Calendar of Events 2016 (updated July 2, 2016)

Boat-In Worship -- Begins May 29, 2016 (Memorial Day Weekend)

Held every Sunday from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend in front of the Oakwood Resort in Conklin Bay. Come by boat or car. Dress is casual. Pets are welcome too.

The service is held on a large boat (The Lillypad) with a public address system. The Lillypad accomodates about 50 people (FREE attendance), the preacher, and the music group.

- Arrive by YOUR Boat: Bring at least one anchor (two anchors are better on a windy day)
- Attend on the Lillypad: Drive to FROG Tavern. Arrive by 7:30 am. The boat departs at 7:45 am.
- Arrive by Car: Drive to the Oakwood Resort property; bring lawn chairs.

Wawasee Yacht Club Regatta -- held every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Lasers and Sunfish race on Saturday mornings (beginning at 10:00am) and E-Scows and Lightnings race on Sunday mornings (beginning at 9:30am).

"Woodie" Boat Parade
-- Weather permitting, on most summer Sundays about 20 vintage wooden boats parade around the lake shoreline (begins 10am and typically ends before 11am).

Syracuse Cruise-In (Friday, May 20) -- 5:00PM-9:00PM; Downtown Syracuse
- normally scheduled 3rd weekend of May every year

Ft Wayne Philharmonic (June 28)-- The Patriotic Pops lakeside concert will be held on Tuesday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m. outdoors at Oakwood.  (In case of severe weather - the location will be Wawasee High School).

Lake Wawasee Fireworks (July 2) -- Saturday evening, July 2, 2016 -- starts at dark, usually around 10pm

Note on fireworks for planning ahead -- Syracuse Lake fireworks are always on July 4th and Lake Wawasee is always on Saturday. But....
1) when July 4th is on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, Lake Wawasee is the Saturday before July 4th
2) when July 4th is on a Wed, Thur, or Friday, Lake Wawasee is the Saturday after July 4th
3) when July 4th falls on a Saturday, then the Syracuse fireworks are on Friday, July 3 and Lake Wawasee is Saturday July 4

Lake Wawasee Flotilla Boat Parade (July 3) -- The flotilla parade is scheduled to begin at 1:30pm Sunday July 3, 2015 beginning at the Spink Condos and moving clockwise around the lake. The theme is “Christmas in July".

If you do not wish to enter a float, there are additional prizes for the best decorated pier. Pier entrants must register in advance by calling 574-457-3775 (same day reservations are accepted)....Or email to See this website for more details:

Syracuse Lake Fireworks (July 4)-- Monday evening, July 4, 2016 -- starts at dark, usually around 10pm

Junior Sailing Program
-- one and two week sessions held in July. There is a nominal fee. Contact the Wawasee Yacht Club at 574-457-2321 for more details or see this link

For additional events on Lake Wawasee, check the "NEIGHBORS" directory issued by the WPOA. Or check the web links to the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce or Town of Syracuse (see table of contents for links) .

Syracuse Events not updated for 2016 as of this writing

Art Blast!
Usually late June at the Creative Fish Gallery
200 East Pickwick Drive

Shop and enjoy live music. The artists will be selling unique handmade works of art -- paintings, wearable art, pottery, photography, jewelry, sculptures, metal art, and more. Wine tasting and food sampling in the afternoon.

Syracuse Lions Fish Fry
Usually early July
Syracuse Community Center

Wawasee Flotilla Road Race
Usually July 4th weekend
Lakeside Park in Syracuse.

Bike Ride: Tour des Lakes
Usually early July
Lakeside Park

Travel at your own pace on this leisurely bike ride, which travels around over 8 lakes -- Syracuse Lake, Lake Wawasee, Papakeechee Lake, Webster Lake, Tippecanoe Lake and several other small lakes along the way.  Between the lakes you will enjoy a beautiful ride across the countryside and through our quaint small towns. The tour rides are a 25k, 50k and 100k. Along the  way there will be SAG stops for a quick healthy snack and/or drink.   There will be a  Free Family Fun Ride around Syracuse Lake which is approximately 5 miles.  Hosted by Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce, Syracuse Parks Department, Chautauqua-Wawasee, Syracuse Rotary and Wawasee Kiwanis.  Tour Des Lakes 2014 is proud to be sponsored by the K21 Foundation. To register online (and for further information) visit: or  Contact Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce at 574-457-5637

For more events, see the City of Syracuse Events Calendar: