As the leaves in Ithaca begin to turn shades of red, orange, and yellow, the city comes alive with a variety of activities to celebrate the changing of the seasons. From pumpkin patches to apple cider tastings, there are endless opportunities to indulge in the joys of fall. In particular, the month of October is a vibrant and bustling time that promises to be full of exciting events and memorable experiences.


Discover outdoor dining options with heated seating and delicious food.

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No Tricks, just Halloween-inspired Treats

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Ithaca City Cemetery Tours hosted by Historic Ithaca, October 21-22, 31. 11 am and 2 pm

Registration is required. Learn about the Ithaca City Cemetery's evolution from a village burying ground to a Victorian landscape for the dead as we walk through various sections of this 16-acre municipal cemetery and green space. Tours will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Haunted History Tours hosted by The History Center, October 13-14, 19-21, 26-28

Join a downtown walking tour exploration of murder, jealousy, insanity, and perhaps some ghostly visits along the way. This program is for ages 16 to 116; tickets are $15 per person, and a reservation is required. All tours will begin at 6 or 7:30 pm outside The Tompkins Center for History & Culture.

Boogie Monster Bash: A '70s Themed Halloween Party, October 31 at The Downstairs

Join the dynamic duo, SingTrece and Kenneth McLaurin, for a '70s-themed Halloween bash that promises a night of thrilling fun and interactive excitement. Step into the vibrant world of the '70s at The Downstairs, 121 E. MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY, from 7 pm to 9 pm, and prepare for a spooktacular time filled with laughter, music, and electrifying entertainment.


Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Costume Party

Join us for The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Costume Party at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, Inc. (TCFA)! Dance the night away in your wildest costumes as we celebrate this iconic cult classic. $15.00 advance online pricing, $20 at the door.


If you want to explore more exciting events in October, look at our event calendar!

Craft cider, farm visits, and locally sourced menus for fall comfort

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Blackduck Cidery open for Tastings

For the month of October, on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm to 5 pm, enjoy tasting flights with local Finger Lakes cheese and cider/perry by the glass. Sit in the Orchard and enjoy an afternoon out!

Grisamore Farms / Cider Works 

U-pick: apples, pumpkins, gourds, farm store: produce, baked goods, flowers. Join cider tastings at Grisamore Cider Works, indoor and outdoor seating. Open every day.

Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

Get lost in the Moore Family Farm's 5-Acre corn maze, pick the perfect pumpkin from the patch, test your aim with their apple cannons, take Instagram-worthy photos & much more. With over 30 attractions, there's farm fun for everyone.