Downtown Syracuse Events
April 13 - 19, 2018
Check out the upcoming Downtown Syracuse events below or visit the Downtown Syracuse Online Calendar to view all events
Stephen Schwartz Tribute at Jazz Central
at CNY Jazz Central
441 E. Washington Street (map)
Thursday, April 12 - Saturday, April 14, 8:00 pm

What do the shows Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, Wicked, and the Disney movies Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted have in common? They all have music written by songwriting legend Stephen Schwartz!
Local theater-goers will get their first chance to experience the very best of Schwartz's oeuvre when Rarely Done Productions brings the musical revue "Defying Gravity" to CNY Jazz Central. Named after Schwartz's signature song from Wicked as well as his recent biography, the show will feature all of Schwartz's songs from Godspell to Wicked. or 315-546-3224
Cost: $20
Middle Ages Tap Takeover
at the Evergreen
125 E. Water Street (map)
Friday, April 13, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Stop by the Evergreen this Friday evening for a pint of your favorite beer from Middle Ages. Enjoy multiple giveaways and prizes, including a private brewery tour, beers at the tasting room and crowlers to go! or 315-870-3500
Cost: Free admission
TAP Into the MOST
at the MOST
500 S. Franklin Street (map)
Friday, April 13, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the MOST for a night of fun in support of science education in Syracuse! TAP Into the MOST, the Museum of Science and Technology's premier beer, wine, cider and spirits tasting event and fundraiser, is this Friday! From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm guests are invited to sample beverages from more than 27 vendors, plus enjoy amazing food samples from local restaurants. or 315-425-9068
Cost: $60/general admission; $90/VIP
The Snow Queen
at the Redhouse Arts Center
400 S. Salina Street (map)
Friday, April 13, 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 14, 8:00 pm

Be spirited away by this new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's fantastical coming-of-age adventure that inspired the hit Disney movie Frozen. Join Gerda on a dangerous and whimsical quest to save her best friend, Kai, before he is trapped forever in the Snow Queen's palace. With an original pop rock score, alluring ballads and urban steam punk flair, you'll soon see this is not your average bedtime story.
Please note, only a few tickets remain for Friday and Saturday, so reserve yours today!

PS: For a sneak peek of the set - and snow! - check out the Downtown Committee's Instagram page.

Cost: $25
Raised By Warner Brothers, Born in Syracuse
at the Redhouse Arts Center
400 S. Salina Street (map)
Friday, April 13, 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 14, 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Redhouse welcomes comic actor and audience favorite, Steve Hayes, for the premier of his hilarious one-man show. Hayes makes merry as he tells stories about his experience as a movie-obsessed Central New York child who grows up to become a movie-obsessed New York City actor. Steve has been an award-winning comedian on the New York City cabaret scene. Over the years, he's branched out into movies, theatre, television and the internet with his ongoing YouTube series, Steve Hayes: Tired Old Queen at the Movies. Join the Redhouse in its new space for this heartwarming and hysterical premier as Steve proves "you can go home again" in Raised by Warner Brothers, Born in Syracuse!

Cost: $25
Syracuse Opera Presents Puccini's Madama Butterfly
at the Oncenter Civic Center
411 Montgomery Street ( map)
Friday, April 13, 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 15, 2:00 pm

Set in turn-of-the-century Japan, 15 year-old geisha Cio-Cio-San renounces her occupation and religion so that she may marry the American naval officer B.F. Pinkerton. After their wedding night, Pinkerton must leave but promises to return 'when the robins build their nests.' Three long years pass and Pinkerton does indeed come back, but not to re-unite with the ever-faithful Butterfly. Instead, he wishes to take from her the last bit of happiness she possesses. Madama Butterfly is sung in Italian with English supertitles. or 315-476-7372
Cost: $26 - $206; $10/student
Not Your Basic Brunch
at Fabio's Antica Cucina
344 S. Warren Street (map)
Saturday, April 14, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fabio's Antica Cucina is hosting a special brunch themed around the circus this Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Enjoy Fabio's brand new brunch menu, plus live music from DJ Kobe, tarot card readings and $24 bellini and mimosa bottles. or 315-303-1630
Cost: Menu price
Reservations recommended by emailing
Shibori Scarf-Making
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Saturday, April 14, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Learn the art of Japanese Shibori scarf-making using colorful dyes and a simple process of folding, twisting and wrapping to create patterns. The class is taught by artist Mary Giehl. All materials will be provided. or 315-474-6064
Cost: $40/member; $50/non-member
Syracuse Crunch Final Home Game & Victory For Vets Fundraiser
at the Oncenter War Memorial
515 Montgomery Street ( map)
Saturday, April 14, 7:00 pm

Don't miss the final home game of the regular season as the Syracuse Crunch battle the Rochester Americans. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit Victory For Vets Inc to help provide service dogs and training for Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress. After the game, stick around to get your 2017-18 team photo, signed by the full team.

Before the game, head over to Shaughnessy's ( map) for an additional fundraiser for Victory For Vets! From 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, when you purchase a Utica Club on tap, the proceeds will help provide veterans in Central New York with service dogs and training. 

The final few games of the regular season will determine if the Crunch face Rochester or Utica in the first five games of the North Division Semifinals. The Crunch are playing at home next weekend!
Game 1: Friday, April 20
Game 2: Saturday, April 21
Game 5 (if necessary): Saturday, April 28 or 315-473-4444
Cost: $16 - $20
Arsenal vs. Newcastle United
at Maxwells
122 E. Genesee Street (map)
Sunday, April 15, 8:30 am

Maxwells will open early this Sunday for the Premier League soccer game, Arsenal versus Newcastle United at 8:30 am. Come watch the game on the big screens at the bar! or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free
Spring Into Element
at Element on Water
206 W. Water Street (map)
Sunday, April 15, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Get into the "Spring" element with instructional beauty demos by Element on Water, spring clothing from The Changing Room, donuts from Glazed and Confused, sandwiches from Today's Special and cocktails from The Stoop! Welcome the season with these downtown businesses!

Demonstrations include:
11:30 am: Spring Skin
12:30 pm: Curly Girls
1:30 pm: Quick Upstyles or 315-471-1730
Cost: Free
Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series: Evan Osnos
at the Oncenter Civic Center
411 Montgomery Street ( map)
Monday, April 16, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

New Yorker staff writer and National Book Award-winning author Evan Osnos specializes in politics and foreign affairs, spanning the United States, the Middle East, East Asia and China. 

Osnos has covered pressing American concerns, from modern conservatism and gun control, to the Flint Water Crisis and the 2016 presidential election. or 315-435-1832
Cost: $30 - $55; $10/student
at the Landmark Theatre
362 S. Salina Street (map)
Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 pm

STOMP is an explosive, inventive and utterly unique experience for audiences of all ages! The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - including matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps - to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. Come see what all the noise is about! or 315-475-7979
Cost: $27 - $47
WISE Symposium
at SKY Armory
351 S. Clinton Street  map)
Wednesday, April 18, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Come network with fellow smart, savvy women in business! On April 18, the Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) Symposium is hosting its 16th annual event at SKY Armory. WISE is synonymous with entrepreneurial excellence and has grown to become the premier event not only for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, but for anyone active in the business community. 

The full-day conference includes breakfast, lunch, a networking reception, access to all keynote speakers, breakout sessions and the Idea Hub. or 315-473-0826
Cost: $99 Full-day conference; $50 student rate
Jazz at the Cavalier
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 
Cavalier Room
100 E. Onondaga Street ( map)
Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CNY Jazz's Jazz at the Cavalier series continues next Wednesday with Jess Novak, 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 
Urban Video Project: "Good Luck" Screening
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Thursday, April 19, 5:30 pm

Light Work's Urban Video Project (UVP) is currently exhibiting the newly-commissioned work Good Luck (Portraits) by filmmaker Ben Russell on the Everson Museum of Art Plaza. The exhibition will be shown on the museum's facade from dusk to 11:00 pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through May 26 (Memorial Day weekend). 

In conjunction with the exhibition, UVP will host a special indoor screening of Good Luck in the Everson's Hosmer Auditorium on Thursday, April 19, starting promptly at 5:30 pm. A reception will precede the film, featuring Ben Russell, the filmmaker. For planning purposes, the film is 140 minutes long. or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free
Syracuse Poster Project Unveiling
at the City Hall Commons Atrium
201 E. Washington Street (map)
Thursday, April 19, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come celebrate the unveiling of the 17th annual Syracuse Poster Project series! Catch the first glimpse of the 16 posters selected in 2018 by 32 local artists and poets. Enjoy appetizers, music and an evening of art appreciation. Posters will be available for purchase at starting April 20. 

Cost: Free admission
Free Docent-Led Tour: Sheila Pepe and Edie Fake
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Thursday, April 19, 6:00 pm

Stop by the Everson Museum of Art next Thursday evening for free admission from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and a free docent-led tour of the exhibtions Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism and Edie Fake: Structures Shift. or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free
Fun at Central Library
at Central Library
447 S. Salina Street ( map)

Open Art Studio
Friday, April 13, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace
Use a variety of art supplies to create artwork of your own choosing.

Say Yes To Your Messy Life
Monday, April 16, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace
Who are you? What are your fears? What are your dreams? "Say Yes, To Your Messy Life" is an interactive art journal that explores these questions and more! Come make your very own journal.

Mandala Rock Painting
Wednesday, April 18, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace
Learn how to paint beautiful Mandala designs on rocks. The library will provide acrylic paint, rocks and inspiration! 

Click here to see the complete list of events happening at Central Library. or 315-435-1900
Cost: Free 
Save the Date!
Downtown Living Tour
Saturday, May 19, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The 12th annual Downtown Living Tour is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Don't miss the opportunity to tour some of downtown's newest and most talked about apartments! Stay tuned - tickets and the 2018 tour stops will be released next week!

In the meantime, if you want to volunteer for the tour, please email Kris at Volunteers who serve a 2.5 hour shift will receive a free ticket to take the tour and a commemorative Downtown Living Tour t-shirt

Downtown Living Tour Preview: State Tower
109 South Warren Street (map)

The 2018 Downtown Living Tour begins at State Tower, located in the Hanover Square Historic District. State Tower is the pinnacle of city living. The building is home to a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Each unit features a unique floor plan, delivering stunning vistas, modern layouts and deluxe amenities.

When the State Tower building was first established, it was marketed for office space. Recently, Pioneer Companies completed a nearly $40 million restoration to give the building new life as "State Tower." The extensive project included repairs to the building's masonry facade (which recently won a prestigious award - read more about that below), as well as significant structural and system upgrades.

Standing 22 stories and 315 feet tall, State Tower offers unparalleled views and still holds the distinction of being the tallest building in Central New York. The Art Deco design by architects Thompson and Churchill set a precedent for buildings that followed, including New York City's Chrysler Building (est. 1928) and the Empire State Building (est. 1930), and the motif is still carried throughout the building today. 

Ticket Information: Tickets to the Downtown Living Tour will be available for purchase starting next week at the Advance Sale price of $12. Tickets may be purchased online through the Downtown Living Tour Website, in person at the Downtown Committee's offices on West Fayette Street (from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday), or reserved over the phone by calling 315-422-8284.

Downtown Syracuse News
State Tower Receives GOLD Award for Masonry Work
Top masonry project in Central New York

The State Tower project was recently awarded the GOLD award as the top Masonry Project in Central New York at the ACI Design and Installation Awards. State Tower was one of five nominated in the Masonry category. What started out as repointing bricks in the exterior facade quickly turned into major structural steel repairs! Congratulations to Chuck Rogalia, Jeff Delano, Melissa Zell, Michael P. Falcone and the whole State Tower team who worked on this transformative project!

Weigh in on Security Needs For Our Downtown Neighborhood
Take the survey to help inform the search process for the new Police Chief

Thank you to all who came out for the City of Syracuse's Police Chief Outreach meeting on Tuesday, April 10th. If you weren't able to make it, there's still time to lend your voice to security needs for our downtown neighborhood. Take a few minutes to fill out this survey. Feedback will be used to inform the search process for the new police chief. 

Opening Soon: The Ice Cream Stand
Expected to open in a few weeks

The Ice Cream Stand is expected to open in The Amos Building (map) in the next few weeks - and it will be open year-round! The Ice Cream Stand will also serve coffee and other hot beverages. Owner Amanda Hughes plans to feature live music this summer, and says the shop will also eventually serve alcohol.  The Ice Cream Stand has closed its location on Taft Road in North Syracuse to move to Downtown Syracuse!

Coming Soon: Rail Line 
New event venue in Armory Square

A new indoor and outdoor event venue is coming to Armory Square this summer! The Rail Line, located at 530 South Clinton Street (map), offers indoor seating, a full service bar, first floor patio, a private exterior courtyard, on-site parking and rooftop access with a garden.

The venue is available to rent for private parties, business meetings, office parties, seminars, presentations, receptions, showers and more! Rail Line will also partner with The Evergreen to host special events and parties throughout the year. 

If you are interested in booking an event at Rail Line, please contact

GENIUS NY Winners Announced
Six teams win nearly $3 million in funding

Earlier this week, nearly 300 attendees watched as six Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) startups pitched their businesses in front of a panel of experts for a shot at the $1 million investment award. All finalists were awarded one of six investments totaling nearly $3 million. Please find the results listed below. The teams will use these investments to continue to accelerate their growth and expand their presence in the region. 

Fotokite - $1 million
Quantifly - $600,000
TruWeather Solutions - $400,000
Dropcopter - $250,000
Precision Vision - $250,000
UsPLM - $250,000

Last Chance to Sign-up for the Earth Day Cleanup
Call 315-422-8284 or email

Join the Downtown Committee on Saturday, April 21 as we give Downtown Syracuse a spring cleaning. Bring your colleagues, friends and/or family members!   All of our volunteers will be provided with gloves and trash bags. We'll outfit you with an Earth Day cleanup t-shirt and provide vouchers to enjoy lunch on us after! 

Click here for a  preview of the areas  we're tackling this year, and the times you can meet us there. 

There's only two days left to sign up! Please call 315-422-8284 or email by the end of the day tomorrow, Friday April 13