August 10-16, 2018
Check out the upcoming Downtown Syracuse events below or visit the Downtown Syracuse Online Calendar to view all events
Professional Adulting Summer Series: Empathy in Action
at il salotto 
359 S. Warren Street ( map)
Friday, August 10, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
There are just two sessions left in the Professional Adulting Summer Series at il salotto! This week, attendees will learn about Empathy in Action. The series provides opportunities to make changes to learn to become a more effective leader and brings upbeat professionals together weekly to engage in topics that matter most in our professional lives. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided. Next Friday, August 17, is the final session of the summer series, and will focus on Creating Influence. or 315-399-5302
Cost: $20/session
A Sprinkle of Live Acoustic Music
End of Season Bash!
at The Ice Cream Stand
200 W. Water Street (map)
Saturday, August 11, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Don't miss The Ice Cream Stand's End of Season Bash with live music and plenty of sweet treats!

PS: Don't worry, this Saturday marks the end of the summer live music series, but The Ice Cream Stand is open year-round! or 315-458-4848
Cost: Free admission
City Market
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Sunday, August 12,  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

City Market returns to the Everson Museum of Art's Community Plaza this Sunday! Enjoy live music from Jane Zell as you browse the artwork and antiques. The Everson will be open for viewing, and as always, admission is free on City Market Sundays! or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free
The Long Table
at Wildflowers Armory Square 
225 W. Jefferson Street ( map)
Sunday, August 12, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Long Table is an outdoor dining experience that aims to showcase Syracuse through its food and art! The event includes a five course dinner with cocktails pairings from local wineries, breweries and distilleries. The ingredients from each dish are sourced from local farms. Come enjoy an evening of cuisine, culture and community!

Cost: $75
Downtown Farmers Market
at Clinton Square ( map)
Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Clinton Square is your destination every Tuesday for fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, baked goods and much more! Dozens of the region's best farmers and produce dealers are featured each week. Plus, the Food Bank of Central New York is on-site, providing live 20-minute cooking demonstrations at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, noon and 1:00 pm.

This week, enjoy live music from Just Joe as part of the  Lunchtime Live Music Series from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm The series is made possible with support of the County of Onondaga and CNY Arts through the Tourism & Economic Development Grant Program. A full performance schedule is posted to the Downtown Committee's Downtown Farmers Market website or 315-422-8284
Cost: Free admission
Bike Share Information Session
City Hall Commons Atrium 
201 E. Washington Street ( map)
Tuesday, August 14, 5:30 pm
The City of Syracuse is partnering with Syracuse Bike Share Committee and Adapt CNY to bring a Bike Share Program to Syracuse - and they're hoping to implement the program by the end of the year! The goal is to create a bike share system that is accessible and inclusive for everyone. You're invited to share your thoughts on how our community can work together to make this program successful throughout the City of Syracuse. There will be a public meeting Tuesday, August 14 at the City Hall Commons Atrium where the community may weigh in and learn more about the exciting partnership and project! Representatives from Gotcha Bike - which was selected to provide the bicycles - will also be in attendance. Gotcha Bike currently operates in 20+ cities across the country.
For those who cannot attend the meeting, there is an electronic survey available where you're welcome to share your thoughts. Printed copies are also available upon request. Please contact Eric Ennis ( or Neil Burke ( with the City of Syracuse for additional information.

Cost: Free
Live Music at Maxwells
122 E. Genesee Street (map)

Open Mic with Jess Novak and Kevin Alexander
Tuesday, August 14, 9:00 pm

Stop in to Maxwells on Tuesday night for live music from Jess Novak and Kevin Alexander, plus an open mic jam session and late-night happy hour specials! 

Cost: Free
Live Music with Ben Wayne
Wednesday, August 15, 9:00 pm

Ben Wayne will perform live at Maxwells next Wednesday, starting at 9:00 pm! There is no cover charge. or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free
Congress Beer Launch & Grill 'n Chill Finale
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 E. Onondaga Street ( map)
Wednesday, August 15, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Next Wednesday, Congress is back in session! The Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) is partnering with Willow Rock Brewing Company to re-introduce Congress beer to Syracuse! Sip on history by the pint at the Congress Beer Launch!
There will be live music from Jay Lock and Brian Michael, as the launch coincides with the season finale of the Grill 'n Chill series at Eleven Waters. Gambrinus, the "patron saint of beer," will be on-site for photos, plus there will be plenty of delicious eats. Click here for a preview of what to expect. or 315-428-1864
Cost: Free admission
Wednesdays at the Weighlock
at the Erie Canal Museum
318 Erie Blvd. E. (map)
Wednesday, August 15, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
There's only a few more Wednesdays to enjoy the Erie Canal Museum's Wednesday at the Weighlock 2018 season! Come out for live music performed by local artists, family-friendly activities, raffles, a cash bar, and food from the Sassy Taco Food Truck!  Next Wednesday's series features live music from Zeke Leonard . or 315-471-0593
Cost: Free admission
Summer Film Under the Stars: The Love Bug
at the Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison Street (map)
Thursday, August 16,  7:30 pm

Celebrate 50 years of the Everson with classic films from 1968! Bring your blankets, beverages and lawn chairs to enjoy a screening of The Love Bug projected onto the facade of the museum. Watch as a magical car with a mind of its own makes a champion of a down-and-out race car driver.  
*In the event of inclement weather, the film screening will take place inside the Hosmer Theater.

Before the film, enjoy a free docent-led tour of Darryl Hughto's exhibit, From Diamonds to Sailboats, starting at 6:00 pm, or check out the Everson's newest exhibit, UNIQUE, which celebrates the artistic talents of Central New Yorkers living with disabilities. Then, at 7:30 pm, Birdsong Cafe and downtown's own Byblos food trucks will serve delicious treats on the plaza, and the Syracuse City Police Department will host a collaborative mural painting of Herbie Love Bug! or 315-474-6064
Cost: Free
Fun at Central Library
at Central Library
447 S. Salina Street ( map)

Summer Library Program: Rocks & Sound
Monday, August 13, 3:00 pm, 1st floor Community Room
We all know that libraries rock, but how much do you know about rocks and sound? Learn about sound waves, how they are made, and how they change. Touch amazing fossils, see instruments in action, make waves and hear thunderstorms inside, all during the MOST's Summer Library Program. 

Do Rocks Float?
Tuesday, August 14, 2:30 pm, 2nd floor KidSpace
Rocks don't float, right? Or do they? Kids of all ages are welcome to come and find out!

UNO Tournament
Wednesday August 15, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, 1st floor Community Room
Join the bracket and try to become the UNO champion of Central Library! No registration is required. The tournament is suitable for ages 12-18.

Click here to see the complete list of events happening at Central Library. or 315-435-1900
Cost: Free 
David Byrne With Special Guest Tune-Yards
Wednesday, September 12, 7:30 pm
at the Landmark Theatre ( map)
Tickets on sale tomorrow, 
Friday, August 10 at 10:00 am
Legendary artist David Byrne will play at the Landmark Theatre this September as part of an acclaimed extensive world tour. A 12-piece band will join Byrne on stage for a choreographed concert as he performs songs from his recently released solo album, American Utopia, along with other classics from his solo career and favorites from his days with Talking Heads. 

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday August 10 at 10:00 am, and can be purchased at, by phone at 800-745-3000, or at the Landmark Theatre Box Office (map).

Syracuse Style Fashion Show
Thursday, September 13, 7:30 pm
100 block of Walton Street ( map)
Syracuse Style is Downtown's premier fashion event, showcasing downtown apparel boutiques and salons with a spectacular runway fashion show! Watch as Walton Street is transformed into an 80-foot lighted runway. Grab a drink or something to eat while you watch models showcase the latest styles from downtown retailers. The event is free and open to the public! There are also VIP ticket opportunities, which will go on sale soon.

44 Block Party
Friday, September 14, 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
in Armory Square ( map)
This September, Armory Square will host a special block party in preparation for the largely-anticipated home Syracuse football game against the Florida State Seminoles. The event will feature a main stage at the corner of Walton and South Franklin Streets (map) with live music from UPROOTED, featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, plus Vacation DAZE and Tim Forbes Music! The Syracuse Marching Band, cheerleaders and Otto the orange will all be in attendance as well. Don't miss University give-a-ways throughout the night and special guest speakers. 

Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to enjoy the show with food and beverage from local bars and restaurants.

Everson Museum 50th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, September 15, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
at the Everson Museum of Art ( map)
The Everson Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary Gala promises to be the cultural event of the year! Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a must-see performance by BANDALOOP, dinner in the galleries, artful desserts and after-dinner snacks. The family of I.M. Pei, the designer of the Everson building, plans to be in attendance, along with notable artists and individuals who have been involved with the Museum over the course of 50 years.

Tickets are almost sold out, so reserve yours today by contacting Lauren at or 315-474-6064 x308.

Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival Receives National Recognition
Ranked one of the Top 100 Best Fine Art & Design Shows in the country
The AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival was recently ranked one of the top 100 Best Fine Art & Design Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist! The Syracuse show is only one of two shows in Upstate New York on the list. 

This ranking is generated by artists who attend fine art shows across the country. Each artist is asked to list the 10 most-profitable art shows they exhibited at from the previous year, and the results are tabulated on a weighted scale based on sales. 

Thank you to everyone who attended the Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival and contributing to an award-winning show!
Sahm Brewing Company Adds New Food Menu
Enjoy a limited food menu, including Taco Day on Tuesday & Wednesday
Sahm Brewing Company added a new limited food menu this week! Customers can now enjoy a rotating menu including pineapple and IPA slow-roasted pork with mango habanero salsa, plus Taco Day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays!

Don't forget about Sahm's Buy One, Get One Happy Hour Special every Wednesday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Plus, take advantage of Sahm's discount days throughout the week:
Tuesdays: Quarters Night - If you can toss a quarter into a glass, get your beer for $1!
Wednesdays: Education Day - $1 off drinks for all teachers, students and school staff.
       This Wednesday, August 15, DJ KnoWay will be spinning music while you play
       beer pong!
Thursdays: Medical Appreciation Day - $1 off drinks for all doctors, nurses, medical students, etc.
Sundays: Service Industry Day - $1 off drinks for all employees in the service industry.

New Opportunity to Make Music!
Located at the creekwalk trailhead near the MOST and Sound Garden (map)
Armory Square has a new musical sculpture located near the Onondaga Creekwalk trailhead!  The new installation is a seven-toned steel sound piece that participants can "play" with hammers made from skate wheels. The piece was commissioned by local artist, Michael Giannattasio, and was funded by Tomorrow's Neighbors Today (TNT) Downtown. 
PS: TNT is also providing funding for the 2018 Art in the Windows program!
Nominate an Economic Champion
Submissions due Friday, September 28
Do you know a company that opened a new business, expanded its operations, added one or more employees, or reached a significant milestone in the past year? Nominate an Economic Champion to be recognized at CenterState CEO's Economic Champion Luncheon on October 30! Submissions must be received by Friday, September 28. Businesses may self-nominate and past recipients are eligible to apply. 

For more information, contact Lisa Metot at 315-470-1870 or

Best of Syracuse 2018
Nominate your favorite downtown businesses
Nominations are now open for the 22nd annual Best of Syracuse Awards! Every year, the Syracuse New Times asks its readers to select their favorites in a wide range of categories. Nominations close at midnight on Sunday, August 19, so submit your vote now!

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