Slather on some sunscreen and head outside this weekend for some of upstate New York’s annual favorites like ArtsWeek and the Syracuse Jazz Festival in Clinton Square, Oswego Harborfest and the Boat Show Antiques of Skaneateles. For an outdoor adventure, try touring Madison County farms during Open House or hitting the bike paths for the annual Rescue Mission fundraising race. If hitting the trails in the summer heat isn’t your thing, there’s a wealth of musical performances, garage sales and more.
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Arts Week 2022
A dozen arts and cultural organizations will converge on downtown Syracuse this weekend for ArtsWeek. Headliners: The annual Jazz and Wine Festival in Clinton Square and the AmeriCU Arts Fair at the intersections of East Onondaga, East Jefferson and Montgomery streets. Other events include Summerfest, where traveling musicians will serenade diners on the town terrace; the performance of “Panacea” by the Syracuse City Ballet; the “Stay Fresh Chalk Jam” and much more. Visit Syracuse.com for the full list.
Where: Around Syracuse
When: Friday to Sunday
How much: Free
Jazz & Wine Festival
CNY Jazz, in conjunction with Artsweek, will host the Berkshire Bank Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival in Clinton Square, featuring a lineup of New York artists, international food and wine vendors. Three stages will be set up in the square to present groups from all over, alongside student and community ensembles. The jazz group Early Bird of Ricky Alexander, singer-saxophonist-flutist Camille Thurman and drummer Jerry Marotta will perform on Friday evening from 6:30 p.m. The concerts will continue until Saturday. More information and the full artist schedule can be found at nejazzwinefest.org. (And if you’re closer to the Auburn area, check out the Skaneateles Festival at skanfest.org.)
Where: Clinton Square
When: Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.
How much: Free
Open Farm Day
Madison County Farms will open their doors this Saturday for Open House 2022. Visit any of the 27 participating farms to purchase vegetables, flowers, fruits, mushrooms, liquor, meat or Dairy products ; spending time with farm animals; take farm tours; learn more about agriculture; climb on farm equipment and more. Check out the Farm Passport online to see what each farm has to offer, and get stamped at three farms to receive an insulated tote bag. Visit openfarmdaymadisoncounty.com for more information on the day.
Where: Madison County
When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How much: Free to visit
Oswego Harbor Day
Harborfest has been an Oswego staple since 1988, and this year was no exception. Musicians and other entertainers will set up shop throughout the city alongside produce and food vendors. The annual children’s parade will begin from Franklin Square at 10:30 a.m. on Friday (anyone wishing to march must show up half an hour early) and the fireworks spectacular will begin at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. The best vantage points are from Fort Ontario at the inner harbor and Brietbeck Park on the west side. The Midway Carnival will set up shop on Lake Street in front of the Coast Guard Station Wednesday through Sunday. For more information about the festival or to volunteer, go to oswegoharborfest.com.
When: Most events take place from Friday evening to Sunday
How much: Free
Ukraine Festival will be back this weekend with 19,300 pierogies, i.e. pyrolysis for sale outside St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, along with other Ukrainian delicacies. There will also be craft vendors, Ukrainian choral performances and dance numbers by the ODESA dance group from the Ukrainian Cultural Center of Syracuse, and two beers specially made to raise funds for Ukrainian humanitarian aid. There will be free parking and the doors of the church will be open to anyone who wishes to see inside. For more information about the event or to view the menu, visit syrukrainianfest.com.
When: Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.
Where: St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 207 Tompkins Street, Syracuse
How much: Free
Visit the towpath
This weekend is the 5th annual Tour the Towpath bike ride along the historic Erie Canal. The route is 42 miles of off-road riding (plus a stretch on the new Empire State Trail through Syracuse) from Rome to Syracuse. There will be several events to stop by along the way, such as a tour of the Canastota Canal City Museum, music and a car show at ZEMS Ice Cream on Saturday night, blacksmith demonstrations at the Museum of canal boats from Chittenango Landing and more. Cyclists can make the trip in one or two days, with camping accommodations in the middle of Canastota with a shuttle for camping gear. It’s $50 for the first passenger and $30 for each additional person in the group. Tickets and more information can be found at eriecanalmuseum.org.
Where: Rome to Canastota to Syracuse
When: Rides start at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
How much: $50 for the first passenger and $30 for each additional person
Aquaria, the winner of season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, will show up at Syracuse’s Wunderbar on Saturday for a high fashion show with local queens Daphne York, Cherry Blasé and Rhea Listic. Aquaria also models for Moschino, H&M and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty, and has been featured in publications like Vogue Italia and New York Magazine. She was the first drag performer to walk the Met Gala red carpet. Tickets are $23 after fees or $63 for admission plus an encounter with Aquaria. For tickets or more information, go to wunderbarsyr.com.
Where: 201 S. West Street, Syracuse
When: Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
How much: $23
Roll and run to the rescue
The rescue mission will hold its 16th anniversary fundraising walk and bike race on Saturday along the shores of Skaneateles and Otisco Lake. There are 62, 40, 20 and 10 mile cycle route options, as well as a 2 mile family ride and a 5 km running route. Breakfast from Bagelicious and Starbucks will be provided, as well as lunch. Registration is $35 for the 5K, $50 for the bike paths and $20 for the family ride for those over 10 (the ride is free for younger children). Entry fees increase by $5 or $10 on the day. Visit rescuemission.akaraisin.com to view routes, specific departure times and to register.
Where: Routes start at Long Branch Park in Liverpool
When: Registration opens at 6 a.m. on Saturday. Start times vary.
How much: $35 for the 5K or $50 for the bike paths. Fun ride is $20 for ages 10+, free for younger ones.
Syracuse Symphoria will play a special summer event at Song Mountain in Tully on Thursday night. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs and sit on the lawn to hear the orchestra play, and check out Thunderbird Deck for food and drinks. Make it a dining experience with a reservation at Heuga’s Alpine Restaurant. Reservations only and seating starts at 5:30 p.m. Take a ride on the chairlifts for $5. No dogs or coolers allowed. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the bar opens at 5 p.m. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Visit experiencessymphoria.org for more information and to find the orchestra’s setlist, featuring soprano Jessica Montgomery.
Where: 1 Song Mountain Road, Tully
When: Thursday at 7 p.m.
How much: Free
Route 90 Garage Sale
Looking for camping gear? Kitchen supplies? Beach books? The annual Route 90 garage sale has everything you need or could want. Empty the trunk of your car and drive 50 miles of tender along Route 90 between Montezuma and Homer. Sales start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. Visit experiencecortland.org for details.
Where: Rt. 90 between Homer and Montezuma
When: Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How much: Free
Skaneateles Boat Show
Some 90 runabouts, speedboats, sailboats, canoes, rowing boats and racing boats will jump around the Clift Park waterfront in Skaneateles this weekend for the 44th annual vintage and classic boat show. In addition to dozens of mid-century boats, there will be a model boat display, judging contests, spectator cruise aboard Judge Ben Wiles, raffles, boat parade, flyover and musical performances. For the full schedule of events, visit skaneateles.com.
Where: Clift Park, 15 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles
When: Friday from 3 p.m. to dusk, Saturday from 9 a.m. to dusk and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
How much: Free
Books at $1! If you need more incentive, there will also be DVDs, CDs, records, puzzles, games, maps, posters and other collectibles for sale in the library’s community room Saturday and Sunday. There will be over 22,000 books for sale, and if you show up on Sunday you can take home a bag of books for $5. All children’s books are 4 for $1. More information on cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.
Where: Cazenovia Public Library Community Hall, 100 Albany Street, Cazenovia
When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How much: Free to enter