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254. Oktoberfest

Last week I posted about a specific event at Oktoberfest. But today, we’re touching on the fantastic celebration that is Oktoberfest!


The neat thing about all these festivals is that they revolve with the seasons and months. Soon we will put away our flip flops and exchange them for boots and participate in fall and winter festivals. My favorites of these festivals vary from year to year but this year I am most excited to participate in Oktoberfest.

There are a few Oktoberfest celebrations and each is incredibly unique. But, any fest with a 5k evening run, a pushball tournament and A LOT of food and drink is one to check out!

The Baldwinsville Oktoberfest is this weekend, September 13-14th from 4-11pm on Friday and 5-11pm on Saturday. There will be plenty of live music and community events. INCLUDING….a Pushball tournament!! How fun is that! If you want to sign up for it, the entry form is here.

Tip: Admission is $3 for adults

location: Baldwinsville Village Square (Behind Keybank, and the Diner)

203. Arts and Crafts Festival

If you’ve traveled around downtown Syracuse you’ve seen many different art structures.

The buildings are works of art…have you ever seen the Niagara Mohawk building?!

There’s art in many different forms, and it’s really great.

This weekend, there’s an awesome festival the Arts & Crafts Festival from July 26-28 outside in Columbus Circle.


Find some great pieces for yourself or your friends at many of the listed vendors tables. This is definitely worth checking out! This is in connection with Artsweek which will highlight many awesome local artists and pieces of work with different activities and events, like street painting!

Tip: The Arts & Crafts Festival runs from 10am-5pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday

location: Columbus Circle


190. Finger Lakes Wine Festival

finger lakes wine festWe’re lucky up here in Syracuse (and the surrounding areas)…there’s a lot of really great people who have done a lot of really unique things to make sure we’re having fun, staying busy and most importantly drinking our beverages.

We’ve discovered so many different types of activities and festivals that include beer and wine, from smaller beer festivals, to breweries to larger beer festivals there’s something for everyone!

I’m really excited for the Finger Lakes Wine Festival. With over 90 wineries, live music, food and lots more, you’re given the chance to try some really great vino for just $35 for one day or $45 for 2 days. Buy them before the event…the price goes up at the door. A lot of the time I really consider cost of attendance to these beer and wine festivals, and so far the FLWF is really the best bang for your buck. There’s so many special events and things to do with tastings, to eating, to classes and mingling among friends that the $35 goes a very long way.

This weekend, July 14-16th, You can take some (free!) food cooking classes and attend demonstrations that include wine and food pairing. You can take a (free!) wine seminar to learn all of the important aspects about your favorite blend. Here’s the schedule of special events for the festival.

Like I’ve said before, I’m not the best when it comes to choosing wine…I mostly pick the prettiest bottle and hope for the best; but with the Finger Lakes Wine Fest I will be walking out of there with the knowledge that will last a lifetime! For festival info, specific vendors, restaurants participating and more click here.

Tip: You can even buy bottles of wine directly from the vendors, and there will be a special spot for you to keep it so you don’t have to lug it around (and maybe end up opening it!) all day. Check it out once you get there.

Location: Watkins Glen

Remember to please drink responsibly. There are tickets available (at a cheaper price) for designated drivers!

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

109. One Take Super 8 Event

Has anyone seen a movie filmed on a Super 8 camera before? They’re somewhat fidgety, they’re grainy and they offer a completely different viewing experience.


Tomorrow at “the bank” they’ve got a film event worth checking out. The one take super 8 event. The 7th annual One Take Super 8 Event is a film event like no other. They’ll have 30+ new Super 8 films for viewing, and free popcorn (!!!!) for patrons. This has become wildly popular throughout Syracuse, and a lot of people will be attending. You’ll have a chance to view some really really great movies made by local artists. Tickets are $5 for the public doors open at 6pm.

Visit the facebook page for more info.

Tip: You can bring your own snacks & drinks too!

location: 451 Warren Street, Syracuse NY

27. January JazzFest

Here’s something I’ve learned about Syracuse since moving back…

This place, LOVES it’s Jazz…


I’m not just talking about a nice little sax here and there, I’m talking about huge jazz bands, huge jazz fests and a huge jazz following.

Usually you have to wait until the summer to visit the Jazz Fest at OCC, but Baldwinsville (yes, another reference to my hometown..sorry!) is hosting a January JazzFest at the historic Mohegan Manor this evening.

If you listen to WAER (88.3 on your radio) in the afternoons, you’ll notice it’s all jazz, which should keep you satisfied until you can see some live Jazz Bands in the area. Jazz is featured Wednesday’s downtown at various locations, and that my friends…is a LOT of fun.

Featuring acts from the ever popular Syracuse Blue’s Fest “SOS” Blues Band, Jim O’Mahoney and more, this is going to be quite the event.

TIP:  Tickets are more than reasonable for a JazzFest coming in at $30 at the door, $15 for students, they can be purchased here.

It starts at 1pm and goes until about 9pm.

You’ll have the opportunity to move around the Mohegan Manor to Club Sushi to check out the various acts, try the tasty foods and partake in an auction/raffle.

I love stuff like this. It’s a great chance to meet new people, get out of the house for a few hours and experience something that is important to this great city.