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Summer Events Calendar 2013


JULY 4-6
Syracuse Jazz Fest. The 31st annual event features headliners the Doobie Brothers (July 4), the Grandmothers of Invention (July 5) and Taylor Dayne (July 6) at 9:30 each night. CNY high school ensembles take the stage starting at 3 p.m. on July 5 and 6. Jamesville Beach Park, Apulia Road, Jamesville. Admission is free; parking costs $5.

JULY 6-AUG. 18
Sterling Renaissance Festival. Enjoy a family-friendly version of an Elizabethan village, with street theater, minstrels, rides, games, jousts, comedy and turkey legs (the era’s food-on-the-go). Special events include Family Weekend (July 6 &7), with discounts on the second ticket purchased, and Pirate Invasion (July 27 & 28). Saturdays and Sundays only. Tickets: $25.95, adult; $15.95, ages 5-12; free, age 4 and younger. Off Route 104A, Sterling. (800) 879-4446.

JULY 9, 16, 23 & 30
Pops in the Park. The four-week series takes place on Tuesdays in July and offers samples of music in styles from blues to Motown to pops. Kids can take part in special activities. Onondaga Park gazebo, next to Hiawatha Lake, Upper Onondaga Park, Roberts Avenue, Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330.

JULY 10-AUG. 14
Little Gather. Wednesdays in July and August. Summer series for age 3 and up introduces little ones to the museum with storytelling, music and magic shows. The first show of the season is called “Super Scientific Circus—The Science of Magic” and sheds entertaining light on principles related to reflection, magnetism and more. Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning. The shows are included with admission: $15 for adults; free for age 19 and younger. (800) 732-6845.

Canoe Beaver Lake. A naturalist leads a canoeing tour of the lake for kids in grades 1 through 5 and accompanying adults. Get a chance to see northern water snakes, painted turtles, great blue herons and other wildlife. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $15 per family. Registration is required; call 638-2519.

JULY 13 & 14
Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show. The annual show put on by the Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse features hands-on educational exhibits and demonstrations—including soapstone carving, jewelry making for kids and a sluice—plus gems, fossils and minerals for sale. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Admission: $6, adults; free, children under 12. 672-5328. www.gmss.us.

JULY 13 & 27, AUG. 10 & 24
Summer Street Hockey Series. The Syracuse Crunch introduces kids age 14 and younger to the sport of street hockey. (Sneakers, stick and helmet are required.) Pay $10 per event. NBT Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. Register at 473-4444, Ext. 33.

Penguin Palooza. You’re invited to a wild party for kids of all ages. There’ll be entertainment, ice cream tastings and animal demonstrations like seeing the penguins being fed. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Advance admission is $15 ($17 at the door)—required for both children and adults; it’s free for age 2 and under. Call 435-8511 to register or for more information.

JULY 17-21
Valley Field Days. Presented by Valley Men’s Club at Meachem Field, West Seneca Turnpike and Midland Avenue, Syracuse, this free event features carnival rides, live music and fireworks on July 20. Free admission. For details, call 492-3530.

JULY 19-21
St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. Sample Arabic food and culture, including young people dancing and a souk selling crafts and pastries. St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 4988 Onondaga Road, Syracuse. Free admission. 488-0388. www.steliasny.com.

Syracuse Nationals. Get a look at thousands of hot rods, classic and custom cars and trucks, check out the model car show or visit the craft area. Personalities from the History Channel’s American Pickers will appear at the event. (Buy tickets in advance and pay $12 for adults, $6 for kids.) State Fairgrounds. $17, adults; $8, children. (800) 753-3978. www.rightcoastcars.com.

Onondaga Lake Park Skate Jam. $10 to participate; preregistration is recommended. 453-6712.

Tie Dye at LPL. Kids from preschool age to teens can bring a clean, cotton item (or pair of socks) to tie dye (no large items!) at Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Tie dye materials are provided. The event is free, but preregistration for the popular program is required: Call 457-0310 or visit lpl.org.

Wild Berry Ice Cream Hike. Search for raspberries and blackberries to pick, then make some ice cream with them. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5 per person. Register at: 638-2519.

JULY 25-28
Oswego Harborfest. A children’s parade, crafters, rides, and music in the parks (including a family stage) and along the shores of Lake Ontario; don’t miss the fireworks over the harbor. Free admission. 343-6858.

JULY 26 & 27
Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival. Jazz, blues and wine. As part of the Scholastic Festival segment, students perform with national guest artists. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 479-5299.

Stage of Nations Blue Rain Eco-Fest. Get a chance to experience Haudenosaunee culture—including Smoke Dance competitions and live music—and sample Native American food. At the Blue Rain Eco-Fest, see an exhibition of eco-friendly products and services. Hanover Square, Syracuse. Free admission. 422-7011.

JULY 26-28
Arts and Crafts Festival. Nearly 200 artists, entertainers and craftspeople display and sell their work in Columbus Circle in Syracuse. 422-8284.

Syracuse New Times and Family Times Street Painting. Embellish squares of sidewalk with chalk and compete for prizes on Montgomery Street near City Hall in Syracuse—or just watch the artists in action. There’s also a Syracuse New Times paper box painting contest, for those interested in a spot of environmental art. The rain date is July 28. Free for spectators. Participants: $10 for age 17 and younger; $20 for adults; $25 for masters. Add $5 for registering after July 12. 422-7011. www.syracusenewtimes.com.

ARISE and Ride at the Farm. Cycle 12 or 25 miles, or just take in the farm festival fun (including games, a bounce house, a petting zoo, hay rides and pony rides) in a benefit for ARISE at the Farm, 1972 New Boston Road, Chittenango. Child care for kids under 14 is available for parents who are cycling. The cost is $30 per cyclist; $5 for farm festival only. 671-2909.


AUG. 3
Canine Carnival. Pet-related vendors, rescues, demonstrations and more. Money raised benefits the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Fund (www.pmawf.org). Wegmans Good Dog Park, Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. Free admission. 451-7275.

AUG. 4
Bavarian Fest. An event filled with German food and drink, folk dancing and music. Long Branch Park at
Onondaga Lake Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free. bavarianclubalmenrausch.org/.

AUG. 8-11, 15-18
Shakespeare-in-the-Park. The Syracuse Shakespeare Festival presents The Winter’s Tale, a tragedy in its first half and romantic comedy in its second half, with each half performed on alternate nights. Enjoy the free show on the lawn at the Thornden Park amphitheater. Bring your own blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Call 476-1835 or visit www.syrsf.org for more information.

AUG. 8-31
Skaneateles Festival. Chamber music by the lake, with Hilary Hahn and many other performers. The free Family Fest performance takes place on Aug. 21 at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, and open workshops with students of all ages and levels occur on Aug. 28 with musicians from A Far Cry at the same location. Other concerts and events take place in various Skaneateles locations. Some events require paid admission. For more details, call 685-7418 or visit www.skanfest.org.

AUG. 10
CNY Scottish Games. Join a clan, if just for a day, and enjoy Scottish and American food, pipes and drums, dance performances and varied athletic competitions. Long Branch Park, Liverpool. Admission is $10 for adults; $7, seniors; $4, ages 5-12; free, age 4 and younger. 463-8876.

AUG. 17
Asian Elephant Extravaganza. Learn all about the zoo’s elephants while observing them in action; playing games; and doing crafts and activities. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Free with zoo admission: $8, adult; $5, senior; $4, ages 3-18; free, age 2 and under. 435-8511.

AUG. 22 - SEPT. 2
New York State Fair. Life’s rich pageant—complete with midway rides, circus (and farm) animals, greasy (and some healthy) foods, works of art and great people-watching opportunities—can be found at the fair. New York State Fairgrounds. $10, general; free, age 12 and younger. Parking: $5. (800) 475-FAIR.



SEPT. 6 & 7
Irish Festival. Be Irish for a couple of days in this celebration that focuses on music and dance. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330.

Sept. 7 & 8
Golden Harvest Festival. Arts and crafts, live music, storytelling, a petting zoo, puppet and magic shows, and seasonal foods for sale like fresh pie, corn on the cob and apple cider. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5, adult; $1, ages 6-17; free, age 5 and under. 638-2519.

Central New York Tomatofest. Join the celebration of tomato season’s end—with crafts for sale, activities for kids, terrific food, and fresh produce. Proceeds benefit local food agencies. Emerson Park Pavilion on Owasco Lake, Auburn. $3, adults; $1, age 10 and under or free with the donation of a canned good. 252-2225. www.cnytomatofest.org.

SEPT. 13-15
La Festa Italiana. Listen to musicians play Italian pop, watch bocce players compete in the tournament, and sample pasta and pastries that will make you swoon. In front of Syracuse City Hall, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 463-5134. www.festaitaliana.bizland.com.

SEPT. 15
Westcott Street Cultural Fair. Check out the musical and dance performances, the craft vendors and the food in one of Syracuse’s funkiest neighborhoods. Children’s performances and activities take place at the Petit Branch library on Victoria Place. Westcott Street between Concord and Dell streets, and on side streets, Syracuse. Free. 703-6848. www.westcottstreetfair.org.

SEPT. 21
Tipp Hill Music Festival. A celebration of the neighborhood’s rich heritage, with live music, entertainers, kids’ activities (including a “learn how to plant a tree” session) and food. Pass Arboretum, across from the Avery, Salisbury and Whittier avenues Burnet Park entrance, Syracuse. www.tipphillmusicfest.org.

SEPT. 29
Jewish Music and Cultural Festival. Kosher food, ethnic arts and crafts, music,
dancing and all kinds of activities for children. Jewish Community Center campus, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt. Free admission. 682-8489.

Ongoing Events

Reading Treasure Hunt. Daily, 7:30 a.m. to dusk. July 1-Aug. 31. During park hours, kids can get clues at the front desk and hunt for boxes of reading-level-appropriate short stories to discover and read out in the woods at Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission is $3. For more information, call 638-2519.

Parkway Sundays. July 14 through Aug. 18, 9 a.m.-noon. Skate, walk, bike or jog along the 2-mile stretch while Liverpool’s Onondaga Lake Parkway is closed to motorized vehicle traffic. To get to the Salt Museum parking area, take Lake Drive or Willow Street in Liverpool, or use Old Liverpool Road to gain access to the park. Free. 453-6712.

Junior Fishing Program. Saturdays, through Sept. 28. A fishing program for ages 7 to 15 features a banquet at the end of the season at which trophies are awarded for largest fish caught. The cost is $10 for the season. Webster Pond, 2004 Valley Drive, Syracuse. For more information, call 727-2922 or visit www.websterpond.org.

Time Out to Fish. June 17-July 19. A chance for senior citizens, people with disabilities and children with special needs to fish for rainbow trout. Groups of five to 20 people. All equipment and bait supplied. Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, Route 321, Elbridge. $3 per person. Registration is required at 689-9367.

Canoeing & Kayaking. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; on weekends and holidays, through June 23; June 21-Sept. 2, daily. Paddle around Beaver Lake searching for beaver lodges, turtles and herons. Beaver Lake Nature Center, about 3 miles west of Baldwinsville off Route 370. $8 for first hour of rental, $2 for each additional 30 minutes. $3 admission per vehicle. Call to check conditions: 638-2519.

Drive-In Movies. Family-friendly flicks at Auburn’s Finger Lakes Drive-In (1064 Clark Street Road, Aurelius; 252-3969; www.fingerlakesdrivein.com) and the Midway Drive-In, (2475 Route 48, Minetto; 343-0211 or 593-0699; www.midwaydrivein.com).

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. NBT Bank Stadium, off Park Street, Syracuse. $4-$20. 474-7833.

Auburn Doubledays Baseball. Falcon Park, 130 N. Division St., Auburn. Home opener is June 17. $5-$8. 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. Opens for the season June 12; last day is Sept. 2. 3183 Route 28, Old Forge. 369-6145. watersafari.com.

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park. Traditional park with 21 rides, on the east shore of Oneida Lake, 112 Bridge St., Sylvan Beach. Check out the Screamer speedboat thrill ride. Open through September, plus Halloweekends in October. 762-5212. www.sylvanbeachamusementpark.com.

Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. Theme park and water park open daily through Sept. 2. Lots of entertainment throughout the summer including a newly upgraded nightly laser and water show called “Ignite the Night.” Exit 48A off Thruway, 9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center. (585) 599-4641. www.darienlake.com.

Seabreeze Amusement Park. Open daily June 20-Sept. 2. Water park and amusement park overlooks Lake Ontario. End of 590 N., Rochester. All attractions dependent on weather. (585) 323-1900.

Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo. Open daily, June 22-Sept. 20; additional open days in September and October. Animals from around the world, plus domestic animals such as chickens and sheep. Route 49, 3 miles west of Rome. 336-1930. www.fortrickey.com.

Santa’s Workshop. Open daily, June 25-Aug. 31, plus additional weekends and seasonal events. Timeless fantasy village features rides, live reindeer and a chance to meet the jolly old elf himself. Route 431, 324 Whiteface Memorial Highway, North Pole. (518) 946-2211. www.northpoleny.com.

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