A celebration of the least-celebrated members of the Ithaca and CNY music scene: the DJs!

We DJs are often misunderstood and underappreciated, especially in places rich with "traditional" musicians (guitarists, pianists, hornists... ?). This festival, a bit of an experiment, is designed to put the spotlight on our DJ community and to highlight our craft, flavor, and diversity.

Founded in 2018, the IDJF is the brainchild of DJ ha-MEEN (aka Ben Ortiz), and was brought to fruition along with TONS of grassroots energy and support from the Finger Lakes Thaw, the Argos Inn, and countless others in our local DJ/Musician/Festival family. We added workshops and talks in our second year in order to show who we are in a wider variety of ways, and hopefully spark creativity and interest with others looking to get into DJing, or build upon their existing knowledge and skills.

Our 3rd annual celebration — originally scheduled for March 28th, 2020 — has been postponed due to COVID-19. Read more here.