Summer Festivals Fill the Syracuse Area with Outdoor Fun and Excitement


The summer festival season is at the midway point, as people converge on our community for some of the best entertainment and fun in the region. It’s a Syracuse summer, with events spanning the region, Clinton Square, Onondaga Community College, Oswego, or in various neighborhood celebrations, culminating with the Westcott Street Cultural Fair marking its 25th year in 2016.

The Lakeview Amphitheater has opened to a season of top name entertainment, bringing visitors from near and far spending money in our community giving the hospitality industry a much needed lift. The facility has already proven its worth; “if you build it, they will come” Lakeview has brought entertainers to Syracuse who’d normally pass us by.   The following are some of the many outdoor events taking place in the Syracuse area this summer.

AmeriCU Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival

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Friday, July 29, 2016 – Sunday, July 31, 2016

Friday – 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm

Admission Info: Free admission

Columbus Circle
East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

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This spectacular 3-day showcase of the country’s most talented artists, craftspeople, and entertainers is centered on historic Columbus Circle in Downtown Syracuse. The show features more than 160 artists representing 30 states and Canada. More than 50,000 visitors will shop and browse among the art and craft exhibits and enjoy a wide variety of music, multi-cultural performances, summer refreshments, and participatory activities. The festival is one of the premier events of ArtsWeek.

The Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival provides an opportunity for visitors to experience the vitality of life in downtown Syracuse through a showcase of visual and performing arts that demonstrate diverse art forms and cultures.

Oswego Harborfest 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016 – Sunday, July 31, 2016Harborfest plain small logo

Breitbeck Park
1-31 Bronson Street
Oswego, NY 13126

see website for schedule of events and Admission Info

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A 4-day long weekend celebration of food, music, boats, entertainment, fireworks, artians and craft vendor and more all at the scenic harbor of Oswego, NY!

Fun for the whole family!

Great New York State Fair

Thursday, August 25, 2016 – Monday, September 5, 2016NYS Fair generic 2

10:00AM – 10:00PM

Empire Expo Center-NYS Fairgrounds
581 State Fair Blvd.
Syracuse, NY 13209

Step right up to the greatest state fair in all the U.S.!  The Great NYS Fair is one of the oldest & boldest state fairs featuring great rides, outstanding food, dynamic new products, wonderful agricultural displays, NYS products, kickin’ live music & so, so, SO much more!

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Westcott Street Cultural Fair

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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12:00PM – 6:30PM

Westcott Community Center
826 Euclid Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210

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The Westcott Street Cultural Fair is marking its 25th year in 2016.  This event celebrates the diversity and vibrancy of the Westcott neighborhood.  The fair kicks off at noon with a parade down Westcott Street.  Beginning at 12:30 p.m. there is entertainment at six stages including music, dance and kids performances.  The fair also features local artists selling handmade items, delicious food from Westcott Street merchants, as  well as information from local non profit organizations.  Something for all fair goers!