List of Activities


What to do at Streets Alive!  ?  Walk, bike, roll, dance, play, and hang out with neighbors and friends.   Enjoy all the new found space when streets are closed to cars and open to people.   Spontaneous and unscheduled activity is encouraged, from lemonade stands to four square games.  Simply claim a space and remember to leave at least half the street for people to easily walk, bike or roll past. Or join in the activities listed below.


Moving Along the Event

Fall Creek Brass Band

Finger Lakes Fife & Drum Corps

Ithaca High School (IHS)

SPONSOR: Bike Helmets (Children + Teens) by Upstate Golisano Hosp.

IYB Bike Rodeo, Circus Culture, TCAT Bus, and EV Tompkins

Near Cayuga at Lincoln

RESTROOMS: Tabernacle Baptist Church & Cornell Cooperative Extension (Compost Fair)

Compost Fair at CCE (till 4), Just Play Project, FLOOF Collage pARTy, Seishi Karate

Cayuga from Lewis to Yates

Canada Corner, City of Ithaca Water, Energy Smart NY, Get Your GreenBack, Jolly Buddha Massage, NY23 Votes, TC Dems., TC DOH Water Taste Test, TC Recycling

Around & In Thompson Park

RESTROOMS: accessible portapotty

FOOD: Silo Fried Chicken, The Good Truckl, Ithaca Coffee Company

Bike Repair, Bike Walk Tompkins, Talk Transportation, Taoist Society Tai Chi, TC Quilter’s Guild, Volleyball

Along Court Street

I-Jump/I-Lift, Project Eddy Gate

Greater Ithaca Activities Ctr (GIAC) + Beverly J. Martin School (BJM)


FOOD: Taste of Muslim Culture (till 4)

¡CULTURA! Ithaca, GIAC Jumpers, LimeBike Ribbon Cutting (1:15 PM)

As you enjoy yourselves, please also remember that Streets Alive! is a family and community friendly event put together by a small team of dedicated active transportation professionals.  We discourage the production of waste (no trash, thanks; if you carry it in, carry it out), uncomfortable levels of sound and danger, and extra work; and we encourage the production of smiles and kindnesses along the way.  Everyone has to clear the streets by 5pm.  Thank you!

Host an Activity

Anyone can host an activity:

Streets Alive! is at its simplest a day where the streets are closed to cars and open to people.  Anyone can join in and make some fun.  Simply chalk a space and leave at least half the street open for people to walk, bike, and roll by.  The possibilities are almost endless:  hula hooping, jump rope, hopscotch, street hockey, frisbee, basketball… Or practice your unicycling, play a little acoustic music, run a lemonade stand, build a fort…

Big Groups, Non-Profit Organizations, Businesses: Register here.

If you are a bigger group or a formal organization or business, (and anyone who wants their activity formally listed) please contact us about your activity idea.  We have some guidelines to follow, and want to put you on the map. We welcome fun activities that connect with our themes of active transportation (walking, rolling, biking, etc.), inclusive community-building, health and wellness, empowered neighborhoods, and having fun outside with neighbors. Thanks for your interest!

Streets Alive! September 2016   photo by Edna Brown