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365. First Night CNY

This is a bitter sweet moment for me. As this is my last post for 2013 and for 365 Things Syracuse, I want to thank all of the supporters and friends I have had throughout this process, It’s been quite the ride.

I’m not going to lie, this blog has become a mixed bag of emotions for me. Some days, it felt as if this year would never end, there were moments of weakness when I wanted to throw in the towel. But, then I’d received a thank you email or a new like on Facebook and I’d remember why I even started this blog.

I had so much fun participating in events that I otherwise would have never gotten the chance to be a part of. It’s been a rewarding experience, and I will look back on 2013 as a very pivotal year. So, thank you for that!

Now…moving on.


I don’t know any better way to kick off the new year than to spend it listening to HANSON.

YES, you heard me right!! Girls in your mid to late 20s, stop screaming..it’s true!!! The first boy band of our time, the Mmmmbops of mmmmbops are coming to Syracuse and they’re performing for us ON NEW YEARS EVE!!!

Now I know you’re probably thinking, “WHY DID YOU NOT TELL ME THIS SOONER?!” Well, it’s probably because a) there was SO much to do in December and b) I quite literally saved the best for last!


This event is for people of all ages, there will be laser tag, crafts, a dance party and the evening will end with Hanson performing their classic hits. Ohmygodohmygodohmygod.

Okay, but seriously…this event is probably one of the best ones put on all year. The parking is in the village of Liverpool…you just have to show up between 7pm-Midnight & if you stop into Dunkin Donuts…YOU GET A FREE DRINK!

I hope you find this in time, cancel all your plans and head to the Parkway this evening…because that is where I will be.

Tip: IT’S FREE!!

Location: Onondaga Lake Parkway

229. Blueberry Jam

For the past few months I’ve been hearing everything there is to hear about the local band Sophistafunk.  It seems like they’re on everyone’s minds here in Syracuse…and for good reason. They’re really great! You’ve got a chance to see them perform today at the Blueberry Jam.

The Blueberry Jam is held by Critz Farms. They’re celebrating Blueberries and Live music and fun and community and this is going to be such a great time! Did you know that Blueberries are a superfood? So, on top of enjoying yourself at the Blueberry Jam you’re also improving your health!

blueberryjamThe event is held at Critz Farms from 11am-8pm on Saturday August 17th. They’re going to have a variety of live music performances and also wine tastings (sign me up!), lots of food, and more!  I think I should change the name of the blog to 365 Things Wine in Upstate NY…maybe next year.

Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door.

Tip: While you’re there you can actually pick your own blueberries!

location: 3232 Rippleton Road – State Route 13, Cazenovia, NY 13035

228. Chenango Blues Fest

During the summer in Syracuse you can pretty much guarantee 1 of 2 things… 1) There will be a cultural Festival or 2) There will be a music festival.

bluesfestThis weekend, it’s the Blues Fest. The festival is jam packed with the sounds of local blues bands. There’s a variety of different bands, check them out here.

Friday night’s show is Free (!!!!) And Tickets for Saturday are $20 in advance or $30 at the door. In Syracuse, you can buy them at The Sound Garden.

This event brings out a lot of people, it’s a great opportunity to make some friends, enjoy some live music, and take in the last few remaining drops of the summer season. They’re going to have lots of awesome food too! And a personal favorite, Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream!!!

Tip: At this event you can bring your own lawn chairs!

Location: Chenango County Fair grounds

226. Dancin’ In The Park

More live music for ya!

dancing in the parkLooks like we’ve got something almost every night of the week at this point…and lets enjoy it, the Fall is creeping in and we won’t be able to enjoy outdoor activities past sunset much longer!

Dancin’ In the Park is a summer concert series in North Syracuse at Lonergan Park on Route 11. They host a variety of really awesome bands, and tonight they’ve got a local favorite, Dan Elliot & The Montereys.

There’s only 1 performance left after this week so make sure you head down to check it out before it’s too late! Next week they’ve got Mario DeSantis Orchestra, which from what I’ve heard is absolutely amazing!

Concerts start at 6 and run until 8pm, perfect for an evening out with some friends. The concerts are free, so there’s nothing standing in your way of having a great time!

They also have local food vendors that set up and you can purchase meals. Local restaurants like Barbieri’s, Bella Domani and more! This is definitely something to check out!

Tip: As with all summer music concerts, it’s best if you bring some chairs or a blanket to sit on!

location: Lonergan Park, Rt 11/North Main St (right behind Stickley Furniture)

189. Country Jam

country jamNot many people associate Upstate NY with fans of country music. Even the music itself is not written about those winters and humid summers… but, that hasn’t stopped the people of Syracuse from being huge country music fans.

This is one of those events where it’s not taboo to be wearing cowboy boots in Syracuse, and lots of people embrace the opportunity to dress up a little.

Country Jam is this weekend at the NY State Fair, the first of many concert series to be held at the fair this summer, and it’s bringing in big names! They’ve got Uncle Kracker, Billy Currington, Kellie Pickler and more! Click here for more information about the great acts performing.

This is a great weekend of fun, music, friends and hopefully the weather is nice too!

Tip: Need tickets? Click here to purchase!

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)

172. Papermill Island Summer Concert Series

So many music fests and series this summer, so little time!

From the Longbranch Jam, to Wednesday’s on Walton and more we have more than enough live music specials to satisfy our weekly needs!

This is so exciting! I love summer!

Papermill Island located in Baldwinsville at lock 24, it was redeveloped a few years ago and has been making strides to bring in big names to the small town. They’ve had Rusted Root perform (they’ll be at Longbranch Jam this weekend!) and even Bright Eyes.

papermill island

Tuesday’s in B’ville are the place to be with live performances from local acts!

July 9th Primetime July 16th: Custom Taylor Band
July 23rd: Joe Whiting
July 30th: Dan Elliot & The Monteray’s
August 6: After FX
August 13: Family Movie Night

These are all free to the public & guaranteed to be a really fun time! Concerts start at 6:30pm. Parking is available on the surrounding streets and in the parking lot behind the B’ville Diner building.

Tip: Bring your own lawn chairs for concerts at Paper Mill Island

location: Paper Mill Island, Baldwinsville

169. Longbranch Jam

Music festivals are fun. You can enjoy live music, try some beers, have some food, hang out with friends, enjoy the summer air…lots of reasons to enjoy outdoor concerts.

Especially when the music is great.


This year will be the inaugural year for the Longbranch Jam, held Sunday June 23rd at Longbranch Park. For $22 here, or at Dinosaur BBQ or Sound Garden or $30 at the door, you get an admission ticket, which will cover the live music by some of the greatest local bands and national acts…including Los Blancos & Rusted Root!

Doors open at 1, with The Shakdown followed by an all day event of live music ending with Rusted Root taking the stage at 8pm.

I know I’m always saying things like, “guys…go to this!” or “guys, this is going to be awesome…” But, I truly believe this event will be really really awesome. Long Branch Park has a long standing history of holding large events, and it’s the perfect spot for a celebration of summer, community and fun. There will be food & beer available for purchase along with local vendors…you’re guaranteed to turn this sunday into a Sunday Funday if you attend this event.

Tip: Parking is free! They’ve also added some other friendly tips here.

location: Longbranch Park

162. Wednesdays On Walton

SetRatioSize614254-Wednesdays-on-Walton-Concerts-with-a-Cause-WebbannerTons of concert series are popping up all over Syracuse this summer. You’ll have the chance to listen to live music almost every night of the week!….maybe we are becoming more like Austin!

On the 2nd Wednesday of every month (starting tomorrow June 12th) through September 11th, AmeriCU will host The Wednesdays on Walton concert event.

Walton Street will be closed starting at 3pm and people will flock in droves downtown to listen to the live music — concerts start at 5:30. While they’re at it, music fans will end up checking out local restaurants, see lots of local arts and entertainment and enjoy the fresh summer air! This is going to be so exciting.

The line-up is awesome too, these bands are kickass and you should definitely stop downtown to see them.

Tip: This is a free event!

location: Walton Street