Public Art Trail & Culture

Downtown art & culture prevail with Auburn Public Theater, Finger Lakes Arts CouncilSeward House Museum, Spotlight Studios, Cayuga County Arts Council & the Rev Theatre Co. 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 vinyl banners & painted murals, with more projects on the horizon. 

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.

CCC Student Discount Program

Take advantage of this new program offering student discounts on products & services at Downtown Auburn BID businesses. We have 16 partners on board including retail shops, eateries, entertainment venues & more. Just present your student ID and enjoy savings at the following locations:

Auburn Public Theater, Finger Lakes Scuba, Elements Salon, Fred’s Barber Cuts, Hairlooms Salon, Historic Grounds Coffee, Hunter’s Diner, the Liberty Store, Mesa Grande Taqueria, Moondog’s Lounge, Moro's Table, Parker’s Grille & Tap House, the Rev Theatre Co., Sam’s Shoes, Silbert Optical and Subway.

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 Nick’s Ride for Friends and Santa Con events enjoy big crowds. BID partners with Majorpalooza, Auburn Education Foundation’s Gobble 'N Go eatery crawl, and TomatoFest to bring additional street festivals & events downtown. BID also hosts the Holiday Parade & Miracle on Genesee Street. For more info about our events please click here.

BID Maintenance Program

BID has a wonderful partnership with the City and its departments, and together we maintain parks, seasonal decor & amenities, snow removal, plus address safety and parking concerns and set-up for special events & street festivals. The City has contracted with BID for 19+ years to manage downtown’s maintenance & appearance, and we are honored to be of service.

Cathy Macholl is a full-time staff person solely dedicated to downtown’s care. Compliments abound for her work, plus all the other improvements & progress we’ve experienced downtown in the past 5-10 years.

BID Flower Program

In summer, 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. To save on the expense of daily watering, we’ve partnered with the local company BO-MER, to purchase self-watering pots. The 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. BID supported 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 Mike Ryan of Dream Mural by Dawn Jordan & BluePrint II students.

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