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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 24 to July 31, 2016.

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46th 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 29-31, 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 29-30, Friday 5-11 pm, Saturday 12-11 pm

For more info: www.nejazzwinefest.org


Syracuse New Times 26th 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 30, Saturday 8 am-4 pm

For more info: www.syracusenewtimes.com

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Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest

This annual celebration will feature Native American crafts, food, demonstrations, live music and dance. Enjoy entertainment from Pete Jemison & The Ganondagan Dancers, Johnny Ray & The Stonethrowers, Kay & The Miracle Cure, Grupo Pagan Lite, Morris and the Hepcats, and Sammy Award winners The Ripcords. Visit green product vendors and the Sustainability Academy to experience educational movies, interactive family exhibits, and rain barrel system giveaways. 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 29-30, Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday Noon-10 pm

For more info: www.bluerainecofest.org

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Forecasting the Future: Activating Downtown's Alleyways

This all-ages interactive workshop during the Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival invites community members to come learn about the history of Downtown Syracuse's "weather star" while forecasting the future of our own community! Participants can drop in any time between 10am - 2pm to paint their wish for Downtown Syracuse on a lantern; the lanterns will then be mounted on strings and displayed in Downtown passageways throughout the summer, spotlighting the potential of active alleyways. The lantern decorating station will be located between the County Courthouse and the Civic Center. It's also free!

When: July 30, Saturday, 10am - 2pm

For more information: www.cnyarts.org

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Hanover Live: Dan Elliot & Co.

Enjoy free live music in Hanover Square! Bring your chair and enjoy food and beverages from Hanover Square businesses while you listen.

Where: Hannover Square fountain

When: July 27, Wednesday, 6-9 pm

For more info: www.hanoverlive.com

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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 29-31, Friday-Sunday, 12-5 pm

Art Silent Auction

40 Below's Public Art Task Force will host a silent auction for art created by local artists. All bids start at $20. Half of the proceeds will go to the artist and the other half will be donated to the Downtown Committee of Syracuse and PATF. Artists may use any medium as long as it adheres to the panel in some manner and is contained in the 8"x8" area. 

Where: Columbus Circle

When: July 29 - 31, Friday - Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm

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"Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal" Author Presentation

Heaven's Ditch illuminates the historic spiritual and political upheavals along the Erie Canal. The technological marvel of its age, the canal was designed by amateur engineers and built by sheer muscle. It became the scene of one of the most striking outbursts of imagination in American history. Zealots invented new religions and new modes of living. The Erie Canal made New York the commercial capital of America and brought the modern world crashing into the frontier. Readers encounter America's very first "crime of the century," wild treasure hunts, searing acts of violence, a visionary cross-dresser, and a panoply of fanatics, mystics, and hoaxers. Heaven's Ditch kicks off the bicentennial of America's most influential public works project.

JACK KELLY is a journalist, novelist, and historian. He received the DAR's History Award Medal for his book Band of Giants. He has contributed to national periodicals including American Heritage Magazine and is a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. He has appeared on The History Channel and C-SPAN and been interviewed on National Public Radio. He grew in the Erie Canal region and now lives in New York's Hudson Valley. Find out more at HeavensDitch.com.

Where: 318 Erie Blvd E.

When: July 28, Thursday, 12 pm

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Canal Boat Art for Kids at the Erie Canal Museum

The Erie Canal Museum invites children to create artwork for the windows of the Nathan Roberts, the replica canal boat in the museum's garden. Draw and color pictures of people and things that were on the canal boats in the 19th century and the Museum will display them in the panes of the boat's windows! Drawing paper and other material will be available. This event will take place outside if weather permits. It is free and open to the public!

Where: 318 Erie Boulevard E 

When: July 29 & 30, Friday & Saturday, 10 am-12 pm

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Crafty Hour
Looking for a fun night out? Join us for a Crafty Hour workshop where you will craft a unique and functional art object, all while socializing with friends and enjoying some adult beverages from local vendors.

Where: 401 Harrison Street

When: July 28, Thursday, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

For more info: www.everson.org

Food Truck Friday
Take your lunch break and take in some art, too! Experience Kate Gilmore's outdoor performance piece Touch like this, Hold like that, while enjoying a variety of lunch options from local food trucks. In partnership with the Syracuse Food Truck Association.

When: July 29, Friday, 11 am - 3 pm

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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 29-31, 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 29-31, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Candlelight Series 

Saturday, July 23:
Main Concert: Guitarists Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarb
Opening Act: Vocalist Danielle Patrice & Pianist Dick Ford 

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 23, Saturday, 7 pm

For more info:  www.armorysq.org


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. 

Monday, July 25 - Franklin Square Park
Tuesday, July 26 - Hanover Square
Wednesday, July 27 - Shotlock Park, Armory Square
Thursday, July 28 - "Pebble Park," across from Columbus Circle
Friday, July 29 - Fayette Firefighters Memorial Park

All performances start at 12 noon and will run until about 12:45 pm

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

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Downtown Writer’s Center 

Now in its 16th year, the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center offers classes in creative writing for all levels of writers, from beginning to publishing. During the festival, meet faculty, students, and friends of the DWC, and find books for your bookshelf, many by the very writers who teach our courses.

Where: 300 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 29-31, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

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


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 24.
July 27: Deadpool

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Where: Sound Garden, 310 W. Jefferson St.

When: July 27, Wednesday, dusk

For more info: www.cdjoint.com

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Onondaga Historical Association’s Exhibits 

Exhibits :

  • ART MAKES CENTS: Works drawn Collections of Syracuse's M&T Bank
  • A LIFE IN ART: Highlights of Women Artists
  • LOOK WHAT WE GOT: Recent Acquisitions to OHA's Collection

Where: 321 Montgomery St.

When: July 27-31, Wednesday-Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm 
Saturday-Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm

For more info: www.cnyhistory.org

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The fascinating history of three generations of Syracuse's Lyman Smith Family, the "Smith" in one of the world's most famous typewriters, the Smith-Corona.

July 30 - 31: Native American Crafts, art and food outside the museum and inside the lobby

July 28, 11:00 am: Behind the Scenes Tour
A tour of Syracuse's China and the Magic Toyshop Exhibit on OHA's "closed" 5th floor
$5.00 per person       

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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 (weather permitting).

Where: 232 E. Onondaga St.

When: July 29-31, 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 Syracuse Rummage Sale & Open Church

St. Paul’s Syracuse, The Downtown Episcopal Church, will be open throughout the Americu Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, featuring a Rummage Sale, Open Church 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 Church 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. 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 29-31, Friday - Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm

For more info:  http://www.stpaulsyr.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 29-31, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info:  www.guardianangelsoc.org

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