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.

CFCU Summer Concert Series

If you haven’t checked out the 2016 Downtown Summer Concert Series, now it is the time to do it! Each Thursday night at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons will feature local and national arts performing music in genres including jazz, blues, reggae, folk, hip hop, country, rock and more! There are only a few weeks left in this amazing series, so head down to the Commons, grab a drink and enjoy some wonderful music!

Location: Downtown Commons

Date: Thursdays

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Movies in the Park: NeverEnding Story

Sneaking away with a book called “The Neverending Story,” Bastian begins reading it and learns the novel is about Fantasia, a fantasy land threatened by “The Nothing,” a darkness that destroys everything it touches. The kingdom needs the help of a human child to survive. When Bastian reads a description of himself in the book, he begins to wonder if Fantasia is real and needs him to survive.

Location: Stewart Park

Date: 8/5/2016

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A spellbinding love story between a beekeeper and a quantum physicist, Constellations defies the boundaries of the world we think we know. This heartfelt look at relationships as they might exist across parallel universes explores the boundless potential of a connection between two people. Take a romantic journey with infinite possibilities.

Location: Hangar Theatre

Date: 8/4/2016-8/13/2016

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Miller’s Wheel

Performing Ol’ Time, Celtic, Americana and Bluegrass, the five members of this band combine their talents in the most entertaining of ways to create what they call, “FOOT STOMPIN’ FUN.”

Location: Finger Lakes Cider House

Date: 8/5/2016

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HMS Pinafore

H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor is a comic opera. The cast includes voice faculty from Ithaca College, Cornell University, SUNY Cortland and professional singers from around the region.

Location: CRS Barn Studio

Date: 8/5/2016-8/7/2016

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Racker Rivals Big Red Hockey Game

An exhibition hockey game featuring Cornell University men’s and women’s coaches, celebrities, and local community players to raise funds for individuals with disabilities in our community.

Location: Cornell University Lynah Rink

Date: 8/6/2016

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Hot Club of Cowtown

Lauded for its down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation, the Hot Club of Cowtown has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away.

Location: The dock

Date: 8/11/2016

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My Son Pinocchio Jr.

This funny and heartfelt retelling of the classic adventure shares Geppetto’s perspective as he learns what it means to have a family. With a mix of new and beloved songs, this musical will have you singing in your seat!

Location: Hangar Theatre

Date: 8/11/2016-8/13/2016

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The Best of Seneca West Wine Tour

The western shores of Seneca Lake are home to some of the most well-respected wine-makers in the Finger Lakes. On this tour, you will learn their stories and taste the outcome of their commitment and passion to their craft. Sign up early as space is limited!

Location: Experience! The Finger Lakes

Date: 8/13/2016

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Much like its name, the band Yarn weaves country, rock, blues and more into a genre-defying blend that has captured the attention of fans and critics alike. Yarn weaves roots music idioms into a fresh sound that turns on hipsters and fans of country music alike, with technically impressive song-crafting and universal tales from the road of life.

Location: The Haunt

Date: 8/13/2016

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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!

Indian Creek Farm

Indian Creek Farm is a 100-year-old orchard and u-pick spot. Come visit the farm for seasonal picking of apples, peaches, pumpkins, berries, and vegetables. To find out when fresh crops are ready to pick, you can get Fresh Crop Alerts by email.

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Mike Blaney

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