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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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October 2019

Barbaralla: Beer and Banter

October 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
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$20

Join the Tompkins County Public Library for this fun event--Barbarella, Beer & Banter--at Cinemapolis on October 2, 2019 from 6-9pm. Featuring live commentary by local comedians during a screening of the 1968 sci-fi comedy film “Barbarella,” the event will also offer a cash bar by Lucky Hare Brewing, with a portion of sales to benefit the arts at TCPL. Commentary will be provided by local comedians Kenneth McLaurin, Dan Kelly, Eli Corning, Marissa Rice, Bryan VanCampen, and Deidre Mollura. Proceeds…

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Kids Day Unplugged

October 12 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Free

Grab your kids and leave your phones behind. Kids Unplugged Day is a day of hands-on activities that's taking place in stores and businesses all over Downtown Ithaca. Come and try out some crafts and puzzles, fun and games. Free Family Fun. There's many downtown businesses participating, including Alphabet Soup, Home Green Home, Comics for Collectors, Handwork, Cat's Pajamas, Sunny Days, Buffalo Street Books, the Brain Shoppe, SewGreen, and MORE! For additional details, visit the Kids Unplugged Day Facebook Event…

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Halloween in Downtown Ithaca presented by Maguire Hyundai Subaru

October 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States
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Presented by: On Friday, October 25th, join us for Halloween in Downtown!  A spooktacular afternoon of trick-or-treating inside shops, ghoulish games, activities, and snacks to follow inside Center Ithaca. Festivities will start in Downtown at 4:00pm 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 out, shopkeepers will remove the sign from their store windows.  Kindly thank your shopkeepers for making this free event possible! Trick-or-Treating…

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Wizarding Weekend

October 26 @ 10:00 am - October 27 @ 4:00 pm
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States

Wizarding Weekend is a celebration of magic, science, and fantasy that fills the streets of Downtown Ithaca. This free admission family friendly event features interactive exhibits, live music, entertainment, speciality vendors and much more. Select activities (primarily crafts, games and 21 and over events) have fees which offset the festival costs and raise funds for local charitable organizations.  Collected together in one pass, a magical passport. Admission to the event is free but donations are accepted at the official Wizarding…

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November 2019

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Plaid Friday

November 29
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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Small Business Saturday

November 30
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States
Free

Downtown Ithaca is Encouraging Shopping and Dine Local on Saturday, November 30th and throughout the Holiday Season. Downtown Ithaca has over 150+ independently owned and operated shops and restaurants in a concentrated walkable area. By shopping or dining locally in Downtown Ithaca on Saturday, November 30th and throughout the holidays, patrons can show their support for local businesses and for our community. When money is spent at independent locally owned business the money stays here. Local businesses donate more, and…

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December 2019

Cider Monday in Downtown Ithaca

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States
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Free

Cider Monday is a local commerce response to cyber Monday. Stop in to our local retailers to enjoy special holiday offers and complimentary cider tastings that fill you with connection and the holiday spirit! Give brick-and-mortar businesses your presence in your presents this year. This Monday, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance in partnership with Local First Ithaca are teaming up to say "Thank you for shopping local!" Some Cider Monday specials to check out in shops downtown: Alphabet Soup - Enjoy…

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First Friday Gallery Night

December 6 @ 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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Silent Disco on the Commons

December 6 @ 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 @ 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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