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December 2018

12th Annual Downtown Ithaca Ice Festival

December 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - December 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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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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February 2019

21st Annual Chili Cook-Off in Downtown Ithaca

February 9 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

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 Here

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Winter Recess in Tompkins County – Ithaca Loves Teachers!

February 15 - February 24

Welcome Teachers!  RELAX, REFRESH and RENEW among friends in a city built on education! The Ithaca Loves Teachers festival, now in its 13th year, is a celebration of Pre-K through 12 public educators and school district employees. Ithaca will come together for a week to celebrate educators with entertainment, activities, family fun and discounts throughout the Tompkins County community.

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Winter Wedding Showcase by Sweet Bough Wedding Collective

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Argos Inn, 416 E. State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
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Planning a wedding (or know someone who is)? Join the Sweet Bough Wedding Collective for our Winter Wedding Showcase, a celebration of our creative community of Ithaca-based wedding vendors. Whether you're planning a small elopement or the biggest party we've ever seen, you'll find vendors here who can make your day exactly what you want it to be. Every vendor in the Sweet Bough community promises a collaborative, non-judgmental, flexible, and fun experience for couples of any age, race, gender,…

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March 2019

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Downtown Ithaca Annual Awards Dinner

March 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

Join us at the Downtown Ithaca Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 7, 2019 to recognize the city’s top leaders in business, philanthropy, and government. Sponsored by Travis Hyde Properties, Visions Federal Credit Union, and Ithaca Renting. The dinner features keynote speaker Larisa Ortiz for a presentation titled Charting a Future for Downtown. Ms. Ortiz is the Principal of Larisa Ortiz Associates (LOA), an award-winning downtown retail advisory firm, and a Mayoral appointee to the New York City Planning Commission.…

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April 2019

2019 Ithaca Fashion Week presented by Tompkins Trust Company

April 8 - April 13
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States

Ithaca Fashion Week 2019 presented by Tompkins Trust Company is Here!  A weeklong set of activities celebrating the diversity of style and fashion in Ithaca. Pop-up shops, fashion shows, receptions and evening events happening all week and featuring a variety of niche styles from ready-to-wear, handmade, vintage, or sustainable to youth and adult, men's and women's styles, too. Show us your style!  Using Social Media, use #IthacaFashionWeek2019 or tag @downtownithaca.  We'll share the best of the best! Click on the Image…

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Downtown Living Tour presented by City Centre Ithaca

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

PRESENTED BY: Returning after a 2-year hiatus, the Downtown Living Tour presented by City Centre Ithaca is an annual self-guided tour of apartments and attractions in the downtown area that will be happening Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 1-4 PM.  Tour Registration open from 12:30PM to 3:30pm. For those who have ever wondered what it would be like to live downtown, the Downtown Living Tour offers a new opportunity to get a sneak peek into a range of apartments in…

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May 2019

Spring Writes Literary Festival

May 2 - May 5

The Spring Writes Literary Festival is May 2-5, 2019. Spring Writes is a program of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County featuring 43 Juried Literary-Themed Events over 4 Days125 Local and Regional Writers in 8 Downtown Ithaca Locations.

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Ithaca Festival Spring Craft Fair

May 31 @ 12:00 pm - June 2 @ 7:00 pm
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States
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Ithaca Festival, now celebrating its 41st year, took over the streets of Downtown Ithaca from Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2. An annual favorite part of this beloved festival is the art!  To keep in step with that tradition, the Ithaca Festival hosted highly skilled local and national craft vendors selling their latest handcrafted goods. Vendors for the 2019 show included: Amazing Pete's Balloons AOS Metals Archer Decor Ataraxia Designs Blue Barn Furniture and Decor Blue Toucan Studios Bowers…

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June 2019

First Friday Gallery Night

June 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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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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