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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 the ideal place to make this perfect pairing of an event really a terrific trio. Whether planning a jazz-inspired getaway or a local winsome wine weekend, let the comfortable accommodations of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown allow you to enjoy everything this amazing time in our city has to offer.

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 and the six-hour Empire Brewfest (2:00PM – 8:00PM) will fly by! Yet book a room with us at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown hotel and let the festive atmosphere linger. Less than 5 miles away, our comfortable accommodations at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown hotel are your perfect haven to come down from the sud slinging in style.

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 than a mile away from Clinton Square, the thoughtfully designed Marriott Syracuse hotel offers all the comforts of home for both those traveling from afar to the locals just wishing for the perfect base to fully enjoy a blues-filled staycation!

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 is less than ten miles away from the Central New York Playhouse and is the perfect haven to relax while coming down from your magical theatric spell. Let the opulence of our accommodations be your fairy-tale castle and end your personal trip Into the Woods with a true ‘happily ever after!’