More Than 20 Enticing Events This CNY Weekend

Rain, rain go away. Come again another day. All these puddles for miles on end, save it for another weekend.

Or just come down during the week. Rain is nice and especially for the earth, but — if you’re not at an outdoor concert — it’s better looking from inside.  However, there are such things as umbrellas.

Looking at this week’s list of events, if you count up all the specific items, there are well over 30 things to do. And I didn’t include everything. (That’s why we have a free weekly magazine.)

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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Weekend Fun!

The Addams Family 

Wednesday has fallen in love. The only catch: He’s “normal.” Now Gomez and Morticia have to prepare to meet his parents, because they are hosting them for dinner. Our James McKillop calls the comedic production a “ghoulish good time.”

Wednesdays (2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.)
Thursdays – Saturdays (7:30 p.m.)
Sundays (2 p.m.)

Where: The Cortland Repertory Theatre, 6799 Little York Lake Road, Preble
When: Thursday, July 16 – Saturday, July 25
Cost: $29 – $33 (Thursdays to Saturdays); $25 – $28 (Wednesday and Sundays)


Elton John and Tim Rice’s production of the tale of Nubian princess Aida takes the stage at The Central New York Playhouse. The award winning musical explores the power of society and forbidden love. Opening night is Friday, July 17. Shows Thursday to Saturday begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m.

Where: The Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
When: Friday, July 17 – Saturday, August 1
Cost: $34.95 (Saturday, July 25 dinner and show); $25 (Fridays and Saturdays); $22 (Thursdays and Sundays)

Aries Spears 

The comedic Mad TV alum known for his James Brown impersonations takes the stage at Syracuse’s Funny Bone for five performances in three nights. The writer and standup has been seen on ConanComics Unleashed, and The Underground aside various appearances.

Where: Funny Bone, Destiny USA
When: Friday, July 17 (7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.); Saturday, July 18 (7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.); Sunday, July 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Cost: $23

show-category-special-performancesGiant Puppet Circus

This free circus features over 50 children who have trained and rehearsed various activities: juggling, puppetry, and performance art. The Circus is at Blessed Sacrament School at 3129 James St., east of Midler Ave.

Where: The Open Hand Theatre, 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse
When: Saturday, July 18: 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free


The Covey Theatre Company’s production of Hair continues this week, but closes this weekend. The show has received great reception, and it’s not to be missed. Oh, and two shows have been added since last week: tonight and Sunday. The performances will be taking place at the BeVard Studio at the Mulroy Civic Center. Doors open a half hour before each show.

Thursday, July 16 (8 p.m.)
Friday, July 17 (8 p.m.)
Saturday, July 18 (8 p.m.)
Sunday, July 19 (4 p.m.)

Where: BeVard Studio, Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, July 16 – Sunday, July 19
Cost: $31

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes mystery is parodied in this Hangar Theatre production. Mystery, suspense, and laughter. Sounds like a winning combination.

Where: Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd.
When: Thursday, July 16 – Saturday, July 25
Cost: Tickets start at $20 (matinee)

Jerry Seinfeld

The Seinfeld and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee star returns to Syracuse, bringing his life-based clean humor to the Landmark’s stage.

Where: The Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse
When: Friday, July 17: 7 p.m.
Cost: $58.60 – $136.35 (prices include fees)

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It’s that time of the year when the Aurora establishment opens its doors and offers 80 percent off it’s popular merchandise.

Where: MacKenzie-Childs, 3260 Rt. 90, Aurora
When: Thursday, July 16 – Sunday, July 19; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Make-A-Wish’s Walk on the Wild Side

The 2nd Annual Walk on the Wild Side fundraiser, honoring the Heitkamp family, will be taking place at the Wild Animal Park in Chittenango. Price of admission includes demonstrations, goodies, games and more.

Where: Wild Animal Park, 7621 Lakeport Road, Chittenango
When: Friday, July 17: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $25; Children (3-12): $20

Salt City Improv

Believe it or not, Syracuse has an improv scene. Salt City Improv is collaborating with CNY Jazz, and their troupe Pork Pie Hat will be performing short form improv at the Jazz Central venue.

Where: Central New York Jazz Foundation, 441 E. Washington St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, July 18: 8 p.m.
Cost: $10

Summer Films Under the Stars

The outdoor film series in the museum’s Community Plaza is showing the 1960 classic adaption of H.G. Wells’ The Time MachineFood, art, and comic book vendors will be onsite. Watch out for Morlocks.

Where: Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse
When: Thursday, July 16: 8 p.m.
Cost: Free admission


Symphoria’s Brass Quintet will be… well, music to your ears. Visit the amphitheater in Thornden Park for an evening of entertainment.

Where: Thornden Park, 201 Ostrom Ave., Syracuse
When: Sunday, July 19: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Tech Meets Taste

The Tech Garden is marking its 10th Anniversary this year, and to celebrate, there will be several events to commemorate the milestone. Today Syracuse First and AmeriCU are teaming up to bring back Tech Meets Taste. Come visit, network, and enjoy everything what’s good about being local.

Where: The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, July 16: 5-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free admission


Weekly Fare

Candlelight Series

If you can’t get to Jazz Fest this weekend, jazz vocalist Marissa Mulder will be headlining the outdoor concert held in Armory Square. Danielle Patrice will be making a debut, opening up.

Where: Armory Square, Downtown Syracuse
When: Saturdays, July 18 – Aug. 1: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Coleman’s Block Party

At 6 p.m. Dave Matthews Band cover band Big Eyed Phish will be jamming under the pavilion until dark. DJ Visa Versa playing tunes inside at 10 p.m.

Where: Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub, 100 S. Lowell Avenue, Syracuse
When: Thursdays, July 16 – Aug. 20: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

large_kZTzat2Da2ZEVn90FNW15tIU9wQDowntown 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., Syracusec
When: Thursdays, July 16 – Sept. 3: 5-8 p.m
Cost: $5

The Landmark Theatre Summer Film Series

The film series continues this week with more gems to enjoy. If you have or have not seen these classic films, you should swing on down to catch them in a historic theatre and on the big screen — the way movies were meant to be seen.

Thursday, July 16: A Streetcar Named Desire at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 18: Seven Samurai at 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 18: Breakfast at Tiffany’s at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 18: Taxi Driver at 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 19: City Lights at 2 p.m
Sunday, July 19: Breakfast at Tiffany’s at 6:30 p.m

Where: The Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse
When: Thursday, July 11 – Sunday, July 12
Cost: $5 per film or $25 for a strip of 10 tickets

Sterling Renaissance Festival

The 39th Annual Sterling Renaissance Festival begins this weekend until mid-August. As always, there will be plenty of themed entertainment and events every weekend, rain or shine. Allow yourself to transport through time to bask in and enjoy live entertainment and talk to the personalities. There will be plenty of food and beverages to go around, so coolers with goodies are not allowed in. No pets allowed, but there is free parking.

Where: 15385 Farden Road, Sterling
When: Saturdays and Sundays, July 18 – Aug. 16
Cost: $26.95 (adults), $15.95 (5 to 11), Free (4 and younger)


The Festivals Continue…

Curbstone Festival & More Skaneateles Fun  

For three days the streets of Skaneateles will be filled with over 30 local vendors, promoting discounted items. There will be live entertainment, music, food, and a variety of demonstrations courtesy Rhubarb, Imagine, and more. On Friday, July 17, the annual Duck Dash will be taking place along Kelly Street from 5-7 p.m. The ducks will race down Skaneateles Creek, competing for a variety of prizes. Grand prize winner will receive $1,000 cash. Items, religious and antique, from the former Stella Maris Retreat Center (130 E. Genesee St.) will be up for sale. Money raised will go towards operating funds for Sisters of St. Francis.

Farmers Market: Thursdays: 3:30-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Curbstone Festival: Thursday, July 16 – Saturday, July 18
Stella Maris Sale: Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – noon
Duck Dash: Friday: 5-7 p.m.
Community Band Concert in Clift Park or Austin Park Pavilion (when rain): Friday: 7:30 p.m.
Skaneateles Fishing Derby: Saturday: 9 a.m. – noon
Sandbagger Sailboat Race: Sunday: 2 p.m.

Where: The Village of Skaneateles
When: Thursday, July 16 – Sunday, July 19
Cost: Free admission for most; Duck Dash participation: $5 per ticket

11391464_855230567881123_7822486898304461880_nLumberjack Festival

The third weekend of July means it’s time for the Lumberjack Festival, a.k.a. Deposit Days Festival. This 39th Annual celebration is a three-day celebration filled with a parade rides, food, arts and crafts, music and more! If you’re in that neck of the woods, be sure to stop by.

Where: Deposit
When: Friday, July 17: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday, July 18: 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 19: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

M&T Jazz Festival

With the 33rd Annual Jazz Festival, Syracuse continues to be consistent and dedicated to highlighting local and national acts for this two-day event. The four national acts Lake Street Dive, Buckwheat Zydeco, Wynton Marsalis and Aretha Franklin may be the culminating acts both evenings, but the local acts are nothing short of entertaining. Be sure to pick up a copy of our paper for a free program that gives you the skinny on the fun and fare.

Friday, July 17

City of Syracuse Parks & Recreation All Star Band (5 p.m.)
AppleJazz (6 p.m.)
Buckwheat Zydeco (7:45 p.m.)
Wynton Marsalis & The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (9:30 p.m.)

Saturday, July 18

Notefied (5 p.m.)
The Upstate Burners (6 p.m.)
Lake Street Dive (7:45 p.m.)
Aretha Franklin (9:30 p.m.)

Where: Onondaga County Community College
When: Friday, July 17 – Saturday, July 18
Cost: Free admission, $5 parking free (before 6 p.m.) and $10 (after 6 p.m.)

Peak Fest

On Friday evening, Shawn “Big Sexy” Smith will be kicking off the festivities from 6-10 p.m. at Trax Pub. On Saturday, the festival begins at 1 p.m. with a variety activities and regional music before headliner Kellie Pickler takes the stage.

Gates open for chairlift rides, lunch, marketplace (1 p.m.)
Wolf Radio Country Showdown Sponsor Welcome (2:30 p.m.)
Bill Ali & Shotgun Showdown (3:15 p.m.)
Tink Bennett & Tailor Made (4:30 p.m.)
The Hootz (Hootn’Anges) (5:45 p.m.)
Sponsor Recognition (6:45 p.m.)
Kellie Pickler (7:15 p.m.)
After Party at Trax (8:30 p.m.)

Where: Greek Peak Mountain Resort, 2000 Rt. 392, Cortland
When: Friday, July 17 – Saturday, July 18
Cost: $10 kickoff party ; $35 admission, $5 parking


Syracuse Nationals

The largest car show in the Northeast returns to the New York State Fairgrounds this weekend. The unique event is an annual staple that includes plenty of live music, food, and classic cars.

Where: New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse
When: Friday, July 17 – Saturday, July 18: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, July 19: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $18 (gate), $13 (advance); Children (6-12): $8 (gate), $6 (advance)


Up to bat with the Chiefs

Dollar Thursday

Enjoy $1 Hofmann hot dogs; $1 Coca-Cola products; pick up $1 programs; and responsibly consume $2 Bud, Labatt, Saranac, and 1911 drafts.

When: Thursday , July 16
Versus: Gwinnett Braves
Game: 7:05 p.m.

Oldies/Doo-Wop Night

This “Fashback Friday,” courtesy of the Chiefs, will bring you back to the 1950s. The themed evening will feature plenty of music from the decade as well as a good old-fashioned baseball game. Fireworks will light up the sky after the game.

When: Friday , July 17
Versus: Gwinnett Braves
Game: 7:05 p.m.

Back to the Future Night

It’s the 30th Anniversary of the Back to the Future. Relive the 1980s classic film all evening long. A fireworks display will end the evening.

When: Saturday, July 18
Versus: Gwinnett Braves
Game: 7:05 p.m.

Family Sunday / Superhero Day

This Family Sunday come dressed up as your favorite superhero. The first 1,000 kids will receive a superhero cape courtesy of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. First 1,000 adults will receive a pillbox (as it’s Pillbox Medication Reminder Day). Kids 12 and under are free.

When: Sunday, July 19
Versus: Gwinnett Braves
Game: 1:05 p.m.

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Michael Davis Photo | Syracuse New Times

Michael Davis Photo | Syracuse New Times

This weekend at the Fairgrounds

No events are scheduled due to Syracuse Nationals.

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