Looks like we’re safe in spring, which means outdoor dining, bike rides, and grilling season. Syracuse.com has a whole list of parades and ceremonies for you for Memorial Day, and this Saturday is the 15th Annual North Syracuse Family Festival. There’s the First Anniversary Bike Ride with Syracuse Bike Party or, for something quicker, take the trip to Oswego for Port City 150 on Saturday. Comedians Tig Notaro and Joe Gatto are also touring upstate, and Tim McGraw and Lake Street Dive will perform. There’s also a clam platter, trivia and waffles, and spaghetti with a side of…murder mystery?
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Remembrance Day Events
There are parades all over upstate New York this Memorial Day, from Fayetteville to Fairhaven to Fabius. In East Syracuse, American Legion Post Arthur Butler 359 will sponsor a 1 p.m. parade on Monday that begins at The Village Lanes of East Syracuse bowling alley and runs down West Manlius Street to the Veteran’s Memorial, where a ceremony will be held. In North Syracuse, a 9:30 a.m. parade will begin at Lonergan Park and travel north on Route 11 to Veterans Memorial Park, where VFW Post 7290 will hold a service. For a full list of Memorial Day parades and events in upstate New York, see “Memorial Day 2022: Our guide to parades, ceremonies in central New York.”
When: Most events on Monday, Memorial Day
How much: Free
North Syracuse Family Festival
This Saturday is the 15th Annual North Syracuse Family Festival, with plenty of activities for kids and families. There will be music, bouncy houses, craft tables, pony rides, dunk tank, raffles, safety demonstrations, martial arts, meet a princess, face painting, vintage cars, food trucks and more. Head to the North Syracuse Family Festival Facebook page for more information on the day.
Where: Centerville Place, 700 South Bay Road, Syracuse
When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How much: Free
Country singer Tim McGraw will perform Thursday night at St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview in Syracuse. McGraw’s hits include “7500 OBO”, “Over and Over” and “Highway Don’t Care”, and he has 7.2 million monthly listeners on Spotify. He’s also a star of the “Yellowstone” prequel “1883,” alongside his wife and fellow country singer Faith Hill. Tickets for the show start at $60 after fees and can be purchased through asmsyracuse.com.
Where: 490 Restoration Road, Syracuse
When: Thursday at 7 p.m.
How much: $60 and up
Oswego Speedway will kick off its 71st season this weekend with “Port City 150.” Hot laps begin at 2:30 p.m. and competition starts at 5 p.m. with 35-lap races for J&S Paving 350 Supermodifieds, 40-lap races for Pathfinder Bank SBS, and 75-lap races for Novelis Supermodifieds. Tickets are $25 for general admission, free for children 16 and under (with an adult who has paid for a ticket), $45 for booth access, and $75 for VIP tickets. Call (315) 342-0646 or visit myracepass.com for more information.
Where: 300 Albany Street East, Oswego
When: Saturday. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., races start at 5 p.m.
How much: $25 for general admission. Children 16 and under accompanied by a ticketed adult enter free
Cook with clams
Heritage Hill will be serving butter and steamed littleneck clams for their ‘Memorial Sunday Open Clam Bake’. Tickets are $50 per person in advance ($36 for ages 15 and under) or $60 at the door. One ticket gets you a Heritage Hill beer, two dozen clams, and a buffet of Italian sausages, hot dogs and kraut, chicken thighs, corn potatoes, mac and cheese, baked beans with pork, coleslaw and rolls. The boozy social hour starts at 1 p.m. and the buffet is open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Filmore Blues Band will play from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cash bar is open until 8 p.m. Visit heritagehillbrewery.com for more information and tickets.
Where: 3149 Sweet Road, Pompey
When: Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The bar is open until 8 p.m.
How much: $50 in advance or $36 for ages 15 and under. $60 at the door.
Emmy- and Grammy-nominated comedian, writer and actor Tig Notaro will perform at the State Theater in Ithaca on Thursday night. Notaro is listed by The Rolling Stone as one of the “50 Greatest Stand-Up Comics of All Time” and won widespread acclaim for its play “I’ve Got Cancer” in 2012. Tickets for the show are £43. $ after fees and can be purchased through stateofithaca.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Where: 107 W. State St., Ithaca
When: Thursday at 7 p.m.
How much: $43
Murder Mystery Spaghetti Dinner
The Acme Mystery Company returns to the Spaghetti Warehouse restaurant with their latest interactive murder mystery show, “Dead Meat.” The public will have to unite to save Papa Tortellini from a delicate end at the hands of one of his enemies. Did the health inspector come to pick him up? His wife, Heavenly Mother? It’s yours. Seating begins at 6:45 p.m. and the show runs until 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and include the cost of dinner. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (315) 475-1807.
Where: 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse
When: Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
How much: $40
Diving in the street of the lake
Lake Street Dive will be performing at Beak & Skiff on Friday night as part of their swing through upstate New York on their “Obviously” tour. They will perform at Beak & Skiff on Friday, then travel to Cooperstown for a sold-out show with the Avett Brothers and finally to Artpark in Lewiston on Sunday. Nashville-based soulful singer-songwriter Devon Gilfillian will open for Lake Street Dive on Friday. Tickets are $59 after advance fees or $65 on the day. Visit beakandskiff.com for tickets.
Where: 2708 Lords Hill Road, Lafayette
When: Friday at 7 p.m.
How much: $59 in advance or $65 same day
Anecdotes and waffles
The Modern Alchemy game bar in Ithaca offers trivia and waffles (and $8 Bloody Marys) every Sunday from 2-8 p.m. There’s a different theme every week, and made-from-scratch waffles start at $6 with tons of toppings like chocolate, peanut butter, blueberries, and bananas. Make a day out of it, starting with lunch at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market at Steamboat Landing (it’s open until 3 p.m.), followed by a hike around Buttermilk Falls State Park or the Cascadilla Gorge Trail. For more information, visit alchemygamebar.com.
Where: 619 W. State St., Suite B, Ithaca
When: The quiz starts at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Waffles served all day.
How much: Trivia is free. Waffles start at $6.
Joe Gatto, star of TruTV’s reality/hidden improv show, “Impractical Jokers,” will perform at Funny Bone in Syracuse on Friday and Saturday. Head to Comedy Central UK to see him take on a champion sumo wrestler or terrorize unsuspecting diners with mashed potatoes, or listen to him co-host the ‘Two Cool Moms’ podcast. Tickets for the Gatto show are $150 per person and can be purchased at syracuse.funnybone.com.
Where: 10301 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse
When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
How much: $150
Bike party in Syracuse
May is bike month, and Syracuse Bike Party is gearing up for its 13th outing of the year, which also happens to be its first anniversary. The party starts at 6.45pm in Clinton Square and then the group will head to a bar (destination to be decided later) for drinks and food. Riders are strongly encouraged to bring fun lights, music and good vibes. Head over to the Syracuse Bike Party Facebook page for more information.
Where: Clinton Square, Syracuse
When: Saturday at 6:45 p.m.
How much: Free
Herb and Balm Gardening Workshop
The Baltimore Woods Nature Center will host an herb gardening workshop on Saturday morning. A guide will take you to the nature center’s herb garden to talk about the different uses of herbs throughout history and today. The group will collect herbs from the garden and use them to make balms to take home. The workshop costs $15 per person or $10 for members. To register, go to baltimorewoods.org.
Where: 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus
When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
How much $15 per person or $10 for members