What is Ithaca Festival?
The Ithaca Festival is a weekend music and arts celebration, the premier event of its kind in Tompkins County. Over 1,000 talented local musicians, painters, dancers, clowns, community groups, and ensembles perform throughout the Ithaca Festival weekend. Enjoy multiple stages of entertainment, some special kid’s activities, a craft show, a parade, a local film festival, an arts for social justice area, and delicious festival food at various locations.
Celebrating the artist in everyone and supporting arts in the community!
The Ithaca Festival began in 1977 as an arts festival called “Celebration Ithaca.” Over the years, the Ithaca Festival has taken many creative forms under a long tradition of excellent leadership by festival directors. Through it all, we have always remained true to our roots and to our mission to celebrate the artist in everyone. We provide a concentrated outlet for the artistic output of our greater community, from our favorite kazoo band to the nationally touring performer. The Ithaca Festival kicks off the summer with a fun, diverse, delicious, whimsical experience that we look forward to creating for many years to come.