Check out our 2018 mobile schedule
The Blind Spots
Road Man
Big Mean I-Town Revue
Ithaca Ballet
The Sim Redmond Band
Photo by Ed Dittenhoefer
Empire Kings
Circus Culture
Photo by Ed Dittenhoefer
Wassa Pan Africa Dance Ensemble


Save the Ithaca Festival!

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.

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What are the details of the parade?

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.

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 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.

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