Welcome to the quickest way to learn the week’s most exciting local events. This weekly event round-up is sponsored by The Ithaca Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Cayuga Sound Festival

On a brisk weekend in upstate New York this fall, multi-platinum selling rock band X Ambassadors will return to their hometown of Ithaca, NY to host an outdoor concert and city wide weekend festival for the people that made them who they are. The band broke out in 2015 with their critically acclaimed album VHS, and global smash singles “Renegades”, “Unsteady”, and “Jungle”.

CAYUGA SOUND will come to Stewart Park on Saturday, September 23rd, along with a series of local events, talks, and activations on the days leading up to the weekend.  X Ambassadors have curated an eclectic lineup including The Roots, Sammus, & K. Flay, representing the diverse music they listened to as youth, crossing all genre boundaries in taste.

Two stages will be set in the park, with a mix of national touring acts, friends of the band, and world class talent from the city of Ithaca. The festival plans to celebrate local businesses as well as support local nonprofits.

Location: Stewart Park | Gardner Pkwy Ithaca, NY 14850 

Date: 9/23/2017

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New York State Suffragists: Drawing and Lithographs celebrating the 2017 Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote in NY state

Christine Nobles Heller draws suffragists to honor those who fought so hard for women’s rights. Specifically, she responds to this time of misogyny and renewed threats to the fundamental human rights of women. The suffragists achieved the vote for women after 70 years of determination, courage, and perseverance. In her drawings for this show, Heller pays homage to the efforts of NY State suffragists to mark the 2017 centennial of Women’s Right to Vote in New York State.

Location: The History Center in Tompkins county, Suite 100 | 401 East State Street

Date: 9/19/2017

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Ithaca College Faculty Collaborative Bach

Performance of Bach arias from passions, oratorios and masses performed by a collaborative of voice and instrumental faculty along with a student chamber orchestra; 7 p.m., Hockett Family Recital Hall, Whalen Center at Ithaca College.

Location: Hockett Family Recital Hall | Ithaca College 953 Danby Road

Date: 9/19/2017

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Smart People

Do our belief systems stem from our environment, or are some prejudices hard-wired into us? With barbed wit, Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly) explores the unavoidable nature of cultural bias and other sticky subjects in the controversial and fiercely funny new play Smart People. Four intellectuals — a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race — search for love, acceptance, and identity in a complex world where political correctness comes face-to-face with cold hard data.

Location: Kitchen Theatre | 417 West State St

Date: 9/22/2017

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Tree Phenology Walk

Join the Cayuga Nature Center for our series of weekly citizen science walks to observe and collect data on seasonal changes in trees. Rain or shine, we will monitor when buds break, leaves emerge, flowers bloom, fruits ripen, and when leaves change color and fall.

The data we will collect will be sent to the USA National Phenology Network, which makes it available to researchers who are trying to understand the biological mechanisms behind seasonal changes and how they are influenced by a changing climate.

Location: Cayuga Nature Center

Date: 9/21/2017

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ComedyFLOPs and The Dock Present Get Up, Stand-Up Comedy!

Join us for ComedyFLOPs bi-weekly Get Up, Stand-Up Comedy show! Alternating with improv comedy, the FLOPs are partnering with The Dock to make Thursday THE night for comedy in Ithaca. Each month we support a different community based charity. September’s charity is: Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service. Suggested donation: $5.00 – 75% of all donations will go to our charity, 25% to help the FLOPs pay for rehearsal space.

Steve Burke will serve as the master of ceremonies with performances by Ithaca area comedians. This weeks show features – CJ Youmans, Rachel Blithe, James Fedkiw, and Ken McLaurin!

Location: The Dock

Date: 9/21/2017

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Pink Ribbon Party

Come dance to show your love and support for all those affected by breast cancer. The Ithaca area Zumba Instructors are holding their annual event at Island Health & Fitness. There is no entrance fee but, for those who’d like to support our wonderful local Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, donations will be accepted at the door – cash, check (made out to CRC), or credit card. ALL proceeds will go to the CRC. There will be dancing, there will be prizes, and there will be food! No dance experience is needed. Please bring your smiles and your love and come out to show your support.

Location: Island Health & Fitness , Main Studio

Date: 9/22/2017

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The Weekly Gem

The weekly gem will highlight a special Ithaca location that the Ithaca & Tompkins County Visitor’s Center thinks you really need to see!

Wine & Design

124 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850

Sign up for a class, show up, bring your favorite snack or beverage, and paint. No experience or art skills or necessary; in-house instructors teach step-by-step and every participant takes home a one-of-a-kind canvas painting made in less than two hours. In addition to regular nightly sessions, Wine and Design will also accept reservations for private classes, corporate groups, children’s parties, and special fundraisers.


Mike Blaney is the executive director and co-founder of The Ithaca Voice.