May welcomes warm weather, blooming flowers, and the start of many festivals, concerts and events throughout Onondaga County. What better way to kick off the summer in Syracuse than by attending some of these events. Here’s what’s happening in the Salt City throughout May.


Crawfish Festival

Clinton Square kicks off festival season in downtown Syracuse with Crawfish Festival 2023 on Saturday May 6th. From 11:00 am - 7:00 pm enjoy a family-friendly day of amazing food, drinks, and live music. This year offers nearly 20 food stands and trucks offering crawfish, shrimp, lobster, pulled pork pizza and so much more. There will be a kid zone, crawfish merchandise, and other clothing vendors all day long.


Dear Evan Hansen- Landmark Theater

The Landmark Theater welcomes Dear Evan Hanson to the stage May 9 -14. Winner of six Tony Awards including best musical and Grammy Award for best theater album, Dear Evan Hasen is a deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. Get your tickets today.


The 2023 Wild Carp Classic

From May 9th - May 13th, Syracuse welcomes 100+ anglers traveling in from 10 different states to participate in this prestigious event. Forty teams consisting of some the very best Carp Angler’s in the USA will be fishing both the Seneca River and Onondaga lake for a continuous 76 hours of trophy

Carp fishing.


Syracuse Food Truck Battle 

The largest gathering of food trucks in CNY history is back at the NYS Fairgrounds May 13th from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Featuring 50+ locally owned food trucks from Syracuse, Rochester, Ithaca and beyond. Live Music in the Chevy Court headlined by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness! Craft beer, wine slushies, and low-cost food samples this is an event you won’t want to miss.


Retro Game Con Jr

Saturday May 13th, RetroGameCon Jr. is a 1-Day, fully featured spring Convention held at the Museum of Science & Technology (The MOST) in Downtown Syracuse's Armory Square. It's got everything you love about RGC Condensed down to a one-day show, with an affordable cost. Just  pay museum admission for the day. 


Syracuse University Commencement Weekend

The weekend of Sunday May 14th, Onondaga County will be packed with parents, families, and friends as Syracuse University celebrates the class of 2023. Commencement weekend brings large crowds so plan ahead and book your dinners and celebratory activities in advance.Spending a few extra days in town, check out things to do during graduation weekend in Syracuse.


Beak & Skiff Summer Concert Series

Beak & Skiff isn’t just for the fall and it isn’t just for apple picking and cider drinking. It’s for the music. The 2023 lineup has awesome bands in store so keep an eye on their event page and be sure to follow their social media. In the month of May they’re welcoming the Avett Brother's May 19th & 20th, and Mt. Joy on May, 26th, 2023.


Memorial Day Weekend in Syracuse

Kick off to summer is Memorial Day Weekend! In Syracuse and Onondaga County it’s no different. Whether you’re looking to get out on the water, sit outside and grill, or attend a summer event there’s plenty to do during the weekend of May 27 - May 29th.

Onondaga County in the Summer