Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced today that the weekend of Aug. 27 – 28 will close out the 2021 season of Weekends on Walton in Armory Square. The Friday and Saturday outdoor attraction in the 100 and 200 blocks of Walton Street first began last summer in response to COVID-19 restrictions on indoor dining. The program returned by popular demand this year.

“It was great to see Weekends on Walton bring activity and commerce to Armory Square again this summer,” said Mayor Walsh. “We have continued to hear from people who attended and businesses who benefitted what a positive addition the program has been for Downtown Syracuse.”

“We look forward to one final weekend this Friday and Saturday. Then, as we’ve done in the past, we’ll take a close look at the program and determine what should be done in future summers. I thank all those who helped make Weekends on Walton a success and those who had to make accommodations for the program,” the Mayor said.

Mayor Walsh said the City will continue to explore and implement new ways to use the right of way to help local businesses. This includes sidewalks, parking areas and other public spaces controlled by the City.

The City of Syracuse has made information available on how businesses in other neighborhoods and locations can apply to use the right of way (ROW), including the ability to design, construct and install ‘parklets’. An updated guide to summer dining including links to City ROW applications and conceptual diagrams for storefront businesses can be found online at Additionally, for details on permitting, design, and construction of parklets, please refer to guidelines available on the City of Syracuse website. Questions related to the City’s ROW permit application process can be directed to Bob Moore in the Central Permit Office by phone at 315-448-4754 or by email at

For an updated list of participating businesses in Weekends on Walton and information related to parking options, visit The Atrium Garage located at 115 W. Fayette St. and the Clinton Street Garage located at 401 S. Clinton St. will also be available. Other transportation options are available, including CENTRO bus routes or using the Onondaga Creekwalk which directly connects to Walton Street for pedestrian and cyclists.   

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