Events in Central New York


There's always something to do or see in the Central New York Region. From family-friendly entertainment to annual festivals bringing our rich history to life, check out all the colorful events happening here year round.

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Central New York: June

6-2-15 to 10-20-15
Farmers' Market at Cottage Lawn
Madison County Historical Society 435 Main St
Oneida‚ NY 13421
The market, open every Tuesday from 3 - 7 pm and set to run through October 20, will feature fresh local, seasonal produce, pastured meats, cheeses, dog treats, honey, maple products, soaps, wood fired breads, herbs, coffee beans, baked goods and much more from 21 vendors.
Wine in the Wilderness
Utica Zoo One Utica Zoo Way
Utica‚ NY 13501
Sample and purchase wines from wineries all across New York State. Live entertainment by the band Simple Props. Food vendors will be available. We would like to thank the following sponsors for this year's event: Bank of Utica, Townsquare Media, PJ Green, BME, and the Pines at Utica. Tickets are now on sale for the Utica Zoo's annual Wine in the Wilderness event on Saturday, June 6th. Purchase through PayPal above, or at one of the 12 retail locations listed in the image above. VIP Tickets online or at Utica Zoo Gift Shop ONLY. Utica Zoo Member tickets on sale ONLY in the Utica Zoo Gift Shop with ID. Here are the prices: - VIP Ticket: $75 (In advance ONLY. Limit: 200). Early entry at 5pm with VIP Parking. VIP Lounge featuring Mexican Cuisine. On sale online in the Utica Zoo Gift Shop ONLY. - Utica Zoo Member Ticket: $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Advance sale tickets in the Utica Zoo Gift Shop ONLY. - Non-Member Ticket: $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Purchase with PayPal above or at one of the 12 retail locations listed above in the image. - Designated Driver Ticket: $20 in advance and at door. Purchase with PayPal above or at one of the 12 retail locations listed above in the image.
6-12-15 to 6-14-15
The Dolgeville Violet Festival
Dolgeville‚ NY 13329
The Dolgeville Violet Festival is not just a one time event during the summer, but a year round effort by the residents of Dolgeville. The Violet Festival preserves the historical aspects of the Village of Dolgeville through the use of innovative, artistic, and educational displays throughout the year. There is an emphasis on the communities' rich horticultural history, which culminates with the annual Dolgeville Violet Festival the 2nd Friday, Saturday and Sunday of June each year. The Festival draws more than 75 vendors, 80 organizations that participate in the parade, and over 10,000 people to the Village during the three-day event. Violet Festival Committee meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at the Dolgeville Fire House. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to attend.
The Dust Devil Band and The Paul Case Band
Unity Hall 101 Vanderkemp Ave
Barneveld‚ NY 13304
Following their hugely successful performance at the 34th anniversary of the "Save The Stanley" concert in March, the Dust Devil Band is continuing their reunion tour with a booking at Barneveld's Unity Hall. This show teams the DDB up with another local legend as the Paul Case Band takes the stage in the Landecker Auditorium on June 12th. The Dust Devil Band is a piece of Central New York musical history. A staple of the music scene in the 70's and 80's, the DDB rocked just about every venue in the Mohawk Valley and beyond. An anchor at festivals like FUBAR and Full Moon Fest, the Dust Devil Band originated from the Waylon and Willy style of Outlaw Country to establish themselves as a formidable force in the regional music scene. The band's four songwriters added to the group's diverse repertoire and they emerged with a unique sound which blended blues, southern rock and alternative country, while shying away from mainstream styles. The DDB is comprised of George Deveny on lead and slide guitar, Darryl Mattison on drums, Dan Porter on base, Ed Rosenburgh on lead vocals, harmonica and rhythm guitar and Mike Stone on guitar and pedal steel. As well as playing in the Dust Devil Band, members of the quintet can also be seen on stage with local favorites like The Dharma Bums String Band, the Paul Case Band and Blueprints. The Paul Case Band's diverse talents include a world class songwriter, a golden-voiced diva, a dazzling guitarist and a boiling rhythm section. Paul Case, Dane Porter and Darryl Mattison have been entertaining Central New York crowds for many years, separately and together in bands such as Bad Dog NY, Drivin' Sideways, the Solid Oak Band, Tattoo, Case & Davidson, Rollin' Easy, Puttin' On the Ritz, Al Nathan and Blue Streak - the list goes on and on. The band is tight and the jams are intense - these players are at the top of their game and they know each other well. But the icing on the cake is the soulful presence of the lovely Syd Pinto. Syd's remarkable vocal range allows the band to deliver anything from a sensitive Fleetwood Mac ballad to a bluesy Bonnie Raitt shuffle to a full-bore Sheryl Crow rocker. It's an exciting show with a little something for everyone. The repertoire includes several of Case's originals culled from his eight solo and Case & Davidson CDs, which have gotten airplay all over the world. You'll also hear some funky arrangements of Allman Brothers and Lou Reed hits, covers from Jack Johnson and Ben Harper, and reggae remakes of some R&B classics. With years onstage together, the band knows how to entertain a crowd - they mix it up and have fun doing it. So will you! Unity Hall Foundation member tickets for this show will be available from now through May 23rd at the Adirondack Cheese Co., 8190 St. Rt 12, Barneveld. All tickets sold after 5/23 will be at the general admission price of $12.
Sherburne Arts & Crafts Family Festival
Gaines Park
Sherburne‚ NY 13460
Music, food, student exhibit, kids tent, auction, raffles and more!! Free to the public.
6-13-15 to 6-14-15
Dippity-Do-Da Days: Taste of Fly Creek Series
288 Goose Street
Fly Creek‚ NY 13337
Experience the full flavor of Fly Creek Cider Mill specialty dip mixes in this focused tasting. These very popular mixes range from sweet to savory and are easy to prepare and enjoy. Samples, recipes and promotions will be available from 10:00 until 4:00.
Second Annual Strawberry Jam at the Mansion House
Oneida Community Mansion House 170 Kenwood Avenue,
Oneida‚ NY 13421
The activities begin with a flea market in the Vineyard across from the Mansion House at 9 am. Spaces to sell goods are available for $10. From 12 to 4 pm, chow down on hamburgers, hot dogs and salt potatoes prepared by Kenwood and Vine in the Quadrangle of the Mansion House and enjoy a bluegrass jam with Geoff and Spencer Noyes from 12 to 2 and the Twenty Main band from 2 to 4 on the south lawn. And make sure you indulge in delicious goodies and drinks throughout the afternoon prepared with strawberries, of course. There is no admission charge to the Mansion House which will be open from 12 to 4 pm with guides stationed at locations throughout the museum to answer questions. Attend an illustrated introduction to the site presented by Curator Tony Wonderley in the Big Hall at 1 pm and again at 2:30 pm.
6-19-15 to 6-20-15
18th Annual Father's Day Weekend Antique & Car Show
Old Forge‚ NY 
Friday evening parade at 7pm, on Main Street in Old Forge. On Saturday, the judged show starts at 9am with cars required on the field at the Hiltebrant Recreation Center on North Street by noon. Trophies and prizes will be awarded at 3pm. Cash prizes for Best of Show - Antique and Best of Show - Modified. Sponsored by the Central Adirondack Association.
Saranac/F.X. Matt Brewery 830 Varick Street
Utica‚ NY 13502
6-20-15 to 6-21-15
Father's Day Grilling: Taste of Fly Creek Series
288 Goose Street
Fly Creek‚ NY 13337
The Mill's Chef will grill with Robert Rothschild Farm's sauces and marinades as a special treat for Father's Day. Recipes and promotions are available. Sampling hours are 10:00 4:00.
6-20-15 to 6-21-15
Celebrate "Path Through History" Weekend
800 Park Avenue
Utica‚ NY 13501
Path Through History Weekend is a showcase New York State's rich and fascinating history and will feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. You don't have to be a historian to appreciate New York State's rich heritage. New York's new Path Through History helps you discover, experience and appreciate the state's amazing past. A wealth of memorable experiences awaits you - from living history museums, to forts and military landmarks, to the homes of presidents, great writers and artists. With an unparalleled network of museums, historic sites and cultural institutions, Path Through History takes you across the state to discover events of the past and learn how they reverberate today.
The Herb & Flower Festival
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County 121 Second Street
Oriskany‚ NY 13424
All things blooming! Presentations, ongoing activities and concession booths. And a very pleasant spot for the whole family!
Garden Art Show
Lorenzo 17 Rippleton Road
Cazenovia‚ NY 13035
Outdoor exhibition of paintings and sculpture installed throughout the formal garden and Dark Aisle arboretum. Rain location: South Cottage, Lorenzo. Sponsored by Cazenovia Arts; for more information please call (315) 558-8310. The show is 10AM-3:30PM. No admission is charged. Note: beginning at the formal garden gate at 1 PM, a 20-minute guided historic tour of Lorenzo's formal garden will also be offered (weather permitting). For more tour information, please visit or call Jackie Roshia at (315) 655-3200, ext. 106.
5th Annual Schoharie Sloughter's Car Show
County Office Parking Lot Spring Street
Schoharie‚ NY 12157
12:00pm to 5:00pm Car show and Craft Show Registration 8am-12pm Awards announced at 4pm
SUMMERLAND 2015: Everclear, Fuel, Toadies, American Hi-Fi
Saranac/F.X. Matt Brewery 830 Varick Street
Utica‚ NY 13502
Garlic Breath: Taste of Fly Creek Series
288 Goose Street
Fly Creek‚ NY 13337
Pride of New York member, Al Williams, of Rome Grown Garlic will present his popular Garlic Olives for a day of sampling. Locally grown garlic complements the taste of green olives for a snack or appetizer. The Mill says, "We bet you can't eat just one." Recipes and promotions are available. Sampling hours are 10:00 - 4:00.
Bounty of the County
Carrot Barn 5605 NY-30
Schoharie‚ NY 12157
5:30pm to 10:00pm Celebrity and local chefs create a multi-course gourmet dinner with locally grown ingredients, accompanied by beer, wine, and spirits- all produced in Schoharie County!
6-30-15 to 7-5-15
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Festival
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute 310 Genesee Street
Utica‚ NY 13502
A colorful extravaganza of live music, sidewalk art, mural painting, antique autos, and much, much more. It's the area's longest-running summertime celebration. The Festival's highlight attraction, the Sidewalk Art Show, returns with 200 fascinating works in a colorful array of media. Children will enjoy fun-filled artistic activities. Guided tours and illustrated talks give new insight into the Museum of Art collection and exhibitions. For a complete schedule of events go to:


Madison County Fair

7-9-15 to 7-12-15

Madison County Fair

Experience all the offerings of a traditional agricultural fair; Animals, Agricultural Exhibits, Midway, Contest, Pageants, Live Music, Truck Pulls, Tractor Pulls, Demolition Derby, Rollover Contest & More. Affordable Fun for the Entire Family!

Spring Kite Festival


Spring Kite Festival

Bring a kite to fly with the New York Kite Enthusiasts (NYKE), or make one on site for free (while materials last), and watch it soar in the air overlooking the beautiful views of our county. Fun for all ages! Come for the day and enjoy available concessions or bring a picnic basket! $5 suggested parking donation.