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13 Reasons to Join Us for The Great New York State Fair

The NYS Fair 2018 promises 13 days full of family fun for the over 1,000,000 guests who are expected to attend!


What’s happening in Syracuse between Wednesday, August 22 through Monday, September 3 is only the most highly-anticipated event in the area all year. 1,000,000 million attendees cannot be wrong – The New York State Fair 2018 is the only place to end your summer! Here are 13 reasons why you should join us for this 13-day extravaganza of family fun!

  1. The Great New York State Fair is the oldest in the US! The State Fair in Syracuse is still standing after 177 years!
  1. New York State pride! Now’s the time for Downtown Syracuse, not New York City, to take the spotlight!
  1. No subways? No problem! The NYS Fair 2018 is in CENTRAL NY and easily accessible by car (Thruway), boat (Canalway), and train (Amtrack).
  1. The Marriott Syracuse Downtown is only five miles away! Our comfortable accommodations and convenient location make us your perfect home for this event.
  1. Two words: pig races! Some NYS Fair traditions need to be seen to be believed.
  1. See the “miracle of life”! Another fair tradition: live cow births. (i.e. see above description).
  1. Butter’s not just for bread! The butter sculptures are truly “fat” pieces of art!
  1. Drink a cup of milk for a quarter! Talk about doing the body good!
  1. The midway rides get better every year! From Kiddie Land to terrifying thrill rides, there’s something for everyone!
  1. Discover our diverse history. The Pan-African Village is a hidden gem focusing on New York’s African-American history.
  1. The music will never die! With a variety of venues, the fair will always be rocking with sweet tunes!
  1. Food, glorious food! No Fair is complete without the most indulgent (and usually deep-fried) carnival eats!
  1. Did we mention the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel is only five miles away?

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!
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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 skedaddle aff to Syracuse for this festival? Less than 10 miles from Long Branch Park, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel is the perfect home base to experience all of the Celtic charm of this annual event. Our comfortable accommodations will ensure your experience is nothing short of pure barry!

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 Hotel as your home base for all things SkanFest! Located less than 20 miles away, now is the time to book your room and ensure your “slice of summer heaven” is one of comfort and luxury, making your entire experience a harmonic melody you will never forget!

Continue Your Summer Cruisin’ at the Syracuse Nationals!

The largest car show in the Northeast is cruisin’ toward the Downtown Syracuse area!
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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 Syracuse Downtown Hotel be the perfect “rest area” on your highway to summer fun! Located just 5 miles from the Fairgrounds, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown will allow you to rest and relax before getting your motor running and heading out for your automotive adventure!

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.