June is always an amazing kick off to Syracuse’s summer festival season. However, the fun has just begun! Immerse yourself in cultural cuisine at one of the many food festivals or strap on your dancing shoes when you attend live musical performances. Here’s your updated list of 2022 summer festivals happening in the Syracuse area.


Britevibes Beer & Music Festival

July 9; Heritage Hill Brewery, Pompey, NY

On Saturday, July 9th, BriteVibes Beer & Musical Festival returns for the 2nd consecutive summer - this year at a new location, Heritage Hill Brewhouse. Located just outside of Syracuse in Pompey, NY, Heritage Hill sits on 300 acres of protected farmland. It also happens to reside on one of the highest points and center of New York State. 9 counties can be viewed from the venue, creating a perceived perspective of being “on top of the world”.

Middle Eastern Cultural Festival

July 14-17; St. Elias Church, Syracuse, NY

There is much to do and see at this three-day event: enjoy freshly made Arabic food and drink, listen to live Arabic music, and delight in the cultural dances put on by the church's youth groups. Visit the marketplace and browse various oriental rugs, jewelry and cookbooks. There's also a playground for the kids. Parking and entry to the festival is free.

Salt City Summerfest

July 26- 31; throughout Downtown Syracuse, NY

The events will focus on support for the sidewalk dining areas of downtown during peak weekend times from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, lunch hour concerts at noon for downtown residents and workers in Perseverance Park at South Salina and Fayette streets, and in keeping with their 25-year history of providing America’s art form to the city, jazz and funk options at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown’s patio. There are two strolling routes where artists will rove about serenading sidewalk dining areas one by one. The west route includes stops at Pastabilities, Kitty Hoynes, Funk n’ Waffles, Al’s Wine & Whiskey Lounge, and the Modern Malt/Sky Armory alley. The east route includes The Fish Friar, Otro Cinco, A Mano, and over to Columbus Circle.

Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival

July 26 - August 20; Skaneateles, NY

This outstanding summer music festival is held in Skaneateles on the grounds of the beautiful Anyela’s Vineyards at the Robinson Pavilion. This 4-week music festival kicks off Tuesday July 26 and performances are throughout the month. 

Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival

July 29; Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY

Head to Clinton Square to celebrate the music of Steely Dan with Reelin’ in the Years at the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival. More details on the event will be updated soon.

Syracuse Ukrainian Festival

July 29- 30; St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Syracuse, NY

It’s been two years since St. John’s held their official Ukrainian Festival and this year, they will be celebrating their 80th anniversary. This two-day event will be rain or shine and include traditional food, Ukrainian dancing, crafts and goods, live music, and plenty of parking. This festival is fun for all ages, and free to attend!

Skaneateles Antique & Classic Boat Show

July 29-31; Village of Skaneateles, NY

This event brings boats from across the country to the clear, glassy waters of Skaneateles Lake. The classic beauties are docked and stationed along the shore for spectators to admire. 

Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

July 29-31; Columbus Circle, Syracuse, NY

This spectacular three-day showcase features some of the country’s most talented artists, crafts people, and entertainers. Typically, more than 50,000 visitors shop and enjoy multicultural performances and summer refreshments. 


Hanover Thursday’s Music Series

Starting August 4, 2022 Every Thursday; Hanover Square, Syracuse, NY

This new weekly concert series brings area artists, food and drinks together for the downtown Syracuse crowd every Thursday in August. Concerts start at 6 pm and are free and open to the public of all ages. 

Middle Ages 27th Anniversary Celebration

August 7; Leavenworth Park, Syracuse, NY

This annual family-friendly event features popular area bands, food vendors and of course Middle Ages craft brews. Feel free to bring chairs, pop-up tents and food. This year's musical lineup includes Mike Powell, The Turbulents, All Poets and Heroes, and Dark Hollow.

St. George Macedonian Ethnic Festival

August 5-7; St. George Macedonian Eastern Orthodox Church, Syracuse, NY

This weekend event celebrates the Macedonian culture. Attendees can enjoy Macedonian music, tour the St. George Macedonian Orthodox Church, purchase traditional goods and have a taste of traditional food and drink. 

Brew at the Zoo

August 5; Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY

More than 2,000 guests sell out this annual beer tasting event featuring a selection of craft beers and beverages from the Central New York region. In addition to over 100 beverage tastings, enjoy a variety of local food trucks, live entertainment throughout the zoo, animals on evening exhibit, and more! A silent auction features animal artwork, collectables, travel packages, dining experiences, movie and rock star memorabilia.

Blueberry Jam Festival

August 6; Critz Farms, Cazenovia, NY

This all-day family-friendly festival offers something for everyone. Enjoy live music, children’s entertainment, farm tours, food trucks, and u-pick blueberries and blueberries inspired cider and beer. 

53rd Canal Day

August 6; Ryder Park, East Syracuse, NY

This annual free family-friendly event is full of fun for the whole family. Featuring games, inflatables, pony rides and more this one-day event wraps up with a musical performance from the Maria DeSantis Orchestra and fireworks!

The 79th CNY Scottish Games and Celtic Festival

August 13th; Long Branch Park, Liverpool, NY

Every 2nd weekend in August, Central New York hosts a Highland Games, Pipe Band competition and Celtic ethnic activities at the incredible venue of Long Branch Park on Onondaga Lake in Syracuse. Featuring family-friendly GAMES all day full of Competitions for: Solo Piping, Drumming & Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing & Heavy Athletics. Children’s Games, entertainment, Celtic themed vendors & food, clans & societies, harpers, Syracuse Irish Session, Massed Bands and so much more!

The Great New York State Fair 

August 24 - September 5, 2018; The NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY

 15 acres, 70+ rides • Longest-running state fair in the country!

The Great New York State Fair will be back! August 24 - September 5, 2022. More than one million people experience this affordable, 13-day celebration of delicious food, eye-opening exhibits, captivating entertainment, and great fun. The New York State Fair's 174th edition will showcase thousands of animals, hundreds of commercial attractions, scores of exciting midway rides, and dozens of big-name entertainers... all just a short trip from wherever you live!

St. Joesph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

All summer long

St. Joe’s line up has top performers headed to Syracuse, NY all summer long. Stay up to date with concerts by checking out the St. Joe’s Amp event page today - tickets for most shows are on sale now!