Syracuse Auto Expo, ‘Paw Patrol Live!’, CNY Boat Show: 16 things to do this week in Central NY

Who would have thought this mid-winter week would be such a busy one in Syracuse and around Central New York?

Following Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, the calendar is filled with big events.

Thursday sees the return of the Syracuse Auto Expo at the Oncenter. In its 115th year, it remains one of the oldest automobile shows in the United States. At the New York State Fairgrounds, the CNY Boat Show takes over two buildings with over 200,000 square feet of boats and personal watercraft.

Syracuse’s annual Winterfest celebration begins with a free fireworks show at the Inner Harbor on Friday and the Northeast Plant Show is at Driver’s Village on Saturday.

On the stage, “Paw Patrol Live” is at the Landmark Theatre this weekend, CNY playhouse has a new horror production for adults, and SUNY Oswego has a production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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The Syracuse Auto Expo returns for its 115th edition this weekend. N. Scott Trimble |strimble@syracuse.comN. Scott Trimble |

Syracuse Auto Expo

One of the five oldest auto shows in the country, the Syracuse Auto Expo returns to the Oncenter this week for its 115th edition. There will be hundreds of vehicles spread out through two buildings and three floors. See the latest in automotive technology, efficiency, safety, comfort, and more from Thursday through Sunday, which is “Family Fun Day” with a special $20 admission for families of four. Parking is free at the Oncenter Garage and the State Street Parking Lot. For more info, visit,

Where: 800 South State Street, Syracuse

When: Thursday and Friday from 3-8 p.m., Saturday noon to 8 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5.

How much: $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12, kids five and under are free.

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Boating fans will have 200,000 square feet to browse this weekend at two buildings of the New York State Fairgrounds during the CNY Boat Show. Dennis Nett | SYRSYR

CNY Boat Show

The Expo Center and Exhibit Building, close to 200,000 square feet of space, at the New York State Fairgrounds will be filled this weekend with 400 all-new models of power and sail boats, including cruisers, sports boats, pontoons, personal watercraft, and docks. New this year will be a space devoted to “previously enjoyed boats.” Visit a NYS Boating Information Center and much more. Tickets are $12 for adults. Visit for more information.

Where: 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse

When: Thursday and Friday from 1-9 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How much: $12 for adults. Children 13 and under are free.

Tasting the Diaspora

Celebrate Black History Month at the Salt City Market on Thursday at this program which is presented by the downtown eatery and the Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University. Meet an expert in Black History and taste food from different regions, each pivotal to the Black experience. This week’s feature is Central New York by Chef Venus Likulumbi and Kishi Ducre. A wine pairing will be provided. On Feb. 29, Liberia will be featured.

Where: 484 South Salina Street, Syracuse

When: Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

How much: Free

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Actors from The London Stage will at the Waterman Theatre at SUNY Oswego to perform Shakespeare’s comic fantasy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Take a trip to a magical forest, “where identities are mistaken, love blossoms, and magic reigns.” Click here to purchase tickets.

Where: 7060 NY Route 104, Oswego

When: Thursday at 7 p.m.

How much: $20 General Public, $15 Faculty/Staff/Alumni, $5 Non-SUNY Oswego Students, Free for SUNY Oswego Students.

“A Tribute to Donny Hathaway and Friends”

The Community Folk Art Center celebrates Black History Month on Thursday evening with a musical tribute to such legends as Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, and Lalah Hathaway. The headlining act, Keeiis Productions (Samuel T. Wynn), will be joined by talented performers including Donna Lee, Duane Davis, Jada Brown, UAD, Burnell Reid, Daquan Bowens, Keith White, and John Heard. Doors open at 6;30 at the CFAC’s Black Box Theater. General admission is $25. Tickets are available at the door or through Eventbrite.

Where: 805 East Genesee Street, Syracuse

When: Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

How much: $25

Allen Miller on the Everson’s Kawai piano

Allen Miller is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art in New York City and taught physics at Syracuse University for 45 years. He has played the piano even longer. He will be holding a performance on the Everson Museum of Art’s Kawai Grand Piano at 6 p.m. It is “pay what you wish.” At the same time, the museum will be hosting an event for the local LBGTQ+ community, “Clay and Be Gay,” where guests will learn ceramics techniques and create their own art. Refreshments will be served. Register here for the event which costs $35.

Where: 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse

When: Thursday at 6 p.m.

How much: Piano concert is “pay what you wish.” Ceramics class is $35.


“Alice in Slasherland”

When Lewis accidents resurrects the soul of murdered girl named Alice, he unwittingly “unleashes a literal hell on Earth.” See if he can save his small town from demons and monsters at “Alice in Slasherland,” the latest play from CNY Playhouse. Performances are scheduled this weekend and next. This production is not appropriate for young audiences. Purchase your tickets here.

Where: 116 West Glen Avenue, Syracuse

When: Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 2. Also running next Friday and Saturday at 7.

How much: $22

“Jubilee: A Celebration of Black Joy”

To celebrate Black History Month, the Black Artist Collective (BAC), in collaboration with Project OutLoud, invites the community on Friday to “Jubilee: A Celebration of Black Joy.” It will be an evening of vibrant expression and cultural celebration at Syracuse’s SALTspace. Hosted by BAC co-founder, Project OutLoud Coordinator, and multimedia artist Jaleel Campbell, the event is a celebration of Black talent and honors the contributions of artists who have shaped the dynamic arts and cultural landscape of Central New York. Doors open at 7 p.m. with a mini pop-up market featuring local artists and Black-owned businesses. The showcase begins at 8. Admission is $10.

Where: 103 Wyoming Street, Syracuse

When: Friday at 8 p.m. Pop-up market at 7.

How much: $10

Waterfront Fireworks

Syracuse’s Winterfest kicks off with a bang on Friday night with free fireworks at the Inner Harbor. The 30-minute show begins at 8:30 p.m. Free parking will be available. For a complete schedule for the annual Winterfest celebration, visit their website at

Where: Syracuse Inner Harbor

When: Friday at 8:30 p.m.

How much: Free

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Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman will be performing at The Folkus Project on Friday.Courtesy of the Folkus Project

Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman

The Folkus Project welcomes two well-known artists to the CNY music scene, Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman, on Friday at 8 p.m. They have eight SAMMY awards combined and are independent record producers and film scorers. For tickets and more information go to

Where: 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse

When: Friday at 8 p.m.

How much: $20, $17 for Folkus members.

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– Hamilton’s Palace Theater presents “Love Letters,” starring Ted Linio, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Provided photoProvided photo

“Love Letters”

Hamilton’s Arts at the Palace is presenting a special Valentine’s week event on Friday. A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prive for Drama finalist, “Love Letters,” chronologically covers a couple’s correspondence from their school days to maturity as they discuss their dreams, disappointments, ambitions, and hopes. The roles of Melissa and Andrew are played by local actors Laurie Marshall and Ted Lenio. The one-night-only performance is set for 7:30 pm (music at 7:00). Tickets are $10 and available at Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for $4.

Where: 19 Utica Street, Hamilton

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

How much: $10


Paw Patrol Live!

“Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure” (Provided photo)

“Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure”

The pups from Paw Patrol return to the Landmark Theatre this weekend for four “action-packed, music-filled” shows. Ryder and his team embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover hidden treasure. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday morning and matinee shows are available on Ticketmaster. Tickets must be purchased for anyone who has celebrated their first birthday.

Where: 362 South Salina Street, Syracuse

When: Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

How much: Tickets start at $27.30.

Northeast Plant Show

Driver’s Village in Cicero is hosting the Northeast Plant Show on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be over 40 vendors specializing in growing the highest quality plants and more than 30 plant artists. There will also be four interactive classes. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Eventbrite. Children 15 and under are free.

Where: 5885 Circle Drive East, Cicero

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How much: $5, plus fees.

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Actress/Singer Rebecca Miner to appear in “Patsy Cline: Songs, Letters and Stories” at Unity Hall in Barneveld on Saturday at 7:30.Adam Brockway

“Patsy Cline: Songs, Letters, and Stories”

Fans of country music legend Patsy Cline will not want to miss this one-night-only showing of “Patsy Cline: Songs, Letters, and Stories” at Barneveld’s Unity Hall. Written by well-known local performer, Rebecca Miner, this original show features Miner singing Patsy’s iconic music and explores her rise to fame as a country/pop star. A multi-talented, five-piece band will back up Ms. Miner, along with additional singers and actors filling out the story. The performance is dour years in the making. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are on sale at and the Adirondack Cheese Company on Route 12 in Barneveld. Advance tickets are $20; $25 at the door if available.

Where: 101 Vanderkemp Avenue, Barneveld

When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45.

How much: Advance tickets are $20, $25 at the door if available.

Drums in the Gym

The Liverpool High School gymnasium will be thumping on Saturday as some of the area’s top percussion ensembles perform on Saturday afternoon. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the 1 p.m. There will be concessions and raffles. Tickets are $8, cash-only. Children five and under are free.

Where: 4338 Wetzel Road, Liverpool

When: Saturday at 1 p.m.

How much: $8, children five and under are free.



The choir at St. Paul’s Church in downtown Syracuse will present Evensong and Organ Recital on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. The choir will perform works of Powell, Crotch, Greene, and Vaughan Williams. Augustine Sobeng, a doctoral student at Eastman, will present works of Charles Hubert H. Parry, Leo Sowerby, Percy Whitlock, and Louis Vierne following the service. A free will offering is suggested.

Where: 220 East Fayette Street, Syracuse

When: Sunday at 4 p.m.

How much: Free will offering.

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