More Festivals!

More Festivals!

By Tenedra Bafford MNO '13


More festivals! If you enjoyed the festivals in June, July has even more to attend and it will not disappoint! Check out these festivals while you are out and about this month!


M & T Syracuse Jazz Fest

Thursday, July 4th –Saturday, July 6th

Gates open at 2 p.m.

Free admission



Jamesville Beach Park

4110 West Shore Manor

Jamesville, N.Y. 13078


Headliners for the 31st annual M & T Syracuse Jazz Fest include:

The Doobie Brothers on July 4th (there will be also be fireworks, so this is a great event for 4th of July!)


The Grandmother’s of Invention on July 5th


Tyler Dayne of July 6th


Other artists in the lineup for the weekend include: Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, Preservation, Hall Jazz Band, Sophistafuck, The Yellowjackets, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, and Ronnie Lewis. For a full schedule of performers and times, visit  This is a great festival to enjoy good music, food, and crafts! Happy 4th of July!


6th Annual Finger Lakes Lavender Festival

Saturday, July 13th-Sunday, July 14th

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Free admission and parking



Lockwood Lavender Farm

1682 West Lake Road

Skaneateles, N.Y.  13152


Spend a day in Skaneateles to enjoy all this lavender! Learn how to make handcrafted jewelry, pottery, and baskets while shopping at the Lavender Market for all-natural lavender and honey products. You can also make your own lavender wand or cut-your-own lavender bouquet ($5.00 per person). For more information, visit





New York Country Jam

Friday, July 12th-Sunday, July 14th

Friday-Gates open at 4:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday-Gates open at 10:00 a.m.

Admission is $29-$99 per person and can be purchased online



New York State Fairgrounds

581 State Fair Blvd.

Syracuse, N.Y. 13209


If lavender is not your thing, here’s another event for the weekend. The 3 day country music festival’s line up includes: Fulton Chain Gang, Jason Thomas, Uncle Kracker, Billy Currington, Kelly Pickler, Chris Young, Easton Corbin, and more! There will be tributes to Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, and Faith Hill on Friday! For ticket info, visit



Empire Brewfest

Friday, July 19th

5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Beer sampling- $35 in advance, $45 at the door

Wine sampling-$15



Clinton Square

Syracuse, N.Y. 13202


Go out and enjoy the largest beer festival in New York State. There will be 150 craft beers to sample and food from The Melting Pot and music from Searson. Also enjoy a mini-wine trail, if you’re not a beer lover! Visit for more info on the breweries and events.


Skaneateles Curbstone Festival

Thursday, July 18th-Saturday July 20th

Thursday-9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday- 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m.

Free Admission



Village of Skaneateles

20 Genesee Street

Skaneateles, N.Y. 13152


If shopping is your thing, head out to Skaneateles and enjoy over 30 sidewalk merchants! Pick up men’s and women’s clothing, bags, shoes, and accessories! Visit for more info.


Middle Eastern Cultural Festival

Friday, July 19th-Sunday, July 21st

Friday- 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Saturday- 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Sunday- 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Free Admission



St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church

4988 Onondaga Road

Syracuse, N.Y. 13215


Get a taste of Arabic food and enjoy live music. You can purchase gold jewelry, oriental rugs, and homemade pastries too! Visit for more info!



18th Annual K-Rockathon 2013

Saturday, July 27th

1:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

$30 in advance $42 regular admission



Empire Expo Center-New York State Fairgrounds

581 State Fair Blvd.

Syracuse, N.Y. 13209


Enjoy another music festival this weekend and check out bands like, Chevelle, Flyleaf, P.O.D., Three Days Grace, Red, Stars in Stereo, and more. There will also be food vendors!


Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival

Friday, July 26th-Saturday, July 27th

Free admission



Clinton Square

Syracuse, N.Y. 13202


This festival is apart of Syracuse Artsweek, which celebrates the region’s best arts. This festival is full of music, entertainment, food, and drinks, including a Wine Pavilion! Check out the website for more info!


Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest

Friday, July 26th-Saturday, July 27th

Free admission



Hanover Square                   

100 E. Water St.

Syracuse, N.Y. 13202


Visit an exhibition of eco-friendly products and services while you’re downtown for the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival! This makes for a perfect downtown weekend outing.


AneriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

Friday, July 26th-Sunday, July 28th

Friday- 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday- 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Free Admission



Columbus Circle

East Onondaga Street

Syracuse, N.Y. 13202


Enjoy performing arts, contemporary arts & crafts, and other activities at the largest arts event, ArtsWeek. This is another reason to be downtown this weekend!

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Martha Coria
Assistant Director of Graduate Professional Programs at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications