Downtown Ithaca launching holiday shopping season with three special promotions to celebrate its independently owned businesses

“When money is spent at independent locally owned businesses, the money stays here and strengthens the economic base of where we live. Plus, patrons should support these specialty businesses because they contribute to the character of our community by offering exclusive shopping and dining options,” says Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA). 

36th Annual Apple Harvest Festival

Downtown Ithaca celebrating 36th Annual Apple Harvest Festival this weekend Tons of seasonal foods, live performances, and fun for all is coming to The Commons This weekend, the tastes and aromas of Fall goodies will perfume the Commons air as Ithaca’s premiere Autumn event, Apple Harvest Festival presented by Tompkins Trust Company, makes its way to downtown Ithaca. Apple Harvest … Read More

Downtown Ithaca welcoming the Commons Kitchen

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance, City Mayor Svante Myrick, and additional public officials will welcome one of downtown’s newest restaurants, The Commons Kitchen, to the community during a ribbon cutting ceremony set for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Downtown Ithaca welcoming Alley Cat Cafe

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance, City Mayor Svante Myrick, and additional public officials will welcome one of downtown’s newest businesses, Alley Cat Cafe, during a ribbon cutting ceremony set for 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 312 E. Seneca St. in downtown Ithaca.

Downtown Ithaca welcomes City Centre Leasing Office

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is pleased to announce that City Centre, a new multi-use complex currently under development on E. State Street featuring luxury apartments in the heart of downtown, is now accepting tenant applications.



Welcome Student Weekend set for Sept. 1 & 2

Downtown Ithaca is once again partnering with Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) and, new this year, will include Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) to the collaboration efforts to host the 3rd Annual Welcome Student Weekend.

Art in the Air Opening this Friday, July 6th

ITHACA, JUNE 30, 2018 —  Downtown Ithaca is pleased to announce the return of Art in the Air, a community sourced banner art exhibit installed on twelve light poles along the Ithaca Commons. It will be on display on the Ithaca Commons starting in July and running through October.   An opening reception is planned for Friday, July 6th at 6:00pm … Read More

Public Notice: DIA Board Meetings

Downtown Ithaca Alliance Board meetings are held the third Monday of the month unless it happens to fall on a holiday.  Board meetings are open to the public to attend and start at 6:00PM. Our next meeting is set for: Monday, June 18th at 6pm at the Hilton Garden Inn on Seneca St.   The following is a public announcement with … Read More

Last-minute Mother’s Day gifts

So, you’re still searching, or just started looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Don’t worry. Downtown Ithaca’s has got you covered.  Our unique shopping boutiques, dining establishments, and service providers offer something your mother is sure to appreciate. Here are a few last-minute items to consider for your mother this year. A Greeting Card or specialty item from Amuse … Read More