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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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August 2019

CFCU Summer Concert Series Presents Honey Cave w/ HeeSun Lee

August 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bernie Milton Pavilion, 100 N. Tioga Street
Ithaca, NY 14845
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Free
HoneyCave & HeeSun Lee

Honey Cave is made up of four powerful women who invoke the deepest wisdom through their divine enchantments. They write music that is mysterious and magical and weave it sweetly together with their raw primal rhythm, and musical prowess. Honey Cave is Angie Beeler, Alyssa Duerkson, Jessie Gray, and Lora Pendleton. HeeSun Lee isn’t your average Hip Hop emcee. Adopted from Korea at the age of four months, she was brought to America and raised by Chinese parents on Staten…

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September 2019

CFCU Summer Concert Series Presents Fall Creek Brass Band

September 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bernie Milton Pavilion, 100 N. Tioga Street
Ithaca, NY 14845
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Free
Fall Creek Brass Band

In their inexhaustible effort to get the world up and shaking that groove thing, the Fall Creek Brass Band plays a wide variety of dance music from traditional New Orleans tunes to funk, hip-hop to rock and roll. Fall Creek can also be heard on their latest album, Prime Time. Originally formed at Dryden High School a decade ago, FCBB has grown and evolved, incorporating many of Ithaca’s and Cortland’s funk masters into the band along the way. Featuring unique…

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CFCU Summer Concert Series Presents The Comb Down

September 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bernie Milton Pavilion, 100 N. Tioga Street
Ithaca, NY 14845
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Free
The Comb Down

Closing out the series is Ithaca’s all-star funk band The Comb Down. Recently featured at the Finger Lakes Thaw music festival, the band draws a crowd that loves to dance. You may recognize musicians in this group from acts such as John Brown's Body, Dispatch, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and Big Mean Sound Machine. Focusing on the musical styles of 1960's-1970's funk, paying proper homage to the historic nuances, attire and instrumentation is something that the band doesn't take…

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CFCU 2019 Summer Concert Series

September 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until September 12, 2019

Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States

Summers in downtown are simply the best way to relax and unwind, especially Thursday evenings at the CFCU Summer Concert Series that kicks off June 20th at the Bernie Milton Pavilion stage in Bank Alley on the Ithaca Commons! The series is a FREE outdoor concert series open to the public held every Thursday evening from 6-8pm, June 20th – September 12th (with a brief hiatus the week of 4th of July).  

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Not Far From the Tree: A Celebration of Apples and Cider

September 26, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Colivare, 235 S. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
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$50

Join us for an intimate and informative celebration of New York State’s leading fruit crop–Apples! About Not Far From the Tree: 5:30 pm Welcome Reception The evening begins with a welcome pour of Full Bloom Orchard from South Hill Cider, assorted cheeses, fruits, crackers, antipasto platter, and Coltivare’s Famous Apple Mac N Cheese featuring smoked gouda béchamel, NY State grown apples, caramelized onions, and apple butter! (Available with or without apple cider-braised pulled pork) 6:30 pm – Soil to Glass…

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Monks & Makers: NYC Cider Tasting Salon

September 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monks on The Commons, 120 S. Aurora Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
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$10

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is partnering with the NY Cider Association and Cider Week to offer a very exclusive cider tasting opportunity during the 37th Annual Apple Harvest Festival. Join us for Monks & Makers, an intimate 60-minute tasting session inside the event space in the Ithaca Marriott on the Commons. During this special engagement, you’ll be able to sample ciders from an impressive roster of 12 New York State cideries. Light snacks will be provided during the tasting sessions…

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December 2019

Santa's Arrival in Downtown Ithaca

Santa’s Arrival in Downtown Ithaca

December 8, 2019 @ 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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February 2020

22nd Annual Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off presented by Maguire Hyundai Subaru Genesis

February 8, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

The hottest event in Downtown Ithaca all winter long!  The 22nd Annual Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off  presented by Maguire Hyundai Subaru Genesis features over 40 different chilis from 30+ regional restaurants - ranging from meat to vegan made by restaurants competing for the best chili at the cook-off. Learn more about Chili Cook-Off Here Presenting Sponsor: Supporting Sponsor:

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Winter Recess: Ithaca Loves Teachers Festival

February 14, 2020 @ 8:30 am - February 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Downtown Ithaca, 171 E. State St.
Ithaca, 14850 United States
Free

RELAX, REFRESH and RENEW among friends in a city built on education! The Ithaca Loves Teachers Festival, now in its 15th year, is a celebration of preK-12 public educators and school district employees. The greater Ithaca, NY community will come together for a week to show appreciation for educators with entertainment, activities, family fun and discounts throughout Tompkins County. Look forward to special discounts on lodging, spa services, meals and so much more. The Festival is presented by Visions Federal Credit Union and organized…

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January 2021

Gallery Night Ithaca – Every First Friday of the month

January 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating indefinitely

One event on January 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm

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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