MORE THINGS TO DO IN THE FINGER LAKES AREA

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This Weekend
Corning Gaffer District
When: This Weekend
America's "Crystal City" has a history rich in glass innovation.
Corning Gaffer District
When: This Weekend
Location: Corning, NY

What city's allure and sparkle has dazzled visitors for generations? Corning, of course! America's "Crystal City" has a history rich in glass innovation. As a headquarters for Fortune 500 Company, Corning Incorporated, Corning has been on the cutting edge of great advancement in science and technology. From telescopes to fiber optics, Corning's innovations have allowed us to stretch beyond all possible boundaries. Much like the glass masterpieces it holds, Corning's sparkle is brilliant, exciting and absolutely inspiring!

All weekend
Discovery Trail
When: All weekend All Day
The Discovery Trail is a collaboration of eight brainy, fascinating family-friendly attractions within Tompkins County - or an easy drive from Downtown Ithaca. The Discovery Trail offers innovative, inspiring, and influential activities and entertainment, both indoors and outside. For more information, view the online brochure or scroll down to choose your next Discovery Destination! Don't just take our word for it... Discover for Yourself!
Discovery Trail
When: All weekend All Day
Location: Ithaca, NY

Download our Brochure A small, portable guide full of must-see waterfalls, can't miss activities, and stories about Ithaca and Tompkins County. www.visitithaca.com

Wednesdays & Thursdays
Free Beer Tastings @ Ithaca Coffee Company
When: Wednesdays & Thursdays
Stop by for free weekly beer tastings, every Wednesday at Triphammer and Thursday at Gateway. Each tasting features several varieties from a select craft brewery.
Free Beer Tastings @ Ithaca Coffee Company
When: Wednesdays & Thursdays
Location: Ithaca Coffee Company locations

Stop by for free weekly beer tastings, every Wednesday at Triphammer and Thursday at Gateway. Each tasting features several varieties from a select craft brewery.

TAVERN AT TRIPHAMMER
WEDNESDAYS
2255 N. Triphammer Rd.
5:00- 7:00 pm 

TAVERN AT GATEWAY
THURSDAYS
311 E. Green St.
5:00- 7:00  pm 

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Live Music @ Americana Vineyards
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Pizza Party Friday nights with music 6-8pm, Date Night/Game Night Saturdays with Tap Room Happy Hour specials - and wind down your weekend on Sundays with the best brunch in the area, and live music!
Live Music @ Americana Vineyards
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Location: Americana Vineyards & Crystal Lake Cafe

Pizza Party Friday nights with music 6-8pm, Date Night/Game Night Saturdays - and wind down your weekend on Sundays with music 4-6pm!

Friday December 13 Purple Valley 6-8pm

Saturday December 14 Darkwine 6-8pm

Sunday December 15 Richman & the Poorboys 4-6pm

Friday December 20 Bob & Dee 6-8pm

Saturday December 21 Chasing Neon 6-8pm

Sunday December 22 Party of Four 4-6pm

Friday December 27 The Tarps 6-8pm

Saturday December 28 Radio London 6-8pm

Sunday December 29 Under Construction 4-6pm

First Friday of every month!
Cortland First Friday Art Exhibits
When: First Friday of every month! 5:00pm - 8:00pm
First Fridays celebrate the art and culture of our local community on the first Friday of each month. Participating galleries, studios, artists, interested businesses, music and performing arts venues will be open to the public to spotlight the arts.
Cortland First Friday Art Exhibits
When: First Friday of every month! 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Downtown Cortland, NY

5-8 pm. First Fridays celebrate the art and culture of our local community on the first Friday of each month. Participating galleries, studios, artists, interested businesses, music and performing arts venues will be open to the public to spotlight the arts. For more information visit www.cortlandfirstfridays.org, or on Facebook 

First Friday of every month!
Ithaca First Friday Gallery Night
When: First Friday of every month! 5:00pm - 8:00pm
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance welcomes you to First Friday Gallery Night, a monthly community celebration taking place in and around downtown Ithaca when local galleries and art houses host special receptions, performances, screenings and other events showcasing the work of local, national, and international artists.
Ithaca First Friday Gallery Night
When: First Friday of every month! 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Downtown Ithaca

 The Downtown Ithaca Alliance welcomes you to First Friday Gallery Night, a monthly community celebration taking place in and around downtown Ithaca when local galleries and art houses host special receptions, performances, screenings and other events showcasing the work of local, national, and international artists.

Gallery Night is free and open to the public and takes place on the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8pm. Gallery guides with maps of participating locations and show descriptions are available at all participating venues, at the Downtown Visitor Center on the Ithaca Commons and online at gallerynightithaca.com.

 

1st Saturday of the month
First Saturdays on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail
When: 1st Saturday of the month 10am - 3pm
A SELECTION OF ART TRAIL STUDIOS WILL BE OPEN, 10AM TO 3PM, on the first Saturday of every month (except January and October).
First Saturdays on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail
When: 1st Saturday of the month 10am - 3pm
Location: Ithaca Art Trail

A SELECTION OF ART TRAIL STUDIOS WILL BE OPEN, 10AM TO 3PM, on the first Saturday of every month (except January and October). 

Thurs - Mondays during the winter
Museum of the Earth in Ithaca
When: Thurs - Mondays during the winter 10:00am - 5:00pm
PRI’s Museum of the Earth was established in 2003 to provide the general public with a unique opportunity to explore our world through a mix of natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. The museum’s 8,000-square-foot permanent exhibition takes visitors on a journey through 4.5 billion years of history, from the Earth’s origin to the present day. Through hands-on, visual exhibitions and outreach, the Museum of the Earth encourages critical thinking about life on Earth in the past and today, and how our species is affecting the natural world.
Museum of the Earth in Ithaca
When: Thurs - Mondays during the winter 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Museum of the Earth, Ithaca NY

PRI’s Museum of the Earth was established in 2003 to provide the general public with a unique opportunity to explore our world through a mix of natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. The museum’s 8,000-square-foot permanent exhibition takes visitors on a journey through 4.5 billion years of history, from the Earth’s origin to the present day. Through hands-on, visual exhibitions and outreach, the Museum of the Earth encourages critical thinking about life on Earth in the past and today, and how our species is affecting the natural world. 

Tuesdays - Sundays
The Sciencenter in Ithaca
When: Tuesdays - Sundays
The Sciencenter inspires excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate and empower. Our non-profit, hands-on museum offers guests of all ages more than 250 exhibits, educational programs, a gift shop, and seasonal outdoor science playground and mini-golf course. Look, touch, listen & discover at the Sciencenter.
The Sciencenter in Ithaca
When: Tuesdays - Sundays
Location: Sciencenter, 601 1st St., Ithaca, NY 14850

The Sciencenter inspires excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate and empower. Our non-profit, hands-on museum offers guests of all ages more than 250 exhibits, educational programs, a gift shop, and seasonal outdoor science playground and mini-golf course. Look, touch, listen & discover at the Sciencenter. 

Thurs - Sundays during the winter
Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca
When: Thurs - Sundays during the winter 10:00am - 4:00pm
The Cayuga Nature Center, a public education venue of the Paleontological Research Institution, provides an opportunity for nature enthusiasts of all ages to learn about environmental and outdoor education in a fun and engaging way.
Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca
When: Thurs - Sundays during the winter 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Cayuga Nature Center, Ithaca

The Cayuga Nature Center, a public education venue of the Paleontological Research Institution, provides an opportunity for nature enthusiasts of all ages to learn about environmental and outdoor education in a fun and engaging way. 

Thursdays
Karaoke @ Kilpatrick's Public House
When: Thursdays 10:00pm - 1:00am
Karaoke with Bob Higgins from Elephant Sound. Thursday Drink Specials
Karaoke @ Kilpatrick's Public House
When: Thursdays 10:00pm - 1:00am
Location: Kilpatrick's Public House, 130 East Seneca St Ithaca, NY

 Karaoke with Bob Higgins from Elephant Sound. Thursday Drink Specials

Sundays
Jazz Brunch Sundays @ Coltivare
When: Sundays 10:00am - 3:00pm
A weekly brunch service Sundays 10 a.m.-3 p.m., now featuring live music from the local Coltivare Jazz Trio noon-2! Enjoy a seasonal brunch menu and signature Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar along with the accompaniment of this talented trio.
Jazz Brunch Sundays @ Coltivare
When: Sundays 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Coltivare, 235 S. Cayuga St. Ithaca, NY

 A weekly brunch service Sundays 10 a.m.-3 p.m., now featuring live music from the local Coltivare Jazz Trio noon-2! Enjoy a seasonal brunch menu and signature Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar along with the accompaniment of this talented trio.

Last Saturday of the month
Ukelele Jam! @ Rock School space at Hickey’s Music Center
When: Last Saturday of the month 12:00noon
Come join us for a free hour of making music. Players of all ages and levels are welcome to come and join and enjoy playing with others, learning new tunes and skills and forging new friendships. Need an instrument? We can lend you one for the session.
Ukelele Jam! @ Rock School space at Hickey’s Music Center
When: Last Saturday of the month 12:00noon
Location: Hickey’s Music Center, 104 Adams Street, Ithaca NY

 Join us at noon for our next session. Call 607-793-6682 for more details or email play@hickeys.com

Sundays
Official Buffalo Bills Backer Bar Parties @ Flynn’s Roadhouse
When: Sundays
The official Bills backer bar FLYNNS Roadhouse has the Bills on TV! Great deals on beers, wings, and pizza, and cheer on the Bills with local Bills fans in the 607!
Official Buffalo Bills Backer Bar Parties @ Flynn’s Roadhouse
When: Sundays
Location: Flynn’s Roadhouse, East Shore Drive, Lansing NY

 Pizza, Buffalo Wings, Beer, and prizes! Join all the other Buffalo Bills fans every week for every Bills Game!

various dates, including private tours!
Downtown Ithaca Food Tours
When: various dates, including private tours!
A VIP experience that will connect you with Ithaca in a new way. The restaurant partners are skilled and passionate, and tour guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Taste your way through town while you learn about the food you're eating and the people who prepare it.
Downtown Ithaca Food Tours
When: various dates, including private tours!
Location: various, Downtown Ithaca

 A VIP experience that will connect you with Ithaca in a new way. The restaurant partners are skilled and passionate, and tour guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Taste your way through town while you learn about the food you're eating and the people who prepare it.

Wednesdays thru 12/18
Silly Karaoke Showdown @ K-House Karaoke
When: Wednesdays thru 12/18 8:00pm
$500 cash prize for 1st place! Performances will be judged on vocals, presentation, and FUN FACTOR!!!
Silly Karaoke Showdown @ K-House Karaoke
When: Wednesdays thru 12/18 8:00pm
Location: K-House Karaoke, 15 Catherwood Rd, Ithaca, NY

 Auditions are on: Wednesday November 13th, 20th, 27th, December 4th and 11th

Finals on Wednesday December 18th at 9pm!

Registration begins at 8pm - Competition starts at 8:30pm

Search for songs online at playboxkaraoke.com/search

Sunday afternoons
Treleaven Football Sundays
When: Sunday afternoons 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Come to The Hangtime Sundays this fall and enjoy all the NFL Sunday Ticket action that you can handle on one of our HDTVs showing the early afternoon contests. Not a big football fan? Come anyway! There will also be live music through the end of September featuring the local area’s best acoustic musicians. Music runs from 1-4pm.
Treleaven Football Sundays
When: Sunday afternoons 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Treleaven Winery, 658 Lake Road, King Ferry
Nov 23rd - Dec 15th
Proof @ The Kitchen Theatre
When: Nov 23rd - Dec 15th
Catherine has spent years taking care of her father, a famous mathematician. In the wake of his death, Catherine grapples with what she may or may not have inherited—from brilliance to madness. With the appearance of Catherine’s estranged sister, an unexpected suitor, and a notebook containing a groundbreaking proof, Catherine’s life, and the future of the field, change in an instant. A poignant portrayal of explosive genius and the complexity of inheritance.
Proof @ The Kitchen Theatre
When: Nov 23rd - Dec 15th
Location: Kitchen Theatre, 417 West State/ MLK, Jr. St., Ithaca, NY

 Catherine has spent years taking care of her father, a famous mathematician. In the wake of his death, Catherine grapples with what she may or may not have inherited—from brilliance to madness. With the appearance of Catherine’s estranged sister, an unexpected suitor, and a notebook containing a groundbreaking proof, Catherine’s life, and the future of the field, change in an instant. A poignant portrayal of explosive genius and the complexity of inheritance.

Dec 5th - 15th
Winter Light Festival @ Downtown Ithaca
When: Dec 5th - 15th
Downtown Ithaca’s Winter Lights Festival is getting ready to make its community debut. The wondrous display of colorful prisms on The Ithaca Commons will be open daily for viewing and interaction. The installation will be present in Downtown Ithaca through December 15.
Winter Light Festival @ Downtown Ithaca
When: Dec 5th - 15th
Location: Downtown Ithaca Commons, Ithaca NY

Events and activities include but are not limited to:

Meet Sparky, the Giant Rideable Unicorn Art Bicycle!
A pop-up GLOW Bar- Dec.13 and 14 5pm-9pm
Let’s Glow Closing Ceremony Dance Party- Dec. 14

Dec 8th - 22nd
A Christmas Carol @ Hangar Theatre
When: Dec 8th - 22nd
Embark on a journey to 19th century London this winter - A holiday theatre tradition! The Hangar Theatre presents A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, directed by Michael Barakiva. Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future in a timeless tale of hope and redemption.
A Christmas Carol @ Hangar Theatre
When: Dec 8th - 22nd
Location: Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY

 Tickets are $35 and $39.

The box office at the theatre is closed for the season. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 607.273.ARTS or in person at our Administrative Offices located in Center Ithaca

thru May
Bees! Diversity, Evolution, & Conservation @ Museum of the Earth
When: thru May
Come explore a realm often overlooked – the incredible world of bees! Explore high resolution macro photography, fossil and modern bee specimens, videos, interactives, and engaging activities for younger visitors. Become an advocate for bees and discover how they impact our world – and how you can help protect them.
Bees! Diversity, Evolution, & Conservation @ Museum of the Earth
When: thru May
Location: Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY

 Come explore a realm often overlooked – the incredible world of bees! Investigate their ancient origins, their immense diversity, and the ever-evolving drama between flowers and pollinators. There are over 20,000 bee species, from the newly rediscovered Wallace's Giant Bee and the carnivorous vulture bee to the fuzzy backyard bumblebee. Bees have many unique lifestyles -- some live in solitary nests or social colonies, some are parasitic, and some nest in the ground, wood, or stems. Get an up-close view of bee anatomy and behaviors while learning how different species nest, interact, and forage. Find out how humans depend on pollination for our most nutritious and flavorful foods, especially here in New York! Explore high resolution macro photography, fossil and modern bee specimens, videos, interactives, and engaging activities for younger visitors. Become an advocate for bees and discover how they impact our world – and how you can help protect them.

This exhibit was developed and designed in conjunction with Bryan Danforth, Chair and Professor of the Department of Entomology at Cornell University and author of the book, The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation. The exhibit was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

Dec 13th - 14th
A Buddy Holly Jolly Christmas! @ Cortland Rep
When: Dec 13th - 14th
Starring Todd Meredith and The Rave-Ons! Todd Meredith (from CRT’s Million Dollar Quartet, Ring of Fire, Buddy!) returns to Cortland with his fantastic band “The Rave-Ons” to celebrate the holiday season! Their high energy concert features Buddy’s greatest hits, PLUS great rockabilly holiday tunes including Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Jingle Bell Rock, Blue Christmas, Run Run Rudolph and more! This concert will guarantee the whole family will have have a Buddy “Holly Jolly” Christmas!
A Buddy Holly Jolly Christmas! @ Cortland Rep
When: Dec 13th - 14th
Location: Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24 Port Watson Street, Cortland, NY

 Starring Todd Meredith and The Rave-Ons! Todd Meredith (from CRT’s Million Dollar Quartet, Ring of Fire, Buddy!) returns to Cortland with his fantastic band “The Rave-Ons” to celebrate the holiday season! Their high energy concert features Buddy’s greatest hits, PLUS great rockabilly holiday tunes including Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Jingle Bell Rock, Blue Christmas, Run Run Rudolph and more! This concert will guarantee the whole family will have have a Buddy “Holly Jolly” Christmas!

Dec 13th - 15th
Ithaca Ballet Presents The Nutcracker @ State Theatre
When: Dec 13th - 15th
With the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra Music by Peter Tchaikovsky, Choreography by Lavinia Reid. Under the direction of Cindy Reid
Ithaca Ballet Presents The Nutcracker @ State Theatre
When: Dec 13th - 15th
Location: State Theatre of Ithaca, 107 W State St, Ithaca, NY

 With the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra
Music by Peter Tchaikovsky, Choreography by Lavinia Reid. Under the direction of Cindy Reid

Dec 14th
Little Red Wagon Artisan Market @ The Space at Greenstar
When: Dec 14th 10:00am - 5:00pm
The Little Red Wagon Artisan Market is rolling into town for its 6th year, at a new location! The Wagon will feature approximately 70 curated local fine artists and artisans and showcase a wide variety of beautiful handmade products. From pottery to clothing, jewelry, art, wood and housewares, local cider and beer, body care, coffee, pastries and much more.
Little Red Wagon Artisan Market @ The Space at Greenstar
When: Dec 14th 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Artist Alley at South Hill, 950 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY

 Shop locally made pottery, jewelry, wine & food, art, clothing, body care, home gifts and more.

Saturdays
Barrel Room Dinner - Drinks - Music @ Treleaven Winery
When: Saturdays 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cozy up in The Barrel Room for dinner, drinks, and acoustic music each Saturday during the cold winter months! Grab some friends and relax with your favorite glass of wine or pint of beer. Be sure to check Simply Cookie‘s Facebook page for dinner specials and other announcements.
Barrel Room Dinner - Drinks - Music @ Treleaven Winery
When: Saturdays 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Treleaven Winery, 658 Lake Road King Ferry, NY

 Cozy up in The Barrel Room for dinner, drinks, and acoustic music each Saturday during the cold winter months! Grab some friends and relax with your favorite glass of wine or pint of beer. Be sure to check Simply Cookie‘s Facebook page for dinner specials and other announcements.

Dec 14th
Holiday Evergreen Wreath Workshop @ Treleaven Winery
When: Dec 14th 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Come add some fun holiday swag to our beautiful evergreen wreath – it’s just waiting for you to put your creative stamp on it! Wine and Blooms will be joining us in our cozy Barrel Room for some crafty, fragrant fun! Show us your Holiday Spirit by decorating your very own fresh evergreen wreath with shiny, winter-inspired additions. Decorate your front door for the Holidays in awesome DIY style!
Holiday Evergreen Wreath Workshop @ Treleaven Winery
When: Dec 14th 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Treleaven Winery, 658 Lake Road King Ferry, NY

 Come add some fun holiday swag to our beautiful evergreen wreath – it’s just waiting for you to put your creative stamp on it! Wine and Blooms will be joining us in our cozy Barrel Room for some crafty, fragrant fun! Show us your Holiday Spirit by decorating your very own fresh evergreen wreath with shiny, winter-inspired additions. Decorate your front door for the Holidays in awesome DIY style!

Dec 14th
Martin Sexton @ Center for Arts of Homer
When: Dec 14th 7:00pm
In 2020 Syracuse native singer-songwriter Martin Sexton extends touring in support of his ninth studio release Mixtape of the Open Road.
Martin Sexton @ Center for Arts of Homer
When: Dec 14th 7:00pm
Location: Center for Arts of Homer, 72 S. Main St., Homer, NY

 In 2020 Syracuse native singer-songwriter Martin Sexton extends touring in support of his ninth studio release Mixtape of the Open Road.

Dec 14th
Santa @ Moore Tree Farm
When: Dec 14th 11:00am - 2:00pm
Santa will visit Moore Tree Farm to see all the boys & girls. Bring your wish list!
Santa @ Moore Tree Farm
When: Dec 14th 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Moore Tree Farm, 575 Auburn Rd, Groton, NY

 Santa will visit Moore Tree Farm to see all the boys & girls. Bring your wish list!

Sundays
Barrel Room Brunch @ Treleaven Wines
When: Sundays 12:00noon - 4:00pm
Brunch is back! Simply Cookie will be serving up a delicious brunch all winter long ! From chicken and waffles to original breakfast sandwiches, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Pair it with a mimosa or pint of beer and enjoy the afternoon with us!
Barrel Room Brunch @ Treleaven Wines
When: Sundays 12:00noon - 4:00pm
Location: Treleaven Winery, 658 Lake Road King Ferry, NY

 Brunch is back! Simply Cookie will be serving up a delicious brunch all winter long ! From chicken and waffles to original breakfast sandwiches, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Pair it with a mimosa or pint of beer and enjoy the afternoon with us!

Dec 15th
Breakfast with Santa @ Hotel Ithaca
When: Dec 15th 9:00am - 11:00am
Join us for Breakfast with Santa at The Hotel Ithaca - includes scrambled eggs, Waffles made to order, bacon/sausage, assorted cold cereal, fruit salad and more! $12.95 Adults $6.95 Kids ages 5-10 Kids under 4 free
Breakfast with Santa @ Hotel Ithaca
When: Dec 15th 9:00am - 11:00am
Location: Hotel Ithaca, 222 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca NY

 Reservations suggested 607-272-1000

Dec 15th
Center Wassailers Holiday Concert @ Center for the Arts of Homer
When: Dec 15th 7:00pm
Join the Center Wassailers as they present a holiday choral concert!
Center Wassailers Holiday Concert @ Center for the Arts of Homer
When: Dec 15th 7:00pm
Location: Center for Arts of Homer, 72 S. Main St., Homer, NY

 All ages are welcome, and there is no admission fee (donations are gladly accepted at the door).

Delight in this joyful and musically rich evening to celebrate the holiday season!

Dec 15th
Holiday Pops - Cayuga Chamber Orchestra @ Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School
When: Dec 15th 3:00pm
Enjoy some cherished music of the holiday season as we bring together some of the wonderful Ithaca ensembles to join the entire Cayuga Chamber Orchestra!
Holiday Pops - Cayuga Chamber Orchestra @ Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School
When: Dec 15th 3:00pm
Location: Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School, 1401 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY

 This family-friendly event will feature:
— Ithaca Talent Education (ITE)
— The Ithaca Children & Youth Chorus
— Sophia Werner and Crosby Woods (Youth Concerto Competition winners)
— Cantor Richard Rosenfield
— CCO Youth Orchestra brass players
— Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers

Join us for this very special community event!

Dec 18th - 20th
Jim Coon’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ @ Center for the Arts of Homer
When: Dec 18th - 20th
A Christmas Carol, probably the most popular piece of fiction that Charles Dickens ever wrote, was published in 1843. Join Center Players as they present Jim Coon’s version of this favorite holiday classic!
Jim Coon’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ @ Center for the Arts of Homer
When: Dec 18th - 20th
Location: Center for Arts of Homer, 72 S. Main St., Homer, NY

 A Christmas Carol, probably the most popular piece of fiction that Charles Dickens ever wrote, was published in 1843. Join Center Players as they present Jim Coon’s version of this favorite holiday classic!

Dec 20th - 22nd
A Holiday Dream @ Cortland Rep
When: Dec 20th - 22nd
By kids for kids: CRTYP is producing a family play for the holidays! Kids actors and kid audiences! A match made in Christmas heaven! A perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with your whole family!
A Holiday Dream @ Cortland Rep
When: Dec 20th - 22nd
Location: Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24 Port Watson Street, Cortland, NY

 Peter Pixie, a holiday elf, uses a magic dream to help a modern Tiny Tim overcome his shyness and gain self-confidence! The audience helps Tim guest star in his favorite fairy tales, like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Hansel and Gretel. Can the audience help Tim find the bravery in his heart to help his new friends?

Dec 21st
The Annual Rutabaga Curling Competition @ Ithaca Farmer's Market
When: Dec 21st 10:00pm
Sign up to be part of the competition or sit back and enjoy the show, there's a lot going on! Bring the whole family to this wild, wacky and ridiculous event. You'll see MCs, referees, protestors, a chorus, instrumentalists, camera/radio crews and more rutabaga lore than you ever knew existed.
The Annual Rutabaga Curling Competition @ Ithaca Farmer's Market
When: Dec 21st 10:00pm
Location: Ithaca Farmer's Market, Steamboat Landing, 545 3rd St, Ithaca, NY

 History of the Rutabaga Curl

The sport of Rutabaga Curling was born on a cold December 1996 Market day, the last market day of the season. The few vendors present (perhaps 25 or so this time of year and point in our history) huddled together for warmth and camraderie waiting for an occasional customer. Talk at some point in the day turned to unusual winter sports. Curling of course came up in conversation. None of us knew the rules; but before we knew it vendors' wares were being "hurled" or "curled" down the market's wooden floor. Potatoes, cinnamon rolls, cabbages, loaves of bread, and even frozen chickens were fair game in this impromptu outburst. There were no particular rules this day; we were going for style, distance, and laughs. But one of the vendors, Steve Sierigk (a middle-aged notecard vendor with a sly smile) and currently the self-proclaimed "Most Esteemed Grand Commissioner of the International Rutabaga Curl", saw potential in the innocent play. The next market season Commissioner Steve codified rules and designed a court of play using market's wooden floor. In 1997 an early form of our sport was born which allowed contestants to throw most any projectile available at market, although rutabagas were supplied. Commissioner Steve astutely recognized the inequities of this first year of organized sport; to level the playing field the Commissioner declared "any projectile besides a rutabaga illegal". Hence the first official Rutabaga Curl was held in 1998.

The Games have come a long way in their brief history. Many traditions are kept alive, expanded and invented on the spot. The Games open at high noon upon the arrival of the torch borne by a toga-clad individual running the eternal rutabaga flame in from "Mt. Cruciferous". The Rutabaga Goddess leads the assembled throng in a moving "Parade of the Athletes". After a celebrity toss of ceremonial First Rutabaga, the Commissioner declares the games open. The games are closely monitored by our referees. Please continue in the Rules section for more information on how to play.

Dec 22nd
The Last Minute Festival @ South Hill Business Campus
When: Dec 22nd 11:00am - 2:00pm
A one-stop event for all those who've delayed starting their shopping - and those who simply don't want to stop!
The Last Minute Festival @ South Hill Business Campus
When: Dec 22nd 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: South Hill Business Campus, 950 Danby Road Ithaca, NY

 A one-stop event for all those who've delayed starting their shopping - and those who simply don't want to stop!

Dec 23rd
Christmas Holiday Market @ Press Bay Alley
When: Dec 23rd 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Come on down to Press Bay Alley and Press Bay Court to beat the crowds at the grocery stores and get everything you need in one place for a delicious, seasonal, locally-sourced holiday feast!
Christmas Holiday Market @ Press Bay Alley
When: Dec 23rd 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Press Bay Alley, 118 W Green St, Ithaca NY

This market will feature local farmers and food producers selling everything you need for a celebration including: vegetables, pastries, sweets, apples, herbs, mushrooms, pork, maple syrup, chicken, sausages, apple cider, hard cider, pickles, and more!

Dec 26th - Jan 4th
Holiday Break Fun @ Museum of the Earth
When: Dec 26th - Jan 4th
Bring your family to the Museum of the Earth for fun over the holiday school break and discover surprises at our holiday break activities at the Museum.
Holiday Break Fun @ Museum of the Earth
When: Dec 26th - Jan 4th
Location: Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY

Explore a realm often overlooked - the incredible world of bees - in our "Bees! Diversity, Evolution and Conservation" special exhibit, and join us for special activities each day. At 11 am there are guided tours of our Bees! special exhibit. From 2 – 4 pm daily there are activities for school-age kids and adults. For the younger ones there is Storytime on Thurdays and Saturdays at noon.

Dec 28th
X Ambassadors @ Turning Stone Resort
When: Dec 28th 8pm
Ithaca's own X Ambassadors rock Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona!
X Ambassadors @ Turning Stone Resort
When: Dec 28th 8pm
Location: Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona

Ithaca's own X Ambassadors rock Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona!

Dec 31st
New Year's Midnight Masquerade @ Treleaven Winery
When: Dec 31st 8:00pm - 12:30am
Ring in 2020 at the Midnight Masquerade New Year’s Eve Party! Cocktail attire and masks encouraged, but not required. Grab a glass of wine, champagne, or pint of beer and get ready to dance the night away with live music by Delta Mike Shaw Band beginning at 9pm.
New Year's Midnight Masquerade @ Treleaven Winery
When: Dec 31st 8:00pm - 12:30am
Location: Treleaven Winery, 658 Lake Road King Ferry, NY

 Dinner specials available from 6-9pm (menu TBD) from Simply Cookie. Late night snacks available from 9-midnight. For more information call 315-364-5100.

Admission is $5. No outside food or alcohol permitted.

 

Dec 31st
New Years Eve Dancin' Through the Decades @ Cortland Rep
When: Dec 31st 8:00 pm
5th Annual Dancin’ Thru The Decades New Years Eve Dance! Celebrate the new year at the best dance party in Central New York, with the ultimate dance mix of the greatest tunes from the 60’s to today! Beer/wine cash bar
New Years Eve Dancin' Through the Decades @ Cortland Rep
When: Dec 31st 8:00 pm
Location: Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24 Port Watson St

Beer/wine cash bar

$10 in advance
$15 at the door

Dec 31st
Roaring 20's New Year's Eve Celebration @ Hotel Ithaca
When: Dec 31st 7:00pm - 12:30am
Dress inspired! Grand prize for best era attired! A cocktail reception & exquisite dinner buffet, and dancing into the new year, featuring live music and dancing with The New York Rockin' Revue. Overnight accommodations & New Year's Day brunch packages available!
Roaring 20's New Year's Eve Celebration @ Hotel Ithaca
When: Dec 31st 7:00pm - 12:30am
Location: Hotel Ithaca, Cayuga St Ithaca NY

A cocktail reception & exquisite dinner buffet, and dancing into the new year, featuring live music and dancing with The New York Rockin' Revue. Overnight accommodations & New Year's Day brunch packages available!

New Year's Eve Only - starting at $299 per couple, based on room type.

Two Night Stay - Starting at $428 per couple, based on room type.

Dinner and Party only - $200 per couple.
 

Jan 1st
5th Annual Ithaca Chill Challenge @ Ithaca Yacht Club
When: Jan 1st 1:00pm - 2:30pm
It's a Polar Plunge with a Twist! The Twist - Each participant will have their own page for donations, and their donors can “vote” with their $$$ to either…“Dip ’em” and they’ll have to run into the lake for a dip OR let ’em “Dodge” and they’ll get to stay dry and watch from the shore!
5th Annual Ithaca Chill Challenge @ Ithaca Yacht Club
When: Jan 1st 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Ithaca Yacht Club, 1090 Glenwood Rd, Ithaca, NY

On New Year’s Day, the higher total for each participant prevails.

Participate - Sign up as an Individual or join a Team
Donate - to a friend, loved one, co-worker, frenemy, sibling
Attend - On New Year’s Day at Ithaca Yacht Club at 1:00 pm

Jan 25th
Hartshorne Masters Mile @ Cornell University
When: Jan 25th 1pm
Kick off the New Year with one of the premier masters running events in the country, the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile, with the Finger Lakes Running Club at Cornell University!
Hartshorne Masters Mile @ Cornell University
When: Jan 25th 1pm
Location: Barton Hall, Cornell University
Kick off the New Year with one of the premier masters running events in the country, the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile, with the Finger Lakes Running Club at Cornell University!
 
This race attracts some of the best national and international talent. Numerous world and American indoor mile age-group records have been set at the meet over the years, and it’s an exciting race to watch, with top local runners dueling with out-of-town challengers and masters runners in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s showing us what they can do.

Held in conjunction with Cornell’s Upstate Challenge meet, the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile features fully automatic timing, introductions of each runner at the starting line, commentary on every race, rabbits for the elite races, and hordes of enthusiastic spectators.

Don’t be intimidated! The Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile may be an elite event, but it’s open and welcoming to runners of all abilities—no matter how fast you run, you’ll be treated like an elite!

To register or for more information, go to fingerlakesrunners.org!
Feb 2nd - 22nd
Cry It Out @ The Kitchen Theatre
When: Feb 2nd - 22nd
With little in common besides new babies and adjacent backyards, Jessie, a corporate lawyer, and Lina, a nurse, form an unlikely friendship over a series of naptime coffee breaks. But with the addition of their career oriented neighbor Adrienne, another new mom, the duo’s friendship and their individual conceptions of parenthood are put to the test. A candid comedy about parenthood.
Cry It Out @ The Kitchen Theatre
When: Feb 2nd - 22nd
Location: Kitchen Theatre, 417 West State/ MLK, Jr. St., Ithaca, NY

 With little in common besides new babies and adjacent backyards, Jessie, a corporate lawyer, and Lina, a nurse, form an unlikely friendship over a series of naptime coffee breaks. But with the addition of their career oriented neighbor Adrienne, another new mom, the duo’s friendship and their individual conceptions of parenthood are put to the test. A candid comedy about parenthood.

Feb 20th - 23rd
Dido and Aeneas @ Ithaca College Hoerner Theatre
When: Feb 20th - 23rd 8:00pm
Dido, fierce Queen of Carthage, falls in love with a Trojan Price, Æneas. While their love may be mutual, the fate of their romance is out of their control when a Sorceress plots the destruction of Carthage. Forced apart by trickery, evil and sorcery, the lovers are faced with a brewing storm and potential disaster. Based on Book IV of Virgil’s Aeneid, Dido and Aeneas is Henry Purcell’s one true opera and his only all-sung dramatic work.
Dido and Aeneas @ Ithaca College Hoerner Theatre
When: Feb 20th - 23rd 8:00pm
Location: 953 Danby Road Ithaca, NY

 By Henry Purcell

Performed in English

 

Directed by Norm Johnson

Conducted by Christopher Zemliauskas

Hoerner Theatre

Mar 13th
Jack Hanna's "Into The Wild LIVE" @ Ithaca's State Theatre
When: Mar 13th 7pm
Jack Hanna's animal extravaganza "Into The Wild LIVE" returns to the State Theatre of Ithaca!
Jack Hanna's "Into The Wild LIVE" @ Ithaca's State Theatre
When: Mar 13th 7pm
Location: State Theatre of Ithaca

Jack Hanna's animal extravaganza "Into The Wild LIVE" returns to the State Theatre of Ithaca!

Mar 15th - Apr 4th
Catch As You Can @ The Kitchen Theatre
When: Mar 15th - Apr 4th
Two working class New England families have grown up in each other’s homes, weathering the good and the bad. When the adult children come home for the holidays, it feels like the good old days are back. But it’s only a matter of time before old behaviors resurface and long-held secrets are confessed. Three actors take on six roles, crossing generation and gender, in this dynamic and explosive reinvention of the classic American family drama.
Catch As You Can @ The Kitchen Theatre
When: Mar 15th - Apr 4th
Location: Kitchen Theatre, 417 West State/ MLK, Jr. St., Ithaca, NY

 Two working class New England families have grown up in each other’s homes, weathering the good and the bad. When the adult children come home for the holidays, it feels like the good old days are back. But it’s only a matter of time before old behaviors resurface and long-held secrets are confessed. Three actors take on six roles, crossing generation and gender, in this dynamic and explosive reinvention of the classic American family drama.

Mar 20th
Dakhabrakha @ Ithaca's State Theatre
When: Mar 20th 8pm
Ukranian folk quartet Dakhabrakha perform at the State Theatre of Ithaca!
Dakhabrakha @ Ithaca's State Theatre
When: Mar 20th 8pm
Location: State Theatre of Ithaca

Ukranian folk quartet Dakhabrakha perform at the State Theatre of Ithaca!

Mar 25th
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones @ Ithaca's State Theatre
When: Mar 25th 8pm
Banjoist Bela Fleck & The Flecktones bring their 30th anniversary tour to the State Theatre of Ithaca!
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones @ Ithaca's State Theatre
When: Mar 25th 8pm
Location: State Theatre of Ithaca

Banjoist Bela Fleck & The Flecktones bring their 30th anniversary tour to the State Theatre of Ithaca!

Apr 26th - May 10th
Mr. Joy @ The Kitchen Theatre
When: Apr 26th - May 10th
In this uplifting one-woman show, a Harlem community takes stock when a Chinese immigrant’s shoe repair shop mysteriously doesn’t open one morning, causing an array of customers to realize what the shop owner has meant in their lives. One actress plays nine distinct characters in this exploration of gentrification, racism, and open-mindedness.
Mr. Joy @ The Kitchen Theatre
When: Apr 26th - May 10th
Location: Kitchen Theatre, 417 West State/ MLK, Jr. St., Ithaca, NY

 In this uplifting one-woman show, a Harlem community takes stock when a Chinese immigrant’s shoe repair shop mysteriously doesn’t open one morning, causing an array of customers to realize what the shop owner has meant in their lives. One actress plays nine distinct characters in this exploration of gentrification, racism, and open-mindedness.

May 1st
Queensryche @ Turning Stone Resort and Casino
When: May 1st 8pm
Progressive rock legends Queensryche perform at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona!
Queensryche @ Turning Stone Resort and Casino
When: May 1st 8pm
Location: Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona

Progressive rock legends Queensryche perform at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona!

June 7th - 21st
Shape @ The Kitchen Theatre
When: June 7th - 21st
Meet Puppy, a 47-year-old lifelong East Coast woman who moves to Texas and learns to get strong. Built on adrenaline, determination, transformation, and sweat, this play cracks open fresh conversations about how we relate to our bodies and what we’re capable of accomplishing. Come see Puppy lift weights live on stage in this wildly hilarious, riotously honest, and uniquely feminist new play. This play also features the best workout playlist you’ve heard. And FYI: laughing burns calories. Watching this play will burn 40 calories and work your abs.
Shape @ The Kitchen Theatre
When: June 7th - 21st
Location: Kitchen Theatre, 417 West State/ MLK, Jr. St., Ithaca, NY

 Meet Puppy, a 47-year-old lifelong East Coast woman who moves to Texas and learns to get strong. Built on adrenaline, determination, transformation, and sweat, this play cracks open fresh conversations about how we relate to our bodies and what we’re capable of accomplishing. Come see Puppy lift weights live on stage in this wildly hilarious, riotously honest, and uniquely feminist new play. This play also features the best workout playlist you’ve heard. And FYI: laughing burns calories. Watching this play will burn 40 calories and work your abs.



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