From June 17 through June 22, guests can take their taste buds on a culinary journey by enjoying $5 tapas-sized food bites (and $5 sips) at restaurants around Ithaca and its neighboring communities in Tompkins County. More than 20 participating restaurants will offer tasty $5 bites in addition to their regular menu. Grab your friends, locate a Bite passport at any of the participating restaurants, or download one online at biteofithaca.com and start restaurant hopping!
Walkable tour set from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7 More than two dozen artists will be showcasing their works during this month’s Gallery Night. This walking tour of the latest art exhibits at downtown’s galleries and businesses is happening from 5 to 8 p.m. this Friday, June 7, at 17 locations. One of the stops on the … Read More
ITHACA, MAY 2, 2019 — This winter, Downtown Ithaca will host a new special holiday event, the Winter Light Festival, presented by Tompkins Trust Company and organized by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA). The festival will feature Prismatica, an art trail of 25 luminous and interactive prisms. Each prism stands more than seven feet tall and is covered in a dichroic film … Read More
Downtown Ithaca Releases CFCU Summer Concert Series Schedule Lineup includes a wide range of highly talented regional and local acts The Downtown Ithaca Alliance enthusiastically announces its dynamic lineup for its CFCU Summer Concert Series which kicks off at 6 p.m. on June 20 and continues each Thursday until September 12 — with the exception of a Wednesday show during … Read More
Downtown Living Tour set for April 27 Walking tour offers a glimpse of downtown’s most sought after addresses If you’ve ever wanted to see downtown apartments or learn about the downtown lifestyle, this weekend is your chance. From 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) is hosting its Downtown Living Tour, a self-guided excursion that will … Read More
Award recipients this year include: Lifetime Achievement Award: JoAnn Cornish Mack Travis Economic Development Project of the Year: Tompkins Trust Company Retailer of the Year: Sunny Days of Ithaca Emerging Business of the Year: The Watershed Nonprofit Partner of the Year: Tompkins Chamber/Visit Ithaca Board Member of the Year: Asha Sanaker Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to two individuals who have significantly impacted the success of Downtown Ithaca: JoAnn Cornish and Mack Travis.
During this month’s Gallery Night, there are two new participating locations to highlight – City Centre and Sunny Days’ new location on the Commons. City Centre will feature artwork by Ron Parent titled From DETROIT to ITHACA – art in transition. Ron recently moved from Detroit, Michigan to Ithaca and his pastels and paintings on exhibit offer an overview of his various styles. On display at Sunny Days, Chasing The Clouds Photography by John Naegely. John is a photographer born and raised in Ithaca, NY.
From December 6-8, the Commons will be packed with masterfully skilled ice carvers using chisels, chainsaws, and blowtorches to craft exquisitely detailed multi-shaped and -sized ice sculptures. Visitors will be able to watch the ice shaping competition while savoring beers, wines, or hot cocoa from a bar made completely out of solid ice.
“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).