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International Festival of Arts & Ideas

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a 15-day extravaganza of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that takes over theaters and open spaces in New Haven, Connecticut each June. More than 80% of Festival events are completely free!

How to buy tickets:


Tickets and events will be available to Members beginning April 3, and to the General Public beginning April 15. Click the link on each event page to purchase. Nominal service fees apply.


Call (203) 562-5666. Phone sales are handled by the Shubert Theater box office. Nominal service fees apply.


Before May 1: Shubert Theater Box Office, 247 College St
After May 1: Info New Haven Visitors Center, 1000 Chapel St (box office operated by the Shubert Theater)
Walk-up hours are Mon to Fri 10am–5:30pm, Sat 10am–3pm

If available, tickets may also be available at the door for the event: venue box office opens one hour before the event’s published start time.

Free Events

No tickets required for most free events. Just show up!

Some free events require reservations

Check the event page to confirm whether or not a reservation is required (mostly for tours and certain master classes).

Events may reach capacity

Arrive early to secure a space! Popular events reach maximum capacity well in advance of the published start time. Once the venue reaches capacity, we cannot admit additional guests. We strongly advise you to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Ideas Events

Ideas events are free for everyone, but like many of our popular free events, they often reach capacity. To guarantee your seat, and to support the Ideas Program, you may purchase an Ideas Fast Pass. Fast Pass holders are allowed into Ideas events to grab a seat before doors open to the general public. More information about the Ideas Fast Pass