The New York State Blues Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer in Syracuse, New York. Drawing blues music fans from all over the state of New York, nearly 20 different states and a handful of countries, If you're on the fence about attending, here are five reasons why you should mark your calendar and make your way to this three-day festival this June at the New York State Fairgrounds. This year’s festival is celebrated June 13 - 14 - 15, 2024.


Free to Attend

Enjoy the NYS Blues Festival, a free event ideal for the blues aficionado, lover of all things music, group of friends looking for something unique in Syracuse or a wonderful way to get the family outside. Experience a diverse lineup of artists, all at no cost – a rare opportunity! Save your budget for delectable treats and refreshing drinks from an array of vendors open throughout the entire show. Convenient parking is available at the Fairgrounds' Brown Lot for just $10 per vehicle or $5 per motorcycle. Your contribution supports the mission to keep the festival accessible to all. Upgrade your experience with VIP day passes for exclusive perks and indulge in culinary delights from top-notch catering while unwinding in the VIP area. The VIP tent offers refreshing drinks and premium seating, ensuring you catch every unforgettable moment of the festival!


The Music

Experience the electrifying sounds of the New York State Blues Festival in Syracuse, NY, featuring a stellar lineup of musicians from both local scenes and across the nation. Delight in soulful ballads and lively blues-rock anthems, catering to all musical tastes. Past festivals have showcased Blues Legends alongside rising stars, and this year is no exception. Prepare to be enthralled by headliners such as Little Feat, Shemekia Copeland, Matt Schofield, The Record Company, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, and many other outstanding performers!


The Atmosphere 

Join us at Chevy Court, nestled within the iconic NYS Fairgrounds, a beloved music haven for generations. Embrace the open expanse and unwind amidst the melodies, basking in both the sun and the picturesque fairgrounds scenery. This family-friendly affair invites all ages to revel in a full day of musical bliss. Start 'em young and come with the kids, we'll need this next generation to carry out the love for rhythm and blues music. 


The Food

You will not go hungry during the New York State Blues Festival. From classic festival favorites like juicy burgers and crispy fries to gourmet offerings such as tantalizing BBQ and savory vegan dishes, there's something to satisfy every craving. Drinks will include refreshing selections of craft beers and wines, lemonades and sodas. If you're planning to drink the greater Syracuse area has a number of Lyft and Uber drivers available making your trip, and others safe and top of mind. 


The Community

It is always said that music brings people together, and we find that reigns true during the New York State Blues Festival. From the moment you step on to the Fairgrounds and enter into Chevy Court you'll feel the vibrant pulse of community as you join fellow blues enthusiasts in celebration of this annual event. Whether you're a seasoned blues fan or simply seeking a day of joy with loved ones, you'll be embraced by the inclusive spirit of the festival. Come one, come all, and experience the amazing sounds of blues music.


Where to Stay

With tons of convenient hotels near the Fairgrounds, booking your stay for the festival can be done easily. The Holiday Inn Express Syracuse-Fairgrounds, is located just minutes from the fairgrounds and offers an exclusive festival rate you don’t want to miss out on. Additional hotels offering discounted rates during the festival are Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor, and the Residence Inn Syracuse Downtown at Armory Square. No matter where you decide to stay, you’ll find the hotels filled with fellow blues fans and even the artists themselves! Check out this comprehensive list of Syracuse hotels today. If you want to roll up to Syracuse in style with your RV, the NYS Blues Festival is the perfect occasion to do so. Book and reserve your RV parking spot today along side 100s of others!

The New York State Blues Festival is a must-attend event for anyone who loves music, food, and community. With an incredible lineup of musicians, a beautiful setting, delicious eats, and a friendly atmosphere, it's sure to be one of the highlights of your summer. Don't miss out on the chance to experience the magic of the blues music in Syracuse, NY this June!

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