Southside Neighborhood

In Southside, the Southside Community Center will be hosting a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday.

From concerts to crafts, this Father’s Day is full of fun options around town for fathers and their families alike. This is not an exhaustive list, but the Ithaca Times thought we would give our audience a few ideas for inspiration. 

Events kick off on Saturday, starting with the Gorges Half Marathon presented by the Cayuga Medical Center. The race kicks off at 7:30 a.m. from the Town of Ulysses, stopping just before the Ithaca Commons. Runners should register online in advance.

Later on Saturday, the Ithaca Community Childcare Center will host a “Things on Wheels” truck show. The picnic, which is scheduled to feature vehicles of all sizes, will also house kid-friendly activities including bounce houses, face painting and a giant slide from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will go towards redesigning the IC3 playground.

The family-friendly events continue as the Southside Community Center will host a Juneteenth celebration in the afternoon, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The block party festival will include food, music, activities for kids, raffles and vendors, under the theme of “Abolitionist Teaching,” in remembrance of Jacqueline Elizabeth Melton Scott, a longtime local activist. After the festival runs from noon to 8 p.m., the community center will show the movie The Wiz at 8:30 p.m.

In the evening, dads can dress up for the more formal father-daughter dance, an event doubling as a fundraiser hosted by the 4H Poultry Club at 4-H Acres from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the princess-themed evening, which will include dessert and ballroom dance lessons.

On Sunday morning, dads can enjoy the annual pancake breakfast hosted by the East Hill Flying Club. The club offers a hearty breakfast and plane rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The flights are $40 per person, according to a spokesman, and head towards Taughannock Falls, fly around the west shore of the lake and continue eastward over Cornell before landing.

Dads who want to rock out—at kid-friendly volumes—with their families can enjoy the music of the Grateful Dead at The Haunt from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The music will be performed by The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a band that travels around the country to promote rock music at historic sites. Tickets are $15. For those with more orchestral tastes, the Ithaca Concert Band will perform at the First Baptist Church Sunday afternoon, playing popular medleys by Copland, Gershwin and Sousa. The concert starts at 4 p.m.

To wrap up the day, the Finger Lakes Museum will host a “Full Moon Paddle” activity on the north end of Keuka Lake for fathers and friends. The evening kayaking will be followed by a bonfire and refreshments.

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