Downtown Syracuse Events
June 16 - 22, 2017
Check out the upcoming Downtown Syracuse events below or visit the Downtown Syracuse Online Calendar to view all events
Downtown Committee Annual Meeting
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, Grand Ballroom
100 E. Onondaga Street (map)
Thursday, June 22, 12:00 pm

It's a celebration of Downtown Syracuse's greatest accomplishments over the last year! Learn more about Downtown's transformation from what was predominantly a commercial center, into a vibrant, thriving residential and commercial center, that's home to 24/7 life and activity. You're invited to join the Downtown Committee for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 22 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. In an exciting State of Downtown report, our executive director Merike Treier will share information about Downtown's movers and shakers, exciting projects that have come online in the last year, and be treated to a preview of what we have to look forward to in 2018. or 315-422-8284
Cost: $40/seat or a table of 8 for $320
FOCUS Forum: Career and Technical Education in Syracuse Schools
at City Hall Commons Atrium
201 E. Washington Street (map)
Friday, June 16, 7:30 am- 8:45 am

The next free Friday FOCUS Forum will feature the newest career and technical education offered by the Syracuse City School District. Teachers and students will discuss programs such as cyber security, unmanned aerial systems and forensic science to establish tech studies, and pave the way for future career options. Come join the discussion! or 315-448-8732
Cost: Free 
Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom Realized
at Clinton Square  ( map )
Saturday, June 17, Noon - 10:00 pm

On June 19th 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to read the Emancipation Proclamation letting slaves know they were finally free. A celebration began as jubilation spread throughout the slave quarters. Every year since then, communities across our nation have celebrated Juneteenth.

Each year, the Syracuse community comes together to celebrate Juneteenth in Clinton Square. You're invited to join in this free celebration featuring live entertainment, an educational area, a culturally diverse food court, the Dr. Henry A Washington Healthy Pavilion, exhibits and more.

Cost: Free

The Juneteenth Festival will host its annual parade culminating with an entrance into Clinton Square from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday. There may be delays.

Street Closures:

The following streets will be closed to traffic to allow for the Juneteeth celebration and set up.

Starting at 6:30 am, Thursday, June 15:

West Water Street, from Clinton Street to Salina Street

West Water Street , from Clinton Street to Franklin Street, will become a two-way from 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, through late Sunday morning, June 18.

Starting at 1:00 pm, Thursday, June 15:

Erie Boulevard West , from Clinton Street to Franklin Street

Clinton Street , from Genesee Street to Washington Street
June TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique
at the MOST
500 S. Franklin Street (map)
Saturday, June 17, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

This Saturday morning, Dr. Yuzhe (Richard) Tang, PhD, an assistant professor in Syracuse University's College of Engineering and Computer Science, will lead a discussion aimed at middle school students about cloud computing. The event is sponsored by the TACNY in partnership with the MOST. TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique features an informal discussion with a scientist, engineer or technologist every month during the school year. Students must be accompanied by a parent or adult. After the discussion, students and their parents are invited to tour the MOST's exhibits for free. A light breakfast will be served before the event. The event is free, but RSVP to with number of people attending. or 315-425-9068
Cost: Free
Downtown Farmers Market: Have You Heard About The Free Drawing?

at Clinton Square ( map)
Tuesday, June 20,  7:00 am - 3:00 pm

This Tuesday marks the second week of the Downtown Farmer's Market. Throughout the season, the market hosts more than 50 farmers and produce dealers selling fresh, seasonal vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, flowers, plants, handcrafted items and more. 

Each week, farmers donate an item to the Downtown Committee to use in a free drawing. Visitors are encouraged to try to win the "item of the week" by checking in at the information booth. To stay up-to-date with all of the happenings at the Market, subscribe to our weekly Farmers Market newsletter (circulated every Monday afternoon before Tuesday's Market Day) by sending a note to Here is a sampling of our newsletter, which was distributed this past Monday prior to opening day. or 315-422-8284
Cost: Free admission
Irish Fairy Tale Time
at Infinite Pop 
183 Walton Street ( map )
Wednesday, June 21, 11 :30 am - 1:00 pm

In support of the first-ever Syracuse Contemporary Irish Film Festival (SCIFF), you're invited to spend your lunch hour being transported to a world of yore, think of it as elementary school storytime for adults! Bring your lunch, something to sit on and enjoy yourself while Micha L. Crook (the Director of SCIFF) spins yarns and shares classic Irish fairy tales.

Cost: Free
Wellness Wednesday
at Clinton Square ( map)
Wednesday, June 21
6:30 am - 7:30 am, 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm, 
5:30 - 6:15 pm

Did you participate in the first Wellness Wednesday of the season this week? The fun returns next week to Clinton Square! Every Wednesday through July 26, classes are free and open to the public. A description of the offerings are offered below:
Sunrise Yoga 
6:30 am - 7:30 am: 
Stretch and energize with a sunrise Vinyasa Flow yoga workout, appropriate for all fitness levels. This class emphasizes linking breathing to movement, and poses are seamlessly woven together. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Stretch & Tone  
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm: 
This 30-minute express class combines intervals of strength and stretching exercises to target the whole body.

Urban Bootcamp  
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm: 
Join America's future service members from the U.S. Army in military-inspired exercises designed to challenge your endurance and develop functional strength.
Participants are asked to bring their own water, sneakers and workout clothing. If you have any questions, call Metro Fitness at 315-426-8917. or 315-426-8917
Cost: Free
Wednesdays at the Weighlock: Summer Happy Hour Series
at the Erie Canal Museum 
318 Erie Boulevard East (map)
Wednesday, June 21, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Erine Canal Museum invites you to Happy Hour every Wednesday as its Wednesday at the weighlock series continues. The Museum will be open for  FREE from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm every Wednesday through August 30 with live music, a weekly collection showcase, a trivia scavenger hunt, and a cash bar. This Wednesday, come jam out to the music of Evan Bujold. The Museum will be open for guests to explore, so feel free to bring your family as well! or 315-471-0593
Cost: Free Admission
Celebrity Bartending to Benefit the MOST
at Aster Pantry and Parlor
116 Walton Street (map)
Wednesday, June 21, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Kick off the MOST's Summer of Science, sponsored by SRC, Inc., with a celebrity bartending at Aster Pantry & Parlor on the evening of the summer solstice. Join Kate Brodock (Women 2.0, Talent Tech Labs, Forbes Magazine), Morgan Marzano (China Towne Furniture & Mattress), Eric Hinman (Urban Life Athletics, The Print Hub) as they pour your favorite drinks to support MOST operations and community science, technology, engineer and math (STEM) educational programs.  or 315-425-9068
Cost: Free admission
Wednesday Walk: Syracuse's Irish History

starting at Clinton Square ( map)
Wednesday, June 21, 6:00 pm

Step away from your desk, learn more about Downtown Syracuse and get some exercise at this bi-monthly, themed walking series. 

Next week's walk will be led by Micha Crook, director of the Syracuse Contemporary Irish Film Festival (SCIFF). Micha will take walkers to several Irish-influenced places in Downtown Syracuse and talk about its rich and interesting history.  For example, did you know the Landmark Theatre's decorative style known as 'Orientalistism' was invented by an Irishman who was returning from military service in India at the turn of the last century? Learn all this and more! At the end of the walk, walkers are invited to Kitty Hoynes to enjoy a beer or a whiskey flight and learn more about Irish history!

All walks step off from Clinton Square, near the Jerry Rescue monument. Click here for the complete walk schedule, including walk themes and start times for the season. or 315-470-1962
Cost: Free
Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels
at the Oncenter Civic Center Theaters
421 Montgomery Street (map)
Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 pm

Join the Multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic Woman as it presents Voice of Angels, a captivating new show for 2017. Voices of Angels showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mair éad Carlin, Eabha McMahon and introduces the breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, The quartet is accompanied by a group of equally talented musicians and dancers whose exceptional skill and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition. Featuring many songs from the forthcoming Voices of Angels album, this inspiring live concert experience features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes, superb choreography and magnificent arrangements of timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards in the group's award-winning signature style. A true celebration of an incredible journey that has captivated millions, don't miss Celtic Woman live in concert! or  315-435-8000
Cost: $34-$99 per person
Introducing an Interactive Presentation Panel
at Syracuse Technology Garden  
235 Harrison Street ( map )
Thursday, June 22, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join The Tech Garden for an introduction and demonstration of its newly installed interactive presentation panel. Learn the basics about how you can use their tool for meetings, client presentations and content sharing for local and remote participants.  Light food, drinks and dessert will be provided by Ronco Specialized Systems. If you've ever wondered how an interactive panel could engage employees and clients in your business, this is an opportunity to think creatively and test drive the technology!

Please register today by emailing Lynn Hughes,
Cost: Free
Teen Summer Kickoff Party: 3D Mini-Me
at Central Library
447 S. Salina Street (map)
Thursday, June 22, 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm

Help us kickoff the Summer Reading Program with a workshop focused on creating a 3D model of yourself- a mini you! Michael Giannattasio of SALT Makerspace will show you how this is done with a camera, 3D modeling software and 3D printers. Other activities include button making, 3D doodler art and trading card games. Register for the 3D Mini-Me workshop in the MakerSpace or here . Open to ages 12 to 19, stop by and help us kick-off a summer full of fun! or 315-435-1813
Cost: Free
Gallery Walk: Seen and Heard
at Everson Museum of Art 
401 Harrison Street ( map )
Thursday, June 22, 6:00 pm

This exhibition brings together recent and newly commissioned work from nine contemporary artists working in photography, printmaking, and social practice, as well as several work from the museum's collection. or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free with museum admission
Syracuse Contemporary Irish Film Festival: Queen of Ireland
at Everson Museum of Art 
401 Harrison Street ( map )
Thursday, June 22, 7:00 pm

Directed by Conor Horgan, Queen of Ireland, is a wild romping ride of a documentary that follows captivating drag queen Panti Bliss, as she transcends the role of performer to activist. Part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, Bliss is a wittily incisive performer with charisma to burn. Widely regarded as one of the best drag queens in the world, Panti became an accidental activist during the referendum campaign for marriage equality, which was passed by popular vote in 2015. Panti dazzles and delights as this documentary shares the tale of LGBTQ rights in Ireland, the 2014 scandal around "Pantigate," and how Panti becoming a leader in the fight for equality against homophobia in Ireland and across the world. 

Doors open at 6:00 pm with raffles to benefit ACR Health and The Q Center, and the film starts at 7:00 pm.

Don't miss the other exciting films the Syracuse Contemporary Irish Film Festival is bringing to the Everson Museum next weekend:

Friday, June 23, 2017: A Date for Mad Mary Doors Open at 6 pm, film starts at 7 pm

Saturday, June 24, 2017: An Afternoon of Shorts Films start at 2 pm
                                        Older Than Ireland  Doors pen at 6 pm, film starts at 7 pm
Links for descriptions of the films in next week's newsletter. or
Cost: $10/show
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
Coming Soon: The PressRoom Pub
Located at 220 Herald Place ( map)

Herald Commons, located at the corner of Franklin Street and Herald Place, was once the home of the Syracuse Herald-Journal newspaper, and will soon debut a bar and restaurant named for the former newspaper. The PressRoom Pub will be complete with 90-inch televisions, 9-ounce burgers, outdoor seating and more than 100 parking spaces for customers! The menu itself is still under construction, but the build-out is almost complete. Once open, the restaurant can accommodate as many as 170 diners, plus a private party room. Customers will enjoy small reminders of the Herald newspaper incorporated into their dining experience, such as the large crane above the bar that once carried newspapers.

Armory Square Park Improvements
New plantings & brickwork

Armory Square Park, located just outside of Starbucks, is getting a new look! Last week, work began on the first phase of a renovation plan proposed to the City by the Armory Square Association. The park is getting new plantings beneath the trees, brickwork fixes and new locations for the benches. A future phase will renovate the planting bed adjacent to Starbucks as funds become available. The park improvements have been supported by an anonymous donor, the Armory Square Association and the City of Syracuse. And if this is a favorite place of yours to eat your lunch - don't worry! The benches will return when the improvements are complete.

Syracuse Crunch Celebrate Calder Cup Run
The Crunch lost 4-3 in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals

The Syracuse Crunch put up a tough fight against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals, however, the Griffins pulled away with a 4-3 win to take the Calder Cup trophy. 

The Griffins led the final series 4-2; however, but the Crunch have a lot to be proud about. The Crunch were only down by one goal in each game the Griffin's took. In Game 6, the Crunch led much of the game, but the Griffins fought back from one-goal deficits three separate times throughout the game.

Congratulations to the Syracuse Crunch for an amazing season! We can't wait to see what next year brings!

Calling All Artists and Downtown Property Owners

Now Accepting Applications

The Downtown Committee is preparing for the second round of Art in the Windows installations. The Art in the Windows program showcases available storefronts while displaying the works of local artists. The Request For Proposals (RFP) for the new Art in the Windows program is now available. Interested artists and storefront owners still have about a week and a half to submit their proposals. The deadline is Monday, June 26.
The program matches vacant storefront owners with jury-selected artists who will install site-specific artwork in the windows. The Art in the Windows program is made possible through the support of the Central New York Community Foundation. The high-quality displays will showcase available space, highlighting business opportunities in Downtown Syracuse, while enlivening the city streetscape during the busy summer season. The three-month installation period extends from mid-July to mid-October.
Please contact Heather Schroeder, the Downtown Committee Economic Development Program Manager for additional information. She may be reached at 315-470-1958 or via email at