The Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, taking place this weekend in Trumansburg, NY, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. What started as an event to raise funds for charity has evolved into the gem of the New York festival circuit.
Set within the Finger Lakes region, near Cayuga Lake and surrounded by the Taughannock Falls State Park, just 10 miles north of Ithaca the charitable, eco-conscious, music and art celebration will be held July 16-19.
Not only does this festival offer a stellar lineup year after year, and an interactive kids area, community based arts and crafts programs, and ties to charities — they work hard each year to move towards being a zero-waste festival. Every piece of table wear is compostable. Compost bins are located throughout the festival making it simple for festival goers to participate.
The charities that receive funding from Grassroots change from time to time but some of the most recent recipients include: Doctors Without Borders, State Theater of Ithaca, Ithaca Youth Bureau, Food Studies Institute, Sustainable Tompkins, Center for the Arts of Homer, Hospicare, Taughannock Soccer Club, and so many more. Grassroots is more than an annual festival to the Trumansburg community, its part of and an active participant of it.
With nearly 60 bands on four stages, this year’s lineup will have something for everyone, one of the characteristics of this festivals that ranks it so high on the list of ‘must see’ events in our area. The 25th anniversary headliners include: Donna The Buffalo, Steve Earle, and Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Avenue. Also appearing this year will be: Cabinet, Jimkata, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, John Brown’s Body, Sim Redmond Band, The Horse Flies, Thunderbody, Sophistafunk, and many more.
Tickets, both 4-day and single day options are still available online and at select ticket outlets, and at the gate for you late comers. Sadly, as it always does, inside camping is sold out, but there are still off-site camping options still available. Check the festival website for camping ticket details and availability.
NYS Music will be on site all weekend with live updates and highlights, follow us on social media for everything Grassroots. We are so excited to be a part of this beautiful event with all the other eco-conscious music lovers. See you there!