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Ithaca Festival

School’s out on the South and West Hills, and that can only mean one thing — it’s time for the annual Ithaca Festival. For its 35th year running, this festival is really one that belongs to the city and people of Ithaca — a four-day celebration of local arts, music, food, and performance.


Ithaca Festival is one of Ithaca's oldest and best festivals - - and that's saying a lot! Having partially emptied from students leaving after final exams and commencements, the town filled up again as locals and people from across the state filtered in to enjoy the weekend-long event.


The Ithaca Festival is four days of celebrating Ithaca and the artists that make it such a unique community. This annual event began as “Celebration Ithaca” in 1977, making this year the festival’s 34th anniversary. As their website states, Ithaca Festival typically brings in over 30,000 people over the course of the four days.



Ithaca residents joke about it, but there is some truth to this summer celebration marking the departure of students and the start of summer for the real Ithacans. This year marked the 33rd Ithaca festival and the sounds, sights, tastes and smells were as fantastic as ever.



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