5 Things to Do: Cortaca Weekend

This weekend will mark the 60th edition of the Cortaca Jug Football game. This game highlights the friendly rivalry between SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College. Sports Illustrated calls this infamous match up the “Biggest Little Game in the Nation.”

This year, SUNY Cortland plays host but there are great things to do around Cortland before and after the game!

Have a Laugh!

Getting into Cortland this Friday before the big game on Saturday? Have a laugh with Comedian Lynne Koplitz at Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown. Seen on Comedy Central and Netflix’s “Hormonal Beast” Lynne has been a fixture at New York City’s Comedy Cellar for the past decade. Cortland Repertory Theatre is located conveniently in downtown Cortland making it a great night out to grab food from one of Main Street’s hotspots from Brix to Hairy Tony’s or Central City.


Do you believe in Dragons?

We know that Red Dragon Pride exists. That’s evident during Cortaca weekend! But what about real dragons? Unicorns? Explore what’s real or what is not at Lime Hollow Nature Center for Mythical and Mysterious Creatures Discussion.


Listen to the Blues

If you’ve been away from Cortland County since your college days, there is a former church in the Village of Homer that has been making waves. Rock out to Tommy Castro and the Painkillers & Tinsley Ellis after the game at the Center for the Arts of Homer. Grab a bite to eat down the road at Dasher’s Corner Pub (their steaks are the best) and stroll over to one of the most unique music venues in Central New York.


Greek Peak Adventure Center Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster

Now there is no snow yet but there is a storm brewing at the Greek Peak Adventure Center with their Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster. Fly through the trees down the mountain on this adrenaline pumping coaster. Experience the kind of excitement that comes from actually being on the field at the Cortaca game!


Stock up on Hollenbeck’s

Apple cider, apple pie, apples… exclusively sold at Hollenbeck’s Cider Mill. Call ahead to order the pie of your choice. Bring it to the game at your own risk because everyone around you will want some.