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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 historically-restored hotel will allow you to relax, refresh and recharge in luxurious comfort before setting out for another full day of high-flying fun. From those traveling from afar to the locals wishing for a relaxing staycation, we hope you’ll stay with us at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, for it would be our pleasure to help you kick off the summer in sky-high style!

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 events.

How Will You Celebrate Juneteenth This Year?

Come to Syracuse to celebrate Juneteenth on June 15 and 16, 2018 at Clinton Square!

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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 event.

Indulge Yourself with Sampling Syracuse Food Tours

Locals and out-of-towners alike can enjoy delicious food and learn about interesting history along the way during Syracuse Food Tours.


Tour Syracuse While You Sample Delectable Food

Sampling Syracuse Food Tours is the perfect way to spend three hours on a Saturday evening. You’ll walk through the downtown area to six award-winning Syracuse favorites as you learn about local landmarks.

Your tour starts at Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub & Restaurant where you’ll sample traditional Irish food. Make sure to come hungry because you’ll be sampling plenty of savory fare like ribs and pork at the renowned Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Get your carb fix at Pastabilities with the kitchen’s house-made sauces and pasta like the Spicy Hot Tomato Oil.

Save room for dessert. The Sweet Praxis is more than a bakery – it’s a kitchen lab. Enjoy a treat from Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen before topping off your meal with a specialty coffee from Café Kubal.

Plan Your Trip to Downtown Syracuse

Make sure to book your Syracuse tours in advance – they book up quickly. Keep in mind that you’ll spend the majority of these three hours on your feet: you’ll only sit for about 45 minutes throughout the tour.

If you’re planning a trip to Syracuse, consider staying with us at Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Our hotel is a piece of architectural history in itself and the laid-back tours are just a few steps outside our door.

Experience the New York State Chinese Lantern Festival

If you’re wondering what’s happening in Syracuse this summer, look no further than the New York Chinese Lantern Festival.


What’s Happening in Syracuse at the New York Chinese Lantern Festival?

Plan a relaxing yet interesting night out with your loved ones, family, or just by yourself this summer where you’ll experience Chinese culture through lights, music, and more.

The Chinese Lantern Festival takes place at dusk so you can stroll along a brilliant lantern-lit path through the state fairgrounds. Watch vendors as they work their craft, which festival patrons may purchase. The event also features two 30-minute sets of live music showcasing Chinese culture, and you won’t go hungry because food and beverages will be available.

The New York State Chinese Lantern Festival 2018 takes place from 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM at the New York State Fair Grounds in Geddes. The event runs from Friday, May 25th to Sunday, July 1st. Kids are welcome at this event. Admission is free for children under five.

Plan Your Trip to Downtown Syracuse

If you’re thinking about attending the festival, why not make a night or weekend out of it? Consider staying with us at Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Our hotel is in the heart of historic downtown Syracuse and we’re not far from the festival in Geddes. At Marriott Syracuse Downtown, we offer luxurious accommodations and amenities including a fitness center.