CNY Events to Warm Your Weekend

As temperatures begin to drop, these local events are sure to brighten your weekend.

Baby, it’s cold outside. To help you get used to the return of colder temperatures, here’s a list of things going on this week. Hopefully there are some some unique ones to try out and enjoy.

We have improv and stage antics, outdoor activities for the adventuresome, indoor cozy options for the less tolerant, some are ongoing and some are unique in their own right.

On behalf of the Syracuse New Times staff, I have to thank you for being patient. The new website has taken off with a speedy entrance, and the vehicle has dropped and scattered some debris while finding its footing. We are progressing with its look and maneuverability — especially when it comes to submitting events. Please see more information about submitting at the bottom of this events listing.

I hope everyone’s 2016 is off to a great start!


Weather Forecast

(Subject to change, of course.)


Temperature: 38 degrees / 20 degrees
Conditions: Cold.


Temperature: 38 degrees / 30 degrees
Conditions: You’re getting warmer…


Temperature: 44 degrees / 37 degrees
Conditions: Warmer… Keep going…


Temperature: 50 degrees / 26 degrees
Conditions: You got it!

“Alice in Wonderland”

The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre takes patrons on a magical and interactive adventure through Wonderland, joining Alice and the unforgettable cast of characters.

Where: Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Jan. 8 | 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $6 | 449-3823

Brothers McCann

vig.McCannThe Folkus Project kicks off 2016 with the trio of Boston-based folk rockers.

Where: May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Jan. 8 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $15 | Buy Online

Cross-Country and Snowshoeing

Baltimore Woods

Snowshoeing only. Bring your own snowshoes, but rentals are available.

Snowshoes: $5

Where: 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus
When: Open daily
Cost: Free admission | 673-1350

Beaver Lake

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Bring your own snowshoes or skis. Snowshoe rentals available.

Snowshoes: $5/hour

Weekend guided snowshoeing (Saturday and Sunday): 2 p.m.

Where: 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville
When: Open daily | Weekend Guided Tours (preregistration required)
Cost: $4/admission | 683-2519

Highland Forest

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Bring your own snowshoes or skis. Snowshoe and ski rentals available.

Snowshoes: $10/adults, $5/children (15 and under)
Ski Day Pass: $10/adults. $5/children (15 and under) | Individual items (poles, skis, boots): $7
Ski Season Pass: $25/adults. $15/children (15 and under)

Where: 1254 Highland Park Road, Fabius
Cost: $3/day, $20/annual vehicle admission | 683-5550

Oneida Shores

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. No rentals, bring your own skis.

Where: 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton
Cost: Free admission | 676-7366

Onondaga Lake Park

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing: Shoreline Walking Trail, the Long Branch Park loop or on the West Shore Trail. No rentals, bring your own skis.

Where: 106 Lake Drive, Liverpool
Cost: Free admission | 453-6712

“Finding Noah”

10492186_964180333648109_3541122186089307159_nThe documentary follows explorers as they venture to the summit of Mt. Ararat and through the perilous Turkish highlands in search of the alleged remains of Noah’s Ark.

Where: The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, Jan. 7 | 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $10/adult, $5/kids | 463-9240


Salt City Improv: “Blue Bin” Show

Come check out a recycled theme painted new again with long-form house team Skittle Fit opening up for short-form headliners, Pork Pie Hat. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Salt City Improv Theatre, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Jan. 9 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $10 | 410-1962

Syracuse Improv Collective: New Year’s Aftermath Bank Show

The improv show-in-a-bank returns to the now-revamped art gallery. House teams No Friends Just Benefits, Heavy Metal Heatwave and Satan’s Closet precede a closing open improv jam. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Vault, 451 S. Warren St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Jan. 8 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $5 | 430-9027

Joe Crookston

The multi-instrumentalist, artist and storyteller is featured in an intimate performance in Oswego.

Where: Oswego Music Hall, McCrobie Building, 41 Lake St., Oswego
When: Saturday, Jan. 9 | 8 p.m.
Cost: $16/advance, $18/door, half-priced/ages 5-12, free/5 and younger | Buy Online | 342-1733

“Move Over Mrs. Markham”

momm_logo-478x380Dustin Czarny brings and directs another Ray Cooney and John Chapman farce to the CNY Playhouse stage. The English comedy is nothing short of

Thursday, Jan. 8 | 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 9 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 10 | 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 11 | 8 p.m.

Where: Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
When: Friday, Jan. 8 – Saturday, 23
Cost: $17/Thursdays, Sundays; $20/Fridays, Saturdays | Buy Online | 885-8960

Snow Leopard Days

Can you warm up to a deal? For all of January and February zoo admission is half-priced. Not a bad deal, right? It’s a prime time to see all the animals romp around in the snow.

Be sure to snap away! There is a photo contest going on, and submissions have to be in by the end of the month.

Where: Rosamond Gifford Zoo, One Conservation Place, Syracuse
When: Friday, Jan. 8 – Saturday, 23
Cost: Free with admission: $4/adults; $2.50/seniors 62 and older; $2/children ages 3-18; Free/children 2 and younger, vets and active military

Syracuse Crunch

Hershey Bears head up the highway to Syracuse to take on the Crunch.

Where: Oncenter War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Jan. 9 | 7 p.m.
Cost: $2/vehicle | Buy Online | 473-4444

Syracuse Silver Knights

The Silver Knights host the Harrisburg Heat.

Where: Oncenter War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Jan. 8: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $17.50 (adult), $14.50 (youth) | 303-7261

Syracuse University Men’s Basketball

Come on and raise up, Syracuse: North Carolina is in town.

Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Jan. 9 |12 p.m.
Cost: $45 | Buy Online | 1-888-DOME-TIX

Syracuse University Women’s Basketball

Syracuse basketball continues this Sunday when the women host the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse
When: Sunday, Jan. 10 |2 p.m.
Cost: $20/courtside; $10/adult; $5/seniors, 12 and under | Buy Online | 1-888-DOME-TIX

Winter Farmer’s Market/Art Exhibit

It’s the second Saturday of the month, which means the Baltimore Woods market is taking place this weekend. Be sure to check out the John A. Weeks art exhibit while shopping locally. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Feb. 27.

Where: Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus
When: Saturday, Jan. 9: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend



Trying to submit an event? Frustrated? Irritated?

Here at Syracuse New Times, we value our events calendar. It’s a free listing, and we want you to have easy access to it. Our publication has a strong opinion: If we don’t know what is going on in the area, the vast majority might not know either. Having this calendar is absolutely essential.

After changing over to a new website, a few technological hiccups occurred. The first: Logging in. You are still registered with us, but your password might not be.

  • Go to the top menu bar, hover over “Calendar” and click on “Add Event.”
  • Type in your user name and password.
    • If you’re denied, click “Lost your password?” and request a new one.
    • An email will be sent to you; if it’s not there, check your junk box.
      • Your username will be listed, and a link to reset the password will be provided.
    • If the email doesn’t show, you may have not registered with that specific email.
      • You can register that email address.

After logging in with the user name and new password, you’re ready to add your event for review. Be sure to provide the name of the event, and list the details in the body.You will see two columns.  In the right column:

  • Choose the category (i.e. club dates for all music, outings for outdoor events, stage for plays and musicals, etc.).
  • Pick the start and end dates.
  • Pick the times.
    • Please note the drop-down menu says AM and PM in front of the numeric time, and the numeric value will not be seen after you select it (this is one of the issues we are looking into).
  • Choose the frequency (daily, weekly, monthly) and choose the days of the week if it is a recurring event.
In the left column:
  • Add a photo (if you so choose).
  • In the following gray bar, add a link to the website or Facebook event.
  • Be sure to add the venue and address next. You have to write/paste it in.
    • If not, no one will know where your event is taking place.
    • I will find you. Don’t make me come over there.
  • Add a phone number if you’d like.
  • Lastly, write in the street address
    • This coordinates with the added map. This way mobile and computer users can get those directions.
Thank you for your patience while we’re adjusting ourselves to make your submission process smoother. Any questions, concerns and rage can be directed to Christopher Malone at [email protected] or by phone: (315) 422-7011 x139.
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