GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance



Trumansburg, New York



What Is It

The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival is a mission-based (501-c3) organization that works to nurture local artists and talent while reaching around the globe to bring world music and culture to new audiences, creating environments that inspire creativity and foster community building.

The festival is presented over a four-day period (Thursday-Sunday) on four stages, which run ridiculously long hours to accommodate the 80, some bands that play the festival. GrassRoots doesn't hesitate to bring you great music you've never heard of before. Every year wonderful new bands are discovered and presented along with many old and true friends. Check out the list of previous years artists for a general idea of what's in store for the future. To learn more about how the festival all began, please visit our History page.

When & Where

GrassRoots is the second to last weekend in July, which is also in many years the third weekend of the month (the exception being when there are 5 weekends in the month). It is held at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Trumansburg New York, located about 10 miles north of Ithaca NY on the west side of Cayuga Lake in the very scenic Finger Lakes region of central New York.


For almost 30 years, the organization has served to both engage and give back to the local and regional communities in which it exists by providing financial and organizational support to impact positive change. It's all about having a grand time and generating a feeling of community, but the impact of GrassRoots expands far beyond that which occurs during the four-day festivals.



Shakori Hills grassroots


Twelve years after the start of the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival in New York, the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival was launched on a 75-acre farm in the rural town of Pittsboro, North Carolina near the triangle cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. There is a festival on this site in both spring and fall. 



Virginia Key grassroots


In 2012, the festival moved down south again, for the winter, having found an amazing site, the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, just off the coast of Miami, FL. After five years the organization switched up the format of the event, calling it GrassRoots Live!, including a week long celebration with camping & workshops at the park, and music at venues in the city of Miami.