15 Events for Your CNY Weekend

Events Editor Chris Malone gets you ready for the weekend with his events roundup.

Here is an upcoming forecast of 15 events to do in Syracuse and Central New York this weekend. There is a plethora of music, historical reenactments and lectures, along with a briefest, a roller derby doubleheader, a couple of races to benefit local nonprofits and a halfway-to-Christmas celebration, among several other outings.

Speaking of forecast, since the National Weather Service was so blatantly wrong last week, this week I’ve referenced the team at CNYCentral. (It’s probably best to rely on “local” anyhow.)

Weather Forecast 


Temperature:  77 °F / 57 °F
Conditions: Simply gorgeous.


Temperature: 78 °F / 59 °F
Conditions: Who needs processed breakfast when you have an actual sun?


Temperature: 70 °F / 57 °F
Conditions: Standing in a field with a golf club may not be the smartest idea.


Temperature: 70 °F / 55 °F
Conditions: To rain, or not to rain… That’s what Wayne’s askin’.

Oh, What Fun!


Our James MacKillop said: “Never dismiss 1776 as a history lesson. It’s brimming with conflict, self-sacrificing heroism, petty back-biting, love, sex, death and sin.” He also applauds the attention to detail, wit and energy of the production and performers. Sounds like a win for America. The patriotic show continues until Saturday, July 4.

Where: Cortland Repertory Theatre, 6799 Little York Lake Road, Preble
When: Thursday, June 25: 7:30 p.m. | Friday, June 26: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. | Saturday, June 27: 7:30 p.m.| Sunday, June 28: 2 p.m.
Cost: Evenings: $33 (center), $31 (side) | Matinees: $28, $26

Assault City Roller Derby


Syracuse’s one-and-only roller derby team returns for its season opener and doubleheader against the Dutchland Derby Rollers at The Oncenter. Assault City’s Assault Squad takes on the All-Stars, and our Battery Brigade takes on DDR’s Blitz at 7 p.m. If you can’t make this event, the home bouts of the season are: July 18, Aug. 8 and Aug. 22. Some proceeds will be donated to the Cat Coalition.

Where: The Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, June 27: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Doors at 4 p.m.) 
Cost: Adults: $12 | 12 & Under: Free

Little Moe 5K Walk/Run

Come one, come all! Whether you’re two-legged or four-legged, all are welcome to attend the family-friendly event. The 5K will take place on a flat course. This third Annual fundraiser is dedicated and named after a pony that the organization rescued and sent to Skanda Equine to recover. Moe passed away shorty after the rescue, and this event continues to raise awareness and will be donating its funds to the SPCA Horse Rescue.

Where: CNY SPCA, 5878 E. Molloy Road,
When: Sunday, June 28: 8:30-11 a.m.  
Cost: $30 | 12 & Under: Free

Old Crow Medicine Show & Sturgill Simpson

The New York State brewery, between their products and the acts they bring in, is consistent. The double bill will feature two country-driven performances that will have you dancing and reconsidering, recognizing what is wholehearted Americana/folk/country and what’s simply mainstream.

Where: Brewery Ommegang, 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown
When: Thursday, June 25: Doors open at 5 p.m. / Show starts at 7 p.m.
Cost: General Admission: $35 + $7 fee | Camping Add-on: $15 + $5 fee

Ride and Run for the Rescue

The family event has participants running or walking a 5K or riding bikes for various increments: two-mile family fun ride, 10-mile, 20-mile, 40-mile, or 62-mile rides. The event begins with a breakfast before the activities begin. There will be lunch after the races and games will available for the kids. Register online at the link above.

Where: Long Branch Park, 3813 Longbranch Road, Liverpool
When: Saturday, June 27: 6 a.m – 2 p.m.
Cost: 5K: $15 (with $110 fundraising goal) or $35 | Bike: $25 (with $110 fundraising goal) or $50

Summerland 2015: Everclear, Fuel, Toadies, American Hi-Fi

The 90s bands have… um… banded together, touring and making a stop at our New York brewery down I-90. For less than $30, you can enjoy some craft beer and reminisce with your friends about when these bands hit the airwaves.

Where: Saranac Brewery, 830 Varick St., Utica
When: Friday, June 26
Cost: General Admission: $27.50 | General Admission & Everclear Meet-and-Greet: $125

Weekly Fare

Coleman’s Block Party

The weekly Thursday Tipperary Hill happy hour party returns this week with Noisy Boys Trio taking the outdoor stage at 6 p.m., and DJ Visa Versa Entertainment will be the evening indoor entertainment at 10 p.m.

Where: The Pavilion at Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub, 100 S. Lowell Avenue, Syracuse
When: Thursday, June 25 to Aug. 20: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission


Downtown Get-Down

Once again, the team effort of Modern Malt and SKY Armory is holding its Thursday “Downtown Get-Down” to bring even more vibrancy to the Syracuse happy hour scene. Food, beverages, games, music … What more can you ask for?

Where: The Alley / 321 & 351 S. Clinton St., Syracuse
When: Every Thursday, June 25 to Sept. 3: 5-8 p.m.
Cost: $5

The Festivals Continue


Jamesville Balloonfest will be launching again this year, and it will be free for the first time! There will be three days filled with music, food, family fun, rides, and balloons (of course). Balloons will soar every day, weather permitting.  Beatlemania will be headlining Sunday evening.

Where: Jamesville Beach Park, 4110 Westshore Manor Road, Jamesville
When: Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28
Cost: Free admission | Ride tickets: Fri.: $20 all-night ride passes; Saturday and Sunday: $1.25 per ticket (rides require 3-4 tickets)

Cape Vincent Historical Weekend

If you have a love of history and/or looking to get out of town, head up to Cape Vincent for a historical-themed weekend. There will be battle reenactments, lectures, ships, period music and more. Check out weekend-long festival’s Facebook page for details.

Where: Cape Vincent
When: Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28
Cost: Free admission | Ride tickets: Fri.: $20 all-night ride passes; Saturday and Sunday: $1.25 per ticket (rides require 3-4 tickets)

Homemade Jam

The 2nd Annual Otisco acoustic music festival will be kicking off at 3 p.m. for an all-day jamboree. A children’s area will have activities, and food vendors will be available.

3 p.m. – Donna Dennihy and Easy Folk
3:50 p.m. – Golden-Novak Duo
4:45 p.m. – Jodogs
5:45 p.m. – Boots-n-Shorts
6:45 p.m. – Donna Colton and Sam Troublemaker
7:45 p.m. –  The Easy Ramblers63475_941526682553842_5735648561018735945_n

Where: Otisco Lake Community Center, 2223 Amber Road, Marietta
When: Saturday, June 27: 3-9 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

LEON Festival

We’re “halfway” to Christmastime, and this annual family-friendly celebration is returning to Onondaga Lake Park. The event will be complete with Lights on the Lake displays, face painting and crafts, magicians and balloon artists and much more. Fireworks will kick off at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Drive, Liverpool
When: Thursday, June 25: 5-10 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Syracuse Shakespeare Festival

We highlighted this week, but it’s so unique. We cannot get enough of outdoor performances. This is the final weekend for this Shakespearean historical drama will be taking place from Friday, June 19, to Sunday, June 28. The shows are free, but food and beverage vendors will be available. Donations are appreciated to keep this program going.

Where: Thornden Park Ampitheater, 201 Ostrom Avenue, Syracuse
When: Friday & Saturday, June 26 & 27: 5:30 p.m.| Sunday, June 28: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free

World of Beer Empire Brewfest

The Empire Brewfest will easily please craft beer fanatics and those just getting into them. The list of participating breweries are on the website, but not all of them are listed. Who doesn’t like a surprise? There will be music for your ears as well. Friday will feature Tommy Connors, Two Hour Delay, and Castle Creek. Tommy Connors & Friends, The Lightkeepers, Grupo Pagan, and Solar Garlic will all be jamming through Saturday. There is Brewfest Safe Ride Program for everyone to take advantage of; two to six people per vehicle allowance.

Where: Chevy Court, New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse
When: Friday, June 26: 5-10 p.m. | Saturday, June 27: 1-9 p.m.
Cost: All-day sampling: $35 | Pay as you go: $10 | Designated drivers: $5 | Safe Ride (two-way): $25/pp

Up to bat with the Chiefs

Dollar Thursday / Mullet Night

Enjoy $1 Hofmann hot dogs; $1 Coca-Cola products; pick up $1 programs; and responsibly consume $2 Bud, Labatt, Saranac, and 1911 drafts. Be sure to don your best mullet whether it’s s a wig or a fresh cut.

When: Thursday, June 25
Versus: Charlotte Knights
Game: 7:05 p.m.

Friday, June 26 – Friday, July 3

The Chiefs will be back on the road, but will return Saturday, July 4.
To download the season schedule, CLICK HERE

Syracuse Baseball

This weekend at the Fairgrounds

Syracuse International Horse Show

Where: Toyota Coliseum
Thursday, June 25 – Saturday, June 27

Bridle Path Manor Classic Horse Show Series

Where: 4-H Arena
Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28

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