March 15-17 $10 and Under Weekend Planner: Music, Dance, Food, Free Happenings

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This week: Plenty of Irish music to scratch your St. Patty’s Day itch. Dancing, games, and the opening of maple season.
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What are you up to this weekend, Ithaca?

Here’s some happenings in and around Ithaca of the free, low-cost, educational, and musical variety to nourish your mind and spirit this weekend. If there’s a “doors time/music time” listed, we use the music time as the start in our listings.


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Friday, March 15

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Cass Park

Open ice skating session. Other weekend hours and rental details here.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St.

Alternatives FCU income tax assistance. Free.

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St.

Baby storytime.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St.

One-on-one tech help.

12 – 5 p.m. – Multicultural Resource Center, 516 W. State/MLK Jr. St.

DIY screen print your own T-shirt.

1 – 3 p.m. – Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St.

Advanced English as a second language class.

2 – 6 p.m. – Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St.

Makerspace open hours.

3:30 – 4 p.m. – Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St.

Baby storytime.

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St. 

Free family-friendly capoeira class.

6 p.m. – Hopshire Brewery, 1771 Dryden Road

Three Stone Fire plays Hopshire happy hour.

6 p.m. – Americana Vineyards, 4367 E. Covert Rd., Interlaken

Bob & Dee plays.

6 p.m. – Ithaca Bakery, 400 N. Market St.

Jeremy Betterly (guitars Viva Mayhem!, Kitestring) performs solo.

7 – 10 p.m. – Brookton’s Market, 491 Brooktondale Road

Trivia night.

7 p.m. – Charles Dickerson High School, 100 Whig St., T-burg

“The Addams Family Musical.” By T-burg High School. $10 general admission. Repeat Saturday at  7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

7 p.m. – Ithaca Generator, 116 W. Green St.

Monthly game night – bring a game or play one there.

7 p.m. – The Westy, 516 W. State/MLK Jr. St.

Erin & The Backwoods Experiment plays. No cover.

7 p.m. – Two Goats, 5027 Route 414, Burdett

The Analogue Sons play. Free.

7 p.m. – Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd.

Damodar Das Kirtan, devotional singing. $10 suggested donation, kids welcome.

8 p.m. – Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar, 103 S. Geneva St.

The Electro Zone presents Boueffe, with Travis Johns, Food Pill, Kompyootur Muhsheen. $5 suggested donation.

8 p.m. – Barnes Hall, Cornell

Kurtag performed by soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Gabor Csalog.

9 p.m. – Watermargin, 103 McGraw Pl.

With discwoman, Umfang, Bearcat. $5 cover. Dance/electronic.

9 p.m. – Forest City Lodge, 536 W. Green St.

Old School Night with music by playhouse 90. No cover, 21+

9:30 p.m.- Ruloff’s, 411 College Ave.

Zalman Krause performs, with Owen Erickson on drums.


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Saturday, March 16

8:30 a.m. – Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.

Beginner bird walks. Bring binoculars if you have them; dress for weather. Repeats Sunday, 8:30 a.m.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St.

LGBTQ families meet-up group.

11 – 11:30 a.m. – Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St.

Family storytime.

12 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. – Argos Warehouse, 416 E. State/MLK Jr. St.

Ithaca DJ Festival $3 cover, or free with Finger Lakes Thaw ticket. 21+ after 9 p.m.

12 -2 p.m. DeWitt/Greenwood Park or First Baptist Church

Food Not Bombs Ithaca free vegan lunch.

12 -1 p.m. – Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St.

TCPL Robotics Club.

12 p.m. – Cornell Orchards Store, 709 Dryden Rd.

Live music with IthaCats Rockabilly and samples from vendors.

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St.

Adult board game club.

3 – 4 p.m. – Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St.

Lego at the library.

3 p.m. – Ithaca Generator, 116 W. Green St.

Shop tours offered every Saturday.

3 – 5 p.m. – Ithaca ReUse Center, 214 Elmira Road

Ithaca Fixers Collective. “Do you need assistance getting something fixed yourself? Want to share your repair skills? Come bring your devices/projects to the Sustainability Center gallery in the Ithaca ReUse Center between 3pm-5pm every Saturday.” Webpage.

6 p.m. – Americana Vineyards, 4367 E. Covert Rd., Interlaken

The Tarps play.

6:30 p.m. – Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 5 McLallen St. 

Irish dance party fundraiser for the Conservatory. Instructor Kathy Whitfield. $5 donation.

7 p.m. – Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar, 103 S. Geneva St.

Star Sisters, Jessie Gray.

7 p.m. – Two Goats, 5027 Route 414, Burdett

Zydeco Trail Riders play. No cover.

8 p.m. – Silver Line Tap Room, 19 W. Main St., T-burg

Johnny Dowd plays. 21+, no cover.

8 p.m. – Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar, 103 S. Geneva St.

DJ Nataraj plays a spring-themed set. Donations accepted.

9 p.m. – The Range, 117 E. State/MLK Jr. St.

Noon Fiften and Next to Kin play.  21+, $5. Soul/groove.

10 p.m. – Silky Jones, 214 E. State/MLK Jr. St.

The Dutchess of Spirit Posse on the dance floor.

10 p.m. – Lot 10, 106 S. Cayuga St. 

DJ Rockmon on one floor. Noche Latino mix with DJ Tico on another. 21+, no cover.


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Sunday, March 17

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cayuga Nature Center

Maple Fest. Luna catered pancakes, 9- 1. Activities 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

11:30 a.m. – Fine Spirit Studio, 201 Dey St.

Dance Church Ithaca: “Ithaca’s home for mid-day free movement expression and conscious dance for all ages and abilities.”

12 -2 p.m. – Coltivare, 235 S. Cayuga St.

Jazz trio performs during brunch.

12 p.m. – Agava, 381 Pine Tree Rd.

DJ Brunch with DJ Gundz.

1 p.m. – Red Newt Bistro, 3675 Tichenor Rd, Hector

Blue Skies plays.

1 p.m. – Newfield Fire Hall, 77 Main St.

Finger Lakes Finns potluck, Finnish Trivia Quiz show.

2 p.m. – Six Mile Creek, 1551 Slaterville Rd.

Immortal Jellyfish plays.

2 p.m. – Monks on the Commons, 120 S. Aurora St.

Bobby Henrie, Dee Specker, Doug Henrie play Celtic tunes, Irish swing.

3 – 4:30 p.m. – Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St.

Butoh (modern Japanese dance) class with Amanda Moretti.

3 p.m. – State Theatre of Ithaca

Ugly Duckling Live. $12 adult tickets, $10 students, seniors, $8 children 3 to 12.

4 p.m. – St. John’s Church, 210 N. Cayuga St.

‘Back from the Brink’ talk on nuclear war by Ira Helfand of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

4 – 7 p.m. – MIX, 205 Elmira Road

Ithaca Blues & Jazz Jam. Free.

4 p.m. – Americana Vineyards, 4367 E. Covert Rd., Interlaken

Doolin O’Dey plays. Irish/Celtic.

4 p.m. – Two Goats, 5027 Route 414, Burdett

Nick Kody & The Creek Road Band plays.

5 p.m. – Ithaca Bakery, 400 N. Meadow St.

Live Celtic music by Se Leigheas.

5 p.m. – Argos Inn, 408 E. State/MLK Jr. St.

Irish session with Traonach.

6 p.m. – Ithaca Beer Company, 122 Ithaca Beer Dr

Open mic Night. Sign-up starts at 5 p.m.

6 p.m. – Maxie’s Supper Club, 635 W. State/MLK Jr. St.

Pete Panek and the Blue Cats play. Free. Blues.

7 p.m. – Argos Warehouse, 416 E. State/MLK Jr. St.

Sunday Sessions with Mike Stark. Featuring Wingnut. No cover, 21+

7 p.m. – The Westy, 516 W. State/MLK Jr. St.

Nate Marshall & Friends play.

7:30 p.m. – ChantiLoft, 101 W. State/MLK Jr. St. 

Minimum Wage Assassins, Hallucination Realized, Fed Ash, Scab Addict. Grind/sludge. $5 cover. All ages.

7:30 p.m. – Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar, 103 S. Geneva St.

Early bird salsa dancing. Donations requested.

8 p.m. – Alternatives Library, Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell

Bound for Glory with Mustard’s Retreat. 3 sets at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30. Folky and free live or on the radio.

…. That’s all for now, folks. If you have events you’d like to submit to this calendar round-up, send them to josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org or use the Contact Us page on the top of this website.

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