The Syracuse Winterfest was first celebrated in 1985 and has become a staple of the community. Come celebrate the winter with 11 days of events that are sure to entertain everyone in the family.
Experience the second largest event in Central New York, and join over 100,000 attendees for 11 days of fun-filled events.
Join over 100,000 attendees for 11 days of fun. Don’t miss the second largest event in Central NY! | Photo Courtesy of Syracuse Winterfest
Enjoy Syracuse and all it has to offer at the Syracuse Winterfest. Winterfest was first celebrated in 1985 and has since expanded into the snow celebration that it now is.
Key Events at the Festival
This event spans 11 days and draws the second largest audience in all of central New York with over 100,000 people attending its dozens of activities. Festival-goers enjoy events like cook-offs, competitions, indoor and outdoor events, parties and other events.
Take part in the cornhole tournament, or enter in a cook-off or mix-offs and showcase your signature dish or cocktail. Rather sit back and enjoy the food? Food and drink tickets will be provided by select establishments allowing attendees to sample products and vote for their favorites. See the Chili Cook-off and the Chowder Cook-off at the festival as well!
There are seven Mix-offs to enjoy too! Margarita and Cosmopolitan Mix-offs will be held throughout the festival! In addition, enjoy some more cocktails at the Hurricane, Martini and Sangria Mix-offs.
Interested in other events? Visit the museum and art events available every day of the Syracuse Winterfest throughout various different museums and exhibits. Exhibits put on by The Museum Of Science and Technology feature a Climbing Wall, Earth Science Discovery Cave, Energy: Powering Our Future, Flight & Space, Life Sciences, and many other programs. The Everson Museum of Art will have several temporary exhibits including LOVE, PEACE AND SOUL, highlighting the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s that served as a catalyst for African American artists & musicians to express their voices in the mass media, as well as in their communities. These are just a few examples of what awaits! There will be a number of museums to explore with exhibits dedicated to showcasing Syracuse’s history and development.
History of the Winter festival
The first Winterfest was celebrated in 1985 by a small group of Syracuse natives who were committed to make a fun event during the winter months in Syracuse and Onondaga County. Over time, the volunteers and staff grew, as well the festival! It was the third year of celebration of Syracuse Winterfest Inc., and the Updowntowners of Syracuse, Inc. gained the full support of the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, The Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, WTVH-5, AM 570/WSYR, and Y94.
During the 1987-88 season, Syracuse Winterfest achieved New York State’s prestigious title of “Winter Festival Capital”. Due to public support and enthusiasm, Winterfest expanded from a weekend festival to its present two weeks.
Syracuse Winterfest continues to be a great attraction in Central New York during the winter months. It has grown to be the largest event of its kind in the Northeast.
Syracuse Winterfest Tickets and Registration
Enjoy Syracuse Winterfest with day-of purchasing and registration. Event prices vary, so be sure to take a look at the Winterfest event calendar for more information.
Take Amtrak to Syracuse Winterfest
february 11 (Thursday) - 21 (Sunday)
Various Locations throughout Syracuse, NY