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Circus Culture
Photo by Ed Dittenhoefer
Empire Kings
Ithaca Ballet
The Sim Redmond Band
Photo by Ed Dittenhoefer
Big Mean I-Town Revue
Wassa Pan Africa Dance Ensemble
The Blind Spots



What are the details of the parade?

In an effort to truly Mix it Up in 2016, we'll be hosting the Ithaca Festival Parade on Friday instead of Thursday. A lot of thought when into this decision, and ultimately it came down to us wanting the parade to occur once the festival is already in full swing. Moving it to Friday means that once the parade ends, that amazing energy can be carried to the rest of the festival where The Horse Flies will be performing on the Bernie Milton Pavilion, food vendors will line the Commons and West State/MLK St, and craft vendors will be set up on Cayuga St. Over 8,000 people attended the parade in 2015! We hope that moving the parade to a weekend night instead of a school and work night can allow even more people to watch what our community has to offer!

Immediately preceding the parade will be the Ithaca Youth Bureau Festival Mile, starting at Ithaca High School at 5:45 pm on Friday, June 3.

The parade route will not change: it will begin at Lincoln St and travel south to Court St, beginning at 6:30 pm on Friday, June 3. Get your seats early!

We can't wait to see you at the parade!

What is the price of admission?

The festival is free, though we encourage the purchase of a $5 button to support our event. Some special events may charge additional fees.

What are the hours of the festival?

Ithaca Festival begins at noon on Friday, with the parade occurring at 6:30 that evening. Music, food, crafts, and other activities are open to the public Friday-Sunday for the following hours. Certain special events occur at various locations after hours.

Food Vendors
Friday: Noon-9pm
Saturday: 11am-9pm
Sunday 11am-8pm

Craft Vendors
Friday Noon-8pm
Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 10am-7pm

Music Performances:
Friday Noon-10pm
Saturday 11am-10pm
Sunday 11am-9pm

How can I get a schedule of events?

You can find printed programs at various downtown locations, including Wegmans.

You can also view details about performers here:
Performer Schedule
Special Events

If you are on your phone and would like to easily see where and when events are occurring, as well as search by performer, genre, day, stage, please visit our Mobile App.

Where can I park during the festival?

There are several parking options in downtown Ithaca during Ithaca Festival, including three nearby parking garages and many metered parking spaces. Parking garages are noted on the Ithaca Festival Map. Neighborhood parking is also available. Walking, biking, using public transportation, and carpooling are highly encouraged.

Parking Garage Fees

Friday: $1/hour or $7 for the day

Saturday: $5 for the day

Sunday: $5 for the day

Where can I find information about vendors?

Food Vendors
Participating food vendors can be found along the 100 block of W. MLK Jr. St. between Cayuga and Geneva Streets.

Craft Vendors
Participating craft vendors can be found along Cayuga St. between Green and Court. The craft fair is organized and managed by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. For more information, please contact Tatiana Sy at 607-277-8679.