June 15 - 21, 2018
Check out the upcoming Downtown Syracuse events below or visit the Downtown Syracuse Online Calendar to view all events
Curator Talk: Salt Production on the Erie Canal
at the Erie Canal Museum
318 Erie Blvd. E. (map)
Friday, June 15, 10:00 am

Have you ever wondered why Syracuse is called the "Salt City?" Learn all about Syracuse's thriving salt industry at the next Erie Canal Museum Curator Talk. Curator Ashley Maready will discuss the history of salt and the importance of salt production in Central New York, as well as the important role salt played in the development of the Erie Canal. The program is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am in the second-floor gallery of the museum.

Free parking is available in the lot across from the museum under Interstate 81 and Interstate 690.

ErieCanalMuseum.org or 315-471-0593
Cost: Free 
at Clinton Square ( map)
Friday, June 15, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
Saturday, June 16, Noon - 10:00 pm
Juneteenth is a nationwide celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, which let slaves know they were finally free. Each year, the Juneteenth Festival is held to acknowledge and educate the community about the importance of Juneteenth, as well as the role that people in our community have played, and continue to have in achieving and maintaining freedom, equality, and opportunity. 

The entire community is invited to join in the free celebration featuring live entertainment, an educational area, culturally diverse food court, exhibits and more!

The following streets are closed and will re-open by Sunday afternoon:
West Water Street, from Clinton Street to Salina Street.
West Water Street, from Clinton Street to Franklin Street, will become two-way.
Erie Boulevard West, from Clinton Street to Franklin Street.
Clinton Street, from Genesee Street to Washington Street.

During the Juneteenth Festival Parade, which runs from the Dunbar Center to Clinton Square on Saturday from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, delays may occur on South State and South Salina Streets.

Cost: Free admission
Food Truck Friday
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Friday, June 15, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Food Truck Friday continues at the Everson Plaza this summer! Enjoy food truck fare and music during your lunch break! This Friday, enjoy food from Limp Lizard, Papa Gallo and Byblos.

Everson.org or 315-474-6064
Cost: Menu price
American Heart Association Silent Disco
at Hanover Square ( map)
Saturday, June 16, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Did you know heart disease is the number one killer, but is 80% preventable with healthy lifestyle habits like exercising and dancing? Help fight heart disease, known as the silent killer, with a silent disco party in Hanover Square! Participants will receive a free headset to rent and choose the kind of music they like to dance to. DJ Bella J and SE2 will provide the music - you provide the dance moves! 

Facebook.com or 315-728-565
Cost: Free
Downtown Farmers Market Featuring Elvis!
at Clinton Square ( map)
Tuesday, June 19, 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Stop by Clinton Square every Tuesday through October 9 for fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, baked goods and much more. As the growing season continues, as many as 50 of the region's best farmers and produce dealers will be featured each week. The Downtown Farmers Market runs from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, rain or shine.
This week, enjoy live music from Elvis! The performance is part of the "Lunchtime Live Music Series," held from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm weekly throughout the Market season. The project is made possible with the support of the County of Onondaga and CNY Arts through the Tourism & Economic Development Grant Program. A schedule of the full line-up will be posted to the Downtown Committee's Farmers Market website as soon as it is finalized. 

DowntownSyracuse.com or 315-422-8284
Cost: Free admission
Open Mic Night: Neil Young
at Maxwells
122 E. Genesee Street (map)
Tuesday, June 19, 9:00 pm

Come sing your heart out to your favorite Neil Young songs! Open Mic Night features a local performer every Tuesday night. Come and listen or grab the mic yourself!

Facebook.com or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free admission
Live Music: Ben Wayne
at Maxwells
122 E. Genesee Street (map)
Wednesday, June 20, 9:00 pm

Come listen to live music from Ben Wayne at Maxwells! Ben Wayne combines 80s style guitar riffs, island basslines, reggae rhythms, rock verses and country choruses. Come listen to his eclectic style!

Facebook.com or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free admission
Wellness Wednesday
at Clinton Square (map)
Wednesday, June 13
6:30 am, 12:15 pm, 5:30 pm

Take advantage of free fitness classes in Clinton Square every Wednesday through July 25! Start the day with Sunrise Yoga, try the newest class, Yoga Flow at lunchtime, or Urban Bootcamp after work. Check out the schedule below:

Sunrise Yoga: 6:30 am - 7:30 am
*Yoga Flow: 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
(*New class. Feel free to wear your work clothes or you may change into workout gear)
Urban Bootcamp: 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Call Metro Fitness at 315-426-8917 for more information
Summer Lecture Series
at the OHA
321 Montgomery Street (map)
Wednesday, June 20

The first lecture of the Onondaga Historical Association's Donald T. Pomeroy Summer Lecture Series is set for next Wednesday. OHA Executive Director Gregg Tripoli will share the story of Mary Elizabeth Evans Sharpe, who you may recognize as the woman of Mary Elizabeth's Candy Shop.  The lecture begins at noon in the OHA Auditorium. Bring your lunch and learn! Lectures are also planned for July 18, August 22 and September 19. Click here for a list of topics and descriptions.

CNYHistory.org or 315-428-1864
Cost: Free
Meet Your Neighbor Event
at City Hall Commons Atrium
201 E. Washington Street (map)
Wednesday, June 20, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The next Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today (TNT) Downtown meeting will feature opportunities to get to know your Downtown neighbors, whether you live or work in Downtown Syracuse! Guest speakers include Dan Sieburg, CEO of the Rescue Mission, and Colleen Deacon, Regional Director of the New York State Governor's Office. Original Grain and The Sweet Praxis will provide food as well. Join TNT in the City Hall Commons Atrium next Wednesday!

Cost: Free
Wednesdays at the Weighlock
at the Erie Canal Museum
318 Erie Blvd. E. (map)
Wednesday, June 20, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Stop by the Erie Canal Museum every Wednesday evening through August 29 for live music, family-friendly activities, raffles, a cash bar and food from the Sassy Taco Food Truck! Next Wednesday, enjoy live music from   Mark Nanni.

ErieCanalMuseum.org or 315-471-0593
Cost: Free admission
Downtown Committee Annual Meeting
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, Grand Ballroom
100 E. Onondaga Street (map)
Thursday, June 21, 12:00 pm

Will we see you at our Annual Meeting? The Annual Meeting of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. is set for Thursday, June 21 at 12:00pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown - one week from today! Tickets are on sale now! Attendees will learn more about the incredible investment activity happening in the city's center, through an exciting State of Downtown Report presented by executive director Merike Treier. The Annual Meeting is the marquis celebration of the Downtown Committee and celebrates all who have driven growth in Downtown Syracuse. Four individuals (or organizations) will be recognized for their contribution to Downtown as part of the Downtown Committee's Awards of Excellence. 

DowntownSyracuse.com or 314-422-8284
Cost: $40/seat; $320/table of 8
Make Music Day
at various Downtown locations
Thursday, June 21, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Make Music Day is an organic one-day event where free, live musical performances and opportunities to make music will take place around Downtown Syracuse. More than 30 musicians are scheduled to play between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm at the following locations:

Make Music Day will also feature two evening events. The Summer Drummers Jam, a group of students in grades 7-12 will play outdoors at Wildflowers Armory Square ( map) at 6:00 pm. Musicians will also play along the Creekwalk for one end-of-the-day jam. Organizers recommend starting from Wildflowers Armory Square at 6:00 pm, and strolling along the Creekwalk until 8:00 pm. 

For questions or if you are interested in participating in any of the events, please contact makemusicdaysyracuse@gmail.com

Cost: Free
BBQ + Bubbly Pop-Up Dinner
at SKY Armory
351 S. Clinton Street (map)
Thursday, June 21, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate the first day of summer with barbecue, bubbly and good company in the alley in front of SKY Armory! Check out the delicious menu here. Doors open at 5:00 pm, and dinner starts at 6:00 pm.
*Please note, this event is for guests ages 21 and older. In the event of rain, the event will move indoors.

SKYArmory.com or 315-473-0826
Cost: $30 (includes food and drink pairings)
Docent-Led Tour of Visions of America
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Thursday, June 21, 6:00 pm

Enjoy a free docent-led tour of the new exhibit Visions of America. The exhibit showcases the depth of the Everson's collection of American art, which is monumental as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Everson building.

Everson.org or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free admission
#DealAlert: Dining Specials at Eleven Waters All Month!
at Eleven Waters
100 E. Onondaga Street ( map)
Now through June 29

Eleven Waters is offering a special deal through the end of the month, reminiscent of Downtown Dining Weeks in February. Choose an appetizer, entree and dessert for $25 (not including tax or gratuity). Make your reservation at www.ElevenWaters.com and receive free valet parking!

The Dining Week menu will be available Monday through Friday for dine-in only, through June 29.

Facebook.com or 315-554-3541
Cost: $25, plus tax and gratuity
Fun at Central Library
at Central Library
447 S. Salina Street ( map)

3Doodler Pens: Drawing Flowers in 3D
Friday, June 15, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace
Learn about the different parts of flowers by drawing them using 3Doodler pens. 3Doodlers turn 2D images into 3D forms by allowing you to draw vertically, horizontally, or on paper. 

3D Logo Design in Tinkercad
Tuesday, June 19, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace
Learn graphic design concepts using the CAD (Computer-Assisted Design) software. Attendees will learn how to use Tinkercad controls to design a 3D-modeled logo. Afterward, have your file printed on the library's 3D printer.

Math Topics: Multiplication and Long Division
Thursday, June 21, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace
Join MakerSpace volunteer Bill and brush up on your math skills. This week's topics are Multiplication and Long Division.

Click here to see the complete list of events happening at Central Library.

OnLib.org or 315-435-1900
Cost: Free 
Save the Date!
Incremental Development Workshop
Wednesday, June 27, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown

The Incremental Development Alliance is offering a one-day workshop focused on small-scale real estate development and project formation. Learn how to select, design, finance and construct small projects (1-3 stories, less than 20 units). Through presentations on finance, design, site selection, hands-on practice exercises and networking with local like-minded people, participants will l earn what makes a good project, how a building makes money, and how small developers interact with the broader ecosystem of professionals in the built environment. By the end of the workshop, aspiring developers will feel more prepared to take the first steps on their own project.

Courtesy of Syracuse.com
Welcome to Downtown Syracuse: Sugar Mangnolia Bistro Opens on Clinton Street
Southern-inspired menu features lunch, dinner and brunch offerings
The Sugar Magnolia Bistro ( map) is Armory Square's newest restaurant. The southern-inspired menu features lunch (which includes one side) for $7, and dinner (consisting of a starter, entrée and dessert) for $25. Dishes include a Muffuletta with a homemade olive spread, Po'Boys (there is a vegan option as well!), shrimp & grits, vegan red beans and rice, sweet heat friend chicken and more. The restaurant is open Wednesday to Friday for lunch (11:30 am to 2:30 pm), and serves dinner starting at 5:00 pm Wednesday to Saturday.  There's also a Sunday brunch offering from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Lemonade, sweet and unsweetened tea and various flavors of sparkling water are available as beverages currently, as the bistro awaits its liquor license. Live jazz music and spoken-word events are planned this fall.

Courtesy of Syracuse.com
VIP Reveals Plans for the Former Post Standard Building
Construction expected to start later this year
VIP Structures revealed renderings showcasing its plans to add apartments and office space to the former Post Standard Building, overlooking Clinton Square. Three floors will be added to the building, as well as a new façade. The fourth and fifth floors will feature a total of 50 apartments, including 16 luxury units that will have balconies looking out over Clinton Square. Ten units will be classified as "affordable" housing, expected to lease for around $880 a month. There will be two rooftop gardens - one for residents, and one for office tenants. VIP will move its office here from One Webster Landing and occupy the first floor, leasing the second and third floor out to other office tenants. Construction is expected to start later this year, with a goal for occupancy starting in October, 2019.

Fourth Round of Art in the Windows Activates Downtown Streetscape
Check out the displays now through September
The newest round of artwork in the Downtown Committee Art in the Windows program is on display in Downtown Syracuse! This summer, the ground-floor windows of three buildings hold starring roles: The Syracuse Building, located at 224 Harrison Street ( map), The M&T Bank Building, located at 101 South Salina Street ( map), and the Syracuse Trust Building, located at 325 South Salina Street ( map).
At the Syracuse Building, passersby will find a series of screenprints from the ArtRage gallery. Each piece expresses the fundamental principles and core concepts that guide the work of the Poor People's Campaign, which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. laid the vision for in 1967. 50+ years later, a new Poor People's Campaign has emerged from over a decade's worth of work, in which Syracuse is an active participant. The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Portfolio reflects a collaboration with WAER Public Media's City Limits: A Poverty Project.
Earlier this week, Spectrum News profiled "Contract Cuse," photographs by duo Jordan Harmon and Chris Stein. The ground-floor windows of The M&T Bank Building showcase pictures of iconic Syracuse buildings and inspire the viewer to "look up" to stay positive.
Passersby will also notice striking photographs in the windows of The Lofts at Syracuse Trust, where artist Marie Heister's photographs compliment the building's character, while showcasing examples of the vibrancy (sunshine, flowers, nature and architecture) found throughout Syracuse. 
The fourth round of Art in the Windows is funded by Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today - Downtown, and will be on display through September. The program showcases available ground-floor storefronts as available retail opportunities. Art in the Windows strives to activate the streetscape, provide a new audience for local artists, and highlight the potential of vacant spaces.