To achieve these goals, we are turning to the community. If you enjoy this early celebration of summertime, participate in or look forward to the annual Festival Parade, and believe that supporting local artists of all genres and ages is important, then we encourage you to help us sustain our Festival. Whether you can afford $5 or $25 or $100 or some amount even more generous, your donation will ensure the future of the Ithaca Festival and Parade. Our goal is to raise $30,000 by the end of the year.Donate Today!
The Ithaca Festival Parade is one of the city's greatest events every year! Please join us on Friday during Ithaca Festival to celebrate over one hundred community groups participating with costumes, music, dance, and togetherness. We will surely be Celebrating Like It's Our First!
Friday, June 2
5:45pm: Ithaca Youth Bureau Festival Mile
6:30pm: Ithaca Festival Parade
The parade will travel south on Cayuga Street from Lincoln Street to Court Street.
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.
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.
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