Ithaca’s premier event of the Fall: the Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival, presented by Tompkins Trust Company, is held at the end of September and is a three-day harvest celebration of food, ciders, fun, and apples! Each year, Apple Harvest Festival hosts bushels full of apple farmers, local produce, fresh baked goods, family entertainment at every turn, games, rides, prizes and live performances on two stages. Free to attend and all-ages friendly, Apple Harvest Festival is a great introduction to the rich farm and artist community of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes region. First-time visitors can witness a variety of wonderful local entertainment happening all over downtown and inside shops, while also visiting the historical outdoor pedestrian shopping mall, the Ithaca Commons. The Commons is the epicenter of the festival and the gateway to a nostalgic journey to harvest season fun.