Activities

Make the Most of Summer Events this August!

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Friday, July 26

Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; through July 28. More than 160 artists, entertainers and craftspeople make their mark on Columbus Circle in Syracuse. (315) 422-8284. downtownsyracuse.com.

The Dirtmeister Show. 11 a.m.-noon. Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomecek demonstrates concepts related to flight, airplanes, rockets, and space exploration. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Children’s Activities at Oswego Harborfest. 10:30 a.m.-midnight; through July 28. Harborfest includes a Children’s Stage at West Park and activities at the Novelis Family Park at Franklin Square. Also crafters, midway rides, and live entertainment in the parks and along the shores of Lake Ontario. A Children’s Parade starts at Breitbeck Park (July 26, 10:30 a.m.) and concludes at West Park/Franklin Square. Don’t miss the fireworks over the harbor (July 27, 9:30 p.m.). Free admission. (315) 343-6858. oswegoharborfest.com.

Saturday, July 27

Street Painting Festival. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (drawing and judging). (Rain date: July 28.) Artists of all ages decorate squares of sidewalk with chalk and compete for prizes. Chalk provided, but bring your own for the best color choices. Montgomery Street near City Hall, Syracuse. Sponsored by Family Life and Pathfinder Bank. Free for spectators. Participants’ preregistration: $15/age 17 and younger; $25/age 18 and older. Preregistration recommended: cnytix.com/events/SNTStreetPainting19.

Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through July 28. See July 26 listing.

Scholastic Festival. Noon-3 p.m. Part of the two-day Northeast Jazz and Wine Scholastic Festival, the Scholastic Festival focuses on youth ensembles. Scheduled to perform are: CNY Jazz Youth Orchestra, Cicero-North Syracuse Jazz Ensemble, and the Katz Pajamaz Big Band. Main Stage, Clinton Square, Syracuse. Free. (315) 479-5299. nejazzwinefest.org.

Everson Family Day. Noon-3 p.m. Make art outdoors, visit with adoptable cats and pit bulls, or watch a wheel-throwing demonstration (12:30-1:30 p.m.). Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 474-6064. everson.org.

Kidz Bop World Tour. 6 p.m. The interactive concert for the whole family features hits sung by kids for kids, with dance moves and exciting sets. St. Joseph’s Amphitheater at Lakeview, 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse. $34.50-$45, plus fees. LiveNation.com.

Sunday, July 28

Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See July 26 listing.

Monday, July 29

Popsicles at the Playground. 2 p.m. Children can take part in space-themed activities in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Presented by Fairmount Community Library. Shove Park, 1 Shove Park Dr., Camillus. (315) 487-8933. fairmountlibrary.org.

Tuesday, July 30

Checkers the Inventor. 2:30 p.m. In this show that features magic, juggling and games, Checkers and Snoozer try to land Snoozer on the moon. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Wednesday, July 31

Painting with a Twist. 2-3 p.m. Listen to music and play games while painting with a local artist. Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Harry Potter Game Day. 2:30-4 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 enjoy a low-key game day to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Young Naturalists of CNY. 6 p.m. Children of all ages can learn about watersheds and stream ecology on a field trip to Munro Park and Nine Mile Creek. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwellmemorialli brary.org.

Thursday, August 1

Blast Off Storytime Field Trip. 10-11 a.m. Head to the Liverpool Village Museum (314 Second St., Liverpool) for a field trip storytime. Presented by the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Free to Be. 10:30-11:15 a.m.; also August 8. Children ages 3-6 (and younger siblings) can sing along to a live guitar and make up their own lyrics. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Writing Workshop for Kids. 1-2 p.m.; also August 8 & 15. Children ages 6-12 can learn to tell and write stories. Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Painted Poems. 2-3:30 p.m. Teens can create a unique work that combines prose and graphic art. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

Out of This World Family Storytime. 6:30-7:30 p.m.; also August 8, 15 & 22. Children and caregivers can enjoy an informal story and play session; pajama wearing is encouraged. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Ukulele and Ice Cream Therapy. 7-8 p.m. Join a fun sing-along with Salt City Ukulele. The ensemble plays a variety of popular, classic and folk songs. Bring a chair or blanket. Gannon’s Isle, 4800 McDonald Road, Syracuse. Concert free; charge for treats. saltcityukulele.org.

Family Film Under the Stars. 7:30 p.m. (pre-show activities); dusk (film). See the 1984 PG-rated Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox as a time-traveling high school student. Everson Community Plaza, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 474-6064. everson.org.

Friday, August 2

A Universe of Reading. 10 a.m.-noon; also August 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 & 30. Readers of all ages can enjoy the Dinosaur Garden to check in with reading club progress, play games or relax in the outdoors. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Toy Story Party. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids can dress up as their favorite character and celebrate the release of Toy Story 4 with themed crafts and activities. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.The Painting Poet. 2-3:30 p.m. Teens can participate in a painting tutorial while listening to spoken word poetry. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

Life Sized Game Day for Teens. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Teens can play giant Jenga, super Tic-Tac-Toe and more activities. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. (315) 676-7484.

Shakespeare in the Park. 5:30 p.m.; through Aug. 11. See a performance of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, about a ship of nobles who are driven by a storm to Prospero’s enchanted island. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and a picnic, if you wish. Presented the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival. Thornden Park amphitheatre, entrances at Ostrom Avenue and Madison Street, South Beach Street, Ackerman Avenue, Syracuse. Donations. (315) 476-1835. ssitp.org.

Saturday, August 3

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also August 10, 17, 24 & 31. Kids can read to a friendly dog from Paws Inc. of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

The Jungle Book. 11 a.m. The Hampstead Stage Company presents the story of Mowgli, a child raised by wolves who finds adventures among the animals of the jungle; best for age 5 and up. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Stories in the Stars. 2-3 p.m. Children can watch Hampstead Stage Company’s presentation of stories based on Greek myths about the constellations, seasons, sun, moon and more. A program of Liverpool Public Library. Studio B Dance Company, 318 First St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Shakespeare in the Park. 5:30 p.m.; through Aug. 11. See August 2 listing.

Sunday, August 4

Shakespeare in the Park. 2 p.m.; through Aug. 11. See August 2 listing.

Monday, August 5

Special Needs Gaming. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; also August 12, 19 & 26. Young adults and adults with special needs can play on the Wii and with various board games; caregivers must remain in the room. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Paws to Read. 1-2 p.m. Children can spend 15 minutes reading to therapy dog Bailey. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Marble Roller Coasters. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Kids age 7 and up can make a marble roller coaster with loops, tunnels and more. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032. Registration required: nopl.org.

A Visit with CNY Nature. 2-3 p.m. Children of all ages can learn about nature. Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Tuesday, August 6

Storytime in the Park. 10:15-10:45 a.m.; and several other dates in August. Kids and caregivers can walk from the library to Onondaga Lake Park, near the Wegmans playground. There they can enjoy stories and songs, and check out books and DVDs from the LPL2Go Book Bike Bike Cart. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Checkers the Inventor Show. 2-3 p.m. In this show that features magic, juggling and games, Checkers and Snoozer try to land Snoozer on the moon. Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Open Writing Workshop for Teens. 2-3 p.m.; also August 13, 20 & 27. Young people ages 12 to 20 can learn to write the stories they’re eager to tell. Central Library, TeenSpace, Level 1, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Tuesday Crafternoons. 2-5 p.m.; also August 13. Children ages 3 to 10, accompanied by a caregiver, can make an original craft or the craft of the week. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwellmemoria llibrary.org.

That’s No Moon!. 2:30-4 p.m. Students going into grades 6-12 can do science activities based on the Star Wars Universe. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Kids Tech Time. 3-5 p.m.; also August 13, 20 & 27. Kids can explore and create with a rotating variety of toys, including Cubelets, K’Nex, Magnatiles and more. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.

Wednesday, August 7

Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also August 14, 21 & 28. Children of all ages, accompanied by caregivers, can enjoy this storytime. Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Tie Dye on the Lawn. 1-2:30 p.m. Bring a cotton item and use provided materials, equipment and dye to color it. Play clothes are recommended for all ages. Suggested staggered participation by last name; check the website for details. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m.; also August 14, 21 & 28. Students in grades 6-12 can take part in writing workshops, receive criticism, and brainstorm with others. All genres of creative writing are welcome. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. fflib.org. (315) 637-6374.

Teen Anime Night in Liverpool. 6-8 p.m. Teens can come and talk about anime. Cosplay is okay, but library staff must approve. Presented by Liverpool Public Library. Dunkin’ Donuts, 105 Second St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Checkers the Inventor Show. 6 p.m. In this show that features magic, juggling and games, Checkers and Snoozer try to land Snoozer on the moon. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwellmemorial library.org.

Thursday, August 8

T-Shirt Craft. 2-3:30 p.m. Teens can make lunar T-shirts with stencils and fabric paint. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

Jedi Training Camp. 2:30-4 p.m. Children from Pre-K to grade 5 can learn about the Force, create droids, and more. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Ukulele and Ice Cream Therapy. 7-8 p.m. Join a fun sing-along with Salt City Ukulele. The ensemble plays a variety of popular, classic and folk songs. Bring a chair or blanket. Big Dip, 216 N. Main St., North Syracuse. Concert free; charge for treats. saltcityukulele.org.

Stargazing. 8 p.m. Join the CNY Observers for an introductory lecture on the night sky, with discussions of the constellations, meteor showers and more. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

Friday, August 9

Shakespeare in the Park. 5:30 p.m.; through Aug. 11. See August 2 listing.

Saturday, August 10

Breakfast Canoe Tour. 7:30 a.m. Go on a guided paddle around the lake in search of wildlife. Stop in the middle of the excursion for a campfire pancake breakfast. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/adult; $3/child; $10 additional/canoe rental. $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

Scottish Games & Celtic Festival. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. See pipes, drums, dance and athletic competitions. Shop for Celtic goods and food. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Gate tickets: $10/adult; $7/seniors; $4/ages 5-14; free/under 5. (315) 463-8876. cnyscottishgames.org.

Toddlers’ Tango. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschool-aged children, accompanied by an adult, can take part in this music and movement class. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

Simultaneous Chess Tournament. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Chess master Bob Nasiff plays against at least 10 other players (age 6 and older) at the same time. Participants and players of all levels are welcome. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Towpath Day. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This festival celebrates canal history with a series of narrated vignettes along a section of the canal. There’ll also be entertainment, demonstrations of old-fashioned crafts, “Paddy” the mule, food for sale, and more. Camillus Erie Canal Park, 5750 DeVoe Road, Camillus. Free admission. (315) 391-7020. erie canalcamillus.com.

Shakespeare in the Park. 5:30 p.m.; through Aug. 11. See August 2 listing.

Sunday, August 11

Shakespeare in the Park. 2 p.m. See August 2 listing.

Monday, August 12

Kidding Around Yoga. 11-11:45 a.m. Children ages 5-10 can sing, be silly and learn basic yoga poses, mindfulness practices and meditation in a session led by Meghan Dimon. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8:30 p.m. Homeschooling parents will learn how to complete and file a student’s Individualized Home Instruction Plan (or IHIP). Baldwinsville Public Library, 33 E. Genesee St., Baldwinsville. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower. 9-11 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to lie back and watch for meteors. Through a telescope, see the Milky Way galaxy and views of Saturn. (Backup date: Aug. 13.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Tuesday, August 13

First Steps. 9:30-10 a.m. Children who are good walkers, up to age 3, can with a caregiver take part in a program with music, movement, crafts and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Baby Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m. Babies, up to age 2, and caregivers can share rhymes, songs, stories and signs in this language-building program. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374.

Storytime and Nature Play. 1-2 p.m.; also August 27. Clark Reservation State Park Nature Center, 6105 E. Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville. Free. (315) 492-1590.

Glow Party. 2:30-4 p.m. Teens can enjoy glow-in-the-dark crafts, activities and snacks. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Build Your Own Telescope. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Kids age 6 and up can make their own telescopes. Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Phil Markert Music. 6 p.m. Phil Markert will amaze the audience with his mastery of the keyboard, improvisational style and quick wit. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5320.

Wednesday, August 14

Space Crafts. 2-3 p.m. On the lawn, put together crafts related to the planets or the moon. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Zoo to You. 2-3 p.m. Get hands-on with one-of-a-kind animal artifacts and exciting zoo creatures, and ask an expert your animal questions. Central Library, Community Room, Level 1, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Games on a Roll. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Children can play video games in a truck trailer filled with consoles, games and more. Up to 20 can play at the same time. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwellmemo riallibrary.org.

Thursday, August 15

The Bubble Man. 2-3 p.m. See Doug Rougeux perform a show filled with comedy, juggling and an astonishing variety of bubbles. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. (315) 676-7484. Registration required: nopl.org.

End of Summer Party. 2-4:30 p.m. Teens can socialize with their friends, discuss books they read, eat snacks, and more. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

MOST Traveling Science Show. 2:30-3:30 p.m. An educator from the Museum of Science & Technology talks about space. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Teen Nerf Battle. 5-6 p.m. Participants 13-18 years old can battle with Nerf weapons. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Teen Tabletop Games. 6-8 p.m. Teens can hang out, play board games and eat snacks. Presented by Liverpool Public Library. Dunkin’ Donuts, 105 Second St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Ukulele and Ice Cream Therapy. 7-8 p.m. Join a fun sing-along with Salt City Ukulele. The ensemble plays a variety of popular, classic and folk songs. Bring a chair or blanket. Peter’s Polar Parlor, 3345 Milton Ave., Solvay. Concert free; charge for treats. saltcityuku lele.org.

Family Film Under the Stars. 7:30 p.m. (pre-show activities); dusk (film). See the 2017 PG-rated Coco, an animated film about a boy who enteres the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather. Everson Community Plaza, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 474-6064. everson.org.

Friday, August 16

End of Summer Learning Party. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to celebrate all they’ve learned and done over the summer. Central Library, Community Room, Level 1, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Saturday, August 17

Asian Elephant Extravaganza. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This celebration combines wildlife conservation education with the culture and heritage of the native countries of Asian elephants. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $9/adult; $5/senior; $5/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and under. (315) 435-8511.

Music with Donna B. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children age 2 and up, accompanied by caregivers, can enjoy music and movement with Donna Butterfield of Milk & Cookies. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Pups ’n Pages. 11 a.m.-noon. Read to a member of the Canine Caring Angels, or just hang out together. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Wonder of the Sky. 1-2:30 p.m. Explore the wonders of the sky through science, stories and play in a program for all ages. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Sunday, August 18

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Monday, August 19

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Tuesday, August 20

Summer Reading Finale. 3-6 p.m. Celebrate the conclusion of the children’s summer book club with ice cream floats, games and a raffle basket prize. Takes place on the lawn (or in the parking garage if it rains). Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.

Family Focus Adoption Services. 6-7:30 p.m. An informational meeting for people interested in adoption. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. (315) 676-7484.

Wednesday, August 21

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 2. The fair features thousands of animals, hundreds of commercial attractions, scores of rides and innumerable unusual, exotic and fried foods. Also see the works of New York artists and crafters. New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse. Admission: $10/general; free/age 12 and younger. $3/Thursdays. $1/August 21 & Sept. 2. Parking: $5. (800) 475-FAIR. nysfair.org.

Games on a Roll. 6-8 p.m. Young people in grades K-12 can play in the mobile video game trailer. Only 20 people can play at once, so there will be sign ups at the event to make sure everyone gets a chance. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Messy Art Night for Teens. 6-7 p.m. Young people can wear old clothes and get creative in various media. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. Registration required: nopl.org.

Outdoor Movie. 8-10 p.m. Families can watch E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, projected on a big screen outside (movie will be shown indoors in case of inclement weather). Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. fflib.org. (315) 637-6374.

Thursday, August 22

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 2. See August 21 listing.

Giant Family Game Night. 6-7 p.m. Families with children of all ages can try out some giant-sized games. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Ukulele and Ice Cream Therapy. 7-8 p.m. Join a fun sing-along with Salt City Ukulele. The ensemble plays a variety of popular, classic and folk songs. Bring a chair or blanket. Village Deli, 325 W. Manlius St., East Syracuse. Concert free; charge for treats. saltcityukulele.org.

Friday, August 23

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 2. See August 21 listing.

Saturday, August 24

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 2. See August 21 listing.

Pokemon Open Play. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids ages 8-12 can play with and trade Pokemon cards under the guidance of experts from TCGPlayer. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

The Only Flying Mammal. 7-8:30 p.m. Participants age 7 and up can learn all about bats, then take a hike to the pond (a route that includes some hills). Bring a flashlight. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimore woods.org.

Sunday, August 25

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 2. See August 21 listing.

Monday, August 26

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 2. See August 21 listing.

Drop In Crafts. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; also August 27 & 29. Seasonal crafts are available for children of all ages in the Children’s Room. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Tuesday, August 27

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 2. See August 21 listing.

Teen K-Pop Party. 3-4 p.m. Teens can watch and share favorite videos, show off their dance moves, make crafts and eat snacks. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. Registration required: nopl.org.

Informational Meeting on Adoption. 5-7 p.m. A Family Focus Adoption Services representative answers questions about adoption and foster care. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Wednesday, August 28

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 2. See August 21 listing.

Thursday, August 29

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 2. See August 21 listing.

Friday, August 30

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 2. See August 21 listing.

Saturday, August 31

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 2. See August 21 listing.

ONGOING EVENTS

Sterling Renaissance Festival. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; through August 18. Visit the replica Elizabethan village at festival time. Enjoy minstrels, jousts, japes and other entertainment provided by actors in costume, on stage and strolling about the 35-acre site. 15385 Farden Road, Sterling. $29.95/age 12 and up; $18.95/ages 5-11; free/age 4 and under. (800) 879-4446. sterlingfes tival.com.

Canoeing & Kayaking. Through Sept. 1: Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Sept. 2: weekdays, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Paddle around Beaver Lake searching for beaver lodges, turtles and herons. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $10/hour of rental. Admission: $4/vehicle. Call for current weather conditions: (315) 638-2519.

Horseback Riding. Through Sept. 1: daily except Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See Highland Forest on an hour-long guided horseback ride. Highland Forest Park, Route 80, 3 miles east of Fabius. $35/hour. Reservations required: (315) 289-3775.

Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market. Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; through Oct. 8. Farmers and produce dealers offer vegetables, fruit, nuts, flowers, baked goods and more for sale. Clinton Square, Syracuse. (315) 422-8284. downtownsyra cuse.com.

Onondaga County Beaches. Through August 9: daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, August 17 and 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sandy beaches have lifeguard supervision, shaded areas, picnic tables, grills and boat rentals. Jamesville Beach Park, 4110 West Shore Manor, Jamesville. Oneida Shores Park, 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton. $7/vehicle. (315) 435-5252 (Jamesville) or (315) 676-7366 (Oneida). onondagacountyparks.com.

Willow Bay Rentals. Through Sept. 2: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. No rentals after 4 p.m. Kayaks, paddleboards, pedal boats. $25-$40/two hours; $45/four hours. Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool. (315) 247-5813.

Weekend Walks With a Naturalist. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Nature discovery hike with different topics each weekend. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.

Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk. Throughout the year, visitors can grab their walking shoes and explore 4.5 miles of well-groomed, flat trails. Trails feature a 900-foot boardwalk, osprey nesting platform, and wetland and grassland restoration areas. The area is a stop for many migratory waterfowl and songbirds; other wildlife include muskrats and beavers. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Free. (315) 697-2950.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Interpretive Center open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. (315) 673-1350.

Wegmans Playground. Boundless Playground for children (and parents) of all ages and abilities includes accessible swings, slides, bridge and more, including special section just for the tiniest tykes. Onondaga Lake Park, Route 370, Liverpool. Free. (315) 451-PARK.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Thursdays, 5 p.m. Members of the community can join in making more than a hundred bagged lunches to hand out to the hungry and homeless in downtown Syracuse. The Road, 4845 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 218-6066. wholelygroundsattheroad.org.

Barnes & Noble Storytimes. Thursdays, 10 a.m. Join a storytime for toddlers and preschoolers that’s features a book, songs and coloring. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville Storytimes. Call or visit the website for times. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration recommended: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Fairmount Community Library Storytimes. Little Movers (good walkers ages 1-3): Mondays, 10:15 a.m. Music is Magic (ages 1-5): Mondays, 11:15 a.m. Stories at the Splashpad (ages infants to 5 years): Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime & Craft (ages 3-5): Thursdays, 10:15 a.m.; registration requested: fairmountlibrary.org. Fairmount Community Library, 406 Chapel Dr., Syracuse. Free. (315) 487-8933. fairmoun tlibrary.org.

Maxwell Library Storytimes. Storytimes and book groups for all ages. Call for dates and times. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661.

Northeast Community Center Library Storytimes. Preschool storytimes with rhymes and occasional games; youngsters learn group listening and participation skills. Call for times. Northeast Community Center Library, 716 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 472-6343, Ext. 208.

NOPL Brewerton Storytimes. Birth-24 months: Mondays, 9:30-10 a.m. Age 2 and up: Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. (315) 676-7484.

NOPL Cicero Library Storytimes. Toddler Story Hour: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Preschool Story Hour: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Family Storytime: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032.

NOPL North Syracuse Library Storytimes. Birth-age 3: Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Ages 3-5: Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

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