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5 Gregarious Upstate New York Cities for Meetings and Events

Blair Pettrey

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Upstate New York is home to a multitude of delightfulness – the best football team (Buffalo Bills), the best musical artists (Goo Goo Dolls), Reid’s Cheeseburgers, the birth place of one of MeetingPlay’s team members, and most importantly – a beautiful, unique variety of event venues and welcoming cities perfect for hosting!

Bundle up event professionals – these 5 Upstate New York Cities are ready to help you wow your next event:

1. Lockport Event Venues

Lockport Event venues

A stone’s throw away from Buffalo and Niagara Falls, Canada, Lockport is New York State’s premier Erie Canal community. While the town may be small, the opportunities are large. Take your event attendees on an afternoon excursion, with an underground boat tour. And of course, you can’t host an event in the lovely town of Lockport, without sharing the wonders of Reid’s Drive In with event attendees.

You’ll discover that many adventures await here in Lockport – a city where history runs deep.” – Discover Lockport

Discover these Lockport, New York Event Venues:

The Kenan Center | The Palace Theatre | Lockport Locks

2. Buffalo Event Venues

Buffalo Event Venues

For event professionals that are craving the ‘just south of the border’ feeling, but prefer a bigger city over a small town when it comes to event venues, Buffalo is for you. Ranked the 3rd cleanest city in America by Reader’s Digest, and one of the least likely to be effected by a natural disaster – so long as event attendees have a parka (or events are planned the other 9 months of the year), Buffalo is a great place for any meeting or event!

There has never been a better time to meet in Buffalo. The city has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years with over $1 billion in new investment, including a slate of new and renovated meeting facilities, hotels, and restaurants” Visit Buffalo Niagara

Discover these Buffalo, New York Event Venues:

Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center | Adams Mark | The Mansion on Delaware Avenue

3. Rochester Event Venues

Rochester Event Venues

Known as the ‘Flower City’, WNY and the ‘Image City’ Rochester New York is large city life, country life, and suburbia life, rolled into one mid-sized city. While event professionals can’t host large events inside the amazing grocery market, Wegmans, attendees can escape for a delicious meal between meetings(Trust us, every event professional must experience Wegmans once in their life!).

Friendly, affordable, and easy to get to, Rochester, NY has everything you need to make your next meeting or convention beautiful. Discover why Rochester is not too big for a small meeting and not too small for a big convention.”Visit Rochester

Discover these Rochester, New York Event Venues:

Rochester Barn | Lodge on the Green | Woodcliff | Studio 180

4. Syracuse Event Venues

Syracuse Event Venues

One of Forbes’s awarded “Best Places for Business”, Syracuse New York has plenty to offer events and meetings, beyond the antidote to the sweet tooth. Indoors, outdoors, and incentives galore – the numerous venues, activities, and sights to see and experience while in Syracuse make it a prime spot for events!

From the revitalized downtown urban experience to relaxing in the picturesque Finger Lakes to Destiny USA, the sixth largest shopping, dining, and entertainment venue in the country, Syracuse offers unique experiences for all of your attendees.”Visit Syracuse

Discover these Syracuse New York event venues:

Syracuse Conference Center | Sky Armory | The Oncenter

5. Yonkers Event Venues

Yonkers Event Venues

Believe it or not, #EventProfs, Yonkers isn’t just a fun word in reference to something ‘cool’. Yonkers is actually New York state’s 4th largest city – and the one you may have never heard of. Barely boarding New York City, perhaps it’s not exactly ‘Upper State’ (but ask any NYC native, and again – anything outside of the city and island, and you’ve reached Upstate New York). Don’t let attendees forget their hats while in the once home-to-the-largest-hat-company in the United States.

Discover these Yonkers, New York event venues:

Empire City Casino | Castle Royale | Royal Regency


Whether event professionals desire the big city atmosphere that Buffalo and Syracuse can provide, or want to plan an event or meeting with a little more personality in a smaller city like Lockport – these 5 “Upper State” New York cities are welcoming, friendly to events, and ready to host! (Just don’t pass up Reid’s Cheeseburgers🍔…. We mean it!)

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