10 CNY Events to Go ‘Ape-ril’ For

Enjoyable events in CNY to kick off the beginning of April.

April has finally arrived in Central New York. Sure the first quarter flew by, but cue the smiles for the sunny days ahead.

Difficult decisions were made when cutting down this list to only 10 events — more proof there is too much to do around town. There were a couple events that were postponed or sold out, but there are plenty of other offerings: comedy, a Beatles-themed and local record label music bashes, a play about a WWII transvestite, a psychic fair, sports and more.

The weekend only comes around once a week. Be sure to fill it up!


beatlecuseDenny Laine (Moody Blues, Wings) and Hilton Valentine (The Animals) join over 50 local musicians as they celebrate the anniversary of Revolver and Rubber Soul, plus a tribute to Davie Bowie and a special rendition of The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” A portion of the proceeds goes to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Where: The Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracyse 
Saturday, April 2 | 6 p.m. 
$25, $35 | Buy Online | 475-7980


Cuse Comedy Showcase

Cuse Comedy ShowcaseLocal comedians compete for a cash prize and bragging rights.

Host: RJ McCarthy
Headliner: Nick Marra
Comics: Sarah Benson, Jillian Kermani, Betsy Lee, Michael Mr. Swaggcomic La Matia, Greg Owens and RJ Purpura

Where: The Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
When: Friday, April 1 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $10/advance, $12/door | Buy Online | 885-8960


Everson Trivia Night

eversonlogoA fun, casual night of trivia at the city’s art museum. Team size is six, so come with a full roster or solo — it’s a social event, after all. Cash bar available.

Where: Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, March 31 | 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission | 474-6064

I Am My Own Wife

12310569_10153251778815509_6301446997658729529_nThe award-winning play by Doug Wright is adapted for the Cortland stage. One actor plays 35 characters all telling the tale of a German transvestite, who survived the war and hid from the Nazis in plain sight.

Thursday, March 31 | 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 1 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 | 2 p.m.

Where: Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24-26 Port Watson St., Cortland
When: Thursday, March 31 – Saturday, April 9
Cost: $25/adults and seniors, $20/student| Buy Online | (607) 756-2627


Passion Play

Screen-Shot-2015-08-19-at-2.29.33-PM-1Three communities at different moments in time are all trying to stage the death and resurrection of Christ: Elizabethan England, Nazi Germany and ’80s in the United States.

Thursday, March 31 | 7:30 p.m. (preview)
Friday, April 1 | 8 p.m. (opening night)
Saturday, April 2 | 8 p.m.

Where: Red House Arts Center, 201 S. West St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, March 31 – Saturday, April 9
Cost: $30 | Buy Online | 362-2785


Nature Fools!

1003071_10152172242035731_733477700_nLearn about flora and fauna survival tactics such as camouflage, mimicry, colors/patterns and other physical and behavioral attributes.

Where: Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville 
Saturday, April 2 | 11 a.m.
$4/child | Advance registration required: 638-2519


Old Boy Records Showcase

1254_987212914648587_3563121066660765748_nAn early evening of local musicians, playing their favorite tunes. Recording artists include: Digger Jones, Los Blancos, Quona Hudson & Union Blacksmith, Pete Ruttle, Nate & Kate and Gabe Cummins.

Where: Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S. Main St., Homer
When: Saturday, April 2 | 6 p.m.
Cost: $20/adults, $15/senior, $10/students, Free/vets, military and children under 18 | Buy Online | (607) 749-4900


Psychic Fair

foreground-castleSpring is in the air and a prime time to enjoy the annual gathering of psychics, readers, healers and more at the Canastota castle.

Saturday, April 2 | 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m..

Where: Greystone Castle, 201 N. Main St. Canastota
When: Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, April 3
Cost: $8 | Admission does not cover cost of readings | 697-3344


Tap into the M.O.S.T.

2_200tap_w_ticsThe annual fermented fundraiser returns for its 12th year. Enjoy craft beer and the Final Four showdown at the science museum in Armory Square.

Where: Museum of Science and Technology, 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, April 2 | 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $55/advance, $60/door, $80/advance VIP, $85/VIP | Buy Online | 425-9068


Winemaker’s Brunch

asterpantry_logoDavid Breeden from Sheldrake Point Winery will be kicking off the Downtown Syracuse brunch series sponsored by Farmshed CNY. Enjoy a four-course meal to be paired with variety of wines from the award winning Seneca Lake winery.

Where: Aster Pantry & Parlor, 116 Walton St., Syracuse
When: Sunday, April | noon
Cost: $55 | Buy Online | 373-0031


Editor’s Pick: Syracuse Improv Collective

improvlogoThe improv collective that specializes in long-form improv is holding their next show this Friday evening, featuring teams: Sexual Vegetables, No Friends Just Benefits, Heavy Metal Heatwave and Satan’s Closet.

Where: The Vault, 451 S. Warren St., Syracuse
When: Friday, April 1 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $5/door | Info only: 430-9027


Wild World of Sports

Assault City Roller Derby Open House


If you have an interest in roller derby, looking to participate on or off the skates and just have a general interest, head to the DeWitt-area shopping center for more information.

Where: Food court in Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
When: Sunday, April 1 | 7 p.m.
Cost: Free


Syracuse Crunch

crunchThe Crunch battle the Toronto Marlies.

Where: Oncenter War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Friday, April 1 | 7 p.m.
Cost: $16, $20 | Buy Online | 473-4444


Syracuse Crunch

Syracuse CrunchRochester Americans pay another patriotic visit on Saturday.

Where: Oncenter War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, April 2 | 7 p.m.
Cost: $16, $20 | Buy Online | 473-4444


Syracuse Crunch

3rf Michael Davis photo | Syracuse New TimesThe Crunch pay a visit to the Comets.

Where: Utica Memorial Auditorium, 400 Oriskany St. W., Utica
When: Sunday, April 3 | 3 p.m.
Cost: $18, $20.50, $22, $24, $28 | Buy Online | 790-9070



SU Men’s Basketball

When: Saturday, April 2 | 8:49 p.m.

Watch It Here:

Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge
Aster Pantry
Center for the Arts of Homer
Kallet Civic Center
Kallet Theater
Landmark Theatre
Palace Theatre
Pubs around town
Tap into the MOST
Turning Stone
Westcott Theater
Your Home

SU Women’s Basketball

When: Sunday, April 3 | 8:30 p.m.

Watch It Here:

(Some) pubs around town
Turning Stone
Your Home
(Wait… that’s all? Sad…)

Weekend at the Fairgrounds

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

Salt City Cluster Spring Dog Show

Thursday, March 31 | Kanadasaga Kennel Club
Friday, April 1 | Central New York Kennel Club
Saturday, April 2 | Onondaga Kennel Association
Sunday, April 3 | Finger Lakes Kennel Club & Golden Retriever Club of Western New York

Where: Tractor Supply Company Exhibit Center (Dairy Cattle Building)
Thursday, March 31 – Sunday, April 3 | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (daily)
Cost: $5/adults, $2/ages 12 and under | More Info | 915-5327

Tigris Shrine Circus

Friday, April 1 | 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 | 10 a.m.
Saturday, April 2 | 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 | 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 | 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 |  5 p.m.

Where: Toyota Coliseum
Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 3 | 3 p.m.
Cost: $13/advance, $15/door, Free/2 and under | More Info | 478-0277

Syracuse Motorama

Saturday, April 2 |10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Center of Progress Building
Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, April 3
Cost: $10/adults, $4/ages 6-15, Free/5 and under | More Info | 672-3904

Weather Forecast

bridge-over-troubled-water(Subject to change, of course.)


Temperature: 67 degrees / 58 degrees
Conditions: “April, come she will…”


Temperature: 65 degrees / 38 degrees
Conditions: “…when streams are ripe and swelled with rain.”


Temperature: 50 degrees / 25 degrees
Conditions: “May, she will stay…”


Temperature: 31 degrees / 18 degrees
Conditions: “…resting in my arms again.”

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