While four hours might seem a like a long way to drive for a music festival, Cayuga Sound is well worth it. That’s because this event is far more than a festival to its curators, popular rock band X Ambassadors; it’s a love letter to their hometown of Ithaca, NY, and a thank you to the people in it. Having just started last year, Cayuga Sound is back in 2018 and boasting an experience twice the size of its first go around. Acts include X Ambassadors, Young the Giant, Matt & Kim, Sofi Tukker, Talib Kweli, plus more, and a portion of proceeds (two-day passes are just $99.50) will benefit nonprofits in the area. If that’s not reason enough, on your way to the scenic Cayuga Lake, you’ll drive through the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Leave yourself an afternoon to explore Bushkill Falls (the Niagara of PA), or keep driving to Binghamton, NY for a bite to eat before the festival.
With all these fests taking place right in your backyard, you have no excuse not to attend. All that’s left to do is grab your tickets, fill up the gas tank, and remember to say “Excuse me” as you push your way to the front row.