Events around the Pike Block

You can rely on our News & Events page to provide current information on what's happening in downtown Syracuse. From the Farmer's Market to Syracuse Crunch and Opera in the Square, our News & Events page will be your source for what's going on around Pike Block.

Memorial Day Watchfire 2015

Dates: Sunday, May 24

The lighting of the fire begins at dusk.

Memorial Day Watchfire The Memorial Day Watchfire will take place in the Veterans Memorial Watchfire Park at the NYS Fairgrounds (located between Rts. 690, 695 and State Fair Blvd). The watchfire ceremony and lighting of the pyre commence at dusk. Food and drink vendors will be on- site. See event website for more information. The watchfire and accompanying ceremony makes Memorial Day more meaningful for everyone in the community. Veterans and non-veterans are invited to gather at the watchfire to honor those who have so faithfully served the nation. The watchfire comes from the military tradition that following a battle or long march, a large fire would be started so those missing or lost could locate and rejoin their comrades. The watchfire also provides the community with an opportunity to respectfully and properly retire unserviceable American Flags. You are encouraged to bring tattered, worn or faded American Flags for respectful burning on the pyre.  For details, go to


Empire Expo Center-NYS Fairgrounds
581 State Fair Blvd.
Syracuse, NY 13209

Admission: Free


Syracuse Memorial Day Parade

Dates: Monday, May 25

9:00AM – 10:30AM

Syracuse's Memorial Day Parade will again take place in the Eastwood section of Syracuse.  The route will begin at on James Street at Nichols Ave. & will continue west on James to the monuments at the corner of James & Grant Blvd.  Ceremonies will follow at the monuments.


Eastwood Business District
James Street and Midler Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13206

Admission: Free

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball

Dates: May

Come out and watch your Syracuse Chiefs, affiliate of the Washington Nationals, take on various Triple A opponents at NBT Bank Stadium!

Tuesday, May 19 - Wednesday, May 20 vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Tuesday - 7:05pm 
Wed - 1:05pm

Friday, May 22 - Sunday, May 24 vs. Indianapolis Indians

Friday & Saturday - 7:05pm
Sunday - 5:35pm



NBT Bank Stadium
1 Tex Simone Drive
Syracuse, NY 13208

For more information, promotions and tickets, visit


Taste of Syracuse 2015

Dates: Friday, June 5 – Saturday, June 6

11:00AM – 11:00PM

The fabulous feast festival of Syracuse Summer!!!  Come on down to the Taste of Syracuse & enjoy amazing food, incredible music & so much more!  Check out their website for schedules, times, performers, vendors, etc.


Clinton Square
West Genesee and South Clinton Streets
Syracuse, NY 13202

Admission: Free

For more information, visit


Downtown Farmers' Market

Dates: Tuesday, June 9 – Tuesday, October 13

Repeats every Tuesday

7:00AM – 3:00PM

Each Tuesday, the Downtown Farmers’ market features over 50 farmers and produce dealers selling fresh, seasonal vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, flowers, plants, handcrafted items, and more. Some weeks the market hosts live entertainment.


Clinton Square
West Genesee and South Clinton Streets
Syracuse, NY 13202

Admission: Free

For more information, visit


Syracuse Food Truck Rodeo

Dates: Wednesday, April 22 – Wednesday, August 5

Repeats every Wednesday

11:00AM – 6:00PM

Gather up your posse each Wednesday and head on down to the first ever #SYRFoodTrucks Rodeo featuring the tastiest bunch of full-riggers ever wrangled into one ranch! (well, a parking lot actually.)  We'll have everythang you need there Buckaroos! Including a horsehoe shaped collection of Canteenas on wheels, Outhouses, utensils and a place to park yer ride. Hell there might even be Live tunes from some good Ol' boys. (We encourage random acts of honky-tonkin' so bring your six string if you'd like.) I reckon you'd like to hear the line-up (rotates from week to week).

The Chicken Bandit - Food Truck & Eatery
PB&J's Lunch Box, LLC
Shattuck's Paddy Wagon
Mami's Kitchen
Oompa Loompyas
Toss 'n' Fire - Mobile Wood-Fire Pizza
Sarita's Mmmpanadas
Tortilla Jacks
...  With more to come soon!

We'll be slingin' sliders and sarsaparilla to city-slickers and town folk alike from 11am until 6pm every Wednesday at the Cosmopolitan 1153 West Fayette  (

Cashola is King, but we accept credit cards via SQUARE payments as well! 

Want new-fangled up-to-date details on the #SYRFoodTrucks then follow:

@NOexcusesSYR and the Syracuse Food Truck Association

NO cover! NO 10-gallon hats! NO saddles required!  NO excuses come on down!

Thanks very much Partners! See y'all at the Rodoe!  YIP! YIP! YEEEEEEHAWWWW


Cosmopolitan Building
1153 W. Fayette St.
Syracuse, NY 13204

Admission: free

For more information, visit

Flicks Al Fresco Outdoor Movie Series

Dates: Wednesday, May 6 – Wednesday, August 19

Repeats every Wednesday except for: 5/13, 5/27, 6/10, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12

Movies begin at dusk

The Flicks Al Fresco outdoor movie series, invites you to enjoy free screenings in a parking lot, transformed into a cultural venue for Summer 2015. Bring your blanket or lawn chair, walk, bike or carpool. Enjoy local food trucks, listen to local bands and watch films under the stars. Six free outdoor screenings … this year in between downtown and Tipp Hill at the #SYRFoodTrucks Rodeo.  Select Wednesdays May - August!

Eat | Watch | Repeat

May - August, 2015

May 6 Chef  (#SYRFoodTrucks Rodeo )

May 20 Ratatouille  (Family Fun Night)

June 3 Hunger Games  (Food Bank of CNY Drive Night)

June 17 Drive  (Syracuse Nationals Night)

July 22 Sideways  (Vinomania Night)

August 19 Chocolate  (Lune Chocolate Night)

Dusk till movie ends 

-presented by NOexcuses. + Nomad Cinema  at the Syracuse Food Truck Association


Cosmopolitan Building
1153 W. Fayette St.
Syracuse, NY 13204

Admission: free

For more information, visit


Sampling Syracuse Food Tours

Dates: Saturday, April 25 – Saturday, November 7

Repeats every Saturday

12:00PM – 3:00PM

Join us as we eat our way through Downtown Syracuse!  Sampling Syracuse Food Tours will provide you with a delicious and unique way to discover Downtown Syracuse. Our 3 hour walking tour includes stops at award winning restaurants where participants will sample local fare as well as visit and learn about cultural and historic landmarks.


Armory Square
South Franklin and Walton Streets
Syracuse, NY 13202

Admission: $39

For more information and for tickets, visit