10 CNY Events for a Roaring March Weekend

March welcomes a variety of fun in CNY.

Background photo by Michael Davis

Happy March! If the month is to start off as a lion, it’s best to take it on with energy and excitement. April showers soon will be falling, which is a promise for the weather we all love. For now, here is another list of indoor and outdoor activities to help shake you and wake you up from hibernation.

Celtic Festival: Goitse, Girsa

centerforarthomerWorld renowned musicians celebrate the season with an energetic set of traditional music. Free Cortland Beer tastings. Member pricing available.

Where: Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S. Main St., Homer
When: Saturday, Mar. 5 | 7 p.m.
Cost: $28/adult, $25/senior, $20/student, Free/vet, military or kids 18 & under | Buy Online | (607) 749-4900 / (877) 749-ARTS

Cuse Comedy Showcase

Cuse Comedy ShowcaseAudience votes on the comic who makes them laugh the most. Comic, in turn, wins a cash prize. Host: Charlie Frusci. Headliner: Steve Rogers. Comedy from: John “Bellionaire” Bellavia, Matt Clark, Kyle Detloff, Maryanne Donnelly, Justin Jackson, Jon Tenace and Lauren Turczak.

Where: The Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
Cost: $10/advance, $12/online | Buy Online885-8960

Garnet Rogers

1936945_101610243186836_1393880_nThe multi-instrumentalist and storyteller takes the stage for an intimate show, warming up the cool early-March evening.

Where: The Nelson Odeon, 4035 Nelson Road, Nelson
When: Saturday, Mar. 5 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $20/advance, $22/general | Buy Online | 665-9193


He Said Beer, She Said Wine

skyarmory_logoWhatever you think, don’t call the whole thing off. Enjoy samplings of wine, beer and surprise food options to bring the best out of whichever you choose.

Where: SKY Armory, 351 S. Clinton St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Mar. 5 | 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $60/person, $100/couple | Buy Online | 473-0826


Jack Hanna “Into the Wild – Live!”

de53eeecccb64ff19c060b3ad3ede144The world-traveling friend of all creatures great and small is stopping through Ithaca with a few friends.

Where: State Theatre of Ithaca, 107 W. State. St., Ithaca
When: Sunday, Mar. 6 | 3 p.m. (Doors open at 2 p.m.)
Cost: $22.50, $32.50, $45 | Buy Online | (607) 277-8283



Maple Syrup Workshops

Baltimore Woods

Grt-JF10-syrup-trees-iLearn the basics of tapping into the industry and creating your own maple syrup. Price of workshop includes a start-up kit.

Where: Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus
When: Saturday, Mar. 5 | 10 a.m. – noon
Cost: $20/members, $35/non-members | 673-1350


Beaver Lake

The Sweetest Time Of Year Maple SyrupThere are a couple opportunities to surely stick with you this weekend and every weekend in March.

Fridays & Saturdays: Maple Sugaring Workshops 9-11 a.m.
Saturdays: It’s Maple Syrup Time! | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturdays: Pancake Breakfast | 9 a.m. – noon | $3-$5
Sundays: It’s Maple Syrup Time! | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Where: Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville
When: Friday, Mar. 4 – Sunday, Mar. 6
Cost: See above. | 638-2519

Mystery at the Museum

eversonlogoAn interactive murder mystery at the art museum with a swag bag filled with shadows and red herrings. Bring your own fingers to point with.

Where: Everson Museum of Art, 4001 Harrison St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, Mar. 3 | 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $10/members, $15/non-members | Buy Online | 474-6064


The SAMMYs / Hall of Fame Induction

coverCelebrate all that is great with the Central New York music scene. Induction ceremony is Thursday, and the award show takes the  stage Friday.

The Hall of Fame Induction

Inductees: The Bells of Harmony, Jam Factory, George Rossi and Savoy Brown.
Educator: Mark Copani.
Lifetime Achievement: Mark Murphy

Where: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (Upstairs), 246 W. Willow St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, Mar. 3 |  7 p.m.
Cost: $25 | Buy Online

jam factoryThe Syracuse Area Music Awards

And the winners are…

Where: The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Mar. 4 | 7 p.m.
Cost: $20 | Buy Online

Tipperary Hill Shamrock Run

frontpage_logo2016The 11th Annual Shamrock Run, a 4-mile challenge, returns for another year to keep the tradition alive and well.  Considering all of the hills: It’s a perfect training run for the Mountain Goat.

Where: Burnet Park Rink, Burnet Park Dr. and Coleridge Ave., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Mar. 5 | 11 a.m. (.6-mile Fun run at 10 a.m.)
Cost: $30/advance registration, $40/day-of, $5 fun run | Register Online


Willow Rock Beer Release Party

willowrockWith all the festivals with similar beer options, why not check out one of the newest breweries in town? They’re releasing “Reverse Vampire” (India black ale) and “BRUNCH” (oatmeal, maple and Recess coffee)  varieties.

Where: Willow Rock Brewing Company, 115 Game Road, Syracuse
When: Saturday, Mar. 5 | 1-7 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Editor’s Pick: Improv

OK. I’m a little biased with this choice. Hey, spontaneous and off-the-cuff entertainment entertainment.  In the Syracuse area, Don’t Feed the Actors (short-form), Salt City Improv (short and long-form) and Syracuse Improv Collective (long form) aim to please.



Don’t Feed the Actors

Where: The Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Mar. 5 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $10/advance, $12/door | Buy Online | 885-8960



Syracuse Improv Collective

Where: The Vault, 451 S. Warren St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Mar. 5 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $5/person | Cash only


Wild World of Sports


ssk-facebook-logoSyracuse Silver Knights

The Silver Knights host Harrisburg in the final game of the regular season.

Where: Oncenter War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Mar. 4| 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $17.50 (adult), $14.50 (youth) | 303-7261


Syracuse Silver Knights

Round 1 of the MASL takes kicks off in a home game against the Detroit Waza Flo.

Where: Oncenter War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Mar. 5| 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $17.50 (adult), $14.50 (youth) | 303-7261

Cross-Country and Snowshoeing

Baltimore Woods

Snowshoeing only. Bring your own snowshoes, but rentals are available.

Snowshoes: $5

Where: 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus
When: Open daily
Cost: Free admission | 673-1350

Beaver Lake

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Bring your own snowshoes or skis. Snowshoe rentals available.

Snowshoes: $5/hour

Weekend guided snowshoeing (Saturday and Sunday) | 2 p.m.

Moonlight snowshoeing Thursdays – Sundays | 9 p.m.

Where: 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville
When: Open daily | Weekend Guided Tours (preregistration required)
Cost: $4/admission | 683-2519

Highland Forest

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Bring your own snowshoes or skis. Snowshoe and ski rentals available.

Snowshoes: $10/adults, $5/children (15 and under)
Ski Day Pass: $10/adults. $5/children (15 and under) | Individual items (poles, skis, boots): $7
Ski Season Pass: $25/adults. $15/children (15 and under)

Weekend moonlight skiing, snowshoeing and hiking.

Where: 1254 Highland Park Road, Fabius
Cost: $3/day, $20/annual vehicle admission | 683-5550

Oneida Shores

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. No rentals, bring your own skis.

Where: 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton
Cost: Free admission | 676-7366

Onondaga Lake Park

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing: Shoreline Walking Trail, the Long Branch Park loop or on the West Shore Trail. No rentals, bring your own skis.

Where: 106 Lake Drive, Liverpool
Cost: Free admission | 453-6712

Weekend at the Fairgrounds

logoThe Fairgrounds is located at 581 State Fair Blvd. in Syracuse.

CNY RV & Camping Show

Thursday, Mar. 3 | Noon – 9 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 4 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 5 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 6 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Center of Progress Building, Horticulture Building, Tractor Supply Co. Exhibit Center, Science & Industry Building
When: Thursday, Mar. 3 – Sunday, Mar. 6 |
Cost: $10/adults, Free/16 and younger | Website | (877) -228-8240

CNY Theatre Organ Society Concert

Where: Empire Theater
When: Thursday, Mar. 3 – Sunday, Mar. 6 |
Cost: $15/adults, $2/children | Website | 451-6551

Weather Forecast

(Subject to change, of course.)


(Did you know Turning Stone Resort has dueling pianos on Thursdays?)


Temperature: 22 degrees / 12 degrees
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Temperature: 32 degrees / 20 degrees
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Temperature: 38 degrees / 27 degrees
Conditions: normal.

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