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ArtsWeek in Downtown Syracuse

More than twenty arts and cultural organizations will collaborate to present ArtsWeek, a week-long program of visual and performing arts events linked through a pedestrian corridor from Columbus Circle to Hanover Square to Clinton Square. Events take place from July 20 to July 26, 2015.

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45th Annual AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

A spectacular 3-day showcase of the country’s most talented artists, craftspeople, and entertainers is centered on historic Columbus Circle in Downtown Syracuse. Represented in the AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival will be artists and crafters from 25 U.S. states and Canada. The event presents contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative, a wide variety of music, multi-cultural performances, summer refreshments, and participatory activities. 

Where: Columbus Circle                          

When: July 24-26, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info: www.syracuseartsandcraftsfestival.com


Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

Jazz and wine are the perfect combination! The Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival returns with two days of free jazz, smooth jazz, and RnB programming on three stages.  That’s two days of diverse, world-class acts, quality wines and wine-tasting events, and mouth-watering food, guaranteed to make Downtown Syracuse the cool place to be this summer! Late night jam sessions will be held at the Jazz Central (441 E. Washington St.) both nights.

Where: Clinton Square

When: July 24-25, Friday 5-11 pm, Saturday 12-11 pm

For more info: www.nejazzwinefest.org


Syracuse New Times 25th Annual Street Painting Festival 

A chalk art contest for artists ranging from young kids to seasoned professionals.  The Masters Competition is the highest level of chalk art competition, in which the artist will recreate a renowned masters painting in chalk on the sidewalk.  Cash and prizes will be awarded.  The art will be photographed and showcased in the Syracuse New Times newspaper and web site.  Pre-registration is recommended – call  422-7011.

Where: 200 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 25, Saturday 8 am-4 pm

For more info: www.syracusenewtimes.com

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Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest

The annual celebration will feature eco-friendly vendors and educational opportunities complimented with Native American crafts, food, demonstrations, live music and dance.  Entertainment from the Haudensaunee Singers & Dancers, Hoop Dancers, Los Blancos, Morris and the Hepcats, and Sammy Award winners The Fabulous Ripcords.  Celebrate the day inspired by history and lore, and learn ways to keep the land green! 

Where: Hanover Square, 100 E. Water St.

When: July 24-25, Friday 5-9:45 pm, Saturday noon-9:45 pm

For more info: www.bluerainecofest.org

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Syracuse University Bookstore Book Fair

The Syracuse University Bookstore will host a Book Fair as an exciting portion of the Annual Syracuse Arts and Craft Festival.  The centerpiece of the Book Fair is local fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s books whose authors and illustrators will be on hand to discuss, read and personally autograph their books.  The literature and creative talents of local and regional authors and illustrators will be showcased.

Friday, July 24:

Saturday, July 25:

Sunday, July 26:

Where: 300 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 24-26, Friday 11 am-6 pm, Saturday 11 am-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-4 pm

For more info: http://bookweb.syr.edu

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Storytelling and Crafts for Young People by Anna Dobkowski & Dennis Heaphy

Children of all ages will be delighted by storytelling by Miss Anna, then have the opportunity to play games and create their own original artwork related to the stories they have heard. Throughout the day, the Kid's Tent will be visited by strolling minstrels, musicians, and craftspeople who will take part in the storytelling. 

Where: 300 block of E. Onondaga St.

When: July 24-26, Friday-Sunday, 12-5 pm

Syracuse Chess: Learn to Play

Learn how to play chess, one of the oldest and most challenging games around. The Syracuse NY Chess Association will teach visitors how to play chess and share other information on the importance of chess in the community. Chess is proven to build mental discipline, memory, emotional stamina and social skills. 

Where: 300 block of E. Onondaga St.

When: July 24-26, Friday-Sunday, 12-5 pm


Erie Canal Museum History & Canal Boat Repair

The Erie Canal Museum shows visitors 200 years of Erie Canal history through interactive displays, hands-on exhibits, narrative audio tracks and original artifacts in the new east wing renovation. The Museum includes a full-size replica canal boat, exhibits about Erie Canal commerce and communities, the award-winning Locktender's Garden and the 1850 Weighlock Building, the only existing canal weighlock building in the United States. 

Restoration professional and historic re-enactor Dennis Heaphy will play the role of an Erie Canal boat captain while he makes repairs to the Nathan Roberts, a replica canal boat on the ground of the Erie Canal Museum. Dennis will dress in period attire and be available to entertain and answer questions.

Where: 318 Erie Blvd E.

When: July 20 & 23, Monday & Thursday, 10 am-1 pm

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Craft & Craft

“Pre-game” at the Everson! Join us for this event before the start of the AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival.

Handmade crafts and craft beers come together for this Syracuse Artsweek event. Join us outside on the Everson Podium and in the Rosamond Gifford Sculpture Court to enjoy beers from local breweries and to peruse the wares of an eclectic group of 20+ crafters, artisans, and unique vintage vendors. Throughout the night, guests can enjoy live music and view Everson exhibitions includingHandmade: The Art of Susan Roth

Where: 300 block of E. Onondaga St.

When: July 23, Thursday, 5 - 8 pm

For more info: www.everson.org

M Street Cooperative 

This event brings 65 local crafters downtown with booths offering stained glass and handmade wooden toys to wrought iron sculpture and handmade children’s and adult clothing.  Culinary delights are supplied by the Onondaga Historical Association's booth with members of the Onondaga Nation cooking.  Media Unit street performers provide original choreography with the dancers roving back to Oz Nation and staging a tribute to Michael Jackson. A portion of the profits will support local arts programs.

Where: 300 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 24-26, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Media Unit Monster Book Sale 

The region’s largest annual used book and vinyl MONSTER SALE. Browse used books at bargain prices--you make an offer, everything must go! Media Unit dancers will perform tributes to the Oz characters and Michael Jackson throughout the weekend.

Where: 300 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 24-26, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Candlelight Series 

Saturday, July 25:
Main Concert: Eclectically-styled "Gonstermachers"
Opening Act: "Inkarayku" Andean Folk Band 

The Candlelight Series is free to the public and remains a vital downtown event that promotes the character of one of Central New York’s ever-evolving historic areas.  (Rain venue is Benjamin’s on Franklin – 314 Franklin St).

Where: corner of W. Jefferson St. and Franklin St.

When: July 25, Saturday, 7 pm

For more info:  www.armorysq.org


Armory Square Sidewalk Sales 

Celebrate Artsweek with unique styles and great prices that can only be found in Armory Square. Join the merchants of Armory Square for a sidewalk sale featuring rock bottom discounts and promotions designed to enhance your summer as new arrivals are anticipated. 

Where: Armory Square retail stores

When: July 23 - July 25, Thursday - Saturday, 11 am - 6 pm

For more info:  www.armorysq.org

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Jazz Up Your Lunch Series

Attend a free summer jazz concert during your lunch break. The Stan Colella All-Star Band is organized through the City of Syracuse Parks Deptartment and will be playing in Hanover Square. The jazz band showcases some of the finest high school musicians from Syracuse. 

Where: Hanover Square

When: July 20, Monday, noon

For more info:  http://gotocnyarts.org/view/5815/stan-colella-all-star-band

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Downtown Writer’s Center 

Now in its 15th year, the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center offers classes in creative writing for all levels of writers, from beginning to publishing, and features literary readings by noted authors throughout the year that are free and open to the public, many Friday evenings starting at 7:00 p.m.  In addition, the DWC now offers the Young Authors Academy for talented writers between 6th and 12th grade, with instruction in fiction and poetry. During the festival, meet faculty, students, and friends of the DWC, participate in our annual "Six-Word Memoir" contest, and find books for your bookshelf, many by the very writers who teach our courses.

Where: 300 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 24-26, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info: http://www.syracuse.ymca.org/dwc.html


Tinker, Thinker, Science Maker: MOST Summer Camp 

Campers will investigate the process of 3D printing, design a marble machine, explore electrical circuits, cushion eggs for a drop, and interact with MaKey MaKey. The device is an invention kit that encourages people to find creative ways to interact with their computers with everyday objects as a replacement for keyboards and a mouse. Campers will be able to get their brains thinking and their hands tinkering as they make and remake their creations.

Where: 500 S. Franklin St.

When: July 20-24, Monday-Friday, 8 am-3:30 pm

For more info: http://most.org/2_ee_summerofsci.cfm

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Flicks on the Crick

The Sound Garden presents Flicks on the Crick, a weekly film series shown on a massive outdoor screen with professional sound.  Bring some chairs, grab some friends, and enjoy this free film series, Wednesdays, through August 26.
July 22: The Babadook

Where: Sound Garden, 310 W. Jefferson St.

When: July 22, Wednesday, dusk

For more info: www.cdjoint.com

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Onondaga Historical Association’s Exhibits 

Exhibits :

  • LOOK WHAT WE GOT!: New donations to the Museum’s Collection
  • SALT CITY ROCK: The History of Rock and Roll in Syracuse
  • WITH OPEN ARMS: The story of the Armenians in Syracuse
  • Our permanent exhibits of CNY History and The OHA Gift Gallery.

July 24-26: Native American Crafts, Art, and Food outside the museum and inside the lobby.

Where: 321 Montgomery St.

When: July 22-26, Wednesday-Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm 
Saturday-Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm

For more info: www.cnyhistory.org

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Plymouth Congregational Church Art and Bake Sale

Plymouth Church is open and welcoming to all! Come inside and visit 18 local artisans and listen to music in the sanctuary. Cold beverages, coffee and church baked goods will be on sale outside the doors. All proceeds will support the community ministries of the church. On Sunday, there will be an outdoor worship service at 10 am with special music.

Where: 232 E. Onondaga St.

When: July 24-26, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm

For more info: http://plymouthuccsyracuse.org

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St. Paul's Rummage Sale & Open Cathedral

St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral will be open throughout the Americu Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, featuring a Rummage Sale, Open Cathedral and Family Activities. The Rummage Sale will include clothes, household items, linens, small appliances, books, furniture, toys, jewelry, decorative items and collectables at bargain prices.  The Open Cathedral will feature Family Activities centered around the beautiful stained glass windows and architecture of this historic building, including a stained glass window scavenger hunt and a self-guided tour. Bottled water will be available for sale and bathrooms are open to the public.  On Sunday morning there will be a Jazz Worship Service with Holy Communion at 9:00 a.m. to which all are welcome. 

Where: 220 East Fayette Street (the corner of East Fayette and Montgomery Streets)

When: July 24-26, Friday - Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm

For more info:  www.saintpaulscathedral.org

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Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society

Stop by the Guardian Angel Society's booth at 264 East Onondaga Street across from the Cathedral, to learn more about their mission to support the education of local children in need.  Father Joseph Champlin's book Take Five will be available for purchase as well as Guardian Angel Society merchandise and beautifully handmade remembrance beads featuring stunning Austrian crystals. 

Where: 264 E. Onondaga St., Columbus Circle

When: July 24-26, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info:  www.guardianangelsoc.org

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