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Break Out Your Kilt and Join Us for The 77th Central New York Scottish Games & Celtic Festival!

Get your kilt and Celtic spirit on when the CNY Scottish Games returns to the Downtown Syracuse area! It’s been dunky’s since a last saw ye… The Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel just offered a salutation of “long time, no see” to all of the lads and lasses getting ready for the most Gaelic of the annual local Syracuse events. The Celtic Spirit is set to descend upon the Downtown Syracuse area during the 77th Central New York Scottish Games. The Central New York Celtic Festival will surely be at the top of the list of what’s happening in Syracuse on Saturday, August 11. Taking place at Long Branch Park, the Scottish Games and Celtic Festival includes six varieties of eclectic activities for you to enjoy. Starting at 9:00AM, watch the traditional athletic competitions, enjoy the sights and sounds of the Celtic entertainment, and sample the delicious delicacies and Scot-approved wares from the local vendors. Yet if we needed to list the true highlights of this one-day affair, there are two events that can’t be missed! The CNY Scottish Games pit rival “clans” against each other in traditional Highland competitions like the Caber Toss and Stone Throw. The use of authentic logs, stones, and hay bales reflect the occupations of the tradesmen in traditional Celtic societies. The festival always concludes with a traditional ceilidh! This year’s ceilidh, or celebratory gathering of folk music and dance, will include the talents of the Celtic band The Causeway Giants and the McDonald School of Irish Dance and promises to send everyone off with the Scottish spirit still singing in their souls. Planning to...

The 39th Season of The Skaneateles Festival Is Almost Here!

Don’t miss out on attending the only classical music festival in the Downtown Syracuse area this year!   While there are many local Syracuse events that fill up the annual calendar, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel cannot think of one more beloved than the Skaneateles Festival. This year, the entire month of August in the picturesque lakeside village of Skaneateles will reverberate with beautiful music. Known lovingly to the locals as SkanFest, the 2018 season will feature a variety of concerts honoring the “Music Mavericks” throughout history. From Beethoven to Bernstein and many other musical virtuosos in between, the weeknight indoor concerts and Saturday performances under the stars promise to feature something for everyone. The Skaneateles Festival 2018 runs for four weeks, beginning its events on Tuesday, August 7th and concluding on Saturday, September 1. Whether a long-running patron of this annual festival or a neophyte ready to get your first dose of classical music in the serene ambiance of the Finger Lakes, there will soon be no doubt why these four weeks are always at the top of the list of what’s happening in Syracuse to end the summer months.  Some of the notable acts that are returning for SkanFest 2018 are Eliot Fisk (August 16) and violinist Tai Murray (August 9). Yet it’s the slate of newcomers such as the internationally acclaimed Danish String Quartet (August 10) and the soothing tropical sounds of the steel drum virtuoso Andy Akiho (August 30) that have grabbed the attention of many in the area. No matter your choice of musical memory, we hope you will consider the Marriott Syracuse Downtown...

Continue Your Summer Cruisin’ at the Syracuse Nationals!

The largest car show in the Northeast is cruisin’ toward the Downtown Syracuse area! Cars have long been a part of American popular culture. Even now in 2018, if you have any doubt that the automobile still reigns supreme, check out the over 8,000 classic cars that take part in the annual Syracuse Nationals Car Show at the New York State Fairgrounds. The 19th Annual Syracuse Nationals 2018 is set to draw thousands of people to the Downtown Syracuse area during the three-day extravaganza. Starting on Friday, July 20th and through the afternoon of Sunday, July 22nd, there’ll be no shortage of fun things to do. This is one of the most highly-anticipated local Syracuse events of the summer, after all. And you don’t need to be a car enthusiast to have a great time! Sure, having a love of hot rods will make this a must-attend event. Yet the more than 90,000 visitors that are expected to make their way to the fairgrounds don’t all share this automobile adoration. The reason why this festival is at the top of the list of what’s happening in Syracuse in July is because of the all-inclusive family-fun that can be had. From Artie’s Party, showcasing hand-painted artwork with an automotive theme, to the Main Stage, full of local bands ready to rock and roll all night, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. There’s even a special Women’s World area, full of vendors and activities that are four-wheeling but feminine in fashion! Whether taking a road-trip to the event or just a local neighborhood joyride, let the comfort and convenience of the Marriott...

The Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival is a Perfect Pair!

The delectable duo of wonderful wine and jubilant jazz is ready to return to the Downtown Syracuse area. In 2002, the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation sought to create a festival to bring the culture and smooth sounds of jazz music to the downtown Syracuse area. In the following years, they sponsored many local Syracuse events that presented the genre of jazz music in a variety of forms, providing unforgettable experiences for many in the Central New York area. This was the genesis of the now highly-anticipated “Syracuse Artsweek” and the true highlight of the summer calendar – The Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival. Now in its 9th year, the two-day NE Jazz and Wine Festival 2018 will return to Clinton Square, in the heart of downtown Syracuse, on July 27th and July 28th. Being free and open to all who wish to attend, you can expect quite the crowd of jazz and wine enthusiasts alike. Yet this community event is also a celebration of the local culture of Central New York, and is considered the area’s “gateway to summer fun!” The line-up of local, regional and nationally known musicians and wineries is still growing. But if last year’s event that was comprised of three music stages of performances and over 1,000 guided wine tastings is any indication, this year promises to be bigger and better than ever! Being centrally located in the city, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown hotel is a hub for your information and enjoyment of what’s happening in Syracuse all the days of the year. Yet being only a few blocks from Clinton Square, we are also...

No Need to BYOB: The Empire Brewfest 2018 is Almost Here!

Brewskis, suds, booze – it doesn’t matter what you call it: celebrate your love of all things beer at this annual local Syracuse event. Normally, a trip to the New York State Fairgrounds coincides with one of the many family-friendly local Syracuse events that dot the calendar. Yet on July 14th, leave the kids at home and join in the craft beer celebration known as the Empire Brewfest! This year, the Empire Brewfest 2018 is jam-packed with activities that are centered on showcasing the best craft beers from all over the globe. The atmosphere is full of camaraderie, akin to you and hundreds of your best buds getting together at your favorite “watering hole”. Yet instead of one of the many fine establishments in the Downtown Syracuse area, your choice is the Chevy Court at the Fairgrounds! The lineup of breweries continues to grow! With an emphasis on the area’s renowned hop-masters, the Empire Brewfest 2018 is shaping up to be a true contender for the best of what’s happening in Syracuse this summer. Don’t fancy yourself a beer connoisseur? There’s a lot more to the Empire Brewfest than just popping a cold one with your friends! Of course, there’s a wide array of different beverages and culinary fare to enjoy. But moving away from the gastronomical delights, there are a variety of “drinking games” that are just as fun sober! Trust us: Giant Jenga and Yard Scrabble can only be mastered without downing a pint! For those who refuse to drop the growlers, cornhole and beer pong are perfect for you. Artistic persuasions of music and art abound...

Let the NYS Blues Festival Open The Door To Your Soul!

The New York State Blues Festival celebrates the American musical genre about living life and telling stories! Everyone has a story to tell, whether on stage at the annual New York State Blues Festival, or one of the thousands in the crowd below. That is the essence of the musical genre being celebrated at one of the most anticipated local Syracuse events of the year. Founded in 1991, the NYS Blues Festival is more than just one of the best free festivals in the country. The NYS Blues Festival 2018 is a community-focused festival, whose mission is to promote and cultivate the great American genre of music known as the Blues! Yet this year, many in the downtown Syracuse area will descend upon Clinton Square for an even larger celebration than ever before! ‘What’s happening in Syracuse?’ Come June 28-30, there will be no better answer than the NYS Blues Festival which has added an extra day of good vibes and fun times to this year’s lineup! A good blues musician has the ability to strike a chord deep within the listener’s soul. Thus, the New York State Blues Festival conveys these same emotions while showcasing a collection of regional and nationally-known artists. The headliners like Anders Osborne, Larkin Poe, and Paulie Cerra may not burn up the charts like Taylor Swift, but we promise that their music will stay with you long past the last strum of the guitar. With this year’s event extending to three days in Downtown Syracuse, plan ahead and book a room with us at the nearby Marriott Syracuse Downtown hotel. Being located less...

Get Ready for Your Journey Into the Woods at the Central New York Playhouse

‘Happily Ever After’ is not the end of the story for many beloved fairy-tale characters on stage at the Central New York Playhouse. The characters are familiar, but when they hit the stage in Into the Woods at the Central New York Playhouse this June, don’t expect the famous line of ‘they lived happily ever after’ to end their tale. Into the Woods, the most popular work of Tony Award-winning playwright Stephen Sondheim, explores the unforeseen consequences of many fairy-tale wishes coming true. There’s no Disney ending, but we promise that you and your whole family will be just as deep Into the Woods as the actors on stage. Once the curtain has fallen, we doubt anyone will object that this theatrical event is the perfect answer to ‘what’s happening in Syracuse’ this summer. The Central New York Playhouse production is always at the top of the list of local Syracuse events. There is a good chance that many in the Downtown Syracuse area have already attended an event, and Into the Woods would be a perfect reminder of all of the talent that call the Central New York area home. For those Central New York Playhouse novices, this delightful dark comedy is an ideal introduction to their consistently entertaining programs. It’s time to go Into the Woods with ten shows between June 8th to June 23rd, 2018. Cap off your own ‘happily ever after’ by staying with us at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Our newly restored hotel has maintained the grandeur of our historic property, but added a modern twist, not unlike Sondheim’s theatrical fairy-tale. The Marriott Syracuse Downtown...

The Jamesville Balloonfest: The Perfect Kick Off to Summer!

Watch scores of colorful balloons take flight as the Jamesville Balloonfest 2018 launches the area’s summer season of events! Starting on the second full day of summer, dozens of hot air balloons will take to the skies and launch the 39th Annual Jamesville Balloonfest. Known to many in the Downtown Syracuse area as the true kick-off to summer, this festival of breathtaking sights, amazing entertainment, and delicious culinary fare never disappoints. From Friday, June 22nd to Sunday, June 24th, each day at the Syracuse Balloonfest, families and travelers alike have their chance to get up close and personal with the most magnificent seven-story balloons during the various scheduled launches. After the balloons light up the sky, there are many other forms of entertainment, from concerts, games, and amusement rides, to enjoy throughout the entire day. When the sky over Jamesville Beach is filled with color after the mass balloon ascensions, there will be no other answer to the question of ‘What’s Happening in Syracuse’! Admission to this three-day event is free, even though the memories that will be made are sure to be priceless. Bringing lawn chairs, blankets, and sunscreen is recommended, but the festival experience will provide everything else you could need. If you are thinking about attending the Jamesville Balloonfest 2018, we suggest you plan ahead. Rain or shine, this festival is an all-day event, with the weekend launches occurring in the still-dark pre-dawn sky. By staying with us at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, you will have the perfect home base for the early wake-up call. Located only 10 miles away from the Jamesville Beach area, our...

Get Ready to Celebrate Father’s Day in Syracuse

For Father’s Day 2018 in Syracuse, plan to spend some quality time with Dad or any father figure in your life. Here’s what’s happening in Syracuse over the holiday weekend. What’s Happening for Father’s Day 2018 in Syracuse? Check out these fun Father’s Day events in Syracuse or neighboring cities to plan your fun-filled weekend. Father’s Day Virtual 5K Surprise dad by signing up for the Syracuse Father’s Day Virtual 5k. No pressure as he can complete the race anywhere and anytime. Although, a jog with dad makes a great way to celebrate Father’s Day in Syracuse. 15% of funds raised go to Team Hoyt for building confidence in people with physical and mental disabilities. This event runs from June 17 through June 30. Skanda Family Fun Day Looking for hands-on or family-friendly Father’s Day events? Look no further than the Skanda Family Fun Day in neighboring Cazenovia. Meet endangered and rescued baby goats, mini-donkeys, horses, and other fun farm animals. Don’t miss the egg and sack races, face painting, and hayrides. Taking place on Saturday June 16 from 1 PM to 5 PM, funds raised from the event will support endangered animals. Plan Your Father’s Day Events in Syracuse If you’re wondering what’s happening in Syracuse on Father’s Day Weekend, consider planning a getaway with Dad at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Our relaxing new guest rooms were designed with comfort in mind and we’re located in the heart of historic downtown Syracuse. Marriott Syracuse Downtown is in a prime location for some laid-back Father’s Day activities at great restaurants, bars, and family...

How Will You Celebrate Juneteenth This Year?

Come to Syracuse to celebrate Juneteenth on June 15 and 16, 2018 at Clinton Square! One hundred and fifty-three years ago, Union Soldiers read the Emancipation Proclamation, announcing that slaves were free. During this special weekend, you’ll be able to take part in a celebration of freedom and civil rights. Juneteenth in Syracuse – a Celebration of Freedom Why should you come to Syracuse to celebrate this event? Juneteenth in Syracuse is one of the largest celebrations of this event in the nation! During your time in Downtown Syracuse, you’ll get to enjoy a number of Juneteenth celebrations. These include a free performance by R&B award-winning singer/songwriter Chanté Moore. The goal of this event is not only to celebrate emancipation – it’s to ensure that everyone continues to have a share in maintaining racial and ethnic equality and opportunities. That’s why – in addition to free entertainment – the festival also includes culturally diverse cuisine and educational exhibits. Come Celebrate This Special Event at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown During your stay here, we hope you’ll stay at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Even if you’re a local, we welcome you to stay with us for a staycation. Enjoy the celebration, spend some time relaxing, and get away from the worries of your daily life. At the Marriott Syracuse, we provide luxury, newly remodeled accommodations. And if you’d like to get your friends and family together for your own Juneteenth 2018 celebration, we offer 41,000 square feet of space for your special...