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    Signature Events

The Downtown Committee of Syracuse is an active and innovative organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting all that our Downtown district has to offer visitors, residents, and businesses. Chief among the value we bring to that mission is our exciting and wide-ranging list of Signature Events: Have a look and learn more below -- and let us know if you would like to get involved!     

Downtown Dining Weeks

 
We promise, whatever you're craving will be represented across Dining Weeks menus. This is one of the most talked-about events in our community each winter. Traditionally, more than 40 restaurants participate in the once-a-year offering, serving lunch and dinner specials.
 

Spring Progress Breakfast

 
The Progress Breakfast Series celebrates the forward-thinking that has fueled recent redevelopment in Downtown Syracuse. The event, usually held in March and October, is known for providing ‘exclusive previews’ of people, places, projects and overall items of interest that the community is buzzing about. Unique to this event, presenters mingle with attendees in a personal networking setting following the event.
 

Earth Day Cleanup

 
Help give Downtown Syracuse a spring cleaning! Every April, we organize one of the biggest Earth Day clean-ups in the city. In April 2019, thanks to the help of 275 volunteers, public spaces throughout Downtown Syracuse benefited from more than 550 volunteer hours of community service!
 

Wednesday Walks

 
The Wednesday Walk Series, created in partnership with community health-conscious organizations, promotes exercise and wellness through guided walks, while educating participants about Downtown’s unique amenities. Walks are scheduled at lunchtime (45 minutes) and in the early evening hours (1.5 hours) from May through October. Each walk is focused on a different theme.
 

Downtown Living Tour

 
Come see what makes Downtown Syracuse one of the most desired places to live in Central New York! The Downtown Living Tour is a showcase of some of the newest, most talked-about addresses. Whether you want to live in Downtown Syracuse, are interested in architecture, historic preservation and/or urban living, or you’re looking for some design ideas, the tour offers something for everyone.
 

Downtown Committee Annual Meeting

 
Our Annual Meeting is a celebration of the announcements, people, projects and places that have contributed to Downtown’s growth, diversity and overall vibrancy. Highlights include a State of Downtown Report, highlighting the incredible investment activity underway and the presentation of the Downtown Awards of Excellence, honoring individuals for their positive impacts.
 

Downtown Farmers Market

 
Starring 50 of the region’s best farmers and produce dealers, the Downtown Farmers Market attracts as many as 5,000 people every Tuesday from mid-June through mid-October. The Market experience is enhanced through health and wellness initiatives, cooking demonstrations and live music entertainment during select weeks.
 

Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

 
This spectacular three-day showcase of 170+ of the nation’s most talented artists, craftspeople, and entertainers is centered around historic Columbus Circle. The family-friendly festival attracts nearly 50,000 people every year. The event -- which will celebrate 50 years in July 2020 -- is one of the anchor events of ArtsWeek, a collaboration that celebrates the visual and performing arts throughout Downtown Syracuse.
 

Syracuse Style Fashion Show

 
Downtown’s high-quality apparel and accessories are put on display during Syracuse Style, the only outdoor runway fashion show in Central New York. Every September, 100 models strut down an 80-foot lighted runway in the middle of Walton Street. The event, held in partnership with Syracuse Fashion Week, was created to raise awareness about Downtown Syracuse as a unique retail and gift destination.
 

Employee Appreciation Week

 
Every September, we celebrate our Downtown workforce - now 29,000 people strong and growing - with a series of free activities, events and surprises designed with Downtown Syracuse employees in mind. Mark your calendars: Downtown Syracuse Employee Appreciation Week 2020 will be celebrated from September 16 – September 21.
 

Fall Progress Breakfast

 
The Progress Breakfast Series celebrates the forward-thinking that has fueled recent redevelopment in Downtown Syracuse. The event, usually held in March and October, is known for providing ‘exclusive previews’ of people, places, projects and overall items of interest that the community is buzzing about. Unique to this event, presenters mingle with attendees in a personal networking setting following the event.
 

Holidays in Downtown Syracuse

 
Downtown Syracuse is our community’s center for holiday traditions. We know nothing compares with the atmosphere of bustling city sidewalks, lighted decorations on buildings and streets, gorgeous window displays that bring the magic of the season to life, and of course, the food.
 
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