Kicking Off Summer
Jun. 9 2021

Kicking Off Summer

Few people appreciate warm weather like those who live in upstate NY. All it takes is a 60-degree day in May for us to break out our summer outfits and spend the entire day outside. And since our summers are a bit a short (and because last year was so weird), we’re learning that there is plenty to do this summer in Oneida County. We’re breaking this blog down into three categories: Weekly Summer Events, Golf Courses & Farmer’s Markets. Check it out below to start making your plans with friends and family!

Weekly Summer Events


Levitt AMP Utica Music Series – This event will kick off July5 at Kopernik Park in downtown Utica (317 Genesee St.) & will run through August 30. Concerts will take place from 6-9 PM and the theme this year is “New York State Originals.” The concerts are free to attend and will showcase a diversity of genres like jazz, pop, hip hop, country & more. People are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs. Food trucks will be available on site!


What the Truck? Utica Food Truck Rally – What the Truck has become the spot to get dinner on Tuesdays during the summer! This event provides a family-friendly environment and takes place outside at Canal Park (215 Leland Ave in north Utica). They continue to add new activities and this year, you can sign the Grateful Wall, go on a diamond hunt, have the kids craft and more! There’s also love music each week. Food trucks range from Oh Crepe & Waffles to Polish Roadhouse to Mr. Soft Serve and every type of food in between! Head to the link to see the entertainment lineup and a full list of trucks! Hours are 4-8pm.

Bikes at The Beach at Sylvan Beach – Sylvan Beach comes alive with the roar of engines each Tuesday night. Give your motorcycle some extra action and bring it down to Main St. Free parking for bikes along Main St. You’ll be able to meet your biker mates, share riding stories and display your machines. Live music, charity raffles and lip-smacking food from local restaurants and bars will be available too! Hours are 4:30-8:30pm.


Backyard at Babe’s – Head to Babe’s at Harbor Point each Thursday for live music on their revamped patio from 6-9pm. Babe’s has launched a Live Music Summer Playlist and has upcoming artists like Big Sexy, Ryan Quinn, Spencer Morgan & more!

Performers in the Park at Handshake.City – This free outdoor music series will take place at Handshake.City (Water & Division Streets in Utica). The weekly event will feature live music, art demonstrations, spoken word, outdoor activities and locally made goods for sale. Hours are 6-8pm each Thursday through July 1. This is a family & pet friendly space so make sure to bring the crew!

Classic Car Cruise-In at Sylvan Beach – Get into the retro mood and travel back into time! Experience and feel that old world charm when punk culture was at its peak. Visit Sylvan Beach every Thursday to participate in Classic Car Cruise Night. Live music weekly. Hours are 4-8pm

Varick Street Thursdays at the Celtic Harp – Keep the Thursday tradition alive and head to Varick on Thursdays for this weekly event at the Harp. Live music will kick off at 5:30pm followed by an afterparty hosted by other local artists at 9pm.


Did you know there are over 25 public golf courses in Oneida County? We have a wide range of both 9-hole and 18-hole courses that cater to beginners and even pros. As a golfer myself, I’ve learned that it’s a great way to get outside and get fresh air while also doing something fun with my friends. Here’s a list of a few courses scattered around the area that cater to golfers at any ability:

Valley View (Utica) – 18-hole city-municipal course designed by Robert Trent Jones with beautiful views of the city and valley.

Barker Brook (Oriskany Falls) – 18-hole course with natural beauty and greens that are second to none! A public course with private conditions.

Rome Country Club (Rome) – A Golf Digest rated Four Star 18-hole public course. Originally designed by the late Geoffrey Cornish, you’ll find his trademark undulating greens at quick speeds.

Crystal Springs (Vernon) – A 9-hole scenic golf course with rolling hills and country views. Don’t forget to stop by the tiki bar and driving range!

Hidden Valley Golf Club (Whitesboro) – An 18-hole course that will challenge even the experienced golfer while providing a serene setting. Check out their weekly food specials in the clubhouse!

If you’re looking for more of a challenge, we highly recommend any of the five courses at Turning Stone. On site are three 18-hole championship courses and two 9-hole courses. All three 18-hole courses were recently named in Golf Digest’s Editor’s Choice: Top 50 Golf Courses in the U.S. Each course is immaculately designed and cared for and will provide stunning scenery and a challenge! Take advantage of their golf dome, superstore and driving range when playing.

Farmer’s Markets


Whitesboro – Buy local every Monday from 2-7pm at the Village Park at Main and Clinton Streets in Whitesboro (by St. Paul’s Church). Local fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, crafts and more. ­


New Hartford – Every Tuesday through September at Sherrill Brook Town Park from 3-7pm. Check out live music weekly, new vendors & events like story hour for the kids.


Clinton – Each Thursday from 10am-4pm on the Village Green in Clinton. Products include fresh flowers, local honey, cheeses, maple syrup, baked goods, local produce and much more! There is also Power of Produce Kid’s Club, a free program for kids!

Vienna – Each Thursday from 3-6:30pm. Local fruits, veggies, honey, maple syrup, soap and much more. Plus, food demos, jams and jellies & more. Check their Facebook page to find out what’s available weekly! Address is 7812 State Rt. 13 Blossvale.


Utica – Every Saturday at Union Station in Utica from 9am-1pm. Vendors providing seedlings, fresh produce, iceys, eggs, cheeses, art & more! This market is located in the historic Bagg’s Square district of Utica and is a signature community event celebrating their 10th year!