Embark on your own Ithaca Arts Odyssey in winter!  Plan your visit around a special winter show.  Or check out the list of performance venues with events throughout the season.  And while you’re here, don’t forget to pop into an Ithaca bookstore!


These fabulous and quintessential Ithaca venues have shows and events throughout the season - no matter when you come, you’re sure to find something you’ll love!

State Theatre: An eclectic range of shows throughout the season

Soil Factory: Where social, arts, and scientific networks interact 

Story House: Sharing stories, building community 

Comedy on the Commons: Laugh out loud! 

Deep Dive: showcasing a calendar of top-class, unique, and inspiring musicians and performers 

The Range: Bar and event space on the Ithaca Commons with live music, salsa nights, and "Thursgay" events!

The Downstairs: Tavern and listening room featuring open mics, storytelling, and cozy performances. 


After coffee or before dinner, make time to visit one of Ithaca’s cherished independent bookstores. Browse shelves filled with literary treasures from fiction, to cookbooks or delightful YA collections. Offering a curated selection of books spanning genres, a cozy haven for bibliophiles and casual readers alike.

Buffalo Street Books: Ithaca's cooperatively-owned independent bookstore

Odyssey Bookstore: Cozy, intimate space for community and conversation!  

Ulysses Books: Used and antiquarian books in the quaint village of Trumansburg 


Go gallery hopping on First Fridays Gallery Night in downtown Ithaca.  January 5, February 2, March 1. 

Make your favorite day trip playlist and tour around the Greater Ithaca Art Trail on Second Saturdays: January 13, February 10, March 9.  

Immerse yourself in the sounds of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah December 16, Chamber Music January 28, Beethoven’s Second February 24, and Beethoven’s Fourth March 23. 

The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) Black History Month Showcase is a must-see celebration of local talent.  

Go to the Kitchen Theatre to experience bold theatre within an intimate space that engages community and sparks important conversation. Next up is Sanctuary City by Martyna Majok, a gripping search for the American Dream. Feb 21 - Mar 3, 2024.  

For a show you don’t want to miss, check out the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers’ Concert schedule. The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers are dedicated to the preservation of Negro Spirituals and the legacy of Dorothy Cotton.