Annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair

girl dancing at festival

One of the Syracuse area’s favorite events is the eclectic annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair.

Street band marching in parade on Westcott Street

The energetic Westcott Nation (a term coined in the ‘60s) is a diverse neighborhood east of downtown Syracuse. The community’s residents range from grad students to young families and long-time dwellers.

people and puppets from Open Hand Theater

The people take pride in the public art and design, cool restaurants and architectural features of the houses on their block. The active neighborhood association does everything from enhancing the look of bus shelters to publishing a neighborhood cookbook. The Westcott Theater hosts big name musical acts in an array of genres.

musicians on bandstand

One of its well-known annual events is the Westcott Street Cultural Fair. The fair celebrates the area’s diversity and personality through its cultures, art, food, organizations and activities for families and students.

The one-day festival takes place on Westcott Street and the immediate surrounding streets. The fun includes performing arts stages, booths for over 120 artists, makers and nonprofit organizations, and a variety of neighborhood restaurants serving up their dishes for Fair goers. Neighborhood eateries include Alto Cinco, Munjed’s Middle Eastern & Greek Cafe, Gagnam Style Korean Kitchen, Las Delicias.

kids at the annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair

September 2020 will be the Westcott Street Cultural Fair’s 29th year. The event is free to attend.  Find out more here.

musician playing guitar