Public Art Trail & Culture

Downtown art & culture prevail with Auburn Public Theater, Finger Lakes Arts CouncilSeward House Museum, FAME, Cayuga County Arts Council & the Musical Theater Festival & Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. The public Art for Auburn projects include mosaic installations, sculptures, painted murals & vinyl banners that brighten downtown’s buildings & street views. BID has fully supported all of the mosaic projects, and funded the vinyl banners, the latest ones were installed on the City Parking Garage. 

BID helped create an Arts Trail brochure & website to promote downtown’s public art scene. We also partner on projects with Auburn Beautification Commission, like the flower pot program & the Dazzle Downtown tree lighting project. Call us for an Art Trail brochure at (315) 252-7874, or visit the website or Facebook page.

Free Community Events

Downtown festivals, concerts & events are plentiful and free for families. When it comes to event planning, BID is an active partner, and we are sought out by local organizations to help bring new downtown events online. We work very closely with various City departments to make sure everything goes safely & smoothly.

First Fridays happen monthly at museums, shops, breweries & restaurants with free entertainment, art exhibits & refreshments offered from 5 – 8PM. BID also helps organize the City’s Founder’s Day street festival with the antique car show, the AuBurn Bike Fest & Unity House’s Art Flaire. The City & BID host monthly Music on the Mall performances on State Street, then there's A. T. Walley’s seasonal St. Patrick’s party, Seafood Fest and Santa Con events that enjoy big crowds. BID partners with Majorpalooza, the Auburn YMCA-WEIU Downtown Mile, Auburn Education Foundation’s Gobble 'N Go eatery crawl, and TomatoFest to bring additional annual street festivals & events downtown. BID also hosts the Holiday Parade & Miracle on Genesee Street. For more info our annual event listings please click here.

BID Maintenance Program

BID has a wonderful partnership with City DPW & APD, and together we maintain everything from parks, flower beds and pot & hanging basket plantings, seasonal street decor & amenities, snow removal, safety and parking concerns to set-up for special events. The City has contracted with BID for 15+ years to manage downtown maintenance.

Nik Sanzotta is a full-time staff person solely dedicated to just taking care of downtown. Compliments abound for his work, plus all the other improvements & progress we’ve seen happen downtown in the past 5-10 years.

BID Flower Program

In summer, Nik and seasonal staff mow & weed the City park lawns & grasses. BID also plants & maintains the downtown flower pots, beds, hanging baskets and landscaping to beautify downtown green spaces that would otherwise be unattended.

To save on the expense of daily watering, we’ve partnered with the local company BO-MER, to purchase self-watering pots. The pot flowers are planted before Memorial Day and maintained into early fall.


Auburn is the first East Coast city to offer Pango on-street parking. Pango is an easy convenient mobile phone parking option. Ongoing, BID supports this City program by placing advertising, creating videos & signage, providing info in our brochures, on our website and at downtown events.

Auburn received a Local Government Achievement Award from NYCOM for its successful implementation of Pango’s innovative program. For more parking and directions info click here.

Header photo by Michael Bruton.

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