Annual Events in Syracuse

Syracuse is an all-season destination with fun-filled events happening year-round. No matter which season you spend with us, there will be excitement to join in on. From food festivals like the Bacon Festival and Crawfish Festival to cultural and music festivals- there is something for everybody. With Syracuse University athletics seasons to touring Broadway productions at the Landmark Theatre, there is always a reason to celebrate the season. Check out our annual Syracuse events that have everyone coming back for more and start planning your next visit.  For a complete listing of events and festivals, visit our Events Calendar



Top Spring Activities

Popular Summer Festivals

NY State Blues Fest

The New York State Rhythm & Blues Festival, Inc. showcases a collection of...

Greek Fest

Experience traditional Greek cultural music and dances and authentic Greek...

Polish Fest

The three-day Syracuse Polish Festival is a family-friendly celebration of...

AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

July 29-31, This spectacular 3-day showcase of the country's most talented...

Year-Round Sports & Entertainment


Beautiful foliage, apple orchards and more!  Our picturesque landscapes make for breathtaking photos. See why Syracuse is the perfect fall destination with or without the pumpkin spice latte 


Fall in Syracuse brings the perfect opportunity for quality leaf peeping and completing your autumn bucket list. Whether you're in the mood for hard cider or cider donuts, you can find your fix here. Take a hayride at the family-friendly Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, or celebrate the season with the Golden Harvest Festival and Lafayette Apple Festival.


Holidays in Syracuse

From Downtown Syracuse to scenic Skaneateles, check out  how visitors and locals alike celebrate the holidays throughout the region

Ice skate next to a giant menorah and Christmas tree or find out why Skaneateles is the most idyllic Christmas town



If it's not on instagram, did it even happen?  Check out photos from visitors who experienced our most popular winter and early spring events.


Enjoy the season events like Syracuse Winterfest located Downtown or head to the NYS Fairgrounds for CNY Irish Feis. Watch flicks at the Salt City Horror Festival or celebrate local style with Syracuse Fashion Week. Start your St. Patrick's Day celebrations early with Green Beer Sunday in February then catch the St. Patrick's Day Parade in March.  


Taste of Syracuse

Need a reason to attend Taste of Syracuse? Check out these mouth-watering photos


Find out why over 225,000 visitors gather for this foodie festival every summer. Join in on the hype and sample your way through over 80 vendors serving up local classics and tasty treats- all while enjoying great live entertainment! 


Snow Leopard Days | Rosamond Gifford Zoo 

Free Ice Skating Wednesday | Sunnycrest Ice Rink 

Salt City Winter Antiques Show | NYS Fairgrounds 

New York State Sportsman Expo | NYS Fairgrounds 


Syracuse Winter Fair | NYS Fairgrounds

Syracuse Winterfest | Downtown Syracuse 

CNY Winter Boat Show | NYS Fairgrounds 

Sled For Red Cardboard Sledding Derby | Four Seasons Ski Resort 

Green Beer Sunday | Coleman's, Tipperary Hill (City of Syracuse)  


Syracuse Trad Fest | Various Venues

Shamrock Run | Tipperary Hill (City of Syracuse) 

St. Patrick's Parade | Downtown Syracuse 

CNY Irish Feis | NYS Fairgrounds 

Salt City Horror Festival | Palace Theater (City of Syracuse) 

Syracuse Half Marathon | Oncenter/ City of Syracuse 


TAP into the MOST | Downtown Syracuse 

Syracuse Fashion Week | Downtown Syracuse

Syracuse Wine Festival |  CNY Regional Market 

Syracuse University Mayfest + Blockparty Weekend | University Hill and SU Campus 

NCAA Tournament Watch Parties | Various Locations


Syracuse University Commencement Weekend | University Hill + Downtown Syracuse

LeMoyne College Commencement Weekend | East Side Neighborhood of Syracuse

Crawfish Festival | Clinton Square 

Mountain Goat Run | Downtown Syracuse + Surrounding area 


Taste of Syracuse | Clinton Square, Downtown Syracuse 

Jamesville Balloon Fest | Jamesville Beach Park, Jamesville 

St. Sophia Greek Cultural Festival | St. Sophia's Church, DeWitt 

Polish Festival | Clinton Square, Downtown Syracuse 

Juneteenth Celebration | Clinton Square, Downtown Syracuse 

New York State Blues Fest | Clinton Square, Downtown Syracuse

CNY Pride Parade & Festival | Inner Harbor


Middle Eastern Cultural Festival | St. Elias Church 

Syracuse Nationals | NYS Fairgrounds | 

Skaneateles Antique & Classic Boat Show | Village of Skaneateles 

Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival | Columbus Circle, Downtown Syracuse 

Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival | Clinton Square, Downtown Syracuse 


Skaneateles Festival | Village of Skaneateles 

Syracuse Bavarian Festival | Long Branch Park, Liverpool 

St. George Macedonian Ethnic Festival | 

CNY Scottish Games & Celtic Festival | Long Branch Park, Liverpool |

Great New York State Fair | NYS Fairgrounds 

Oktoberfest | Long Branch Park 


Irish Festival | Clinton Square, Downtown Syracuse 

Golden Harvest Festival | Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville 

Festa Italiana | Downtown Syracuse 

KlezFest CNY | Jewish Community Center, Syracuse 


Lafayette Apple Festival | Route 20, LaFayette 

Syracuse Film Festival | Various venues in Syracuse


Annual Christmas Tree Lighting | Clinton Square 

CNY Wine & Chocolate Festival | NYS Fairgrounds


Lights on the Lake | Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool 

Gingerbread Gallery | Erie Canal Museum 

Dicken's Christmas in Skaneateles | Village of Skaneateles 

Festival of Trees | Everson Museum of Art 

Holidays in the City | Downtown Syracuse