Spring Writes is an annual program of Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County

Visitor Information & Event Locations


Local Information

The Spring Writes Literary Festival is part of the larger, rich cultural landscape of Upstate New York. We hope you take advantage of wine tasting, hiking, boating, antiquing, or Farmer's Market shopping. After a day of literary adventures, we encourage you to check out our restaurants, bar/lounges, and a myriad of arts events.

The Downtown Visitor Center and VisitIthaca.com has information ( and an events calendar) on all things Ithaca & Tompkins County, Or call 800-28ITHACA (800-284-8422) or 607-272-1313 anytime for assistance with your trip!

The Downtown Visitor Center (and store!) is located in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture at 110 N. Tioga Street on the Commons. Open Mondays through Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. This is also the location for the History Center in Tompkins County, and our CAP ArtSpace Gallery.


2023 Spring Writes Event Locations

Buffalo Street Books
215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(Located in the Dewitt Mall - Enter on Buffalo Street

Buffalo Street Books is Ithaca's indie coop bookstore, located in the historic Dewitt Mall  in downtown Ithaca. As a cooperative business created by and for our community, our primary purpose is not to create profit for one individual but to serve our members and customers. We do so by offering a welcoming environment, a diverse and eclectic selection, and programming that reaches every corner of our community.Buffalo Street Books is reimagining the ways an indie bookstore can serve its community.


CAP ArtSpace
110 N. Tioga Street, on the Ithaca Commons
Tompkins Center for History and Culture


The CAP ArtSpace is located in the historic “Tompkins Center for History and Culture” on the Ithaca Commons, also home to the History Center and Downtown Visitor Center. The Artspace features monthly exhibits by local artists and is a program of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County (of which Spring Writes is also a program!)


CSMA, (Community School of Music and Arts)
Martha Hamblin Hall
, Third Floor, Elevator Available
330 E. Martin Luther King Jr / State St., Ithaca, NY 14850

The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) provides year-round, multi-arts instruction to adults and children, and presents performances and public events in its downtown Ithaca facility. But above all, CSMA is a dynamic community space for artists, community members and educators to explore ideas, artistic expression and creativity together. Martha Hamblin Hall, our spectacular 2,700-square-foot, third floor performance space has a two-story ceiling, original ornate chandeliers, preserved oak paneling, high arched windows, and banquette seating.


Deep Dive
415 Old Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850


From the same band of lively creatives that brought you Ithaca Night Bazaar, The Fingerlakes Thaw Festival, and Sparks and Embers, comes the rebirth of the historic waterfront venue at 415 Old Taughannock Boulevard. Deep Dive’s mission is to provide a safe and inclusive space for artists, patrons, and staff, a neighborhood joint for all walks of people showcasing a calendar of top-class, unique, and inspiring musicians and performers.


The Downstairs
(Below The Watershed)

121 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850 (not wheelchair accessible. There are ten steps down to the venue.)
The Downstairs is a draft bar, meeting hall, and venue in the heart of downtown open to the public.


Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar
103 S Geneva St, Ithaca, NY 14850 (This location is not wheelchair accessible.)

Ithaca’s non-alcoholic nightlife alternative, serving kava, tea, and tasty vegan treats! Your destination for community, culture, and connection. 


Tompkins County Public Library
Thaler Howell Room for May 6th Teen Workshop (Find in the Children’s Area of the Library)

The Makerspace for the May 11th Collage Day event (Find near the Bathrooms)
101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850


Tompkins County Public Library strives to meet and celebrate the aspirations of our community. We foster opportunities for people of all ages to discover, connect, and create throughout Tompkins County. The Makerspace's mission is to provice open access to information and various new technologies to enhance professional, personal, and educational goals for a variety of ages.