Welcome to another edition of Free Stuff Friday!!!! This is a list of some free things you can enjoy during this weekend and the upcoming week. So without further ado...
The Great American Irish Festival
What? You know about this festival in Frankfort and you know tickets aren't free? You would be partially correct however according to their website, active military members and children under 13 receive free admission. The festival is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and you can get all the information you need if you are interested by clicking on their website.
I honestly almost forgot about this event until I saw Sarah Moses from syracuse.com post a story about it on my Twitter timeline. And since it is not my style to steal credit from someone who worked hard on something, you can read Sarah's story and learn more about the event here. This event has actually already started and will continue on through the weekend.
AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival
This weekend downtown in Columbus Circle it the AmeriCu Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival for those who like to explore downtown events or your creative sides. This offers more than 160 artists as well as interactive family activities. If this is something you're interested in, you can find a list of the entertainment, vendors even a map of the festivities on their website here.
Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival
If you're wanting to head downtown but you're looking to "jazz" up your weekend instead, be sure to head to Clinton Square for the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival this weekend.
Family Warrior Reset
If you're a veteran in CNY or have someone in your life who is, you should either be familiar with the group Clear Path For Veterans or become familiar with them soon. This is an organization doing great things for local veterans. On July 30th is one of my favorite events they do in Chittenango NY and it's called the Family Warrior Reset. This is free to all active duty service members, veterans and their families and is aimed at family fun (including activities for the kids) and various wellness opportunities. This is also a great opportunity for veterans and their families to interact with people who have similar experiences and may be more familiar with situations they face daily.
For more information in this event Saturday, read about the specifics details on their website here and browse around while you are there to see other events or things they are doing to help our veterans and their families who gave so much to help defend us.
Here is something unique yet looks like fun. My friend @BrewCuse on Twitter brought it to my attention and if you enjoy scavenger hunts or you're looking for a fun way to get out and explore your area, this may be for you. There is a national group (which has a closed FB group but a public website here) called World's Biggest Marble Hunt and a local Facebook group called Gorge Glass Of the Finger Lakes with more specific information on local hunts, which you can follow if you have Facebook by clicking here.
Open Farm Day Madison County
Would you like to learn more about local farms? Thank you to my friend @t_Mac_141 for the heads up on this event. This is a great opportunity from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County to explore some great local farms and their contributions to the local economy. You can find out more information and download your passport (which trust me is filled with plenty of information you will want and need) here and you can also follow along on their Facebook page here.
Sullivan Free Library Events
One great place I enjoyed as a kid that offered free events for adults and families is your local public library. Growing up in Bridgeport, I am very familiar with the Bridgeport branch of the Sullivan Free Libraries and back before the internet, I would go there to find books and look up college information in their catalogs along with other things when I wasn't playing at Gateway Park. With locations in Bridgeport and Chittenango, they offer different events as well for all ages. For instance, the Chittenango branch offers a free movie for adults on Wednesdays at 1pm and Bridgeport has an event called "Out Of The Cage Wildlife Rescue" on August 3rd at 1 PM for those wanting to learn hands on about reptiles and mammals alike.
You can find the calendar on their website here and also follow them on Twitter or Facebook. If you're not located near these libraries, do yourself a favor and check out your local library to see what they have to offer and show your support for them as they provide great resources for the community.
Liverpool Summer Movies Series
And last but not least, don't forget about the Liverpool Summer Movies Series with only two more remaining (this Tuesday's movie is Inside Out).