Sept. 24, Oct. 8, and Oct. 22
University Community Harvest Farmers’ Market. Syracuse University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry present their fourth annual 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. 443-3608; http://greenuniversecity.syr.edu.
Oktoberfest. The 50th annual 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. CNY Regional Market, 2100 Park St. Free. 437-8746; www.germanamericanscny.net.
SU Football. The Orange take on Colgate University. 3:30 p.m. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $25-$115/adults; $20/12 and under. (888) DOME-TIX; www.suathletics.com.
Apple Harvest Festival. Enjoy crafts, food, children’s activities and entertainment during this three-day celebration. Friday, noon-6:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Downtown Ithaca on the Commons. Free. (607) 277-8679; www.downtownithaca.com.
Fall Fest in Skaneateles. Local merchants will be having specials, refreshments and sales. First Friday art event, glass-blown pumpkins. Throughout Skaneateles. Friday, 4-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 685-0552.
Syracuse Stage Open House. Backstage tours, free performances, ticket raffles, food and drink. All events are free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St. 443-2636.
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; www.cortlandpumpkinfest.org.
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 first-ever Fitness Forum/SOS Joint Replacement Run for individuals who have had knee or hip replacements. 9 a.m. Syracuse University’s Lampe Athletic Complex, Comstock Avenue and East Colvin Street. Free parking. Free for spectators. Entry fees, $5-$30. 446-6285; www.festivalofraces.com.
Super DIRT Week. A fast-and-furious motorsports event. Super-modified racecars roar around the track. Opens Tuesday at noon, then daily at 8 a.m. Grandstand, New York State Fairgrounds. 834-6606. For ticket and schedule information, visit www.superdirtweekonline.com.
Pumpkin Pancakes. Enjoy a yummy breakfast of pumpkin pancakes (regular are also available), sausage and beverage. $2.50, $3.50, $4.50, depending on your appetite. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. 638-2519.
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. $3/pre-sale at LaFayette McDonald’s; $4/at the gate. 677-3300; www.lafayetteapplefest.org.
Oct. 9-10, 16-17
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. For more information and trail maps, visit www.arttrail.com or call (607) 273-5072.
SU Football. The Orange take on Pittsburgh University. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $25-$115/adults; $20/12 and under. Time to be announced. (888) DOME-TIX; www.suathletics.com.
An Enchanted Beaver Lake. Enter a world where more than 400 jack-o’-lanterns and luminaria light your way along two trails. Face panting, fortune telling and treats. Food will be available for purchase. $3/person; $5/parking. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. 638-2519.
Country Folk Art Craft Fair. More than 150 crafters from around the nation display their wares at the New York State Fairgrounds’ Horticulture Building. Fri., Oct. 29, 5-9 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-5 pm.; Sun., Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6. (248) 634-4151; www.countryfolkart.com.
Oct. 22-23, 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 Halloween Party. 6-8:30 p.m. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Drive. There will be trick-or-treating on Halloween. $6/advance tickets; $7/at the door; $5/advance group sale, 20 or more people; free/children under 3. 435-8511; www.zoo.parkscalendar.com.
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. Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Center of Progress Building, State Fairgrounds. Free parking. $7/daily admission; $8/VIP weekend pass; free/12 and under. 824-2462.
SU Football. The Orange take on Louisville at noon. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $25-$115/adults; $20/12 and under. (888) DOME-TIX; www.suathletics.com.
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. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. New York State Fairgrounds. $9/adults; $7/seniors; $6/age 15 and under; free/age 4 and under. $13/two-day pass. Free parking. For more information, visit www.cnynrhs.org.
SU Football. The Orange take on Connecticut. Time to be announced. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $25-$115/adults; $20/12 and under. (888) DOME-TIX; www.suathletics.com.
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. 8:30 a.m. Long Branch Park, Liverpool. Registration: $17 until Nov. 6; $20, Nov. 7-19; $25, Nov. 20 and 21. Entry fee waived if runner raises at least $35. (800) 870-1771; http://jbrsyracuseny.kintera.org.
SU Football. The Orange take on Boston College. Time to be announced. Carrier Dome, SU campus, 900 Irving Ave. $25-$115/adults; $20/12 and under. (888) DOME-TIX; www.suathletics.com.
Downtown Farmers Market. About 50 farmers and dealers sell produce, crafts and more. Tuesdays until Oct. 12, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Clinton Square. Free. 422-8284; www.downtownsyracuse.com.
Fall Harvest Celebration. Through late October. 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. $7/adults, $5/seniors, free/under 2. Each admission includes season pass. $30 limit per car. 662-3355.
Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard. Fall-themed schedule of events includes Taste of Fly Creek (every weekend), Cider Festival (Oct. 9-10), Safe Kids Weekend (Oct. 23-24), and Wassailing Weekend (Nov. 27-28). Open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free to the mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Additional charges for special events. (607) 547-9692; www.flycreekcidermill.com.
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