2018 Winter Recess Teacher Festival Dates:

Friday, February 16th to Sunday February 25th


Welcome Teachers!



The Ithaca Loves Teachers festival, now in its 13th year, is a celebration of Pre-K through 12 public educators and school district employees. Ithaca will come together for a week to celebrate educators with entertainment, activities, family fun and discounts throughout the Tompkins County community.


RELAX, REFRESH and RENEW among friends in a city built on education!


Pre-registration begins February 1, 2018.



Hilton Garden Inn
Show your VIT pass to receive a rate for a standard room of $119 per night plus tax Sunday through Thursday and $139 per night plus tax Friday and Saturday nights. Rates also include breakfast for two in The Garden Grille.
Very Important Teacher Pass
La Tourelle
Teachers and their pets are always VIP's at La Tourelle with room specials starting at $114 per night! Please call La Tourelle Hotel directly to book your stay!
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Hotel Ithaca
Rooms available at a rate of $134 per night.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Benn Conger Inn
The beautiful Benn Conger Inn welcomes teachers, school employees and their families with a special rate of just $99/night plus tax and one complimentary glass of wine if dining at Benn Conger's full restaurant, open Fridays and Saturdays.
Very Important Teacher Pass
Moosewood Restaurant
Receive a free Moosewood pint glass or coffee mug with a purchase of an entree. Also, enjoy 10% off featured cocktails, beers and wines.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
The Bistro at La Tourelle
Receive a complimentary dessert with lunch or weekend brunch.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
Maxie's Supper Club
Get a second entree free when you purchase one entree at full price. Must present coupon. Dine in only.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon
Chocolatada! A Teacher Vacation Event
Celebrate chocolate through history, with tastings, and hands-on activities. Come experience the rich story of chocolate starting from a tree: learn how it grows and how cacao seeds are processed to become lusciously smooth chocolate. Sample diverse chocolates as you travel through their place in history, and honor the Mexican Day of the Dead custom by grinding chocolate nibs on a traditional Mexican metate and decorating a chocolate skull. You will taste the exotic chocolate from Modica, Sicily, sample award winning white chocolate from Venezuela and smell the aromas of chocolate as it is processed through a modern conching machine and more. Tickets are $10 per person and are purchased at the door. Paid parking adjacent to building.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Civil Warriors at Southside Community Center
A screening of the PhotoSynthesis Productions film Civil Warriors, a dramatization of four Ithacans who served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the Civil War. Produced and directed by Deborah C. Hoard and Che Broadnax, the film explores the unique setting of the soldiers’ African American Southside community and connects to the larger struggle for civil rights at this pivotal point in national history. Winner of two independent film-festival awards, the drama illuminates the lives of African American soldiers and their families through first-person narration that resonates with the power of spoken word performance. A panel discussion will follow the film, and director Hoard will share a curriculum based on the C3 Framework for Social Studies that focuses on the concepts of storytelling and recovered history.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Rock and Bowl
Atlas is hosting Rock and Bowl on Monday, February 19th. Come enjoy a full menu, live music and half price bowling. Dining reservations are recommended. VITs and TPs admitted free - all others $2 suggested donation for Tompkins County School District Foundation.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
Complimentary Tastings at Kilpatrick's Happy Hour
School's Out. Come enjoy Happy Hour with Kilpatrick's Publick House with snacks and complimentary tastings from Ithaca Beer Company (on 2/20) and Lucky Hare (on 2/21).
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
Winter Recess Opening Reception at Hotel Ithaca
You are all invited to a casual gathering with complimentary food and drink sponsored by the Ithaca Teachers Association and Hotel Ithaca from 1:00pm - 3:00pm on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Meet teachers from all over the region, enjoy live music, enter to win raffles, enjoy a selection of craft vendors and more! FREE with VIT and Teacher's Pet pass.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
August Moon Spa
Receive a free Hot Bowl Sinus Relief Treatment or Dry Brushing when you book an appointment.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon
Buffalo Street Books
Receive 10% off everything in the store.
Very Important Teacher Pass
Sew Green & Eileen Fisher Renew
Show your VIT or Teacher's Pet pass to receive 20% off your total purchase. Offer valid once.
Very Important Teacher Pass Coupon Guest pass
Elmira Savings Bank
Stop into any one of our Ithaca/Moravia Branches and ask about our Super E Checking account.
Very Important Teacher Pass Guest pass
Ferrer & Monaghan Vein and Aesthetic Center
Receive 40% off hair restoration products and services, 30% off femine rejuvenation services, 20% off laser hair removal services and 10% off botox and fillers. Must be purchased during 2018 Teacher's Week. Must provide proof of education-related employment. Valid at all three locations: Ithaca, Horseheads and Vestal.
Very Important Teacher Pass