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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

Exchange Street Plaza, Genesee Center, Auburn Public Theater
This outdoor winter festival features a chili, soup & chowder cook-off, wine, cider & beer sales, and live music performed on the showmobile stage. Also on Exchange, there's a live ice sculptor demonstration, and inside Genesee Center there's a wide array of family fun activities, plus music by Perform4Purpose.  After that, enjoy more music on Stage Right at Auburn Public Theater. 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 28th & 29th 10AM - 10PM

Genesee Street
Come sample food, wine & craft beer from regional breweries, plus live music acts on the main stage all day, with special guests Big Eyed Phish at 5:30PM and BonJourney at 8PM, 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 Park, and the Kiwanis Duck Derby at Market Street Park on Owasco River at 1PM. Then, stay downtown for the BID & United Way of Cayuga County after party with Lock 52 Jazz Band in the band shell from 1 - 4PM, plus family fun and a food truck rodeo & craft beer garden on Loop Road. Mobile food vendors include Chicken Bandit, Silo Food Truck, Tonzi's Catering and Cayuga Lake Creamery. Craft beverage vendors include Good Shepherd's Brewing Co., Copper Pig BBQ & Tap Room and Aurora Ale & Lager.

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 9 – September 8. This year's performers in order of appearance include: 

June 9: The Swooners
July 14: Generation Gap
July 28: Stone Cold Miracle
August 11: The Proud Walkers
August 25: Mere Mortals
September 8: Mosaic Foundation


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. Patrick’s Day: March 17
Summer Jam: June 24
Buccaneer Day: July 29
Nick's Ride for HEAL: August 19
Fall Fest: October 7
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 10th 4 – 10PM

Exchange Street Plaza
The City presents this second annual event with live bands on the showmobile stage, plus arts & crafts vending, and food, craft beer, wine & cider sales by Moondog's Lounge. Main performance act is reggae band Root Shock playing from 7:30 - 10PM, and Sammy Award-winning opener Jam Factor from Syracuse playing from 4 - 6:30PM.

Juneteenth Independence Day Celebration
June 17th 11AM – 4PM

Exchange Street Plaza & Auburn Public Theater
Come enjoy this first annual celebration featuring musical performances, speakers, vendors and a variety of food offerings in honor of freedom then & now. Food vendors include Parker's Grille, Don Juan's, Mesa Grande Taqueria, Copper Pig BBQ & more. 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.

Moonstock Music Jam
July 1st

Music celebration running from 4PM - 1AM for Moondog's Lounge 2nd anniversary. Multiple band performances on Moondog's purple stage, in order include Joel Kane, Honky Tonk Hindooz, Scuba Gear, Infrared Radiation Orchestra and The Primates, plus food & drink specials & other festival activities like a pet parade & competition at 4:20PM. 

Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival
July 12th

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. At 5PM, come to Prison City Pub & Brewery for their American style strawberry beer special release for Tubman, plus enjoy other signature Tubman beverages at the State Street eateries & pubs.

Downtown Discounts
July 20 - 22

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 12th 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. JD Blues Band will perform in the State Street band shell from 1 - 3PM. Then enjoy more outdoor music on Genesee Street. Visit Facebook page.

Auburn Correctional Facility is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2017 and will be adding to the day's entertainment & programs. Generation Gap will be their featured band from 4:30 - 6:30PM, and Big Mean Sound Machine is the main act performing under the tent on Genesee Street 7 - 9PM. 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 25th

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.    

TomatoFest
September 8th & 9th

Auburn Public Theater, Genesee Center, Genesee & State Streets & Exchange Street Plaza
Friday night kick-off event features Music on the Mall with Ithaca reggae band Mosaic Foundation in the State Street band shell from 7 - 10PM. Then, head to downtown's bars for more live music. On Saturday, 11AM - 6PM, come back downtown to enjoy more live music, cultural entertainment, plus a farmer's market, petting zoo, amusement rides, food & fine art vending and games & activities for the whole family. Visit website.

Gobble & Go
Saturday, October 21st 1 - 5PM

Downtown Eateries
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, with support from the BID. Tour & taste at downtown Auburn's restaurants, venues include A.T. Walley's, Finger Lakes Arts Council, Good Shepherd's Brewing Co., Mesa Grande Taqueria, Moondog's Lounge, Moro's Table, Parker's Grille, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Refinery Modern Fare, 3Leaf Tea, Thirsty Pub Craft Beer & Market, Underground Bottle Shop and Wild for Yogurt. Shuttle service included at four downtown stops, last stop party is hosted by Refinery Modern Fare. Advance tickets available online, or at the BID office.  

Holiday Parade & Miracle on Genesee Street
Saturday, November 25th 2 - 8:30PM

Genesee Street & Auburn Public Theater
Come downtown for holiday fun with movies & theater for children, a puppet show, cookie decorating contest, the Holiday Parade & float competition at 6PM, plus live music by Perform4Purpose, the City's Tree Lighting Ceremony and visits with Mr. & Mrs. Claus & more!

After Glow Entertainment
After the family fun & parade, stay downtown for live music performances from 8PM on at various bars, breweries & restaurants including A.T. Walley’s, Good Shepherd’s Brewing Co., Moondog’s Lounge, Moro’s Table, Osteria Salina, Parker’s Grille & Prison City Pub & Brewery. 


 
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Header photo by Michael Bruton.