Drive-in movie marathon, goat yoga: 13 things to do in CNY –

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Central NY rings in September with a combination of both live and virtual events. The coronavirus pandemic has changed how we will experience fall this year, but traditions like apple picking is now open at many orchards around the area.

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Moviegoers view the beginning of "Close Encounters of The Third Kind" during opening night for the Midway Drive-in, Minetto, N.Y., Friday June 12, 2020. Scott Schild |

Midway Drive-In Theatre is hosting their annual Dusk to Dawn event on Labor Day weekend. Friday will be a triple feature and then Saturday and Sunday will be a five movie marathon including The Muppet Movie, Jurassic Park, Jaws, The Thing, and Animal House. Find the full scheduled on the Midway Drive-In Theatre Facebook page.

Where: Midway Drive-In Theatre, 2475 NY-48, Oswego, NY 13126

When: Movies are nightly, but movie marathon is Sept. 5-6, beginning at 8 p.m.

How much: $9 for ages 12 and up, $4 for ages 7-11, kids age 6 and under are free

Enjoy a 45 minute yoga session with Purpose Farms Nigerian dwarf goats and visit with the rest of the farm animals, all who are rescues, afterwards. A limited number of tickets will be sold and participants must fill out an online waiver before attending. Attendees are also asked to bring a yoga mat and towel.

Where: Purpose Farm, 1454 West Genesee Rd., Baldwinsville, NY 13027

When: Sept. 5 at 9 a.m.

How much: $25, tickets available at

The Wild Animal Park and Safari will both be open for a chance to see the animals at their most active. Concessions will be open until 8 p.m. and no prior reservations are needed.

Where: The Wild Animal Park, 7621 Lakeport Rd., Chittenango, NY 13037

When: Sept. 4 from 6-9 p.m.

How much: Regular attendance rates apply. Zoo: $13.99 for adults and $11.99 for children, safari: $12 for adults and $10 for children, combo pass: $23.99 for adults and $19.99 for children.

This photo, taken by owner Dan Palladino at Heritage Hill Brewhouse in Pompey, inspired him to offer a different take on the drive-in show.

Heritage Hill Brewhouse will host their inaugural Labor Day weekend classic vehicle and hot rod show across their 20-acre field. Bring a pop up tent and chairs and enjoy the scenery. Breakfast served in the morning and BBQ pit beginning at 11 a.m.

Where: Heritage Hill Brewhouse, 3149 Sweet Rd., Pompey, NY 13138

When: Sept. 6, beginning at 9 a.m.

How much: Free to attend

Cedarvale Maple Syrup Co. enjoy maple donuts, maple ice cream, maplechinos, and more. They will also offer savory hot brisket or pork sundaes.

Where: Cedarvale Maple Syrup Co., 3769 Pleasant Valley Rd., Syracuse, NY 13215

When: Sept. 5-6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

How much: Free to attend

The United Way of Central New York is hosting their annual fundraiser to kick off their campaign season. This year they are collaborating with local restaurants to raise funds for 87 local area programs through the Community Program Fund.

The Kickoff Cookoff (or KOCO for short) is an annual event to kickoff the start of United Way of Central New Yorks campaign season. Local diners can help raise money for the United Way of Central New York Community Program Fund in two ways, either by attending a special United Way Day or by purchasing a special menu item designated for the event from one of 20 participating locations.

Where: See full event details at

When: Now through Sept. 8

How much: Prices vary by restaurant and item

Syracuse Stage is producing a series of Syracuse Stories which explore topics that directly impact our city, many of which are virtual. Who Counts? is about their partnership with the US Census. Learn more about the Census, be a part of collecting local stories, and leave a message for future generations about why each one of us counts. They will also offer information on how to earn a $50 gift card for joining the Who Counts project.

Where: Preregister for the Zoom meeting at

When: Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.

How much: Free to attend

20th Annual Dunkin Run Arc Race at Longbranch Park. Athletes in Tandem teamed with developmental disabled athletes start the half marathon a couple of minutes before the main group of runners take the course. Arc of Onondaga provides services to people with developmental disabilities in Onondaga County. Sept. 6, 2014 David Lassman |

Arc of Onondagas annual Dunkin Arc race is going virtual this year to raise money for programs offering services to people with developmental disabilities in Onondaga County. Every participant gets a virtual bib, and a free race tee upon completion of the race within the time frame allotted. Options available for kids, families, 5k, and half marathon.

Where: Register at, race can be completed anywhere

When: Complete between Sept. 5-19

How much: $10-$55


The 52nd New York State Fair butter sculpture

The New York State Fair is hosting a series of fair themed contests for those missing their summer tradition. Along with the American Dairy Association North East, participants are invited to try their hand at creating their own butter sculptures. Participants can use up to 5 pounds of butter for their sculpture and they ask that designs be family friendly and non-political. The grand prize winner receives a lifetime admission medal to the fair, along with eight passes for the 2021 fair, a $25 Wegmans gift card, and a prize pack from 93Q. There are prizes for second through fifth-place winners too.

Where: Full contest details can be found at the Great New York State Fair Facebook page

When: Entries can be submitted from now through Sept. 4

How much: Free to enter

Wagner Farms in Rome, NY has 40 acres of activities including sunflower fields, farm trails, wagon rides, and a haunted corn maze. Visit this weekend during the full moon and beware of aliens, grim reapers, and clowns. The event changes each night, so every experience is new and always family friendly. All activities are wheelchair accessible.

Where: Wagner Farms, 5841 Old Oneida Rd, Rome, NY 13440

When: Sept. 4-5 from 7-10 p.m.

How much: $5 per person, children two and under are free

No Pizze Fritte from The Villa this year. The New York State Fair has been canceled for 2020.Charlie Miller |

This will be the last weekend to get your fair food fix as Villa Pizze Fritte, joined by the Big Kahuna food stand, Ashley Lynn Winery and Carnival Eats every bring a taste of the NYS Fair to Central NY with Orange Lot Madness. You will be able to order pizze frittes, doughnut burgers, poutine, sausage sandwiches, gyros, funnel cakes, deep fried Twinkies and Oreos, corn dogs, and more. Free drive-in movies start at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. To see which movies will be showing this weekend, please visit The Villa Pizze Fritte Facebook page.

Where: Orange Lot, NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse, NY 13209

When: Sept. 4-5 from noon to 10 p.m., Sept. 6 from noon to 7 p.m.

How much: Free to attend

Made in NY is an annual juried exhibition which features artwork by artists residing in New York State. This exhibition is open to all mediums, such as photography, sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber, installation, and video. Jurors reviewed 330 artworks and they selected 77 works for the exhibit. Visitors are required to wear a mask to enter the Schweinfurth, and the art center will have hand-sanitizing stations available.

Where: Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021

When: Now through Sept. 26, the art center will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

How much: $7, available at

Northline Navigation has put together a map of Green Lakes State Park with invisible checkpoints. Locate as many of the checkpoints as you can, using just a map and/or compass; no GPS navigating allowed. Participants will download an app to track their results. When you arrive at a checkpoint, the app senses your position via GPS and marks your visit with a little tune to indicate that youve found it. While there is an admission fee for Green Lakes to use the beach, Northline Navigation said if you tell them you are there to use the trails, you will not be charged.

Where: Green Lakes State Park, 7900 Green Lakes Rd., Fayetteville, NY 13066

When: Anytime between Sept. 5-20

How much: $20, tickets available on

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