Syracuse is kicking off festival season. This means plenty of music, food, drinks and so much more all summer long. We’re highlighting all that’s going on in June, so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

June 3- 4

Considered the kickoff to summer, Taste of Syracuse heads to Clinton Square on June 3rd and 4th. This two-day festival features 60 + food and drink vendors, 3 different stages hosting live music all day long, a kid friendly stage, and is free to attend. Come with an empty stomach because the samples and tastings are practically unlimited!

June 4th

Rock legend, Paul McCartney heads to the Carrier Dome on Saturday June 4th. Starting at 8 pm, the original Beatle will be performing a variety of music from throughout the years. Tickets are still on sale and going quick so make sure to buy sooner than later!

June 9-12

After a two-year hiatus, Greek Festival is back and better than ever. St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church is excited to open their doors once again to the public and host a four-day festival to share their heritage and culture with the Syracuse community and visitors. A full menu of classic foods and desserts, live music with traditional dances, and plenty of shade under tents will be offered. This event is free to attend, more information on the festival can be found here.

June 16-18

Celebrating 30 years of rhythm and blues, The New York State Blues Festival heads back to Chevy Court at the Fairgrounds, Thursday June 16, to Saturday June 18th. Parking will be 10 dollars a vehicle and 5 dollars per motorcycle, however, the event is free to attend. Check out these things to know before attending Blues Festival this year.

June 16-18

NYS Fire Chiefs is the largest fire rescue and EMS expo in the entire Northeast. Hosted at the Oncenter, the event is offering around 40 educational programs, hands-on training sessions and networking opportunities. The real party starts on Friday as the Fire Chiefs will be throwing the FIRE 2022 Block Party. The block party will be rain or shine with a live performance by Hard Promises on South Warren Street in front of the Marriot Syracuse Downtown. This event is free to attend and open to the public.

June 17-19

Starting a day after Blues Fest, Polish Festival will be taking over Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse. Pierogis, Polish beer, and authentic merchandise will be available Friday afternoon at 4 pm to Sunday evening at 5 pm. Don’t miss out on more live music and fun because this event is free to attend.

June 18

The Syracuse Juneteenth Festival commemorates the work that was done throughout Central New York to achieve and maintain equality, freedom, and opportunity for African Americans. The 2022 festival is the first event celebrated since Juneteenth became a federal and state recognized holiday. The two-day event will be located at City Hall in downtown Syracuse and will be followed by an Ancestral Celebration on June 24th with location to be determined. For more information about this groundbreaking event head over to This event is free to attend.

June 23-26

Three-days, 30 bands and 20 clubs, can only mean one thing – Jazz festival returning to downtown Syracuse. With a fun twist to kick off the festival, Thursday night will feature local jazz acts performing all over downtown at many restaurants and bars like The Hopspot, Kitty Hoynes, Press Room Pub, Mulrooney’s and more. Then on Friday and Saturday, head over to Clinton Square for a number of big-name acts like The Average White Band and Legendary duo Marylin McCoo and Billy Davis. Jazz Fest is free to attend.

June 25

The 2022 CNY Pride Festival will kick off on June 25th on Solar St. and continue all day with entertainment, food and drinks, and fun activities for all ages at the Syracuse Inner Harbor. The Pride Festival is an inclusive event that celebrates the LGBTQIA2S+ community and allies. Other Pride events to attend throughout the month are the Pride flag raising ceremony Saturday June 11th at 11 am at City Hall, and The Syracuse Met’s Pride night Thursday June 9th at 6 pm.

Stay in Syracuse

Looking to come into town and stay for any of these awesome events? Syracuse, NY offers hotels in convenient locations and at affordable prices to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Festival season in Syracuse has arrived, which are you most excited for?