Memorial Day Events, Tim McGraw, Cooking Clams: 12 Things to Do in CNY This Weekend


Looks like we’re safe in spring, which means outdoor dining, bike rides, and grilling season. 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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Phillip and Valentina Schiavone, 4, walk through the crow of American flags before the start of Memorial Day festivities in the Eastwood neighborhood of Syracuse, with a parade and ceremony to remember service members who gave their lives for United States. The American Legion Post 1276 organized the parade. Denis Net | [email protected] Dennis Nett | [email protected]Denis Net | [email protected]

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.”

Where: CNY

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

Tim McGraw kicks off the 2022 Blossom Music Center concert season, May 19, 2022

Tim McGraw performs at the Blossom Music Center in 2022.Joshua Gunter,

Tim McGraw

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

Where: 490 Restoration Road, Syracuse

When: Thursday at 7 p.m.

How much: $60 and up

Speed ​​race

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 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 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.

Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro will stop by the Cleveland Agora for a show on Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Tig Notaro

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 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

Neither rain, nor rain, nor more rain could deter Lake Street Dive and their fans at Beak & Skiff on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Fans wrapped up in rain gear and the band performed amid fog and darkness. Photo by Warren Linhart

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 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

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.

R&H Launch Party at Flagship Brewery

Scenes from Rubsam & Horrmann’s relaunch party at Flagship Brewery on September 21, 2019. Pictured is Joe Gatto of ‘Impractical Jokers’. (Staten Island Advance/Victoria Priola)

joe gatto

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

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

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


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