ITHACA, N.Y.—The annual apple celebration in Ithaca has arrived, bringing live music, festival games and, of course, a vast variety of apple-centric products and festivities for the 41st year.

This year’s layout will be similar to years prior, with food and craft vendors down the Commons, stretching down the first block of West State Street and on Cayuga Street from Green Street to Dewitt Park. The festival officially kicks off at noon on Friday, Sept. 29 and runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

As usual, those seeking apple cider donuts should plan ahead for potentially lengthy wait times—a yearly tradition of the festival.

Our gallery of the 2022 Apple Harvest Festival. Photos by Casey Martin.

There will be live music performances held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at three different stages in downtown Ithaca: the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons, the Mini Mobile Stage across from Dewitt Park and the Press Bay Music Stage, located in Press Bay Alley along with the Press Bay Beer Garden.

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance published a full guide to the festival this year, including a musical performance schedule for each stage and a small map to help navigate the fun.

Remember, the typical festival traffic detours are in effect as well. Court, Buffalo and Seneca Streets will all be undisturbed.

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at