This Weekend: Apple Harvest Festival
Category: Food & Eating

This Weekend: Apple Harvest Festival

Announcement from Downtown Ithaca:

Ithaca’s Apple Harvest Festival, presented by Tompkins Trust Company

Ithaca’s premier event of the Fall, Apple Harvest Festival is a three-day celebration of food, rides, games, more than 100 vendors and, of course, APPLES! This spectacular celebration also kicks off Finger Lakes Cider Week 2017! Come taste regional ciders and talk with the makers.

The 35th Anniversary of the Great Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival set to take place:

Friday, Sept 29 – 12pm-6pm
Saturday, Sept 30- 10am-6pm
Sunday, Oct 1- 10am-6pm

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. And, there will be more, so much more!

Parking for the festival will be available in the Green, Seneca and Cayuga street garages for $5. For more Apple Harvest information, visit or check out our Facebook Event Page.

Make sure to check out and RSVP to: Monks and Makers: A Cider & Food Pairing Salon

Concurrent with the Apple Harvest Festival, 2 Funny Entertainment will present its Finger Lakes Comedy Festival 2017 from 6 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, Sept. 28 through Saturday, Sept. 30. Comedians will be performing at several downtown locations. In addition, the Multicultural Resource Center is presenting its First Peoples’ Festival, an annual celebration of indigenous culture, at Dewitt Park, 315 North Cayuga St., Ithaca. The event will feature a traditional opening at 10 a.m., followed by live music, performances, arts and crafts, food vendors, children’s activities, and a smoke dance competition.

2017 Performance Schedule:

SATURDAY 10-10:45AM IC Voicestream
SATURDAY 11-11:45AM Danza Romani
SATURDAY 12-12:45PM Vitamin L
SATURDAY 1:00-1:45PM Vee Da Bee
SATURDAY 2:00-2:45PM Sunny Weather
SATURDAY 3:00-3:45PM Eems
SATURDAY 4:00-4:45PM Dapper Dan
SATURDAY 5:00-6:00pm Papa Muse

SUNDAY 10-10:45AM Mighty Jet Band
SUNDAY 11-11:45AM Sixteen Feathers
SUNDAY 12-12:45PM Mirage Belly Dancers
SUNDAY 1-1:45PM Strong Woman Show
SUNDAY 2-2:50PM Diana Leigh Quintet
SUNDAY 3:00-3:40PM Science Cabaret Presents: A Bite of Science at Apple Harvest!
SUNDAY 4:00-4:45PM Ithaca COllege Jazz Vocal Ensemble
SUNDAY 5:15-6:15PM NEO Project

West State Street
SATURDAY 1-145PM ICircus
SATURDAY 3-3:45PM June with Chandani Belly Dance Troupe
SUNDAY 2:00-2:45pm Zajal the Sugarplum Fairy and Friends for StoryDance
SUNDAY 3:00-3:45pm Strong Woman Show

Apple Harvest Festival is organized by:
Downtown Ithaca Alliance – a 501(c)3 organization
Ithaca, NY 14850

Image courtesy of the USDA ARS Image Gallery.

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