(June 16 – 30, 2012) It is fitting that New Haven, home to both a thriving art scene and the distinguished Yale University, should host an International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Established in 1996, this annual festival takes over the city each June for a two-week celebration of creativity and critical thinking that electrifies the community. Venues range from the grounds of Yale to the lovely New Haven Green, where there are concerts, theatrical productions, lectures, panel discussions, dance programs, film screenings, art exhibits, poetry readings, and family fare.
Impressively, approximately 80% of these events are free, and there are discount options for most ticketed shows. Special walking and biking tours make the festival experience more active and allow people to explore the history and beauty of Connecticut. Foodie Tours are also available, and locals insist that New Haven pizza is an unrivaled culinary work of art, so you’re advised to try a slice while in town.
International Festival of Arts and Ideas Information
- Public Transportation: Very good (easily accessible by CT Transit, Amtrak and Metro North)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Hundreds of events (music, dance, theater, discussions, etc.) are offered each June. Performance schedule Tuesday through Sunday
- Ticket Prices: $10–$48, 10% discounts available for students and seniors, 30% discounts for children 17 and under. Rush tickets at a 50% discount are available in a limited quantity for select Festival events, by walk-up purchase only, at the Shubert Theater box office from 10 a.m. to noon on the day of performance
- Group Discounts: Group discounts for parties of 10 or more (available for most performances)
- Membership: Memberships start at $125. Members get priority ticket purchase privileges, discounts at local stores and restaurants, and other benefits
- Subscriptions: Multiple options include See Everything package $399, International Flavor package (three shows) $75, Courtyard Concert series (three concerts) $75, Global Scenes (three readings ) $40
- Educational/Community Outreach: Educational activities include master classes and the Big Read.