Taughannock Falls State Park

Taughannock Falls State Park Summer Concert Series

Concerts start at 7 p.m. and usually last about 2 hours. Fee at the gate, starting at 5:15 pm, is $5.00/vehicle. Empire passes are honored at the gate. Bring a blanket, some chairs, some provisions and a smile. It's going to be a fun summer in the Finger Lakes!

2021 Summer Concert Series

Sadly, the 2021 Summer Concert Series has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. If you're looking for your Finger Lakes music fix, there are a few non-park options this year:

GrassRoots is planning a series of one night, limited capacity, socially-distanced COVID-safe concerts on Fridays and Saturdays between July 9 and July 31.

Downtown Ithaca hosts the CFCU Summer Concert Series at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons at 6 p.m. every Thursday from July 8 to September 9.

If you're up for a scenic drive from Ithaca to Skaneateles (~1 hour), the Skaneateles Festival is another summer music option. It features world-class jazz and classical musicians August 3-28.

Prior Lineups

2020 Summer Concert Series

The 2020 Summer Concert Series was canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

2019 Summer Concert Series

2018

2017

  • Steve Southworth & the Rockabilly Rays (July 1)
  • The Sim Redmond Band (July 8)
  • Lil' Anne and Hot Cayenne (July 15)
  • The Ageless Jazz Band (July 22)
  • The Small Kings (July 29)
  • The Purple Valley (August 5)
  • The Pelotones (August 12)
  • The Destination (August 19)
  • Annual Movie Under the Stars (August 26)

2016

  • The Blind Spots (July 9)
  • El Rumbon (July 16)
  • The Dixie Kats (July 23)
  • Kings of the Fall (July 30)
  • Marc Berger (August 6)
  • Sim Redmond Band (August 13)
  • Johnny Russo and the East Hill Classic Jazz Band (August 20)
  • Annual Movie Under the Stars (August 27)

2015

  • Thousands of One (July 11)
  • Johnny Russo and the East Hill Classic Jazz Band (July 18)
  • The Destination (July 25)
  • Small Kings (August 1)
  • Kevin Kinsella (August 8)
  • Burns and Kristy (August 15)
  • The Gunpoets (August 22)
  • Annual Movie Under the Stars (August 29)

2014

  • Lil’Anne and the Hot Cayenne (July 12)
  • Miss Demeanor (July 19)
  • El Rumbon (July 26)
  • Five Mile Drive (August 2)
  • Sim Redmond Band (August 9)
  • The Blind Spots (August 16)
  • Bobbie Henrie and the Goners (August 23)
  • Annual Movie Under the Stars (August 30)

2013

  • Steve Southworth and the Rockabilly Rays (July 6)
  • The Double E (July 13)
  • The Dixie Kats (July 20)
  • Blue Sky Mission Club (July 27)
  • Johnny Russo and the East Hill Classic Jazz Band (August 3)
  • The Gunpoets (August 10)
  • The Burns Sisters (August 17)
  • Annual Movie Under the Stars (August 24)

Taughannock Falls Concert Series History by Tony Ingraham

Since 1979, Taughannock Falls State Park near Trumansburg, NY (10 miles north of Ithaca) has hosted a very popular summer concert series on the shore of Cayuga Lake. For the first time since then, the concert series has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, like so many other events around the world. In this encore episode of Walk in the Park (224) from 2019, Tony Ingraham interviews Kathleen Damiani who started the Taughannock Falls Concert Series, which originally was called the Taylor Vintage of Song for its principle sponsor, the former Taylor Wine Company. The series originally took place in a number of parks. Damiani explains this early history and the inspiration for this enduring tradition in the Finger Lakes.