17 Events for a Sunny Syracuse Weekend

Enjoy the weather this weekend with these local events

Looks like another beautiful weekend lies ahead! There will be plenty of running around — literally — to cram as many events in as you can. Let’s cut to the chase, shall we?

The Critz Farms Harvest Dash and CNY Bread Run will be taking place Saturday and Sunday. Instead of working 9 to 5, you should go see the play instead. If you cannot make it out to Shoppingtown Mall, make up a tall tale on why you cannot, because you’re going to see Big Fish instead. While you’re at The Redhouse, be sure to check out the Show Us CNY Exhibit that was created by Central New Yorkers with the help of our photogenic area.

But that’s not all: There is a hop festival; a toy festival; an outdoor fashion show; a street festival; a dinner and a movie; a craft cocktail tournament; and plenty of music.


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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. A special dinner and show will take place Saturday, Sept. 19.

Where: The Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd., East Syracuse
When: Thursday, Sept. 17 – Saturday, Sept. 26
Cost: $22 (Thursdays and Sundays) | $25 (Fridays and Saturdays) | $39.95 (dinner and show)

Screen-Shot-2015-08-14-at-7.19.46-PMBig Fish

The musical adaptation of the book that was once turned into a Tim Burton movie hits The Redhouse stage, telling the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose stories come across larger than life. This weekend’s shows are all sold out, so it’s something that has to be planned in advance and as soon as possible.

Where: The Redhouse Arts Center, 201 S. West St.,  Syracuse
When: Thursday, Sept. 17 – Saturday, Oct. 3
Cost: $30

CNY Bread Run

Whether you choose to participate in the fun run, the 5K or the half marathon, you’ll be running on a beautiful rural United States Track and Field-certified course in an effort to raise money for schools. If you want to participate in the Zero K, you only need to donate $25 to have access to the hospitality tent and “not have to break a sweat.” A pasta dinner will be held at Fabius-Pompey High School the evening before, 4:30-7 p.m. ($8 or $25 per family).

Where: Fabius-Pompey High School, 1211 Mill St., Fabius
When: Sunday, Sept. 20: 8:45 a.m. (fun run); 9:30 (half); 9:40 (5K)
Cost: 5K: $25/$30 (after Sept. 18) | Half Marathon: $55 – $70 | Fun Run: $10 (family max $25)

Harvest Dash

The 2nd Annual Harvest Dash offers a 1-mile walk or run or a 5K trail run through Critz Farms. Yes, participants get to run through trees and crops and the orchards. All proceeds go to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times. Last year: $3,295 was raised.

Where: Critz Farms, 3232 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia
When: Saturday, Sept. 19: 12-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 (1-mile walk/run) | $30 (5K Trail Run) | Free General Admission

My Lucky Tummy Dinner & Movie

The dinner and a movie is held in collaboration with Inululeko, featuring home cooked ethnic meals made by chefs in Syracuse communities. The featured countries: Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Somalia (dessert), South Sudan and Tunisia. The movie: “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” (2013), staring Idris Elba.

Where: The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Sept. 19: Cocktail Hour 6 p.m.; Dinner at 7:15 p.m.
Cost: $50 (for the meal) | Film/Discussion: Free and open to the public

Salt City Improv Bachleorette Show

Salt City Improv tackles the birds and the bees, the language of love, marriage and divorce in this short form and long form show. Skittle Fit (long form) opens for Pork Pie Hat (short form).

Where: Salt City Improv Theatre, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd., East Syracuse
When: Thursday, Sept. 17: 8 p.m.
Cost: $10

Saved by the 90s Party

A band in ridiculous outfits performs hits from the 90s. The nationwide party event invades Syracuse. What else has to be said?

Where: The Wesdcott Theater, 524 Westcott St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Sept. 19: 9 p.m.
Cost: $15

Show Us CNY 2015 Exhibition

You took the pictures. You hashtagged #ShowUsCNY15. A panel of judges delegated and chose the finalists for the exhibition. The gallery, which features 23 artists from the area, is free and open to the public during Redhouse hours of operation.

Where: The Redhouse Arts Center, 201 S. West St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Sept. 18 – Friday, Oct. 2
Cost: Free Admission


Syracuse Style

The award-winning fashion show under the stars is returning to Walton St. in Armory Square. Come down and check out the various local fashions from 18 retailers and see how stylish Syracuse is. VIP tickets are available and include pre- and post-show parties, a gift bag, and front row seating. All proceeds benefit the Food

Bank of Central New York.

Where: Walton Street, Syracuse
When: Thursday, Sept. 17: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission | $50 (VIP Tickets)


The festivals (and tournaments) continue…

Craft Cocktail Battle 

The first night of a five-part tournament features 16 bartenders from the area, showcasing their skills and artistry in the the world of craft cocktails. Four bartenders will compete each night, and the crowd will choose the winner. Cost includes a one free beverage, free samples of the cocktails concocted, and food.

Where: The York, 247 W. Fayette St., Syracuse
When: Sundays: Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15
Cost: $20 (advance) | $25 (door)

Festa Italiana

It’s time to fast before Festa Italiana returns this weekend. Jimmy Cavallo is hitting the stage for his final Festa performances. Bring on the bocce, biscotti, and bolognese.

Where: Montgomery St./E. Washington St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Sept. 18 & Saturday, Sept. 19: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. | Sunday, Sept. 20: 12-7 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission

HABA Fall Toy Fest

The 3rd Annual festival returns to the Skaneateles outlet store. There will be bounce houses, toy testing, face painting, raffles, games, a magic show and more. Be sure to check out the store and the discounted items the award-winning toy store has to offer.

Where: HABA USA Toy Outlet, 4407 Jordan Road, Skaneateles
When: Saturday, Sept. 19: 12-4 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission


Jazz-N-Caz Festival

Three nights of jazz in Cazenovia features local and national talent.

Thursday, Sept. 17: JT Hall Jazzz Consort | Brae Loch Inn, | 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 18: Julia Goodwin | Catherine Cummings Theatre | 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 18: Dan Brubeck Quartet | Catherine Cummings Theatre | 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 18: Jazz After Hours – Jam Session | Seven Stone Steps at Lincklaen House | 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19: Nick Ziobro with Salt City Jazz Collective | Catherine Cummings Theatre | 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19: Jimmy Van Heusen Tribute | Catherine Cummings Theatre | 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19: Salt City Jazz Collective | Catherine Cummings Theatre | 9:15 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19: Jazz After Hours – Jam Session | Seven Stone Steps at Lincklaen House | 10:30 p.m.

Where: Various venues, Cazenovia
When: Thursday, Sept. 17 – Saturday, Sept. 19
Cost: Free Admission | $10 suggested donation for Catherine Cummings Theatre performances

Madison County Hop Fest

The 20th Annual festival is presented with three days of beer-related events that celebrate history, agriculture, and what’s presently great about central and upstate New York. All event tickets are limited in number.

Friday, Sept. 18: Annual Paired Dinner (6 p.m. | $60) — Ye Olde Landmark Tavern, Boukville
Saturday, Sept. 19: Hop Fest (11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m | Free)
Saturday, Sept. 19: Taste of Hops (12-2 p.m | $20 advance / $25 day of)
Saturday, Sept. 19: Beer Sampling (2:30-5:30 p.m | $25 advance / $30 day of)
Sunday, Sept. 20: Hop Kiln Tour (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) — Call Madison County Historical Society for reservations and cost, (315-636-4136)

Where: Madison County Historical Society, 435 Main St., Oneida
When: Friday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 20
Cost: Varies (see above)

Westcott Street Cultural Fair

Local art, food, visual and performing arts, nonprofits: all of this is celebrated at the annual festival. There will be plenty of food, live entertainment and family activities on-hand at the 24th Annual event.

Where: Westcott and surrounding streets, Syracuse
When: Sunday, Sept. 20: 12-6:30 p.m.
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: Friday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 27
Cost: $20 – $65


This weekend at the Fairgrounds

NYS Morgan Horse Show

Where: Toyota Coliseum, Exhibit Center
Thursday, Sept. 17 – 19


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