Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 9
University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market.
Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and
Forestry present this marketplace of locally grown fruits and
vegetables, as well as soaps, ceramics and information about
sustainable farming. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Waverly Lot, corner of Waverly and
South Crouse avenues on the SU campus. Free. 443-5381.
Festa Italiana. Annual
celebration of the Salt City’s Italian heritage includes food, a bocce
tournament, outdoor Mass and music from Jimmy Cavallo, Letizia, Augie
& Dominick and The Scintas. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.;
Sunday, noon-8 p.m. City Hall at Montgomery Street. 463-5134.
SU Football. The Orange take on Northwestern. 7 p.m. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $18-$57. (888) DOME-TIX.
AppleFest. A Cooperstown-area
celebration of apples, antique tractors, music, games, food and wagon
rides. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Fly Creek Cider
Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. $2 donation fee; under 12, free. Free
parking. (607) 547-5895.
Oktoberfest. Celebration of all
things German with entertainment, children’s games, family contests and
plenty of food. Friday and Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free. 675-8321.
Apple Harvest Festival. Enjoy
crafts, food, children’s activities and entertainment during this
three-day celebration. Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10:30
a.m.-6:30 p.m. Downtown Ithaca. Free. (607) 277-8679.
SU Football. The Orange take on Maine. 7 p.m. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $18-$57. (888) DOME-TIX.
Salt City Cat Club Show.
Purebred and household cat competition, Friskies’ “Living Booth” and
stage show. Cat-friendly vendors have everything under kitty creation,
food for you and your pets. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Onondaga County War Memorial,
411 Montgomery St. Families, $12; adults, $5; children under 12, $3.
SU Football. The Orange take on South Florida. Noon. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $18-$57. (888) DOME-TIX.
Great Cortland Pumpkinfest.
Tons, literally, of pumpkins, with activities including weight-guessing
contests, crafters, games, food, a 5K race and more. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5
p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Courthouse Park, Church Street, Cortland.
Free; fees for the race. (607) 753-8463.
The Great Pumpkin Festival. See
the famous 1,000-pound pumpkins and gorge on pumpkin desserts, enjoy
wine-tasting, games, kiddie rides, crafters, corn maze and live music.
Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Washington Square
Park, East Fourth and Bridge streets, Oswego. Free. 343-7681.
Festival of Races. Annual
family-fitness event includes men’s and women’s 5K runs, 3K fun and
fitness run, a community fun(d) walk and the Fitness Forum/SOS Joint
Replacement Run for individuals who have had knee or hip replacements.
9 a.m.-noon. Near Manley Field House and Lampe Athletic Complex,
Comstock Avenue. Free parking. Free for spectators. Entry fees $5-$20.
Super D.I.R.T. Week. A fast and
furious motorsports event. Super-modified race cars roar around the
track. Opens Tuesday at noon, then daily at 8 a.m. Call for a specific
events schedule or go to www.dirtmotorsports.com. Grandstand, New York
State Fairgrounds. Admission, $25; reserved seating, $35-$100. 834-6606.
SU Football. The Orange take on West Virginia at a time to be announced. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $18-$57. (888) DOME-TIX.
LaFayette Apple Festival. Annual
apple-lovers’ event features more than 500 crafters and vendors;
scarecrow, Apple Queen and pie baking contests; food and entertainment.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Apple Run, a 1-mile fun
run (free) or 15K race ($20 in advance), takes place Oct. 12. Rowland
Road, off Route 20, LaFayette. Pre-sale at LaFayette McDonald’s, $3; at
the gate, $4. 677-3300.
Oct. 10-11, 17-18
The Greater Ithaca Art Trail.
Free, self-guided tours of 50 artists’ studios. Visit on your own, or
call ahead and make plans with the artists. 11 a.m-5 p.m. Trail
brochures can be picked up at the Clinton House Visitor Center, Cayuga
and Seneca streets, Ithaca, or by calling (607) 273-5072.
Country Folk Art Craft Fair.
More than 150 crafters from around the nation display their wares at
the New York State Fairgrounds. Friday, 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5
p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6. (248) 634-4151.
Oct. 23-24, 30-31
The Great Zoo Boo. Enjoy some
kooky, not spooky, fun with clowns, friendly witches and scarecrows,
and a train depot at the zoo’s annual pre-Halloween party. 6-8:30 p.m.
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place. There will
be trick-or-treating on Halloween. Advance tickets, $6; at the door,
$7; advance group sale, 20 or more people, $5; children under 3, free.
435-8511, Ext. 113.
Norwich Pumpkin Festival. Stand
in awe of the hundreds of jack-o-lanterns on display on scaffolding,
and enjoy haunted houses, food and fireworks. East and West Parks,
downtown Norwich. Saturday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.. Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free.
SU Football. The Orange take on Akron at a time to be announced. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $18-$57. (888) DOME-TIX.
Salt City Autumn Antiques Show and Antiquarian Book Fair.
Annual show with more than 275 selected dealers creating an
80,000-square-foot treasure trove. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Center of Progress Building, State Fairgrounds. Free parking. Daily,
$6; weekend pass, $7; under 12, free. 824-2462.
SU Football. The Orange take on Cincinnati at a time to be announced. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $18-$57. (888) DOME-TIX.
Great New York State Model Train Fair.
Local chapter of the National Railway Historical Society conducts a
show of the finest collectible little engines that could. Saturday, 10
a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Center of Progress and Toyota
Exhibit Center, New York State Fairgrounds. Adults, $8; seniors and
children younger than 15, $6; two-day pass, $12. 488-8208.
SU Football. The Orange take on Rutgers at a time to be announced. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $18-$57. (888) DOME-TIX.
Jingle Bell Run. Tie bells to
your shoelaces and join this fund-raising 5K run/walk and 10K run for
the Arthritis Foundation’s Central New York chapter. Onondaga Lake
Park, Route 370, Liverpool. Registration: $17 until Nov. 7; $20, Nov.
7-20; $25, Nov. 21 and 22; children younger than 8, free. (800)
Lights on the Lake Opening Night. Annual holiday lights spectacular runs nightly through Jan. 10, 5 to 10 p.m. In addition, on Nov. 23, take part in a Lights on the Lake Walk, Nov. 23, 5-9 p.m., with a $2 suggested donation. But leave Fido at home until Nov. 24, for a Lights on the Lake Dog Walk, 5-9 p.m. Onondaga Lake Park, Route 370, Liverpool. $8/car or $6 advance tickets available until Nov. 24 at Wegmans. 453-6712.
Holiday Magic in the Square. The
tree gets plugged in and Christmas in Syracuse officially begins.
Followed by the annual City Hall open house. 7 p.m. Clinton Square,
downtown Syracuse. 448-8005.
Holiday Festival of Trees. The
Everson’s annual holiday event relocates to the lower level of
Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Open daily, 10 a.m.-7
p.m. Admission, $5; children younger than 5, free. 474-6064.
Plowshares Craftsfair & Winter Peace Festival.
Celebrate a world of peace and justice with more than 50 crafters,
hearty food and lively entertainment. Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday,
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St. $2-$5.
Teddy Bear Tea. Children, teddy
bears and adults are invited to this holiday event that benefits the
Everson Museum of Art. Noon-3 p.m. Grand Ballroom, Hotel Syracuse, 500
S. Warren St. Adults, $25; children, $20. 474-6064.
Christmas at Lorenzo. This
historic mansion will be decorated with thematic decorations,
gingerbread galleries and live music on Saturdays. Wednesdays-Sundays,
1-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 7-9 p.m. Lorenzo State Historic Site, 17
Rippleton Road, Cazenovia. Adults, $3; ages 5-12, $1. 655-3200.
Downtown Farmers’ Market. About
50 farmers and dealers sell produce, crafts and more. Tuesdays, 7
a.m.-4 p.m.; through Oct. 14. 1 Lincoln Center, South Salina and
Washington streets. Free. 422-8284.
Guided Horseback Rides. One-hour
rides available Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; through November.
Highland Forest, Route 80, Fabius. $25 per person per hour.
Participants must be at least 7 years of age. Reservations needed.
Fall Harvest Celebration. Sept.
26-Oct. 25. Special events each weekend, as well as traditional
attractions, including corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo
and more. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, with limited
activities. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Critz Farms, Route
13, three miles south of Cazenovia. Adults, $7; seniors, $5; under 2,
free. Each admission includes season pass. $30 limit per car. 662-3355.
High Esteem’s Creepy Camp. Oct.
2-31. Halloween events include the creepy cabins and plenty of other
Halloween frights. Not for children younger than 8. Held rain or shine;
proceeds benefit High Esteem Camp Goodwill. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30
p.m.-midnight. Sundays, 7:30-10 p.m.; plus Thursday, Oct. 29, 7:30-10
p.m. High Esteem Camp Goodwill, Route 13, Chittenango. $8/one
attraction; $14/two; $20/three. 655-9735.
Howling Hayrides. Oct. 16, 17,
22, 23, 24. Ride through ghoulish settings and enjoy doughnuts and
cider—if you achieve safe passage. 7-9 p.m. Town of DeWitt Parks and
Recreation Department, Maxwell Park, East Syracuse. Advance tickets,
$7; at the gate, $8; group rate per person, $5. Groups of 15 or more
can reserve for Thursday nights. 446-9250, Ext. 9.
Dickens’ Christmas. Nov. 27-Dec. 24. Explore
the London of 120 years ago every weekend through Dec. 21. Saturdays
and Sundays only (after opening day), noon-4 p.m. Throughout downtown
Skaneateles. Free. 685-0552.
Christmas Around the World. Nov.
27-Dec. 19. Musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations,
storytelling, a visit from Santa, plus an exhibit of international
Christmas trees. Fridays and Saturdays, 5-9 p.m.; Sainte Marie among
the Iroquois, Route 370, Liverpool. Admission, $1; free with Lights on
the Lake ticket. 453-6768.
Gingerbread Gallery. Nov.
28-Dec. 31 The Erie Canal Museum transforms its exhibition gallery into
a street scene from the 1800s featuring more than 30 gingerbread houses
in “store windows.” Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 10
a.m.-3 p.m. Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. 471-0593. Erie
Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E. $3 donation.