Ithaca Major Events

28-31…Ithaca Festival
Ithaca’s largest festival and craft show showcases the work of over 1,000 local artists, including crafters, poets, painters, dancers, divas, comedians, musicians, clowns, acrobats, community groups and ensembles., 607-273-3646

Through June 11…Exhibit – Charles Darwin: After the Origin
Darwin was drawn to unusual natural phenomena, and asked questions, formed hypotheses and ran experiments. Visit the Museum of the Earth,1259 Trumansburg Road, to explore them all!

19-21…Juneteenth Festival
Celebrate the final emancipation of U.S. slaves with music, food, and more at the Southside Community Center.
305 S. Plain St., 607-273-4190

2…Community Fireworks Show Ithaca College Campus
607-272-1313, 800-284-8422

16-19…Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival
Over 60 unique performances at the fair grounds in Trumansburg promise to make this year’s festival the most musically diverse one to date. Individual day or weekend tickets are available.
607-387-5144, 607-387-5098

23-2…“Grapehound” Wine Tour
Cayuga Wine Trail, along routes 89, 90 and 34B. Human participants receive a commemorative greyhound wine glass and enjoy wine tasting and food pairings. Greyhounds receive doggy treats, and partake in a special ice cream social., 800-684-5217

31-August 1…Sidewalk Sale Days
Ithaca Commons

2…Fifth Annual Cayuga Lake Triathlon
Central New York’s premier triathlon just 8 miles north of Ithaca at Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg.

15…Lansing Harbor Festival
Held at Myers Park on Cayuga Lake in Lansing. Great music, food, and two stages for live entertainment.

18-23…Trumansburg Fair
Midway rides, games, truck and tractor pulls, fireworks, food and the ever-popular Demolition Derby.

12…AIDS Ride For Life, Cayuga Lake
The 11th annual ride includes 50-, 85- and 100-mile course options to support a very important cause., 607-272-4098

13…Ithaca 5 & 10 Race
The annual 5-mile and 10-mile race starts at Ithaca High School at 9 a.m.

19-20… Anniversary Harvest Festival
Come to Six Mile Creek on Route 79 in Ithaca and celebrate our 22nd anniversary with live music, hayrides, food, and wine tasting and fun for the whole family.

25-27…Apple Harvest Festival,
Craft Show and Sale
This special regional festival on the Ithaca Commons features apples, cider and baked apple goods, along with a craft fair and puppeteers, singers, musicians, storytellers, dancers and bands.

10-11, 17-18…Art Trail Open Studio Weekends
Visit over 50 artists all over Tompkins County, and explore art studios, learn how art is made, and shop.
607-273-5072, 800-284-8422

Outdoor Activities

South Hill Recreation Way
Built on an old railroad bed, this multiuse, 2.9-mile, hard-packed gravel trail has an accessible entrance off Crescent Place. It serves as a commuter route connecting the South Hill residential area, Ithaca College and downtown.

Six Mile Creek Gorge
Three miles of rich woodland flora with the Elizabeth Mulholland Wildflower Preserve and remnants of an old mill building.

Ithaca Children’s Garden
Located on a three-acre site in Cass Park on Route 89, the Ithaca Children’s Garden features a wetland habitat garden with turtles, earth sculpture and a labyrinth.

Discovery Trail
Atoms to artifacts, foxes to fossils, robins to rhododendrons, sculpture to storytellers. Eight sites are an easy drive from downtown Ithaca, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Cayuga Lake and other Finger Lakes attractions. Many locations have unique gift shops and are close to restaurants and lodging.

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