Check out our guide to summer concert venues and music festivals in Syracuse, NY. It's the perfect time of year to experience live music spanning across a variety of genres. Buy your tickets today and get ready for a summer of great music. 


Outdoor Venues

St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

Make sure to buy tickets to see your favorite band play at this lakeside venue. Their season's lineup showcases talent from a multitude of genres, including Machine Gun Kelly, Kenny Chesney, Incubus, Sting, Morgan Wallen, and many more! 

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards

The Summer Concert Series is back at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, adding more opportunities to enjoy live music with a 1911 Hard Cider in hand. Artists headed to their Apple Campus include the Death Cab for Cutie, Gov't Mule, Dashboard Confessional, The Decemberists, and Wilco, among others. 

Paper Mill Island Amphitheater

A favorite local spot, this Amphitheater is located right on the water in Baldwinsville and offers several summer concerts as well as a 4th of July weekend show with fireworks! Check out Umphrey's McGee, Almost Queen, Badfish, or stop out on July 1st for B'ville Blast featuring local group Hard Promises and a fireworks display.

Local Favorites

When the summer sun comes our favorite local breweries, bars and restaurants move their music spots outdoors. Head to Middle Ages or Skaneateles Brewery for entertainment and local craft beverages. For good eats and good beats check out spots like The Retreat, Crazy Daisies, Limp Lizard or Maplewood Bar & Grill. 

Music Festivals

Chevy Court & Chevy Park 

Taking place throughout the Fair's 13 days, the Chevy Court and Chevy Park concert series' have something for everyone. Concerts between the two stages include Jimmie Allen, Night Ranger, Chevelle, Boyz II Men, Nelly, Dropkick Murphys, 24KGoldn, Foreigner, and many more!

New York State Bluesfest

This free Syracuse music festival is back again in 2022. This year, Bluesfest will again take place at Chevy Court and run from June 16 - 18. Headliners include Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, The Kingsnakes, Vanessa Collier, and JJ Grey & Mofro.

Syracuse Jazz Fest

After five years, the Syracuse Jazz Fest has returned! For the first time since 2000 the festival returns to Clinton Square and the downtown Syracuse region, running from June 23 - 25. June 23rd performances will feature a large variety of local artists performing throughout downtown at area restaurants and other venues. Friday and Saturday performances will take place in Clinton Square and feature top artists including The Average White Band, David Sanborn Electric Band, Boney James, and Nathan Williams & The Zydeco Cha Cha's.

Skaneateles Festival

This four-week festival returns for 2022, with performances running Thursday through Sunday from July 26 - August 20. Highlights include the Miro Quartet, Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens, Maxim Lando, and the Knights, with performances taking place at the First Presbyterian Church as well as the beautiful Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards. 

BriteVibes Beer & Music Festival

This one-day festival on July 9, 2022 will feature over 50 New York State breweries, nine hours of musical performances from six bands, food trucks, exhibitors, a fireworks finale, and even the option to camp out! The Nude Party will headline the festivities while local breweries like Middles Ages, WT Brews, Willow Rock, Full Boar, Talking Cursive, Skaneateles Brewery, and Meier's Creek as well as other regional favorites like Other Half, Beer Tree, Saranac, Ommegang and more. Grab your tickets today for this first annual festival located at Heritage Hill Brewhouse in Pompey.

Weekly Series

In addition to our favorite weekend-long festivals, the Syracuse area offers several weekly concert series during the weekdays. Head to Coleman's Authentic Irish Pub for their Thursday Night Block Parties, or check out Nave Law's Party in the Square on Wednesday's beginning June 29. Thursday's are full of live music with the addition of Party on the Patio at Eleven Waters running from June 2 - September 29, as well as the new four-week Thursdays in Hanover series running through August 4 - 25. Local favorite Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is back with LIVE MUSIC for their Boneyard Summer Series. Join them outside every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 6pm - 8pm for live entertainment and some good old BBQ!