Downtown Syracuse Events
November 17 - 23, 2017
Check out the upcoming Downtown Syracuse events below or visit the Downtown Syracuse Online Calendar to view all events
Open Coaching Hours
at Starbucks Armory Square
290 W. Jefferson Street (map)
Friday, November 17, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Feeling stuck? Come grab a cup of coffee with Michael Sgro, coaching, speaking and digital wizardry professional, to explore what's holding you back from being successful. Sessions are absolutely free, and there is no obligation to sign up for future sessions. Simply email Michael at to schedule your appointment on November 17.

Cost: Free
Glazed & Confused Ribbon Cutting
at Glazed & Confused
211 N. Clinton Street (map)
Friday, November 17, 12:00 pm

Glazed & Confused, the highly-anticipated artisan donut shop, is now open! Come show your support tomorrow (Friday) at noon for the official ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor-Elect Ben Walsh will join in the festivities. 

PS: Don't forget to stop by Glazed & Confused before or after the tree lighting on Friday, November 24 for hot chocolate-themed donuts and a few more surprises! The store will be open from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 

Regular hours for the shop are Tuesday through Friday, 7:00 am to 2:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. or 315-214-5544
Cost: Free
Grand Opening Party
at American Reserve Clothing Co.
208 Walton Street (map)
Friday, November 17, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

American Reserve Clothing Co. is a new men's clothing store that features small batch collections from emerging artisan brands, paired with established heritage brands. The limited production and seasonal nature of the styles lend themselves to an exclusive and frequently updated portfolio inspired by the American heart and its individualism, creativity and authenticity. 

Come see the clothing for yourself at American Reserve Clothing Company's Grand Opening Party tomorrow (Friday) evening. Enjoy music, tastings, giveaways and meet representatives from some of the brands!

Cost: Free
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live
at the Oncenter Civic Center
421 Montgomery Street (map)
Friday, November 17, 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 18, 8:00 pm

Don't miss the off-Broadway hit comedy, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live, based on the best-selling book by John Gray. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast-paced, this show is definitely geared toward adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids! When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical. or 315-435-8000
Cost: $48
Cirque Du Soleil: Varekai
at the Oncenter War Memorial
515 Montgomery Street (map)
Friday, November 17 - Sunday, November 19, various times

Don't miss Cirque Du Soleil's Varekai, a breathtaking journey at the edge of time. Varekai promises an extraordinary world of wonders and surprises where the impossible becomes possible. There are still several opportunities to escape into enchantment. Click here for a complete performance schedule. or 315-435-8000 
Cost: $50 - $175
Junior Cafe Scientifique: Searching for New Worlds
at the MOST
500 S. Franklin Street (map)
Saturday, November 18, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

In the last two decades, thousands of planets have been discovered outside of our solar system, some of which may have the potential for life beyond earth. Listen to Cornell University research associate, Maryame El Moutamid review the latest exoplanet findings from scientists around the world, and explore the path forward in studying these worlds and searching for signs of life. The discussion is geared especially for middle-aged students. A light breakfast will be provided, and all participants are invited to explore the museum for free after the event. or 315-425-9068
Cost: Free, registration is required
Please RSVP to
at the Oncenter Convention Center
800 S. State Street ( map)
Saturday, November 18, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 19, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

RetroGameCon, an epic two-day celebration of gaming, will feature vendors, special guests, cosplayers and attendees from all over the Northeast U.S. and beyond! Attendees will enjoy interesting and interactive panel presentations, live musical performances, a huge video game free-play area, arcade and pinball machines, board game and tabletop game tournaments, classic and modern video game tournaments, trivia contests and plenty of prizes! or 315-297-7934
Cost: $10 - $20
All Poets Live
at Maxwells
122 E. Genesee Street (map
Saturday, November 18, 10:00 pm

Come listen to Rob McCall, Corey Jordan and Billy Harrison of All Poets perform live at Maxwells! There's no cover charge, so grab a drink and enjoy the music.

Facebook or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free admission
Food and Form Seminar
at FHIIT Barre & Bodyworks 
204 W. Water Street (map)
Sunday, November 19, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Do you want to get better at yoga? Are you looking to enhance your practice with a better understanding of correct positioning and form? The Food and Form Series will break down common yoga form and flow while focusing on correct positioning so that you may work more effectively while in class. Participants will also learn about pre and post-workout nutrition. Refreshments will be served. Please bring your yoga mat if you have one. or 315-256-5847
Cost: $15 
Warren Miller's Line of Descent
at the Landmark Theatre
362 S. Salina Street ( map)
Tuesday, November 21, 7:30 pm
Travel the globe, by land, air and sea in Warren Miller's Line of Descent. For 68 years, ski families have cheered on this official "kickoff to winter" with the ski film company that started it all. Visit skiing icons who have made the mountains their home, from New Zealand, to the French Alps, to Canada and the British Columbia. Line of Descent is deeper and fresher than ever! or 315-424-8210
Cost: $18
Jazz at the Cavalier
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, Cavalier Room
100 E. Onondaga Street (map)
Wednesday, November 22, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

CNY Jazz's Jazz at the Cavalier series continues next Wednesday, providing an intimate cabaret atmosphere in the cozy, club-esque environment of the Cavalier Room at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. The series is free, and runs through May. A  total of 28 performances are scheduled.  All events take place on Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The full lineup of artists can be found here
Next Wednesday, Scott Dennis will perform.

Deal Alert! CNY Jazz Club card holders will enjoy a 10% discount on craft cocktails and the small plate menu. or 315-479-5299
Cost: Free
Syracuse Crunch Vs. Rochester Americans
at the Oncenter War Memorial
515 Montgomery Street (map)
Wednesday, November 22, 7:00 pm

Don't miss the Syracuse Crunch take on the Rochester Americans on the ice next Wednesday. Bring the whole family to enjoy Syracuse's professional hockey team. or 315-473-4444
Cost: $16 - $20
Thanksgiving Lunch
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 E. Onondaga Street (map)
Thursday, November 23, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

The Marriott Syracuse Downtown invites you to celebrate Thanksgiving in a warm, festive atmosphere! Gather with your friends and family around the table in the Persian Terrace and enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet. Plus, enjoy live music throughout your lunch.

While you enjoy the meal, children are invited to utilize the Arts & Crafts table, filled with fun holiday activities to bring home. 

Cost: $42/adult; $12/children 12 and under; ages 4 and under are free
Syracuse Basketball Pregame Show
at Liehs & Steigerwald
117 E. Fayette Street (map)
Saturday, November 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Join Sportscaster and Syracuse native Dan Tortora as he teams up with Syracuse Basketball alum, Dale Shackleford to present "Wake Up Call," a pregame SU Basketball show ahead of the men's game against Texas Southern this Saturday. The duo hosts a pre-game show before every men's homegame this season. Please find a schedule below. 

In honor of the Wake Up Call show, there will be "Wake Up Call Pub Nachos" featuring corned beef and pastrami available.
Deal Alert: Those who present a ticket to the game receive their first beer at Liehs & Steigerwald for free. Presenting your ticket also gets you and your crew $15 buckets featuring five bottled beers. To partake in the deal, patrons must be 21 years old and show valid ID. 

Saturday, November 18 at 5:00 pm
Monday, November 20 at 5:00 pm
Wednesday, November 22 at 5:00 pm
Monday, November 27 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, December 9 at 12:00 pm
Tuesday, December 19 at 5:00 pm
Friday, December 22 at 5:00 pm
Wednesday, December 27 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, January 6 at 1:00 pm
Tuesday, January 16 at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 24 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, February 3 at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 21 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 3 at 12:00 pm

For your convenience, you can also listen live. Please visit for more information. 
Fun at the Central Library
at Central Library
447 S. Salina Street (map)

GarageBand Audio Software
All month long (by appointment)
GarageBand is a fully-equipped music production software available on Macs in the MakerSpace studios. 

Audacity Audio Software
All month long (by appointment)
Audacity can be used to create podcast material, soundtracks, songs, voice-overs or audition material. Learn how to use Audacity to record live audio, find free sound effects and Foley clips, and use editing tools to refine your tracks. 

Video Basics and iMovie Software
All month long (by appointment)
Learn what's available in the MakerSpace's video studio for all of your video production needs. Plus, learn how to use iMovie software to edit video clips, add titles, themes, music and effects.

The OtherMill and OtherPlan Software
All month long (by appointment)
Learn how to operate machinery safely and knowledgeably to mill your own circuit boards and other projects out of wood and metal.  

Cricut Explore Air and Design Space Software
All month long (by appointment)
Cricut is an electronic cutting machine for DIY projects and crafts. Learn how to initiate your project in Design Space software and send the file to Cricut. 

Sewing Basics with Brother CS-6000i
All month long (by appointment)
Learn how to use the Brother CS-6000i sewing machine for a variety of projects. This training will cover the basics of threading the machine, winding the bobbin and using computerized settings to produce unique sewing patterns.

To schedule a training for the programs above, please call 315-435-1813 or email

Knitting with Anne
Friday, November 17, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 1st Floor Magazine Cafe

Mixing and Mastering with SubCat Studios
Friday, November 17, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, 1st Floor MakerSpace

Job Drop-In Program
Monday, Wednesday, November 17, 20, 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2nd Floor Computer Lab
Click here for more information

Beat Production with SubCat Studios
Monday, November 20, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, 1st Floor MakerSpace

Coding Essentials: HTML & CSS
Tuesday, November 21, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, 1st Floor MakerSpace

Conversation Groups for English Language Learners
Tuesday, November 21, 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM, 2nd Floor Laptop Lab
Click here for more information

Read, Sing, Play! Storytime
Wednesday, November 22, 10:30 am - 11:00 am, 2nd Floor KidSpace

GarageBand 101
Wednesday, November 22, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 1st Floor MakerSpace
Click here for more information

3D Printing 
Wednesday, November 22, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 1st Floor MakerSpace
Click here for more information

Thanksgiving Party
Wednesday, November 22, 2:00 pm, 2nd Floor KidSpace

Arduino & SparkFun
Wednesday, November 22, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, 1st Floor MakerSpace 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
We're All Ears: Two More Weeks to Lend Your Voice
2017 Downtown Survey

Whatever your connection to Downtown may be - whether you're a Downtown resident, employee, property owner or a friend - we hope you'll take a few minutes to take our survey. According to the results that have come in so far, it takes on average about 10 minutes to complete. If you're one of the 300+ people who have already taken our survey, thank you!! 

We value your input because your answers in  this survey will help us enhance our programs to better meet your needs in the months and year ahead. If you'd prefer to fill out a paper copy and mail it back to us, the form is available on our website. Please also continue to share it among your friends, Downtown neighbors, family members and colleagues. 

All responses are due back by  Friday, December 1 . If you have any questions, please reply to this email newsletter, or send a note to . We appreciate your time and your help to make Downtown shine!

Save the Date: Holiday Tree Lighting & Family Film
November 24 at 6:30 pm

Next Friday, Clinton Square takes centerstage in a timeless Central New York tradition, the tree lighting! Festivities begin at 6:30 pm. There will be ice skating, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as a performance by the Stan Colella All-Star Band. After the Tree Lighting, bring your family to the Landmark Theatre. The Downtown Committee is partnering with Y94 and IHeartRadio to present a double-feature, including Home Alone and Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury

PS: Voting in the Downtown Committee's Window Wonderland Contest also kicks off next Friday, November 24. So far, 27 businesses with street level windows have signed up to participate. Look for a link of the participating displays on the Downtown Committee's website. Voting will remain open through New Year's Day. Winners will be announced that week. There is $850 up for grabs in prize money, thanks to a grant from the CNY Community Foundation. 
If any downtown businesses would still like to participate, please email the Downtown Committee at by tomorrow (Friday).

Save the Date: Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, November 28, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
at Aster Pantry & Parlor (map)

Giving Tuesday is a day designated to celebrate giving back to our community. Come join the Downtown YMCA Togetherhood Committee and local non-profit agencies to learn more about how you can give back to Syracuse during the holiday season. Bring items of non-perishable food and winter accessories (gloves, hats or socks) to donate and you will receive an entry into drawings for gift certificates to local restaurants, as well as your first drink for FREE!

Winter Coat Drive to Help Neighbors in Need 
Now through Friday, December 1 
Drop off coats, boots, snow pants at the State Office Building (map)

If you have new or gently used coats, jackets, snow pants and boots, you're encouraged to donate them to benefit InterFaith Works of Central New York, and the Spanish Action League/La Liga.
Senator Dave Valesky's office and Assemblywoman Pam Hunter's office are teaming up for the coat drive. You may drop off your winter items in the lobby of the State Office Building, located at 301 East Washington Street (map) in Downtown Syracuse. InterFaith Works is especially in need of coats, boots and snow pants for toddlers and all youth, while The Spanish Action League/La Liga is focused on helping displaced Puerto Rico residents (who are temporarily living in Central New York), following devastation from Hurricane Maria. 
The State Tower Building Apartments Will Be Available January 1
Schedule a tour and secure your spot!

The State Tower Building apartments will officially be ready for occupancy by January 1, 2018! The highly anticipated housing project will add 62 high-end apartments to the top 14 floors of the State Tower Building in Hanover Square. The apartments include a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, ranging from 645 square feet to over 2,000 square feet. Schedule a tour today by visiting or by calling 315-471-2181.

The State Tower Building Apartments Will Be Available January 1
Schedule a tour and secure your spot!

Commonspace, Downtown's first co-living space, was recently featured in an article on Time Magazine's website, exploring the benefits of "intentional communities." The article defines intentional communities as intimate spaces where "a couple dozen apartments or single-family homes" are built around a common space, or central square. The piece explores Commonspace's set-up (which consists of 25 units featuring a platform bed, kitchenette and complete bathroom, surrounding common spaces including a shared chef's kitchen, library, game room, coffee lounge and media room) and draws parallels between similar concepts in Arizona and North Carolina. The article dives into the many ways living in an environment can be a catalyst to build connections among diverse groups of individuals.

NEW! FHIIT Mama Class
Fitness class for new moms at FHIIT Barre & Bodyworks (map)

Bring your baby to the barre for a fitness class every Wednesday at 9:00 am at FHIIT Barre & Bodyworks ( map). There will be a variety of class formats designed specifically for new moms. Classes will focus on restoring core stability, improving balance, increasing overall strength and toning muscles after pregnancy. Babies can be secured in a car seat if content and resting, or placed in a jolly jumper (limited supply). No children will be allowed to crawl around due to safety reasons. 

Cost: $25 drop-in rate, or there are package options available. 
Please call Theresa at 315-256-5847 with questions, or email

One Month Away: 
Holidays in the City
Save the Date(s):  Friday & Saturday, December 16 & 17

Holidays in the City, a series of holiday events and attractions in the Heart of Downtown Syracuse, offers a one-of-a-kind winter experience. Presented by Advance Media New York, the weekend will feature real reindeer, a "smart" Santa experience and outdoor ice skating with Santa, street-side carolers, a walk along the Window Wonderland route, a free movie at the Landmark Theatre, museum exhibits, carriage rides and more! For your convenience, there will be a holiday shuttle that will take you and your family from destination to destination. Don't miss the festive fun in Downtown Syracuse!