November 29, 2023


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Pub crawl, salsa dance, 5K with your dog: 12 things to do in CNY this weekend


It is officially food truck and pub crawl season, regardless of what the weather decides to do this weekend. Manifest spring by heading out on a “Pub Golf” crawl through downtown Syracuse, a “Spring Migration Festival” with live raptors in Canastota or a sportsman’s flea market in Pompey. If you’re more of an arty-type, catch the national tour of “CATS” at the Landmark Theatre, Americana singer Kris Delhorst at 443 Social Club or a piano quartet at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. There’s also a pierogi-making class, a 5K you can run with your dog, a salsa dance class, a circus show, a talk by a former CIA agent, clog dancing (or “clogging” if you’re in-the-know) and more.

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The national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical “CATS” is coming to Syracuse this week. The Tony Award-winning show tells the story of one night when a tribe of cats gathers for their annual ball. The show will feature the original score and costume design but new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, inspired by the original. The shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Landmark Theatre. The Thursday show will be ASL interpreted. Tickets are $54 to $92 after fees. Head to for more information and to buy tickets.

Where: 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse

When: 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday.

How much: $54 to $92

Kris Delhorst

Indie Americana singer-songwriter Kris Delhorst will perform at the 443 Social Club this weekend. The singer has received rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, and released her last album, “Long Day in the Milky Way,” in 2020. Delhorst has played across the U.S. and around the globe, and will grace the 443 stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $18 to $44 after fees. Head to to buy tickets and to hear some of Delhorst’s music.

Where: 443 Burnet Ave., Syracuse

When: Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

How much: $18 to $44

5K run with dogs

The Oswego County Humane Society will host its “Rover Run” on Sunday, a 5K and family day where dogs are very welcome. Runners (and their dogs) will follow the trails of Fallbrook Recreation Center and Rice Creek in Oswego, while everyone else can participate in outdoor games, face painting, a K-9 demonstration from the Oswego Police Department or a 1-mile walk on the trails. Registration for the 5K is $33 per person with discounts for youth and untimed races. Registration for the 1-mile walk is $28 per person or $49 per family. Every registration includes a bandana for your dog and a picnic lunch. For more information about the event or to register, go to or call (315) 207-1070. In-person registration for the 11 a.m. 5K starts at 10 a.m. Proof of rabies vaccination required. (Oh, and while we’re talking about the OCHS, you should really meet Frank.)

Where: 103 Thompson Rd., Oswego

When: Sunday at 11 a.m.

How much: $33 for the 5K or $28 for the 1-mile walk. Discounts available for youth, families and untimed races

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Pub Golf Crawl

Syracuse will host its first “pub golf” tourney this Saturday, so don’t be surprised if you spot errant golfers circulating around downtown with their clubs this weekend. There’s no actual golf-playing involved, but crawlers are strongly encouraged to wear golf attire. There will be best-dressed and lowest score prizes post-crawl. Hand over $10 to register at Press Room Pub between noon and 1:45 p.m. and to pick up a swag bag. (The registration fee will be donated to the First Tee of Syracuse program.) Then head out for a boozy afternoon and regroup at the Press Room Pub at 8 p.m. for the awards banquet. For more information and to see the full pub list, head to

Where: Press Room Pub, 220 Herald Pl., Syracuse

When: Saturday. Registration starts at noon and the crawl starts at 2 p.m.

How much: $10 to register

Pierogi cooking class

Chef Angela Voelk will host a Polish pierogi cooking class on Sunday. Sign up to learn how to make pierogis with a cabbage and mushroom filling, and also a dessert version filled with strawberries, in the teaching kitchen in Syracuse’s Salt City Market. Voelk will share family recipes and techniques from her Polish heritage, and will send you home with a printed recipe. Salt City Bar will be open for drink purchases. The class is $69 after fees; let the chef know before you sign up if you have any dietary or allergy questions. Go to for more information and to to sign up.

Where: The teaching kitchen in Salt City Market, 484 S. Salina St., Syracuse

When: Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.

How much: $69 per person

Salsa dance at Epicuse

Ritmo Flow, Muevete Baile Latino and Latin Rhythms will turn the Tasting Room at Epicuse into a dancefloor on Saturday night for a Latin Dance Gala. An instructor will teach Rueda, a type of salsa dance that originated in Cuba, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and then DJ Suave and DJ Sonero will play salsa, bachata, merengue, cha-cha and cumbia tunes until midnight. Tickets are $12.40 in advance after fees or $15 at the door. The dress code is formal and masks will not be required. For more information, go the Salsa with Cuse Facebook event page.

Where: 334 S. Salina St., Syracuse

When: Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight

How much: $12.40 in advance or $15 at the door

Caz Forum

Photo courtesy of the Cazenovia Forum

CIA agent Marc Polymeropoulos

The Cazenovia Forum will present a talk by former CIA agent Marc Polymeropoulos on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Catherine Cummings Theater in Cazenovia. Polymeropoulos retired in 2019 after 26 years with the CIA, and then authored a book, “Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA.” He served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is highly decorated. His last position was overseeing CIA’s clandestine operations in Europe and Eurasia. Polymeropoulos’ Friday speech will offer lessons in leadership under difficult circumstances. The forum will be followed by a reception at the Lincklaen House on Albany Street next to the theater. Copies of Polymeropoulos’ books will be available there. For more information, go to

Where: Catherine Cummings Theatre, 16 Lincklaen St., Cazenovia

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

How much: Free

NYS Fairgrounds shows

The NYS Fairgrounds has a handful of eclectic events this weekend. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there’s The Royal Dance Competition for every genre, from ballet to hip hop to clogging. Then there’s the Professional Horsemen’s Association of America’s Horse Show for riders of all ages, with competitions from Wednesday through Sunday and evening performances through Saturday. SkillsUSA, an organization serving high school and post-secondary students pursuing technical careers, will have a show on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and the Iroquois-Empire Volleyball Association will host a regional competition on Sunday. Last, there’s “Rex and the City,” a bunny rabbit show hosted by Mason Dixon Rex Rabbit Breeders Association and Cayuga Lake Rabbit & Cavy Club. Head to for more information.

Where: New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse

When: Thursday through Sunday events

How much: Admission prices vary

Piano quartet

Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music will present the Vonsattel Piano Quartet on Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The quartet members are wife-husband duo violinist Sarah Crocket Vonsattel and pianist Gilles Vonsattel, accompanied by violist Melissa Reardon and cellist Julia Bruskin. The group will play “Piano Quartet in G Minor” by Mozart, “Piano Trio, Op. 150″ by Amy Beach and “Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87” by Dvorak. For more information, go to or call (315) 682-7720. Proof of vaccination and masks required.

Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 310 Montgomery St., Syracuse

When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

How much: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for those 35 and under, free for full-time students and EBT/SNAP-holders

Spring migration

Mark Manske from Adirondack Raptors. Photo courtesy of Rusty Patane.

Spring Migration Festival

The Great Swamp Conservancy will celebrate the return of migratory birds with a festival of environmental and conservation activities for all ages. Mark Manske, owner of Adirondack Raptors, will bring his educational birds to the festival to be viewed up close. Wildlife artists and crafters will display and sell their wares, and the NYS Bluebird Society and Onondaga Audubon Society will answer birding questions and hand out avian information. There will be children’s nature games, crafts, guided bird walks and more, and 2022 Syracuse Area Music Award winner Sydney Irving and the Mojos will perform. There will also be food from Chicken BBQ and Lady Bug Cafe. For more information, go to

Where: 8375 N. Main St. Rd., Canastota

When: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How much: $4 for adults, $1 for children 12 and under

Youth Circus performance

Fern Collective youth circus will put on a show of acrobatics, unicycle, dance and tumbling on Thursday at Wunderbar. The show, “Altercation of the Mundane,” explores the idea of life without individuality. The performance is the result of two years of work by the group of six artists, who will perform around the state in Brooklyn, Rochester, Syracuse, Homer and Ithaca. The show is open to those 13 and up; tickets are $16.75 after fees. For more information and to buy tickets, go to

Where: 201 S. West St., Syracuse

When: Thursday from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

How much: $16.75 per person

Sportman’s Flea Market

The Pompey Rod & Gun Club will host its 13th annual Sportsman’s Flea Market on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. As with years past, there will be plenty of hunting, fishing, archery, shooting, reloading, camping and trapping gear to sell or trade. Admission is $2 per adult and free for kids. To rent a vendor table or for more information, call (315) 436-7529 or go to

Where: 2035 Swift Rd., Pompey

When: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How much: $2 for adults, free for kids


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