Early Winter Events in Oneida County

Even though winter is upon us, unique events don’t stop happening in Oneida County. Start 2019 off the right way with an experience that can only be had in Central New York.


January 20, 2019

39th Annual Toy Train Show

toytrainshowFor local train buffs, this is the event of the season. Union Station in Utica will come alive with the blasts of electric train engines and the buzz of collectors gathered under one roof. Vendors from around the state and beyond will set up more than 120 tables featuring trains and train-related items, memorabilia, photographs, and artwork. See a Disney Display, an  11’ x 22’ Lionel Layout, and much more. A sick train clinic will also be set up where you can take your trains to be repaired for free (parts extra). The show is sponsored by Toy Train Collectors Society Ltd., an organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of electric trains. Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $2 children 5-12, free for children under 4. 321 Main St., Utica

January 20, 2019

Riggies, Greens, & Rock!

riggiesgreensrockIf you’re from the area, you are probably well-versed in the outstanding varieties of two local dishes, Riggies and Utica Greens. You also most likely know we have an incomparable music scene made up of local rock bands. For the fifth year in a row, you’re invited to The Stanley in Utica to celebrate these three beloved things, coming together under one roof. A partial line-up of participating eateries and bands is available but keep an eye on the event’s Facebook page for updates. Here’s the line-up so far: MUSIC: Poor Tim, The Dovetones, The Other Guys, and Ashleigh DeCarr. FOOD: Ancora, Bella Regina, McGills Food Truck, Old School Bar and Grill, Aqua Vino, Daniele's at Valley View, Fratello's Pizzeria, and A Moveable Feast by O'Connors. Hours: 12 – 3 p.m. Admission: $10 in advance (on sale now), $15 at the door. Free for children under 8. 261 Genesee St., Utica

January 26-27, 2019

19th Annual Mohawk Valley Antique Fest

The Stanley in Utica has aged gracefully, so there’s no better location that that for antique-lovers to hunt for elegantly aged treasures. As in previous years, there will be dozens of antique dealers from around the Northeast featuring an eclectic mix of antiques, as well as fresh items that haven’t been at the show in previous years. This year, local educator Fred Cappozzella will feature memorabilia that commemorates the history of the area. He’ll also give talks about some of his items. Appraisals by Back of the Barn Antiques in Remsen will be offered, and music, food, and a 50/50 Raffle will round out the event. The show is sponsored by Gerald Dischiavo of Vintage Furnishings & Collectibles. For more information about the event, call 315-738-1333 or 315-725-2612. Doors open at 10 a.m. Admission: $7, good for both days. Tickets will be sold at the door. 261 Genesee St., Utica

February 1-3, 2019

Boonville Snow Festival

boonvillesnowfestIn the 1960s, snowmobile racing gained popularity, drawing crowds of up to 40,000 people. Boonville was christened the Snowmobile Capital of the East. The popularity of the “Winter Warriors” continued for more than a decade, until the fervor began to die down. In 2007, a group of enthusiasts banded together to revive it, and Boonville Snow Festival II was born. The event lasts throughout the weekend. Activities include a parade, snowmobile racing on a half-mile ice oval, a Vintage Snowmobile Show, and fireworks. Food vendors will be on the grounds, as well as a warming tent. Boonville Snow Festival kicks off on February 1 with the Torchlight Parade. For those interested in joining the parade, meet at the Boonville Town Barn next to the Tops Plaza, Route 12. Make sure to bring proof of insurance to ride. Unpredictable winter can lead to event cancellations, so check the event’s website and Facebook page ahead of time. Check closer to the event for specific times. Admission: $15 each day or $25 or a weekend pass. Pit passes: $10. Free for children 12 and under. Boonville Fairgrounds, 222 Schuyler St., Boonville

February 8-10, 2019

Home Show at Turning Stone

homeshowThis is for you if you’re planning to buy, build, or renovate a home. The great benefit of the Home Show is that dozens upon dozens of local home improvement companies will be on hand to chat with, ask questions, or even just browse their products and services. If you’re interested in adding an extra bathroom, renovating your kitchen, installing a swimming pool, putting in new windows—anything at all—you’ll get tons of information in a short period of time at the Home Show. Hours: Feb. 8: 1-7 p.m.; Feb. 9: 10 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Feb. 10: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: Adults: $10; Seniors (55+), Military and First Responders: $9. Free for children 16 and under. 5218 Patrick Rd., Verona

Through February

Tiny’s Grill Nutcracker Collection

IMG 20181228 144117 mediumOwner Joanne Gerace holds the honor of having the largest private collection of nutcrackers and every holiday season, she puts them on display for the entire community to enjoy. Almost 25 years ago, Gerace had one nutcracker she thought needed some company. This began her collection. Added to that are nutcrackers that people from around the world have sent, and her collection now totals more than 600. It’s become a local tradition to view the display, which features everything from the traditional to the more unusual. Gerace looks forward to sharing her collection every year. The display is free and open to the public through February. 1014 State Street, Utica