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, Good Shepherd’s Brewing Co., the Havana Room @ the Phoenix, Moondog's Lounge, Osteria Salina, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Seward House Museum, Underground Bottle Shop
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 vendors such as Refinery Modern Fare, Downtown Deli, Auburn Doubledays, PERK at the Case Mansion, Parker's Grille, Wild's Eats & Sweets, Moro's Table, plus entrants from BOCES culinary students & more. In addition, there will be beer & wine sales, live music by Perform4Purpose and Inside Job, caricatures by Bradley Cole, 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 27th & 28th 10AM - 10PM
Event kicks off at 8:30AM with the 5K Catch Me If You Can family run through downtown, free for 18 years & under, registration at City Hall.
The Stefanak Sprint for youth starts at 9:45AM followed by exciting family fun with Auburn Doubledays & more. Post-race, come sample food vending by Ciao, Villano's, Potatoes & Molasses and Wolf's Patio Pizza, plus craft & domestic beer poured by Prison City Pub & Brewery. Enjoy live music acts on the showmobile stage all day including Perform4Purpose 11AM - 1PM, Syracuse rock band Scars N' Stripes and Skaneateles party band Mere Mortals 6 - 9PM. There will also be a BluePrint II Auburn Idol competition at Auburn Public Theater, with winning performers showcased between acts on the showmobile stage.
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. Mobile vendors include Phat Kat Tacos, Silo Food Truck, Tonzi's Catering & Wolf's Patio Pizza, with a special performance by Downbeat Percussion.
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 also offer community street games, so grab your hula hoop and join in the festival fun!
6/29/18: BID - Crossroads
7/13/17: BID - Darwin
7/27/17: City - Root Shock
8/10/17: City - Ya-MaMa
8/24/18: BID - Mere Mortals
9/7/18: City - Faded Vinyl
Walley’s Street Festivals & Events
State Street & Genesee Street
St. Practice Day: February 17
Downtown Seafood Fest: June 23
90's Reunion: July 14
Nick's Ride 4 HEAL: August 18
A.T. Walley’s whiskey & cigar bar organizes street festivals with live music, special menu offerings and an outdoor bar. Visit website.
Sizzlin' Summer Kick-Off
June 16th 6 – 10PM
Exchange Street Plaza
The City presents its third annual festival with live bands on the showmobile stage, arts & crafts vending, plus food, craft beer & cider sales. Showmobile acts include Cruise Control from 6 - 7:30PM, followed by Binghamton psychedelic rock band Raibred from 8 - 10PM. Before the event from 3 - 6PM, check out "Let's Chalk About It," with artists creating chalk art compositions on Genesee Street for adult & youth competitions.
Juneteenth Independence Day Celebration
Come to Falcon Park pre-game and enjoy this second 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 5th - 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, 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.
A Day in Dance Gala
Enjoy a free open air New York Dance Festival performance on the Owasco River from 7 - 9PM, followed by a Gala Reception at Osteria Salina. The Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival is taking place at the Harriet Tubman National Historic Park, 180 South Street, on July 21st at 5PM.
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, 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: Ethnic Festival, Antique Car Show, Bike Fest, Art Flaire & Fun Fair for Charity
August 11th 10AM – 6PM
Genesee & State Streets & Exchange Street Plaza & Market Street Park
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, and JD Blues Band performing from 6 - 9PM in the State Street Band Shell.
Also enjoy an Ethnic Festival with food vending, displays, dance & music performances on Genesee Street. Acts include Fritz's Polka Band 1 - 2PM and the Celtic roots rock band from the west coast Town Pants 4 - 6PM. There will also be a BluePrint II Youth Fun Fair at Market Street Park with music by Perform4Purpose, plus old-time games & concessions from noon - 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
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 www.EZRaceReg.com. 315.253-5304 or visit www.auburnymca.org.
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 multiple stages, cultural entertainment, plus a farmer's market, petting zoo, food, beverage & fine art vending and games & activities for the family. Main Stage performers include Julie Howard, Perform4Purpose, Diana Jacobs Band, A Cast of Thousands and Petty Thieves. During the event, canned donations for the local food pantry are greatly appreciated. Visit website.
Gobble 'N Go
Saturday, October 13th 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, 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
Genesee Street & City Hall
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.