This is a Community Announcement because it’s Apple Harvest Festival time again! It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements please send them to Matt Butler at mbutler@ithacavoice.com.

Downtown Ithaca’s Apple Harvest Festival, our biggest celebration of the year in honor of the region’s fall harvest, is happening this month.

Tompkins Community Bank presents this annual family-friendly community tradition on Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2, from 12 to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on and around the Commons pedestrian mall.

As part of the Apple Harvest Festival’s 40th year, guests will have the opportunity to
enjoy a variety of fresh local foods, craft ciders, handmade crafts created by local and regional makers, the extremely popular apple cider donuts, and an assortment of homemade baked goods. Plus, carnival-style games and rides, and, of course, an
abundance of New York State’s tastiest apples will be part of the celebration.

Live performances are also part of this tradition. Throughout Saturday and Sunday,
attendees will get to enjoy a full lineup of entertainment, including live music and other types of performance groups will take place at The Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons.

Before the festival, the DIA is hosting a pre-festival gift basket raffle.

“Our Apple Harvest Festival is our largest event of the year and the longest-running fall harvest celebration in the region,” says Scott Rougeau, special events director for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. “Last year’s festival drew about 75,000 people. We look forward to welcoming the large crowds and seeing them enjoy the delicious fall-inspired foods and regionally produced ciders, shopping at the craft show and at local businesses, and enjoying the live entertainment. This is one celebration people don’t want to miss.”

Downtown Ithaca’s 40th annual Apple Harvest Festival presented by Tompkins Community Bank is also supported by Maguire, Hyundai, Subaru, Genesis, and Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons. For more information about the Apple Harvest Festival, including parking details, visit downtownithaca.com and the Apple Harvest Festival Facebook Event Page.

Plus, in conjunction with Apple Harvest Festival, check out the NY Cider Association’s annual Cider Week Finger Lakes, a weeklong celebration of the Finger Lakes’ rich cider wealth. For more information about Cider Week FLX, check out ciderweekflx.com/flx.