June 7-13, 2019
Check out the upcoming Downtown Syracuse events below or visit the Downtown Syracuse Online Calendar to view all events
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$5 Off Tickets to The All Night Strut
at the Redhouse Arts Center (map)
Receive $5 off each ticket with code STRUTRH at checkout. See below for more information about the show, which continues through this Sunday.

National Donut Day: $1 Dizzy Pigs
Friday, June 7
at Glazed & Confused ( map) from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, or at Taste of Syracuse from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Celebrate National Donut Day with a $1 Dizzy Pig donut.  Limit 12 per person.  Click here  for more information.
TasteTaste of Syracuse
at Clinton Square ( map)
Friday, June 7, 11 :00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday, June 8, 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Taste of Syracuse brings out the most exciting food and music throughout Central New York.  Click here to see the list of $1 samples, or  here to see the entertainment schedule, featuring headliner Sugar Ray on Saturday, June 8.
See below for the schedule of street closures.

TasteofSyracuse.com or 315-471-9597
Cost: Free admission, $1 samples
EversonFirst Friday
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Friday, June 7, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate the return of warm weather with music, drinks and art-making on the Everson Plaza! Grab a drink at the cash bar, listen to DJ Adam Hutchinson, or create a sun print to take home. 

Everson.org or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free for members, $8 for nonmembers
paige's butterfly run
ButterflyPaige's Butterfly Run
starting at the Federal Building Plaza
100 S. Clinton Street ( map)
Saturday, June 8, 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
 
Held in conjunction with the Taste of Syracuse, Paige's Butterfly Run brings more than 2,000 runners and walkers into Downtown Syracuse to raise funds to support pediatric cancer research and patient programs at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. Join the runners this Saturday and continue the fight against pediatric cancer! 

Paige's Butterfly Run is comprised of three events, including a 5K race throughout Downtown, a 3K fun run or walk and a 40 foot Caterpillar Crawl (free for children five and under). 

See below for the schedule of street closures. 

PBrun.org or 315-303-2578
Cost: $40
CNYjazzA New Brain
at CNY Jazz Central
441 E. Washington Street ( map)
June 7-8, 13-15, 20-21, 8:00 pm
 
When a neurotic, frustrated composer is confronted with terminal illness, he finds comfort in the healing power of art. "A New Brain" is William Finn's autobiographical account of his own battle for life when he was afflicted with a seemingly terminal illness. 

RarelyDone.org or 315-810-2429
Cost: $20
CityMarketCity Market
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Sunday, June 9, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

City Market is celebrating Artists Month with local painters, sculptors and art from around the world inside the museum, plus an assortment of vendors selling antiques, pottery, jewelry and much more on the Everson Plaza. Visitors will enjoy free access to the Everson Museum of Art, plus delicious food and Marimba music to get you moving!

CityMarketSyracuse.com or 315-481-9960
Cost: Free admission
CreekCreek Float
starts from the Creekwalk Trailhead
310 W. Jefferson Street (map)
Sunday, June 9, 3:00 pm

The Creek Float is a floating art parade along the Creekwalk in Armory Square. Come see all of the creative pieces of artwork as they float toward Franklin Square. 

Cost: Free
StrutThe All Night Strut!
at the Redhouse Arts Center
400 S. Salina Street ( map)
Through Sunday, June 9
Click here for show times
 
The Redhouse Arts Center is closing out its 2018-2019 Season with The All Night Strut!, featuring an irresistible evening of dance and music.  The All Night Strut! takes the audience through the Depression, World War II and the post-war boom in a musical celebrating unforgettable classics from the 1930s and 1940s, including legends like Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, the Gershwins and more. With hit songs "In The Mood," "Crazy Rhythm," "Hit That Jive, Jack," "I'll Be Seeing You," "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing," and "As Time Goes By," the audience will tap their toes long after each performance!

TheRedHouse.org or 315-362-2785
Cost: $32
CivicCenterWeird! The Musical
at the Oncenter Civic Center
421 Montgomery Street ( map)
Sunday, June 9, 2:00 pm & 4:30 pm

Weird! The Musical tackles the topic of bullying in schools from three different perspectives. Based on the series of books, the story follows three third graders: The target, the bystander and the bully. Don't miss this fantastic new musical, written by Syracuse locals!
The 4:30 pm performance will be ASL interpreted and is all-inclusive for children and adults with special needs. 

PeacefulSchools.com or 315-558-4219
Cost: $15/adult; $10/child
ErieCanalHeritage Area Walking Tour
starting at the Erie Canal Museum
318 Erie Blvd. East ( map)
Monday, June 10, 12 :00 pm - 1:00pm

Join the Erie Canal Museum for a guided walking tour of historic Downtown Syracuse, exploring the same path where the Erie Canal once ran. The tour begins at the Erie Canal Museum, and will take visitors through Clinton and Hanover Squares. Discover how the neighborhood has changed since the days of the Erie Canal.

ErieCanalMuseum.org or 315-471-0593
Cost: Free for museum members and children under 17, $10 for the general public
FarmersmarketDowntown Farmers Market
at Clinton Square ( map)
Tuesday, June 11,  7:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Downtown Farmers Market officially opens for the season next Tuesday! Clinton Square will be filled with fresh produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, handcrafted items and more! Stop by every Tuesday between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm to browse the selection. Don't miss a live performance from Elvis (Tom Gilbo) and the Blue Suedes on opening day, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Click here to see the complete list of farmers and goods available. 

PS: Don't forget to visit Clinton Square at lunchtime Wednesday for a rotating selection of food trucks, including Downtown businesses like Byblos Mediterranean Cafe! The Food Truck Rally occurs every Wednesday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
WolffsWorld Cup 2019: Women's National Team
at Wolff's Biergarten
106 Montgomery Street ( map)
Tuesday, June 11, 3:00  pm

The World Cup is here! Watch the Women's National Team take on Thailand in the World Cup!

The Women's National Team will play against Chile on Sunday, June 16, and against Sweden on Thursday, June 20. Catch both games at Wolff's Biergarten.

Facebook.com or 315-299-7789
Cost: Free admission
MarriottRock The Block: Summer Block Party Concert Series
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 E. Onondaga Street ( map )
Tuesday, June 11, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 
The Marriott Syracuse Downtown and TCGplayer are teaming up to "Rock the Block" every Tuesday evening this summer! Enjoy local food trucks, outdoor bar service and the hottest bands in town, from the middle of Warren Street! The hotel will block off the 500 block of South Warren Street for this mid-week concert series, every Tuesday through August 6. 

Plus, don't miss a special Block Party next Friday, June 14 in collaboration with the Fire Chiefs!
 
Facebook.com or 315-474-2424
Cost: Free admission
LittleDressLittle Black Dress! The Musical
at the Oncenter Civic Center
421 Montgomery Street ( map)
Tuesday, June 11, 7:30 pm

Little Black Dress follows Dee and her best friend Mandy through the girls' major life events in their little black dresses - their first job interview, first date, first funeral, and more! Told through energetic and dynamic music that is both catchy and hilarious, "Little Black Dress" tells a heartfelt story about love and friendship. This is a show that every woman can relate to!

Deal alert! Save 25% when you buy four tickets, using the Me+3 offer!

Oncenter.org or 315-435-8000
Cost: $45-$60
WellnessWednesdayWellness Wednesdays
at Clinton Square ( map)
Wednesdays, June 12 - July 31
6:30 am, 12:15 pm and 5:15 pm

Metro Fitness' Wellness Wednesday series returns to Clinton Square this week! Enjoy an array of free fitness classes every Wednesday. 

Sunrise Yoga
6:30 am - 7:30 am
Watch the sunrise over Clinton Square as you practice yoga poses, suitable for all skill levels. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Daytime Zumba/Beyond the Barre
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Energize your afternoon with a quick Zumba workout!
*Please note, Zumba will only be offered on 6/12. Beyond the Barre fills the time slot each Wednesday after that.

Personal Training
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
This bootcamp-inspired workout is the perfect end to the workday! Please wear workout clothing. 

GetMetroFit.com or 315-426-8917
Cost: Free
WedWalkWednesday Walk: Syracuse 2020
starting at Clinton Square ( map)
Wednesday, June 12, 12 :00 pm - 12:45pm

Catch a glimpse into the future and learn about the upcoming development projects in Downtown Syracuse, along with recent improvements. The free, guided walking tour steps off from Clinton Square at noon. 

DowntownSyracuse.com or 315-422-8284
Cost: Free
SKYSKY Social Hour
at SKY Armory
351 S. Clinton Street ( map)
Wednesday, June 12, 5 :00 pm - 7:00 pm

Connect with friends or make new ones while enjoying c omplimentary Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar!

EventBrite.com or 315-473-0826
Cost: Free admission
KsaiNatsu Opening Reception
at Kasai Ramen
218 Walton Street ( map)
Thursday, June 13, 6 :00 pm - 10:00 pm

Enjoy a night of art, ramen and community at the Natsu Opening Reception. Browse the work of more than a dozen local artists inspired by Japanese and Asian motifs and culture.  

Facebook.com or 315-310-8500
Cost: Free admission
CoWorks24-Hour Gaming
at Syracuse CoWorks
201 E. Jefferson Street ( map)
Saturday, June 8, 10:00 am 
 
Join Black Harbor Games at Syracuse CoWorks for this 24-hour gaming event in celebration of International Gaming Month!

CentralLibraryEventsFun at Central Library
447 S. Salina Street (map)

Meditation with Casey
Friday, June 7, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, 1st floor Community Room
Practice techniques that allow a calmer, more peaceful life with this guided meditation class. 

3D Modeling in TinkerCAD for Beginners
Wednesday, June 12, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 1st floor MakerSpace 
Learn the concepts behind Computer Aided Design (CAD). Participants will gain experience with design essentials for 3D modeling programs and learn how to make their ideas into a reality.

Onondaga Audubon Chapter Program
Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, 1st floor Community Room
Join bird watchers from the local Audubon chapter and learn about the many types of birds that make Onondaga County their home. 
 
Click here to see the complete list of events happening at Central Library.
 
OnLib.org or 315-435-1900
Cost: Free 
LiveMusicLive Music & Entertainment

Taste of Syracuse After Party
Friday, June 7, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday, June 8, 10:00 pm - 1:00 am
at Maxwells ( map )
Facebook.com or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free admission

Salsa Latin Dance Night
Every Monday, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
at Maxwells  ( map )
No experience or dance partner required.
Cost: $5 cover

Open Mic with Jess Novak & Nick Fields
Tuesday, June 11, 9:00 pm
at Maxwells (map)
Facebook.com or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free admission

History Happy Hour
Every Wednesday, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
at the Erie Canal Museum ( map)
Cost: Free admission
ErieCanalMuseum.org  or 315-471-0593

Grill 'n Chill
Every Wednesday, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown ( map)
Cost: Free admission; $5 drink features; $10 grill features
Facebook.com or 315-474-2424

Stand Up at The Stand: Live Comedy
Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
at The Ice Cream Stand (map)
Facebook.com or 315-458-4848
Cost: Free admission

Sprycat Live
Wednesday, June 12, 9:00 pm
at Maxwells (map)
  Facebook.com or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free admission

After Hours Karaoke
Thursdays, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
at Talking Cursive Brewing Company (map)
Facebook.com or 315-907-6060
Cost: Free admission

Swing Dance Sessions
Saturdays, June 15 - August 31
in Hanover Square ( map)
Cost: $5
TriviaTrivia Nights & Leagues
Throughout Downtown Syracuse

Mondays at Wolff's Biergarten (map)
7:00 pm
Facebook.com or 315-299-7789
Cost: Free to play
Prize: $30 gift card for the winning team, $20 gift card for the 2nd place team

Tuesdays at the PressRoom Pub (map)
7:00 pm
Cost: Free to play
Prize: Half-price pizza and half-price wings for participating teams

Tuesdays at Clinton Street Pub (map)
7:00 pm
Cost: Free to play
Prize: Win free drinks and gift cards

Tuesdays at The Evergreen (map)
8:00 pm
Facebook.com or 315-870-3500
Cost: Free to play
Prize: $50 gift card for the winning team

Tuesdays at The Hops Spot (map)
8:00 pm
315-646-2337
Cost: Free to play
Prize: $25 gift card for the winning team; five bonus round prizes available for food and drinks

Wednesdays at Empire Brewing Co. (map)
8:00 pm
Facebook or 315-475-2337
Cost: Free to play
Prize: $50 gift card for the winning team, 2nd place receives a free round of drinks

Thursdays at Maxwells (map)
7:00 pm
Facebook.com or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free to play
Prize: For the winning team
UpcomingEvents

Rock The Block Summer Concert Series
500 block of S. Warren Street, at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown ( map)
Tuesdays, June 11 - August 6, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Free admission
Facebook.com or 315-474-2424

Wellness Wednesdays
at Clinton Square ( map)
Wednesdays, June 12 - July 31, 6:30 am, 12:15 pm and 5:15 pm
Cost: Free

The Ultimate 'Cuse Challenge
throughout Downtown Syracuse
Wednesday, June 19, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: $150

Everson Annual Summer Picnic
at the Everson Museum of Art ( map)
Thursday, June 20, 6:00 pm
Cost: $200
Courtesy of Syracuse.com
MargaritaNew Restaurant Coming Soon to Armory Square!
Located at 201 Walton Street ( map)

Margaritas Cantina, Downtown's newest Mexican restaurant, is expected to open at 201 Walton Street by early July!  The menu will feature Tex-Mex classics like tacos, fajitas, enchiladas and burritos, along with specialties like the molcajete, a hot, volcanic stone mortar filled with ribeye steak, chicken, shrimp, grilled vegetables, nopales (a type of cactus) and cheese. The restaurant will also host an impressive bar, with more than 24 taps of Mexican, domestic and local beer, as well as wine and cocktails, and of course, margaritas! Customers can even enjoy a 2.5 liter margarita tower, designed for large groups and parties. 

Once open, the restaurant hours will be:
Sunday - Wednesday: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am
Thursday - Saturday: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm (or 3:00 pm)
Margaritas Cantina will serve an abbreviated menu after 10:00 pm.

Mark your calendar for Taco Tuesday and Margarita Thursday, starting in July!

NewFishNew Creations at The Fish Friar
"Fresh Lobster" brew and the debut of a honey-Dijon mustard

There's plenty of new flavors at The Fish Friar this week! Stop in to try the Fish Friar's new brew, a wildflower honey double IPA called "Fresh Lobster," which Aurora Ale & Lager Co. helped create. The restaurant will be tapping it and selling it in cans starting today (Thursday)!

Today also marks the debut of a new honey-Dijon mustard made with local buckwheat and wildflower honey. The new sauce accentuates the fried shrimp dish, served with a medley of locally-sourced root vegetables, available for a limited time only!
DessertDowntown Desserts in the Running for "Best Desserts in CNY"
Lemon Grass & a mano offer contendors
 
Syracuse.com has been searching for the best desserts in Central New York over the past two weeks, and two Downtown restaurants have made their short list.
 
On Wednesday, journalist Charlie Miller, Life & Culture reporter Sunny Hernandez and award-winning Chef Debbie Schneider shined a spotlight on a parade of dessert plates at Lemon Grass. Owners Max and Pook Chutinthranond take pride in the presentation. Pook says she'll thoroughly plan a dessert before she'll serve it, and that can take up to two years!
 
The crew also visited a mano Kitchen & Restaurant, where Executive chef Alex Fiaccho and sous chef/pastry chef Lauren Markowitz build the desserts around ingredients that are in season. The restaurant's menu is ever-changing.
 
You have until 11:59 tonight (Thursday, June 6) to vote for your favorite in Syracuse.com's poll. The winner will receive the Best of CNY readers' choice award.

FotokiteTethered Drone Technology Takes Off
GENIUS NY company Fotokite lands major contract
 
Last year's grand-prize winner of CenterState CEO's GENIUS NY competition, Fotokite, has landed a major deal with one of the largest fire truck manufacturers in the country! Fotokite uses tethered drones to create an aerial camera system that provides public safety teams with mission-critical situational awareness. 
The company is partnering with Pierce Manufacturing to create a tethered drone for firetrucks and other public safety vehicles. 

DensityTech Garden Plans Expansion for Anchor Tenant
Creating a hardware center to help Density with manufacturing
 
The Tech Garden has created a light manufacturing center for its anchor tenant, Density. Density creates anonymous data collectors to help count people using infrared lasers that count people as they come in and out of a room. Previously, Density's manufacturing facility was in Texas, but with the creation of the manufacturing center, all of its operations moved here. The company currently employs 42 people and plans to hire more. The company has received a variety of offers in other areas, but chose to make its home in Syracuse because of the support it has received here. Congratulations to Density and The Tech Garden for putting Downtown Syracuse on the map as a fast-growing, high tech location!
strangersUnique Networking Opportunity: Seven Strangers at Dinner
Dates available!

Seven Strangers at Dinner is a unique networking opportunity offered by Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching. The very successful program has already graduated several groups of "Strangers" and is looking for new volunteers to participate. Registrants are hand-picked to ensure participants have not met prior. Dinner is provided by Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching. 

Several dates are still available, but spots fill up quickly, so please register soon!  Click here to see the dates available. 
To attend, contact success@michaelsgro.com with your date preference. 

TrafficAdviseTraffic Advisory: Taste of Syracuse & Paige's Butterfly Run
Road closures start Wednesday, June 5

The following streets are closed for the Taste of Syracuse and Paige's Butterfly Run.  All streets will re-open by mid-afternoon on  Sunday, June 9 .
  • 100 block of West Water Street, between South Salina and Clinton StreetsThere will be No Parking on this block from Wednesday through Sunday.
     
  • Erie Boulevard West, between Clinton and Franklin StreetsThere will be No Parking on this block from Wednesday through Sunday.
     
  • Clinton Street, from Genesee Street to Washington Street
     
  • 200 block of West Water Street, between Clinton and Franklin StreetsThere will be No Parking on this block from Wednesday evening through Sunday.
Starting at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 6:
  • 300 block of West Water Street, from Franklin Street to the Washington St. Garage. Access to the garage will still be available from the Washington Street entrance.
Starting at 6:00 am on Friday, June 7:
  • Franklin Street, from Erie Boulevard West to Washington Street
  • Franklin Street, south bound traffic from Genesee Street to Erie Blvd.
  • Erie Boulevard West, from Franklin Street to the West Street Arterial
     
    There will be No Parking on this block from Friday through Sunday.

Washington Street Garage Parking
Easy and convenient parking for those attending the Taste of Syracuse and/or Paige's Butterfly Run is available for $10 in the Washington Street Garage ( map). The garage will have extended hours, staying open until 3:00 am on Saturday morning, then re-opening at 7:30 am on Saturday and remaining open all night through 3:00 am on Sunday.

AnnualMeetingTickets on Sale for Downtown Committee Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 20, 12:00 pm at the Oncenter Convention Center ( map)
Tickets on sale now!

The Downtown Committee Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday June 20, and tickets are on sale now! Presented by Pathfinder Bank, with corporate support from SWBR, the Downtown Committee's Annual Meeting is a celebration of the creative vision of Downtown property owners and developers, the determined spirit of longtime businesses, restaurant and cultural institution leaders, and the passionate entrepreneurs who have driven growth in Downtown Syracuse. 

Downtown Committee executive director Merike Treier will offer an exciting State of Downtown Report. Highlights include an outline of the incredible investment activity underway and a preview of the projects that are sure to make headlines in 2019-2020. 

As part of the program, three individuals and/or organizations will also be recognized for their contributions to Downtown Syracuse as part of the Awards of Excellence. If you know someone who has had a positive impact on the downtown community - or someone who is actively involved in making good things happen in Downtown Syracuse - please submit a nomination form. There are three categories for the Downtown Awards of Excellence: Urban Innovation, Perfect Partner, and the Heart of Downtown.  More information about each award can be found here Click here to nominate a Downtown champion or all-star organization!

You may purchase individual seats for $50, or reserve a table of eight seats for $400.