15 Ways (and More) to Fill Your Weekend


Fill your weekend with these events

If every weekend was a primer for the following weekend, how much excitement would actually escalate? What is the amount of excitement that would be the tipping point where our heads would explode? We’re not even halfway through July, and there is much more fun to come.

Here are more than 15 things to do this weekend. Plus, it’s only the tip of what else has to be offered, and there should be no boredom or complaining.

The Boilermaker is also this weekend, but there are no more registrations being accepted. This is a spectacular event for adults and children of all ages, and we wish all participants the best of luck.


Weather Forecast 


Temperature:  73 °F / 59 °F
Conditions: There will be a 60 percent chance of rain.


Temperature: 81 °F / 61 °F
Conditions: Perfect day for sun, perfect night for blues.


Temperature: 85 °F / 64 °F
Conditions: Wear your sunblock, and wear shades all night long.


Temperature: 88 °F / 64 °F
Conditions: This extra day of sun will precede three days of rain.


Weekend Fun!


City Market

It’s the second Sunday of this so-far sensational summer month. Make your way down to Armory Square this weekend for brunch and some shopping. It’ll be a beautiful day to browse, buy, and support local vendors.

Where: Armory Square, Downtown Syracuse
When: Sunday, July 12: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend

Don’t Feed the Actors

Central New York’s longest running short form improv comedy troupe is hitting the stage at The Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall this weekend.

Where: The Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse
When: Saturday, July 11: 6:30 p.m. (dinner) and 8 p.m. (show)
Cost: $25 (dinner and show); $12 (show only)11248959_10153326798460629_1227074001338330650_n


Our cover story this week highlights The Covey Theatre Company and their production of Hair. The four-night musical performances will be taking place at the BeVard Studio at the Mulroy Civic Center.

Where: BeVard Studio, Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Friday and Saturday, July 10-11 and July 17-18 (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Cost: $31

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 9: Annie Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 10: Raiders of the Lost Ark at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 11: Cartoon Classics at 10 a.m.
Saturday, July 11: Rebecca at 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 11: Raiders of the Lost Ark at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 12: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly at 2 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

Syracuse Improv Collective / Fugulele

The SIC is bringing their show back to Downtown Syracuse to the home base of the collective. The show is filled with Syracuse- and Rochester-based troupes that will live up to their expectations to “blow minds.” The all-ukulele Fugazi cover band, Fugulele, will be headlining and ending the show on a rebellious note or two. Bring a chair and maybe a refreshing beverage.

Where: The Bank, 451 S. Warren St., Syracuse
When: Friday, July 10: 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Cost: $5

Yonder Mountain String Band w/ The Blind Owl Band

The Baldwinsville outdoor concert venue welcomes the Colorado bluegrass band and their openers from Saranac Lake. The progressive folk, bluegrass, string-driven show will definitely not disappoint.

Where: Papermill Island, 136 Spensieri Ave., Baldwinsville
When: Friday, July 10: 8 p.m.
Cost: $25

Weekly Fare

Candlelight Series

This week Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarb will be headlining the outdoor concert held in Armory Square, in front of The M.O.S.T. The duo appeals to all ages and is a crowd favorite, considering their style, playing originals and jazzing up covers. Swing This! will be opening up.

Where: Armory Square, Downtown Syracuse
When: Saturdays, July 11 – Aug. 1: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free83167_PS_CandlelightSeriesPoster2015.indd

Coleman’s Block Party

Don’t be surprised to hear singing and hear dancing feet if you’re driving through Tipperary Hill Thursday evening. Mere Mortals will be creating a stir beneath Coleman’s pavilion from 6 p.m. until dark. After their set, head inside to hear Tiger’s acoustic set

Where: Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub, 100 S. Lowell Avenue, Syracuse
When: Thursdays, July 9 – 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., Syracusec
When: Thursdays, July 9 – Sept. 3: 5-8 p.m
Cost: $5

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 11 – Aug. 16
Cost: $26.95 (adults), $15.95 (5 to 11), Free (4 and younger)

The Festivals Continue…

Finger Lakes Lavender Festival

The 8th Annual Lavender Festival will be taking place at Lockwood Lavender Farm again this year. Local artists and crafters will display and sell their wares, Kreb’s Chef Austin Johnson will be providing a cooking demonstration, blacksmith and wool shearing demonstrations, and much more. Pets are not allowed due to insurance reasons.

Where: Lockwood Lavender Farm, 1862 W. Lake Road, Skaneateles
When: Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission and parking; Cut-your-own lavender: $5 (per bunch)

French Festival

In the early 19th Century, northern New York was a beacon for French settlement. The weekend-long event featured a parade, marching bands, local groups and vendors, and Napoleon himself. (Really, the military and political leader had a home built there.)

Where: Cape Vincent
When: Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

New York State Blues Festival

The New York State Blues Fest will be shaking the streets again this year, and the lineup is filled with fantastic local and national acts. There will be a kick off (July 9), after hours parties (July 10 & 11), and a mini blues fest in The Boneyard (July 12) at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Here is the schedule:


4 p.m. — Castle Creek
5 p.m. — Phil Petroff & Natural Fact
6:15 p.m. — The Highjivers
7:30 p.m. — Danielle Nicole Band
9 p.m. — The Kingsnakes

Between sets: Miss E and Judge Gazza


Noon — Homemade Instrument Workshop11722573_10153063306356884_5562888333051777699_o
1 p.m. — The Signature Student Band
2 p.m. — The Swamp Divers
3:15 p.m. — Los Blancos
4:30 p.m. — John Primer
6 p.m. — The Carolyn Kelly Blues Band w/ Soul of Syracuse
7:30 p.m. — Devon Allman Band
9 p.m. — Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Between sets: Chris Merkley, Tim Herron, and Damdog

Where: Clinton Square, Downtown Syracuse
When: Friday, July 10: 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, July 11: noon-11 p.m.
Cost: Free

St. Elias Middle Eastern Festival

Traditional food, music, and entertainment can be found at this long-running cultural festival. Through the course of three days, enjoy many food courses

Where: St. Elias Antiochnan Orthodox Christian Church, 4988 Onondaga Road, Syracuse
When: Friday, July 10: 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, July 11: noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, July 12: noon-6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission and parking

Up to bat with the Chiefs

Onondaga County Volunteer Fireman Night / Doubleheader

Come out and thank all the volunteer firemen for their dedication and service to the communities throughout the county. A doubleheader will take place, making up a postponed game from April. Fireworks will light up the sky after the games.

When: Friday , July 10
Versus: Rochester Red Wings
Game: 5:05 p.m.

Super Saturday!

Utility Man will be visiting NBT Stadium, performing and interacting and engaging the crowd. Chiefs players will be on the concourse from 5:30-6:15 p.m., signing team photos; 1,500 photos will be given away. Fireworks will be set off after the game.

When: Saturday, July 11
Versus: Rochester Red Wings
Game: 7:05 p.m.

Family Sunday / Pirates & Princesses Day

Utility Man is back in action with his tricks, impersonations, and antics. Come dressed up in your best pirate or princess attire.

When: Sunday , July 12
Versus: Rochester Red Wings
Game: 1:05 p.m.

To download the season schedule, CLICK HERE

(Michael Davis Photo | Syracuse New Times)
Michael Davis Photo | Syracuse New Times

This weekend at the Fairgrounds

Huck Finn Classic Horse Show

Where: Race Arena
Thursday, July 9, to Sunday, July 12 (Began Tuesday, July 7)

Empire State Paint Horse Club/Pinto Paint-O-Rama Show

Where: Toyota Coliseum
Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12

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