10 Mid-May CNY Weekend Events

Celebrate springtime with these local events.

Michael Davis photo

Thank you, again, for clicking on and tuning into Syracuse New Times‘ weekend event listing. There is a wide variety this week, featuring festivals in Downtown Syracuse and Cazenovia, sports and activity-centered fundraisers, music and theatre and puppetry.

With the nice weather we’re going to have, it’ll be prime time to get out and enjoy what’s going on. It’s not for the birds, but it is for The Byrds.

Apple Blossom Festival

crtizlogo_transCelebrate spring and CNY beauty with a cookout and afternoon activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Where: Critz Farms, 3232 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia
When: Saturday, May 21| noon – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission | 662-3355

Assault City Roller Derby

AssaultCity_logoIt’s time to roll! Assault City hosts Enchanted Mountain in a home bout, looking for a win and some redemption.

Where: SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Tpke., Syracuse
When: Saturday, May 21 | 4 p.m.
Cost: $8/advance, $10/day-of, Free/ages 12 & under | Buy Online

Carrier Park Grand Opening

12106719_1170372479658414_913545217696819822_nThe project to ensure the Syracuse Challenger League has a permanent location to play is now finished after three years. Everyone is welcome to enjoy games, food and more family friendly, engaging activities.

Where: Carrier Park Field of Dreams, 600 Roby Ave., E. Syracuse
When: Saturday, May 14 | 2 p.m.
Cost: Free admission | 433-5176

De Temps Antan

detempsantannewspaperEarlville Opera House kicks off its seasonal concert lineup with the trio from Quebec, whose folk artistry is heavy on the French and fun.

Where: Earlville Opera House, 18 E. Main St., Earlville
When: Saturday, May 21 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $13 – $35 | Buy Online | 691-3550

Downtown Living Tour

PrintThe 10th Annual Downtown Living Tour returns for another showcase of enticing urban abodes, occupied and for your consideration, in 10 locations. The tour is self-guided and walkable, but a shuttle service is available.

Where: Tours begin at 110 Walton St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, May 21 | noon
Cost: $12/advance, $15/day-of | Buy Online | 422-8284

Great Strides Walk 

524229_405049546209895_1809668942_nThe family-friendly walk and  fundraiser will raise funds for research, education, treatment and care for those affected by the disease.

Where: Green Lakes State Park, 7900 Green Lakes Road, Fayetteville
When: Saturday, May 21 | 9 a.m.
Cost: No fee to register or join a team, but donations are appreciated  | Donate Online | 463-7965

Roger McGuinn

roger-mcguinn_12Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and Byrds founder will folk up your Saturday, performing in an intimate setting.

Where: Catherine Cummings Theatre, 16 Lincklaen St., Cazenovia
When: Saturday, May 21 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $35 | Buy Online | (800) 838-3006

Salt City BBQ Festival

13103466_1160367364015917_3286262063876170828_nFood food and more finger lickin’ food. The festival also recognizes active military and veterans, and collects donations for the homeless. There will be plenty of vendors, music and food competitions.

Where: Clinton Square, Syracuse
When: Saturday, May 21 – Sunday, May 22 | 11 a.m.
Cost: Free admission | More Info | 466-9995

Saranac Thursdays

Saranac-Thursday-Lineup-2016The weekly after-hours music and beer bash series returns, and Showtime kicks off the festivities.

Where: F.X. Matt Brewing Company, 830 Varick St., Utica
When: Thursday, May 19 | 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 (includes a beer) | More Info | (800) 765-6288


Symphoria: Star Wars and a Galaxy Far Away

08Due to demand and popularity, there are two chances to see this special show. The first half of the program features musical selections from various space-related films. The second half features Star Wars selections, beginning with Episode I.

Oswego Community Youth Orchestra performs at 6:30 p.m. Special appearance by Nick the Lounge Singer.

Where: Crouse-Hinds Theatre, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, May 21 | 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $36, $65, $80 | Buy Online | 299-5598

Editor’s Picks: Puppet Masters and Master Puppets

Let’s get weird, shall we?

One event features people who pretend they are people, animals and inanimate objects they are not. The others manipulate inanimate person and animal-like objects

Guild of Thespian Puppets

25-exxlDisclaimer: This particular event is an adult puppet show and may contain foul language and subject matter.

Where: Funk N Waffles, 727 S. Crouse Ave., Syracuse
When: Thursday, May 19 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $5 | Buy Online

Salt City Improv

10710698_824946677526620_6066781303010179695_nPork Pie Hat takes the stage, performing short-form improv in the style of Whose Line is it Anyway?

Where: Salt City Improv Theatre, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse
When: Saturday, May 14 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $10 | 410-1962


The World’s a Stage!

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

womenTheatre Du Jour’s dinner theatre experience, directed by Moe Harrington.

Where: Quality Inn, 70 E. First St., Oswego
When: Friday, May 20 | 6 p.m. (cocktails), 7 p.m. (dinner)
Cost: $60/person | Buy Online | (518) 253-6930

The Importance of Being Earnest

b2ea5c420b3b13ed7fc51cd18f91ad78-400x260Homer Thespian Society takes on Oscar Wilde’s “comedy for serious people.”

Where: Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S. Main St., Homer
When: Friday, May 20 – Saturday, May 21 | 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $6, $8 (available at the door) | (607) 479-4900


Other Shows:

42nd Street at Crouse-Hinds Theater (Closes tonight) 
Baskerville: A Sherlock Homes Mystery
at Syracuse Stage
Complete History of America at Baldwinsville Theatre Guild (Closing)
Macbeth at Central New York Playhouse (Closing)
Ragtime at Redhouse Arts Center (Sold Out, Closing)


Chiefs of Spring

All baseball games are played at NBT Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Dr, Syracuse. Box office phone: 474-7833.

NBT Bank Stadium. Photo by Christopher Malone.

Dollar Thursday / Mullet Night

That’s right, folks. Boast the mullets.

Opponent: Norfolk Tides
Thursday, May 19| 6:35 p.m.
Cost: $5-$12 | Buy Online

Fireworks Friday / Strike Out Stroke Night 

Support stroke awareness with a 50/50 raffle, maybe pick up a replica jersey and enjoy fireworks.

Opponent: Norfolk Tides
Friday, May 20 | 6:35 p.m.
Cost: $5-$12 | Buy Online

Super Saturday / Money Madness

The first 1,000 fans will pick up envelopes containing cash.

Opponent: Norfolk Tides
Saturday, May 21 | 1:05 p.m.
Cost: $5-$12 | Buy Online

Family Sunday / Safe Kids Day 

Expo in the the concourse about safety. Kids run the bases after the game.

Opponent: Norfolk Tides
Sunday, May 22 | 1:05 p.m.
Cost: $5-$12 | Buy Online


Weekend at the Fairgrounds


The Fairgrounds is located at 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.

NYS Breeders Horse Show – Section 1

Where: Toyota Coliseum
Thursday, May 19 – Sunday, May 22 | 8 a.m. daily
Cost: Free | More Info | 436-1933

CNY Kids Expo

Where: Horticulture Building
Saturday, May 21 | 10 a.m.
Cost: $10/four pack, $3/per extra person| More Info | 430-2823

Syracuse Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Where: Chevy Court
Saturday, May 21| noon
Cost: $5/general admission, $18.50/beer lover’s package, $20/VIP ticket, $30/beer sampler ticket | More Info & Tickets | (617) 782-7117

CNY Theatre Organ Society Concert: David Gray

Where: Empire Theater
Saturday, May 22 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $15/adult non-member, $2/child non-member | Buy Online | 451-6551


Weather Forecast

(Subject to change, of course.)


Temperature: 66 degrees / 43 degrees
Conditions: Let there be sun!


Temperature: 73 degrees / 46 degrees
Conditions: More sun.


Temperature: 74 degrees / 52 degrees
Conditions: It’s a great day for a hammock nap!


Temperature: 71 degrees / 50 degrees
Conditions: Channel 9 says sun. CNY Central & TWC says rain. You decide.

Psst. Hey, you. Would you like to receive this event listing in advance? It costs you nothing, and there are exclusive giveaways.

Sign up to our Inside/Out newsletter here:


[fbcomments url="" width="100%" count="on"]
To Top