18 Ways to Make Your Weekend Fly By

Check out these 18 events to fill up your weekend!

There is an eclectic group of activities this weekend. Some of the fun involves monsters. A couple of the events involve running and running from monsters. A scary great fashion show and a haunted fairgrounds. But there are plenty of things to get you out of your living quarters. Plus, there is a lot of children-friendly fun taking place as well.

Cozy up. Go on a date.

Cozy up. Go on a date.

As the events editor, I’ll be experimenting in the upcoming weeks, changing up this and the event newsletter, and it may involve condensing the list to a “Top 10 or 15” list. At times, I wonder if people want to stamp my forehead with a “TL;DR” (too long, didn’t read).

I plan on involving coworkers with their anticipated events, and I plan on talking to you. Yes, you. I may not know who you are, but I plan on randomly come up to Syracuse residents and Central New Yorkers to find out what they are up to and include their thoughts in the newsletter.

We are you’re entertainment publication. We want you involved. Plain and simple.


Weather Forecast

(Subject to change, of course.)


Temperature:  66 degrees / 52 degrees
Conditions: Stare out the window at work.


Temperature: 64 degrees / 45 degrees
Conditions: Rain: 90 percent chance. Yep.


Temperature: 56 degrees / 38 degrees
Conditions: A perfect day to break out the flannel.


Temperature: 66 degrees / 49 degrees
Conditions: A great day to lay on a blanket and check out the clouds.


This weekend…

Benny Mardones and Eddie Money

Grab two tickets (maybe more) to see this double bill at The Palace Theatre tomorrow eventing. Hard Promises opens. Not only is it an album release party for Mardones, who recorded the album locally, it’s a benefit for Clear Path for Veterans.

Where: The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse

When: Friday, Oct. 9: 8 p.m.
Cost: $35 (general) | $50 (gold circle) | $250 (front table of four)

City Market

It’s the last monthly market of the season, featuring several local artisans. Why wait for and deal with Black Friday hustle and bustle? If you want to get your holiday shopping done early, here is an opportunity.

Where: Armory Square, West Jefferson St. and Walton St., Syracuse

When: Sunday, Oct. 11: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free (to walk around)12087308_908627995840231_1368067454761342160_o

Cuse Comedy Showcase

Dustin Czarny will be hosting the theater’s monthly comedy night. Headliner Jaye McBride will end the night after these comedians take the stage: Joshua Berry, Maryanne Donnelly, James Fedkiw, Justin Jackson, Michael LaMantia, John Sekol and Travis Worth.

Where: The Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd., East Syracuse
When: Saturday, Oct. 10: 8-11 p.m.
Cost: $10 (advance) | $12 (door)

CNY Family Expo

Children (and adults) of all ages are welcome to venture to the expo that features a whole lot of entertainment: rides, a rock wall, a petting zoo, bounce houses and obstacle courses. Tickets are available at all Wegmans locations.

Where: The Sport Center, 6841 Collamer Road, East Syracuse

When: Saturday, Oct. 10: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday, Oct. 11: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $10 (advance) | $12 (door) | $30 (family of four package)

Greater Cazenovia Art Trail

The annual self-guided tour allows art community members, visitors, and enthusiasts to take a peek into the studios of artists’ studios.

Where: Cazenovia
When: Saturday, Oct. 10: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission

How to Be Fabulous… [In an Unfabulous World]

In CNY Playhouse’s “One-Night” series, Sara Caliva “brings her blog to life” in this one-woman show, proving that it’s OK to laugh at yourself… and that it’s OK to laugh with others as they laugh with you at yourself.

Where: The Central New York Playhouse, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd., East Syracuse
When: Friday, Oct. 9: 8 p.m.
Cost: $10 (advance) | $12 (door)

Kevin Gordon Trio

The cool little venue presents talented Louisiana-born songwriter and musician Kevin Gordon. Come check out the mulch-influenced set that features a rock, country, folk, blues and more.

Where: The Nelson Odeon, 4035 Nelson Road, Nelson
When: Saturday, Oct. 10: 8 p.m.
Cost: $22 (with web fees) | $24 (day of)

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This weekend boast the final shows of the production, and Bill DeLapp says, “The Syracuse University Drama Department puts its best foot forward with the season opener.” The Cole Porter and Shakespeare-infused musical will make you want more and added shows.

Thursday, Oct. 8: 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 9: 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 10: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Where: Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

When: Thursday, Oct. 8 – Saturday, Oct. 10:
Cost: $19 (adults) | $17 (seniors and students)

Mark Hudson: “Livin’ on the Edge”

Mark Hudson celebrates John Lennon’s 75 birthday with his one-man show tomorrow evening. The musician has a colorful career, helping write “Livin’ on the Edge” with Aerosmith, and he’s worked with the likes of several musicians including Carole King and Ozzy Osbourne. The night will be filled with food and tunes, celebrating The Beatle’s career. Portion of proceeds to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Special guest: Bob Halligan, Jr.

“Beatles Buffet” begins at 6:30 p.m. (Mohegan Manor, catered by Basta on the River)
Show begins at 8 p.m. (Mohegan Manor)After Party hosted by Jamie Notarthomas at 10 p.m. (Muddy Waters, 2 Oswego St.)

Where: Mohegan Manor Ballroom, 58 Oswego St., Baldwinsville

When: Friday, Oct. 9
Cost: $20 (show only) | $40 (dinner and show — includes tax and gratuity) | Free after party

Monster Scramble 5K and 10K

There are two reasons to run in October: if there is an actual monster chasing you (highly unlikely?) or if it’s for a great cause. The proceeds raised from this event will go towards The National Muscular Sclerosis Society Upstate New York. There will be a mile-long trick-or-treat family walk as well. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers and to best costumes. Click the link above to register and donate.

Where: Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Ave., Syracuse

When: Sunday, Oct. 11: 8:30 a.m. (registration) | 10 a.m. (races)
Cost: $25 (runners) | $5 (walkers) | $0 (crawlers, watchers, volunteers)

Rob Little

The comic who specializes a lot in self-deprecating humor (don’t they all?) has been seen on “The Best Damn Sports Show Period,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and more.

Thursday, Oct. 8: 7:30 p.m. ($10)
Friday, Oct. 9: 7:30 p.m. ($12)
Friday, Oct. 9: 9:45 p.m. ($12)
Saturday, Oct. 10: 7:30 p.m. ($15)
Saturday, Oct. 10: 9:45 p.m. ($15)
Sunday, Oct. 11: 7:30 p.m. ($10)

Where: Funny Bone, Destiny USA, Syracuse

When: Thursday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, Oct. 11
Cost: $10 – $15

Run of the Dead

Sign up as an individual, run with friends and form a team. There is a catch — don’t get caught. Similar to flag football, you’ll receive a belt with flags. These flags are essentially your health bar. Your goal is to cross the finish line with at least one flag left, because zombies will be coming after you. No rough physical contact is allowed — you have to run. Proceeds from the run will benefit The Wilderness Search and Rescue Team out of North Syracuse.

Where: Syracuse Sports Park, 7192 Oswego Road, Liverpool

When: Saturday, Oct. 10: 11 a.m.
Cost: $55

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Glamor never has been as scary… or is it “scary has never been so glamorous?” Either way, Syracuse Fashion Week presents its annual Syracuse Snarl at The Landmark Theatre. You will enjoy food and a fashion show, a psychic, cash bar and a raffle, and a costume contest. So, come dressed up.

Where: The Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse

When: Saturday, Oct. 10: 8 p.m.
Cost: $10 (general) | $80 (VIP table for four)


The festivals continue…

Fall Harvest Celebration

The annual Critz Farms autumn celebration continues until the end of October, and offers plenty of daily activities. There is an animal care area, pick your own pumpkins and apples, a cow train ride for kids, and plenty more. This year, the local grower has collaborated with Rosamond Gifford Zoo to raise awareness for the efforts of the organization. The eight-acre corn maze this year is “The Giant Zoo-Tastic Octopus’s Garden Corn Maze,” is featured on Critz’s website.

For full details, please click the link above.

Where: Critz Farms, 3232 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia
Saturday, Oct. 11 – Sunday, Oct. 25
$30 (per car — more if non-family members are in the car) | 7.50 (adults, weekends) | $5 (seniors)

Fright Nights at the Fair

All throughout October, head to the New York State Fairgrounds to have the living daylights scared out of you. Venture through the house filled with zombies, animals and other horror movie monsters; dare to tussle with a giant; watch your back for the flying monkeys of Grroz; and maybe barter with Letherface. (If it were me, I’d stay very far away from the clown prison. But the curiosity is still there…)

Where: New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

When: Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10: 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Sunday, Oct. 11: 7-11 p.m.
Cost: $10 (house ticket) | $20 (combo ticket, all attractions)

LaFayette Apple Festival

Celebrate autumn and life in Central New York by attending the 43rd Annual LaFayette Apple Festival. There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy apples, but there will be plenty of free entertainment. There will be chainsaw carving by Scott Chambers of Copenhagen Farms, scarecrow and pie contests, rides, music, and a daily breakfast beginning at 7 a.m.

Where: LaFayette Apple Festival, 5330 Rowland Road, LaFayette

When: Saturday, Oct. 10: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Sunday, Oct. 11: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $4 (pre-sale at Old Tymes Cafe and Bailey’s Daily Treat) | 5 (general) | Free (12 and younger)

NAPA Super Dirt Week

Once again, Dirt Week returns to Syracuse for its final appearance at the New York State Fairgrounds. Not to worry, next year it will be down the road in Hastings. The events kicked off Wednesday, Oct. 7, but the fun continues until this Sunday. Check out the schedule for specific events and times.

Where: New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

When: Thursday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, Oct. 11
Cost: Packages start at $80

star-trek-Star Trek 35mm Film Festival

“Live long and prosper.” That’s what Jeff Meyer plans to do, especially when it pertains to film. Again, he’s sharing his love of cinema with Central New York for another film festival featuring beloved “Star Trek” classics.

This coincides with Syracuse University professor Anthony Rotolo’s “Star Trek” class #TrekClass/@trekclass (Twitter). Be sure to dress up, because there will be a cosplay contest. The class takes place every Monday at The Palace Theatre, at 6 p.m. and is FREE (ends Nov. 23).

“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”
“Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”
“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”

Where: The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse

When: Sunday, Oct. 11: 2 p.m.
Cost: $20 (Yes, for all three films.)


This weekend at the Fairgrounds

Events return next week.

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