Cornell Student Groups Performing in Downtown Ithaca this Saturday

Cornell University student groups performing on the Bernie Milton Pavilion stage

Performances start at 1 p.m. at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 ITHACA, NY – More than a dozen Cornell University student performance groups are bringing their dynamic, crowd-pleasing acts to Downtown Ithaca this Saturday, Sept 7. The student-led groups will perform between 1 and 5 p.m. at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons pedestrian … Read More

IC Student Groups Set to Perform on August 31 in Downtown Ithaca

ITHACA, NY August 28, 2019 — This Saturday, Aug. 31, a handful of talented Ithaca College student performance groups will be bringing their acts to the downtown Ithaca community. The groups will be performing between 1 and 5 p.m. on the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons as part of IC & TC3 Day, a special day where Downtown Ithaca … Read More

Downtown Ithaca debuting new event & attraction this winter

Prismatica light installation lights up cityscape

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 that … Read More

Downtown Ithaca Releases CFCU Summer Concert Series Schedule

Summer Concert Series logo. Purple background, lemon colored circle in the center

Lineup includes a wide range of highly talented regional and local acts MAY 1, 2019 ITHACA NY – 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 the week … Read More

Downtown Ithaca To Award Seven at Annual Dinner

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.



Plenty of new artwork and performances to see at Downtown Ithaca’s February Gallery Night

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.

Ice Fest coming to Downtown Ithaca Dec. 6-8

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. 

2018 Downtown Holiday Gift Guide

For your holiday gift shopping, Downtown Ithaca has it all!  We’ve put together this gift guide to highlight a sampling of what’s out there.

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