CNY Pumpkin Festival, Big East Power Sports Show, Dandelion EDM Festival: 15 things to do at CNY

It’s the first weekend in October, which means central New York’s fall favorites, apples and pumpkins, take center stage.

Oswego will host its annual pumpkin festival and Ithaca will host its 39th annual apple harvest festival.

There will also be a new free downtown event in Clinton Square this weekend. The Dandelion EDM festival on Saturday will feature electric dance music.

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Central New York Great Pumpkin Festival in Washington Square Park in Oswego. Roman Liverman (3) from Oswego sits atop one of the giant Atlantic pumpkins grown by Wally Merriam of Fayetteville. David Lassman | [email protected]

CNY Pumpkin Festival

The CNY Pumpkin Festival returns to the Washington Square Festival in Oswego for two days this weekend. There will be fun activities for the kids, pony rides, rides, music, food, crafts, a ‘Scarecrow Scramble race’ and pumpkins for decoration. The event is free and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Or: East 2nd Street, Oswego

When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How much: Free to attend

Dandelion EDM Festival

A new downtown festival hits Clinton Square on Saturday. The local startup ZASH Global presents the Dandelion EDM Festival from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Dandelion EDM Festival

A new downtown festival hits Clinton Square on Saturday. The local startup ZASH Global presents the Dandelion EDM Festival from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Performers include Nicky Romero, Deorro, Kryoman & EC Twins, SVNF8, Tadeo Fernandez and Talia Eisset. Go to for more information.

Or: Clinton Place, Syracuse.

When: Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

How much: To free

Oswego County Family Fall Festival

The very first “Oswego County Family Fall Festival” takes place this weekend at the Oswego County Fairgrounds. Celebrate the arrival of fall with carnival rides, live music, a show of crafts and vendors, apples, pumpkins, wagon rides, children’s games and more. On Saturday evening there will be a fireworks display at 7:30 p.m. Participation is free and parking is free. Visit for more information.

Or: 291 Ellisburg Street, Sandy Creek

When: Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How much: Free entry and parking

Great East Motorized Sports Show

The New York State Fairground Exhibition Center will host the Big East Powersports Show which, since 1994, has been a “celebration of all things snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs, motorcycles and other vehicles. recreational ”. There will be factory displays from manufacturers and dealer stands selling hardware and accessories. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Or: 601 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse

When: Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How much: Anyone 12 and over costs $ 12, $ 6 for children 6 to 11, children under 6 are free.

Syracuse dishes

Syracuse Mets fans can expect to see a variety of major upgrades at NBT Bank Stadium this summer. New seats, new pitch, new lights, new signage, fresh paint and new bar areas will welcome fans when the 2021 season opens on May 4.

Final homestand for the Syracuse Mets

The Syracuse Mets play their last home games of the 2021 baseball season this weekend. Watch the local nine complete their schedule against Buffalo. Promotions include a final “Bark in the Park” on Wednesdays, “Dollar Thursday”, “Craft Beer Friday”, “STEM Night” and “Kids Eat Free on Sundays with the Family.” The first throw is set for 6:35 a.m. from Wednesday to Saturday. Sunday’s game starts at 1:05 a.m. Tickets start at $ 14.

Or: 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse

When: Wednesday-Saturday at 6:35 p.m. Sunday’s game starts at 1:05 p.m.

How much: Tickets start at $ 14

Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival

Now in its 39th year, the downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival, the community’s biggest celebration of the year, returns this weekend to and around the Ithaca Commons Mall. It will feature a variety of fresh local foods, artisanal ciders, artisan products created by local and regional manufacturers, popular apple cider donuts and an assortment of homemade baked goods. Plus, carnival-style games and rides and, of course, an abundance of New York State’s tastiest apples will be part of the celebration. There is also a full range of shows and live music. Visit for more information and the music program.

Or: 171 East Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Ithaca

When: Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

How much: Free to attend

Flash Light Safari and Halloween Nights

The Wild Animal Park in Chittenango will host a Flash Light Safari every Friday and Saturday evening in October. Bring your own flashlights and explore the dark park to catch the animals at night when they are most active. Remember to wear your costume. The fun runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The snack bar will be open with a full menu and special fall treats. Visit for more details.

Or: 7621 Lakeport Road, Chittenango

When: Fridays and Saturdays in October, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

How much: Adults cost $ 15.99, seniors and children up to 12 years old cost $ 13.99. Children two and under are free

“Isn’t it grandiose” fundraiser

On Friday nights, celebrate Redhouse’s past, present and future at their “Ain’t it Grand” fall fundraiser, their first in-person event of the year. Starting at 6 p.m., come for an evening of cocktails, food, dancing, entertainment and waiting for the live theater to return. There will also be a world premiere play by Temar Underwood called “Dating Shakespeare”, and some lucky audience members will have the opportunity to have a romantic date with Billy Shakespeare during the performance. Go to to purchase tickets.

Or: 400, rue Salina Sud, Syracuse

When: Friday, from 6 p.m.

How much: $ 75 for a single ticket, $ 125 for couples

Syracuse Fashion Week After Dark

Syracuse Fall Fashion Week ends on a high on Saturday night. Come to the Jefferson Clinton Suites for “After Dark,” a mix of fashion, theater, hair and makeup. Join star downtown retailers including Ecodessa and Projex 214 for a fashion show. A limited number of $ 40 tickets will be sold to allow for social distancing. If you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask. Go to to get your tickets.

Or: 416 Clinton Street South, Syracuse

When: Saturday, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

How much: 40 $

Diaper race

CNY Diaper Bank, a local nonprofit that collects diapers for families in need, will host its second annual “Virtual 5K” by Sunday. Runners, walkers and crawlers can participate in an event of 5 km or less at their own pace at any time of the week. Individuals and families interested in participating can register online at Registration is $ 25 for adults and $ 15 for youth (13-17 years old). Children (0-12 years old) can run, walk or crawl for free. T-shirts are available for purchase for an additional $ 12 for adults and $ 10 for youth.

Or: 5 km virtual race

When: Now until sunday

How much: Registration is $ 25 for adults, $ 15 for teens 13 to 17, free for children 12 and under.

Baltimore Woods Run

The Baltimore Woods Nature Center is looking for individuals, families and teams to celebrate the beauty of fall by running or walking during the 6th Annual 5K Run for The Woods, through October 6 .

Virtual race for the woods

The Baltimore Woods Nature Center is looking for individuals, families and teams to celebrate the beauty of fall by running or walking during the 6th Annual 5K Run for The Woods, through October 6 . This fundraiser helps support the Nature Center’s work to manage over six miles of trails on the reserve and deliver year-round environmental education programs for all ages. Costs are $ 30 for individual walkers or runners and $ 85 for families and teams. For more information and to register, visit

Or: Virtual race to support Baltimore Woods

When: Now until October 6

How much: $ 30 for individual walkers or runners and $ 85 for families and teams.

Pumpkins and doggies

The Helping Hounds Dog Rescue will hold their biggest event of the year on Saturday in Cicero. Bring your four-legged best friend in their best Halloween costume for a contest ($ 5 for entry) and enter raffles, bake sale, bottle drive, food trucks and more. You might even find a dog for adoption.

Or: 7268 Caswell Avenue, Cicero

When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How much: Free to attend. $ 5 to enter your dog in the costume contest.

Civil war reenactment

Travel back in time to the Civil War at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum this weekend. Union and Confederate reenactors will bring history to life with military exercises and live demonstrations of a working forge, basketry, crafts and dance. There will be civil war lectures and a “skirmish” at 2:00 pm. Food, drinks and live music will also be available. For more information visit

Or: 717 Lockport Road, Chittenango

When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How much: $ 6 for adults, $ 5 for seniors and veterans, and $ 3 for children 12 and under.

Friends of History BBQ Chicken Dinner

The Friends of Fulton History will be hosting a Chicken BBQ at the Fulton Polish Home on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until sold out. Meals include half a chicken, salted potatoes, baked beans, and a bun for $ 12.

Or: 153 West First Street South, Fulton

When: Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. while stocks last

How much: Meals cost $ 12

The future of life on Earth and everywhere else

Astrophysicist Adam Frank calculates that we could have 200 years to figure things out “before climate change and / or resource depletion sends us the dinosaur’s path.” He will share his ideas on “The Future of Life on Earth and Everywhere Else” via a Live Zoom presentation sponsored by the Cazenovia Forum on Friday from 7pm. The presentation is free but requires registration. To register, please use the following link:

Or: Enlarge the presentation

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

How much: Free but you must register.

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