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June 2019

2019 Bite of Ithaca

June 17 - June 22
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This year's Bite of Ithaca presented by: Bite of Ithaca returns to Tompkins County for Year 5! Mark your calendars, June 17 - 22, 2019. Invite your friends and family to plan a trip to Ithaca for the week for this foodie spectacular! Restaurants around the county will offer a $5 bite menu of small plates and rates during dining hours. Grab your friends, make a plan and venture around town hopping from restaurant to restaurant. The more the merrier…

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CFCU 2019 Summer Concert Series

June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, repeating until September 12, 2019

Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States
Free
Summer Concert Series

Summers in downtown are simply the best way to relax and unwind, especially Thursday evenings at the CFCU Summer Concert Series that kicks off June 20th at the Bernie Milton Pavilion stage in Bank Alley on the Ithaca Commons! The series is a FREE outdoor concert series open to the public held every Thursday evening from 6-8pm, June 20th – September 12th (with a brief hiatus the week of 4th of July).   2019 CFCU Summer Concert Series Schedule: June…

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CFCU Summer Concert Series Presents NEO Project

June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bernie Milton Pavilion, 100 N. Tioga Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
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Free
Neo Project

Kick off the 2019 CFCU Summer Concert Series with NEO Project, a seven piece, high-energy booty shaking party band. Deeply rooted in funky R&B grooves, Afro-Cuban & Carribean rhythms and jazzy, bluesy soul music, they will get you up on your feet and dancing. Members of NEO Project are music professors, a former Motown sideman, and soul practitioners with years of stage and road experience. All concerts in this series are free, all ages, and family friendly. Concerts take place…

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CFCU Summer Concert Series Presents August First

June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bernie Milton Pavilion, 100 N. Tioga Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
Free
August First

August First is a New England based project creating their own unique take on stringed music through their originals and covers, while celebrating the many musical incarnations of Jerry Garcia. The band is made up of frontwoman Nicole D’Amico’s powerful vocals and banjo, guitarist Rick Schiffman and outstanding multi-instrumentalist, Brian Young. This band describes their unique style they have coined as “Blues-Grassicana.” August First makes its first impression with its eclectic instrumental lineup of banjolele, ukulele, banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmonica,…

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July 2019

First Friday Gallery Night

July 5 @ 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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CFCU Summer Concert Series Presents Empire Kings

July 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bernie Milton Pavilion, 100 N. Tioga Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
Free
Empire Kings

Empire Kings is a Hip-Hop group based in Ithaca N.Y. The artist's include Ave Mack, Dj Cdz Nutz, Shido, and Izzy B. The group takes pride in being a clear illustration of hip-hop culture from music to art. They describe their versatile music as songs about current events in our broken world that make you want to dance. Their performances feature the classic two turntables and a microphone. This performance will begin with the creation of a live painting on…

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CFCU Summer Concert Series Presents El Rumbon

July 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bernie Milton Pavilion, 100 N. Tioga Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
free
El Rumbon

El Rumbon is a Latin dance band from Ithaca, New York with a singular mission: to be at the center of a hot Afro-Latin dance party (The "Rumbon"). For over 10 years, this band has helped to spice up the Latin dance scene in Central New York, playing high-energy dance-music from some of Salsa's greatest artists: Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and more. Driven by powerful rhythm and horn sections and a rich vocal line-up, you will…

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Downtown Ithaca Employee Appreciation Week

July 22 - July 26
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States
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Downtown Ithaca Employee Appreciation Week is a week when we honor the exceptional employees hard at work downtown.  Throughout the week there are all sorts of great deals, treats, and fun things for downtown employees to do culminating in the wildly popular and deceptively competitive Office Worker Olympics.  Teams are already practicing their rubber band archery and paperclip chains as you read this! Downtown Employee Discount Cards Enjoy perks of working downtown like special deals for working and shopping Downtown! …

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2019 Weekend Summer Sale

July 25 - July 28
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States
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Mark your calendars! Set a smartphone reminder! Downtown Ithaca’s Weekend Summer Sale is coming up Thursday, July 26th through Sunday, July 29th. Refresh your summer style with summer closeout apparel and accessories. Score some great deals on artists’ seconds inside galleries and gift shops. Not sure where to park, valet your car at the Hilton Garden Inn or Ithaca Marriott and they’ll take care of it for you. Participating Shops and Special Summer Savings: Coming Soon!  

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CFCU Summer Concert Series Presents Noon Fifteen and Kitestring

July 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bernie Milton Pavilion, 100 N. Tioga Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
Free
Kitestring & Noon Fifteen

This evening we will be featuring two stellar Ithaca-based bands at the CFCU Summer Concert Series: 6-6:45 PM: Noon Fifteen 7-8 PM: Kitestring Progressive soul band Noon Fifteen blends rich vocal harmonies, vintage keyboard and guitar tones, and funky bass and drum grooves into catchy, original songs that are full of surprises. The five-piece is influenced by 1960s California and Liverpool, 1970s Memphis and New Orleans, and the DIY ethos of the internet-powered independent music scene. Fronted by dynamic vocalist…

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