Festival of Arts and Ideas

August 8, 2017
International Festival of Arts

Get information on how to attend any Festival event:

Ticketed Events

On-sale dates:
March 25 - Members
April 15 - General Public


Buying online is the easiest and most convenient way to buy tickets: there are no handling fees for advance online purchases! Click the button below, navigate to the event that you would like to attend, and click the Buy Tickets links to purchase.


Call (203) 498-3772. $3 per-ticket fee applies. Phone line hours:

  • Starting June 1, 11am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 5pm Sunday


Walk-up box office opens on June 1 at INFONewHaven Visitor Information Center, 1000 Chapel St. At the venue door, tickets are $5 more than in advance. Box Office hours:

Please note: The INFONewHaven Visitor Information Center and the box office inside is not accessible for wheelchairs. Please call us at (203) 498-3772 if you would like in-person assistance, and we can make arrangements to help you with your ticketing needs.

Ticket Discounts

For most ticketed events, these general discounts are available (non-premium sections only):

  • $20 Full time students
  • $20 Youth (under 18)
  • $40 Seniors (age 65+)

Subject to availability; discounts available on Regular section seating only (not available for Premium tickets).

Festival Members: Save up to $10 per ticket through April 14, and $5 per ticket through the Festival. Become a Member!

Groups of 10 or more: When purchasing 10 or more tickets for a single event, save 10% per ticket plus one free ticket for every 10 ordered. Discount is not available online - please call our Box Office Manager, Jes Mack, at (203) 498-3772 to make personalized arrangements for your group!

Free Events

Just show up! No tickets are required for most free events. We strongly recommend free reservations for popular Tours and Master Classes (available to the general public on June 12, or to advance pass holders on April 15 - see below!). Some events are very popular and have limited capacity. Show up early to guarantee your spot.


Available starting April 15

Headline Concerts: Enhance your New Haven Green Headline Concert experience with bleacher seating ($10) or by renting a lawn chair ($10). Or, get the premium experience with reserved front-of-stage seating and access to the Festival’s hospitality lounge ($125).

Ideas Fast Pass: ($55) Jump the line and save your seat early at our popular Ideas talks and lectures with an Ideas Fast Pass, which allows entry to the venue up to 30 minutes before the talk. General public is admitted 15 minutes prior to the talk.

Advance Passes - Tours & Master Classes: ($25) Free reservations for our most popular walking tours and master classes are available on June 12. Get early access starting April 15 with an Advance Pass. Please note that separate passes must be purchased for walking tours and for master classes.

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