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Syracuse, New York holds literally dozens and dozens of special events of various types throughout the year. The following list describes just a few of the larger ones, but it’s likely that any time of the year you visit, some sort of special event will be taking place in Syracuse or surrounding area.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Syracuse. The world's largest per capita parade celebrates its annual march through downtown Syracuse.

Syracuse Nationals Car Happening – “The Largest Car Happening on the East Coast.” Join the fun as over 6,000 Street Rods, Customs, Classics and Trucks are on display. There is also live music, swap meet and prizes. Usually held in July.

Annual Fleet Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival - Free admission to see more than 175 fine artists and craftspeople exhibit their works at this annual event. Free continuous live entertainment including interactive family activities and food.

Jazz in the Square - This July festival will fill all of downtown Syracuse with the sounds of jazz creating a "music city" atmosphere like New Orleans. Staged performances in all the squares, strolling musicians and more. Downtown nightclubs and pubs will host after-hours jams as well.

Annual Central New York Scottish Games - Pipeband competitions, Highland dance competitions and Irish Step Dancing highlight this traditional event. Usually held in mid August.

The New York State Fair at the Syracuse Empire Expo Center – usually held in August. Annually, more than 1,000,000 people from across the Northeast attend the Great NYS Fair to view the best in agricultural and livestock competition, top-name entertainment, the International Horse Show and much more. Admission: $5, advance sale; $10, at the gate; children 12 and under, free.

Annual Irish Festival at Clinton Square - Celebrating the Irish Spirit with music, dancers, food and much more. Free Admission. Usually held in September.

Annual Heluva Good Golden Harvest Festival at the Beaver Lake Nature Center. The ultimate fall harvest festival. This event features over 100 crafters, a "supernatural" midway with games for all, great music, live animal shows, hayrides, pony rides, puppet shows, food and more.

Lights on the Lake at Onondaga Lake Park. One of America's great light shows with over 2 miles of breathtaking displays of all shapes and sizes. Admission: $8 per car, $50 per motorcoach. Usually runs Thanksgiving Weekend through January 5th.

Annual Gingerbread Gallery – located at the Erie Canal Museum. Thanksgiving through the end of December, this event features a festive 1800's-style street scene with shop windows filled with dozens of homemade gingerbread creations. Admission is free.

Holiday Festival of Trees at the Everson Museum of Art. Over one hundred imaginatively decorated Christmas trees on display. The weeklong event also includes musical entertainment, fashion shows and programs for children.


 

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