Downtown Syracuse Events
August 11 - 17, 2017
Check out the upcoming Downtown Syracuse events below or visit the Downtown Syracuse Online Calendar to view all events
Food Truck & Music Fridays
at the Everson Community Plaza
401 Harrison Street ( map)
Friday, August 11, 11 :00 am - 2:00  pm

Stop by the Everson Community Plaza every Friday this month to enjoy food truck fare, live music, and art as part of Food Truck & Music Fridays! In partnership with the Syracuse Food Truck Association, the Everson Museum of Art will host Wolfs Patio Pizza, Byblos Street Girl, Carvel, That's What's Up, and Chicken Bandit. The Perennials will be put on a musical performance to liven up your lunch hour!

The last Food Truck & Music Friday will be Friday, August 25. The series kicked off for the season on June 23. or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free 
Sensory Friendly Time
at The MOST
at 500 S Franklin Street (map)
Saturday, August 12, 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Join the MOST as the staff turns down the noise, turns off flashing lights, and shuts off the air compressors so people living with sensory processing challenges can enjoy the museum. The MOST will also offer quiet areas where participants can sit, relax, and regroup. or 315-425-9068
Cost: Admission Varies 
City Market
at the Everson Museum of Art 
401 Harrison Street ( map)
Sunday, August 13, 10 :00 am - 5:00  pm

Shop and browse antiques, art, crafts, handmade items and food at the fourth edition of City Market as it returns to the Everson Museum of Art plaza this Sunday. The Everson Museum will also offer free admission for the day for City Market goers. The fun doesn't stop there as entertainment will be provided by the Red House Camp. Come on down for a day full of fun, food and shopping! City Market continues on the second Sunday of the month through October. or 315-440-0015
Cost: Free admission
Downtown Farmers Market
at Clinton Square ( map)
Tuesday, August 15,  7:00 am - 3:00  pm

The Downtown Farmers Market continues Tuesday in Clinton Square.  The Food Bank of Central New York will provide cooking demonstrations showing you how to prepare your fresh purchases from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

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 or 315-422-8284
Cost: Free admission
Great Gatsby Open Mic
at Maxwells
122 E. Genesee Street ( map)
Tuesday, August 15,  9:00  pm

Maxwells is bringing it back to the Roaring Twenties with a Great Gatsby themed Open Mic Night. Grab your Daisy Buchanan or Jay Gatsby and put on your flapper dress or decadent suit. Jess Novak, Marc Ryan and John Heard will hit the stage at 9:00 pm, then it's open mic after that! Come party like it's the West Egg in 1922! or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free admission
Cyber-Security Fraud: How to Address Risk in Today's Marketplace
at The Tech Garden 
235 Harrison Street (map)
Wednesday, August 16, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Do you have a strategy in place to keep your business and yourself safe? Can your data be leaked or corrupted by an unwanted visitor to your site or data files or to your email? Do you know the risks and how to protect yourself? Come learn from Michael Cretaro, a longtime IT professional, on how to keep you and your business protected this Wednesday during a lunch and learn.

Cost: Free
Wednesdays at the Weighlock: Summer Happy Hour Series
at the Erie Canal Museum 
318 Erie Boulevard East (map)
Wednesday, August 16, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Erie Canal Museum's Wednesdays at the Weighlock Summer Happy Hour series continues this Wednesday! Including this week's edition, there are three remaining Wednesdays at the Weighlock this season.  Come jam out to the music of A Cast of Thousands, participate in a trivia scavenger hunt, or simply enjoy a drink at the cash bar. The Museum is open for  FREE from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm every Wednesday through August 30. or 315-471-0593
Cost: Free admission
Live Music From Brett Falso
at Wolff's Biergarten
106 Montgomery Street (map)
Wednesday, August 16, 8:00 pm

Experience the musical talents of Brett Falso during a live acoustic session! Enjoy a mix of 90s hits and classic rock every Wednesday evening at Wolff's Biergarten. or  315-299-7789
Cost: Free admission
social media breakfast
How To Create Effective Shareable Content
at Eric Mower + Associates
211 W Jefferson Street (map)
Thursday, August 17, 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Join Social Media Breakfast Syracuse for an engaging informative conversation about effective, shareable content. Learn what types of content work best on various social media platforms, how to create effective eye-catching content and when to seek outside help! The session will be moderated by Chuck Beeler, director of public relations and senior strategist for Eric Mower + Associates, and panelists Kara Alheim, content and marketing manager for CenterState CEO; Chris Bily and Eric Hinman, co-owners of Original Grain; Adam Peruta, assistant professor of magazine at the Newhouse School; and Dan Rose, founding partner at Create Upstate and designer at Adjacent.

The program and breakfast (courtesy of EMA) are free. On-street parking is available in Armory Square, free through 9:00 am. Additional parking is available in the Trolley Lot (map).

Cost: Free 
Syracuse Go Red Silent Disco
in Hanover Square (map)
Thursday, August 17,  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join the fight against heart disease with the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association by dancing in a silent disco on August 17! This free event lets you choose which style of music that you want to dance to with your own headset. The silent disco is supported by Metro Fitness and CH Insurance, and will feature DJ Bella J. The disco will take place in Hanover Square, but will be moved to the Syracuse City Hall Annex in the event of rain. Come dance the night away, and support #GoRedSyracuse! or 315-728-7571
Cost: Free
Film Under The Stars: The Wizard of Oz
at the Everson Community Plaza 
401 Harrison Street ( map)
Thursday, August 17, starting at dusk

Come watch a film under the stars as the Everson Museum of art transforms its facade into a movie screen. The series is presented by M&T Bank in partnership with the Urban Video Project. Watch as The Wizard of Oz lights up the Everson Community Plaza at dusk. Stop by the Everson Museum of Art before the film for an exciting pre-show activity, starting at 7:00 pm! Meet special guests from the land of Oz in partnership with Oz-Stravaganza. or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free 
Fun at the Central Library
at Central Library
447 S. Salina Street (map)

Summer Lunch Program
Monday-Friday until August 18
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Syracuse City School District provides free bagged lunches each weekday for children and teens ages 18 and under in the first-floor Community Room. 

Family Game Time
Tuesday, August 15, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Play board and video games with your whole family. No registration required, all ages are welcome.

Read, Sing, Play! Storytime
Wednesday, August 16, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Share the joy of books with your child. Read, sing and play with them to help them learn what they need to know to be ready for school. No registration is required. 

Teen Advisory Board
Wednesday, August 16, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Join the Teen Advisory Board as they meet and plan programs to help keep the Central Library a great place for teens! New members are always welcome and no registration is necessary. This program meets in the first-floor TeenSpace.

Get Squishy!
Thursday, August 17, 2:00 pm 
Join the Central Library as they whip up a big batch of their classic slime recipe! Help mix things up and have a slimey good time! No registration is required, and the event is suitable for ages 5 through 12. This program will meet in the second-floor KidSpace.

Teen Book Club
Thursday, August 17, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Join the Teen Book Club as they meet and discuss "Still Life with Tornado" by A.S. King. This month's book is about a talented 16-year-old artist who can no longer make art after discovering her brother left her family years earlier due to domestic violence.

Popcorn Fridays 
Friday, August 18, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Join us for popcorn and games in the TeenSpace every Friday. Watch anime, play games, and have fun. No registration is required, and the event is geared toward teens, ages 12 through 18 years old.

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
Two Opportunities to Work With Us:
The Downtown Committee is hiring

Security Officer
The primary focus of the security officer is to patrol downtown and keep downtown Syracuse safe. The security officer is responsible for a walking beat in the community and responding to requests for assistance from businesses and the public. Police experience, particularly in community policing, and public relations skills are required. Retired police officers are encouraged to apply. Hours are primarily evening and/or weekend hours. Officers must represent the Downtown Committee of Syracuse in a professional manner at all times.

Click here to read the complete job listing, including requirements, qualifications and experience needed. 

To Apply:
Please email your resume and cover letter to Merike Treier at, or send through the mail to:

Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.
Attention: Security Officer Position
115 West Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Outdoor Maintenance and Groundskeeper (Entry Level)
The primary focus of the outdoor maintenance crew is to keep Downtown Syracuse clean and attractive. The maintenance crew is responsible for litter control, graffiti removal, power washing, lawn mowing, weeding, snowplowing and landscaping, and street furniture repair and maintenance. Staff must represent the Downtown Committee of Syracuse in a professional manner at all times and may be asked to assist with other Downtown Committee functions such as events or parking lot operations. Weekend and weekday availability sought.
Click here to read the complete job listing, including requirements, qualifications and experience needed. 
To Apply:
Please email your resume and cover letter to Chuck McFadden at, or send through the mail to:

Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.
Attention: Chuck McFadden
115 West Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Save the Date: Drones Over Downtown
August 30, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
at the Tech Garden Plaza

Come enjoy an afternoon and evening filled with drones at The Tech Garden! Attendees will have the opportunity to fly a drone, network with local drone companies, learn about drone safety and watch live demos and presentations. There will be live music and local food and drinks. The first 50 attendees will receive a free t-shirt and everyone will be entered in a free drawing for a drone quadcopter giveaway! Registration is free, but please sign-up by Thursday August 23. This is an event you don't want to miss! 

GENIUS 2.0 Applications Closing Soon
Applications due October 1

GENIUS NY is the world's largest accelerator program for unmanned systems. The year-long business accelerator awards six finalist teams a total of $2.75 million in investments. In addition, the program offers company stipends, housing, resources and connections, making it among the largest competitions of its kind across the globe. Startup companies that focus on unmanned systems; software, hardware and analytics are encouraged to apply here.

Photo Courtesy of Michael Greenlar |
Verizon Tower Renovation in Process
Tower to remove top 58-feet of building

You'll soon notice a change in Downtown Syracuse's skyline, as crews work to remove the top 58 floors from the Verizon Building (a total of 237-feet), as well as its microwave emitters (which have not been used in years).  Removing this portion will allow the building to be in compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration, which requires buildings taller than 200-feet with antennas to install warning strobes. Plans also call for a new facade, and new signage. The project is expected to be complete in 2018.