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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Apple Picking, Fresh Cider, Sunflower Maze, and Playground at Indian Creek Farm

Everyone is invited to the kickoff of high apple season at Indian Creek Farm this weekend!  Only 3 minutes from downtown, just past the hospital on Route 96.  You can pick 7 kinds of apples, drink fresh apple cider, and enjoy the free attractions: A sunflower maze and playground with swing set, giant sandbox, and Apple Mountain (a huge pile of dirt).  Open every day 9 AM till dark!
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Farm-to-Table Wine and Cooking Adventure

Your day unfolds at Silver Queen Farm. Upon arrival, you are greeted by the farmer, who will take you into his fields to harvest the days bounty for your cooking class! You will learn and discover the beauty and richness of making a meal with ingredients grown from the farm.

Date: 10/24/2015
Location: Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
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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.
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
Date: 11/20/2015-12/4/2015
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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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 Scarecrow Jubilee

Nothing says fall like the Scarecrow Jubilee at Ithaca Children’s Garden! Celebrate the harvest with scarecrow making, pumpkin carving, apple tasting, and so much more…

Ithaca Children’s Garden. Cass Park, Route 89, Ithaca, NY 14850

Date: 10/17/2015

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Museum After Dark

Celebrate Halloween this year at the Museum of the Earth for our 8th annual Museum in the Dark!  Enjoy activities such as liquid nitrogen ice cream, gazing at stars and learn fun facts about astronomy. Come dressed in your Halloween costume and earn your treats by learning a few tricks!
The Museum of the Earth

Date: 10/30/2015

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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!

The Finger Lakes Cider House

Come off the hill and discover the newest trend of hard cider bubbling up in the Finger Lakes! Delicious craft hard cider (no this isn’t your average woodchuck) made local along with dozens of other local treats including shrubs, vinegar, cheeses, and more. What’s a shrub you ask? Well you’re just going to have to go there and find out!

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Mike Blaney

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