Enriching and Entertaining

Enriching and Entertaining

Canisius invites the community to campus throughout the year
to enjoy educational, enriching and entertaining programming.

ArtCanisius typeArtsCanisius fills the calendar with concerts, exhibits and other arts events for the college community and the public. Students and faculty members are featured in our galleries and performance venues, along with artists from across the region. The celebrated Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs at least one concert on campus every year. The BPO also participates in recitals with Canisius faculty.

Lecture Series

Image of Jane Goodall at her Canisius lecture.Canisius hosts thought-provoking lectures throughout the academic year aimed at questioning the questions in our rapidly-changing times, and seeking solutions  that demand creativity and worldliness. These events are free and open to the community. 

  • William H. Fitzpatrick Institute on Public Affairs and Leadership 
  • Frank G. Raichle Lecture Series on Law in American Society 
  • Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ & Culture Lecture Series 
  • Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series


Image of Dominique Raney ’15, Men’s basketball coach Jim Baron and Adam Weir ’17Service projects are a vital component of the student-athlete experience at Canisius, and include work in local soup kitchens and public schools, and for Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. In addition, the Department of Athletics provides community outreach to foster the next generation of student-athletes and promotes the concept of a healthy mind and body. 

  • The college offers an extensive array of popular sports camps for children ages 6-18, including basketball, baseball, lacrosse, softball and soccer.
  • The annual Shoes for Shelter 5K race attracts more than 400 runners each spring. Twenty-five thousand pairs of shoes have been collected for the St. Vincent de Paul Society since the race’s inception 12 years ago.
  • More than 2,000 Buffalo city and suburban school children attend a women’s basketball game every year during Kid’s Day at the Koessler Athletic Center.