Welcome to the quickest way to learn the week’s most exciting local events. This weekly event round-up is sponsored by The Ithaca Convention and Visitors Bureau.

35th Annual Great Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival

The 35th Annual Great Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival by Presented Tompkins Trust Company is set to take place September 29 – October 1, 2017.  The 2017 Apple Harvest Festival hosts plenty of apples, local produce, fresh baked goods, family entertainment at every turn, games, rides, prizes and live performances on two stages. Apple Harvest Festival is a great introduction to the rich farm and artist community of Ithaca.  First time visitors can witness a variety of wonderful local entertainment while also visiting the historical outdoor pedestrian shopping mall, The Ithaca Commons.  The pedestrian mall is the epicenter of the festival and the gateway to a nostalgic journey to harvest season fun.

Over 100 vendors will be selling unique apple varieties, hot apple cider donuts, kettle corn, local farm fresh baked goods and a multitude of around the world specialties. Local farmers are on site selling everything from tasty apple beverages to local pumpkins and of course, apples, apples and more apples. Wineries and cideries have regional beverages available for tasting and purchase.  Kids can visit with the goats and learn how fiber is made with Laughing Goat Fiber Farm.  Looking for quality goods, visit over 60 different handcrafting artisans along Cayuga Street at the fall craft show which includes jewelry, ceramics, home decor, body care, specialty gifts, unique sculpture, clothing and so much more.

Location: Downtown Ithaca | 171 East State Street, Ithaca, 14850

Date: 9/29/2017 – 10/1/2017

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Treasure Hunt on the Reuse Trail

Take a stroll on the Reuse Trail during the month of October, solve a puzzle, and enter a raffle to win prizes of $40, $80, $120, and $200 in gift cards from participating stores. Free and no purchase necessary (but participants do get a 10% discount). Solve the bonus question to win a custom prize from Pirate Perl of Pastimes… For rules, prizes and a list of participating stores visit www.ReuseTrail.com.

Location: Reuse Trail 

Date: 10/1/2017

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6th Annual Foxtrot 5k Trail Run

Join us on Sunday, October 1, 2017, for the Fox Trot 5K Trail Race The race is a fun run is inspired by Daisy, our Red Fox ambassador! The race is considered moderately difficult with stretches in the field and woods, flat and hilly. Race registration will be capped at 115 runners. You can pre-register today, or right up until the night before race, to be sure to have a spot in the race, and to guarantee you get your size of t-shirt (until Sept. 17th). To register, just go to https://tinyurl.com/foxtrot17 . Remember to wear your best fox attire for as chance to win the “Daisy Duplicate” award!

And if you are not a runner/walker, but want to participate in the race, you can still raise funds on behalf of the Cayuga Nature Center by clicking the “Start Fundraising” button athttps://tinyurl.com/foxtrot17 and creating your own personal fundraiser. All funds raised, including registration fees and donations, will go to the very diverse animal department. Thank you for your support!

After the 5K trail run join us for the Kid’s Fox Chase! Starting after the race has finished, around 10:15am, kids (8 and under) will have the fun opportunity to chase our “fox” (Camp Director Dayna Jorgenson) around the field!

Day of Race Registration will be from 8:00am-8:45am and the race will begin at 9:00am. The Kids’ Fox Chase will follow after the race at about 10:15, and the award ceremony will begin at 10:45am. 
Location: Cayuga Nature Center | 1420 Taughannock Blvd Ithaca, NY 14850

Date 10/1/17

Time: 8AM – 11AM

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Apple Harvest Fest Cider Pairing Sessions at Monk’s on the Commons

Sign up for one of the free 40 minute sessions pairing Monk’s seasonally-driven cuisine with cider from 9 local makers during Apple Harvest fest!

This free event is organized in partnership with Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Ithaca Marriott Downtown and the New York Cider Association.

Participating cideries include:

  • Black Diamond
  • Blue Toad Cidery
  • Embark Craft Cider
  • Empire Cider
  • Eve’s Cidery
  • Kite & String (formerly Good Life)
  • Lake Drum Cidery
  • Rootstock Cider
  • South Hill

Location: Monk’s on the Commons | 120 S Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850

Date: 10/1/2017
Time: 12:00pm to 7:00pm

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Tine Thing Helseth, Trumpet

The Robert G. Boehmler Community Foundation in Partnership with the Ithaca College School of Music presents Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet . 

Gunnar Flagstad, piano 


Geirr Tveitt: velkomne med æra
Edvard Hagerup Bull: Perpetuum Mobile
Shostakovich: Songs
Piazzolla: Cafe 1930
Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata
Bartok: Romanian Folkdances
Grieg: Haugtussa, op.67
Weill: Three Songs

Location: Whalen Center for Music | Ithaca College, Ford Hall

Date: 10/3/2017

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Black Diamond Cider Tasting at Greenstar

Join Chris from Black Diamond Farm and Cider for a cider tasting at our West End store. Taste some estate grown, small batch, orchard based ciders and talk apples.

Location: GreenStar Coop West End | 701 W. Buffalo Street Ithaca, NY, 14850

Date: 10/5/2017

Time: 7:00pm

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Historyforge Day: Connecting the Generations

Three houses in three neighborhoods in Ithaca, NY (Fall Creek/DeWitt Park, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Henry St. John, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, and Southside, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM) are chosen to share information about who lived there in 1910. Docents will have a series of questions to engage participants about the lives of the residents. Where did the children attend school, where did the adults work, where did they go to church? If they settled here from another place where did they come from? You will also learn about the buildings in which they lived. From the 1910 census we will have information about relationships, age, race, country of emigration, occupation, literacy, employment and other attributes. You will also learn about the neighborhoods and what was happening in the 1910-1920 decade. This event is sponsored by M&T Bank.

Please register here: https://goo.gl/5b4UupFurther information and directions will be sent to registrants. Learn more about  the HistoryForge project on our website:www.thehistorycenter.net. For questions, contact Ksenia Ionova by phone 607-273-8284 Ext. 227 or by e-mail at Community@TheHistoryCenter.net.

Location: Various locations in Ithaca
Date: 10/6/2017
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First Friday Gallery Night

Gallery Night Ithaca is a monthly walkable tour of art exhibits and special events in downtown Ithaca on the first Friday of every month. With more than 20 venues to visit each month, there is sure to be something that will catch your eye, whether you’re an experienced art collector or a first-time browser. This event is sponsored in part by the Community Arts Partnership. 

Pick up a guide to this month’s event at any participating venue, or download a copy on the Gallery Night website.

Are you an artist, curator, or venue that is interested in participating in this event? Contact us at ithacafirstfriday@gmail.com.

Location: Various locations in Ithaca

Date: 10/6/2017
Time: 5:00 – 8:00pm

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Greater Ithaca Art Trails Open Studio Weekends

31 artist studios across Tompkins County will be open to art lovers on the Greater Ithaca Art Trail’s Open Studio weekends.  No fee, no appointments – just get in your car, drive through beautiful fall foliage, with artist studios as your destination. You’ll find sculptors, photographers, painters, printmakers, ceramists, fiber artists, a blacksmith, a glass blower and more! 

Studios are open on October 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 11am to 5pm on each of the four days. Information and a downloadable map are at www.ArtTrail.com.  The Art Trail is a program of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. We thank P.W. Wood and Son (the Wood Office) for sponsoring the Trail!  

Location: 31 Artist Studios in Tompkins County

Date: 10/7/2017
Time: 11:00AM – 5PM

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Meet the Cider Makers

Stop in at Cellar D’Or on The Commons and meet the cidermakers and taste their wares. Cideries present will include Black Diamond Farm, Eve’s Cidery, South Hill Cidery and Red Byrd Cider.

Location: Cellar d’Or Wine and Cider Shop 136 E. State Street on the Ithaca Commons Ithaca, NY , 14850 Date: 9/29/2017
Time: 4PM – 7PM

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World War II – The Battle of Britain with Lou Elscher

The Battle of Britain that raged over the skies of England in the summer and fall of 1940 is the most significant air battle in history. It helped to determine the ultimate outcome of World War II. This 5 week study will examine the course of the battle itself and its long-term consequences, as well as the elements that shaped it: the strategy, the men and women, and the machines.  This class will be taught by Louis Eltscher, an RIT professor emeritus who also has taught at OASIS (Older Adults Seeking Intellectual Stimulation), an adult education program in Rochester.

Location: Southworth Library | 24 West Main St. Dryden, NY 13053

Date: 10/5/2017
Time: 3PM – 4PM

The Weekly Gem

The weekly gem will highlight a special Ithaca location that the Ithaca & Tompkins County Visitor’s Center thinks you really need to see!

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art

114 Central Ave Ithaca, NY 14853

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is committed to serving a diverse audience and cultivating a wide range of partnerships that inspire creative ways to link objects and ideas for the education and enjoyment of all. The Museum preserves, documents, interprets, and makes accessible its collections for the benefit of current and future generations of museum visitors. By providing wide access to original works of art from different cultural traditions and time periods, the Museum connects audiences with art of the past and helps them explore new directions in contemporary art. Since its founding in 1973, the Museum has been open to all free of charge.


Mike Blaney

Mike Blaney is the executive director and co-founder of The Ithaca Voice.