting Thursday June 22nd and will operate rain or shine beneath the coverage of the Riverworks facility. The adult portion of the program will pit western New York’s finest obstacle course racers against some of the best in the country! If you think you have what it takes register by June 20th here. Kids too will be able to compete in classes of six and under, seven to nine, ten to twelve, and thirteen to eighteen. The kids course will have ten obstacles, all Ninja Warrior. On Thursday and Friday all-comers of all ages are welcome to try out the Ninja Warrior portion of the course for $10 a pass.

On Saturday the adult competition preliminaries begin along with the kids tournaments.The preliminaries will use six Ninja Warrior obstacles in addition to ten other obstacles. On Sunday the remaining competitors will face the ultimate challenge when the course is expanded to ten Ninja Warrior obstacles and fourteen mudder and Spartan style obstacles. Hybrid Ninja Warrior’s Patrick Hall is excited to see if any of the top competitors will break the five minute mark on his one of a kind course.

It’s only $10 to spectate Saturday or Sunday but for just $15 get a combo ticket good for both days! Get your tickets now before they sell out! For the best experience and view a VIP ticket option is also available for $40 and that includes a competitor meet and greet as well as exclusive viewing areas.  


Buffalo RiverWorks adds to it’s river side attractions with Buffalo Tiki Tours. Buffalo Tiki Tours offers a lazy hazy cruise along the Buffalo River and Canalside, while on your personal floating tiki bar. The tiki bar comes is equipped with a motor, enabling you and your party to cruise the waters at a leisurely pace. In the middle of the craft is a 360º bar for socializing, drinking and eating. Food and beverage packages prepared by RiverWorks can be brought on board to make the cruise whatever you want it to be. The craft has a thatched roof to protect passengers from the sun/light rain. There’s also an onboard bluetooth sound system, so you can play whatever  you want to make each trip out onto the water an even better party experience.

These tiki party boats launch exclusively from Buffalo RiverWorks docks though Buffalo Tiki Tours. There are a number of different cruises to choose from, including Canalside concert tours, sunset cruises and weekend cruises. Food and drink packages must be purchased directly from RiverWorks. The venue boasts the first ever brewery located within a grain silo. Everything else is provided, including safety floatation devices, a licensed captain, and bar stools. What else could you possibly want? A bathroom? Well, RiverWorks is just a short stop away for anyone who needs to make a quick stop at port.

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The 1911 Beer Garden Concert Series at Riverworks features an eclectic line up for the month of June. Buffalo Music Hall of Fame member and award winning rock guitarist Ray Wood will open the series on Friday June 2nd at 6PM. Local acoustic duo Road to Recovery, three time Buffalo Night-Life Music Awards nominee, will play on Sunday June 11th at 1PM. Buffalo music fans can’t miss Gregg Sansone on June 16th when he will fill the beer garden with the sound of a full live band all on his own. Legendary Buffalo blues group The Mick Hayes Band is always full of extremely talented and accomplished musicians. You’ll have two chances to see them as they play the beer garden twice in June. Folk rockers Honest Penny take the stage on the 23rd and be sure to make it to Anatara whose soulful rock harmonies will fill the gardens on the 25th. There are only 3 events left in June: FRIDAY JUNE 23: Honest Penny – 6-9pm, SUNDAY JUNE 25: Anatara – 1-4pm, and FRIDAY JUNE 30: Mick Hayes –6-9pm

See below for the July & August lineups!

July Lineup

  • SUNDAY JULY 2: Full Circle – 1-4pm
  • FRIDAY JULY 7: Roadtrip – 6-9pm
  • SUNDAY JULY 9: Tim Britt –1-4pm
  • FRIDAY JULY 14: Mick Hayes – 6-9pm
  • SUNDAY JULY 16: Cory Klawon Duo – 1-4pm
  • FRIDAY JULY 21: Honest Penny –6-9pm
  • SUNDAY JULY 23: Mick Hayes – 1-4pm
  • FRIDAY JULY 28: Gregg Sansone 6-9pm
  • SUNDAY JULY 30: Road To Recovery – 1-4pm

August Lineup

  • FRIDAY AUGUST 4: Roadtrip – 6-9pm
  • SUNDAY AUGUST 6: Tim Britt –1-4pm
  • FRIDAY AUGUST 11: Bryan Richard – 6-9pm
  • SUNDAY AUGUST 13: Mick Hayes – 1-4pm
  • FRIDAY AUGUST 18: Honest Penny – 6-9pm
  • SUNDAY AUGUST 20: Anatara –1-4pm
  • FRIDAY AUGUST 25: Mick Hayes – 6-9pm
  • SUNDAY AUGUST 27: Ray Wood –1-4pm

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Phone: (716) 342-2292 ext. 524
Fax: 716.342.2310
Email: SGreen@BuffaloRiverWorks.com Address: 359 Ganson Street, Buffalo NY



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