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May 30-June 1
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.

June 1
AIDS Walk/Run
A 5k walk and 10k run benefit AIDS Community Resources. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Donations (minimum $25). (800) 475-2430.

June 5-8
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.

June 6-7
Taste of Syracuse
Sample foods from area restaurants and wineries and hear live music. June 6 Syracuse New Times Sammys (Syracuse Area Music Awards), with music by previous winners all day, culminating in the awards show. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission; $1 for most samples. 471-9597.

June 7
Family Fishing Clinic
Learn to fish with Department of Environmental Conservation staff; gear provided but bring a rod if you have one. Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, Route 321, Elbridge. Free. Call 689-9367 to register.

Paige’s Butterfly Run
Twelfth annual event that benefits efforts against pediatric cancer features a 40-foot scramble for children age 5 and younger, as well as a 3K walk/run and a 5K timed race, all in a new location near the Taste of Syracuse festivities. James M. Hanley Federal Building, 100 S. Clinton St., Syracuse. $25 for most events. 635-0099.

Onondaga Lake Day
Onondaga Lake Partnership presents info and activities to teach families about Onondaga Lake. Onondaga Lake Park, Route 370, Liverpool. Free. 435-2260.

Duck Race to End Racism
Lots of children’s entertainment and games, face painting, free Byrne Dairy ice cream and a harbor filled with rubber ducks raise awareness about cross-cultural understanding. Inner Harbor, Solar and Kirkpatrick streets, Syracuse. Free admission. 449-3552.

June 13-15
Heineken 93Q Light 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. Admission: $5, adults; $1, ages 6-12; free, age 5 and under. 435-5252 or www.syracuseballoonfest.com.

June 13-14
Celebration of African-American culture and the end of slavery. Jubilee Park, 100 block of South Avenue, Syracuse, on June 13. June 14 begins with a parade along South Salina Street that concludes at the festivities at Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free. 440-0129.

June 14
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 or www.cicerofestival.com.

June 14-15
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. $7, adults; $3, ages 6 to 12; free, under 6. 684-9022.

June 15
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.

June 15-22
Chenango Summer MusicFest
For the festival’s Community Day on June 21, enjoy a Babar story with music, Renaissance singers in costume, Suzuki Violin School children, and much more family entertainment. Most events on Village Green, Hamilton. Most Community Day events are free. 228-7645.

June 20-22
Syracuse Polish Festival
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.

June 21
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.

June 27
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.

June 27-28
JGB Syracuse Jazz Fest
Twenty-sixth festival features local youth jazz ensembles in addition to national acts; fireworks conclude musical festivities on June 28. Headliners will be Sergio Mendes and Brasil, and Chaka Khan. Onondaga Community College, 4941 Onondaga Road, Syracuse. Free. 437-5627.

July 2
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.

July 11-12
Seneca River Days
A weekend of festivities culminates with the Great Seneca River Duck Race. Mercer Park, Baldwinsville. 638-1507.

Shakespeare in the Park
Onley Theatre Center’s National Players’ Summer Shakespeare Tour stops at Long Branch Park’s natural amphitheater to perform Two Gentlemen of Verona; bring picnic dinner and lawn chairs. $5, adult; free, age 15 and younger. 453-6712.

July 12- August 17
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.

July 12-13
New York State Blues Festival
All facets of blues music are highlighted for a wide audience. Headliners will be the
Fabulous Thunderbirds (June 12) and Jimmie Vaughan with Lou Ann Barton (June 13). Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free. 422-9400.

July 16-20
Valley Field Days
Presented by Valley Men’s Club at Meachem Field, West Seneca Turnpike and Midland Avenue, Syracuse. 473-4330.

July 18-20
Syracuse Nationals
A celebration and display of spectacular autos, from classic to fantastic. State Fairgrounds. $16, adults; $8, children.

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.

July 24-26
Jazz in the Square
Three-day outdoor international festival. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free. 479-5299.

July 24-27
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 July 26. Free admission. 343-6858.

July 25-27
Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival
Showcase of juried art as well as festival food, entertainers, children’s activities. Syracuse New Times Street Painting Contest takes place on July 26 in a new location, the 200 block of Montgomery Street. Free admission to festival. Columbus Circle, downtown Syracuse. 422-8284. To register for Street Painting, call 422-7011, Ext. 141.

July 27
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. $12, general; free, age 2 and under. Call 435-8511, Ext. 113 to register.

Aug. 2
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. $25, age 16 and older; $10, age 15 and younger. 426-8741.

Aug. 3
Long Branch Park at Onondaga Lake Park, Long Branch Road, Liverpool. Free. 447-3268.

Aug. 7-30
Skaneateles Festival
Chamber music by the lake; includes FamilyFest (Aug. 7 and 13), free interactive concerts teaching music for age 5 and up at First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. 685-7418.

Aug. 7
Shakespeare in Thornden Park
Also Aug 8-10 and Aug. 14-17. Annual festival features The Comedy of Errors. Bring picnics and lawn chairs. Free. 476-1835.

Aug. 7-10
Bassmaster Elite Championships
See top fishers compete for the biggest bass. Oneida Shores Park, 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton. $4.50, parking. (270) 703-5441.

Aug. 9
CNY Scottish Games and Celtic Festival
Pipes, drums, dancers and unusual athletic competitions, all at Long Branch Park, Liverpool. $10, adult; $7, seniors; $4, ages 5-12; free, age 4 and younger. 463-8876.

Aug. 16
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: $6.50, adult; $4.50, student or senior; $4, ages 3-15; free, age 2 and under. 435-8511.

Aug. 16-17
Latin American Festival
Experience the rhythms of Latin American and the Caribbean in Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330.

Aug. 21-Sept. 1
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. $10, general; free, age 12 and younger. Parking: $5, car; $3, motorcycle. (800) 475-FAIR.

Sept. 5-6
Irish Festival
Two days devoted to Irish music, dance, food and drink. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330.

Sept. 6-7
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. $5, adult; $1, ages 6-17; free, age 5 and under. 638-2519.

Central New York Tomatofest
Celebrate the end of tomato season and help local food agencies. Emerson Park Pavilion, Auburn. $3 donation; free for children 11 and younger who bring a canned good. 729-0535 or www.cnytomatofest.com.

Sept. 12-14
La Festa Italiana
Entertainment, food, children’s activities and a bocce tournament. In front of Syracuse City Hall, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330.

Sept. 13-14
Festival of Centuries
See Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactments plus dancing, skill demonstrations and displays. Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois, Route 370, Liverpool. Admission: $3, adults; $2.50, seniors; $2, ages 6-17; free, 5 and under. 453-6768.

Sept. 19-21
The Great Syracuse Oktoberfest
Bavarian folk dancers, live bands and local choruses fill three days. Sept. 21 is Family Day and includes contests of yodeling, alphorn playing and schuhlplattling. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 675-8321.

Sept. 21
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 streets, Syracuse. Free. 703-6848.

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., through Aug. 30. Roadway around Upper Onondaga Park’s Hiawatha Lake closed to traffic. 473-4330.

Parkway Sundays
June 22-Aug. 10, 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, July 9-30, 8 p.m. Free movies outdoors at Syracuse city parks (July 9, Schiller Park; July 16, McKinley Park; July 23, Burnet Park; July 30, Thornden Park). 473-4330.

Junior Fishing Program
Saturdays, through Sept. 27. 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
Alliance Bank Stadium, off Park Street, Syracuse. $6-$9. 474-7833.

Auburn Doubledays Baseball
Falcon Park, 130 N. Division St., Auburn. Home opener is June 17. $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)

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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