Pride Month in Ithaca
Known for being one of the most progressive and open-minded areas in Upstate New York, Ithaca offers an enlightened demographic of folks who pride themselves on being one of ‘The Advocate’ Magazine’s first “10 Best Cities for Gays and Lesbians to Live”. Halfway between New York City and Niagara Falls, Ithaca welcomes visitors from all over exploring beautiful New York State for WorldPride 2019
LGBTQ History Walking Tour
Bars and public spaces have been sites of LGBTQ resistance and resilience for decades. But many of the people and places that make up our history’s shared past have been forgotten, erased, overlooked, or ignored. Students of Ithaca College along with Luca Maurer, director, The Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services created an LGBTQ Local History Walking Tour throughout the city of Ithaca with 32 stops over 7 miles. The tour is available as a self-guided experience through the free app Pocket Sights, with options for users to customize their experience.
On Saturday, June 22 during Ithaca Pride, there will be a special guided LGBTQ History Tour. The tour begins at 3:00 PM, and will be led by the tour's creators who will offer their own reflections as the group proceeds to select sites in downtown Ithaca. Participants will learn about local, historic LGBTQ spots and happenings that played important roles in the community and nation. Register to reserve your spot on the tour.
Finger Lakes Craft Beverage
Americana Vineyards, an LGBTQ-owned winery, knows how to host a good time and create a sense of community for anyone who visits. Stop in for a wine tasting or enjoy a local craft beer in their brewery Bacchus Brewery, on-site as well. Enjoy dining outside or inside at the Crystal Lake Café. Weekly live music and special events throughout the year including the popular dog-friendly Woofstock event and their annual July 4th weekend bash are events you’ll surely remember!
On Saturday, July 27th, check out the Drag Brunch at Coltivare. Join your hostess with the mostest Tilia Cordata and her fabulously talented friends for an MC'd drag show complete with costume changes, musical numbers, shimmer, shine, and more glitz 'n glamour than you've seen in the daylight. Brunch buffet and a variety of drinks will be available.
Discover Cayuga offers Sunday evening cruises billed as Club Cayuga, including Rainbow Sunset Cruises throughout the summer. Catch the beautiful sunsets on Cayuga Lake with DJs spinning to set the mood.
Local Shopping and Family-friendly Downtown
The Downtown Ithaca Commons is pedestrian-centric with vibrant public art and a variety of restaurants. For family-friendly independent shops with alternative and local options, check out Alphabet Soup, Jillian's Drawers, Ithacamade, and Buffalo Street Books.
Several Downtown Ithaca establishments promote safe & inclusive evening environments, such as Silky Jones, Bar Argos, and The Watershed.