JULY 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29.
Pops in the Park. The series takes place on Tuesdays in July and offers samples of music in a variety of styles. Onondaga Park gazebo, next to Hiawatha Lake, Upper Onondaga Park, Roberts Avenue, Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330.
JULY 2, 26 & 30
Wild Berry Ice Cream Hike. Search for raspberries and blackberries to pick, then make some ice cream. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5 per person. Register at: 638-2519.
Fireworks and Baseball. Catch the Syracuse Chiefs in action against the Pawtucket Red Sox, then see a fireworks display. NBT Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. Admission to the game and fireworks is free. Parking is $5. 473-4330.
JULY 5-AUGUST 17
Sterling Renaissance Festival. Saturdays and Sundays visit the recreated Elizabethan village and enjoy the minstrels, jousts, japes and other entertainment provided by actors in costume, on stage and strolling about the 35-acre site. Forty miles north of Syracuse, 15385 Farden Road, Sterling. Tickets cost $25.95 for adults, $15.95 for ages 5-11, free for age 4 and under. For more information, call (800) 879-4446. www.sterlingfestival.com.
JULY 9-AUGUST 13
Little Gather. Starting July 9, parents with children age 3 and up can see all kinds of entertainment on Wednesdays, from magic shows to storytelling, and get a chance to introduce little ones to the museum. Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning. $16 includes adult admission; free for age 19 and younger. (800) 732-6845.
St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. Enjoy aspects of Arabic culture such as traditional dances, a souk full of crafts, pastries and other food. St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 4988 Onondaga Road, Syracuse. Free admission. 488-0388. www.steliasny.com.
Family Canoe Outing. A naturalist leads a canoeing tour of the lake for kids in grades 1 through 5 and accompanying adults (maximum of four people per canoe). Get a chance to see painted turtles, great blue herons and a beaver lodge. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $20 per family. Registration is required; call 638-2519.
Gemworld. The annual show features hands-on education exhibits and demonstrations plus gems, fossils, minerals and more for sale. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. $7, adults; free, children under 12 with adult. 672-5328. www.gmss.us.
Finger Lakes Lavender Festival. Arts and crafts for sale, and a chance to stroll the farm and smell the lavender, 20 varieties of which are grown there. Lockwood Lavender Farm, 1682 W. Lake Road, Skaneateles. Free admission. 685-5369.
Penguin Palooza. You’re invited to a wild party at the zoo. There’ll be entertainment, ice cream and other food tastings, and animal demonstrations, including watching the penguins being fed. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Advance admission is $15 ($17 at the door if available)—required for both children and adults. Call 435-8511, Ext. 113, to register or for more information.
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 and live music. Free admission. For details, call 492-3530.
Medieval Times. Visit different stations and learn about daily life in medieval Europe, courtesy of the Barony of Delftwood, part of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Topics include the arts and sciences, and defense. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free admission. 457-0310. lpl.org.
An Adventure in Basic Bike Repair. Kids age 8 and up can grab a wrench and learn how to keep a bike in good working order. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 263-8749.
Syracuse Nationals. See thousands of hot rods, (pre-1980) classic, and custom cars and trucks. Celebrities are always a feature of 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.
Skate Jam. Onondaga Lake Skate Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $10. Preregistration is recommended: 453-6712.
Symphoria Brass Quintet in Concert. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy this open-air concert at Thornden Park amphitheatre, entrances at Ostrom Avenue and Madison Street, South Beach Street, Ackerman Avenue, Syracuse. Free admission. 299-5598.
Anything That Rolls. Kids and adults can roll with bikes, wheelchairs, strollers and inline skates—or just walk—during an event that raises money and awareness for children and adults with disabilities, brain injuries and mental health needs. Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $10 registration for adults, free for age 10 and under. 410-3384.
JULY 21, 23, 24 & 25
Jazz Up Your Lunch. The City of Syracuse All-Star Band, a youth jazz ensemble, will perform 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at various downtown Syracuse park spaces: Hanover Square (7/21), Clinton Square (7/23), across from Columbus Circle (7/24) and Armory Square (7/25). 473-4330.
The MOST Traveling Science Program. Learn why Pop Rocks and soda go fizz in this 45-minute program presented by the Museum of Science and Technology at area libraries. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.
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. www.oswegoharborfest.com.
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.
Arts and Crafts Festival. Nearly 200 artists, entertainers and craftspeople make their mark on Columbus Circle in Syracuse. 422-8284. www.downtownsyracuse.com.
Syracuse New Times and Family Times Street Painting. Artists, young and old, decorate squares of sidewalk with chalk and compete for prizes on Montgomery Street near City Hall in Syracuse. The rain date is July 27. Free for spectators. Participants: $10 for age 17 and younger; $20 for adults; $25 for masters. Add $5 for registering after July 11. 422-7011. www.syracusenewtimes.com.
Arise and Ride at the Farm. Cycle some miles, or just take in the festival fun in a benefit for Arise at the Farm, 1972 New Boston Road, Chittenango. $25 per cyclist, advance, or $30, day of; $5 for farm festival only. 671-2909. www.ariseinc.org.
Gravity Fest. Athletes on a variety of conveyances speed down a hay-lined road filled with challenging curves and vertical drops. 3452 E. Hill Road, Munnsville. 495-6593.
Kirk Park Family Day. Entertainment includes the Elks Pride Marching Band, interactive drumming circles with Wacheva Cultural Arts, Five to Life and the City of Syracuse Stan Colella All-Star Band. Kirk Park, South Avenue and Onondaga Creek Boulevard entrance, Syracuse. 473-4330.
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. 451-7275. www.bavarianclubalmenrausch.org/.
Skaneateles Festival. Chamber concerts are performed at various venues by the lake. Free Family Fest interactive concerts take place on Aug. 6 and 13 at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. 685-7418. www.skanfest.org.
AUGUST 8-10 & 15-17
Shakespeare in the Park. A performance of William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night. Food available for purchase. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and a picnic, if you wish. Thornden Park amphitheatre, entrances at Ostrom Avenue and Madison Street, South Beach Street, Ackerman Avenue, Syracuse. Donations. 476-1835. www.syrsf.org.
CNY Scottish Games. Enjoy Scottish and American food and immerse yourself in the culture of clans, pipes, drums, dancers and athletic competitions. Long Branch Park, Liverpool. Admission is $10 for adults; $7, seniors; $4, ages 5-12; free, age 4 and younger. 463-8876.
Asian Elephant Extravaganza. Learn all about the zoo’s resident pachyderms while playing games, seeing cultural demonstrations and visiting activity stations. 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.
Oktoberfest. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free admission. www.germanamericanscny.com.
Bubblemania. Doug “The Bubble Man” Rougeux puts on an amazing program for the whole family. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.
AUGUST 21-SEPTEMBER 1
New York State Fair. The fair’s always a cornucopia of food, concerts and rides. And this year a new midway rides operator, Wade Shows, promises different attractions, price options and other changes. As usual, there will also be numerous agricultural, animal, and arts and crafts displays. New York State Fairgrounds. $10, general; free, age 12 and younger. Parking: $5. (800) 475-FAIR. www.nysfair.org.
Irish Festival. This taste of Ireland features music, dance, culture and children’s actvities. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330. www.syracuseirishfestival.com.
Golden Harvest Festival. Arts and crafts, live music, storytelling, a petting zoo, puppet and magic shows and seasonal foods. 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. Nominal admission; donations of canned goods encouraged. 252-2225. www.cnytomatofest.org.
La Festa Italiana. Celebrate Italian culture, including food and music, and watch some really good bocce players in the tournament. In front of Syracuse City Hall, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. www.festaitaliana.bizland.com.
Westcott Street Cultural Fair. The funkiest neighborhood in the city puts on its annual festival, with live music, dancing, crafts for sale, and a chance to learn about local nonprofit organizations. 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.
Junior Fishing Program. Saturdays, through Sept. 27. Webster Pond, 2004 Valley Drive, Syracuse. For ages 7 to 15; $10 for the season. 469-8027.
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). Note: The Finger Lakes Drive-In is raising funds to upgrade to digital projection. Check the website for updates to its schedule and progress.
Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. NBT Stadium, off Park Street, Syracuse. 474-7833.
Auburn Doubledays Baseball. Falcon Park, 130 N. Division St., Auburn. Home opener is June 13. 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.
Enchanted Forest Water Safari. Rides and attractions. Opens for the season June 11; last day is Sept. 1. Route 28, Old Forge. 369-6145.
Seabreeze Amusement Park. Water park and amusement park overlooks Lake Ontario. End of 590 N., Rochester. All attractions dependent on weather. (800) 395-2500.
Thunder Island. Water park with many slides, including two kiddie slides, plus miniature golf, go-karts and more. 21 Wilcox Road, Fulton. June 26-Sept. 1. 598-8016.
Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo. Open daily, through Sept. 1; weekends only in September and October. Water play area, petting zoo, pony rides. Route 49, 3 miles west of Rome. 336-1930.