August in Oneida County: Signature Events
By Michele DeBella
Summer in Oneida County is jam-packed with events that showcase the best the region has to offer. Get the most out of the last official month of summer by checking out these can’t-miss festivals and events.
Event: Taste of Lebanon
When: August 3 - August 5, 2018. Friday 4-9, Saturday 1-9, Sunday 11am-4pm
Where: Deerfield Firemen’s Field, 5476 Trenton Road, Utica, NY
Why You Should Go: Celebrate Central New York’s Lebanese heritage with favorite dishes like stuffed grape leaves, gyros, baklava, and–new this year—gyro bowls. See a live cooking demonstration given by Julie Tabouli and listen to music from popular local bands.
Additional Information: Authentic Middle Eastern food, live music, face painting, and more make this event fun for kids and adults. Don’t miss the hummus bar at 5:00 pm on Saturday.
Admission and parking are free.
Event: Utica Zoo Brewfest
When: August 4, 2018. 6:00 pm to 9 :00 pm
Where: One Utica Zoo Way, Utica, NY
Cost: General Admission: $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Utica Zoo Members: $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Designated Drivers: $25 (will not be served alcohol). Buy tickets online or at select locations.
Why You Should Go: Tour the animal exhibits while sampling the best of the region’s craft beer, wine, and hard cider. Food samples will also be available. Enjoy live music by China Pig and Soup Bone Charley. 2018 marks the event’s 20th year and proceeds go to the animals of the Utica Zoo.
Additional information: Parking at the Utica Zoo is on a first come first served basis. Overflow parking will be available at MVCC Payne Hall Lot and the Parkway Rec Center. Shuttle buses will run between the parking lots and the zoo. Parking is free. Ticket holders must be 21 and over.
Event: Canal Fest Weekend
When: August 10 – 12, 2018. Events happen throughout the weekend.
Where: Sylvan Beach Village Lakefront, Sylvan Beach, NY
Why You Should Go: Soak up the final days of summer in this popular beach resort community. Unique events like the dancing of Anatolia the Fire Goddess, a Hula Hoop LED Show, a world-class Water Ski Show, and Fireworks over the Lake will entertain visitors all weekend long. Various venues will feature live music throughout the weekend and local crafters will be selling their wares.
Additional Information: Admission to Canal Fest is free. Parking is metered in the Village of Sylvan Beach. Parking receipts must be displayed on car dashboards.
Event: NYS Woodmen’s Field Days
When: August 17 – 19, 2018. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Booneville Fairgrounds, 118 Main Street, Booneville, NY
Why You Should Go: Attend the largest forest industry parade in the Northeast, which culminates in the coronation of this year’s Miss Forest Queen. Watch participants from around the world compete in Log Rolling, Chainsawing, Axe Throwing, and more, featuring categories for both men and women. Forestry equipment from dozens of local businesses will be on display and lectures will be given by forestry professionals. Hearty food fit for lumberjacks and lumberjills will be available all weekend.
Cost: 3-Day Weekend Pass: $27 for adults; $21 for children (12 and under). Children age 5 and under are free. Advance sale daily tickets: $9 for adults; $7 for children. Available until Thursday, Aug. 16. Daily tickets at the gate: $11 for adults; $8 for children.
Additional Information: The NYS Woodsmen’s Field Days has been going strong for more than 70 years and is a popular event on the lumberjack competition circuit.
Event: Woods Fest Music Festival
When: August 18, 2018 beginning at 11:00 am
Where: 9074 Dopp Hill Road, Westernville, NY
Why You Should Go: See a popular winter ski area transform into a day-long concert venue, featuring two live-music stages. Yoga and other activities will occur throughout the day. The event is family friendly. Food trucks will be on site, and local craft beer and wine will be available from members of the Heart of New York Craft Beverage Trail.
Cost: $20 in advance. $25 day of event. Tickets are available on the Woods Valley website.
Additional Information: This inaugural event is hosted by Woods Valley Ski Area and Copper City Brewing Company in association with Heart of New York Craft Beverage Trail and Oneida County Tourism.
Event: Clinton Art and Music Festival
When: August 25, 2018. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: 21 West Park Row, Clinton, NY
Why You Should Go: Hear more than 20 musical acts performing throughout the day on Clinton’s picturesque Village Green. Musicians hail from around the Northeast and will entertain guests with a variety of music genres. Craft vendors will be on hand selling handcrafted jewelry, candles, artwork, and much more. Food will be available for purchase from local food vendors.
Additional Information: Admission is free. Parking in the Village of Clinton is limited. Overflow parking will be available at Clinton Elementary School, Clinton Arena, and Resurrection Assembly of God parking lots. Shuttle buses will run between the parking lots and the Village Green.