Arts & Entertainment
ABC Cayuga Play Space
63 Genesee Street & North Street
Interactive space and resource center for families with young children birth - 6 years, that encourages learning through play. Children can explore various settings including shopping in a grocery store, being in a cafe, or aboard a boat, to spark their imagination and creativity. Space also hosts private parties and offer family memberships. Visit website.
The Arts Branch
Genesee Center, 100 Genesee Street, Suite B
This multi-arts company provides musical therapy services, classes, creative space & performance opportunities for all. We are educators, therapists, artists, musicians & advocates who provide high quality, inclusive arts education & therapeutic services through innovative arts programming.
Arts in Motion Dance Center
10 Seminary Avenue
Center offers several different styles of dance instruction for children ages 3 - 18 years including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop & contemporary. Visit website.
Auburn Public Theater
8 Exchange Street
APT is the cultural heart of downtown Auburn. This multi-use space houses Auburn Public Studio, which offers youth programming, plus weekend cinema, live national comedy acts, musical theater productions, live music & weekly open mic night, poetry readings, dance performances, special events & more. Visit website.
Center for Creative Expressions
39 Genesee Street
Finger Lakes Artists, Musicians and Entertainers (F.A.M.E.) is an award-winning program designed for people who want to explore and develop their creative talents. The Center for Creative Expression offers two-hour sessions Monday - Friday. These sessions are Theater Arts, Voice and Music Instruction, Movie Making, Creative and Fine Arts, and Dance Movement. Individuals receive support and skills training from experience staff and professional instructors. Come to an evening of song & dance at F.A.M.E., with music & refreshments every second Thursday of the month. Free, donations appreciated. Visit website.
Donna's Dance Center
3 East Genesee Street
Family Fun & Holiday Parade
This event is held on Genesee Street and in Auburn Public Theater the Saturday after Thanksgiving from 3 - 8PM. See more info on the Events page!
Farmer’s Market of Cayuga County
This market is located in Curley's Restaurant parking lot and runs May - October, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. See more info on the Events page!
Finger Lakes Art
101 Genesee Street
Come shop the gallery filled with locally-made jewelry, ceramics, paintings, stained glass, photos & prints, home accessories, cards & more. In addition, celebrate art & music at the First Friday monthly receptions, plus there's studio space, artist workshops & yoga classes offered on the second floor. Visit website.
Finger Lakes Scuba
11 Dill Street
Full service dive and snorkeling retail store offering all levels of training, plus a local dive charter service on the Finger Lakes & St. Lawrence River May – October, and world-wide group or individual dive travel. Visit website.
Come tour Auburn's museums, galleries, historic sites, eateries, shops, event spaces & more the First Friday of every month from starting at 5PM. See more info on the Events page!
Founder’s Day, Antique Car Show
& Bike Fest & Art Flaire
The second Saturday in August enjoy a downtown street festival featuring an antique car & motorcycle show, art flaire, plus awards & live music performances. See more info on the Events page!
IGNITE the Winter
First Friday in March on Exchange Street Plaza enjoy a chili, soup & chowder cook-off, live music, ice sculpting & lots of family fun. See more info on the Events page!
Jim Van Arsdale Guitar School
3 East Genesee Street
Providing lessons & live performances for all stringed instruments and drums. Visit website.
Kuk Sool Won Korean Martial Arts Club & School
Genesee Center, 100 Genesee Street
Kuk Sool Won is a traditional Korean Martial Arts system. It is a family-oriented school that offers classes for children & adults as well as workshops for women's self-defense. Owner Tim Webster has trained for 20 years, and he instructs with his daughter, who trained for 12 years. Visit website.
Majorpalooza & Memorial Day
On Sunday, kick off the holiday weekend with a 5K run, plus tasting tents featuring eateries, breweries & wineries, plus live music & family fun. See more info on the Events page!
(315) 255-1305 Box Office: (315) 255-1785
Administrative Offices: 17 William Street, 2nd Floor
MGR Playhouse: 6877 East Lake Road, Route 38A
Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival & Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Inc., known as Broadway in the Finger Lakes, is a professional, not-for-profit theatre offering main stage productions at the Preston H. Thomas Theatre in the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and new musicals in development at Theater Mack, behind the Cayuga Museum. Throughout the year, the Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre provides comprehensive, professional musical theatre training sessions to interested students, giving young performers the best educational opportunities possible. Visit website.
MindGames Escape Rooms
Genesee Center, 100 Genesee Street, Suite 109
Join the latest craze with themed escape rooms - Exit Protocol, the Missing Starlet's Dressing Room and the Mysterious Potion Room. Each room is assigned a game master who provides the clues & countdown for groups of 2 - 10 people who work together to solve the mysteries and find their way out in an hour. Visit website.
Ozzie's Trackside Tavern
1 Arterial East
Off track betting with full bar & light tavern fare.
Public Art Trail
Downtown Auburn boasts over a dozen public art installations. Visit the stops on the trail. See more info on the BID Programs page!
Perform 4 Purpose
3 East Genesee Street
Perform 4 Purpose fosters youth involvement in the arts by creating music, theater & dance performances that benefit charitable community needs. Visit website.
Seward House Museum
33 South Street
Visit the former intact home and collection of William H. Seward, Secretary of State under Lincoln, who helped purchase Alaska. Tour the beautiful gardens and attend the monthly special events, tours & lectures. Visit website.
3 East Genesee Street
Full range of musical instruments & services from band & guitar repair & setups & Solid State repair. Lines include amps, basses, accessories, drums, music books & band gear & music lessons.
(315) 370-5144 or (315) 406-0000
144 Genesee Street
Underground is a cafe by day, and non-alcoholic night club by weekend night. Rosalie's Cafe is open Monday - Friday, for breakfast, lunch, events & meetings. For night club entertainment, Thursday is game night, offering pool table, dart boards & trivia. Friday is high school night, and Saturday is adult night, offering DJ dance music & a dance floor. Visit Facebook page.
Walley’s Street Festivals
Walley's hosts outdoor themed festivals for St. Pat's, the summer solstice, Columbus Day weekend and a Santa Con holiday pub crawl. See more info on the Events page!
Header photo by Michael Bruton.