Downtown Ithaca Events
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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Join us in Dewitt Park on Tuesdays from 9:00am - 2:00pm at the Ithaca Farmers Market. Produce, local products, lunch!Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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 FestFind out more »
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…Find out more »
The hottest event in Downtown Ithaca all winter long! The 21st Annual Chili Cook-Off features over 40 different chilis ranging from meat to vegan made by restaurants competing for the best chili at the cook-off. Learn more about Chili Cook-Off HereFind out more »