Free Concerts, Yoga, Food, & More: 10 Exciting Events Happening in CNY This Weekend
Looking for something different, something exciting to do this weekend? Here are the Top 10 events and activities happening in the Central New York area.
Summer may be winding down, but that doesn't mean the activities are wrapping up in Central New York. It's another busy weekend with tons to see and do, from free concerts at the Great New York State Fair to hot-air balloons at Balloon Fest, and everything else in between. We found the best events going on this weekend that you should definitely make time for.
Joe Jonas and the rest of DNCE will be performing at the Great New York State Fair as part of their Chevy Court Concert Series. Probably one of their biggest hits "Cake By the Ocean" will have you dancing your heart out.
It's a whole weekend of hot-air balloon fun in Oneonta. Friday live music will start at 5pm, followed by the balloon launch at 6pm. There will also be a "pound" workout class at 7pm. Saturday is a busy day with the balloon launch at 6am, a color run at 9:30am, a classic car cruise at 2pm and tons of other family-friendly activities.
It's the first annual Cooperstown Artisan Festival being held in downtown Cooperstown. There will be a variety of artisans, crafters, entertainment and demonstrations throughout the weekend.
Thanks to Bite Bakery, you can enjoy a free yoga class at Franklin Square Alley in downtown Utica. It's open to all ages and all yoga-levels. They do ask that you bring your own mat.
PRICE: $3 per sample
Taste delicious dishes from the best food trucks in New York. As part of the Great New York State Fair, 20 food trucks will compete each day and serve up a signature item, everything from taco fries to bacon macaroni and cheese jalapeno fritters. There will also be barbecue pork dishes, beverages, and tons of other treats. Don't forget to check out (and vote) for Rome's own "Come Fry with Me," which will be participating on the second day of the competition.
PRICE: $10 admission into the fair, children 6 - 11: $2, children under 6: Free (additional tickets may be needed for this event at the fair)
New this year to the Fonda Fair is the Monster Trucks and Motorcycle show. Three Monster Trucks will battle it out in a Freestyle Competition. Plus, two of the best motocross riders will be showcasing their skills. Make sure to stick around the fair to enjoy the fireworks at dusk.
Bass Pro Shops on Horatio Street in Utica is holding a special festival for the whole family. It includes free hot dogs, funnel cake samples, face painting, a fishing challenge, crafts for the kids, and more.
Sure, it's a little bit of a drive from the Utica/Rome area, but it could be a nice adventure for the family before school starts. It's being held at the 316 Youth and Community Center on Market Street. They will be showing the movie "The Lost Medallion." Free popcorn will also be available.
Another awesome free show at the Great New York State Fair this weekend is the "Spin Doctors." Probably best known for their hits "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and "Two Princes," it's sure to be a great show.
PRICE: Admission is $8 for adults, $6.50 for students, $5 for children 5 - 12, and free for children under 5
Happening at the Iroquois Indian Museum at Howes Cave, this is sure to be a very unique, family-friendly event everyone can enjoy. There will be an Iroquois Indian market, sky dancers, crafts for the children, story telling and other activities.