Don’t let this week’s surprise snow dump get you down. Winter is (probably) almost over and things are starting to open up for the spring. The Ithaca Farmer’s Market is heading back to its outdoor pavilion, the Skunk Cabbage Classic is braving the outdoors in search of signs of spring and Brewfest is back. There’s tons of music from all genres this weekend, too, like rapper Lil Durk, hard rock band September Mourning, EDM DJ William Black and “Encanto” singer Dan Navarro. There are a couple of other events to peruse, too, like a new boat show and the Salt City Cluster Dog Show at the NYS Fairgrounds.
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Over 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 lots, lots , more. Brewfest will take place on Saturday from 1 to 4 pm and Sunday from 6 to 9 pm Tickets for a single day are $60 after fees and sales tax. Feel like skipping the crowds? Another $25 will get you in an hour early. Go to cnybrewfest.com for tickets and a full list of participating breweries with a map of the booths.
Where: 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse
When: Saturday from 1 to 4 pm and Sunday from 6 to 9 pm
How much: $60 for one day
Ithaca Farmer’s Market
The Ithaca Farmer’s Market will move back outside to their covered pavilion this weekend. The market will have all the staples of early spring, like carrots, potatoes, flowers, honey, greens, bread and more, cooked alongside food, artist creations, local crafts and crafting supplies. Hopefully the weather will be sunny and nice enough to amble along the Steamboat Landing pavilion overlooking Cayuga Lake, but if it’s too blustery for your taste, you can always order from the extensive online marketplace and pick up your groceries without leaving your cozy car. Head to ithacamarket.com for details about this weekend or to ithacamarket.localfoodmarketplace.com for the online market. SNAP discounts are available.
Where: Steamboat Landing, 545 3rd St., Ithaca
When: Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm
How much: Free
Chicago-based rapper and singer Durk Derrick Banks, known as Lil Durk, will play at the Oncenter on Friday at 8 pm Since the 2011 release of his debut mixtape, “I’m a Hitta,” Lil Durk has built up his reputation in drill-style rapping. He signed to Def Jam Recordings and is also a member of the rap group OTF (Only The Family). His first album, “Remember My Name” was released in 2015 and his latest release, “7220,” dropped this month. He has 22 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Tickets for the Friday concert go for $60 to $190 after fees. Go to asmsyracuse.com for more information about the show and to buy tickets.
Where: 760 S. State St., Syracuse
When: Friday at 8 p.m.
How much: $60 and up
We Don’t Talk About Bruno
A singer on Disney’s hit song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” Dan Navarro, will perform at the 443 Social Club this week. In addition to the “Encanto” earworm, 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 winner 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 has sung or voice acted in “Coco,” “Happy Feet,” “The Loraz,” “The Simpsons,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and more. He’s done a lot. Navarro will perform at the 443 from 7 to 9:30 pm on Thursday night. Tickets go for $18 to $44 and can be purchased through 443socialclub.com. Go to the website for Navarro’s full bio and clips of his past performances.
Where: 443 Burnet Ave., Syracuse
When: Thursday at 7 pm
How much: $18 to $44
Transmedia project and hard rock band September Mourning will perform at The Lost Horizon in Syracuse on Friday. What is a transmedia project, you ask? The band’s lead singer Emily Lazar centers her music and stage persona around a fictional human-grim reaper hybrid named September, whose story is also illustrated in a comic series by Marc Silvestri. The whole project has been running since 2009 and includes music, videos, and illustrations. The band also has its own NFTs. The Friday concert will start at 6 pm and is open to those 16 and older. Tickets are $23 after fees. Go to thelosthorizon.com to buy tickets and to septembermourning.com to hear the band’s music.
Where: 5863 Thompson Rd., Syracuse
When: Friday at 6 p.m.
How much: $23
LA-based producer and DJ William Black will perform at the Westcott Theater on Friday at 8 pm Black’s released his debut album “Universe” in 2018, which hit #1 on the iTunes dance charts. The musician continued to release music during the pandemic and performed on live stream events like Lollapalooza. In 2021 he hit the live circuit again, performing at festivals and across the country. He pulls in around 900,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and just released his latest album, “Pages.” Tickets are $21 after fees for regular entry, or $53 for the seated platform area. Go to williamblack.com to hear some of the artist’s music and to thewestcotttheater.com to buy tickets.
Where: 524 Westcott St., Syracuse
When: Friday at 8 p.m.
How much: $21
Salt City Dog Show
Some very good dogs are headed to the New York State Fairgrounds this weekend. The Salt City Cluster Spring Dog Show will take over the Exposition Center from for four days with dogs from all over the region that will compete for excellence in obedience in showmanship. Thursday through Sunday will be sponsored by the North Country Kennel Club, Central New York Kennel Club, Onondaga Kennel Association and Finger Lakes Kennel Club, respectively. The beginner puppy groups are on Thursday and Saturday. In addition to the competitions, there will be booths set up around the expo center with items for less professionally-inclined dogs and dog-lovers. It’s free to watch the shows. Fees vary if you want to sign up your dog. Head to raudogshows.com for the full line-up of competitions and rules.
Where: 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse
When: Friday through Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm,
How much: Free to watch
Finger Lakes Boat Show
A new boat show is steaming into Ithaca this weekend. The Finger Lakes Boat Show will have displays from Duffy Electric Boats, Cobalt Performance Boats from German Brothers Marina, rental boats from Lansing Harbor (Ithaca’s marina to Cayuga Lake), Sea Doo jet skis, Paddledockers kayaks, paddleboards, swim gear, paddles and more . Dealers will be on-site to answer questions, and there will be food and drinks. Parking and admission are free. Go to ithacavoice.com for more information.
Where: 407 Cliff Street · Ithaca
When: Thursday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
How much: Free
Skunk Cabbage Classic
For those who fall in the middle of the running club-skunk cabbage enthusiast Venn-diagram, there is a race for you, and it’s been going on for 40 years. Cornell University and Finger Lakes Runners Club will host the annual “Skunk Cabbage Classic” on Sunday with 10K and half-marathon trails. The point of the classic is to run, but also to (if you want) spot the skunk cabbages along the Ellis Hollow trail in Ithaca. You won’t get a prize for noticing the spring-time plant, just the satisfaction of knowing it’s there. There will be refreshments, chip timing, optional skunk t-shirts, finisher’s medals and more. Registration is $50 or $60; you can sign up at fingerlakesrunners.org or by calling (607) 275-9557. Go to the website to see a map of the trail options.
Where: Schoellkopf Stadium Crescent, Ithaca
When: Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm
How much: $50 for the 10K or $60 for the half marathon
Need books? Easter decorations? Pots to contain your recent houseplant obsession? The First United Methodist Church of Fulton will host a rummage sale this Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm both days. They’ll have all the rummage sale staples: household items, home décor, gently used furniture, books, fabric, crafting supplies, yarn, games and more. All items priced as marked. Call the church’s office at (315) 592-7347 for more information, or go to the Facebook event post.
Where: 1408 State Rte. 176 Fulton
When: Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm
How much: Free
Beards for a Better World
If you’re still dreaming of No-Shave November, there’s an event for you this weekend. Wunderbar will host “Beards for a Better World” on Sunday from 8 to 9:30 pm Contestants will dress up their beards to pull in donations for CNY Pride, Vera House and Black Cuse Pride. The audience will vote (and drink, if you wish. It is a bar.) for the best beard. The event is open to those 18 years old and over, and is $15 at the door or $10 pre-sale. Tickets can be purchased in advance at wunderbarsyr.com.