More Than 20 Activities for a New CNY Autumn

Check out these activities and events for the start of autumn

Happy autumn, everyone. To celebrate, there are plenty of outdoor activities that are taking place this weekend.

Baltimore Woods is holding tea-related events, Beaver Lake is holding a canoe excursion, Marcellus Fall Festival, the Central Square Apple Festival and the Sportsmen’s Days festival are all taking place. There is plenty of music with Ambrosia, Hot Tuna, Symphoria and Jeffrey Broussard.

There are plenty of shows, on stage or film, and even one that takes place in a ring. For those thirsty for history, take a ghost walk with the OHA.

There is plenty to do, clearly, so now all you have to do is plan. Enjoy your weekend!


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Conditions: Sunny! Happy first autumn Sunday Funday!


This weekend…

9 to 5

The musical, based on the ’70s-based ’80s farce, is hitting the stage at The Central New York Playhouse and continues this weekend. Shows running from Thursdays to Saturdays begin at 8 p.m. Sunday afternoon shows run at 2 p.m. It’s the final weekend!

Where: The Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd., East Syracuse
When: Thursday, Sept. 24 – Saturday, Sept. 26
Cost: $22 (Thursdays and Sundays) | $25 (Fridays and Saturdays) | $39.95 (dinner and show)


The ’70s progressive rock band is coming to Oneida this weekend. After a hiatus in the ’80s, three of the four members are continuing the band’s vision since the latter part of the decade.

Where: Oneida High School Auditorium, 560 Seneca Street, Oneida
When: Saturday, Sept. 26: 8 p.m.
Cost: $30

Baltimore Woods A Very Merry Tea Party & Wild Side of Tea

Baltimore Woods is celebrating tea all day Saturday.

There will be a tea party from 10:30-11:30 a.m., and everyone is invited — including one push toy and an imaginary friend. The event is recommended for children 4 to 8 years of age. Dressing for the occasion is encouraged, and there will be plenty of activities on hand.

From 2-3 p.m., for those 8 and older, go for an adventure into the woods to forage and learn how to create teas from wild and natural ingredients.

Where: Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus
When: Saturday, Sept. 26
Cost: $9 (non-members, both events) | $6 (members, both events)

Big Fish

“A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal.” The musical adaptation of the novel continues at The Redhouse, telling the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose stories come across larger than life.

Where: The Redhouse Arts Center, 201 S. West St.,  Syracuse
When: Thursday, Sept. 24 – Saturday, Oct. 3
Cost: $30

Calimari Sisters’ Big, Fat, Italian Wedding

Calamari-Webpage-BannerBill Delapp summed the play up by saying “guys gussied up as gals will never go out of style.” This notable farce that is now playing at the Merry-Go-Round will definitely keep you laughing; falling in line with the notable pop culture efforts that have popped up through the years. The one liner and pun-filled show will keep you wanting more.

Where: Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 E. Lake Road, Auburn
When: Thursday, Sept. 24: 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. | Friday, Sept. 25: 8 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 26: 8 p.m.
Cost: $48 (general) | $43 (senior) | $20 (student 18 and older)

Early Autumn Paddle 

This weekend and next weekend, come to Beaver Lake and enjoy an outing that will encourage you to 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, Sept. 26 – Saturday, Oct. 3: 4 p.m.
Cost: $25 (includes canoe rental and snacks)

Hot Tuna Acoustic Duo

Jefferson Airplane alums Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen formed the blues group in the late ’60s, and are continuing to tour to this day. Although they fly under the radar, their notoriety continues to thrive. Ever the more reason to see them at an intimatehotT show at Center for the Arts of Homer.

Where: Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S. Main St., Homer
When: Friday, Sept. 25: 8 p.m.
Cost: $48 (general) | $43 (senior) | $20 (student 18 and older)

Insane Inflatable 5K

Just over three miles, approximately 10 inflatables that include a gigantic ball pit and a slide — this isn’t your typical race, a “fun run” indeed. Sure running is involved, but be sure to prepare yourself for a challenge and a workout. Military will receive a $5 discount with promotion code USA5 when checking out.

Where: Lafayette Apple Festival, 2430 Tully  Farms Road, LaFayette
When: Saturday, Sept. 26: 8:45 a.m.
Cost: $64 (until Sept. 25) | $75 (day of) | $100 (all-access pass)

Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys 

The Zydeco band showcases its prowess at The Nelson Odeon this weekend, playing classic and original tunes that celebrate the genre. Your ticket will assign you a seat, but who knows how long you’ll be sitting in it. Be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes.

Where: The Nelson Odeon, 4035 Nelson Road, Nelson
When: Sunday, Sept. 27: 7 p.m.
Cost: $24 (with web fees) | $26 (day of)


Syracuse is has a winning streak going, and it’s something to celebrate and support. The program is changing, and it’s important to be a part of it. Cheer on the Orange this Saturday.

Where: Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave, Syracuse
When: Saturday, Sept. 26: 12 p.m.
Cost: $45 – $160

Public Space Project Launch / Ice Cream Social 

To celebrate Downtown Syracuse, public space, its use and art, there will be two opportunities to meet Jerry Van Eyck of !melk urban design and artist Cecil Balmond. The events are to celebrate our city and the innovation that makes it better and unique. Friday’s launch will take place at SUNY Oswego Metro Center and the social be held in the park, where the artists want to meet with residents and receive feedback and input.

Where: SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 100 S. Salina St., Syracuse | Perseverance Park, Salina St. and Fayette St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Sept. 25: 12 p.m. | Saturday, Sept. 26: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission

Strathmore Ghost Walk

This weekend and next weekend will feature 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: Fridays Sept. 25 and Oct. 2: 6-8 p.m. | Saturdays, Sept. 26 and Oct. 3: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $15 (general) | $12 (OHA members)

Symphoria: “Cirque de la Symphonie”

Lawrence Loh will be conducting this show, which will feature instrumental musical prowess and incredible performance art: acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, and more.

Where: The Crouse-Hinds Theater, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Sept. 26: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $36 – $80 | $5 (College students with ID) | Free (18 and under)

WWE Live

The stars of WWE are returning to Syracuse. Join Chris Cena, Ryback, Big Show and the rest of your favorite and not-so-favorite wrestlers at the War Memorial.

Where: Onondaga War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Sunday, Sept. 27: 5 p.m.
Cost: $15 – $100



The festivals (and tournaments) continue…


Apple Festival of Central Square

‘Tis the season for orchards, and the Central Square Apple Festival turns 32 this year. There will be plenty of entertainment, food, family fun, and more!

Where: Brewerton Speedway, 60 Rt. 11, Central Square
When: Friday, Sept. 25 (5-9 p.m.) | Saturday, Sept. 26 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) | Sunday, Sept. 27 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Cost: $5 (per carload) | Free parking

SWM-Ad-1Canine Classic Walk & Festival 

Looking for information about pet adoption? There will be plenty of information and a variety of vendors at this fundraiser. The proceeds will benefit the local pet association to help underwrite the costs of sheltering and taking care of the cats and dogs they house. There will be a walk, demonstrations, a parade, and more.

Where: Jim Marshall Farms Foundation, 1978 New Boston Road, Chittenango
When: Sunday, Sept. 27: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m
Cost: Free Admission

Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days

There is something for everyone when it comes to the festival: archery, fishing, and skeet shooting among many other activities.

Where: Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, 1672 Rt. 321, Elbridge
When: Saturday, Sept. 26 – Sunday, Sept. 27: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 (per carload)

Marcellus Fall Festival

The annual Marcellus festival is taking place this Sunday. Three will be a variety of food, music, fun, and activities — golf ball drop, Irish Road Bowling, basketball shooting contest — that will help raise money for a variety of groups throughout the town, village, and school district.

Where: Marcellus Park, 2443 Platt Road., Marcellus
When: Sunday, Sept. 27: 12-4 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission

SU Human Rights Film FestivalSUHRFF-logo-2015

The 13th Annual film festival will be taking place this weekend. Here is the schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 24: “(T)error” by Lyric Cabral and David Sutcliffe | 7 p.m. | Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom, Dineen Hall

Friday, Sept: 25: “Overburden” by Chad A. Stevens | 7 p.m. | Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

Saturday, Sept. 26: “Blindsight” by Bob Sacha, “Stories of Our Lives” by Nest Collective | 1 p.m. | Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

Saturday, Sept. 26: “Landfill Harmonic” by Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley | 4 p.m. | Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

Saturday, Sept. 26: “Margarita, With a Straw” by Shonali Bose | 7 p.m. | Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

Where: Syracuse University, Syracuse
When: Thursday, Sept. 24 – Saturday, Sept. 26
Cost: Free Admission

World Indoor Lacrosse Championship

For the first time ever, the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship is coming to Syracuse. The tournament, which is held every four years, features lacrosse teams from all over the world. Aside the games, there will be plenty of other entertainment and food on hand. The ceremonies and games will take place at Tsha’Hon’nonyen’dakhwa’, 326 Rt. 11, Nedrow, Onondaga County War Memorial, and the Carrier Dome. Click here for the full schedule.

Where: Onondaga Nation Arena / Tsha’Hon’nonyen’dakhwa’, 326 Rt. 11, Nedrow | War Memorial | Carrier Dome
When: Thursday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 27
Cost: $20 – $65


This weekend at the Fairgrounds

Empire State Quarter Horse Association Fall Show 

Where: Toyota Coliseum, 4-H Rings, Exhibit Center
Thursday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Sept. 27

NYS Jack Frost Classic Empire State Meat Goat Show

Where: Goat Barn
Sunday, Sept. 24 – Monday, Sept. 2

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