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Ithaca Festival Postponed Until August

With the current social distancing recommendations extending past our original festival date, The Ithaca Festival of the Arts will be moving to our new date August 27-30th, 2020. The Ithaca Festival Board of Directors and the Executive Director are committed to doing a festival in 2020 as long as it becomes safe to do so.   

The websitewill reflect the changes and new deadlines. The organization is excited to be able to offer this important community celebration a little later in the summer this year. Current applicants are encouraged to email to confirm availability of the new dates no later than May 1st.  Please put your group name in the subject line and participation information.  Examples: Ithaca Underground/Performer or Silo Food Truck/Vendor. In the text of your email please include the following

1)  Indicate if you have paid your deposit/participation fee. 

2) If you are able to participate. 

3) Name of the Business, Person, or Email address that is connected to your payment.

It is understood this is not an ideal situation and the organization is very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.  

If you are a participating organization that has already sent in payment and is unable to attend on the new dates, please consider rolling over your entrance fee to the 2021 festival.  Ithaca Festival is a 501c3 non profit organization.  You can also turn this into a tax deductible gift to the festival.  If this is not possible for you at this time, please email with the subject line. 

Thank you for supporting the festival. The organization looks forward to seeing you all at the late August event when it will hopefully be safer to do so. 

Selena and the Ithaca Festival Team

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