It's another busy weekend in Central New York. If you're looking for something different or interesting to do, we found the top 10 things going on in the area this weekend.

And we found a variety of activities that the whole family can enjoy. Whether you're in the mood for live music all weekend or if you want to take the kids to enjoy the carnival rides at the state fair, there's something you'll find that fits your mood (and your family's mood). There are also a few charitable events going on where you can have a blast and help out a good cause at the same time.


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    The Great New York State Fair

    Now through Mon. September 4th

    PRICE: $10 admission, children 12 and under get in free
    The Great New York State Fair is back with something for everyone: from carnival rides, shows, attractions, vendors, delicious and unique foods, to animals, free concerts, and competitions. Don't forget to try the new "Milky Bun" and see a show at the Chevy Court.

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    Small Town Throw Down

    Sat. August 26: 10a - 11p

    PRICE: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
    If you want to spend your Saturday rocking out to some great live bands, the "Small Town Throw Down" is perfect. See groups like Lonesome Dove, Eddie Arcuri, Last Left, Tompkins Drive, and a handful of others. Music starts at 11am at the Ilion Snowdrifters.

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    12th Annual Clinton Arts and Music Festival

    Sat. August 26: 10a - 6p

    PRICE: Free
    Spend your Saturday enjoying live music, amazing artwork, kid's activities, local vendors, and food. Music from "The Old Main," "TNT," "The Jukebox Gypsies," and many others. Tons of vendors with everything from candles and potpourri to glasswork and collectables.

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    Rooftop Yoga in Utica

    Sat. August 26: 10a

    PRICE: $20
    How would you like to do yoga on a rooftop overlooking Utica? In Bloom Yoga (in New Hartford) is hosting this special yoga event at Ocean Blue this Saturday. You'll have to get your tickets in advance if you want to guarantee yourself a spot, though. Tickets available at

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    Bowling for Paws in Rome

    Sat. August 26: 2p - 5p

    PRICE: $25 per person
    You get to bowl three games at King Pin Lanes in Rome, and it also includes pizza and a drink. There will also be basket raffles and a 50/50. Money raised benefits Trooper Husky Rescue and Sanctuary, a non-profit organization in Oneida.

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    Train Ride Robbery in Milford

    Sat. August 26: 1p - 3p

    PRICE: $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, $17 for children 3-17, children under 3 free
    Experience a staged train robbery, something you would expect in the Wild West, while you're a passenger on the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad. Will the bandits get away with all the loot aboard? You'll have to ride the train to find out. Reserve your spot by calling (607) 432-2429.

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    Squirrel Murphy at Vernon Downs

    Sat. August 26: 9p - 1a

    PRICE: Free
    Local favorites "Squirrel Murphy" will be performing a free show this weekend at Vernon Downs Casino. You'll find them at the "Ring Eyed Pete's" Stage.

    Photo Credit: Squirrel Murphy via 96.1 The Eagle
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    Utica Brews' Laugh Contest

    Sat. August 26: 8p - 10:30p

    PRICE: Free
    Utica Brews on Court Street is holding their 4th "Laugh Contest." Hear some of the best stand-up comedians in our area. And the best part? The audience gets to pick the winner, so make sure you come prepared to laugh your heart out.

  • 9

    Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball in Utica

    Sat. August 26: 12:30p - 3:30p

    PRICE: $5 or $2 with a non-perishable food item to support our veterans.
    Come out for a wonderful afternoon of softball (at Murnane Field in Utica), all while bringing awareness to the sacrifices our veterans have made for us. Gates open at 12:30pm, with the opening ceremonies at 1pm. First game will start at 2pm, with the second game following right after. Food and beverages will also be available at the concession stand.

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    Players of Utica's Free Season Preview

    Sun. August 27: 2p - 4p

    PRICE: Free
    If you're wondering about the upcoming shows and events at the Players of Utica, this is your chance. Directors and performers will be presenting scenes and musical numbers from some of their upcoming shows. Some of the upcoming shows include "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Game's Afoot," and a handful of others.

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