Every season offers exciting entertainment opportunities. Catch a film at Cinemapolis, a distinctive art house movie theatre; or see a performance at the beautifully renovated, historic State Theatre. Touted in the New York Times as one of America’s “Best Emerging Cities,” Ithaca is unquestionably the ideal playground for all.
Alley Cat Cafe
Bristle & Turp
Bristle & Turp offers at home art lessons for kids, teens, and adults. Owner Erin Deneuville works with all experience levels and has expertise in painting, printmaking, observation drawing, sculpture, oil paintaing, collage, and more (like puppets and masks!). Visit Bristle & Turp’s website (listed below) to sign up!
Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, distinguished by the designation of the “Official Orchestra of the City of Ithaca,” has been presenting exceptional live classical music to the region since 1976.
More inExperientialLive MusicTheaters - Movie & Performance
We are a first-run movie theater located in the heart of Downtown Ithaca, specializing in independent, foreign, and locally-produced films; but more than that, Cinemapolis is a community cultural institution where the art of film is used to enrich people’s lives, grapple with and illuminate contemporary issues, and, of course, to entertain.
Circus Classes, camps, performances, parties and more for Kids and Adults in Ithaca, NY!
Comics for Collectors
Comics For Collectors is a full time business, selling professionally illustrated narratives with sequential artworks within the diverse world of comic books and graphic novels. A large selection of Graphic Novels by numerous publishers, including Marvel and DC Comics. They have numerous Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men books and comics. They also carry many of the top image books, like the hit series Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman. Other popular authors line their shelves like a who’s who in comics: Warren Ellis, Brian K Vaughan, James Robertson, Brian Bendis, John Byrne, Roger Stern, Alan Moore are just a few. Art pieces from Sonic, Spider-Man, Dreaming, Batman, and Archie hang on the walls for all to enjoy. Comics for Collectors makes sure to have a few hot game systems in stock, like Magic the Gathering, Settlers of Catan, Munchkin, HeroClix, Dungeon & Dragons, and Star Wars. Special orders are always welcome at no extra cost.
Community Arts Partnership
The ArtSpace is a multi-use space for the exhibit of works by local artists coordinated by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. A new exhibit hangs monthly throughout the year. The CAP ArtSpace is located in Center Ithaca adjacent to the Downtown Visitor Center and the Community Arts Partnership offices.
More inArt Galleries
Community School of Music and Arts
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
For 50 years, the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) has provided instruction in the visual arts, music, dance, theater, and languages. Every year, the CSMA welcomes more than 1300 students of all ages, skills levels, and backgrounds. In addition, the CSMA hosts several gallery spaces with monthly rotating exhibits including First Friday music.
Empire State College
Handwork, Ithaca’s Artisan Cooperative, was started in 1976 by 12 local craftspeople. Working together they could afford the cost and time of opening a retail shop to sell their work. Handwork now has approximately 40 member artisans doing a range of work that includes pottery, woodworking, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, wearable arts, leather, paper and art.
Ithaca Guitar Works
Ithaca’s premier home for all stringed instruments! Ithaca Guitar Works features stringed instruments & accessories, sales & service, electric violins, violas, cellos, guitars, mandolins, amplifiers and effects, and used instruments. Ithaca Guitar Works is an authorized dealers for Fender, Taylor, Martin and many other brands.
Ithaca is Foodies
More inTours & Walks
Ithaca/Tompkins County Visitor Center
Information for arts, cultural events and general visitors information are found here
More inTours & WalksWaterfalls
Kitchen Theatre Company
Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Box Office Hours: Saturday - Sunday, 12:00pm - 4:00pm and one hour before showtimes
In its intimate performance space, Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC) creates professional theater that challenges the intellect, excites the imagination, informs and entertains. KTC nurtures a community of diverse artists and brings excellent art to the community and beyond
More inTheaters - Movie & Performance
Lot 10 Bar and Lounge
Lot 10 is Ithaca’s only two floor cocktail lounge and night club. Upstairs at Lot 10 features daily drink specials, live entertainment, DJ’s and dancing, along with a pool table, dart board and juke box. Lot 10’s second floor is the perfect destination for cutting loose and unwinding with friends.
Downstairs at Lot 10 features a sophisticated cocktail lounge that is second to none. A welcoming selection of comfortable couches and soft candle light along with an eclectic music selection provides the perfect ambiance that is sure to put you at ease. Downstairs offers a hand picked wine list, an array of fine liquors, craft beers and the only weekly rotating cocktail menu in Ithaca. Lot 10’s first floor is where you want to be when you are looking to relax and enjoy a quality drink in a casually refined setting while being served by some of the area’s finest bartenders.
With twice daily Happy Hours (5pm-7pm & 10pm-1am), daily drink specials, rotating art installations, innovative cocktails, live music, and a continually expanding entertainment schedule all located under one roof, Lot 10 is certain to have you coming back time and time again!
More inLive Music
Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar
Sacred Root is Ithaca’s newest nightlife alternative, serving kava – a traditional and relaxing ceremonial elixir from the South Pacific – as well as a diverse selection of organic and local teas, coffees, and RAW desserts.
More inExperientialLive Music
Sunday: By appointment only
SewGreen was founded in Ithaca in 2007 as a way to save unwanted fabric, yarn and sewing equipment from going to the landfill, and to teach sewing as a self-reliant skill. The original mission has grown to also include youth development, job training, and consumer education.
State of the Art Gallery
Wednesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
State of the Art Gallery is a cooperative fine art gallery showing new creative work by area artists. Owned and operated by visual artists from the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, the State of the Art Gallery specializes in new works of fine art that express a unique personal vision.
Shows change monthly. Most involve members’ work, but several focus on work of non-members. Popular annual events are a regional juried photo show and a juried all-media invitational show. Both of these shows are attracting an increasing number of applicants from all parts of the country, and are widely attended. A public reception attended by several hundred people precedes these special shows.
More inArt Galleries
State Theatre of Ithaca, Inc.
STATE THEATRE OF ITHACA, INC. IS THE 501 C(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT OWNS AND OPERATES DOWNTOWN ITHACA’S LAST REMAINING HISTORIC THEATER. WITH JUST OVER 1,600 SEATS, THE STATE THEATRE HOSTS OVER 75 EVENTS EACH YEAR INCLUDING CONCERTS, THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, COMEDY SHOWS, CLASSIC MOVIES, DANCE PERFORMANCES, READINGS, AND COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES. OVER 50,000 PEOPLE ATTEND EVENTS HERE EACH SEASON.
More inTheaters - Movie & Performance
The History Center in Tompkins County
Holiday Update: The History Center Exhibit Hall will be CLOSED to the public for the holidays from December 21st-January 1st.
We plan to resume normal hours beginning Saturday January 2nd.
Happy Holidays to all and we look forward to seeing more of you in the New Year!
You can schedule future visits on our website, and find details on upcoming events (virtual and in-person) at thehistorycenter.net/events
The History Center is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to preserve and encourage access to its unique collections, while designing learning experiences and services that create opportunities for people to learn about themselves and their place in the world.
The Ink Shop Printmaking Center
Sunday - Monday: Closed
The Ink Shop Printmaking Center promotes fine art prints, works on paper, and artists’ books. Since 1999, The Ink Shop has operated a professional, open access, community-based printmaking facility and gallery. The Ink Shop offers 1) exhibitions related to prints and works on paper including artist books; 2) a “Talk Print” series in which artists present and discuss their work and techniques; 3) Olive Branch Press, which publishes invited artists’ prints or artist books; 4) workshops for established and emerging artists and 5) a year-round studio facility for printmakers and bookmakers.
Western Saloon-themed bar. The Range offers a 250 capacity room, a full sound system and a wooden dance floor with plenty of comfortable space to dance, drink or people watch.
More inLive Music
The Sacred Altar at Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar
Ritual tools for transformation. Featuring sacred blessing herbs for smudging, ritual incense blends, cauldrons, pendulums, runes, exciting prints, altar boxes, jewelry and more.
More inArt Galleries
Tompkins Cortland Community College – Ithaca Extension
Tuesday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am. – 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 8:30am – 2:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Tompkins Cortland Community College is one of 30 community colleges and 64 campuses in the State University of New York system. Located in Dryden, the college serves more than three thousand students in credit programs and another three thousand in non-credit workshops and customized training.
Walking on Water Productions