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.

Ithaca Oktober Fest

Who needs to go to Germany when you have a wonderful craft beer festival right here in Ithaca? Sample and find your new favorite brew on the newly renovated Commons at Ithaca Oktoberfest!

Ithaca Commons

Date: 10/24/15-10/25/15

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Thursday Night Live

The emphasis on healthful, seasonal, local natural foods, has allowed Moosewood Restaurant to be a driving force in the world of creative cooking. Beginning on October 22nd, enjoy live music every Thursday at Moosewood.  Featuring live music, local craft brews, bar food and more!

Location: Moosewood Restaurant

Date: 10/22/2015

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Fiddle Heaven in the Hayloft

Enjoy an intimate evening of fiddle and violin music. There will be two sets of solo, duet and band music in a variety of genres, including bluegrass, swing, Irish, old time and contemporary. Come for an evening full of musical surprises!

Location: Carriage House Hayloft

Date: 10/24/2015

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Spooky Science

Visit the Sciencenter in costume for the popular annual community event. Explore how science can get spooky with tricked-out exhibits, hands-on activities, and eerie demonstrations. Free admission.

Location: Sciencenter

Date: 10/25/2015

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Ithaca City Cemetery Tours

Don’t miss this once-a-year favorite! Learn about the Ithaca City Cemetery’s evolution from village burying ground to Victorian garden of the dead. Enjoy the sweeping views and champion trees that make the cemetery a favorite spot for the living, while getting to know the famous and infamous residents and the stories they have to tell.
Ithaca City Cemetery, University Avenue

Date: 10/24-11/1
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The Tompkins County Chamber Auction

The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and M&T Bank are happy to announce the 2015 M&T Bank Great BIG Chamber Auction The event will be moved into the City of Ithaca this year, by partnering with Coltivare, TC3’s farm to table bistro.

Date: 10/28/2015

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Farm Dinner at Agava

A special 7 course menu featuring local, organic food paired with award winning local wine and handcrafted hard cider to benefit Healthy Food For All. Seating is limited so don’t miss out!

Location: AGAVA Restaurant

Date: 10/25/2015

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 Artist Talk

Artist Kiki Smith will speak about her work in printmaking, on view as part of the Johnson Museum exhibition “Imprint/ In Print.” This exhibition presents a selection of prints from the beginning of the media to present day, from masterworks by Dürer and Rembrandt to exciting contemporary prints by today’s international artists, including William Kentridge and Kiki Smith.

Location: Johnson Museum of Art

Date: 10/29/2015

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 Halloween Parade and Trick or Treating

Dress up in costume and join in the fun! Parade through downtown to the Ithaca Commons where you can enjoy music, mini-carnival games, hot apple cider and of course, Trick-or-Treating!

Location: Downtown Ithaca

Date: 10/30/2015

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21st Annual Holiday Shopping Spree

Experience the holidays with all the hustle and bustle at the 21st Annual Holiday Shopping Spree. You will receive a wine glass, a grapevine wreath, and an ornament from each winery. You will also take home a Shopper’s Discount Card and a recipe card from each winery as you enjoy holiday-inspired dishes while sipping fine wines.
Location: Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
Date: 11/20/2015-12/4/2015
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The Weekly Gem

The weekly gem will highlight a special Ithaca location that the Ithaca & Tompkins County Visitor’s Center thinks you really need to see!

Cornell Orchards

What better way to celebrate fall than visiting the orchards on Cornell University’s campus? Come enjoy cider, apples and other local produce. Remember – an apple a day keeps the doctor away! A recent Cornell food science study finds that eating the apple peel might help keep cancer at bay. So go visit Cornell Orchards and grab a bushel of apples.

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Mike Blaney

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