28 Engaging CNY November Events

Check out these local events prior to Thanksgiving

Happy Friday! Welcome back to your weekly events listing through Syracuse New Times.


Enjoy the wind.

Have you started prepping for Thanksgiving yet? Well, to take your mind off the holiday stress, here is a list of almost 30 things for you to enjoy this weekend.

There are ladies-only outings, there are sporting events, fundraisers for a variety of great causes, music (of course), and we didn’t forget about the family-friendly activities either.

So what are your plans? Whatever you do, we hope that you have a great one!


Weather Forecast

(Subject to change, of course.)


Temperature:  67 degrees / 40 degrees
Conditions: That wind, I tell ya…


Temperature: 50 degrees / 32 degrees
Conditions: Sunnyish.


Temperature: 49 degrees / 38 degrees
Conditions: A whole lotta clouds.


Temperature: 45 degrees / 26 degrees
Conditions: The sky rains dandruff.


Arts and Crafts

$RR6H6DOStealing Scenes: An Illustrator’s Look at Shakespeare

A group of artists depicted passages from Shakespeare’s work, celebrating the bard’s 450th birthday last year. The exhibit went up in the Homer art center this past Monday, and the work will be on display until Nov. 30.

Stop by Center for the Arts tonight from 5-8 p.m. for the free opening reception. Members of the Homer Shakespeare Society will perform a scene from their production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Where: Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S. Main St., Homer
When: Thursday, Nov. 19: 5-8 p.m. (reception) | Open Mondays – Fridays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free | (607) 749-4900

Strathmore Artisans Arts and Crafts Sale

The Strathmore-based sale keeps growing and growing. The pre-Thanksgiving weekend event will be taking place at Bellevue Heights Memorial Church. According to the website, not all vendors will accept credit cards; be sure to carry cash and checks.

Where: Bellevue Heights United Methodist Church, 2112 S. Geddes St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Nov. 21: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday, Nov. 22: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free admission


Business / Community 

Fresh Ideas Summit

It all started in September (before “Shark Tanker” Daymond John graced Syracuse with his presence) when 40 Below sent out request for proposals to boast community engagement. Five have been chosen, and the ideas will be presented at the summit this evening at Everson Museum of Art. The winner, who will be chosen, will receive a grant worth up to $10,000.

Where: Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, Nov. 19: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free | 470-1880



Chaunte’ Wayans

The 19-year-old of the famous family stops through Auburn to showcase her brand of stand-up comedy. Local comedian AJ Foster opens.

Where: Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn
When: Saturday, Nov. 21: 8 p.m.
Cost: $15 | Buy Online | 253-6669

Gabriel Iglesias: #FluffyBreaksEven

He’s not fat, nor is he heavyset or chubby. The self-deemed “fluffy” comedian brings his stand up routine of observational humor back to Syracuse.

Where: Crouse Hinds Theater, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, Nov. 19: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $34, $44, $64, $114 | Buy Online | 435-2121


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“Koch Brothers Exposed” 

The Center for art is showcasing the Brave New Film documentary on the wealthy and criticized Koch Brothers, who have gained notoriety through political activity.

Where: Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S. Main St., Homer
When: Thursday, Nov. 19: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free | (607) 749-4900



Art Gone Wild! Reception, Sale and Auction

All of the art that has been on display since the beginning of the month is up for sale! Come by this animal-created art to help benefit the local chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers.

Where: Rosamond Giford Zoo at Burnet Park, One Conservation Place, Syracuse
When: Thursday, Nov. 19: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission (exhibition only) | $5 (per person atop admission) | Free (6 and younger atop admission) | Buy Online | 435-8511

Challenger Field of Dreams Baseball BashBaseBall_Bash-header

The 2nd Annual fundraiser for the inclusive outdoor multi-sports complex for the Syracuse Challenger league will be taking place this Saturday. Former Johnny Damon, formerly of the Red Sox and Yankees, will be making a guest appearance and signing autographs.

Where: OnCenter Ballroom, 800 S. State St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Nov. 21: 5-10 p.m.
Cost: $1,750 (table), $200 (individual) | Buy Online | No donation is too small | 447-6723

World of Beards 2: Return of the Beards

Syracuse Beard Council is, again, celebrating the art of facial hair manicuring whether you boast an intricate beard, mustache, lash or brow(s). Pay $5 to enter into the competition of your choice. Part of the proceeds benefit the No-Shave November Foundation.

Where: World of Beer, Destiny USA, Syracuse
When: Thursday, Nov., 19: 7-10 p.m.
Cost: Free admission, $5 (beard competition fee) | No donation is too small


The Great Outdoors

Weekend Guided Walks

Each weekend, stop by Beaver Lake Nature Center for guided walks and talks..

November 21 and 22 – Talking Turking
November 28 and 29 – Wildlife Preparing for Winter
December: Winter Wildlife Homes
January: Tracking Wildlife on Snowshoes*
February: Tracking Wildlife on Snowshoes*

*Offered only on snowshoes, with appropriate snowfall

Where: Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville
When: Saturday, Nov. 21 – Sunday, Nov. 22: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend with admission | Pre-registration may be required: 683-2519


Hands-On Family Fun

Candy Cane Open House

Stop in to the local candy shop two Saturdays in November for free candy samples, free cider, free cookies and a free tour. Patrons will have an opportunity to help make candy canes by hand. A special coupon can be used on open house days only.

Where: Hercules Candy Company, 209 W. Herman St., East Syracuse
When: Saturdays, Nov. 21 – Nov. 28: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Scented Delights

The family-friendly event encourages people of all ages participate in the soap and candle making workshop

Where: Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville
When: Saturday, Nov. 21 – Sunday, Nov. 22: 2 p.m.
Cost: $6 (members), $9 (non-members), Free (3 and younger) | Pre-registration is required | 673-1350

Wreath Making

This is the last Friday to make wreaths at Beaver Lake. Get in the mood for the holiday season by creating homemade decor to hang up this Thanksgiving onward.

Where: Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville
When: Friday, Nov. 20: 6 p.m.
Cost: $17 (per person) | Pre-registration is required | 683-2519


$RHIHRJ8History and Culture

Skä•noñh Peace Center Grand Opening

The peace center celebrates the Haudenosaunee culture and will feature new exhibits to celebrate the local, historic and native culture. Tomorrow evening a fundraising gala and dinner will take place; all proceeds will benefit the organization’s educational programming.

Where: 6680 Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool
When: Friday, Nov. 20: 6-9 p.m. (gala) | Saturday, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (grand opening)
Cost: $100/person (gala) | Free (Saturday grand opening) | 453-6767


Just Because, Ladies

Girls Night Out

Thanksgiving is next week, and then there will be an onslaught of holidays. Ladies, why not treat yourself before the shenanigans begin? Fill your night with chair massages (Bodyworks Massage), skin analysis (A New You Health Spa), sweet treats (Lune Chocolat), art tours, wine tasting, do-it-yourself stations… Yes, the list goes on.

Where: Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, Nov. 19: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $10 (members), $15 (non-members) |  474-6064

La Femme by Agathi Exhibition

Extend your weekend of pampering, and head over to the OnCenter this Sunday for a day of papering, mini spa treatments, health and financial seminars, and more. The first 500 guests will receive Waterloo Premium Outlets-sponsored “swag bags.”

Where: OnCenter Convention Center, 800 S. State St., Syracuse
When: Sunday, Nov., 22: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $5 (presale), $10(door) |  Buy Online | 474-6064



$R4OKP7LAnn Armstrong & Steve Hughes

Texas-based Ann Armstrong is bringing her acclaimed talent to CNY, playing a range of song styles as she illustrates her guitar playing abilities. The Folkus Project presents another evening of acoustic blues and folk ear candy.

Where: May Memorial Unitarian Church,  3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Nov. 20: 8 p.m.
Cost: $12 (members), $15 (non-members)

Golden Novak Band CD Release Party

Come celebrate the debut of “Rodeo” by The Golden Novak Band, and see why this band is making its mark in the local (and hopefully national) music scene.

Where: The Ridge Tavern, 1281 Sat Springs Road, Chittenango
When: Friday, Nov. 20: 8 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Homeward Bound Harmonies 

The CNY star-studded lineup features Jeb and Jock Guthrie with Bob Halligan, Jr., paying tribute to Simon and Garfunkel, The Dean Brothers, Todd Hobin Band and The Neverly Brothers.

Where: The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Nov. 21: 7 p.m.
Cost: $25 (advance), $30 (door), $45 (VIP) | Buy Online | 463-9240

Shot Gun Wedding

The Brooklyn-based band boasts their “city country” catalog, and will formally introduce Central New York. Their style incorporates a variety of genres, appealing to a

Where: The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Nov. 20: 7 p.m.
Cost: $15 | Buy Online | 435-2121

Symphoria: ‘French Connection’

This performance featuring Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” will be honored in memory to all the victims of terrorism.

Where: St. Paul’s Cathedral, 310 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Sunday, Nov. 22: 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $35(adult), $25 (senior), $5 (college student), Free (18 and under) | Buy Online



Syracuse Chiefs Holiday Sale

Here is your chance to pick up some of your home team’s swag for the perfect holiday gift for someone special… or treat yourself (you deserve it).

Thursday, Nov. 19 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 20 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21 – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22 – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 23 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 24 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 27 – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28 – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: NBT Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse
When: Thursday, Nov. 19 – Tuesday, Nov. 24 | Friday, Nov. 27 – Saturday, Nov. 28
Cost: Free admission

$RTY0OXSSyracuse Silver Knights

The Silver Knights host Detroit’s Waza Flo for their home opener. If this match-up was to be based on emblems alone: Come see the knights slay the dragons.

Where: Oncenter War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Nov. 20: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $17.50 (adult), $14.50 (youth) | Buy Online | 303-7261

Syracuse Sports Card & Memorabilia Show

Over 30 vendors will be selling a variety of autographed photos, vintage and modern sports cards, supplies, collectibles and more. Wrestling Champion Ethan Carter will be signing autographs on Sunday.

Where: Ramada at Carrier Circle, 6555 Old Collamer Road S., East Syracuse
When: Saturday, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Sunday, Nov. 22: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $3 (admission), Free (12 and younger) | 437-2761

Syracuse University Men’s Basketball

Following a recent win against St. Bonaventure, Syracuse hosts Elon this weekend with hopes to improve their weekend.

Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Nov. 21: 7 p.m.
Cost: $25 | Buy Online | 1-888-DOME-TIX



A Tribute to Monty Python’s Flying Circus

The Playhouse takes on favorite Monty Python skits for hilarious evening of sketch comedy.

Thursday, Nov. 19: 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 20: 8 p.m.
Saturday: Nov. 21: 8 p.m.

Where: The Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt

When: Thursday, Nov. 19- Saturday, Nov. 21
Cost: $17 (Thursday), $20 (Friday and Saturday)


This weekend at the Fairgrounds

CNY Theatre Organ Society Concert

The event will feature silent film “My Best Girl” (1927), and it will feature Bernie Anderson’s accompaniment on the historic 1925 Wurlitzer pipe organ.

Where: The Empire Theater, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

When: Sunday, Nov. 22: 2 p..m.
Cost: $15 (adults), $2 (children)

National Parts Peddler Trade Show

The racing magazine out of Syracuse is holding its annual three-day exhibition at the NYS Fairgrounds.

Where: Center of Progress Building, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

When: Friday, Nov. 20: noon-8 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Sunday, Nov: 22: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $15 (one-day pass), $25 (two-day pass), $30 (three-day pass)

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