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September 2019

See Your Potential & Believe To Achieve ~ A Weekend of the Stars in Ithaca

September 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States
$10

A Weekend of the Stars in Ithaca is a two-day event featuring three special activities: Motivationally and inspirational talks from a team of distinguished black athletes, humanitarians, and artists; a special movie screening; and a free music concert. Friday, Sept. 20th: Special Movie Screening:  "The Crossover That Won The Game" & A Q&A with the movies' stars at Cinemapolis. The movie starts at 1 pm The Crossover That Won The Game is a heartwarming motion picture depicting the trails of young…

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Not Far From the Tree: An Evening Celebrating Apples & Cider

September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Colivare, 235 S. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
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$50

Join us for an intimate and informative celebration of New York State's leading fruit crop--Apples! About Not Far From the Tree: 5:30 pm Welcome Reception The evening begins with a welcome pour of Full Bloom Orchard from South Hill Cider, assorted cheeses, fruits, crackers, antipasto platter, and Coltivare's Famous Apple Mac N Cheese featuring smoked gouda béchamel, NY State grown apples, caramelized onions, and apple butter! (Available with or without apple cider-braised pulled pork) 6:30 pm - Soil to Glass…

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Finger Lakes Comedy Festival

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - September 29 @ 10:00 pm
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Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States

A 4-day, multi-venue, stand-up comedy festival across the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Comedians from all over the country come out to bring the funny for the entire weekend. Shows include: - Open Wine Bar Comedy Shows - Wine Tasting Comedy Show - Stand-Up Comedy Shows For tickets, please visit: shorturl.at/lMOQ0 *tickets can also be purchased at the door if space permits For a full festival schedule, visit: shorturl.at/fhjsZ Show details below: THURSDAY SEPT 26TH 8pm - Stand-Up Comedy…

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Jason Wilson & Meredith Collins | The Cider Revival

September 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Buffalo Street Books, 215 N. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, New York 14850

​Jason Wilson is an expert on cider, having served as an expert at GLINTCAP, North America's largest cider competition. He passed the certified cider professional exam, making him the closest thing cider has to a sommelier. 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…

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Monks & Makers: A NY Cider Tasting Salon

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monks on the Commons, 120 South Aurora Street
Ithaca, 14850 United States
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The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is partnering with the NY Cider Association and Cider Week to offer a very exclusive cider tasting opportunity during the 37th Annual Apple Harvest Festival. Join us for Monks & Makers, an intimate 60-minute tasting session inside the event space in the Ithaca Marriott on the Commons. During this special engagement, you'll be able to sample ciders from an impressive roster of 12 New York State cideries. Light snacks will be provided during the tasting sessions…

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October 2019

First Friday Gallery Night

October 4 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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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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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

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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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Free
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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