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First Fridays
First Friday of the month 5 - 8PM

Museums, galleries, restaurants & shops host open houses with free live music, art exhibits & refreshments. Downtown venues include Auburn Public Theater, A.T. Walley's, the Copper Pig, Finger Lakes ArtGood Shepherd’s Brewing Co., the Havana Room @ the Phoenix, Moondog's Lounge, Osteria Salina, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Seward House Museum, Underground Bottle Shop & more!

IGNITE the Winter
First Friday in March 5 - 8PM

Hilton Garden Inn, State Street
This winter festival features a chili cook-off, wine, cider & beer sales, live music and a wide array of family fun activities.  Visit website.

Farmer's Market of Cayuga County
June - October 7AM - 2PM

Curley's Restaurant lot: 96 State Street
Market features vendors selling fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, baked goods, wine, meat, eggs, jam, hand-made jewelry, plus food demos. The market runs every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, with FREE parking!

Majorpalooza & Memorial Day
May 27th & 28th 10AM - 10PM

Genesee Street
Come sample food, wine & craft beer, plus live music acts on the main stage all day, a morning 5K race, a children’s race & exciting family fun. Visit website.

On Memorial Day at 11AM watch the City’s annual parade followed by a ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Park, and the Kiwanis Duck Derby at Market Street Park on Owasco River at 1PM. Then, stay downtown for the BID after party with live music, family fun and a food truck rodeo on Loop Road until 2PM.  

Music on the Mall
Second Fridays June – September 7 – 10PM

BID and the City have revived the beloved Music on the Mall featuring free live outdoor music performances in State Street band shell from 7 – 10PM, second and fourth Fridays from June 29 – September 7.
Rain location is Moondog's Lounge. We are also offering community street games & festival fun, so grab your hula hoop and join in!

Walley’s Street Festivals & Events

State Street & Genesee Street
St. Practice Day: mid March
Summer Jam: mid June
Nick's Ride for HEAL: August 18
Fall Fest: early October
Santa Con Pub Crawl: December 9

A.T. Walley’s whiskey & cigar bar organizes street festivals with live music, special menu offerings and an outdoor bar. Visit website.

City Sizzlin' Summer Kick-Off
June 16th 6 – 10PM

Exchange Street Plaza
The City presents this third annual event with live bands on the showmobile stage, plus arts & crafts vending, and food, craft beer, wine & cider sales. 

Juneteenth Independence Day Celebration
June 16th

Come enjoy this second annual celebration featuring musical performances, speakers, vendors and a variety of food offerings in honor of freedom then & now.  Visit Facebook page.

City Summer Concert Series
July 6th - August 31st

Tuesday evening’s location is Hoopes Park with music from 6:30 – 8:30PM followed by family-friendly movies. Thursdays, the location is Market Street Park, with music from 6:30 – 8:30PM, and some Wednesday evening performances are held at Clifford Field and other rotating City parks, same time frame. Visit website.

Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival
July 11th

From 6 - 10PM in the State Street Band Shell, enjoy a free concert of Blues, Jazz & Gospel music headlining with "A Soundtrack for Harriet Tubman," composed by Sean McLeod. Plus enjoy signature Tubman beverages at the State Street eateries & pubs.

Downtown Discounts
July 19 - 21

Come shop, eat and play downtown and enjoy discounts on products & services at participating locations: ABC Cayuga Play Space, Auburn Public Theater, The Center for WellnessEKA Center for Yoga & Creativity,
Envy & Encore, Finger Lakes Art, Finger Lakes Scuba, Good Shepherd’s Brewing Co., Hairlooms, 3Leaf Tea, L.B. Lightning Cyclery, The Liberty Store, Moondog’s Lounge, Nash’s Framing & Art, Sam’s Shoe Service,
Speno's Music, UPS Store, West & Co. Diamonds & Fine Jewelry & more!
Visit Facebook page.

Founder's Day: Antique Car Show, Bike Fest & Art Flaire
August 11th 10AM – 9PM

Genesee & State Streets & Exchange Street Plaza
After the Friday night kick-off event with Music on the Mall on State Street from 7 - 10PM, on Saturday stroll the annual FLAACA car show featuring hundreds of classic & antique cars and vendor market, DJ music & awards ceremony at 3PM, plus Fire & Iron’s annual auBURN Bike Fest & ride 11:30AM - 3PM. Then enjoy more outdoor music on Genesee Street. Visit Facebook page.

Another component of Founder's Day is Unity House's Art Flaire happening on Exchange Street Plaza with fine art displays, vending & family fun from 10AM - 4PM. Visit website.

Downtown Auburn Mile
August 24th

Race starts at 7PM at Pettigrass Funeral Home and ends at State Street Mall.
Certified one-mile course open to all recreational & competitive runners of all ages. After race award ceremony & festivities held at the State Street band shell, with Mere Mortals performing from 7 - 10PM, sponsored by BID & Senator DeFrancisco's Arts in Cayuga County Program. Complimentary ribbon, t-shirt and beverage provided to all race participants. To register go to 315.253-5304 or visit    

September 8th

Auburn Public Theater, Genesee Center, Genesee Street & Exchange Street Plaza
Friday night kick-off features BID's Music on the Mall event with Ithaca reggae band Mosaic Foundation in the State Street band shell from 7 - 10PM. Then enjoy additional music Friday night at Auburn Public Theater (APT), Moro's Table, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Moondog's Lounge, A.T. Walley's and Osteria Salina. On Saturday from 10AM - 6PM, come back downtown to enjoy more live music acts on multiple stages, cultural entertainment, plus a farmer's market, petting zoo, food, beverage & fine art vending and games & activities for the family. Inside APT on Saturday, find puppet shows, marionettes, a reptile show, juggling & more. During the event, canned donations for the local food pantry are greatly appreciated.
Visit website.

Gobble 'N Go
Saturday, October 20th 1 - 5PM

This event is presented by Auburn Education Foundation and co-sponsored by The Citizen, J & J Limousine Service and Refinery Modern Fare at the Hilton Garden Inn, and the Downtown Auburn BID. Tour & taste at downtown Auburn's restaurants & shops, venues include A.T. Walley's, Copper Pig BBQ, Finger Lakes Arts Council, Good Shepherd's Brewing Co., Laurie's Lil' Popcorn Shoppe, Mesa Grande Taqueria, Moondog's Lounge, Moro's Table, Parker's Grille, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Refinery Modern Fare, 3Leaf Tea, Thirsty Pug Tap Room & Bottle Shop, Underground Bottle Shop and Wild's Eats & Sweets. Shuttle service included at four downtown stops, last stop party is hosted by Refinery Modern Fare. Advance tickets $25 available online, or at the BID office.  

Holiday Parade & Miracle on Genesee Street
Saturday, November 24th 3 - 8PM

Auburn Public Theater, Genesee Street & City Hall
Come to APT from 3 - 5PM for holiday family fun with a Seward House reading, Dawn Jordan's marionette show, plus live music by Perform4Purpose. The Holiday Parade & float competition start at 6PM, followed by the City's Tree Lighting on City Hall steps, plus community caroling with Genesee Voices & the cast of characters from Auburn Players Scrooge. Then there's the Festival of Trees on the South Lawn from 5 - 8PM, visits with Mr. & Mrs. Claus & more!

AT Walley's Santa Con
Saturday, December 9th 4PM

Dress like Santa and join a pub crawl from Walley’s to Swaby’s, Knights of Columbus, then Curley’s, and the Hilton’s Refinery Modern Fare. Event ends at Walley’s with DJ music & food, $10 donation to benefit Tyburn Academy. Visit website.

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