Syracuse Winterfest kicks off February 15th and runs through the 25th. This classic multi-day fest celebrates the winter season, cozy indoor events and some chilly outdoor activities. From culinary delights, cocktail mix-offs, ice sculptures, fireworks and so much more- this is a festival you do not want to miss! Here’s what we recommend checking out for optimum wintry fun. 

Annual Medallion Hunt

Beginning the day Winterfest kicks off is the annual Treasure Hunt sponsored by Countryside Federal Credit Union and presented by Syracuse. com. The medallion is 1 1/2-inch hard plastic and will be hidden in an area open to the public in Onondaga County, each day a new clue will be dropped and people of all ages are welcome to search and find the medallion. This year is the 36th annual medallion hunt.


Savoring the Flavors of Syracuse

The popular Culinary Cruise will return this year on February 17th from noon - 4:00 pm letting participants sample culinary specialties from key Downtown restaurants, the free Winterfest Express SYRculater will shuttle you from spot to spot! After the event vote on your favorite treats and head to Shaughnessy's Irish Pub to see who won.

The competitive fun doesn’t stop there, attend the Chili Cook-Off February 18h from noon- 4 pm, the Sandwich Stroll is February 24th from noon - 4pm, and the infamous Wing Walk is February 25th from noon - 5 pm. With 8 downtown restaurants participating you'll have get to take part in awarding the best wings to the top contender - bring your friends and bring your napkins because it's about to get saucy!


Mix-off Madness

Do you love a good cocktail? Being one of the best bar-cities in the United States is something Syracuse doesn't take lightly. Mix-off competitions include: The Sangria Mix-Off and Martini Mix-Off on February 17th, and an afternoon of beer tasting on February 18th. The following weekend Syracuse Winterfest will celebrate Cosmopolitans and a Margarita Mix-Off on February 24th from noon- 4 pm. The Bloody Mary Mix-Off will be the following day from noon- 4 pm. Watch as mixologists from your favorite bars go head-to-head to create the best cocktail in downtown SYR. Please note that these boozy walks are ticketed events! Be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time to save some money at the door.


Indoor Escapes and Events

We get it, Syracuse winters are cold. During Winterfest you have the option to bundle up and enjoy all of the outside fun or stick to the variety of fun indoor options if that’s more your style. Stroll museums or catch a show at venues, such as, The Everson Museum of ArtRedhouse Arts Center, and the Landmark Theatre. Shows are happening every weekend during Winterfest and there's a variety of things to see from comedy to classics.


Outside Fun & Games

Winterfest is all about embracing the get outside! Warm up your arms because the annual Cornhole Tournament is February 18th from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm outside Maxwells Bar in Hanover Square. The price of entry is $100 per team which includes an open bar from noon - 4:00 pm. Do you have what it takes to beat the best?

February 18th, the Human Dogsled Races are also happening at the Syracuse Inner Harbor. This year races will include two categories, adult and family-friendly. All proceeds benefit Helping Hounds Rescue- if you don't want to race you can still come down and enjoy food trucks, live music and a good time all afternoon long.


Syracuse Winterfest

For more information on the Winterfest fun click here. This is an event not to miss, celebrate the season that loves Syracuse so much. Which event are you most excited for?

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