The first official weekend of fall is still full of outdoor activities, despite the coronavirus pandemic. We will continue to include both live and virtual activities on our weekly list as the landscape of events continues to change.
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Downtown Living Tour
After being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Downtown Living Tour is back on. See inside eight downtown tour stops, including new upscale apartments and historic buildings recently transformed into residential developments. There will be new protocols to promote a safe and socially distanced event. Online ticket sales have ended, but a limited amount of tickets available on the day of the event at Washington Place, 300 E. Washington Street. Masks must be worn at all times inside buildings. Occupancy in all buildings will be limited to 50%, and the amount of people allowed in each unit will be displayed via signage.
Where: Downtown Syracuse; see preview of all stops at DowntownSyracuse.com/DowntownLivingTour
When: Sept. 26 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
How much: $12, available on a first-come, first-serve basis at 300 E. Washington Street
Downtown Syracuse scavenger hunt
The “Put the U Back in Syracuse” campaign invites the CNY community back to downtown Syracuse to eat, shop, and have fun. Part of the project includes a socially-distanced, digital Syracuse Scavenger Hunt which includes completing tasks like visiting businesses, restaurants and exploring iconic landmarks throughout Onondaga County. Participants must download the Scavify app and complete tasks to earn points to be eligible to win prizes from local businesses.
When: Now through Sept. 30
How much: Free to play, full details can be found on the website
A Grand Overture with Jon Nakamatsu
Symphoria returns for their 2020-2021 season with a series of virtual concerts. Celebrate opening night and Beethoven’s birthday with pianist Jon Nakamatsu. This concert is part of our season-long Beethoven Festival celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birth. The concert will be performed live from Inspiration Hall and live-streamed right to your home. A private link will be sent to all ticket holders the week of the concert.
Where: Tickets available at experiencesymphoria.org
When: Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m., pre-concert programming begins at 6:45 PM
How much: $25 per individual or $35 for a family
The Cherry Arts presents The Fan by Carlo Goldoni, a family-friendly farce from the 18th-century author of The Servant of Two Masters. This production will feature a socially-distanced cast with elaborate, comic COVID masks, and heightened movement. The show will be available to be watched online or in (distanced, outdoor, masked) person.
Where: Stewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Dr., Ithaca, NY 14850
When: Sept. 24-26 at 5:30 p.m., additional Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
How much: Free, but reservations are required at www.thecherry.org
Kane Brown drive-in concert
Encore Drive-In Nights featuring Kane Brown will air at drive-in theaters across the U.S. The never-before-seen show was recorded live, exclusively for a one-night-only event. It will be showing in Auburn, Cortland, and Syracuse. Both Auburn and Syracuse will offer a VIP fast pass with VIP entry and parking. In Syracuse this will be combined with the Orange Lot Madness fair food 2event at the New York State Fairgrounds.
Where: Finger Lakes Drive-In, Auburn; Greek Peak Outdoor Cinema, Cortland; Orange Lot, NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse
When: Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.
How much: Early bird $56, general admission $76, VIP pass $176; six people per vehicle max, tickets available at ticketmaster.com/encore-kanebrown
RRDC Booster Club Food Truck Fest
River Rhythms Dance Center Booster Club is hosting a food truck festival to raise money for the competitive dancers to compete at the national level in the summer of 2021. This is a grab and go event and all local and state COVID recommendations will be followed. Food trucks include Limp Lizard, Via Napoli, Oompa Loompyas, Papa Gallo, Birdsong Cafe, and more.
Where: River Rhythms Dance Center, 6 Lock St., Baldwinsville, NY 13027
When: Sept. 26 from 3-7 p.m.
How much: Free to attend
Virtual Magnificent Monarchs
Every year thousands of monarch butterflies undertake an epic journey which spans much of the continent and involves many generations of butterflies. Baltimore Woods is offering a Tune virtual program which follows five monarch generations on their seasonal voyage. Registration is required and all participants will receive an email invitation with a YouTube link. Registration for this program will be rolling through Oct. 9 and will be available to view until Oct. 10 at noon.
Where: Register at baltimorewoods.org/event/virtual-magnificent-monarchs
When: Now through Oct. 10 at noon
How much: Free, but donations are appreciated
Rochester Virtual Fringe Festival
Typically held at various performance spaces throughout downtown Rochester, the 9th annual Fringe Festival will take place online with more than 170 performances from Sept. 15 to 26. Some productions will be available to stream on demand while others will be live at specific times. This year’s Fringe includes a wide variety of genres such as comedy, dance, Kids Fringe, multidisciplinary, music, spoken word, theatre, and visual art and film. Artists will perform on various platforms, including YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, Zoom, and Facebook Live.
When: Sept. 15-26
How much: Events range from free to minimal fee, tickets available on their website now
Diaper Run Virtual 5k
The CNY Diaper Bank is hosting a virtual 5K for National Diaper Need Awareness Week. All registration fees will go directly toward diaper purchases for an increased number of local families facing financial hardship. Runners, walkers, and crawlers can complete the 5k or shorter distance any time during the event week. Participants who fundraise have their registration fee waived if $100 or more is raised and every $100 provides 1,000 diapers to local babies and toddlers in need.
Where: Register at cnydiaperbank.org/events/run
When: Any time between Sept. 21-27
How much: $25 for adults, $15 for youth (13-17 years old), children 12 and under can participate for free
Fall Harvest Celebration
Critz Farms begins their weekly fall celebrations with the start of apple picking this week. The tasting room is open every day while their cider mill will open on weekends only for donuts & fritters. The petting zoo animals will be available to be seen, but not pet. There will be wagon rides and a new tent for expanded outdoor seating. Guests are asked to book tickets in advance as there will be a capacity limit. Masks will be required for when six feet of social distancing is not possible.
Where: Critz Farms, 3232 Rippleton Rd, Cazenovia, NY 13035
When: Festival activities will run Saturdays and Sundays beginning Sept. 19
How much: $8.00 per person, children age two and under are free. Visitors must arrive at the farm during their ticketed time slot, but are not required to leave by a specific time.
Varick Winery & Inn in the Finger Lakes celebrates fall with their annual Pumpkin Chuckin’ which launches pumpkins at targets with a giant slingshot. This activity is offered on weekends only. Call ahead to schedule large groups at 315.549.8797. Tasting room and country store will also be open.
Where: Varick Winery and Inn, 5102 State Route 89 Romulus, NY 14541
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
How much: $2 for one pumpkin, $5 for three pumpkins, $20 for 13 pumpkins
Orange Lot Madness
Villa Pizze Fritte is extending their New York State Fair food event through the month of September. They will be joined by the Big Kahuna food stand, Ashley Lynn Winery and Carnival Eats. You will be able to order pizza frittes, gyros, funnel cakes, deep fried Twinkies and Oreos, corn dogs, and more. This weekend, Big Kahuna is adding Philly Cheesesteak and loaded fries based on customer requests. It’s also adding a noon-to-2 p.m. lunch special (Choice of Greek Gyro, Chicken Gyro, Spicy Gyro, Italian Sausage or Philly Cheesesteak with fries) for $10.
Where: Orange Lot, NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse, NY 13209
When: Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the end of September. This weekend, the hours are noon to 7 p.m.
How much: Free to attend
“Made in NY” exhibition
Made in NY is an annual juried exhibition which features artwork by artists residing in New York State. This exhibition is open to all mediums, such as photography, sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber, installation, and video. Jurors reviewed 330 artworks and they selected 77 works for the exhibit. Visitors are required to wear a mask to enter the Schweinfurth, and the art center will have hand-sanitizing stations available.
Where: Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021
When: Now through Sept. 26, the art center will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
How much: $7, available at schweinfurthartcenter.org
Taste of the State Fair in Canastota
The Big Kahuna will be back in Madison County this weekend to give people a chance to experience some New York State Fair favorites with an autumn-kick, alongside Canastota’s beloved Basilio Buda Sausage. Get a taste of pumpkin funnel cakes, apple caramel funnel cakes, spicy Greek gyros, and bacon cheddar cheese fries. The Big Kahuna and Basilio Buda Sausage will make a donation from the event to the CNY Children’s Foundation to build an ADA-compliant playground in Canastota.
Where: The parking lot of the Tops Supermarket on Route 5 in Canastota
When: Friday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
How much: Free to attend, Big Kahuna will offer $1 off each item to all First Responders with ID