BLOG: Fall festivities return to Ithaca

The city of Ithaca is looking much different this fall compared to last, one year later after the pandemic impacted all aspects of the community. Countless events, celebrations and festivities were cancelled due to COVID-19, and this year they are making a strong return.

IC Alumni Weekend

Ithaca College Alumni Weekend has returned for the Fall 2021 season. This year, Alumni Weekend is being held the first weekend in October.

There's much to celebrate this year after many months of uncertainty, stress and anxiety around the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as countless cancelled events and celebrations.


  • Special reunion parties on Friday night for the 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th and 60th class reunions and a welcome back party for all reunion classes and alumni

  • The Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday

  • The Bomber Picnic before the Homecoming Football Game on Saturday

  • The Homecoming Football Game: IC vs. Hobart Saturday afternoon (tickets to the game must be purchased at the gate on the day of the game. $5 for adults; $3 for students and senior citizens)

  • The 2021 Alumni Awards Celebration Saturday evening

  • Dinners and receptions for the 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th and 60th reunion classes Saturday evening

Photo by Lauren White

The college is celebrating all alumni and IC classes ending in 0, 1, 5, and 6 and hosting special events for the 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, and 60th milestone reunion years.

Alumni and visitors poured into the city beginning Friday, filling restaurants downtown and walking around campus. The weekend festivities begin on Friday and take place until Sunday afternoon.

Apple Fest

Ithaca's well-known fall festival, Apple Fest is also taking place the first weekend in October. In the Fall of 2020, the festival was altered around the pandemic, and planned to avoid large crowds and interactions.

Photo by Lauren White

This year, the three-day festival is taking place in full force. Apple Harvest Festival hosts plenty of farmstand fresh apples and produce, delectable apple and seasonal baked goods, a variety of food trucks offering tasty bites, and a craft fair with artisans from around the region. There will also be live music and entertainment, plus a cider trail to enjoy refreshing cider in store and plenty of great apple and apples-inspired products for sale inside shops in and around Downtown.

The liveliness and energy has returned to Ithaca, and by the looks of the crowded campus and downtown, this fun-filled weekend is sure to brighten the city after the last year of unprecedented times.

Visit to get more information on upcoming events and to stay up to date on the fun!

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