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ArtsWeek in Downtown Syracuse

More than 20 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.

2018 ArtsWeek 
July 20 - July 29
A full schedule of events is coming soon.

The below events reflect what was scheduled in 2017.

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47th 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. StatesIsrael and CanadaThe 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 28-30, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info: www.syracuseartsandcraftsfestival.com

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Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

Jazz and wine are the perfect combination! The Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival returns with two days of jazz, funk, Reggae 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 28-29, Friday 5-11 pm, Saturday 12-11 pm

For more info: www.nejazzwinefest.org


Syracuse New Times 27th 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 29, Saturday 8 am-4 pm

For more info: www.syracusenewtimes.com

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Circare Stage of Nations ECOfest

This annual celebration will feature Native American crafts, food, demonstrations, live music and dance. 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 28-29, Friday 5-10 pm, Saturday Noon-10 pm

For more info: StageofNations.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 in the kid's tent at the Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival (on the lawn next to the Mission Restaurant). It's also free!

When: July 30, Sunday, 10am - 2pm

For more info: www.cnyarts.org

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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 28-30, Friday-Sunday, 12-5 pm

"Life on the Canal Then by Artists Now"

The exhibit, "Life on the Canal Then by Artists Now" commemorates the 200th anniversary of the year construction began on the Erie Canal, which connects the Hudson River and New York City to the Great Lakes and the Midwest.

Where: 318 Erie Blvd E.

When: July 22 - 30, Monday - Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Sunday, 10am-3pm

For more info: www.eriecanalmuseum.org

Art in the Windows Reveal

The second installment of the Downtown Committee’s Art in the Windows program will be launched to coincide with ArtsWeek 2017.  The three new installations, designed by local artists, will be unveiled on Monday, July 24 in the ground-floor windows of the WFBL Building, located at 431 South Warren Street; the Syracuse Building, located at 224 Harrison Street; and Armory Square’s most recent residential conversion at 215 West Fayette Street (the former Hurbson Building). The temporary installations were selected by a jury, and will remain in place through October. The Art in the Windows program showcases available storefronts as retail business opportunities by spotlighting the talents of local artists. The installations, designed by Sierra Barns (WFBL Building), Marc Safran (Syracuse Building), and Rebekah Tanner (former Hurbson Building) were selected by a jury. The Downtown Committee matched the artwork with Downtown Syracuse properties whose owners expressed interest in participating in the program to enliven their available storefront space(s). Funding for Art in the Windows is provided by a grant through the Central New York Community Foundation.

Where: WFBL Building, located at 431 South Warren Street; the Syracuse Building, located at 224 Harrison Street; and 215 West Fayette Street (the former Hurbson Building)

When: Monday, July 24

For more info: www.downtownsyracuse.com

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Erie Canal Poster Unveiling & Poetry Reading

The Erie Canal Museum's weekly series, Wednesdays at the Weighlock, will feature the unveiling of the Syracuse Poster Project's new poster, which commemorates the 19th century Erie Canal and illustrates beautifully what life was like on the Canal at that time. The poster will be enlarged and hung on the Museum's second floor middle window. In addition to live music from Tanksley, the poster's artist, Ton Su, and the haiku poet, Ross Getman, will be in attendance. The event will also include readings by individuals who participated in a recent poetry workshop at the museum. 

Where: 318 Erie Blvd E.

When: July 26, Wednesday, 6pm

For more infowww.eriecanalmuseum.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 28-30, 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 28-30, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Candlelight Series 

Saturday, July 22:
Main Concert: Cabaret singer, Marissa Mulder with CNY Jazz Artists
Opening Act: Novak Nanni Duo 

Saturday, July 29:
Main Concert: Boston's Cold Chocolate Americana Band
Opening Act: Harmony Katz Barbershop Chorus

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 22 & 29, 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 at various downtown parks. The jazz band showcases some of the finest high school musicians from Syracuse. 

Monday, July 24 - Erie Canal Museum
Tuesday, July 25 - Downtown Farmers Market, Clinton Square
Wednesday, July 26 - Hanover Square
Thursday, July 27 - Perseverance Park, corner of Fayette and Salina Streets
Friday, July 28 - Armory Square Park, Corner of Franklin and Walton Streets

All performances start at 12:15 pm and will run until about 1:00 pm

For more info:  www.facebook.com/City-of-Syracuse-Stan-Colella-All-Star-Band

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Create Your Own Junk Creature

Calling all kids to build outrageous creatures using glue, recycled stuff and your imaginations. Build solo or in teams, but get your construction hat on! No registration required, for ages 5 – 12. 

Where: Robert P. Kinchen Central Library

When: July 27, Thursday, 2:00 pm

For more info:  www.onlib.org

Downtown Writer’s Center 

Now in its 17th 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 28-30, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

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


Onondaga Historical Association’s Exhibits 

Exhibits :

  • "From Downton to Downtown; What The Fashionable Wore From 1900 to 1930"
  • "All That Jazz; 35 Years of Syracuse Jazz Fest"
  • "The War To End All Wars; Onondaga County Encounters WWI"
  • Permanent exhibits of CNY history

Where: 321 Montgomery St.

When: July 26-30, Wednesday-Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm 
Saturday-Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm

For more info: www.cnyhistory.org

ArtsWeek Events:

Sunday, July 23: Gustav Stickley and Syracuse Arts & Crafts Legacy
This program explores the great traditions that developed early in the 20th century that made Syracuse a center for the national Arts & Crafts Movement.  The lecture reviews the story of Gustav Stickley, but also touches on the contributions of a few other local artists and architects.

Wednesday, July 26: Evening at the Museum, 6:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Take a tour of the Onondaga Historical Association with the harried night watchmen filled with history and hilarity, and encounter the strange things that take place after hours. Appropriate for ages 10+. $13/OHA members; $16/non-members. Call 315-428-1864 x312 to reserve a tour time.

July 28 - 30: Native American Crafts 
Native jewelry, dream catchers and art for sale by the crafters.   

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Plymouth Congregational Church Art and Bake Sale

Plymouth Church is open and welcome to all! Come inside and visit local artisans. 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 28-30, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info: http://plymouthuccsyracuse.org

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St. Paul's Syracuse Rummage Sale

St. Paul’s Syracuse, The Downtown Episcopal Church, will be open throughout the Americu Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival with a special Rummage Sale. The Rummage Sale will include clothes, household items, linens, small appliances, books, furniture, toys, jewelry, decorative items and collectables at bargain prices. On Sunday morning there will be a Jazz Worship Service with Holy Communion at 9:00 a.m. to which all are welcome.

Where: 310 Montgomery St.

When: July 28-30, Friday & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm

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 books will be available for purchase as well as Guardian Angel Society merchandise, including the Kid's Design Christmas Cards. 

Where: 264 E. Onondaga St., Columbus Circle

When: July 28-30, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info:  www.guardianangelsoc.org

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