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November 2018

Cider Monday

November 26, 2018
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, 2018
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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, 2018 @ 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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12th Annual Downtown Ithaca Ice Festival

December 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - December 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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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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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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$5.00

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

First Friday Gallery Night

April 5 @ 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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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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