20 Events and More For the CNY Weekend

20 events in Central New York to attend this weekend

A handful of concerts, four Syracuse Chiefs baseball games, the last weekend of Sterling’s 39th Annual Renaissance Festival, wine and blueberry festivals, a weekend-long horse show at the New York State Fairgrounds, the kicking off of Skaneateles Festival …

OK, OK, OK — You get it.

Summer is not over, even if people have mentioned they have felt a change in the air. The fun will still continue, even if the college students will be returning to school very, very soon.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable one!


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Temperature:  72 degrees / 59 degrees
Conditions: Lookin’ pretty good.


Temperature: 86 degrees / 64 degrees
Conditions: Chance of thunder and rain.


Temperature: 84 degrees / 64 degrees
Conditions: In case it didn’t rain Friday, it could today.


Temperature: 91 degrees / 68 degrees
Conditions: The end of the weekend crescendos with heat and sun.


Weekend Fun!

ba0694666b15b9a30351838899bd533b_db1p“All’s Well That Ends Well”

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none…” is one of the more famous lines from this Shakepearean tragicomedy, which the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival showcases for its Shakespeare-In-The-Park production. Feel free to bring chairs and blankets to sit on, food and beverages to enjoy and — for those 10 and under — there is a kids’ area.

Where: Thornden Park Ampitheatre, Thornden Park Dr. (near Greenwood Pl.), Syracuse
Friday, Aug. 14 – Sunday, Aug. 23: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Assault City Roller Derby Recruitment

Interested in roller derby? Better yet: Are you interested in participating in roller derby? The local crew will be holding an informational session and meet-and-greet in the Shoppingtown Mall food court. No experience is necessary, but potential participants must be at least 20 years old.

Where: Shoppingtown Mall Food Court, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
Sunday, Aug. 16: 12-1 p.m..


The Sublime Tribute band will be holding their Bad Ass BBQ in Baldwinsville. Opening acts: Rock Mafia, The New Daze and Mochester.

Where: Paper Mill Island
Saturday, Aug. 15: 6-11 p.m.
$20 | Free (Children 10 and under — supervision required)

Cuse Comedy Championship

The First Annual Comedy Championships will be taking place at the CNY Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall. The final two nights are Aug. 13 and Aug. 29.

Headliner: Anna Phillips

Competing Comics: Lauren Turczak, Jon Tenace, Charlie Frusci, Grant Fletcher, Jenny Red, Steve O’Connell, Justin Trimm, Bryan VanCampen

Where: Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
When: Thursday, Aug. 13: 8 p.m.
Cost: $12

Every Time I Die

The Buffalo outfit will be taking the stage with their own brand of music, incorporating their early hardcore tunes with their newer style of continually evolving heavy rock and metal. Openers: Real Friends, Counterparts, Brigades and Gatherers.

Where: The Lost Horizon, 5863 Thompson Road, Syracuse
Saturday, Aug. 15 | Acts begin at 5 p.m.
$20 – $24

Giant Puppet Circus

Once again, the Open Hand Theater presents this free circus, featuring over 50 children who have trained and rehearsed various activities; including juggling, puppetry and performance art. The Circus is at Blessed Sacrament School at 3129 James St., east of Midler Avenue.

Where: The Open Hand Theatre, 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Aug. 15: 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

ANTIQUE_WEEK_2015Madison-Bouckville Antique Week

For 44 years the antique week has celebrated everything classic, unique and … antique. Come enjoy and browse over 2,000 vendors and dealers from all around the globe — statewide and regionally, too, of course — and find something that fits your fancy.

Where: 6994 Rt. 20, Madison
Thursday, Aug. 13 – Sunday, Aug. 16: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (daily)

Megan Davies

The Pennsylvania-born Nashville resident will be appearing in Auburn this Friday. Proving that talent does not come from television shows, the YouTube star will be performing live. Special guests: Luke Preston and Dan Vitale.

Where: Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn
When: Friday, Aug. 14: 8 p.m.
Cost: $10


Of a Revolution, commonly known as O.A.R., known for their song “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker,” the Maryland jam band returns to Syracuse to the Regional Market’s F-Shed. Openers: Allen Stone and Brynn Elliot.

Where: F-Shed, Central New York Regional Market, 2100 Park St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, Aug. 13: 7 p.m.
Cost: $36 – $66

White Liars and Black Comedy

The two one-act plays will be showcased at the theater-in-a-mall, beginning this Friday, Aug. 14. The two comedies will be played back-to-back and will guarantee evenings of fun, involving a disillusioned fortune teller and a reversed lighting scheme. Reservations can be made online or by calling 315-885-8960.

Where: Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
When: Friday, Aug. 14 – Saturday, Aug. 22 | Thursdays – Saturdays: 8 p.m. | Sundays: 2 p.m.
Cost: $20 (Fridays and Saturdays) | $17 (Thursdays and Sundays)


More Weekend Fun!

Coleman’s Block Party

The second-to-last week of the weekly series has arrived. Central New York favorite Mere Mortals will be occupying the pavilion this evening, beginning at 6 p.m. At 10 p.m., Tiger will be performing an acoustic set inside.

Where: Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub, 100 S. Lowell Avenue, Syracuse
When: Thursdays, Aug. 13 – Aug. 20: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Cost: Free Admission

Downtown Get-Down

With their combined powers Modern Malt and SKY Armory will be holding their Thursday “Downtown Get-Down” to bring even more vibrancy to the Syracuse happy hour scene. Food, beverages, games and music will be included.

Where: The Alley / 321 and 351 S. Clinton St., Syracuse
When: Thursdays, August 13 – Sept. 3: 5-8 p.m
Cost: $5

Jazz in the City

This free weekly concert series will be hopping around the city this month. This week features Urban Jazz Coalition with Elan Trotman. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, but leave your coolers at home. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Keep in mind: The website lists the address of the event as Atillio’s restaurant.

Where: Little Italy, 700 N. Salina St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, August 13: 6:30-9 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission

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Tonight is op

ening night of the month-long Skaneateles Festival, the Finger Lakes Region’s essential music series. From now until the beginning of next month, enjoy the programming this festival has to offer. Shows are in the evenings and vary in times from Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Thursday, Aug. 13: Opening Night, 8 p.m.  (First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St.)

Friday, Aug. 14:  Backstage Pass – Making Music at the Met, 7 p.m. (First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St.)

Friday, Aug. 14: Song & Dance, 8 p.m. (First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St.)

Saturday, Aug. 15: A Night at the Met, 7:30 p.m. (First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St.)

View the full schedule here.

Where: Village of Skaneateles
When: Thursday, Aug. 13 – Sat. Sept. 4
Cost: Tickets available online, by phone (315-685-7417): $28 – $228 (more information)

Sterling Renaissance Festival

The 39th Annual Sterling Renaissance Festival is coming to a close this weekend. Come and help end the festival on a high note. There will be plenty of themed entertainment and events this weekend, rain or shine. Enjoy live entertainment and talk to the personalities. There will be plenty of food and beverages to go around, so coolers with goodies are not allowed in. No pets allowed, but there is free parking.

Where: 15385 Farden Road, Sterling
When: Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 15 – Aug. 16
Cost: $26.95 (adults), $15.95 (5 to 11), Free (4 and younger)


The Festivals Continue…

BBJ-logo2014-300x245Blueberry Jam

The family friendly Blueberry Jam at Critz Farms has plenty of music, food and locally-made ciders (for both children and adults) to enjoy.  This year’s musical acts include:

Boots ‘n Shorts (at the Cidery Stage) — 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The Lightkeepers — 12-1:30 p.m.
Soul Risin’ — 2-3:30 p.m.
Rabbit in the Rye — 4-5:30 p.m.
Root Shock — 6-8 p.m.

Where: Critz Farms, 3232 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia
When: Saturday, Aug. 15: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: $10 (advance) | $15 (gate) | $3 (ages 4 – 11) | Free (3 and under)

Near Westside Multicultural Block Party

For six continual years this Syracuse-born multicultural festival has been taking place. Today, be sure to stop by for family fun with games, food, music, dance, inflatables and more.

Where: Skiddy Park, Otisco St. and Tully St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, Aug. 13: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission

Summer On Ice

The Finger Lakes craft festival, which highlights ice-style wines, will be taking place in Hector on Sunday. While enjoying the Maplewood Jazz Team, there will be plenty of mixology (led by Matthew William of Hand & Food and Jason Carborough) and cooking demonstrations (by Chef Brud Holland of Finger Lakes Made) taking place. Proceeds to benefit Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty.

Where: Standing Stone Vineyards, 9934 Rt. 414, Hector
When: Sunday, Aug. 16: 12-5 p.m.
Cost: $30 (advance) | $35 (door)

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The 55th Annual Syracuse Oktoberfest returns and continues the Syracuse summer cultural lineup with beer, brats, music, dancing and more. There is plenty of fun for the whole family, including demonstrations and face painting. The 2015 National Stein Hoisting Competition will be taking place and winners will qualify to go to Boston for the final competition, where one male and one female will each win a trip for two to the 2016 Oktoberfest Celebration in Munich, Germany.

Where: Long Branch Park, 3813 Long Branch Road, Liverpool
When: Saturday, Aug. 15 – Sunday, Aug. 16: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (daily)
Cost: $50 (Five-night Festival Pass) | $12 (Show)


Up to bat with the Chiefs

Dollar Thursday with The Racing Presidents and #Balditude Night

Enjoy $1 Hofmann hot dogs; $1 Coca-Cola products; pick up $1 programs; and responsibly consume $2 Bud, Labatt, Saranac and 1911 drafts. The stadium will be packed with mascots as the Washington Nationals’ fellas — Abe, Bill, George, Teddy and Tom — will be making an appearance. Embrace your baldness and showcase your #Balditude.

When: Thursday, Aug. 13
Versus: Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Game: 7:05 p.m.

Fireworks Friday with the ZOOperstars

The ZOOperstars return to the stadium for more hilarious antics. Fireworks will light up the sky after the game.

When: Friday, Aug. 14
Versus: Buffalo Bisons
Game: 7:05 p.m.

Military Appreciation Night

Come out and show your support for the men and women who have served our country. The first 1,000 people will receive a special military edition rally towel. A fireworks display will end the evening.

When: Saturday, Aug. 15
Versus: Buffalo Bisons
Game: 7:05 p.m.

Family Sunday / Star Wars Day

Which side are you on? Be sure to reveal your inner Jedi or Sith and come dressed up. A 50/50 raffle to benefit Save the Skin and melanoma research will take place.

When: Sunday, Aug. 16
Versus: Buffalo Bisons
Game: 1:05 p.m.

To download the season schedule, CLICK HERE

Michael Davis photo | Syracuse New Times


This weekend at the Fairgrounds

NEPHC Annual Championship Horse Show

Where: Toyota Coliseum
When: Friday, Aug. 14 – Sunday, Aug. 16
Cost: Free

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