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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...

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...

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...

Plan Your Memorial Day Weekend in Syracuse

There are plenty of great ways to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in and around Syracuse! Interesting Activities on Memorial Day Weekend 2018 in Syracuse Celebrate Memorial Day in Syracuse at the Memorial Watchfire 2018. This annual event is rain or shine and stems from the military tradition that after a battle, a large fire would be started to help guide those missing or lost back to their comrades. The Watchfire is a way to continue that tradition and also honor those who have served our country. The lighting of the pyre begins at dusk, but it is recommended that you get there early to get good seats and also have the chance to enjoy the many on-site food and drink vendors. Another celebration taking place over the weekend is the New York State Chinese Lantern Festival. The festival runs from 5:30 PM to 11 PM and will highlight Chinese culture through food, music, live performances, artisan crafts, and elegant lanterns. Tree Frogs and Peepers is an exciting event for young folks and the young at heart. Head to the Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus for a nighttime hike to the pond. Bring a flashlight to look for the spring tree frogs and peepers. The rainy nighttime weather in late May is perfect for this activity. Plan Your Trip to Downtown Syracuse If you’re planning to spend Memorial Day Weekend in Syracuse, consider staying with us at Marriott Syracuse Downtown. The historic downtown area is the perfect place to spend your relaxing Memorial Day Weekend 2018 in Syracuse. At Marriott Syracuse Downtown, we offer spacious rooms with fine furniture and many...

Enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch in Syracuse

Treat Mom to the perfect Mother’s Day Brunch in Syracuse! Enjoy a Decadent Brunch in the Grand Ballroom The Marriott Syracuse Downtown would like to welcome all those who wish to celebrate the special woman in their lives to the hotel for brunch. Your mother, grandmother, aunt, or motherly figure will be delighted to enjoy a beautiful visit to the Grand Ballroom which features spectacular views of the area along with an extravagant spread in a grandiose setting. Mom is sure to love the sheer number of available options. Brunch will include a number of delicious displays including artisan cheeses, fresh fruits, and breakfast pastries as well as a carving station, grilled cheese station, seafood options, and specialties like bouillabaisse and truffle and cheddar mac n’ cheese. There is also a mouth-watering number of desserts like banana bread pudding with espresso syrup and strawberry shortcake made fresh to order. Plan a Trip to Downtown Syracuse for Mother’s Day We are currently taking reservations for brunch on Sunday, May 13. There will be two available seatings, one at 10:00 a.m and one at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $49 for adults and $19 for children under 12. Children 5 and under are free, and tickets are non-refundable. Make the most of the celebration and book a stay at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Our historic hotel with a modern twist is the perfect place to celebrate any occasion or just enjoy some time away from home. We offer several packages to help make the most of your...

Upcoming Events at the Syracuse Landmark Theater

From jazz and comedy to dancing, the Syracuse Landmark Theater has options when it comes to what’s happening in Syracuse. Visit Downtown Syracuse for Dinner and Enjoy the Theater for Dessert It’s so convenient to grab a delicious bite at one of the many restaurants near the theater before heading over to one of their exciting shows. Laugh with comedian Jim Gaffigan on May 4th or author David Sedaris on April 12th, or rock out with Alice in Chains April 30th. Other upcoming events at the Syracuse Landmark Theater include STOMP taking place April 17th-18th and Dirty Dancing with several dates in May. STOMP is an eight-member percussion troupe using brooms, lighters, garbage cans and more to fill the theater with foot-stompin’ sound. Dirty Dancing features captivating dancing and spirited music based on the movie. Gov’t Mule, appearing April 20th, is a band playing an eclectic sound of blues, jazz, soul, and country that’s garnered them fans across the world. Stay Close to Make the Most of the Theater A five-minute walk takes you to all the events at the Syracuse Landmark Theater when you stay at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. The Marriott Syracuse offers convenience to all the food and fun the downtown area has to offer. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the perfect restaurant to round out your evening at the theater and we even offer shuttle service if you’re feeling weary if the weather’s bad. If you’re ready to take advantage of the Landmark Theater, book a room with us and take your experience to the next...

It’s Syracuse Graduation Time!

What’s Syracuse Graduation Like? It’s that time of year again, and Syracuse University is sending off its next batch of the best and brightest with a commencement ceremony that’s sure to touch hearts and minds. Syracuse University Graduation is not just a moment—it’s an entire weekend. Different schools and colleges within the University host special convocations on the day prior to commencement to celebrate their achievements. There’s excitement everywhere, as each school hosts events in different areas of campus. Tickets aren’t necessary for either event and there are ample facilities for guests with mobility limitations. Be warned, though—downtown Syracuse is extremely busy this weekend, so be prepared for delays at local eateries and on roadways. Given the sheer number of visitors during this time, the best way to enjoy a relaxing Syracuse graduation weekend is to stay close to the University. Stay at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown for a Stress-Free Graduation Experience Commencement is fun but stressful. Take some of the anxiety out of the weekend by staying at the Marriott right here in Downtown Syracuse, only four minutes from the University. A historic hotel with award-winning accommodations, our opulent surroundings will have you charmed from the moment you step inside. We’ve got two on-site restaurants to make finding delicious food easy, and of course, there’s room service if you’re feeling weary by the end of the day. With lodging that provides every amenity you could need, you can simply relax and enjoy the...