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 Loves Teachers Winter Recess

Winter Recess, now in its 10th year, is a celebration of pre- through K-12 classroom teachers and school district employees in the region. Ithaca will come together for a week to celebrate educators with entertainment, activities, family fun and discounts throughout the Tompkins County community.

Location: Ithaca/Tompkins County

Date: 2/12/2016 – 2/21/2016

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling, musical adventure! This grown-up’s prequel to Peter Pan is an innovative theatrical extravaganza featuring a dozen actors playing over 100 unforgettable characters.

Location: Kitchen Theatre

Date: 1/31/2016-2/21/2016

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Henry V

The third production of Ithaca Shakespeare Company’s history plays, Henry V, is both a patriotic play and an anti-war play, and the culmination of the coming-of-age story. It has romance and comedy, some of Shakespeare’s greatest speeches, and a devastating battle sequence that is unlike anything else that Shakespeare wrote.

Location: Hangar Theatre

Date: 2/12/2016-2/20/2016

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Ithaca Underground Fundraiser 2016

Ithaca Underground kicks off its 2016 fundraising efforts on to support a full year of event programming with an evening of performances, showcasing innovative local rock, ska, funk, and circus. Featured performances by Anna Coogan, Scopes Monkey Trial, Circus Culture, Mary and Billy from Madder Rose, & Viva Mayhem.

Location: The Haunt

Date: 2/19/2016

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

Three beloved stories by Eric Carle are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing color all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self.

Location: The State Theatre

Date: 2/20/2016

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Between Worlds: The Moth in Ithaca

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

Location: The State Theatre

Date: 2/20/2016

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The Good Dinosaur

What if the asteroid that hit Earth 65 million years ago missed the planet completely? Set in a world in which dinosaurs never went extinct, the film follows a young Apatosaurus named Arlo, who meets an unlikely human friend while traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape.

Location: Cornell Cinema

Date: 2/20/2016-2/21/2016

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14th Annual Mardi Gras

Travel winery to winery along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail to sample their Mardi Gras-inspired dish and sip their fine wines. You’ll also take home a recipe card featuring that dish, beads and a chance to win a prize at each winery!

Location: Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Date: 2/20/2016-2/21/2016

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Black History Month Talent Show

The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) will be hosting its annual Black History Month Talent Show with a wide range of performers from GIAC and the community.

Location: Ithaca High School

Date: 2/26/2016

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Internet Cat Video Festival

This festival is a gathering of feline fanatics to watch cat videos. So come prrrrr on your favorites as part of this super entertaining interactive evening that will include kitty cat trivia, your own favorite felines in an on-screen parade and more!

Location: Cornell Cinema

Date: 2/26/2016

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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!

The Enchanted Badger

Do you like games? At The Enchanted Badger they provide Ithaca gamers a large selection of designer board games in a welcoming environment where they can play, learn, and gather as a gaming community.


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Mike Blaney

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