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.
Majorpalooza & Memorial Day
May 26th & 27th 10AM - 10PM
Event kicks off at 8:30AM with the 5K Catch Me If You Can, free for 18 years & under, with registration at City Hall. The Stefanak Sprint for youth starts at 9:45AM followed by family fun on State Street by Nate the Great & Jamboree Arts. All day, enjoy food & beverage vending with downtown breweries & eateries. Live acts on the showmobile stage include Perform4Purpose 11:30AM – 1:30PM, Red Spider 2 – 5:30PM, and Scars ‘n Stripes 6 – 9PM. Visit website.
On Memorial Day at 11AM cheer on the City’s annual parade. Afterward, enjoy an added performance by Downbeat Percussion on the Loop Road Owasco Rivertrail Overlook. Then attend the Veteran’s Memorial Park ceremony at noon and the Kiwanis Duck Derby at Market Street Park at 1PM. For lunch, check out the Downtown Auburn BID Food Truck Rodeo on Loop Road from 11AM - 2PM. Mobile food vendors include Tonzi’s Catering, Potato & Molasses, Wolf’s Patio Pizza & Miss Alice's Mad Hatters Cotton Candy.
Indoor/Outdoor Public Market
June 8 - October 26 from 9AM - 2PM
NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center
Market features vendors selling farm fresh produce, baked goods, plus food trucks, craft & artist displays, programming, demonstrations & live music. The market runs every Saturday, rain or shine, with free 2 hour parking in the City garage across the street.
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
State Street & Genesee Street
Downtown Seafood Fest: June 22
All 90s Reunion: July 6
1969 Class Reunion: July 19
Nick's Ride 4 Friends: August 17
Santa Con: December 7
Juneteenth Independence Day Celebration
June 15th Noon - 4PM
Come to Auburn Public Theater and enjoy this annual City celebration featuring musical performances & speakers, in honor of freedom then & now. Visit Facebook page.
Sizzlin' Summer Kick-Off
June 22th 6 – 10PM
ERHC & Exchange Street Plaza
The City presents its fourth annual festival with live music performances by Syracuse reggae sensation Root Shock 8 - 10PM and the Honky Tonk Hindooz 6 - 7:30PM, plus arts & crafts displays, mobile food vending & craft beer sales. Before the event from 12 - 6PM, check out "Let's Chalk About It," with artists creating chalk art compositions for adult & youth competitions.
Auburn PRIDE Week Celebration
June 23 - 29th
APT, Carriage House Theater, ERHC, Seward House Museum,
Seymour Library, Westminster Presbyterian Church
The City, NYS ERHC & partner organizations present LGBTQ activities including art exhibits by Blake Chamberlain, a book club event, lectures & panel discussions, an interfaith prayer service, live music & drag performances, a themed Taste NY Regional Market and PRIDE rally.
City Summer Concert Series
July 9th - 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
Equal Rights Heritage Center & Exchange Street Plaza
Join us for a free open air NYIDE and Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre musical performance celebrating what it means to be free. Visit website.
A Day in Dance Gala
July 19th 7:30 - 10PM
Equal Rights Heritage Center
Enjoy a free open air New York Dance Festival performance.
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, ERHC Farmer’s Market, 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 a vendor market. Enjoy live performances by Dan Novak & the Party Nuts 12 - 1:30PM, and Cruise Control 2 - 4PM on the showmobile stage & the awards ceremony at 3PM, plus Fire & Iron’s annual auBURN Bike Fest & ride 11:30AM - 3PM, followed by more live music on State 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.
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.
The Riot Run
Saturday, October 5th 10AM - 9PM
This event is presented by Prison City Pub & Brewery and Great American Brewery Runs and the after party is co-sponsored by the Downtown Auburn BID. Event starts with a morning 5K run, followed by carnival fun, live music and a pony stick race!
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.