Brewfest, Salt City Dog Show, ‘Encanto’ Singer: 11 Things to Do in CNY This Weekend

Don’t let this week’s surprise snowfall get you down. Winter is (probably) almost over and things are starting to open up for spring. The Ithaca Farmer’s Market returns to its outdoor pavilion, the Skunk Cabbage Classic braves the outdoors for signs of spring, and Brewfest is back. There’s also tons of music from all genres this weekend, like rapper Lil Durk, hard rock band September Mourning, EDM DJ William Black and “Encanto” singer Dan Navarro. There are also a few other events to browse, like a new boat show and the Salt City Cluster Dog Show at NYS Fairgrounds.

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West Kill Brewing Golden Rose at CNY Brewfest (Jared Paventi | [email protected])Jared Paventi | [email protected]

CNY Brewfest

More than 100 brewers will converge under one roof at the New York State Fairgrounds this weekend for the 25th annual (except last year) CNY Brewfest. There will be samples from brewers near and far like Beer Tree, West Kill Brewing, Anything But Beer, Flying Monkeys, Evil Twin NYC, Lake Placid, Local 315, Stout Beard, Sloop, Saranac, Sam Adams, Buried Acorn and many more, much more. Brewfest will take place on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $60 per session after fees and sales tax. Want to avoid the crowds? Another $25 will get you there an hour early. Go to for tickets and a full list of participating breweries with a pit map.

Or: 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse

When: Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

How much: $60 for one day

Ithaca Farmer’s Market

The Ithaca Farmer’s Market will return outdoors to its covered pavilion this weekend. The market will feature all the early spring staples like carrots, potatoes, flowers, honey, greens, bread and more, as well as ready meals, artist creations, local crafts and craft supplies. Hopefully the weather will be sunny and pleasant enough to stroll along the Steamboat Landing pavilion overlooking Cayuga Lake, but if it’s too windy for your liking, you can still order from the vast online marketplace and shop without leaving. your comfortable car. Head toward for more details on this weekend or for for the online market. SNAP discounts are available.

Or: Steamboat Landing, 545 3rd St., Ithaca

When: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How much: Free

Lil Durk

Chicago Durk rapper and singer Derrick Banks, known as Lil Durk, will perform at Oncenter Friday at 8 p.m. Since the 2011 release of his debut mixtape, “I’m a Hitta,” Lil Durk has built his reputation as a drill-style rapper. He is signed to Def Jam Recordings and is also a member of the rap group OTF (Only The Family). Her debut album, “Remember My Name” was released in 2015 and her latest release, “7220”, was released this month. He has 22 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Tickets for the Friday concert cost between $60 and $190 after fees. Go to for more information about the show and to purchase tickets.

Or: 760 S. State St., Syracuse

When: Friday at 8 p.m.

How much: $60 and up

Dan Navarro

Singer-songwriter Dan Navarro, whose credits include the Oscar-nominated film “Encanto,” will perform in Syracuse on March 31.

We’re not talking about Bruno

A lead singer of Disney’s hit song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” Dan Navarro, will perform at 443 Social Club this week. In addition to the earworm “Encanto,” Navarro has released 13 albums with his former acoustic partner, Eric Lowen, and is working on his latest solo album, “Horizon Line,” produced by Grammy-winning Jim Scott. Navarro has written or co-written songs for Pat Benatar, The Bangles, Wink, The Temptations, “Deadpool 2”, “Pitch Perfect 2”, “This is Us”, “Mare of Easttown”, “The Voice”, ” The Office”, “American Dad”, and much more. He sang or voiced in “Coco”, “Happy Feet”, “The Loraz”, “The Simpsons”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and more. He has done a lot. Navarro will perform at 443 from 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday night. Tickets cost between $18 and $44 and can be purchased through Go to the website for Navarro’s full biography and snippets of his past performances.

Or: 443 Burnet Ave, Syracuse

When: Thursday at 7 p.m.

How much: $18 to $44

September Mourning

Transmedia Project and hard rock band September Mourning will perform Friday at The Lost Horizon in Syracuse. What is a transmedia project, you ask? The band’s lead singer, Emily Lazar, centers her music and stage persona around a fictional human-reaper hybrid named September, whose story is also depicted in a comic book series by Marc Silvestri. The entire project has been ongoing since 2009 and includes music, video, and artwork. The group also has its own NFTs. The Friday concert will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to ages 16 and up. Tickets are $23 after fees. Go to to buy tickets and to listen to the band’s music.

Or: 5863 Thompson Road, Syracuse

When: Friday at 6 p.m.

How much: $23

William Black

Los Angeles-based producer and DJ William Black will perform at the Westcott Theater on Friday at 8 p.m. Black’s released their debut album “Universe” in 2018, which reached No. 1 on the iTunes dance charts. The musician has continued to release music during the pandemic and performed on live events like Lollapalooza. In 2021, he returns to the live circuit, performing at festivals and across the country. He attracts around 900,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and has just released his latest album, “Pages”. Tickets are $21 after fees for regular admission, or $53 for the seated platform area. Go to to hear some of the artist’s music and to buy tickets.

Or: 524 Westcott Street, Syracuse

When: Friday at 8 p.m.

How much: $21

Salt City Cluster Spring Dog Show

The Salt City Cluster Spring Dog Show at the Empire Expo Center, Geddes, NY on Friday, March 29, 2019. Scott Schild | [email protected]Scott Schild | [email protected]

Salt City Dog Show

Some really good dogs are heading to the New York State Fairgrounds this weekend. The Salt City Cluster Spring Dog Show will occupy the show center for four days with dogs from across the region competing for excellence in showmanship obedience. From Thursday to Sunday they will be sponsored by the North Country Kennel Club, Central New York Kennel Club, Onondaga Kennel Association and Finger Lakes Kennel Club respectively. Beginner puppy groups are on Thursday and Saturday. In addition to the competitions, there will be stalls set up around the exhibition center with items for less professional dogs and dog lovers. It’s free to watch the shows. Fees vary if you wish to register your dog. head t for the full list of competitions and rules.

Or: 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse

When: From Friday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.,

How much: free to watch

Finger Lakes Boat Show

A new boat show is coming to Ithaca this weekend. The Finger Lakes Boat Show will feature exhibits of Duffy Electric Boats, German Brothers Marina Cobalt Performance Boats, Lansing Harbor Rental Boats (from Ithaca Marina to Cayuga Lake), Sea Doo Jet Skis, Paddledocker kayaks, paddle boards, swim gear, paddles and more. . Dealers will be on hand to answer questions, and there will be food and drink. Parking and admission are free. Go to for more information.

Or: 407 Cliff Street Ithaca

When: Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

How much: Free

Why is skunk cabbage one of the first spring plants?

Fun fact about skunk cabbage: skunk cabbage can raise its own temperature through chemical reactions within the plant. It is one of the first plants to sprout in the spring. Irving Silverstein/Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance

Classic skunk cabbage

For those who fall in the middle of the running club and skunk cabbage Venn diagram, there’s a run for you, and it’s been going on for 40 years. Cornell University and the Finger Lakes Runners Club will host the annual “Skunk Cabbage Classic” on Sunday with 10k trails and a half marathon. The point of the classic is to run, but also (if you wish) to spot skunk cabbages along the Ellis Hollow trail in Ithaca. You won’t get any awards for noticing the spring plant, just the satisfaction of knowing it’s there. There will be refreshments, token timing, optional skunk t-shirts, finisher medals and more. Registration is $50 or $60; you can register on or by calling (607) 275-9557. Go to the website to see a map of trail options.

Or: Schoellkopf Stadium Crescent, Ithaca

When: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

How much: $50 for the 10K or $60 for the half-marathon

clearance sale

Need books? Easter decorations? Pots to hold your recent obsession with indoor plants? Fulton First United Methodist Church will hold a thrift sale this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. They’ll have all the staples of the flea market: housewares, home decor, gently used furniture, books, fabrics, craft supplies, yarn, games and more. All items at the price indicated. Call the church office at (315) 592-7347 for more information, or go to Facebook event post.

Or: 1408 State Road. 176 Fulton

When: Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How much: Free

Things to do beards for a better world

Photo courtesy of Carin Wolfe

Beards for a better world

If you’re still dreaming of November without a shave, there’s an event for you this weekend. Wunderbar will host “Beards for a Better World” on Sunday from 8-9:30 p.m. Competitors will dress their beards to draw donations for CNY Pride, Vera House and Black Cuse Pride. The public will vote (and drink, if you like. It’s a bar.) for the best beard. The event is open to ages 18 and up and costs $15 at the door or $10 presale. Tickets can be purchased in advance at

Or: 201 S. West Street, Syracuse

When: Sunday at 8 p.m.

How much: $10 presale or $15 at the door

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