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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, Equal Rights Heritage Center, Good Shepherd’s Brewing Co., Gretchen’s Confections, the Havana Room @ the Phoenix, Moondog's Lounge, Next Chapter Brewpub, Osteria Salina, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Seward House Museum, Thirsty Pug Craft Beer Tap Room & Bottle Shop, Underground Bottle Shop & more!

IGNITE the Winter
First Friday in March 5 - 10PM

Hilton Garden Inn, 74 State Street
IGNITE the Winter features a chili & chowder cook-off with regional eateries. In addition, there will be beer & wine sales, live music, an ice sculpture demo, raffles & family activities. Admission is free, tastings $1/per sample. Cook-off runs 5-8, event 5-10. 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 26th & 27th 10AM - 10PM

Genesee Street
Event kicks off at 8:30AM with the 5K Catch Me If You Can family run, free for 18 years & under, registration at the Equal Rights Heritage Center. The Stefanak Sprint for youth starts at 9:45AM followed by exciting family fun under the State Street band shell. Post-race, come sample mobile food & beverage vending with downtown breweries & eateries. Enjoy live music acts on the showmobile stage 11:30AM - 9PM, the 2019 headliner is Scars N’ Stripes. 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, lunch downtown at the BID Food Truck Rodeo on Loop Road until 2PM, with a special performance by Downbeat Percussion on the river overlook. Mobile vendors include Potato & Molasses, Wolf's Patio Pizza, Irie Jamaican Queen, Miss Alice’s Mad Hatters Cotton Candy & Little Cow Ice Cream.

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

BID and the City continue the Music on the Mall series featuring free live outdoor music performances in the State Street band shell from 7 – 10PM, on four Fridays between June 21 – September 6. Rain location is Moondog's Lounge. We also offer community street games, so grab your hula hoop and join in the festival fun!

June 21: City - Los Blancos
July 12: BID - Fritz’s Polka Band
August 9: City - Ener-G R&B Showband
September 6: BID - Mere Mortals

Walley’s Street Festivals & Events

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

State Street & Genesee Street
Downtown Seafood Fest: June 22
80s vs. 90s: July 6
1969 Class Reunion: July 19
Nick's Ride 4 Friends: August 17
Halloween party: October 26
Santa Con: December 7

Sizzlin' Summer Kick-Off
June 22nd 6 – 10PM

Market Street Park
The City presents its fourth annual festival with live music performances by Root Shock and Honky Tonk Hindooz, arts & crafts displays, plus mobile food vending, craft beer & cider sales. Before the event from 12 - 5PM, check out "Let's Chalk About It," with artists creating chalk art compositions for adult & youth competitions.

Juneteenth Independence Day Celebration
June 16th

Come to Falcon Park pre-game and enjoy this annual City celebration featuring musical performances, speakers, and a variety of food offerings in honor of freedom then & now.  Visit Facebook page.

City Summer Concert Series
July 2nd - August 29th

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, and some Wednesday evening performances & movies are held at the Equal Rights Heritage Center, same time frame. Visit website.

July 31: Generation Gap
August 14: Bad Mama’s Blues Band
August 28: Sirsy

Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival
July 13th

Equal Rights Heritage Center & Exchange Street Plaza
Enjoy a free open air New York Dance & Music performance.

A Day in Dance Gala
July 19th 7:30 - 10PM

Equal Rights Heritage Center
Enjoy a free open air New York Dance Festival performance.

Downtown Discounts
July 18 - 20

Come shop, eat and play downtown and enjoy discounts on products & services at participating locations: ABC Cayuga Play Space, Auburn Public Theater, 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, Regenerations, Sam’s Shoe Service, Seward House Museum, Silbert Optical, Speno's Music, UPS Store, West & Co. Diamonds & more! Visit Facebook page.

Founder's Day: Antique Car Show, Bike Fest & Art Flaire
August 10th 10AM – 4PM

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, two live bands on the showmobile stage & awards ceremony at 3PM, plus Fire & Iron’s annual auBURN Bike Fest & ride 11:30AM - 3PM. 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 23rd

Race starts at 7PM at the Equal Rights Heritage Center. Certified one-mile course open to all recreational & competitive runners of all ages. After race enjoy an award ceremony & festivities. Complimentary ribbon, t-shirt and beverage provided to all participants. To register go to 315.253-5304 or visit    

September 7th

Auburn Public Theater, Genesee Center, Genesee Street & Exchange Street Plaza
Friday night kick-off features Music on the Mall in the State Street band shell from 7 - 10PM. On Saturday from 11AM - 7PM, come back downtown to enjoy more live music acts on two Genesee Street stages, and one on Exchange Street, plus cultural entertainment, a farmer's market, petting zoo, food, beverage & fine art vending and activities for the family. Showmobile Stage performers TBA. From noon on, there is interactive family fun inside Auburn Public Theater. There is a fundraising performance Saturday night on the Main Stage at APT, with proceeds benefiting local food pantries. During the event, canned donations are greatly appreciated. Visit website.

Gobble 'N Go
Saturday, October 12th 1 - 5PM

This event is presented by Auburn Education Foundation and co-sponsored by The Citizen, Knights of Columbus, The Printery, and Refinery Modern Fare at the Hilton Garden Inn, and the Downtown Auburn BID. Tour & taste at downtown Auburn's eateries & shops including A.T. Walley, Burger Theory, Good Shepherd's Brewing Co., Mesa Grande Taqueria, Moondog's Lounge, Moro's Table, Next Chapter Brewpub, Parker's Grille, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Refinery Modern Fare, Regenerations, 3Leaf Tea, and Wild's Eats & Sweets. Big D's shuttle service offered at downtown stops, last stop party with a buffet is hosted by Knights of Columbus from 4:30 - 6PM. Advance tickets $25 available online, or at the BID office.  

Holiday Parade & Miracle on Genesee Street
Saturday, November 30th 3 - 8PM

Genesee Street, Equal Rights Heritage Center & City Hall
Bring the family downtown for horse & wagon rides around Seward Park from 3 - 5PM, plus outdoor music from 3 - 6PM with Perform4Purpose, and hot food & beverage sales by Potato & Molasses food truck. The Holiday Parade & float competition start at 6PM, followed by the City's Tree Lighting Ceremony on City Hall steps. Then there's the community Festival of Trees on the South Lawn from 5 - 8PM & visits with Mr. & Mrs. Claus.

AT Walley's Santa Con
Saturday, December 7th 3PM

Dress in a holiday theme, and join a pub crawl that starts at Walleys, and makes 4 stops offering complimentary snacks & drink specials. Event ends at Walleys with live music, $10 donation to benefit a local non-profit. Visit website.

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