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.

Ithaca Skate Jam

As gnarly  as it sounds, join the sickest shredders from around the country as the City of Ithaca closes Buffalo and Quarry streets for a temporary downhill skate park. All skate levels welcome!
Date/time: May 9 9:00am-6:00pm
Location: Buffalo Street, Ithaca NY
Site: http://store.cometskateboards.com/skate-jam-early-registration-special/


Six Mile Creek Vineyards Sunset Music Series

Enjoy the Six Mile wine, view, and great friends! The first music event of the year features Ironwood, a high-energy, adult acoustic music with lyrics that are always entertaining & often funny. Ironwood plays a mix of originals and covers, including country, blues, and rock.
Date/time: May 8, 6-8pm
Location: Six Mile Creek Vineyard
Site: http://www.sixmilecreek.com/


Swimming in the Shallows by Adam Bock

A brilliant comedy for five humans and one shark! Check out a great show at the Kitchen Theater this weekend.
Date/time: May 1-9 various show times
Location: Kitchen Theater
Site: https://www.ithacaevents.com/event/8405-swimming-in-the-shallows-by-adam-bock.html


The Gunpoets with Stone Cold Miracle and Sammus @ The Haunt

Check out one of Ithaca’s favorite hip-hop acts, the Gunpoets, along with other great local musicians. The Haunt is an amazing location, right on the Cayuga Inlet, with a great outdoor patio. Get there early to grab a bite.
Date/time: May 8, 9pm
Location: The Haunt
Site: http://thehaunt.com/index.php/event/dsp-gunpoets-wstone-cold-miracle-and-sammus/


Trees Awake

Learn about “the science of appearance” in a series of walks on the Nature Center’s Tree Phenology Trail. Become a“citizen scientist” while observing the wildflowers blooming, the arrival of the first robin and trees leafing out after a long winter.
Date/time: May 2 & 9 1:00pm
Location: Cayuga Nature Center
Site: http://www.priweb.org/events.php?page=atthenaturecenter/nighthikes


Sciencenter Showtime!

Enjoy an interactive demonstration from local scientists, teachers and students every Saturday at Sciencenter Showtime! This month meet animals who live in Cascadilla Creek, learn how milk gets from the cow to your house, watch the exciting power of electricity, and discover how DNA makes each person unique. The show in included with admission.
Date/time: May 9, 2pm
Location: Sciencenter
Site: http://www.sciencenter.org/calendar.html


Mother’s Day Brunches – All Around Town!

Be extra nice to mom – take her to brunch! There are several places around town featuring special Mother’s Day brunch menus. Check out The Bistro at La Tourelle, Taverna Banfi, Coltivare, Carriage House Café, The Rose, or just head to Downtown Ithaca for unlimited options.
Date/time: May 9
Location: State Theatre
Site: Various


Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale

“Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale” is a colorful and genially zany musical that will delight the kids and charm the parents as well.
Date/time: May 9, 1:00pm
Location: State Theatre
Site: http://www.stateofithaca.com/rapunzel-rapunzel-a-very-hairy-fairy-tale


Ithaca Festival 2015 – Better Together

Start your summer with Ithaca Festival! Music, art, entertainment, and food all come together in this annual celebration. Buttons are on sale now for $5 at the Ithaca Visitors Centers (Downtown on the Commons at at 904 East Shore Dr.) or you can purchase one at several participating retailers across town.
Date/time: May 28-31
Location: Downtown Ithaca
Site: http://ithacafestival.org/


Ithaca Gorges Half Marathon

Now is the time to register and start training! The Inaugural Ithaca Half Marathon is a whole new way to see the sheer beauty that is Ithaca, NY. Challenge yourself while rewarding your senses with the fresh smell of nature trails and the cool mist of the waterfalls.
Date/time: June 14 at 8:00am
Location: The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce 904 East Shore Drive
Site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517174715211571/


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Mike Blaney

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