CNY Events to Stuff Your Thanksgiving Weekend

Check out these local events during the holiday weekend!

Good morning! We all at Syracuse New Times would like to extend a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.


This is quite the list today, but we want you to have a great weekend, and we want to give you a lot of options. There are plenty of holiday races, local shopping, and a lot of music to satisfy your minds. Your bellies will be too preoccupied.

If you’re traveling or welcoming guests, we hope you have a safe and fun weekend.


Weather Forecast

(Subject to change, of course.)


Temperature:  55 degrees / 44 degrees
Conditions: Happy Thanksgiving!


Temperature: 60 degrees / 36 degrees
Conditions: Happy exercising!


Temperature: 39 degrees / 25 degrees
Conditions: Happy revising leftovers!


Temperature: 43 degrees / 29 degrees
Conditions: Happy day to just relax.


Family Fun Miscellany

Clinton Square Tree Lighting

Head on down to Clinton Square for the “Home for the Holidays” Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, joining Mayor Stephanie Minor with illuminating this year’s tree, which was donated by Kathleen Shaw of Clay.

Where: Clinton Square, Syracuse
When: Friday, Nov. 27: ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m., cue the lights at 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Dickens Christmas

For its 22nd year, Dickens Christmas returns to Skaneateles, and it kicks off this Friday. Stop by for the annual tradition, whether it’s your first time or you’re re returning fan.

Where: Village of Skaneateles, Skaneateles
When: Friday, Nov. 27 and every Saturday and Sunday, ending Thursday, Dec. 24: noon – 4 p.m.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Cost: Free

Westcott Winter Weekend

Westcott Street will be celebrating “Plaid Friday” and “Small Business Saturday” with a weekend-long filled with music, sales and fun.

Friday, November 27

7:00 PM – Ras Digital Hi Fi & Ababa Hi Fi @ Recess Coffee House

Saturday, November 28

2:00 PM – Magical John  @ Petit Branch Library (kids program)
5:00 PM – Dick Ford & Company @ Picasso’s Pastries & Cafe
7:00 PM – Hannah Richardson @ Beer Belly Deli & Pub
8:00 PM – Larry Hoyt @ Recess Coffee House
8:15 PM – Sean Conrey @ Beer Belly Deli & Pub

Participating Businesses

Beer Belly Deli & Pub:
$1 off draft beers / get a $25 gift card for $20

Boom Babies
Buy one item, get a second one at half price

Cluttered Closet

Go Chix

Mello Velo Bicycle Shop
20% off all 2015 bikes / 15% off all parts and accesories

Mom’s Diner

Munjed’s Middle Eastern Cafe:

Picasso’s Pastries & Cafe
10% off purchases of $4 or more

Recess Coffee House
$2 off every pound of coffee (limit 2 per customer)

Westcott Barber
Sale on barber-made Pre-shave Oil

Where: Westcott Street, Syracuse
When: Friday, Nov. 27: 7 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 28: 2-?? p.m.
Cost: Free admission



“Rip the Runway” Fashion Show

LSK Modeling agency and the Events Company are throwing the first annual “Rip the Runway” fashion show, featuring 10 local designers and their full collections:

Kamille Allen
Louis Ayala
Patrice Crutchfield-Carpenter
Corii Esha
Cheryl Geiger
Lonnie Johnson
Michael Jones
Laura Marino
Maurisha Stenson
Sheridonna Wilson-Bedell

Where: OnCenter Convention Center, 800 S. State St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Nov. 28: 6 p.m.
Cost: $40 (general), $50 (general, after party), $70 (couple/general), $80 (couple, general/after party), $100 (VIP: admission, after party, front row seat, two [2] glasses of champagne) | Ticket prices increase at the door | 313-4842




After the Clinton Square tree lighting, families are invited to the holiday movie presented by Downtown Committee of Syracuse.

Where: The Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Nov. 27: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free admission | Get tickets ahead of time through the box office (475-7979) or at B104.7


A two-part special event features a meet-and-greet and signing with executive producer and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo at The Sound Garden at 2 p.m. The screening for the northeast premiere of the documentary about acclaimed bassist Jaco Pastorius will take place at 8 p.m. at The Palace Theatre. This special event has been brought to CNY by the combined efforts of Jazz Fest, Syracuse International Film Festival, The Sound Garden and The Palace Theatre.

Where: The Sound Garden, 310 W. Jefferson St., Syracuse | The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Nov. 27: 2 p.m. (meet-and-greet), 8 p.m. (screening)
Cost: Free (A ticket is required for entrance)


The Great Outdoors

Weekend Guided Walks

Each weekend, stop by Beaver Lake Nature Center for guided walks and talks..

November 28 and 29 – Wildlife Preparing for Winter
December: Winter Wildlife Homes
January: Tracking Wildlife on Snowshoes*
February: Tracking Wildlife on Snowshoes*

*Offered only on snowshoes, with appropriate snowfall

Where: Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville
When: Saturday, Nov. 28- Sunday, Nov. 29: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with cost of admission | Pre-registration may be required: 683-2519



Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers

What’s a Thanksgiving without something The Band-related? This may not be The Last Waltz, but Amy Helm (daughter of late musician Levon Helm) will showcase her Americana and roots music this Saturday.

Where: Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S. Main St., Homer
When: Saturday, Nov. 28: 8 p.m.
Cost: $28 (general), $23 (seniors), $15 (students 18 and older) | Buy Online | (607) 749-4900

Hammell on Trial

Veteran rant rocker (and former Syracuse New Times circulation driver) Ed Hammell speaks his mind, plus Charley Orlando opens.

Where: Funk N Waffles, 307 S. Clinton St., Syracuse
Saturday, Nov. 28: 9 p.m. 
$10 | Buy Online

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The Syracuse native returns for an intimate evening filled with old favorites and new ones from his latest CD, Mixed Tapes of the Open Road.

Where: The Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., Syracuse
Saturday, Nov. 28: 8 p.m.
$25 | Buy Online | 463-9240

Nick Cannon

For those spending time at Turning Stone this weekend: The actor, producer, and musician will play deejay at Lava Nightclub on Saturday night.

Where: Lava Nightclub, Turning Stone Resort, 5218 Patrick Road, Verona
When: Saturday, Nov. 28: 10 p.m.
Cost: $25 | Buy Online | 361-7711

Sirsy w/ Pale Green Stars

One fun night with a duo and a trio. The Albany-based band headlines and promotes its latest EP Sketches & Ghosts, plus Syracuse rockers Pale Green Stars will kick off the evening with an energetic start.

Where: Funk N Waffles, 307 S. Clinton St., Syracuse
Friday, Nov. 27: 9 p.m.
$10 | Buy Online


Runs, Struts, Trots, Walks


Baldwinsville Turkey Trot (5K and 10K)

Where: C.W. Baker High School, 29 E. Oneida St., Baldwinsville
Times: 9:30 a.m. (registration)10 a.m. (race)
Cost: $35 (both races) | Proceeds to benefit the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club | Donations

Canandiagua Turkey Trot (5K)

Where: Baker Park, 155 Lakeshore Dr., Canandaigua 
Times: 7:30 (registration), 9 a.m. – noon
Cost: $15 | Proceeds to benefit Friends of Ontario ARC Foundation programs for children and adults

Fayetteville-Manlius Turkey Trot (4K and 8K)

Where: Fayetteville-Manlius High School, 8201 E. Seneca Tpke., Manlius
Times: 9 (registration), 10 a.m. (race)
Cost: Donations to benefit the F-M All Sports Booster Club

Jordan Turkey Trot (5K and 1-mile walk)

Where: Masonic Lodge, 14 N. Main St., Jordan
Times: 8:30 a.m. (registration), 9 a.m. (run/walk) | Register Online
Cost: Canned goods to be donated to the Jordan Elbridge Food Pantry

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Where: Onondaga Lake Park, 6790 Onondaga Lake Pkwy., Liverpool
Times: 8:30 a.m. (registration), 9 a.m. (run/walk)
Cost: $10 (day of race) | Donations accepted to benefit Liverpool High School sports and “Dollars for Scholars” program

Schiller Park Turkey Trot (1.3 miles)

Where: Schiller Park, 100 Farmer St., Syracuse
Times: 10 a.m. – noon
Cost: Free. Donations will benefit Friends of Schiller Park for maintaining the park.

Skaneateles Turkey Trot (appx. 5K) 

Where: Clift Park/The Sherwood Inn, 26 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles
Times: 8:30 a.m. (registration), 9 a.m. (race)
Cost: Donations accepted to benefit local food pantry

Tully Free Library Turkey Trot (5K)

Where: Tully Free Library, 12 State St., Tully
Times: 8:30 a.m. (registration), 9 a.m. (race) | Register Online
Cost: $15 (advance), $25 (day of) | Donations to benefit the Tully Free Library

Cortland YMCA Turkey Trot (5K)

Where: Cortland YMCA, 22 Tompkins St., Cortland
Times: 7:30-8:45 a.m. (registration), 9 a.m. (race) | Register Online
Cost: $30 (adult), $25 (13 and younger) | Proceeds benefit youth and family Y scholarships | Non-perishable food items will be collected


Onondaga Nation Trail Run (5K and 1-mile)

Where: OAC Ball field, Route 11A, Onondaga Nation, Nedrow
8:30 a.m. (registration), 9:30 a.m. (1-mile), 10 a.m. (5K)
Cost: $5 (1-mile), $15 (5K)

Syracuse Ugly Sweater 5K

Where: Onondaga Lake Park, 6790 Onondaga Lake Pkwy., Liverpool
Times: Noon (races)
Cost: $45 | Register Online | Proceeds will benefit Rescue Mission of Syracuse


Shopping Small

House of S. Jaye

Come visit the small retailer for a day of  shopping local, enjoying local food and beverages and celebrating community. The event is also a fundraiser for ACR Health.

Where: House of S. Jaye, 233 N. Clinton St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Nov. 28: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: No cost, but hygiene and monetary donations will benefit ACR Health

Lune Chocolat & Simple Roast Coffee Open House

The CNY chocolatier and roasters are teaming up to throw an open house celebration at the new location in Manlius. Be ready to enjoy sampling and pairing, chocolate and coffee, and more.

Where: Lune Chocolat, 4675 Brickyard Falls Road, Manlius
When: Saturday, Nov. 28: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

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The “urban pop-up market” features over 50 local and regional artisans. Come find those unique gifts which add a personal touch for holiday gift giving. Click the link above for more details and list of vendors. VIP “Local Lounge” includes complimentary beverage and access (with cash bar). Be sure to check out the venue’s Holiday Gingerbread Display.

Where: SKY Armory, corner of S. Clinton St. and Walton St., Syracuse 
Saturday, Nov. 28: 6 p.m. – midnight
$5 (general), $25 (general, “Local Lounge” access) | Buy Online



Peter Pan

The adventure comes to life, live on stage in this adaptation of the beloved timeless children’s (and adult’s) story.

Where: Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse 
Saturday, Nov. 28 – Sunday, Nov. 29: 2 p.m. 
$39 (adults), $35 (40 and under), $20 (12 and under) | Buy Online



Syracuse Crunch

The Toronto Marlies venture back to Syracuse to take on the Crunch this holiday weekend.

Where: Oncenter War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Friday, Nov. 27: 7 p.m.
Cost: $16, $20 | Buy Online | 473-4444

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For “Small Business Saturday,” support your small business. You should also support your local teams. Come check out the Silver Knights as they host the Dallas Sidekicks.

Where: Oncenter War Memorial, 515 Montgomery St., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Nov. 28: 7 p.m.
Cost: $17.50 (adult), $14.50 (youth) | 303-7261

Syracuse University Football

Come cheer on SU as they take on Boston College for their last game of the season, and applaud Coach Scott Shafer’s efforts as this is final game as head coach.

Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse University, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Nov. 14: 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $30, $40, $45, $145 | Buy Online | 1-888-DOME-TIX


This Weekend at the Fairgrounds

CNY Wine & Chocolate Festival 

The 10th Annual event features a couple dozen wineries, distilleries and several vendors from across New York state. Prime Time will be performing as patrons enjoy samples, which is included in admission price. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets are also available at

Where: Exhibit Center, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Nov. 28: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday, Nov. 29: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Advance: $20 (patrons), $10 (drivers) | Door: $25 (patrons), $15 (drivers) | Buy Online |

Salt City Thanksgiving Antiques Show

Come visit the Fairgrounds and browse over 200 antique vendors for this annual event.

Where: Center of Progress Building, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse
When: Saturday, Nov. 28: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday, Nov. 29: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $7 (day pass) | $8 (weekend pass) | Free (12 and younger)


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