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


Empower Federal Credit Union 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 Hozier, Lainey Wilson, Dan & Shay, Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and much 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 Brother's Osborne, Shakey Graves & Trampled by Turtles, Lake Street Dive, The Head and the Heart and more.


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


New York State Blues fest

This free Syracuse music festival is back again in 2023. This year, Bluesfest will again take place at Chevy Court and run from June 15 - 18. Headliners include Buddy Guy with Damn Right Farewell, Guitar powerhouse, Samantha Fish, and her group featuring Jesse Dayton, will be touring with Buddy and will play the support spot just prior to the blues journeyman.


Syracuse Jazz Fest

The Syracuse International Jazz Fest has returned! Celebrating 43 years of amazing music, the festival will take place in Clinton Square and the downtown Syracuse region, running from June 26 - 30. 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 Kenny G, the O'Jays, Gino Vannelli, James Carter Quintet and more!


Skaneateles Festival

This four-week festival returns for 2024, with performances running Thursday through Sunday from July 31st - August 24th. Highlights include the Davone Tines and Dover Quarter, Claremont Trio: Queen of Hearts, Music of Americas, Rhiannon Giddens and so many more.


Weekly Syracuse 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. Thursday's are full of live music with the addition of Party on the Patio at Eleven Waters - they are celebrating 15 years of epic music. Hanover Thursdays returns for another season of music, happening for 5 weeks through the month of August. This party takes place in Hanover Square every Thursday of August from 5 - 9 pm. Local favorite Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is back with LIVE MUSIC for their Boneyard Summer Series. Join them outside every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6pm - 8pm for live entertainment and some good old BBQ!







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