Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

January

Skiing
Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center - Fayetteville

Greek Peak- Virgil

Labrador Mountain Ski Area, Truxton

Song Mountain, Tully

Toggenburg, Fabuis

Syracuse Stage

February

Syracuse Crunch Hockey

Syracuse Winterfest

Syracuse Home and Garden Show

Syracuse Stage

March

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Downtown Syracuse

Syracuse Stage

April

Opening Day for Syracuse Chiefs

Annual Tigris Shrine Circus

Landmark Theater

Syracuse Stage

May

Syracuse International Film Festival

Syracuse Stage

Memorial Day Ceremony

June

Oz-Stravaganza
Chittenango celebrates the work of L. Frank Baum with fireworks, parade, amusement rides and Munchkin movie stars. Free admission; fee for food, rides and certain events. 687-3319.

St. Sophia's Greek Cultural Festival
Learn about Greek culture the fun way with festival food, music, a children's booth and more. St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church, 325 Waring Road, DeWitt. Free admission. 446-5222.

Taste of Syracuse
Sample foods from area restaurants and wineries and hear live music. Music provideds all day, culminating in the Syracuse Area Music Awards show. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission; $1 for most samples. 471-9597.

Jamesville Balloon Fest
Amusement rides offered daily, balloon flights launch nightly, and national music acts, puppet shows, strolling jugglers, disc golf demos and more fill any gaps. Jamesville Beach Park, Apulia Road, Jamesville. 435-5252 or www.syracuseballoonfest.com.

Juneteenth
Celebration of African-American culture and the end of slavery. Free. 440-0129.

Syracuse Regional All-American Soap Box Derby
A chance to fulfill the need for speed, for boys and girls ages 8 to 17. South Geddes Street hill, between between Twin Hills Drive and Gordon Avenue, Syracuse. Free admission. 382-7629.

Cicero Community Festival
Annual event features a Kids Zone, parade, farmers market and fireworks. Field behind Sacred Heart Church, Route 11, Cicero. 422-9400.
Peterboro Civil War Weekend
Relive the mid-1800s, with re-enactors filling the village, period music and wealth of historical detail. Skirmishes at 2 p.m. each day. Village green, Peterboro. 684-9022.

Jewish Music and Cultural Festival
Kosher food, ethnic arts and crafts, music, and all kinds of activities for children. Festival kicks off with a commemorative Israel at 60 service. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 446-7810.

Everson Community Day
Hands-on activities and an exhibit of work by students at North Syracuse's Allen Road Elementary School. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. 474-6064.

Syracuse Polish
Live music, including ethnic groups, plus exhibits, children's entertainment and amusement rides, Miss Polonia and scholarship awards, and Polish food. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 687-1076.

Unity Arts and Crafts Festival
The creative spirit is celebrated with craft vendors and children's activities. Unity Church and Spiritual Center of Syracuse, 300 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free admission. 492-0330.

City of Syracuse Independence Day Celebration
Patriotic music and family activities begin the evening, and fireworks end it with a bang. Inner Harbor, Kirkpatrick and Solar streets, Syracuse. Free. 473-4330.

JGB Syracuse Jazz Fest
Festival features local youth jazz ensembles in addition to national acts; fireworks conclude musical festivities. Onondaga Community College, 4941 Onondaga Road, Syracuse. Free. 437-5627.

July

Oswego Harborfest

Little Gather
Summer series introduces little ones to the museum with storytelling, music and magic shows. Every Wednesday in July and August, 11 a.m.; kicks off with performance by storyteller Regi Carpenter. Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning. $12.50/includes adult admission; free/age 17 and younger. (607) 974-3306.

July 4
Fourth of July with Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
Program of patriotic songs followed by fireworks. State Fairgrounds. Free. 424-8222.

Seneca River Days
A weekend of festivities culminates with the Great Seneca River Duck Race. Mercer Park, Baldwinsville. 638-1507.

Shakespeare in the Park
Come join us, starting our journey in Messini, Italy with the eighth season of the FREE, Shakespeare-in-the-Park program. Bring picnic dinner and lawn chairs. $5, adult; free, age 15 and younger. 453-6712.

Sterling Renaissance Festival
The whole family can experience a Renaissance village with jousts, street theater, costumed actors and slapstick comedy. Saturdays and Sundays only. $22, adult; $9.95, ages 6-12; free, age 5 and younger. Off Route 104A, Sterling. (800) 879-4446.

New York State Blues Festival
All facets of blues music are highlighted for a wide audience.

Valley Field Days
Presented by Valley Men's Club at Meachem Field, West Seneca Turnpike and Midland Avenue, Syracuse. 473-4330.

Syracuse Nationals
A celebration and display of spectacular autos, from classic to fantastic. State Fairgrounds. 
668-9703.

St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival
Arabic food, music and dance provide the atmosphere of a Middle Eastern village fair. St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 4988 Onondaga Road, Syracuse. Free admission. 488-2616.

Jazz in the Square
Three-day outdoor international festival. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free. 479-5299.

Oswego Harborfest
Crafters, rides, and music in the parks (including special children's and family stages) and along the shores of Lake Ontario; fireworks over the harbor. Free admission. 343-6858.

Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival
Showcase of juried art as well as festival food, entertainers, children's activities. Free admission to festival. 422-8284. To register for Street Painting, call 422-7011, Ext. 141.

Penguin Palooza
A special party for kids ages 2-12 and adults, with ice cream tastings, jugglers, magicians and more. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Call 435-8511, Ext. 113 to register.

August

Sterling Renaissance Festival
The whole family can experience a Renaissance village with jousts, street theater, costumed actors and slapstick comedy. Saturdays and Sundays only. Off Route 104A, Sterling. (800) 879-4446.

Fishing for Dollars
All ages can angle for prizes worth a total of $12,500. Behind the Salt Museum, at the marina, and near the Griffin Visitor Center, Onondaga Lake Park, Route 370, Liverpool. 426-8741.

Bavarianfest
Long Branch Park at Onondaga Lake Park, Long Branch Road, Liverpool. Free. 447-3268.

Skaneateles Festival
Chamber music by the lake; includes FamilyFest, free interactive concerts teaching music for age 5 and up at First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. 685-7418.

Shakespeare in Thornden Park
Annual festival features The Comedy of Errors. Bring picnics and lawn chairs. Free. 476-1835.

Bassmaster Elite Championships
See top fishers compete for the biggest bass. Oneida Shores Park, 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton. parking fee. (270) 703-5441.

CNY Scottish Games and Celtic Festival
Pipes, drums, dancers and unusual athletic competitions, all at Long Branch Park, Liverpool.  463-8876.

Asian Elephant Extravaganza
See an elephant get a pedicure, guess an elephant's weight, and learn about the pachyderms' strength, skills and endangered status. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Free with zoo admission: 435-8511.

Latin American Festival
Experience the rhythms of Latin American and the Caribbean in Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330.

New York State Fair
Check out the Midway rides; competitions for crafts, art, livestock and agriculture; entertainment; and all your favorite foods. New York State Fairgrounds. Daily, 10 a.m.-midnight. (800) 475-FAIR.

September

Irish Festival
Two days devoted to Irish music, dance, food and drink. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330.

Golden Harvest Festival
Arts and crafts show, live music, storytelling, a petting zoo, puppet and magic shows and seasonal foods. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. 638-2519.

Central New York Tomatofest
Celebrate the end of tomato season and help local food agencies. Emerson Park Pavilion, Auburn. 729-0535 or www.cnytomatofest.com.

La Festa Italiana
Entertainment, food, children's activities and a bocce tournament. In front of Syracuse City Hall, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330.

Festival of Centuries
See Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactments plus dancing, skill demonstrations and displays. Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois, Route 370, Liverpool. 453-6768.

The Great Syracuse Oktoberfest
Bavarian folk dancers, live bands and local choruses fill three days: includes contests of yodeling, alphorn playing and schuhlplattling. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 675-8321.

Westcott Street Cultural Fair
One-day event celebrates the diversity of the neighborhood with visual and performing arts, food, craft and service organization tables, and children's activities. Westcott Street between Concord and Dell streets, and on side treets, Syracuse. Free. 703-6848.

Turning Stone Resort Championship PGA Tour Fall Series
Turning Stone Resort will once again host some of the world's finest PGA TOUR layers for the Oneida Indian Nation's second Turning Stone Resort Championship.
With the region's scenic dazzling autumn vistas and our world class golf facilities/course as the backdrop, there are a multitude of reasons to be involved in that is now one of the premier tournaments on professional golfing's calendar. Our partnership with the PGA TOUR and the $6 million purse, with more than $1 million to the champion, creates the competition excitement.

September- November

HORSEBACK RIDING
Location:
Highland Forest
1254 Highland Forest Rd
Fabius, NY 13063
Telephone:315-495-6263

Jordan Fall Festival

October

Fall Festival Days Abbott Farms
Saturdays and Sundays from Labor Day to Halloween - raise the level of excitement with super-slide, face-painting, apple canon, and wagon rides. A per-person admission on these select days covers parking, wagon rides, corn maze, super-slide, and face-painting with a simple wristband.
We also have another free maze or two for you to explore. We build a right-hand turn maze out of pumpkins and straw bales. We set up a bounce house for little tots. We provide Radio Flyer-style wagons on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel like target practice or testing your orienting skills? Try our apple cannon for a small fee.
At the Feeding Trough, you'll find a full menu of grilled entrees and treats to fuel your day. We grill hamburgers, hotdogs, sweet sausage and BBQ chicken. We fresh-cut our own potatoes for french fries. Seasonal delicacies include apple ritters, fudge-dipped apples, candy apples, pie by the slice, and cider donuts. Fresh-popped popcorn and cotton candy are sold outdoors.
Our bakery features 10" pies, cookies, and pastries. We make our own cream-and-butter fudge on-site in more than a dozen flavors. You can also have a treat from our full-service ice cream shoppe.
Watch us press cider and sample the sweet results! Plan on pumpkin picking and more fun than you and the kids can absorb in a day. Allow 2 hours minimum for a fall festival visit. Many people make a day of it! Dress for the weather and bring your camera. Raincoats and barn boots, too -- with the addition of our cider press, there's still plenty to see and do on a drizzly day.

Fall Harvest Festival - Critz Farms - Cazenovia
Are you looking for a place to bring the family for a fun filled action packed day? Well, Critz Farms is the place! Starting the third weekend in September and ontinuing to late October, Critz Farms puts on its annual Fall Harvest Celebration. Special events and festival activities take place every weekend.
See website for complete list of activities. Many activities are available 7 days a week, while some are only offered on the weekends. Call 351-662-3355 or 800-442-3225 for information.
Each paid admission includes a Season Pass which entitles the family to get free admission to the farm on future visits throughout the season.
Location:
Critz Farms
3232 Rippleton Rd
Cazenovia, NY 13035

Awesome Autumn Adventure
Corn maze, flea market, pony rides, refreshments at Scarecrow Tavern, Tillie the Talking Pumpkin, Pumpkin Patch Playground, Petting Zoo, Evening campfires, and so much more.
Erie Canal Village
5789 Rome New London Rd.
Rome, NY 13440

Creepy Camp
Featuring the "Creepy Cabins", "Intensity" and "Zombie Zone. Haunted walk-through attractions, plus terrifyingly tasty creepy concessions, frightfully fun novelties, gruesomely great giveaways, special nights, free parking and so much more.
Benefits will go to the adaptive programs of the High Esteem's Camp Goodwill for children and young adults with physical disabilities & of special needs.
*Please note: Creepy Camp's main attractions are strongly not recommended for children 10 & under, the faint of heart and/or those who are pregnant.

Lafayette Apple Festival
The LaFayette area has long been recognized as one of the primary apple producing regions of Upstate New York. Its rural atmosphere, rolling hills, and beautiful fall foliage make LaFayette a wonderful setting for one of the northeast's premier arts and crafts show. We celebrate this year by bringing you more crafters than ever before, over 500, and by making numerous improvements to the grounds themselves.
The high quality of the exhibitors, uniqueness of products offered, and diversity make the Apple Fest a hit for everyone! Visitors attend every year from all parts of New York and even New England, while crafters and artisans from numerous states display their wares. This small community has grown accustomed to having 90,000 visitors every Columbus Day weekend.
In addition to the crafts, the Apple Fest also presents many special events and daily features. View some of the most original scarecrows you'll ever see at the Scarecrow Contest. The Apple Queen and Apple Pie competitions are always a hit among the towns people.

D.I.R.T. Week
Five days and six nights of great DIRT car racing action! The Annual Super DIRT Week is a "melting pot" of race fans and race cars from throughout the Eastern United States. With NINE divisions, and FIVE racetracks spanned over SIX days, you can witness HUNDREDS of the est in DIRT Car Racing battle for a place in racing history.
Location:
Empire Expo Center/NYS Fairgrounds
581 State Fair Blvd.
Syracuse, NY 13209
Time: Call for times
Cost: call for details
Telephone: 315-834-6606

Halloween In The Park
Long Branch Park, Liverpool. 436-2884.

Ongoing Events

Summer Reading Program
Onondaga County Public libraries join New York State program, "Catch the Reading Bug." Children earn rewards, and keep their skills sharp, while reading everything from books to magazines and graphic novels. Contact your local library (find it at www.onlib.org) or call 435-1900.

Strathmore Saturdays
7 to 11:30 a.m. Roadway around Upper Onondaga Park's Hiawatha Lake closed to traffic. 473-4330.

Parkway Sundays
9 a.m.-noon. Skate, walk, bike or jog along 2-mile stretch as Liverpool's Onondaga Lake Parkway closes to vehicular traffic. Free. 453-6712.

Movie Nights
Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Free movies outdoors at Syracuse city parks. 473-4330.

Junior Fishing Program
Saturdays. Webster Pond, 2004 Valley Drive, Syracuse. For ages 7 to 15; $10 for the season. 727-2922.

Time Out to Fish
For senior citizens, persons with disabilities and children with special needs. All equipment and bait supplied; reservations required. Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery, Route 321, Elbridge. $2, adult; $1, child. 689-9367.

Drive-In Movies
Family-friendly flicks at Auburn's Finger Lakes Drive-In (Route 5, Auburn; 252-3969) and the Midway Drive-In, (Route 48, Minetto; 593-0699 or 343-0211). Call ahead to see what's playing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball
NBT Bank Stadium, off Park Street, Syracuse. 474-7833.

Auburn Doubledays Baseball
Falcon Park, 130 N. Division St., Auburn. $4-$7. 255-2489.

Ryder Park Butterfly House
Learn about the life stages of these flying flowers. 5400 Butternut St., DeWitt. Free admission. Call ahead weekdays: 446-9250.

Water Safari/Enchanted Forest
Rides and attractions. Route 28, Old Forge. 369-6145.

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park
Daily. Traditional park with 21 rides, on the east shore of Oneida Lake, Main Street,
Sylvan Beach. 762-5212.

Seabreeze Amusement Park
Water park and amusement park overlooks Lake Ontario. End of 590 N., Rochester. All attractions dependent on weather. Call ahead: (800)395-2500.

Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo
Daily. Water play area, petting zoo, pony rides. Route 49, 3 miles west of Rome. 336-1930.



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