Downtown Syracuse Events
October 6 -12, 2017
Check out the upcoming Downtown Syracuse events below or visit the Downtown Syracuse Online Calendar to view all events
First Friday
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street ( map)
Friday, October 6, 5:00  pm - 9:00 pm
Beginning this Friday, October 6, the Everson Museum will stay open until 9:00 pm on the first Friday of each month with games, snacks, and a cash bar. October is ROCKtober, so B.Y.O.R. (bring your own records) and show off your record collection. Please bring 45s or LPs. Beer tasting will be provided by Empire Brewing Company, and a cash bar will be available for guests ages 21 years old and up.

First Friday Games:
6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm: Pokemon and Magic card game demonstrations provided by TCG Player.
6:00 pm, 7:00 pm: Learn how to play Bridge with the Everson Members' Council. or 315-474-6064
Cost: $5/members, $10/non-member 
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SU Football Tailgate Block Party
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 E. Onondaga Street (map)
Saturday, October 7, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Head to the Marriott Syracuse Downtown before Saturday's Syracuse University football game at the Dome. The stretch of Warren Street between Harrison Street and East Onondaga Street will close to traffic three hours before the game for live music, games, food, beverages and more. The hotel will also offer a round-trip shuttle to the Dome for $5 per person. Upon return after the game, shuttle riders may redeem their ticket for a 1911 hard cider or Empire Brewing Company beer on draft at Shaughnessy's Irish Pub. 

*Please note, purchasing parking in the Marriott Syracuse Downtown garage on Harrison Place grants one free shuttle pass per vehicle.

Round-trip tickets available for purchase at $5 cost per person.  Upon return after the game, shuttle riders may redeem their ticket for a 1911 hard cider or Empire Brewing company Beer on Draft at Shaughnessy's Irish Pub. Please note, parking in the Marriott Syracuse Downtown garage on Harrison Place grants one free shuttle pass per vehicle. or 315-474-2424 
Cost: Free admission; $5 round trip shuttle tickets/Food & drink available for purchase
Maxwell's Bartender Lauren is Leaving...Drink Specials For You!
at Maxwells
122 E. Genesee Street (map)
Saturday, October 7, 4:00 pm - 2:00 am

A popular Maxwells bartender, Lauren, is moving away this weekend. To celebrate her and her specialty drink concoctions, enjoy deals on drinks that Lauren will be whipping up one last time!

PS. Don't forget Monday is "Mangia Monday" at Maxwells! See below for another great deal on food and drinks!
Mangia Monday
Monday, October 9, 4:00 pm - close

Make your Monday a pizza night with Maxwells. Enjoy half-priced pizzas and $2 Bud and Bud Light bottles. This offer is valid every Monday 4:00 pm to close. or 315-299-6633
Cost: Menu price
First Syracuse Crunch Home Game
at the Oncenter War Memorial
800 S. State Street (map)
Saturday, October 7, 7:00 pm

The Syracuse Crunch will take on the Rochester Americans for the first home game of the 2017-2018 season this Saturday, October 7. Welcome the Crunch back to the ice after a very exciting Calder Cup run last season!

Ticket packages for the 2017-18 season are on sale now. They're available for purchase in person at the Crunch office located inside the War Memorial Area ( map), or by calling 315-473-4444. You may also click the link below.

Looking Ahead: Come meet some of the Crunch Players, catch a glimpse of their locker room and the War Memorial, and enter to win free swag from the Syracuse Crunch at the final Wednesday Walk of the season on October 18, starting at 5:00 pm. Click here for more information.

PS: Don't forget, Vance Lederman, Senior VP of Business Operations for the Crunch, is one of three presenters that will talk at the next Progress Breakfast. Join the Downtown Committee and Eric Mower + Associates to learn about the many ways the Crunch is involved in our community, and how having an AHL team in Downtown Syracuse generates tourism. Click here to get your tickets to the October 26 Progress Breakfast! or 315-473-4444 
Cost: $16 - $40
City Market
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street ( map)
Sunday, October 8, 10:00 am - 4:00  pm
Don't miss the last City Market of the season! Shop and browse antiques, arts, crafts and handmade items. The Everson Museum will offer free museum admission from noon to 5:00 pm, plus a free docent-led tour at 1:00 pm! Everson Museum members will also receive a free hand-painted box from Kashmir with proof of their membership card.

This Sunday, City Market will match donations up to $500 to benefit Unidos Por Puerto Rico (United for Puerto Rico) to help support hurricane victims. or 315-481-9960
Cost: Free admission
Blessing of the Animals
at Lemp Park
300 Block South Warren Street ( map)
Sunday, October 8, 4:00 pm - 5:00  pm
Bring your cat, pet rabbit, guinea pig, goldfish or dog (on a leash) for the annual "Blessing of the Animals," hosted by St. Paul's Syracuse, The Downtown Episcopal Church. The Reverend Philip Major, Rector of St. Paul's, will lead this special service in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment. Photos of lovingly-remembered pets are welcome as well. Free parking is available in the St. Paul's parking lot adjacent to the park ( map). or 315-474-6053
Cost: Free
Downtown Farmers Market: Last Day of the Season!
at Clinton Square ( map)
Tuesday, October 10,  7:00 am - 3:00  pm

Tuesday is your last chance to stock up on fresh produce, baked goods, plants, pumpkins, apples and so much more at the Downtown Farmers Market! Pick up your fall harvest favorites and enjoy lunch from vendors.

To celebrate the customers and farmers at the Downtown Farmers Market, the Downtown Committee will provide  free cider and donuts. Thank you for a wonderful 2017 season! or 315-422-8284
Cost: Free admission
Downtown Coffee Break
at Hanover Square (map)
Rain location: Federal Building Plaza (map)
Tuesday, October 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

All employees who work in Downtown Syracuse are invited to step away from their desks and come to Hanover Square for free coffee and pastry samples. For one hour only, CafĂ© Kubal will pour 8-ounce cups of coffee and serve delicious banana bread samples. The event is free to attend!  The Downtown Coffee Break coincides with the last Tuesday of the Downtown Farmers Market, which will take place just across Salina Street in Clinton Square. The Coffee Break, first held in 2015, was brewed as a way to celebrate Downtown's workforce - now more than 28,000 people strong - and thank the employees for all of their hard work. We hope to see you Tuesday!

*Please note, in the event of rain, the Downtown Coffee Break will be moved to the Federal Building Plaza at the corner of South Clinton and West Water Street. or 315-422-8284
Cost: Free
Rally for the Grid 
at Hanover Square (map)
Rain location: Federal Building Plaza (map)
Tuesday, October 10, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Next Tuesday, you're invited to a public rally to show support for the Community Grid as the solution to replace the deteriorating 1.4 mile stretch of Interstate 81 that runs through Downtown Syracuse. Dozens of community groups are expected to join ReThink 81 (a coalition of property and business owners), to call for elected officials to recognize the benefits that the Community Grid would bring to our community. 

Of the options the New York State Department of Transportation has provided regarding the future of Interstate 81, ReThink 81 says the Community Grid is the least disruptive to businesses, residents and motorists. It provides increased accessibility to sought-after destinations including Downtown Syracuse, the Carrier Dome and University Hill. The Community Grid is also the most economical solution, as it's the least costly to build and maintain moving forward, presenting the most potential for future growth in our community.  

The rally begins at 12:00 pm Tuesday in Hanover Square. 
*Please note, in the event of rain, the rally will take place at the Federal Building Plaza (map).
For more information, please call ReThink 81 member Andrew Schuster at 315-484-8826
Meat Up
at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
246 W. Willow Street ( map)
Tuesday, October 10, 4:30  pm - 8:00 pm
Mark your calendars for the last Meat Up happy hour and networking event of the year! Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Believe in Syracuse are hosting the event next Tuesday. Enjoy free ice coffee tastings from Brewed Awakening, cookie samples from Zimmer's Bakes, and food and drink specials from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, plus gift card giveaways. Whether you are looking to network with locals in the Syracuse community or simply  love barbecue and a good happy hour, everyone is invited to attend!

PS: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que founder John Stage will be featured as one of the Progress Breakfast speakers on October 26 at the Oncenter. Attendees will be moved when they hear John's perspective on Downtown's renaissance. Did you know that next year marks Dinosaur's 30th anniversary in Downtown? Tickets to the Progress Breakfast are on sale now. or 315-476-4937
Cost: Free admission
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
at the Oncenter Civic Center
421 Montgomery Street (map)
Tuesday, October 10 - Thursday, October 12, 7:30 pm

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder tells an uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (Spoiler Alert: She's  after more than just love), his fiancee, and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Get your tickets for the Tony Award winning musical that will have you you laughing for days. or 315-435-8000
Cost: $33 - $63
Salt City Shaker: Last Chance to Get Your Tickets
at the CNY Community Foundation
431 E. Fayette Street ( map)
Wednesday, October 11, 5:30  pm - 7:30 pm
Help Catholic Charities of Onondaga County celebrate the movers and shakers of our city. The Salt City Shaker is a networking event for young professionals. Guests will enjoy a cocktail party with light fare, an open bar and live music, while learning about how they can get involved with Catholic Charities' work to reduce poverty in Syracuse. The event will feature food prepared by the organization's culinary program, which helps people find jobs locally. 

This year's honoree is Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. 

If 100 tickets are sold, an anonymous donor will match the price of ticket sales, all of which go toward supporting Catholic Charities' programming. Organizers say they are so close to achieving this goal! Help them out by purchasing your tickets today! or 315-362-7527
Cost: $40/person; $70/two tickets
Glassmaking Along the Erie Canal
at the Erie Canal Museum
318 Erie Blvd. E. ( map)
Thursday, October 12, 12 :00 pm
The Erie Canal Museum will present a free curator talk next Thursday, October 12 in its second floor gallery. Ashley Maready will discuss the craft and history of glassmaking, the Erie Canal's role in the industry, and glassmakers who operated along the canal. or 315-471-0593
Cost: Free
Visiting Artist Zhinan Jiang Presents My Art and Watercolor in China Today
at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center
2 Clinton Square ( map)
Thursday, October 12, 5:00  pm - 7:00 pm
Zhinan Jiang, artist and professor at Tsinghua University's prestigious Academy of Art & Design, paints the beauty and inherent dignity of everyday people and places through portraits and scenes. Come meet Zhinan Jiang and see a collection of his work. At 6:00 pm next Thursday, Jiang will discuss his watercolor art.  Refreshments will be served at a meet-and-greet reception starting at 5:00 pm.
Oswego,edu or 315-399-4100
Cost: Free
Ladies Night Out
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street ( map)
Thursday, October 12, 6:00  pm - 9:00 pm
Don't miss a fun night celebrating women's health! Pamper yourself and have a fun night out with friends! Enjoy an evening of delicious food, drinks, health, beauty, mini makeovers, shopping, DIY stations, art and so much more!

Crouse Health experts will be on hand to answer questions about wellness. Hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine tasting and a cash bar will be available. Guests are also invited to enjoy self-guided tours of the museum exhibits. or 315-474-6064
Cost: $25/person
Fun at the Central Library
at Central Library
447 S. Salina Street (map)

Job Drop-In Program
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, October 6, 9, 11, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2nd Floor Computer Lab
Work independently, or receive help with crafting resumes, cover letters, references, creating job profiles, job-searching and applying to jobs. No appointments are necessary. 

Open Art Studio
Friday, October 6, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, 1st Floor MakerSpace
Use a variety of art supplies to create artwork of your choosing. Ages 12 and up are welcome. 

Knitting with Anne!
Friday, October 6,  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, 1st Floor Magazine Cafe 
Beginner and intermediate knitters are invited to enjoy knitting with this fun class. Yarn and needles will be provided. No registration is necessary. All ages are welcome. 

Popcorn Fridays
Friday, October 6, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, 1st Floor TeenSpace
Teenagers are invited to enjoy popcorn at the Central Library every Friday afternoon to watch anime, play games and have fun. No registration is required, but the afternoon's activities are geared toward ages 12 through 18. 

Recording and Production Techniques with SubCat Studios
Friday, October 6, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, 1st Floor MakerSpace
Learn the basics of recording and production techniques that will create optimal results with the recording equipment available in the MakerSpace studios. Register in person at the MakerSpace or by clicking here. Ages 12 and up are welcome.

Intro to Hand Drums with John Heard
Saturday, October 7, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, 1st Floor Community Room
Learn hand drum basics in this interactive demonstration lead by a respected local musician and teacher, John Heard. John will demonstrate how hand drums can be played to accommodate a wide range of rhythms and styles that can supplement your music projects. Bring in your own hand drum or use one provided. Register in person in the MakerSpace or by clicking here. Ages 15 and up are welcome. 

TASC and TABE Help Time 
Monday, Thursday, October 9 & 12, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 2nd Floor Laptop Lab
Use your own laptop or a library laptop to study reading and math skills, and aim to improve your score on the TASC and bonus tests during a drop-in program. No registration is required. 

Page Turners Book Club
Tuesday, October 10, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm, 3rd Floor CNY Resources Room
October's book is Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick. The book looks at the middle years of the American Revolution and the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. This group is for adults.

Conversation Groups for English Language Learners
Tuesday, Thursday, October 10 & 12, 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM, 2nd Floor Laptop Lab
Are you looking for an opportunity to practice your English speaking and listening skills? Join Central's conversation group and meet other learners for informal conversation in a relaxed, fun environment. Adults who wish to join a class can call 315-435-1835 for details. 

Read, Sing, Play! Storytime
Wednesday, October 11, 10:30 am - 11:00 am, 2nd Floor KidSpace
Share the joy of books with your child by reading, singing and playing with them to help them learn what they need to know to be ready for school. No registration required. 

GarageBand 101
Wednesday, October 11, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 1st Floor MakerSpace
Learn the basics of recording, editing and mixing in GarageBand. Registration isn't necessary, but calling ahead to schedule an appointment is recommended. Ages 12-years-old and up are welcome. 

3D Printing 
Wednesday, October 11, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 1st Floor MakerSpace
The Central Library is offering you an exciting opportunity to 3D print an object of your choice! 3D prints will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis, since there are only three 3D printers. Registration is required. Ages 12-years-old and up are welcome. 

Arduino & SparkFun
Wednesday, October 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, 1st Floor MakerSpace
SparkFun is a mini computer that can be programmed by creating circuits. Learn to use Arduino software and program commands to light LEDs, power a motor, and create a multitude of other projects. Registration is recommended by calling 315-435-1813. Ages 12 and up are welcome. 

Maker Kids
Wednesday, October 11, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Explore technology or create something special. Ages 8-years-old and up are welcome. No registration necessary.

Cricut: Spooky Cut Halloween Lanterns
Thursday, October 12, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, 1st Floor MakerSpace
Make your own decorative lanterns using mason jars and the Cricut machine to create eerie silhouetted landscapes that glow. Register in person at the MakerSpace or by clicking here

TCG Player at Central Library
Thursday, October 12, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, 1st Floor Community Room
Join TCG Player for an afternoon of trading card games and prizes. Ages 12 through 18 are welcome. No registration required. or 315-435-1900
Trivia Nights
Monday - Thursday

@ Wolff's Biergarten, 106 Montgomery Street ( map), 7:00 pm
Play for free and BYOF - Bring Your Own Food. Prizes will be available for the top teams. 315-299-7789

@The Evergreen, 125 E. Water Street (map), 8:00 pm
Play for free. The winning team takes home a $50 gift card each week. 315-870-3500
@Liehs & Steigerwald, 117 E. Fayette Street (map), 7:00 pm
Enjoy $5 glasses of wine during trivia. 315-299-4799

@The Saltine Warrior Pub, 214 W. Water Street (map), 8:00 pm
Play for free. Prizes awarded to the top three teams! 315-314-7740

@Maxwells, 122 E. Genesee Street (map), 7:00 pm
Play for free. The winner of the entire contest takes home a trophy and some swag! 315-299-6633

Downtown Syracuse News
Join Us for Breakfast on Thursday, 
October 26
Destination Downtown
Tickets on Sale Now 

Tickets are on sale now for the next Progress Breakfast event. Join the Downtown Committee and Eric Mower + Associates at The Oncenter in three weeks to celebrate three tourism elements that have contributed to Downtown's success as a dynamic destination. Three guest speakers will share their Downtown Syracuse stories and how their areas of expertise have helped put Downtown on the map as a place where people  want to be. Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to network with speakers following the breakfast.
  • Kathie Morris, owner of The Changing Room, a specialty women's boutique retail store on South Warren Street, will shed light on how Downtown's retail climate complements its residential landscape. Morris, who first expanded her boutique to Downtown Syracuse about three and a half years ago, has since moved her residential address to Downtown Syracuse. She will be able to speak to what it's like to live Downtown from a residential perspective.
  • Vance Lederman, Senior Vice President of Business Operations for the Syracuse Crunch, will share how having an AHL team in Downtown helps infuse new energy into the center of our city. Vance, who has called this community home for 20+ years, will share the humorous story of how he and Crunch owner Howard Dolgan first found themselves in Syracuse, how they fell for Downtown's charms, and the exciting (perhaps surprising) reasons why they stayed.  
  • John Stage, founder of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will speak about the early success the Dinosaur achieved in Downtown Syracuse, how the flagship restaurant helped put Syracuse on the map as a culinary destination, and the ways it continues to set an example for the expanding Dinosaur empire. 
Tickets are $25 per seat, and $200 for a table of eight seats. You may click here  to purchase your tickets, or call 315-422-8284 to reserve them.

Is Your Office Trained to Handle a Tragedy and Save Lives?
Stop the Bleed: Free Bleeding Control Class

Stop the Bleed, a free training course offered by Upstate's Trauma Center, takes just one hour to complete in your home or office. The course aims to disseminate basic bleeding control techniques to as many people as possible so that in the event of a tragedy, immediate bystanders can save lives. The course is composed of a lecture and skills station and is designed for people with no medical background. The skills are basic, but critical to saving a life.

Help Preserve One of Armory Square's Most Iconic Buildings
The MOST needs your support!

The Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) has started a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign and needs your help!

The museum continues to grow with new programs and exhibits, but can't keep up with building repairs such as a leaking roof, HVAC failures and other day-to-day maintenance problems. Built in 1906, the age and condition of the Armory demands resources the MOST cannot currently meet or sustain. 

Your donation (no matter how big or small) will help keep downtown's wonderful science museum on its feet. The MOST says the equivalent of one adult admission ticket ($12) will help preserve the museum for tomorrow's doers, dreamers and thinkers. 

Familiar Faces to Decorate the Doors of the Oncenter War Memorial 
Onondaga County Lawmakers Approve $8.5 Million Renovation  

If you go to the Syracuse Crunch game this weekend, you might notice a few changes in the Onondaga County War Memorial. There will be a series of 20 wraps installed on doors around the building, depicting important moments in the War Memorial's history. The first series went up earlier this week, depicting images of Syracuse Crunch players who have made a big impact on the team as well as former players who spent time on the ice with the Crunch before going onto the NHL. In the coming weeks, look for wraps that will commemorate musical acts that have performed within the building (including Aerosmith and Bruce Springsteen) and others that mark historic sports figures with ties to Syracuse and the building.  

In other Crunch related news - Earlier this week, the $8.5 million renovation planned for the facility was officially approved. New York State will contribute $1.25 million in grants, and Onondaga County will borrow a little more than $1.3 million against anticipated ticket surcharges (that's the "facility use fee" on your Crunch ticket) over the next 12 years. The facility use fee will stay the same ($2 for Crunch ticket buyers and $.50 for Silver Knights soccer team buyers). 

Downtown's Fabio's Antica Cucina is a Finalist for Best Pizza in Central New York
Vote to make them #1!

Fabio's Antica Cucina, located in Icon Tower, is one of six pizzerias to advance to the final round of's quest to find the best pizza spot in Central New York. has sorted through more than 1,000 nominations for 150+ pizza shops throughout the region to find the best pizza - and now they're turning the contest over to you! 

Fabio's has only been open for four months, and it's the only finalist that is not strictly a pizzeria - making it a very impressive contender! 

Vote for Fabio's! The poll is open until 11:59 pm next Wednesday, October 11. On Friday, October 13, two winners will be announced, the judges' favorite and the readers' choice.

Courtesy of Dennis Nett
Holly Slept Over Crew Filming in Downtown Syracuse
In & outside of University Building

A little bit of Hollywood came to Downtown Syracuse this afternoon. Film crews were spotted at the corner of South Salina Street and Washington Streets, outside of the University Building. According to, Josh Lawson (of Anchorman 2 and HBO's House of Lies) and Britt Lower (Sisters and Man Seeking Woman) were filming scenes for the film, Holly Slept Over inside and outside of the building. Holly Slept Over, which began filming in September in Manlius, is expected to be released this spring or summer. The film stars Ron Livingston (Office Space) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones).

Deal Alert: 20% Off New Denim Arrivals at Showoffs Boutique & Projex 214
Donate your gently-used denim for disaster relief, October 5-7

Donate your gently used denim to Showoffs Boutique and Projex 214 and get 20% off new denim arrivals - including mens, womens, pants and skirts! All items collected will be donated to hurricane disaster relief efforts. Stop in between Thursday, October 5 and Saturday, October 7 to donate.

Deal Alert: BOGO Drinks at The Evergreen With Student ID
Every Thursday until 2:00 am

Get your weekend started at The Evergreen with a Thirsty Thursday deal. Students who show their student IDs will receive their second craft draft beer or well mixer for free when they purchase the first. Students must present their college ID. The kitchen is open until midnight, and the bar is open until 2:00 am, so head to The Evergreen on Thursday for great food and BOGO drinks!

Congratulations to the Marriott Syracuse Downtown
Destination Downtown
Tickets on Sale Now 

The Marriott Syracuse downtown has been recognized as the "Best City Center Historic Hotel" in the United States for 2017 by Historic Hotels of America. This is a prestigious award that is most often awarded to hotels that have been open for a long time, so it is a big honor for the Marriott Syracuse Downtown - which has only been open for a little more than one year - to bring home!  Our historic gem beat out hotels and conference centers located in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA to win the honor. Ed Riley, the owner of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown accepted the award last week at the 2017 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence dinner, which was held in Hot Springs, Virginia. 

Click here for more information