For the Greater Syracuse Area
Oktoberfest. The 51st annual celebration mixes German food, music and culture. Friday features the beats of Kat Tales and Kate, along with Under the Gun; on Saturday dance along with The Adama Barthalt Band. Friday and Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. CNY Regional Market, 2100 Park St. Free. 437-8746; germanamerican scny.net.
Syracuse University Football.
The Orange will take on Toledo at noon. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $25-$115/adults; $20/12 and younger. (888) DOME-TIX; suathletics.com.
Apple Festival. This 28th annual event includes amusement rides, apples and apple products, live entertainment, crafts, food, raffles and more. Goettel Park, 755 N. Main St., Central Square. Free parking. 675-8232.
Fall Festival. Kickball, children’s games, pumpkin decorating, entertainment and the debut of Irish road bowling at the third annual festival in Marcellus. Noon-4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Marcellus Park, 2449 Platt Road, Marcellus.marcellusny.com.
University Community Harvest Farmers Market. Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry kick off the fifth annual festival with locally grown vegetables, fruits and snacks along with handmade crafts. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Waverly Lot, corner of Waverly and South Crouse avenues on the SU campus. Free. 443-3608; greenunivercity.syr.edu.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Apple Harvest Festival. Come make crafts, eat snacks and enjoy children’s activities during the 29th annual three-day event. Friday, noon-6:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Downtown Ithaca on the Commons. Free. (607) 277-8679; downtownithaca.com.OCTOBER
SU Football. Rutgers visits for a noon contest. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $25-$115/adults; $20/12 and younger. (888) DOME- TIX; suathletics.com.
Fall Fest in Skaneateles. Local merchants will be having specials, refreshments and sales. Scarecrow making ($10/scarecrow), boat cruises and more. Throughout Skaneateles. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rain date: Oct. 2. 685-0552.
Great Cortland Pumpkinfest.
Pumpkins and fun! 5K run/walk, snacks, entertainment, hay rides and antique tractors. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Courthouse Park, Church Street, Cortland.
Free; fees for the race. (607) 753- 8463; cortlandpumpkin fest.org.
Festival of Races. The annual family-fitness event includes men’s and women’s 5K runs and community walks, and the money you raise goes to any charity on the list, anywhere from Alzheimer’s Association to Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. 8:50 a.m. for men’s 5K, 9:50 for women’s 5K, 10:45 fitness runs/community walk. Syracuse University’s Lampe Athletic Complex, Comstock Avenue and East Colvin Street. Free parking. $5-$30. 446-6285; festivalofraces.com.
Super DIRT Week. Friday, Triple 20s and Twin 20s go under the Friday Night Lights for part of the 40th annual modifieds race week. Opens Wednesday at noon, then daily at 8 a.m. Grandstand, New York State Fairgrounds. 834-6606. For ticket and schedule information, visit superdirtweekonline.com.
Northside Community Festival. Music, sports, cultural diversity activities, including a soccer match between teams from Bhutan and Burundi. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Bova Community Center, Schiller Park, Farmer and Whitwell streets. Free. 422-2745.
LaFayette Apple Festival. Gather for family fun to enjoy arts and crafts from more than 500 crafters, rides and great food. Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Apple Run, a one-mile fun run (free) or 15K race ($20 in advance), takes place Oct. 9. Festival tickets: $3/advance at LaFayette McDonald’s; $4/at the gate; free/children 12 and younger. 677-3300; lafayetteapplefest.org.
Oct. 8-9, 15-16
Greater Ithaca Art Trail. Selfguided tours through artists’ studios, around the county. Free. 11 a.m-5 p.m. For more information and trail maps, visit arttrail.com or call (607) 273-5072.
CNY Woodcarving Show & Sale Onondaga Wood Carvers and Beaver Lake present the best wood carvers in Central New York. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/parking. 638-2519.
SU Football. The Orange will try to tackle West Virginia at 8 p.m. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $25-$115/adults; $20/12 and younger. (888) DOME-TIX; suathletics.com.
Oct. 21-22, 28-29
The Great Zoo Boo. Enjoy some kooky, not spooky, fun with clowns, friendly witches and scarecrows, and a train depot at the zoo’s annual pre-Halloween Party. 6-8:30 p.m. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Drive. There will be trick-or-treating on Halloween. $6/advance tickets; $7/at the door; $5/advance group sale, 20 or more people; free/children under 3. 435-8511; rosamondgiffordzoo.org.
An Enchanted Beaver Lake. Venture through the darkness with only the luminosity from more than 400 jack-o’-lanterns. Enjoy magic shows, storytelling, fortunetelling and more. Food will also be sold. $3/person; $5/ parking. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. 638-2519.
Country Folk Art Craft Fair. In the 30th annual fair, artists from North America will present different themed art, including handcrafted furniture, jewelry and wearable art. Horticulture Building, State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 pm.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6. (248) 634-4151; countryfolkart.com.
Salt City Autumn Antiques Show and Antiquarian Book Fair. More than 250 selected dealers present their collections, while offering consultations about the historic art. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Center of Progress Building, State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. Free parking. $7/daily admission; $8/VIP weekend pass; free/12 and younger. 824-2462.NOVEMBER
SU Football. The Orange attempts some payback against Louisville at noon. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $25-$115/adults; $20/12 and under. (888) DOME-TIX; suathletics.com.
Great New York State Model Train Fair. National Railway Historical Society’s local chapter presents the 37th annual fair, one of the largest model train fairs in the Northeast. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. $8/adults; free/children 15 and younger. cnynrhs.org.
SU Football. The Orange take on South Florida at 8 p.m. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $25-$115/ adults; $20/12 and younger. (888) DOME-TIX; suathletics.com.
Jingle Bell 5K Run. Grab your Santa hat, then walk, jog or run your way to curing arthritis in the Jingle Bell Run for the National Arthritis Foundation. Registration at 8:30 a.m., run at 10 a.m. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Registration: $20 by Oct. 21, $25 after Oct. 21, $30 on day of event. (800) 870-1771; jbrsyracusekintera.org.
SU Football. The Orange wrassle with Big East foe Cincinnati. Time to be announced. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $25-$115/adults; $20/12 and younger. (888) DOME-TIX; suathletics.com.