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The Sim Redmond Band
Photo by Ed Dittenhoefer
Empire Kings
Ithaca Ballet
Wassa Pan Africa Dance Ensemble
The Blind Spots
Circus Culture
Photo by Ed Dittenhoefer
Road Man
Big Mean I-Town Revue


Save the Ithaca Festival!

To achieve these goals, we are turning to the community. If you enjoy this early celebration of summertime, participate in or look forward to the annual Festival Parade, and believe that supporting local artists of all genres and ages is important, then we encourage you to help us sustain our Festival. Whether you can afford $5 or $25 or $100 or some amount even more generous, your donation will ensure the future of the Ithaca Festival and Parade. Our goal is to raise $30,000 by the end of the year.

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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.

Our Mission

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.

Who’s Behind the Scenes?

A volunteer Board of Directors establishes festival policy. A full-time Executive Director and Assistant Director plan the festival and several seasonal part-time staff members oversee various programs and projects. During festival weekend, the majority of work support is provided by more than 100 volunteers.

How Are We Funded?

The Ithaca Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a self-sustaining festival. The City of Ithaca does not provide financial support but they donate many in-kind services such as police and fire department power. The revenue from this year’s festival will ensure that the festival will return next year. The majority of our funding comes from the sale of t-shirts and buttons with sponsorships and the sale of vending real estate filling out the rest of our budget. Tax-deductible donations are greatly appreciated! Please write to Executive Director Ben Greenberg at for details.