TRUMANSBURG, N.Y. — The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance is returning next week for its 27th year. The four-day festival brings music from around the world to Trumansburg.

This year, the festival will take place from July 19 to July 22 and feature more than 70 bands, from local artists to world-renowned acts. There are also workshops, kids activities and many local vendors. Music and performances take place on four stages, with Ithaca Underground once again curating the local music showcase in the cabaret tent.

Culture Camp will return again this year and take place during the four days before the festival. There, attendees can immerse themselves in four days of instrument, dance and movement workshops with themed nightly dinners and dances.

For more information about GrassRoots, including the schedule, full lineup of bands and other activities, visit

Ithaca Voice Videographer Jacob Mroczek spoke with Tara Nevins, of Donna the Buffalo and artistic director of Culture Camp, and Nana Monaco, assistant director of Grassroots Festival, about some of the festival highlights this year.

Video by Jacob Mroczek/The Ithaca Voice

Aerial imagery courtesy of Bill Davis

Music courtesy of Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Jacob Mroczek

Jacob is a videographer & digital media contributor for The Ithaca Voice.