Monthly Archives: June 2013

181. Jazz Fest

More Jazz, please!



The 31st annual Jazz Fest is next weekend, July 4, 5 & 6th. What a great way to celebrate my favorite holiday! Heading to the Jazz Fest at Jamesville Beach!

Jazz Fest is awesome, it’s really unique. They bring in tons of local and national acts, this year’s big ticket is The Doobie Brothers (!!!!)

This is a fantastic way to spend the 4th of July holiday weekend, especially if you’re currently sitting around wondering, “what the heck am I going to do next weekend?!” This is it guys!

You can bring a cooler, some chairs, a blanket…or you can buy all your food & drinks at the Jazz fest from some of the vendors they’ll have there. You’ll be able to enjoy some live jazz music, catch up with friends, and peruse the various local artisans at the festival.

This is free to attend!! (Parking is not free though…)\

Tip: Bring some cash, there’s no free parking around.

location: Jamesville Beach


180. Film Under the Stars

Alongside Flicks on the Crick, there’s also a series presented by the Everson Museum throughout the months of July & August.

Film Under the Stars is an event held outside at the Everson Museum of Art.  A movie is projected onto the side of the building. Pretty spectacular.

everson under the stars
First of all, this is awesome.

Second of all, you can never have enough outdoor activities.

Once the snow is gone and the rain has subsided, Syracuse comes alive. We do everything we can to do as much as we can outdoors before we get stuck back inside.

The first screening was Wednesday –so we’ve missed it…but for the rest of July, and through August the movies are outside on Friday evenings. How awesome is this? How great to be able to enjoy a movie outdoors before headed to dinner in Armory Square, or even before! Dinner & a movie. This is a great great event!

The movie line-up is fantastic. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my all-time favorite flicks, and you can absolutely guarantee I will be there. Who wants to come with me?! Did I mention this is free?!

Friday July 12: Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Friday July 26: Toy Story
Friday August 15: The Blob

Like the Everson Museum on facebook, in case of rain they will update from there!

Tip: Bring lawn chairs and blankets and food with you to enjoy during the movies!

179. Oakwood Ghostwalk

ghost walkI’ve got a confession to make…and don’t judge me. I totally believe in ghosts.

When I learned about the Oakwood Cemetery Ghostwalk I felt a chill…but not the scared chill, the intense excitement chill…one of those chills you get when your favorite team wins the Superbowl, or your favorite song comes on the radio.

Oakwood itself is creepy. It’s old. Built in 1859, it is home to some of the most famous Syracusians.

So, imagine the excitement when the Onondaga Historical Association announced they’d be offering ghost tours in June of this historic plot.

You get a chance to walk through the cemetery, learn about the lives of some of the most infamous people buried there and spend the evening connecting with Syracuse, past and present.

Tours are this Friday (June 28th) and Saturday (June 29th) starting at 6pm and going every 15 minutes, they leave from the Oakwood chapel off of East Colvin St. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members

Tip: For more information and reservations please call Karen at 428 1864 x 312.   RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED.

location: Oakwood Cemetary Chapel

178. Flicks on the Crick

This is one of my favorite things to do all summer long! I’m so excited for it!

flicks on the crick

Flicks on the Crick is a simple event, they’re movies displayed on the side of The Sound Garden building…right along the creekwalk. This is a really great collaborative effort done by both The Sound Garden and the City of Syracuse to bring people together.

Plus there’s something really fun about watching movies outside.

Also, one of the perks to this is that it’s free!

They’re every Wednesday downtown during July & August. All that you’ve got to do is show up with a chair and some snacks and you’ll be set to watch some really great movies!

Movies they’re featuring this summer are
July 10th: Looper
July 17: TED
July 24: The Dark Knight
July 31: Flight
August 7: 21 Jump Street
August 14: Skyfall
August 21: Pitch Perfect
August 28: The Avengers

You can guarantee I’ll be going to see a few of these movies, especially 21 Jump Street and Pitch Perfect!

With Wednesdays on Walton and Flicks on the Crick, downtown Syracuse’s #1 night will definitely be Wednesdays.
Tip: Like Flicks On the Crick on facebook to learn more about the movies and events they’ll be holding throughout the summer!

location: The Sound Garden, Armory Square

177. Dewitt Concerts In The Park

Whether you live closer to Liverpool or Baldwinsville, Downtown or Dewitt there will be a summer concert series just for you this summer.

The Town of Dewitt has their own Concerts in the Park series starting July 11th. Each Thursday through the months of July & August pack up the car and head to the park, because the music is going to be awesome.

They’re held at Ryder Park from 6:30-8:30 and they’re free of charge!

Concert lineup is a good one!

July 11: Stroke
July 18: Tom Gilbo & The Blue Suedes
July 25: Thunder Canyon Band
August 1: Dan Elliott & the Monterays
August 8: Maria DeSantis Band with Special Guests

Head down to Dewitt, Thursdays in July & August for some awesome entertainment! They’ll even have some concessions served by Applebees!

Tip: Bring some lawn chairs or blankets to spread out and enjoy the music!

Location: Ryder Park (across from the Dewitt Town Hall)

176. Tipp Hill Beer Fest

We’re a small city with a big appetite.

A big appetite for good food, for good music and most importantly…good beer.

When it comes to Beer Fests we’ve seen our fair share this year…and it is not over yet!


This Saturday from 5-10pm is the official Tipp Hill Beer Fest. It will feature local brews from Empire & Middle Ages but will also have national beers such as Brooklyn Brewery, Sam Adams and a personal favorite…Breckenridge Brewery.

There’s a lot to be excited about with this Beer Fest. It’s held in the Coleman’s Pavilion, which is taking on a name of it’s own as a hot spot to enjoy a drink during the summer months. Honestly, who doesn’t like drinking outside? There’s something special about being able to leave an establishment and drink outside that gets people really excited.

They’re going to have music from Coleman’s favorite’s like Mere Mortals and Dark Hollow too! This sounds like it’s going to be one heck of a time…

Tip: Buy your tickets before Saturday, they’ll be a little more expensive at the door. Tickets can be purchased at The Sound Garden, Coleman’s, Brillbecks or here. They’re $35 each.

location: Tipperary Square/Coleman’s Pavilion

175. Balloon Fest

Hot air balloons are fascinating…when you see them you’re mesmerized, whether they’re in the air or on the ground they’re breathtaking.

balloon fest

Has anyone ever been on a Hot Air Balloon Ride?

If you answered yes, that’s awesome! If you answered no, you should follow the directions below.

Make a reservation for a balloon ride.
They’re $165 per person, $190 for the evening rides…which are absolutely breathtaking…

That’s easy enough, right?

Balloon Fest is more than just hot air balloon rides though, there are going to be local vendors and musical acts throughout the day. This year’s big ticket concert is Eddie Money!

Tickets to the festival are $10 and parking is free at Jamesville Beach State Park. Gates open Friday from 4-8 and will be open Saturday & Sunday from 11am-the end of the last concert

If you have any questions about the balloon rides, it’s suggested you call 315-263-0385 for further details.

Tip: If you’re planning on attending bring some lawn chairs for relaxation during the live music!

location: 4100 Westshore Manor Road