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December 2019

Winter Light Festival

December 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 15, 2019 @ 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 The Ithaca Commons will be open daily for viewing and interaction. The installation will be present in Downtown Ithaca from December 5 through December 15. Our 11-day festival will feature a series of pop-up events throughout the installation timeline. Events and activities include but are not limited to: Family-Fun Silent Disco- Dec. 6 5pm-9pm Meet Sparky, the Giant Rideable Unicorn Art…

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Silent Disco on the Commons

December 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bernie Milton Pavilion, 100 N. Tioga Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
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Free

Join us December 6 as we kick off the inaugural Winter Lights Festival presented by Tompkins Trust Company and the holiday season with a Silent Disco, a giant dance party, on the Commons. Come dance under the sparkly lights and disco ball at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons as music from a group of DJs is broadcast to glowing headsets that are free for use at the disco. Revelers can enjoy hot and cold beverages at the Glow…

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10th Annual Chowder Cook-Off

December 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ithaca Commons, East State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Stay warm at the Winter Light Festival by sampling over 20 different traditional, exotic, and gourmet chowders (seafood, vegan, vegetarian options will be available) prepared by some top chefs from local restaurants competing to be crowned our next Chowder Cup Champion! Happening on the Commons and surrounding streets including Aurora, Cayuga and Dewitt Mall on Saturday, December 7th from 12-5pm. Advance Sale Tickets for Chowder Cook-Off are available (CASH ONLY) at the Downtown Ithaca Visitor Center, inside of Tompkins Center…

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Santa's Arrival in Downtown Ithaca.

Santa’s Arrival in Downtown Ithaca

December 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States

Santa’s Arrival in downtown Ithaca, presented by Maguire Hyundai Subaru, is a perfect opportunity to ring in the holiday season. Santa and his elves enter Downtown Ithaca is the most unique way possible: rappelling down from the top of Center Ithaca! Prior to Santa's arrival, enjoy festive live music and performances from Next Jennaration Dance Studio, CSMA youth carolers, Fall Creek Brass Band, and more!. Then, have your photo taken with Santa at this free family event. Visit downtownithaca.com for…

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Winter Light Festival 2019

December 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States

As part of the Winter Light Festival, Ithaca Sabers will be on the Commons on December 13 to offer LED lightsaber combat training demonstrations and lessons culminating with a invitational tournament featuring the best martial artists in the region! Come learn light saber basics and join the fun! Plus, enjoy beverages at the Glow Bar featuring beers from Lucky Hare Brewing (Falcon Punch, American IPA 6.2% Dry Hopped with Falconer's Flight, and London Gentleman, ESB 5.5% Malt Forward with subtle…

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Lightsaber Invitational as part of the Winter Light Festival

December 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ithaca Commons, East State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
Free

As part of Downtown Ithaca Winter Light Festival, Ithaca Sabers will be on the Commons on December 13 to offer LED-lit lightsaber combat training demonstrations and lessons culminating with a invitational tournament featuring the best martial artists in the region! Come learn lightsaber basics and join the fun! Plus, enjoy beverages at the Glow Bar featuring beers from Lucky Hare Brewing (Falcon Punch, American IPA 6.2% Dry Hopped with Falconer's Flight, and London Gentleman, ESB 5.5% Malt Forward with subtle…

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Let’s Glow Ithaca

December 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wear all your brightest and most colorful gear and join us for Let's Glow Ithaca, a glow party featuring a community light parade lead by Sparky the Unicorn through the Commons pedestrian mall, and the final party of the Winter Light Festival! Glow sticks will be provided while supplies last. Also, have your picture taken with Sparky, enjoy beverages from Lucky Hare Brewing Company and Treleaven Wines at the Glow Bar while watching a carolers performance and check out the…

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NYE w/ Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots

December 31, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - January 1, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
The Range, 119 E. State Street
Ithaca, NY United States
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Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots

The Range is Downtown Ithaca is hosting a Silver and Gold New Year’s Eve SPECTACULAR brought to you by tenured, nationally-touring, Ithaca hometown treasures Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots! The band will be joined by “miasma of groove” and Ithaca party faves Fall Creek Brass Band, who will kick off the evening in big, brassy style and, like the streams of Fall Creek, meander throughout the evening, adding some extra sparkle to MW&TBS’s signature brand of Moxy Rock. Bust…

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LOT 10 NYE 2020 / Swamp Kids / Club Rub a Dub / DJ Ha-MEEN

December 31, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - January 1, 2020 @ 2:00 am
Lot 10, 106 S. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
$20
Lot 10 New Year's Eve Party

New Years Eve 2020 at Lot 10 ------------------ UPSTAIRS: Swamp Kids Club Rub-a-Dub DOWNSTAIRS: Dj Ha-MEEN vs Dj Ha-MEEN ------------------ 9pm till ..... $20 Advance $25 Day of ------------------ 2 Floor Party Bevs, Food and Good times! For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-lot-10-2020-tickets-86027433369?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR1uepfCG9FUBlMoh4IyobLGTszgVbegvKk3B9ubVdbIjqqIQgEp3T0OXcs   Lot 10 is located at 106 S. Cayuga Street in Downtown Ithaca, NY.

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January 2020

Gallery Night Ithaca – Every First Friday of the Month

January 3 @ 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

Gallery Night Ithaca presented by Tompkins Trust Company is a walkable tour of art openings and other special cultural events in and around downtown Ithaca, New York 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 participating in Gallery…

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