25 Activities for an Awesome Autumn

Autumn is upon us! Here’s what to fill your calendar with

Happy October, everyone!

welcomegreatpumpkin2Get with the times — The Autumn Times.  Our publication this week features a couple pages of big events in Syracuse and Central New York to look forward to this season, leading up to December. Margaret McCormick and Andrea Parisi also compiled a list of places to escape to go, and they are all in our incredibly photogenic state.

There will be plenty of activities for everyone, every age this weekend. Many of them involve pumpkins. Many involve cocktails. The majority of the events are fundraisers. Not only will you have the ability to enjoy yourselves, you’ll also be supporting great causes.

So, get out there. Just be sure to bring a parka.


Weather Forecast

(Subject to change, of course.)


Temperature:  62 degrees / 38 degrees
Conditions: Recipe includes: A dash of sun…


Temperature: 58 degrees / 40 degrees
Conditions: A gallon of sun…


Temperature: 55 degrees / 45 degrees
Conditions: Splashes of raindrops…


Temperature: 63 degrees / 48 degrees
Conditions: … and gloom.


This weekend…

Ballpark Brewfest

NBT Stadium will host more than 40 breweries locally and nationally known. Not a beer lover? Wine tastings will be available. 
Those holding VIP tickets will have access to a beer Q&A, batting practice on the field, specialty beers not offered to general admission, pairing dinner, and more. All receive a souvenir 4oz. tasting glass. No children allowed.995031_f9a97e49f01a4ba8bf753489aaa3eb68.png_srz_p_504_597_75_22_0.50_1.20_0

Where: NBT Stadium at 1 Tex Simone Dr.
When: Saturday, Oct. 3: 1-4 p.m.
 | 12 p.m. (VIP)
Cost: General: $35 (before Oct. 3), $45 (day of) | VIP: $75 (before Oct. 3), $100 (day of) | Free parking and designated drivers.

Big Fish

The musical adaptation of Big Fish comes to a close this weekend at The Redhouse. Come check out this larger than life story on stage.

Where: The Redhouse Arts Center, 201 S. West St.,  Syracuse
When: Thursday, Oct 1 – Saturday, Oct. 3
Cost: $30

Bountiful Homegrown Brunch

Joelle Mollinger of Joelle’s French Bistro is the guest chef for the nature center’s fundraiser. Come enjoy a great Sunday meal with French-style waffles, fritatta, pancakes and more. Food is provided by local businesses and locally harvested ingredients. Register ahead of time at the link above.

Where: Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus
When: Sunday, Oct. 4
Cost: $9 (non-members) | $6 (members) | Free (age 4 and under)

Charlie Bertini & AppleJazz Band

The AppleJazz Band has been a Central New York feature since the 1980s. This Saturday trumpeter Charlie Bertini, saxman Dave MacKenzie, trombonist John Allred, guitarist Mark Doyle, bassist Ronnie France, pianist Dave Solazzo, drummer Dave Hanlon, and singer Ronnie Leigh will be taking the stage at Center for the Arts.

Where: Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S. Main St., Homer
When: Saturday, Oct. 3: 8 p.m.
Cost: $30 (General) | $25  (senior) | $15 (student 18 and older)

Chasing Hope 5K

A race to honor Chase Daniel Gangloff and other babies who have lost their lives prematurely.

Where: Oneida Shores, 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton
When: Saturday, Oct. 3: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free Admission; Donations appreciated | $20 to participate

Devon Allman Band

Wait. Wasn’t he just here? The son of Gregg Allman returns to Syracuse after headlining the NYS Blues Fest in Clinton Square. Proceeds from this event will benefit next year’s Blues Festival.

Where: Funk ‘N Waffles, 313 S. Clinton St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, Oct. 1: 8 p.m.
Cost: $20 (advance) | $25 (door)

Early Autumn Paddle 

Head over to Beaver Lake and enjoy an outing, embrace and enjoy autumn. The paddle will be led by a naturalist, and the sunset will be enjoyed while enjoying included treats. Advanced registration is required.

Where: Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville
When: Saturday, Oct. 3: 4 p.m.
Cost: $25 (includes canoe rental and snacks)

Fall Harvest Celebration

The annual Critz Farms autumn celebration continues until the end of October, and offers plenty of daily activities. There is an animal care area, pick your own pumpkins and apples, a cow train ride for kids, and plenty more. This year, the local grower has collaborated with Rosamond Gifford Zoo to raise awareness for the efforts of the organization. The eight-acre corn maze this year is “The Giant Zoo-Tastic Octopus’s Garden Corn Maze,” is featured on Critz’s website.

For full details, please click the link above.

Where: Critz Farms, 3232 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia
Saturday, Oct. 3 – Sunday, Oct. 25
$30 (per car — more if non-family members are in the car) | 7.50 (adults, weekends) | $5 (seniors)

11885661_10102564997291716_8055694369466326831_oFeminist Friday

Local and statewide feminist bands will be causing a ruckus at the Spark Contemporary Art Space. The show features: Worriers (Brookyln), Green Dreams (Rochester), Malvinas (Syracuse), and The Nudes (Syracuse).

Where: Spark Contemporary Art Space, 1005 E. Fayette St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Oct. 2: 7 p.m.
Cost: $7 – $10 sliding scale

Greater Cazenovia Art Trail

The annual self-guided tour allows art community members, visitors, and enthusiasts to take a peek into the studios of artists’ studios.

Where: Cazenovia
When: Saturdays, Oct. 3 & Oct. 10: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission

Jack Grace Band

The Brooklyn-based country singer dons many musical hats, but he’ll be showcasing his country prowess at The Nelson Odeon this Saturday.

Where: The Nelson Odeon, 4035 Nelson Road, Nelson
When: Saturday, Oct. 2: 8 p.m.
Cost: $22 (with web fees) | $24 (day of)

Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre

Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, a professional NYC and Auburn dance company run by the award winning Sean McLeod, celebrates 25 years this season with performances and workshops.

Where: Skaneateles High School (auditorium), 49 E. Elizabeth St.
, Skaneateles
When: Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3: 7 p.m.
Cost: $22 (general) | $18 (students and seniors) | $13 for student rush.

Little Black Dress Event

Come celebrate women and entrepreneurship at this cocktail event to benefit WISE Women’s Business Center. The attire is formal; ladies, the black dress is suggested, but it’s not required. Gents: don a suit or outfit complete with a sport coat. Food, beverages, and entertainment will be included.

Where: SKY Armory at 351 S. Clinton St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Oct. 2: 6-10 p.m.
Cost: $65

Locktender’s Cocktail Party

The Erie Canal Museum will be hosting its very first Locktender’s cocktail party and museum fundraiser Friday evening. Featured beer will be from Eastwood Brewing Company, wine tastings will be provided by Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Food and dessert/treats will be provided by Karen’s Catering and Speach Family Candy. There will be a silent auction, and patrons will be able to explore the museum. All proceeds benefit the mission and programs of the museum and the only existing weighlock building in the United States.

Where: Erie Canal Museum at 318 Erie Blvd E., Syracuse

When: Friday, Oct. 2: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $50

Mike Goss Memorial MS Comedy Night

Come out to the Cicero American Legion for a night of comedy. The night will be hosted by comedian Steve Rogers and will feature AJ Foster, Dustin Czarny, and headliner Tom Anzalone. All proceeds will go to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Resources of Central New York.12034488_10154232734151038_8182505415782960599_o

Where: Cicero American Legion, 5575 Legionnaire Drive, Cicero

When: Friday, Oct. 2: 5:30 p.m. (food), 7 p.m. (show)

Cost: $15 (advance) | $20 (door)

Strathmore Ghost Walk

This weekend welcomes another round of Onondaga Historical Association-guided ghost tours. Enjoy the tales of past Syracuse residents, and take a way a significant dose of history. Every 15 minutes a guided tour will take place. This event is for adults only.

Follow the link above for tickets. Call (315) 428-1864 x 312 for more info and for the discount code (for OHA members).

Where: Fire Barn at Onondaga Lake Park, 500 Summit Ave., Syracuse
When: Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $15 (general) | $12 (OHA members)


Walk to End Alzheimer’s 

The Alzheimer’s Association’s annual fundraiser aims to raise awareness, funds and support to end the disease.

Where: Long Branch Park, 3813 Long Branch Road, Liverpool
When: Saturday, Oct. 3: 8:30 a.m.
Cost: Free Admission; Donations appreciated

Walk to Remember

The annual walk honors babies who have dies through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth, in infancy or childhood death.

Where: Long Branch Park, 3813 Long Branch Road, Liverpool
When: Sunday, Oct. 4: 1 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission; Donations appreciated


The festivals (and tournaments) continue…

Apple Harvest Festival

The 33rd Annual festival in Downtown Ithaca celebrates not just apples, but agricultural communities and maintaining a local mentality. Enjoy live music, food, and a variety of entertainment — including a juggler.

Where: Ithaca Commons, Ithaca
When: Friday, Oct. 2: 12-6 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 3: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Sunday, Oct. 4: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: $30

CNY Great Pumpkin Festival

The largest Central New York pumpkin festival takes place in Oswego’s Washington Park. The annual festival provides plenty of family-friendly activities, rides, food, entertainment, pony rides a pumpkin toss, and much more. There will also be a best-tasting pie contest during the Great Pumpkin weigh-in. 
The giant pumpkins will be on display on Saturday, Oct. 3 only.

Where: Washington Park, Oswego
When: Saturday, Oct. 3: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m | Sunday, Oct. 4: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission

10518701_730329047025193_756596128604301926_nCortland Great Pumpkinfest

Pumpkin-themed family fun with plenty of food, music, and activities for all to enjoy.

Where: Courthouse Park, Church St., Cortland
When: Friday, Oct. 2: 4:30-9 p.m. |  Saturday, Oct. 3: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m | Sunday, Oct. 4 from 12-5 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission

Craft Cocktail Battle 

Round #2 of the beverage-based tournament features 16 bartenders from the area, showcasing their skills and artistry in the the world of craft cocktails. Four bartenders will compete each night, and the crowd will choose the winner. Cost includes a one free beverage, free samples of the cocktails concocted, and food.

Where: The York, 247 W. Fayette St., Syracuse
When: Sundays: Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15
Cost: $20 (advance) | $25 (door)

Festival of Races

The annual family-fitness event features the men’s 5K run (8:50 a.m.), women’s 5K run (9:50 a.m.), a 3K fun/fitness run (10:45 a.m.), and a community walk (10:45 a.m.). Come celebrate fitness, wellness, and community at the annual racing event.

Where: The Lampe Athletic Complex, Comstock Ave. and E. Colvin St.
When: Sunday, Oct. 4: 8:30 a.m.
Cost: $10-$30 (to participate) | Free Admission

Oswego Oktoberfest

The first beer is on Friends of Oswego, and a signature mug is available for free, but while supplies last. Come and enjoy live music and 17 different crafts. Event will occur rain or shine.

Where: Washington Park, Oswego
When: Friday, Oct. 2 from 4-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 | Free (15 and younger — with a paid adult)

Skaneateles Fall Festival

The leaves are changing, and the small western village plenty of elegance to see. Skaneateles Fall Fest kicks off with First Friday at Gallery 54, starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday, for $10, build a scarecrow in Clift Park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; rain location will be Skaneateles YMCA (97 State St.). Enjoy horse and wagon rides each afternoon, starting at The Sherwood Inn.

Where: Village of Skaneateles

When: Friday, Oct. 2: 5 p.m. – evening | Saturday, Oct. 3 – Sunday, Oct. 4: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission; Some events have fees


This weekend at the Fairgrounds

Autumn in New York Horse Show

Where: Toyota Coliseum
Thursday, Oct. 1 – Sunday, Oct. 4

NY Rabbit & Cavy Breeders Association Show

Where: Exhibit Center
Sunday, Sept. 24 – Monday, Sept. 2

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