ITHACA, N.Y. — Music is the theme this weekend in Ithaca.

First, Cayuga Sound will bring some big names to Stewart Park this weekend like X Ambassadors, Young the Giant, Matt and Kim, Talib Kweli and many others.

Cayuga Sound will take place Friday and Saturday in Stewart Park. The music festival “is geared towards the new generation of music fans whose tastes cross any and all genre borders,” the website says.

A truly unique musical event is also happening at 2:30 p.m. Saturday as 100 tabla players are traveling to Robert H. Treman State Park to perform at the base of Lower Enfield Falls. The event expands on an event that took place nearly 20 years ago at Jhanjhari Waterfall in India. The performance of 100 tabla players at a waterfall will be the first event of its kind in the United States.

Beginning at noon on Sunday, streets in the Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods of Ithaca will fill with the rhythms of over 160 bands during the 12th Annual Porchfest.

A 2007 conversation between Fall Creek residents Lesley Greene and Gretchen Hildreth sparked the genesis for the event that would prove to be a favorite not only among local residents, but residents of over 55 cities around the country. Since its conception, dozens of porchfests across the U.S. have taken shape. In

In Ithaca this year, 169 bands are scheduled to make appearances on the front porches of Fall River and Northside homes. The festivities will kick-off at noon on Sunday — the first band taking the stage on the porch of 707 N. Tioga St.

A full schedule listing the line-up of artists and a map of their locations can be found on Porchfest’s website.

Featured image: File photo of 2017 Porchfest.

Managing Editor Kelsey O’Connor contributed to this report.

Mitchell Wajda is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice and a senior at Ithaca College where he studies screenwriting. Mitchell can be reached via email at