Welcome to the quickest way to learn the week’s most exciting local events. This weekly event round-up is sponsored by The Ithaca Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Commons Celebration!

You’ve waited patiently as the Commons was being renovated, now it’s Ithaca’s chance to re-claim our space and celebrate local businesses that make Ithaca one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Date/time: Aug 28-29
Location: Ithaca Commons
Site: http://www.downtownithaca.com/ithaca-events/Commons%20Celebration%20Weekend

Sciencenter Tidepool Touch Tank

Encounter live ocean animals at the Sciencenter’s new saltwater Tidepool Touch Tank. Meet some of the animals that call the ocean home – in a very hands-on way — including flatclawed hermit crabs, Forbes sea stars, Channeled whelks, and Horseshoe crabs.

Date/time: 12-2pm, anyday!
Location: Sciencenter
Site: http://ithacaevents.com/event/10688-sciencenter-tidepool-touch-tank.html

 Savor The Finger Lakes

A luxury craft beer, cider and artisanal food event, with live music all happening on scenic Cayuga Lake at steamboat landing! Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly advise.
Date/time: September 3, 5pm
Location: Steamboat Landing
Site: http://savorthefingerlakes.com/

 Cayuga Waterfront Trail

The third leg is complete! Bring your camera for the spectacular views of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail.
Date/time: Anytime!
Location: Cass Park, Farmers Market
Site: http://cayugawaterfronttrail.com/Visit-Now/Overview

 Movies in the Park

Join us for an old fashioned movie in the park on the big screen! Have Ithaca to Go cater right to your picnic blanket, check out the Facebook page for the movie line up.
Date/time: Every Friday, 8pm
Location: Stewart Park
Site: https://www.facebook.com/StewartParkMovies

Trumansburg Fair

Demolition derbies, animal shows, rides and fried dough, all of your dreams come true at the Trumansburg Fair!
Date/time: August 25-30
Location: Trumansburg Fairgrounds
Site: http://www.trumansburgfairgrounds.info/

 Fossil Hunt

Get ready to explore the ancient seas of central New York! Search for trilobites, brachiopods, and a myraid of other creatures up to 400 million years old!
Date/time: August 15  11:00am
Location: Museum of the Earth
Site: http://ithacaevents.com/event/10356-fossil-collecting-field-trip-hamilton-ny.html

Summer Stories

Explorer stories for early learners in the new children’s book nook at the museum. A fun event for 5 and unders that is also educational.
Date/time: August 20, 10:00am
Location: Museum of the Earth
Site: https://www.ithacaevents.com/event/10343-summer-stories-at-the-museum-of-the-earth.html

Gorges Classic Soccer Tournament

Don’t forget there’s still time to sign up for the Gorges Classic Soccer Tournament! Prizes, friendly competition and many other perks involved for players. Cheer on your favorite teams and celebrate after the games with music food and fun!
Date/time: Sep 5-7 10am
Location: Grantchester Fields
Site:  https://www.ithacaevents.com/event/10489-gorges-classic-soccer-tournament.html

Talib Kweli

Free concert performance by hip-hop legend Talib Kweli! As part of the Commons Celebration and sponsored by Downtown Ithaca Allaiance, the Commons will be packed for this performance, be sure you’re part of this party!
Date/time: September 3, 7pm
Location: Ithaca Commons
Site: http://ithacavoice.wpengine.com/2015/07/hip-hop-legend-talib-kweli-to-play-on-new-ithaca-commons/

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Mike Blaney

Mike Blaney is the executive director and co-founder of The Ithaca Voice.