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!
The festival is free, though we encourage the purchase of a $5 button to support our event. Some special events may charge additional fees.
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.
You can find printed programs at various downtown locations, including Wegmans.
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.
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
Participating food vendors can be found along the 100 block of W. MLK Jr. St. between Cayuga and Geneva Streets.
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.