Westcott Street Cultural Fair

September 18, 2017 - 3:40pm
The Westcott Street Cultural Fair is held annually in the early fall to showcase and celebrate the colorful, weird and wonderful neighborhood around it.

The Westcott Street Cultural Fair is held annually in the early fall to showcase and celebrate the colorful, weird and wonderful neighborhood around it.

This year, six stages showcased acts from belly dancing to ballroom dance to acoustic bluegrass. Surrounding those stages, creatives and activists sold their products and their causes to visitors.

September 18, 2016 - 8:43pm
The Westcott Street Cultural Fair celebrated its 25th year with live performances, street vendors and local businesses.

In the summer of 1992, Grace Flusche walked into the local bookstore Tales Twice Told and walked out with the idea for the Westcott Street Cultural Fair.

She chatted with a group of patrons in the store that day about how the Westcott neighborhood should have a festival, and three months later, its first fair was held.

“The very first year it was small, but I think it quickly got big,” Flusche said.

September 22, 2014 - 3:09pm
An assortment of performers dressed in eye-catching costumes mingled with fairgoers at the 23rd annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair.

 Artists, service organizations, trinkets for sale, cultural performances and food from local restaurants drew crowds to Sunday's Westcott Street Cultural Fair.

September 21, 2014 - 5:00pm
A lack of sunshine couldn't dampen the storied Westcott neighborhood's unique offering of food, art and culture.

For Westcott residents and neighbors, overcast skies and a lack of sunshine couldn’t put a damper on the 23rd iteration of the Westcott Street Cultural Fair.  Despite the miserable weather, the people, food and vibrant culture of the historic Westcott neighborhood seemed to shine even brighter.

“What makes Westcott unique is the mix of different people that we have here. The energy and the activism of the neighborhood that you won’t see anywhere else,” said Marcellus resident Sondra Bromka.

September 16, 2013 - 8:53am
Thousands turned out to experience the multi-cultural offerings of the Westcott Street Cultural Fair, which is celebrating its 22nd year.

The Westcott neighborhood has one day a year to show Central New York just how great a place it is to live, work, shop and play. On Sept. 15, the neighborhood did just that.

Thousands of people attended this year’s Westcott Street Cultural Fair, which is in its 22nd year. The one-day celebration of the diverse and unique Westcott neighborhood continued the fair’s tradition of showcasing the culture, visual and performing arts, food, service organizations and activities that occur in Syracuse.

September 20, 2011 - 1:23pm
It was sun, fun, and culture at the Westcott Street Cultural Fair Sunday.

Culture, food, music and sun? Westcott managed to pack it all in Sunday as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Westcott Street Cultural Fair. 

The day began at noon with a parade march from the Westcott Community Center. Booths of food vendors, community advocates, artisans and more lined the business district of Westcott Street and leaked off onto connecting side streets. Six different stages were set up to feature more than 30 musical and cultural performances.

August 8, 2011 - 4:50pm
The Syracuse Shakespeare Festival brings the playwright's work to Syracuse University students

"To die, to sleep, or just to take a nap and hope you wake up in time for dinner to make guacamole for 12 because you promised that you would."  -Actor Michael Carroll in "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged"

Children's cartoons. Curse words. And...Shakespeare? 

Ronnie Bell, founder of the 9-year-old Syracuse Shakespeare Festival, is hoping this unlikely combination will change college students' concept of the famous playwright.

"We're gearing ourselves toward SU more and more," Bell said.