Aug. 25 to Sept. 1, 2016
Great New York State Fair
It's late August and time again for the New York State Fair near Syracuse. The fair, which began today, showcases thousands of animals, hundreds of commercial attractions, scores of midway rides and dozens of big-name entertainers. Visitors from across the state will gather for the food, the exhibits, the rides and, of course, the music. This year features concerts at the Lakeview Amphitheate, an all-new, state-of-the-art outdoor music venue. Performers include Keith Urban (pictured, who plays tonight), Rob Zombie, Korn, Florida Georgia Line, ZZ Top and The Charlie Daniels Band. Go to nysfair.ny.gov for details.
Calling all archers
The seventh annual Western New York Bowhunting Festival is this weekend at Swain Resort. Activities are planned for archers of all skill levels and ages. Class topics include compound archery, traditional archery, trapping, tracking and more. Highlights are four 3D archery courses, shooting ranges, a kids' course, balloon shoot, archery competition and treestand shootout. Go to swain.com for all the details.
Kiss is back on the road
KISS's Freedom to Rock Tour comes to the Blue Cross Arena Monday. The band—
Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer—
has been rocking for 40 years, with hits such as "Shout It Out Loud," "God of Thunder" "Cold Gin," "Deuce," "I Love It Loud" and "Lick It Up." Meanwhile, "Kiss Rocks Vegas," a full-length concert video with behind-the-scenes footage, will be released Friday. Visit ticketmaster.com.
Country stars Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line takes the stage at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Friday, the same day the duo's third album, "Dig Your Roots," debuts. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are country sensations whose hits include "Cruise," "Dirt," "May We All," "This Is How We Roll" and "H.O.L.Y." Visit livenation.com.
On the Big Screen
"Don't Breathe" is an intense thriller about a group of friends who break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette star. "Mechanic: Resurrection" is the return of Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham), whose life is once again in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world. Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh also star. Find movie times.
All things Greek
Greek Fest is on the grounds of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit on South Avenue in Rochester this weekend. It kicked off at 11 a.m. today. The annual festival features food, dance, music, children's activities, raffles and arts. Tours of the church and lectures also are planned. It's free to attend, and it runs till 10 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Go to highlandgreekfest.com.
Fairport Music Festival Friday and Saturday
The annual Fairport Music Festival and Taste of Fairport is Friday and Saturday in the village. The family-oriented celebration of music and food benefits the Golisano Children's Hospital. More than 30 bands will perform on four stages, plus there are crafts, entertainment and activities for kids. Jumbo Shrimp, Adam Ezra Group and Alan Doyle & Beautiful Gypsies (pictured) perform Friday night. New this year is a free shuttle service from Minerva DeLand School that runs 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Visit fairportmusicfestival.com.