June 22 - 24, 2018

Clinton Fearon

Sister Carol

The Meditations

Double Tiger

Mosaic Foundation

Big Mean Dub Machine

Kevin Kinsella

Root Shock

Thousands of One

The Analogue Sons

Crucial Reggae Social Club

Rebel Fire

DJ Kamau Preston


Our Mission

Ithaca Reggae Fest is dedicated to the protection of Cayuga Lake through a vibrant celebration of Ithaca’s legendary reggae community and its history. With support from over 3,500 festival attendees and all of our sponsors in 2017, the Friends of Cayuga Lake made a $7,500 donation to support the purchase of a new boat for the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, which is now Discover Cayuga Lake. They’re fostering future stewards of Cayuga Lake by providing hands-on learning opportunities in the interest of sustaining our Finger Lakes waterways for future generations. #Reggae4Cayuga


Event dates, pre-parties, after-parties, venue locations, etc.

Festival Kick Off Party @ The Haunt June 22
(702 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850)
Doors: 6pm, Show: 7pm
7:00pm: DJ ha-MEEN
7:30pm: The Analogue Sons
8:30pm: DJ ha-MEEN
9:00pm: Root Shock
10:30pm: DJ ha-MEEN
11:00pm: Big Mean Dub Machine
Celebration @ Stewart Park June 23
(1 James L Gibbs Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850)
Gate: 10:30am, Show: 11am
11:00am: Cayuga Nation Cultural Presentation w/ singing, dancing, & speakers (Cayuga Stage)
12:00pm: Thousands of One (Main Stage)
12:50pm: Rebel Fire (Education Village)
1:20pm: Crucial Reggae Social Club (Main Stage)
2:00pm: DJ Kamau Preston (Leslie Puryear Stage)
2:30pm: Mosaic Foundation (Main Stage)
3:20pm: Sandra Steingarber (Leslie Puryear Stage)
3:50pm: Double Tiger (Main Stage)
4:50pm: Mother Makeda & Mike Judah (Leslie Puryear Stage)
5:20pm: The Meditations (Main Stage)
6:25pm: DJ Kamau Preston (Leslie Puryear Stage)
6:55pm: Sister Carol (Main Stage)
8:00pm: DJ Kamau Preston (Leslie Puryear Stage)
8:30pm: Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band (Main Stage)
Emcees: Mother Makeda & Mike Judah (all day)
After Party @ The Haunt June 23
(702 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850)
Doors: 10pm, Show: 11pm
11:00pm: Double Tiger Sound System (w/s/g Singers)
Acoustic Afternoon @ Ithaca Beer Co. June 24
(122 Ithaca Beer Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850)
Doors: 1pm, Show: 2:00pm
2:00pm Kevin Kinsella
3:00pm Clinton Fearon
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Education Village

Education Village is an aggregation of many of the dedicated water protectors, scientists, and community activists working to protect and restore the health of Cayuga Lake. We will offer interactive activities while sharing essential information inviting you to join our mission for a healthy, cleaner Cayuga Lake. Water is life and we are all stewards of our water both here in Ithaca, NY and around the world. Collectively we can make a difference.

Wellness Village

Wellness Village is sponsored by Mighty Yoga and Greenstar Co-op and managed by Astrid Jirka of Yoga for the Earth. In 2017 Astrid led 108 Sun Salutations and Mighty Yoga led Michael Franti’s pre-show Yoga class on the shores of Cayuga Lake. With inspiration from both events we’re expanding to offer wellness activities throughout the day under the beautiful willow trees in Stewart Park. Your well being at the festival is important to us we encourage you to take a break during the day to enjoy a yoga class, a meditation, or a free massage from The Finger Lakes School of Massage.

9:30am - SUP Yoga (Stand Up Paddleboard) - Sophie Trowbridge (Meet at Paddle-n-More)
1pm - 108 Sun Salutations-Astrid Jirka w/ Yoga for the Earth
3pm - Acro Yoga - Lisa Trent, Alex Crenshaw and Bob Rossi
3pm - Little Buddhas Yoga ages 3-12, with Dianne Hamilton and Devon Ceanna (workshop will take place in the Youth Village)
5pm - Cool Your Jets Yoga- with Hilary Davis and Marcy Little

Youth Village

Youth Village is created and sponsored by Child Development Council. Please bring your junior reggae fans to the festival and enjoy some of our many engaging activities for youth. We’ll have festival crafts, face painting, lawn games, bubble play, and more. Yoga and percussion games will happen throughout the day. And if you need a place to unwind with your littles, we’ll have a dedicated area with a cozy book nook, simple toys, and a nursing area for Mamas. All youth under 16 are FREE at the festival!

International Food Village

Festival Guidelines

  • Positive vibes highly recommended (all day every day)
  • ZERO PLASTIC allowed (Thanks being part of the PLASTIC FREE revolution)
  • Reusable bottles recommended (FREE WATER)
  • Kids under 16 are FREE at the Stewart Park Venue (Family vibes all day)
  • Coolers allowed and will be searched on your way into the Stewart Park Venue (No Outside Alcohol or Plastic Bottles)
  • No outside alcohol inside the gate of the Stewart Park Venue (alcohol is allowed outside the gate in Stewart Park)
  • No plastic bottles allowed inside the gate of the Stewart Park Venue
  • Folding chairs are allowed in the Stewart Park Venue (chairs will be searched at the gate)
  • Folding umbrellas are allowed at the Stewart Park Venue (umbrellas will be searched at the gate)
  • Onsite port-a-johns will be available in the Stewart Park Venue
  • No dogs allowed in the Stewart Park Venue (dogs are allowed outside the gate in Stewart Park)
  • No weapons, fireworks or explosives of any kind allowed (all bags will be searched)
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Transportation & Parking

Parking Lots (follow the festival parking signs)

  • Lot #1 Boynton Middle School (1601 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850) Distance = 0.5 miles
  • Lot #2 Ithaca High School (1401 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850) Distance = 0.7 miles
  • TCAT Route (13X & 13) will pick you up behind the IHS football field by the “Festival Bus Stop” sign. The same route (13X & 13) stops downtown at the Green St. Garage (126 E. Green Street) and Seneca St. Garage (215 N. Tioga Street), and multiple other stops throughout the downtown area. FREE TCAT FARE for anyone attending Ithaca Reggae Fest!
  • LimeBike will also have an abundance of LimeBike’s available in both parking lots for you to ride to Stewart Park. You can park them in the LimeBike sponsored Bike Valet, where all bikes are welcome. After the festivities are over you can ride a LimeBike back to your car, back to your house, or ride one to the after party at The Haunt (best option).


Ithaca Reggae Fest Playlist

2017 Media

Rootfire: Generation Consciousness at Ithaca Reggae Fest

Live For Live Music: Ithaca Reggae Fest To Tap John Brown’s Body And More...

Ithaca Journal: Ithaca Reggae Fest to debut at Stewart Park

Rootfire: Past Future - Ithaca Reggae Fest

Party In The Park: Reggae Fest set to take Cayuga Lake by storm

Ithaca Journal: Ithaca Reggae Fest returns to Stewart Park with all-new lineup

2018 Media

(coming soon)

2017 Recap Video

Photo Gallery


Music Sponsors

Festival Sponsors


Day Pass* (park only)

$15 Early Bird March 1 - April 1
$25 Pre Sale Ends June 21
$35 Gate

*Youth under 16 are FREE with an adult

Weekend Pass (all venues)

$30 Early Bird March 1 - April 1
$50 Pre Sale Ends June 21
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