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October 2019

Halloween in Downtown Ithaca presented by Maguire Hyundai Subaru

October 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States
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Presented by: On Friday, October 25th, join us for Halloween into Downtown!  A spooktacular afternoon of trick-or-treating inside shops, ghoulish games, activities, and snacks to follow inside Center Ithaca. Festivities will start in Downtown at 4:00pm Participating shops and restaurants offering candy to trick-or-treaters will have a sign in their store window or in the doorway.  If they run out, shopkeepers will remove the sign from their store windows.  Kindly thank your shopkeepers for making this free event possible! Trick-or-Treating…

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November 2019

First Friday Gallery Night

November 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00pm on day First of the month, repeating indefinitely

One event on January 12, 2018 at 5:00pm

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance welcomes you to Gallery Night Ithaca, a walkable tour of art openings and other special cultural events in and around downtown Ithaca, New York taking place from 5:00-8:00 PM on the first Friday of every month. With upwards of twenty venues to visit to explore each month, there is sure to be something that will catch your eye, whether you're a seasoned collector or a first-time browser. Are you a venue, curator, or artist interested in…

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Plaid Friday

November 29
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States

Plaid Friday, a celebration of downtown’s diverse and creative local and independent businesses and a reminder to shoppers to show support for downtown’s business owners who rely on their dollars to continue to provide their goods and services to the community. Plaid Friday is tamer and much more pleasurable alternative shopping experience when compared to the day’s national big-box shopping frenzy known as Black Friday where crowds of people stampede through the stores looking for deals on merchandise that are…

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December 2019

Winter Light Festival

December 5 @ 8:00 am - December 15 @ 7:00 pm
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States
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Prismatica light show

Downtown Ithaca's Winter Lights Festival is getting ready to make its community debut. The wondrous display of colorful prisms on and around The Ithaca Commons will be open daily, December 5 - December 15. Our 11-day festival will feature a special visit from Santa Clause, a family-fun silent disco, the ever-popular Ice Bar: an outdoor bar made entirely of ice,  and of course, the annual Chowder Cook-Off.

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