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From our four annual festivals, to monthly art gallery nights, to free live music & public performances, there’s always something going on Downtown!

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September 2018

Apple Harvest Festival

September 28 @ 10:00 am - September 30 @ 5:00 pm

Ithaca’s premier event of the Fall, Apple Harvest Festival is a three day celebration of food, fun, and apples!

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October 2018

Ithaca Farmers Market at Dewitt Park

October 23 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Tuesday, repeating until October 23, 2018

Join us in Dewitt Park on Tuesdays from 9:00am - 2:00pm at the Ithaca Farmers Market.  Produce, local products, lunch!

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Wizarding Weekend

October 26 - October 28

Wizarding Weekend in Ithaca NY is a family-friendly, magical Halloween festival happening October 26-28 in and around Downtown Ithaca.  Please click on the link below to visit the official event page.

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Halloween in Downtown Ithaca

October 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On Friday, October 26th, join us for a Halloween parade into Downtown followed by a spooktacular afternoon of trick-or-treating inside shops, ghoulish games, activities, and snacks to follow inside Center Ithaca. The parade will leave from the Greater Ithaca Activity Center (GIAC) around 4:00pm and wind its way through neighborhoods, arriving on the Ithaca Commons around 4:45pm. 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…

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November 2018

Plaid Friday

November 23
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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Cider Monday

November 26
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States
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Cider Monday is tasty alternative to Cyber Monday.

During Cider Monday, visitors who come downtown to shop inside brick-and-mortar retail stores around the district can enjoy perks like complimentary cider while they shop for gifts, smiling faces, personalized customer service, complimentary gift wrapping, special offers and special cider tastings by local cider makers.

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Shift Your Shopping Weekend in Downtown

November 26
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One event on November 24, 2018 at 12:00am

One event on November 26, 2018 at 12:00am

Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States
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The holiday shopping season is upon us, and Downtown Ithaca will kick off this special time of year by presenting Shift Your Shopping Weekend. Three fun themed shopping days where many of downtown’s locally owned and operated specialty shops and businesses will offer special deals, contests, activities, demonstrations, cider tastings, and more to their customers. These 3 days are Plaid Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cider Monday! Enjoy Free Parking on the streets & in the garages during Shift Your…

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December 2018

Santa’s Arrival in Downtown Ithaca

December 1 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States

Join us in this annual tradition of welcoming Santa to Downtown Ithaca! Santa's Schedule: 11:00am: Enjoy a lively dance performance by The Next Jennaration 11:30am: Fall Creek Brass Band will get our toes tapping as we prepare for Santa's arrival 12:00pm: Santa and his elves will rappel down from the roof of Center Ithaca onto Trolley Circle! 12:15pm - 3:00pm: Santa will head inside for photos (FREE, please bring your camera) 1:00pm - 1:45pm: Enjoy a musical performance by Ithaca Talent Education inside…

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First Friday Gallery Night

December 7 @ 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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12th Annual Downtown Ithaca Ice Festival

December 8 @ 9:00 am - December 11 @ 5:00 pm
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One event on December 6, 2018 at 5:00pm

One event on December 7, 2018 at 5:00pm

One event on December 8, 2018 at 9:00am

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

Ice Fest is an annual tradition in Downtown Ithaca! What holiday season would be complete without a celebration of cold weather and cold weather sports...like Ice Carving and a Chowder Cook Off! Click here for more information about Ice Fest

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