Ithaca’s premier event of the Fall: the Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival, presented by Tompkins Trust Company, is a three-day harvest celebration of food, fun, and, of course, apples!

The 37th Annual Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival presented by Tompkins Trust Company is coming up September 27 – 29, 2019.

Each year, Apple Harvest Festival hosts bushels full of apple farmers, local produce, fresh baked goods, family entertainment at every turn, games, rides, prizes and live performances on two stages.

Free to attend and all-ages friendly, Apple Harvest Festival is a great introduction to the rich farm and artist community of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region.  First time visitors can witness a variety of wonderful local entertainment happening all over downtown and inside shops and restaurants.

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HOURS OF APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Friday, September 27

12:00pm - 6:00pm

Saturday & Sunday, September 28 & 29

10:00am - 6:00pm

 

2019 Sponsors

The 2019 Apple Harvest Festival is made possible thanks to generous support by our sponsors.


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The Craft Show

Over 100 talented artists, crafters, bakers, and makers come together for the Apple Harvest Craft Fair! Find creative, unique works from clothing to woodworking, ceramics to paintings, fudge to essential oils and beyond throughout the festival.

Apple Harvest Farmers Market

Apple Harvest Fest Farmers Market features craft cideries pouring samples and selling bottles of cider to purchase, just about every edible apple variety grown upstate, and delicious foods made with apples.

Entertainment For All Ages

The Tompkins Trust Company Family Fun Zone, located inside Center Ithaca, will be operating on Saturday and Sunday during the festival.  Kids can enjoy free arts and crafts activities, games and face painting while parents will find a nice respite to sit, relax and play with their kids.



First Peoples Festival in Dewitt ParkFirst Peoples' Festival Logo

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 11:30am-5:30pm in Dewitt Park

First People’s Festival is a celebration of Indigenous peoples of New York State with traditional music, crafts, displays and foods. The festival provides an educational opportunity for the public to learn more about the traditions and unlearn the stereotypes connected with Indigenous cultures.

VISIT OFFICIAL FIRST PEOPLES FESTIVAL FB PAGE

Farmers Showcase in Press Bay

Saturday, Sept., 28 & Sunday, Sept., 29 12-4:00pm

Brand New this year to Apple Harvest Festival, the Farmers Showcase in Press Bay Alley.  On Saturday & Sunday afternoon of Apple Harvest Festival, come and learn more about the thriving agriculture industry happening in Ithaca and all over Tompkins County.  Pet baby farm animals, learn about how honey is made, maple is tapped and many more thriving agriculture industries in upstate NY.  Meet the farmers and learn more about Open Farm Day opportunities to come back and visit!

Complete List of Farmers Coming Soon.


Live Music & Performances

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th

AT THE BERNIE MILTON PAVILION

TIME

PERFORMANCE

11:00 - 11:45am

Rachel Beverly

12:00 - 12:45pm

Off the Rails

1:00 - 1:45pm

Vitamin L

2:00 - 2:45pm

WildFlwR

3:00 - 3:45pm

YK aka YunG-K ft. StrawHat Super

4:00 - 6:00pm

Raquel & The Wildflowers

AT WEST STATE STREET

TIME

PERFORMANCE

12:00 - 12:30pm

Mark the Zani

1:00 - 1:45pm

June w/the Chandani Belly Dance Troupe

2:00 - 2:45pm

iCircus

3:00 - 3:45pm

Danza Romani

4:00 - 4:30pm

Mark the Zani

4:30 - 5:00pm

Ebube

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th

AT THE BERNIE MILTON PAVILION

TIME

PERFORMANCE

10:00-10:45am

Flight Performing Arts

11:00-11:45am

Original Cornell Syncopators

12:00-12:45pm

Radio London

1:00-1:45pm

Noon Fifteen

2:00-2:45pm

La Llorona

3:00-3:45pm

Kitestring

4:00-5:00pm

Alex Cano

AT WEST STATE STREET

TIME

PERFORMANCE

12:00-12:30pm

Mark the Zani

1:00-1:45pm

Zajal the Sugarplu Fairy

2:00-2:45pm

TBD

3:00-3:45pm

Mirage Belly Dancers of Ithaca

4:00-4:45pm

Ithaca Community Poets w/Taksim


2019 Cider Trail Passport

This year at Apple Harvest Festival, we are pleased offer a Cider Trail that will be going on throughout the entire weekend inside shops and restaurants around downtown.

From Friday – Sunday, Sept. 27-29, participating downtown businesses will be offering delicious ciders by the glass, tastings, pairings, and mixed cider cocktails. You will be able to pick up a passport at the festival Info Booth throughout the weekend and inside at the Downtown Visitor Center located inside the Tompkins Center for History and Culture.  A printable copy will be available for download the week leading up to Apple Harvest Festival.

Special Cider Pairing Events During Apple Harvest Festival
You Won’t Want to Miss!

Not Far From the Tree – Thursday, September 26th, 5:30-8:30pm

Join us for an intimate and informative celebration of New York State’s leading fruit crop–Apples!

Not Far From the Tree is an evening filled with informative talks by leading food & cider experts, cider tastings, and delicious food pairings. 

Tickets: $50 advance / $55 at the door

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2019 Monks & Makers: A NYS Cider Tasting Salon

Saturday, September 28th
4 x 60 minute sessions: 11am-12pm, 12:30-1:30pm, 2-3pm, 3:30-4:30pm

Join us for an intimate 60-minute tasting session inside the event space at the Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons. Engage with 10 stellar NY State cider makers. Sample their ciders along with light food pairings provided by Monks on the Commons. All participating cideries will also be selling cider by the bottle to take away. Organized in partnership with NY Cider Association and FLX Cider Week.

Participating Cideries: Black Diamond Farm & Cider | Embark Craft Ciderworks | Rootstock Cider and Spirits | Grisamore Cider Works | Lake Drum Brewing | Eve’s Cidery | Three Brothers Winery |Blue Toad Hard Cider | New York Cider Co. | and more to come!

A 21+ Event | Tickets: $10

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Buffalo Street Books presents: Jason Wilson in Conversation With Meredith Collins.

Saturday, September 28th, 4-6PM

A book signing/talk & cider tasting event happening at Buffalo Street Books during Apple Harvest Festival.

The Cider Revival, Dispatches from the Orchard by Jason Wilson

Following the seasons through the autumn harvest, winter fermentation, spring bottling, and summer festival and orchard work, Wilson travels around New York and New England, with forays to the Midwest, the West Coast, and Europe. He meets the new heroes of cider: orchardists who are rediscovering long lost apple varieties, cider makers who have the attention to craftsmanship of natural wine makers, and beverage professionals who see cider as poised to explode in popularity. What emerges is a deeply rewarding story, an exploration of cider’s identity and future, and its cultural and environmental significance. A blend of history and travelogue, The Cider Revival is a toast to a complex drink.

Meredith Collins is the blogger behind Along Came A Cider , where she has been tasting and reviewing hard cider for more than 6 years.

Grisamore Cider Works will be providing tastings.

Food & Beverage

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A wide variety of food and beverage vendors will offer food and refreshments for purchase throughout the Apple Harvest Festival. Food trucks and vendors include:  Coltivare, Ithaca Coffee Company, Luna Street Food, Rashida Sawyer Bakery, New Delhi Diamonds, Bickering Twins, Covert Country Kitchen, Adam Grill, Commons Kitchen, Tibentian Momo, On The Street, Trini style, B&B Kettle Korn, Lao Village, Kettle Corn Shoppe, Hot Spot Grills, Shuck Yeah!, Sirilux Pensiri USA, LLc, Silo Food Truck, Eat The Foood, The Good Truck, Dee Dee’s ice cream, Sugarlips, Kim’s Cheesecake on a Stick,Knot of This World Pretzels, Hollow Creek LLC , and many more!

 

Directions & Parking

Attendees can park in the Green, Seneca, and Cayuga Street garages and walk to the Apple Harvest Festival. A flat fee festival rate will apply inside garages, $5.00 all day.  No re-entry.  The garages are equipped with accessible parking and elevators. Street parking is also available.  Free on Saturday and Sunday.

For additional downtown parking information, click here.

Don’t want to drive? See TCAT bus routes and schedules here. 

 

Apple Harvest Applications

Looking to participate at Apple Harvest Festival this year?  Registration for 2019 is now open.  You can access registration forms using the buttons below.