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

Marching Band

Latino Multicultural Festival Parade

At and around Southside Community Center

PERFORMANCES: Latino Multicultural Festival (12-6 PM)

FOOD: Ana's Cocina, Island Flavors

RESTROOMS: Inside Southside Community Center

ADMIN: Volunteer Tent supported by Wegmans and Ithaca Coffee Company

Clinton Street Bike Corner

Recycle Ithaca's Bicycles Learn to Fix Your Bike, TCAT Bikes on the Bus, Ithaca Youth Bureau Bike Roadeo, Boxy Bikes Try Out an eBike, Bike Walk Tompkins Try Out a Recumbent Trike, New York Bicycling Coalition, Beechtree Music and Memory

Plain St from Clinton St to S Titus Ave

FLOOFCollage pARTy!, Second Street Reiki, Taoist Tai Chi, First Congregational Church, Community Science Institute Creek Water Test, Just Play! at Titus Triangle

Plain St from S Titus Ave to Wood St


Cornell Cooperative Extension Energy Outreach, Energy Smart Community, Get Your GreenBack Tompkins, Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management, EVTompkins

Plain St from Wood St to Elmira Rd

PERFORMANCES: Circus Culture

RESTROOMS: Wheelchair-accessible portable toilet at Baker Park

NY23 Votes, Fossil Free Tompkins, Tompkins County Health Department, City of Ithaca Planning Department: Southside Neighborhood Plan, Physics Bus, Finger Lakes ReUse

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 community members.  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