Downtown Syracuse Events
March 8 - 15, 2018
Check out the upcoming Downtown Syracuse events below or visit the Downtown Syracuse Online Calendar to view all events
Open Late Til 8
at the MOST
500 S. Franklin Street (map)
Thursday, March 8, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

The MOST is open late until 8:00 pm on the second Thursday of every month. Starting at 4:00 pm, the Museum will feature a different STEM theme with hands-on science activities. Adult programming will be available as well, hosted by the MOST or as part of TACNY's Sweet Science Series.

While this evening is open to all guests, the MOST will be Sensory Friendly at this time. Exclusive sensory friendly space and activities will be available, and sensory friendly kits can be signed out at the Science Shop. or 315-425-9068
Cost: Regular museum admission
Celebrity Bartending to Support Vera House
at Wolff's Biergarten
106 Montgomery Street ( map)
March 8, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Wolff's Biergarten has invited Vera House to take part in a "Celebrity Bartender" event tonight (Thursday)! All tips during the happy hour will be directed to Vera House's 24th Annual White Ribbon Campaign. Don't forget to pick up your white ribbon or wristband at the event! or 315-425-0818
Cost: Free admission
On Golden Pond
at Redhouse Arts Center
400 S. Salina Street ( map)
March 8 - March 18
Click here to see show times

This charming love story follows Ethel and Norman Thayer as they return to their summer home in Maine. Their respite is interrupted by the arrival of their estranged daughter, her fiance, and his teenage son. In the twilight years of marriage, Ethel and Norman rediscover the importance of family. Starring TV comedy icon, Fred Grandy ( Loveboat  and  The Mindy Project ) and his daughter, Broadway's Marya Grandy. or 315-362-2785
Cost: $32
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Syracuse Silver Knights Vs. Baltimore Blast
at the Oncenter War Memorial
515 Montgomery Street ( map)
Thursday, March 8, 7:05 pm

Come watch the Syracuse Silver Knights take on the Baltimore Blast in professional indoor soccer action! or 315-303-7261
Cost: $17
Syracuse Crunch Home Games
at the Oncenter War Memorial
515 Montgomery Street ( map)
Friday, March 9, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 10, 7:00 pm

Come watch the Syracuse Crunch play back-to-back home games this weekend. First, the Crunch take on the Hershey Bears on Friday night, followed by a game against the Rochester Americans on Saturday. This professional hockey action promises fun for the whole family! or 315-473-4444
Cost: $16 - $20
Pilates and a Pint
at Sahm Brewing Company
203 S. Salina Street (map)
Saturday, March 10, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

This Saturday is the final "Pilates and a Pint" class at Sahm Brewing Company! After the hour-long pilates class intructed by Metro Fitness, attendees may enjoy a complimentary pint. Pilates starts at 11:00 am, then the bar is open exclusively to class members from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Deal Alert! Metro Fitness members can receive $1 off a pint at Sahm Brewing Company on Tuesdays when they show their member tag.

Cost: $15 (includes Pilates and a pint of beer)
Email to register
Professional Adulting Winter Series: Empathy in Action
at 359 S. Warren Street (map)
Saturday, March 10, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Professional Adulting Winter Series brings the best upbeat professionals together each week to engage in topics that matter most in our professional lives. In this series, participants will work with a facilitator to dive deep, get uncomfortable, and make the change needed to become a more effective leader. Last week's session on Empathy in Action was cancelled due to weather, so the topic will be covered this Saturday instead. The final topic, Creating Influence, will be held on Saturday, March 24. 315-399-5302
Cost: $20/session
Syracuse Trad Fest
Throughout Armory Square
Saturday, March 10, 1:30 pm

Syracuse Trad Fest, Central New York's largest trad and folk festival, is coming to Armory Square this weekend on Saturday, March 10 with free music throughout the afternoon! A list of bands is provided below:

1:30 pm throughout Armory Square: Emerald City Pipe Band
2:00 pm at Blue Tusk: The Kilgore Mctrouts
2:00 pm at Funk 'n Waffles: Syracuse Irish Session
2:00 pm at Kitty Hoynes: Special Irish Trad Session
2:00 pm at the Limerick Pub: Special Irish Trad Session

Cost: Free
Syracuse City Ballet Presents Aladdin
at the Oncenter Civic Center
411 Montgomery Street ( map)
Saturday, March 10, 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 11, 2:00 pm

Surrounded by the desert sun, a cave of wonders and flying carpets, this enchanting tale will entice all ages and transport audiences to a whole new world! See the magic of this tale come to life as Aladdin dances to win the heart of his Princess Jasmyn. or 315-487-4879
Cost: $20 - $75
Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour
at the Oncenter War Memorial
515 Montgomery Street ( map)
Sunday, March 11, 7:00 pm

Kevin Hart is making a stop in Syracuse for one night only during his nationwide Irresponsible Tour. Don't miss one of the top comedians and entertainers in the industry! or 315-435-8000
Cost: $75 - $150
Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series Presents Lauren Groff
at the Oncenter Civic Center
411 Montgomery Street ( map)
Monday, March 12, 7:30 pm

Meet Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies on Monday, March 12 at the Oncenter Civic Center. The Friends of the Central Library's (FOCL) Gifford Lecture Series benefits the Onondaga County Public Library Central Library on South Salina Street ( map).

Deal Alert! Use code DOWNTOWN for Buy One Get One mezzanine or balcony tickets! Contact the Oncenter at 315-435-8000 for discount tickets. or 315-435-8000
Cost: $30 - $35
Kinky Boots
at the Oncenter Civic Center
411 Montgomery Street ( map)
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 15, 7:30 pm

Kinky Boots is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony Award-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentleman's shoe factory in Northampton, to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father's expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory's future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. or 315-435-8000
Cost: $35 - $55
Chef's Happy Hour
at Maxwells
122 E. Genesee Street ( map)
Wednesday, March 14, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Stop by Maxwells next Wednesday evening for a Chef's Happy Hour with free food, live music from Geririg and happy hour drink specials! Invite a friend or the entire office! or 315-422-6633
Cost: Free admission
Wednesday Night Free Skate
at the Clinton Square Ice Rink ( map)
Wednesday, March 14, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lace up your skates for the final Wednesday Night Free Skate at the Clinton Square Ice Rink! Presented by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, there will be free admission to the ice rink from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please note, skate rental rates ($3) still apply. 

The Clinton Square Ice Rink will close for the season on Saturday, March 17. or 315-423-0129
Cost: Free admission; $3 skate rental
Jazz at the Cavalier
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 
Cavalier Room
100 E. Onondaga Street ( map)
Wednesday, March 14, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CNY Jazz's Jazz at the Cavalier series continues next Wednesday with Andrea Miceli, providing an intimate cabaret atmosphere in the cozy, club-esque environment of the Cavalier Room at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. The weekly series is free and continues through May. The full line-up of artists can be found here
Deal Alert ! CNY Jazz Club card holders may enjoy a 10% discount on craft cocktails and the small plate menu. or 315-479-5299
Cost: Free 
The Age of Love Film Screening
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street ( map)
Thursday, March 15, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Age of Love is a film about an unprecedented speed dating event for 70 to 90-year-olds. The film intimately follows ten speed daters as they prepare for their dates, and the comic and bittersweet emotions and moments that they face. The Age of Love is a story of the universality of love and desire, regardless of age. or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free
RSVP requested but not required to Emilee Lawson Hatch at 315-706-8585 or
Docent-Led Tour of Jeff Donaldson: Dig
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street ( map)
Thursday, March 15, 6:00 pm

Enjoy a free docent-led tour of the exhibit Jeff Donaldson: Dig.

Guests will also enjoy free museum admission from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm for Third Thursday. or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free
March Madness Pop-Up Dining
at SKY Armory
351 S. Clinton Street ( map)
Thursday, March 15, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join SKY Armory each month for a different pop-up dining experience. This month, SKY Armory is celebrating March Madness with a gastropub menu and beer pairing! Dinner starts at 6:00 pm, but guests are welcome to arrive at 5:00 pm for pre-event cocktails. Click here to see the menu. or 315-473-0826
Cost: $30/person (includes all food and beer pairings)
Joe Russo's Almost Dead
at the Landmark Theatre
362 S. Salina Street (map)
Thursday, March 15, 8:00 pm

Joe Russo's Almost Dead plays some of the most complex songs in the Grateful Dead's repertoire! Featuring Scott Metzger, Tommy Hamilton, Dave Dreiwitz, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo, the group takes guests on a wild and incredibly adventurous jam. or 315-475-7979
Cost: $33.50
Fun at Central Library
at Central Library
447 S. Salina Street ( map)

3Doodler Pens
Friday, March 9,  3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace
3Doodler pens are a fun, new way to draw in 3D and showcase your creativity. Take your drawing home or share them with friends! 

Teen Mystery Afternoon
Tuesday, March 13,  3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 1st floor Community Room
What happened to Neil Vince, a rare book collector and insurance salesman, on the night of July 13 at his home? Did the cops have something to do with it? Or maybe his housekeeper? And what do forged scrolls, the Congo, and Ricardo Montalban have to do with it all? It's YOUR job to find justice! The person with the best answer to the mystery will receive an Amazon gift card. 

3D Printer Training
Thursday, March 15, 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace
Learn the necessary steps to use the Ultimaker 2 + 3D printers on your own. Participants will learn how to safely print designs from pre-existing files, and the MakerSpace policy regarding 3D printer usage and PLA filament costs. 

Click here to see the complete list of events happening at Central Library. or 315-435-1900
Cost: Free 
Save the Date!
Save the Date: 
Metro Fitness Spring Open House
April 1-7
Free fitness classes, vendors, membership deals and prizes!

Metro Fitness is hosting its annual Open House the first week of April. Stop by to take advantage of free fitness classes, special vendors, membership deals and plenty of prizes! Guests can also earn raffle tickets to win one of two paddle boards when they purchase a membership or personal training package or refer a friend!

Want to promote your business? Metro Fitness is looking for local vendors to set up displays, offer business discounts or provide items for raffles and prizes. It's a great opportunity for local businesses to network and meet the members at Metro Fitness. Contact Randy Sabourin at if you are interested.

Save the Date: 
Plain White T's Concert at the Landmark Theatre
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 pm
Tickets on sale now

Plain White T's is coming to the Landmark Theatre on Wednesday, April 11 for a benefit concert! Macroburst Productions will host the Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling artists, with profits benefiting the Virgin Islands for Veterans, a non-profit whose efforts focus on rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean. Special VIP seating is available, along with a very limited option to be part of a meet-and-greet with the band. Plus, members of Symphoria will open the concert before Plain White T's!

Pre-sale tickets are available through 10:00 pm TONIGHT! Use the code DOWNTOWNSYR11 to get tickets before they go on sale to the public tomorrow (Friday) morning at 10:00 am. Tickets range from $35 to $150.

Save the Date: 
Syracuse Fashion Week
April 26 - April 29
Tickets on sale now

Syracuse Fashion Week is a semi-annual celebration of style and fashion in Downtown Syracuse. Fashion Week will bring together designers, boutiques, stylists, artists, musicians, bars, restaurants, and other businesses that have a vested interest in the community. Below are the events you can look forward to during Syracuse Fashion Week.

Thursday, April 26 - Fashion Week Gala
at the Landmark Theatre (map)

Friday, April 27 - Local Love
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown (map)

Saturday, April 28 - The Underground Show
at Marisa's Fortress of Beauty (map)

Syracuse Fashion Week will also present its annual Window Project on Thursday, April 19. The Landmark Theatre windows along Jefferson and Clinton streets will be decorated by local businesses and will be adorned with a live model, starting at 7:30 pm. Click here for more information.

Downtown Syracuse News
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Street Closing Information for the St. Patrick's Parade
Saturday, March 17

The Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade will take place on Saturday, March 17 starting at noon. This year, the parade falls on St. Patrick's Day, which means double the St. Patrick's spirit! For this doubly special day, the parade with honor two Grand Marshals - Ed Riley and Billy Gooley - to help celebrate Syracuse's vibrant community. Several downtown streets will be closed for the parade.

Friday, March 16 :
South Salina Street, between Washington Street and Erie Boulevard West, will be closed from about 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM for the ceremonial painting of the Stripe for the St. Patrick's Parade the following day.

Saturday, March 17:
The following streets will be closed for the St. Patrick's Parade at the following times (please note that times are approximate):
10:30 AM
  • Erie Blvd. West, between Clinton and West Streets
  • West Street off-ramps at Erie Boulevard West
  • West Water Street, between Franklin and Clinton Streets
  • North and South Franklin Streets, between Washington and Genesee Streets
  • South Clinton Street, between Genesee to Washington Streets, and from Jefferson to Onondaga Streets
11:00 AM
  • South Salina Street, between Fayette and Willow Streets
  • West Washington Street, between Clinton and Salina Streets
  • James Street, between Salina and Warren Streets
  • Erie Boulevard East, between Warren and Salina Streets
  • East Washington Street, between Warren and Salina Streets
11:30 AM
  • East and West Fayette Street, between Warren and Clinton Streets
  • East and West Jefferson Street, between Warren and Clinton Streets
  • Harrison Street, between Warren and Salina Streets
  • West Onondaga Street, between Salina and West Adams Streets
  • South Salina Street, between Fayette and Adams Streets
USBC Open Championship to Bring 40,000 Bowlers to Syracuse
From March 24 through July 8, 400 new bowlers will arrive everyday
The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) has transformed the Oncenter Convention Center into a state-of-the-art 48-lane bowling facility! USBC began moving into the convention center in December, and the first week of January marked the beginning of it's transformation into a bowling stadium. Now, just two months later and 50 tractor trailers worth of equipment, the transformation is complete. The Open Championships officially gets underway on Saturday, March 24.  The unique venue will attract nearly 40,000 bowlers to Syracuse during the 107-day run of the 2018 USBC Open Championships, concluding on July 8.

Before the USBC bowlers arrive on March 24 however, the venue, lanes, scoreboard and staff will get their first test this weekend when the top New York youth bowlers hit the lanes for the New York State High School Bowling Championships. After that, the Special Olympics National Unified Tournament will use the space on March 13 through 15, followed by the Syracuse USBC Bowling Association City Tournament on March 15 through 16. 

The USBC Open Championships is open to any USBC adult member and serves as bowling's premier showcase event. It features three average-based divisions - Regular (entering averages of 210 and above), Standard (entering averages of 181-209) and Classified (180 and below), giving bowlers of all skills levels an opportunity to compete on bowling's largest stage.

The Open Championships will take a short break for the USBC Masters on April 8 through 15, which will conclude with a live broadcast on ESPN.

The public is invited to come and watch the bowlers during the USBC Open Championships, free of charge (with the exception of USBC Masters). 

Dining Week Menus Still Available at Two Restaurants
Byblos Cafe and Goodies II 

If you haven't had your fill of Downtown Dining Weeks, there are still two restaurants who have extended their Dining Week menu until the end of March! Byblos Mediterranean Cafe and Goodies II will offer a special lunch menu through March 31, and Goodies II will also offer it's special five-course dinner menu through March 31.

Emerging Leaders Class of 2018 Now Accepting Applications
Applications due Friday, March 23
Calling all small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level! The U.S. Small Business Administration's Emerging Leaders Syracuse is now accepting applications for its 2018 Class. In case you're not familiar with the program, Emerging Leaders is an intensive executive-level training program designed to accelerate growth of small businesses with high potential. The program offers qualified business owners the opportunity to learn and implement innovative strategies to grow, acquire financing, access new markets and leverage networking. Participants develop a three-year Strategic Growth Action Plan for their company's unique goals.

Recent downtown graduates of the program include Metro Fitness, Recess Coffee, The Events Company, and Liehs & Steigerwald.

How To Apply:  If you - or someone you know - is interested in participating in the program, submit a letter of interest to Grace Connors ( ) or Steve Barr ( ) by Friday, March 23. The program is free to attend. Participants can plan on 100 hours of combined classroom, homework and peer-to-peer networking. For planning purposes, classes start in April at the Tech Garden, located at 235 Harrison Street ( map ). They'll be held every other week through early November. 

Requirements:  The program is open to small business owners who have been in business for at least three years. Businesses must be located within Central New York, and generate an annual revenue between $400,000 and $10,000,000. *Please note, this program is not for start-up businesses. Space is limited; Emerging Leaders strongly encourages one applicant per business.

Contest Alert!
Win a "Confused Dozen" at Glazed and Confused (map)

Help raise funds for the 2nd Annual Syracuse Contemporary Irish Film Festival while enjoying delicious doughnuts from Glazed and Confused!

Taking place March 13-25, any time you buy the "Lucky Doughnut" - a double chocolate doughnut with rich chocolate ganache glaze and crumbled mint Oreo cookie pieces - the proceeds will be donated to the Syracuse Contemporary Irish Film Festival.

Enter to win! Follow Glazed and Confused on Facebook, then post a picture of yourself enjoying the "Lucky Irish Doughnut." Use the hashtags #glazedsyr, #adaptcnyPATF and #SCIFF2018 in your post, and you will be entered into a drawing to win a "Confused Dozen" (one dozen doughnuts from Glazed and Confused). Each time you buy the "Lucky Irish Doughnut" and post a picture, you are entered to win. If you tag a friend in your post, you are entered twice! The winner will be announced on March 31.

Contest Alert!
Win two tickets to see "Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles" on March 22

Would you like to win two tickets to see "Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles" on March 22 at the Landmark Theatre? Simply v isit the Downtown Committee Facebook page, find the Rain Contest at the top, and tag a friend who is a Beatles fan. One winner will be randomly selected on March 15!

$500,000 New York Main Street Grant Update
Awardees will be announced on March 30

In December, the Downtown Committee was awarded a $500,000 New York Main Street Grant to assist downtown properties with building renovations. We have received applications from 15 properties, vying for grant funding of up to $50,000 each for commercial and facade renovation, plus additional funds if affordable housing is included. Eligible properties are located in the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of South Salina and South Warren Streets. The applications will be reviewed this month by a five-member Selection Committee, and awardees will be announced on March 30! Stay tuned for more information about the selected projects.

Do You Want to Rappel Down a Downtown Building?
Now is your chance!

Have you ever dreamed of rappelling down the side of building? On August 18, 2018 the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center and One Park Place in Downtown Syracuse are giving you that opportunity!

"Over the Edge" is an exciting, high profile and exclusive event to the Central New York area where 90 brave participants will have the opportunity to rappel down One Park Place ( map) in order to raise money for the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. The day will be filled with food, fun, and festivities while celebrating the brave rappellers. 

No rappelling or climbing experience is required for participants. Over the Edge staff consists of professionals with an outstanding safety record who will provide the technical expertise, training and equipment needed to perform the event.

Real Estate Spotlight
The University Building
120 E. Washington Street (map)

The University Building, originally built in 1897, has all the charm of an historic building, but is well equipped with all the modern conveniences today's business professionals demand. The building features on-site management, flexible lease terms, historical finishes and build out options. If you are looking for office space in Downtown Syracuse (or know someone who is), take a look at the office suites the University Building has available for rent:

Suite 314: 1,050 square feet
Suite 624: 2,200 square feet
Suite 631: 900 square feet
Suite 714: 5,400 square feet
10th Floor Penthouse Suite: 5,200 square feet