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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.

Majorpalooza & Memorial Day
May 26 & 27 from 10AM - 10PM

Genesee Street
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 Cayuga Lake Creamery, Tonzi’s Catering, Potato & Molasses, Wolf’s Patio Pizza & Miss Alice's Mad Hatters Cotton Candy.

Downtown Auburn Saturday Market
June 8 - October 26 from 9AM - 2PM

Equal Rights Heritage Center
Market features vendors selling farm fresh produce, baked goods, plus food trucks, craft & artist displays, programming, yoga, demonstrations & live music. The market runs every Saturday, rain or shine, with free 2 hour parking in the City garage across the street. Visit Website.

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 organizes street festivals with live music, special menu offerings and an outdoor bar. Visit website.

State Street & Genesee Street
Downtown Seafood Fest: June 22 from 2 - 9PM
All 90s Reunion: July 6 from 5 - 10PM
1964 & 1969 All Schools Class Reunion: July 19 from 6 - 10PM
Santa Con: December 7

Juneteenth Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, June 15 from 11AM - 2PM

Come to the Equal Rights Heritage Center and enjoy this annual City celebration in honor of African American Independence Day. The event features an African drumming circle led by Quadir Muntaqim from 11AM - noon, then Mayor Quill will issue a proclamation, followed by remarks from Rev. Carter, Rev. Heery & Deacon Lynch. Next enjoy performances by Auburn Community Choir and Flock of Free Range Children. At 1PM SingTrece & Kenneth McLaurin will perform, then Unity Street Band will follow from 1:45 - 2PM, plus National Park Service children’s activities, food vending, desserts, Saturday Market & more. Visit Facebook page.

Sizzlin' Summer Kick-Off
Saturday, June 22 from 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 noon on, check out "Let's Chalk About It," with artists creating sidewalk chalk art compositions for adult & youth competitions at the ERHC. Visit Facebook page.

Auburn PRIDE Week Celebration
June 23 - 29

APT, Carriage House Theater, ERHC, Seward House Museum,
Seymour Library, Westminster Presbyterian Church

The City, 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.
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City Summer Concert Series
July 9 - August 29

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 Facebook page.

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

Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival
Saturday, July 13th 5 - 10PM

Equal Rights Heritage Center
Free open air NYIDE & Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre musical event celebrating what it means to be free. Enjoy performances by Sean McLeod, “Soundtrack for Harriet Tubman,” plus Noah Kellman, Jaylin Brown, Estee Bullock & more, plus presentation of the Freedom Awards.
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A Day in Dance Gala
Friday, July 19th 7:30 - 10PM

Equal Rights Heritage Center
Enjoy a free open air New York Dance Festival performance.
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Downtown Discounts
Thursday - Saturday, July 18 - 20

Participants include retail shops, eateries, breweries, entertainment venues & service businesses. Shops will offer sale merchandise, and eateries & businesses will offer a discount or special. Come shop, eat and play downtown and enjoy savings at the participating locations: Auburn Public Theater, Finger Lakes Scuba, Good Shepherd’s Brewing Co., Hairlooms, Historic Grounds Coffee, LB Lightning Cyclery, the Liberty Store, Lynch’s Furniture, Moondog’s Lounge, Nash’s Framing & Art, Regenerations, Sam's Shoes, Silbert Optical, 3Leaf Tea, UPS Store, West & Co. Diamonds & more! Visit Facebook page.

Founder's Day
Antique Car Show, Bike Fest & Art Flaire

Saturday, August 10 from 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 3:30PM, plus Fire & Iron’s annual auBURN Bike Fest & ride 11:30AM - 3PM, followed by more live music by JD Blues Band from 5 - 9PM on State Street. At 7PM, The City of Auburn is hosting the Edgar Winter Band, with opening act The Lightkeepers at Falcon Park. 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.

4th Annual Nick’s Ride 4 Friends
Saturday, August 17

A.T. Walley
Funds raised by the ride will stay in the community and help promote addiction awareness, recovery, scholarships and local charities. Registration at 11AM, kickstands up at noon, block party to follow featuring music by Petty Thieves & Cruise Control. Driver $20, rider $15 includes food & beverage tickets. Visit Facebook page.

Auburn YMCA-WEIU Downtown Mile
Friday, August 23 from 6 - 9PM

AT Walley & State Street
Come cheer on one-mile runners of all ages & levels at this annual downtown family friendly race at 7PM, followed by award ceremony & music by Perform 4 Purpose in the State Street band shell. Open container will be waived for the event.

Saturday, September 7

Equal Rights Heritage Center, Auburn Public Theater, Genesee Street & Exchange Street Plaza
Friday night kick-off features Music on the Mall with Mere Mortals in the State Street band shell from 7 - 10PM. On Saturday from 11AM - 6PM, come back downtown to enjoy more live music acts on two Genesee Street stages, and on the courtyard stage at the Heritage Center, plus cultural entertainment, a farmer's market, petting zoo, food, beverage & fine art vending and activities for the family. From noon on, there is interactive family fun inside Auburn Public Theater. There is a fundraising performance with Jukin’ Bone Saturday night at APT, with proceeds benefiting local food pantries. During the event, canned donations are greatly appreciated.
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Prison City Riot Run
Saturday, October 5 from 10AM - 3PM

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 the 5K Riot Run 10 – 11AM and awards, followed by street games & performers, live music, outdoor food vending & more!
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Gobble 'N Go
Saturday, October 19 from 1 - 6PM

This event is presented by Auburn Education Foundation and co-sponsored by The Citizen, Knights of Columbus, Jacobs Press, and Refinery Modern Fare at the Hilton Garden Inn, and the Downtown Auburn BID. Tour & taste at 17 downtown Auburn's eateries & shops including A.T. Walley, Burger Theory at Holiday Inn, Good Shepherd's Brewing Co., Mesa Grande Taqueria, Moondog's Lounge, Moro's Table, Next Chapter Brewpub, Octane Social House, Parker's Grille, Prison City Pub & Brewery, Refinery Modern Fare, Regenerations, 3Leaf Tea at Zen Den Studio, Taste NY Market, Thirsty Pug Tap Room & Bottle Shop 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 $30 available online, or at the BID office. Visit Facebook page.

Holiday Parade & Miracle on Genesee Street
Saturday, November 30 from 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 7 at 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.

Fritz’s Polka Band at Music on the Mall Photo by Robert Auchman

Fritz’s Polka Band at Music on the Mall
Photo by Robert Auchman