September 20-26, 2019
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Beer, Wine & Appetizer Specials
at Liehs & Steigerwald Downtown ( map)
September 19-21, after 5:00 pm
Enjoy free bratwurst and cheese samples when you dine-in. Liehs & Steigerwald is also offering $5 select glasses of wine. On Saturday, bring your Syracuse University game day ticket to get $2 off all draft beer. 

$1 Sliders
Every Monday at The Evergreen ( map)
Grab a slider (or five) for just $1 every Monday after 3:00 pm. Top it off with The Evergreen's Fixings Bar. Dine-in only.

Monday Lunch Special
Every Monday  at The Fish Friar ( map )
Enjoy a full-sized fried haddock sandwich with fries for just $10!
SymphoriaSymphoria Concerts
Free Concert Tonight!
at M. Lemp Park ( map )
Thursday, September 19, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Symphoria Brass Quintet will present a free concert, featuring a diverse program ranging from Gabrieli to modern pop favorites. This free concert kicks off Symphoria's winter concert season, which starts this Saturday! The concert is held in conjunction with Downtown Syracuse Employee Appreciation Week. 

Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures are expected this evening, but in the unlikely event of rain, the concert will be held at The Fitz (map). or 315-422-8284
Cost: Free and open to the public

Symphoria Masterworks: All Brahms
at the Oncenter Civic Center
411 Montgomery Street ( map)
Saturday, September 21, 7:30 pm

The 2019 Symphoria season opener features a night of Brahms! Orien Weiss, one of the most sought-after soloists of young American musicians, will perform the romantic Piano Concerto No.1. The concert culminates with the fourth and final Symphony, a tragic yet triumphant work that will take you through a full range of emotions.

Join music director, Lawrence Loh at 6:30 pm for a Pre-Concert Talk on the stage. or 315-299-5598
Cost: $20 - $90; $5 for students; 18 and under free
Friday Finale Activities in M. Lemp Park
Friday, September 20 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

 Please join the Downtown Committee, the Downtown YMCA, CH Insurance and more downtown organizations in M. Lemp Park (map) for the Friday Finale of Downtown Syracuse Employee Appreciation Week! With $1 food samples, DJ Bella J, a riveting Tug of War competition and unique "Office Olympics," there is something for everyone! 
Tug of War Competition
Finding the Strongest Downtown Syracuse Team

Back by popular demand, several Downtown Syracuse work forces and organizations will put their strength to the test in Tug of War tomorrow (Friday afternoon). The Downtown YMCA will host the single-elimination competition, and they'll have some lawn games on hand too. There's still time to get a team together!

Sign-Up Information: To register a team of six people, send a note to and make sure to include the name of your company. Feel free to come branded, wearing your logo, and don't forget to bring your team spirit! All teams should meet at M. Lemp Park by 12:00 pm tomorrow. The first match will start at 12:15 pm, and the Downtown Committee expects to award a winner by 12:45 pm. While the winner wins bragging rights and an award, all participants will get a free two-week pass to enjoy the Downtown YMCA facilities.
Office Olympics & Syracuse Crunch Prize Wheel
Water Cooler Relay, Downtown B(r)ANDing & Paper Clip Chain Making

New to the Friday Finale this year, CH Insurance is hosting a series of "Office Olympics," including a Water Cooler Relay, a Downtown B(r)ANDing game (that involves launching rubber bands at various distances into "Downtown neighborhoods") and Making Connections (a Paper Clip chain-making contest).
Registration is encouraged, but not required. If you'd like to formally sign-up, please send a note to Ideally, organizers would like to see 1-3 participants per team. 
The Syracuse Crunch will also be on hand, inviting participants and onlookers to spin a prize wheel!
$1 Food Samples
Featuring several Downtown restaurants

Several Downtown Syracuse eateries, including Cathy's Cookie Kitchen, The Brine Well Eatery and Soup R Salads will be preparing $1 samples to serve at the Friday Finale! Enjoy a bite to eat as you watch the riveting competitions, or treat yourself after testing your strength! Restaurants will also offer full-size portions, so come grab lunch at M. Lemp Park!
Post-It ®  Note War Design Deadline:
11:59 pm Tonight (Thursday, September 19)
Send images to to be featured in competition

There are just a few hours remaining to rally colleagues to design a fun image or a message on your office windows using Post-It ®  (or sticky) notes to create the design! Please make sure to take a picture and send it to the Downtown Committee by 11:59 pm tonight (Thursday, September 19) to be entered into the competition. 
A link to vote for your favorite design will be distributed tomorrow, following Friday Finale activities.  Remember to send your best design image to  by 11:59 pm tonight.

PARKNational PARK(ing) Day
"Hangout Spots"
Friday, September 20

Visit the SWBR Parklet
at the 300 block of S. Franklin Street  ( map )

SWBR and Appel Osborne are partnering to turn two parking spaces on South Franklin Street into a "sustainable hangout area." National PARK(ing) Day encourages community members to transform metered parking spaces into temporary parklets for the day. Come enjoy the park space and think about other possibilities in the urban landscape. Representatives at SWBR and Appel Osborne will be on-site to answer questions about sustainability and "going green" at home and work.

Visit the Adapt CNY Parklet
at the intersection of S. Salina and W. Jefferson Street  ( map )

Swing by the intersection of South Salina and West Jefferson Street (in front of Cafe Kubal) to view Adapt CNY's parklet installation! This parklet is an outdoor seating area open to any community members interested in enjoying a book or cup of coffee. As an added bonus, members of the Adapt CNY Transit Task Force will be on-site to discuss transit use in the city between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm. Free freeze pops will also be provided!

Cost: Free
SKYPop-Up Dining
at SKY Armory
351 S. Clinton Street ( map)
Friday, September 20, 6:30 pm

Each month, SKY Armory hosts a Pop-Up Dining with a fresh, local menu paired with beverages from around the world. This month's menu is paired with wines from Antinori Winery. Dinner starts at 6:30 pm, but guests are invited to arrive at 5:30 pm to enjoy pre-event cocktails. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. or 315-473-0826
Cost: $45, plus tax and gratuity
at the Redhouse Arts Center
400 S. Salina Street ( map)
Through September 29

Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive in New York's Lower East Side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. See how these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts in this groundbreaking musical. or 315-425-9068
Cost: $45
PBRProfessional Bull Riders: Velocity Tour
at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena
515 Montgomery Street ( map)
Friday, September 20, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 21, 7:00 pm

Watch as some of the best bull riders in the world battle the sport's fiercest bovine athletes. The thrilling eight second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the Professional Bull Rider (PBR) Velocity Tour one of the most exciting live sporting events to see! In the first round, each rider will face one bull. The top ten scoring riders will move on to the championship round. The rider with the highest combined score will be crowned the champion. or 315-435-2121
Cost: $15 - $50
MOSTSensory Friendly Time
at the MOST
500 S. Franklin Street ( map)
Saturday, September 21, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

During Sensory Friendly Time, the Museum of Science and Technology turns down the noise, turns off flashing lights, shuts off air compressors, and turns on the house lights so people living with sensory processing challenges can enjoy The MOST and sensory friendly activities. or 315-425-9068
Cost: Free for members; $5 for non-members
MOSTNew Exhibit!
BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head
at the MOST
500 S. Franklin Street ( map)
Opens Saturday, September 21, 10:00 am

The MOST will welcome the visiting exhibit, BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head, starting this Saturday. The exhibit will take visitors on a journey inside the head, providing a hands-on and up-close look at the human body's most essential and fascinating organ. or 315-425-9068
Cost: Included in museum admission
TailgateSyracuse Tailgate Block Party
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown
550 S. Warren Street ( map)
Saturday, September 21, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Help welcome the Western Michigan football team with a Block Party outside the Marriott Syracuse Downtown! The hotel is closing down the 500 block of Warren Street and bringing food trucks, live music, drinks and games. After the party, fans can hop on the Gameday Express Shuttle to the Dome! Parking is free in the hotel garage, and round-trip shuttle tickets can be purchased for $4! or 315-474-2424
Cost: Free admission
BrunchFounders Brunch
at the Evergreen 
125 E. Water Street ( map)
Saturday, September 21, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join The Evergreen for a special brunch with Founders Brewing Company! Enjoy a special brunch menu, plus featured cocktails, including Rubaeus MANmosas, Bourbon Breakfast Stout Bloody Marys and featured Founders drafts. 

Don't forget - The Evergreen offers brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm! Add unlimited Bloody Marys or Mimosas for $20. or 315-870-3500
Cost: Menu price
BeesBee's Knees Week
at the Evergreen 
125 E. Water Street ( map)
September 23-29

Stop into The Evergreen any day next week to help support non-profit bee and pollinator organizations! Bartenders will be serving up a special Bee's Knees cocktails, made with Barr Hill Gin. One dollar from every cocktail will be donated to  Beecause to help save the bees. or 315-870-3500

FallIntoBeautyFall Into Beauty
at Salon Amare
451 S. Warren Street ( map)
Saturday, September 21, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

When was the last time you tried something new with your style? Join Salon Amare for complimentary mini makeup makeovers, red hair extensions, live hair stylist demonstrations, wine and healthy snacks, all while helping Go Red for Women and the American Heart Association raise money for heart disease research and outreach. or 315-299-6563
Cost: $50 donation or bring a friend for $60
CNYJazzRyan Keberle & Catharsis
at CNY Jazz Central
441 E. Washington Street ( map)
Saturday, September 21, 7:30 pm

The "Live at Jazz Central" concerts continue with an appearance by Ryan Keberle and Catharsis this Saturday! Keberle has been named #1 Rising Star trombonist in the Downtown International Critics Poll, and his group has appeared in jazz festivals around the world. or 315-479-5299
Cost: $20; $10 with student ID
HopsComedyNightComedy Night
at The Hops Spot
116 Walton Street ( map)
Saturday, September 21, 8:00 pm

Don't miss a hilarious night at The Hops Spot this Saturday with Matt Clark and Mr. Jaxn, as well as headliner Travis Blunt. The Hops Spot will make a special "comedy cocktail" which is sure to be as strong as it is delicious! or 315-646-2337
Cost: $15 general admission; $25 table seating
For tickets, call 315-646-2337
Sunday, September 22, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Everson Museum of Art for a three-session, engaging crash course in art history. Learn the highlights in a chronological journey, from the caves of lascaux, to the 19th century streets of Paris, to the monumental canvases of the 1950s. Attendees are invited to take part in the first course this Sunday, and will be asked to vote on time periods they'd like to learn more about in the following two sessions. or 315-474-6064
Cost: $12 for members; $15 for non-members
FarmersmarketDowntown Farmers Market
at Clinton Square ( map)
Tuesday, September 24,  7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Clinton Square is your destination for fresh produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and handcrafted items every Tuesday!

Don't miss the last day of cooking demonstrations with the Food Bank of Central New York! Staff will offer live 20-minute cooking demonstrations every hour on the hour, from 10 am to 1 pm, showing visitors how to prepare their fresh market purchases. 
Please note,  demonstrations are limited to the first 30 attendees at each session.

Click here  to see the a list of farmers and goods available at The Market, and preview additional performances as part of the Lunchtime Live Music Series.
FOCLRosamond Gifford Lecture Series Presents Jesmyn Ward
at the Oncenter Civic Center
411 Montgomery Street ( map)
Tuesday, September 24, 7:30 pm

Join the Friends of Central Library for a discussion with author, Jesmyn Ward. A standout writer of her generation, Ms. Ward proves her "fearless and toughly lyrical" voice in novels, memoir and nonfiction. She was the first woman and person of color to win two National Book Awards for Sing, Unburied and Salvage the Bones. or 315-435-2121
Cost: $30 - $55
SgroEmotional Intelligence Breakfast Series
at Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching
359 S. Warren Street ( map)
Wednesday, September 25, 8:00 am - 9:00 am

The Emotional Intelligence Breakfast Series will host its final session next Wednesday. Join Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching to learn how you can be more effective by practicing key strategies for success. Next week, explore the topic of relationship management. or 917-275-3385
Cost: $25/session
at the Erie Canal Museum
318 Erie Blvd. E. ( map)
Wednesday, September 25, 4:30 pm - 7 :00 pm

Enjoy fun for the whole family for the next History Happy Hour at the Erie Canal Museum! On Wednesday, the museum will offer free admission and live music from Butternut Creek Revival. There will be a cash bar (including juice boxes for the kids!) and food from Big Awesome BBQ Food Truck. History Happy Hours happen rain or shine in the Locktender's Garden or the Museum's second floor. The location is weather dependent. or 315-471-0593
Cost: Free admission
DefiUn-Wine-d Happy Hour
at Defi Cuisine Corp.
208 W. Water Street ( map)
Thursday, September 26, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Come "un-wine-d" at Defi with wine tasting and happy hour specials on glasses of wine. Advanced Sommelier Cody Dedischew will be on-hand to answer your wine-related questions. or 315-907-0202
Cost: Free admission
CentralLibraryEventsFun at Central Library
447 S. Salina Street (map)

Dungeons & Dragons
Wednesday, September 25, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm, 1st floor Community Room
Join TCGplayer for a monthly Dungeons & Dragons program to help you build a lengthy campaign. 

Talk to a Lawyer
Thursday, September 26, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, 3rd floor Meeting Room
Need help with your legal problems? Talk to a lawyer for free on the second and fourth
Thursday of the month. Volunteer lawyers will answer your questions on a first-come,
first-served basis. Space is limited, so please arrive early and sign-in.

Click here to see the complete list of events at Central Library. or 315-435-1900
Cost: Free 
LiveMusicLive Music & Entertainment

Matt Grainger Live
Friday, September 20, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
at Talking Cursive Brewing Company (map) or 315-907-6060
Cost: Free admission

Joe Driscoll
Saturday, September 21, 9:00 pm
at The Evergreen (map) or 315-870-3500
Cost: $5 cover

Sunday Brunch & Live Music ft. Anthony Saturno
Sunday, September 22, music from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
at Empire Brewing Co. ( map) or 315-475-2337
Cost: Menu price

Monday Night Salsa
Mondays, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
at Maxwells (map) or 315-299-6633
Cost: $5 cover

Open Jam with Sprycat
Tuesday, September 24, 9:00 pm
at Maxwells (map) or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free admission

Moe Michnick
Wednesday, September 25, 9:00 pm
at Maxwells (map) or 315-299-6633
Cost: Free admission

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

Jesus Christ Superstar
at the Landmark Theatre ( map)
October 1-4
Cost: $25 - $75 or 315-475-7979

Syracuse Hard Cider & Doughnut Festival
Starting at The Hops Spot ( map)
Saturday, October 5, 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $17 - $25 or 315-646-2337

Fall Lineup at The Oncenter ( map)
Collective Soul - September 28
Brian Regan - September 29
The Office! A Musical Parody - October 3
Taste of Fame - October 11
Cirque du Soleil: AXEL - October 11-13
Assisted Living: The Musical - October 17-20
Ghost: The Ultimate Tour Named Death - October 22
Syracuse City Ballet Presents Dracula - October 25-26
XANADU - October 27
FOCL Lecture Series: Amor Towles - October 29 or 315-435-2121

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Gourment grocery store and cafe to open on Salina Street in October

Downtown Syracuse is getting a gourmet grocery store! Epicuse, located at 334 South Salina Street (map) is expected to open in early October. The store will be open seven days a week, from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm on weekdays, and from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm on weekends. In addition to selling grocery items including fresh produce, proteins, pantry items, toiletries and other essentials, Epicuse will also serve meals prepared by SKY Armory chefs. These will be available for dine-in or take-out. 

ProgressBfastProgress Breakfast Series to Highlight Onondaga County's Role in Vibrant Downtown
Tickets on sale now for October 17 event

You're invited to join the Downtown Committee and Mower for the next installment in the Progress Breakfast series! The goal of the series is to highlight the progress that continues to recharge Downtown Syracuse. The next event will be held Thursday, October 17 from 8:00 am to 9:30 am at SKY Armory (map), and will focus on the role Onondaga County plays in fueling a vibrant downtown. 
  • Attendees will hear from Ryan McMahon, the Onondaga County Executive, on new county initiatives and hear his philosophy when it comes to Downtown Syracuse. The county executive will share his perspective about how what happens here, in Downtown Syracuse influences our region.
  • Danny Liedka, president of Visit Syracuse, will speak about tourism and the draw that Downtown Syracuse has in bringing millions of people into the center of our city each year.
  • One element that's emerging as a draw is the lens through which Hollywood and filmmakers are eyeing Downtown. Attendees will hear insight from Eric Vinal, the Onondaga County film commissioner, on the film industry, and the appeal of Downtown Syracuse. Vinal will also discuss the economic impact the film industry brings to our community. 
Tickets are on sale now. Individual seats are $35, or you may purchase a table of eight seats for $280. 

Photo courtesy of Becca Tousant
VaughnDowntown Celebrity Sighting!
Actor Vince Vaughn visits Downtown Farmers Market and Miss Syracuse Diner

Actor Vince Vaughn was spotted in Downtown Syracuse this past Tuesday, first at the Downtown Farmers Market and then at JJ's Miss Syracuse Diner for a late breakfast with Hollywood filmmaker, Jeremy Garelick. Waitress Becca Tousant was able to grab a quick photo with Vaughn (pictured right). 

EChampionNominate a 2019 Economic Champion
Submissions due by Friday, October 4

Did your company create any new jobs in the past year, expand operations, or reach a significant milestone? Submit a 2019 Economic Champion nomination to CenterState CEO by Friday, October 4. All eligible companies will be recognized at CenterState's Economic Champions Luncheon on October 29. 

GENIUSGENIUS NY Startups Raise $10 Million+ in Follow-on Funding
Investments support the region's growing UAS ecosystem

Five startups in the GENIUS NY accelerator - AutoModality, Civdrone, Fotokite, OmniMesh and TruWeather Solutions - have raised more than $10 million in additional private investment. This follow-on-funding validates the investments the GENIUS NY program has made in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technologies and startups over the last three years, and proves the program's ongoing impact in Central New York. Congratulations to the GENIUS NY program, which operates out of The Tech Garden (map).

Don't forget - Registration for the fourth round of GENIUS NY is open through October 1!

Courtesy of The Central New York Business Journal
RBMExpandsRunningboards Marketing Expands to Downtown Syracuse
Operating out of ShareCuse at 224 Harrison Street ( map)

Runningboards Marketing (RBM), a digital mobile billboard company headquartered in Watertown, has opened an office in Downtown Syracuse. RBM is now located in the ShareCuse co-working space at 224 Harrison Street. Perhaps you've seen the Digital Advertising Vehicle (DAV) around town. DAV (pronounced "Dave") has three LED screens to display video messages/images/sounds and is also capable of streaming videos to help organizations and businesses with advertising and branding. Runningboards Marketing hired additional drivers and hopes to have as many as three DAVs driving around the community. 

GingerbreadCalling All Gingerbread Architects!
Submit a gingerbread creation to the Erie Canal Museum's Gingerbread Gallery

It may seem funny to think about the holiday season, when we're just transitioning into fall, but it's never too early to start thinking about gingerbread designs for the Erie Canal Museum's Gingerbread Gallery...

It's a tradition in Syracuse! 
Each winter for the past 33 years, the Erie Canal Museum has transformed its second-floor Weighlock gallery into a Victorian village displaying confectionery creations. This year's Gingerbread Gallery will be on display November 22 through January 5. Join in the fun and register to make a Gingerbread creation in the gallery!