CAYUGA COUNTY OFFICE OF TOURISM    131 GENESEE STREET      AUBURN, NY 13021         315-255-1658

The Cayuga County Office of Tourism is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday.


Friday, September 2 Sunday, October 23 – Quietude:  Paintings and Drawing by Chris Baker and Harry Bliss – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. This exhibition will feature two artists from the Finger Lakes region that share long standing and prolific artistic careers.  Both artists depict tranquil scenes best described as “quietude.”  Derived from the title of Harry Bliss’ painting “Quietude,” – this state of stillness or calm is reflected in outdoor landscapes, interiors, and contemplative portraits.  Suggested Admission for this exhibition is $6 adults; Members and children 12 & under are free. 315-255-1553

Wednesday, September 14 – Saturday, October 1 – The Marvelous Wonderettes –  Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Rt. 38A, Auburn. Upstate NY’s most popular professional theater performing six large scale musicals each season.  Regional premiere.  Take four lifelong girlfriends who just happen to be an amazing singing group, add every great girl group song from the fifties and sixties, throw in the senior prom and the ten-year reunion then shake, rattle and roll until it almost hurts to laugh.  Purchase tickets at the Box Office or online. 315-255-1785 or 800-457-8897

Sunday, September 17 – Sunday, November 6 – Westminster Church 150 Years – Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn. The exhibit will look at major themes and events throughout the history of the church ranging from education and outreach to the Church’s famous Tiffany window. The exhibit will also Westminster’s strong involvement in various civil rights movements:  the church was founded in 1861, when 66 abolitionist members left Second Presbyterian Church following the Rev. Henry Fowler, who was forced to leave  because of the controversy he caused by praying publicly for the soul of John Brown.The exhibit will feature objects and photographs from both the collection of the Cayuga Museum and Westminster Church.   Open Tues. – Sunday Noon – 5pm. 315-253-8051

Thursday, September 15 – STEVIE TOMBSTONE in Concert – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  7:30pm. STEVIE TOMBSTONE has performed everywhere from the Arctic Circle to the Rio Grande Valley.  Stevie currently sports 2 full-length solo releases one spent 6 weeks in the top ten on XM radio’s x country. Stevie has worked and appeared with Greg Allman, The Georgia Satellites, Jason and the Scorchers and The Black Crowes just to name a few. He will be performing songs from his previous release as well as fielding tunes from his upcoming release. Don’t miss this evening of roots music in the cafe!  Tickets $10. 315-253-6669

Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 18 – Sterling Stage Last Daze of Summer – Sterling Stage Kampitheater, 274 Kent Rd., Sterling.  Weekend of live music on three stages.  4th annual event celebrates the final fleeting days of summer with another great mix of folk, roots, and jamband music. 818-212-9489

Friday, September 16 – GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse – Emerson Park, 6914 East Lake Rd., Auburn. Girls’ night out event prior to the show!  Complimentary reception featuring hors d’oeuvres & wines from the Finger Lakes.  6-8pm.  Purchase your tickets for The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Box Office: 315.255-1785 (800.457-8897) or online. 315-255-1785 or 800-457-8897

Friday, September 16 & Saturday, September 17 – “THE FUTURE” – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. In her follow-up to ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, internationally-acclaimed artist, author and filmmaker Miranda July returns with this story of a thirty-something couple whose decision to adopt a cat changes their perspective on life, literally altering the course of time and testing their faith in themselves and each other. Advance tickets $4, at the door $5. 9/16 1 & 8pm, 9/17 8pm. 315-253-6669

Friday, September 16 – The POWER PENDULUM – Cayuga Community College Irene Bisgrove Theater, 197 Franklin St., Auburn. The Power Pendulum is proudly presented by the Seneca Cayuga ARC and Finger Lakes Artists, Musicians and Entertainers: Center for Creative Expression. F.A.M.E. originates plays, motion pictures, as well as variety shows, and an annual art exhibition. The Power Pendulum is sure to delight audiences while a group of Hackers meets a group of Heroes who are out to save the world!  7pm. 315-252-7016

Saturday, September 17 – DOROTHY WICKENDEN talks about her book “Nothing Daunted” – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  Dorothy Wickenden has been the executive editor of The New Yorker since January 1996. She also writes for the magazine and is the moderator of its weekly podcast “The Political Scene.” She is on the faculty of The Writers’ Institute at CUNY’s Graduate Center, where she teaches a course on narrative nonfiction. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Wickenden was national affairs editor at Newsweek from 1993-1995 and before that was the longtime executive editor at The New Republic.  8:00pm. 315-253-6669

Saturday, September 17 & Sunday, September 18 – Ontario Orchard’s Fall Jamboree – Ontario Orchard’s Farm, 15273 Center Rd., Sterling. Fun for the family.  Hay rides, corn maize, food vendors, live entertainment, kids activities, apple & pumpkin picking and more.  Free. 315-343-6328

Saturday, September 17 – Fall Arts Festival – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry. Local artists’ and crafters’ works on display.  Free live music from Cielle & Kambuyu Marimba.  Food available for a fee.  Have a locally-sourced Christmas this year – shop at the Arts Fest!  11AM – 5PM. 315-364-5100 or 800-439-5271

Saturday, September 17 – Someone Like You – Morgan Opera House, 370 Main Street, Route 90, Aurora. Starring Leslie Goddard and her friends from Broadway. Aurora-born Leslie (Jersey Boys, Hairspray), performs with her talented friends Lauren Kling (Hairspray) and Gretchen Bieber (Hairspray) featuring Jasper Grant (Musical Director of The Color Purple on tour) on piano with special appearance by David Baum (Mary Poppins, A Chorus Line). Using musical theater, pop/rock songs, and dance, the performers will create characters similar to themselves that reveal their journeys to fulfilling their Broadway dreams. 8pm.  $12/adults, $10/seniors and students, $8/children. 315-364-5437

Saturday, September 17 & Sunday, September 18 – Chocolate, Cheese & Chambourcin – CJS Vineyards, 6900 Fosterville Rd., Auburn. Saturday & Sunday, 12-5PM. Taste different chocolates and cheeses with our estate Chambourcin, a dry, dark, delicious red. The Chambourcin grape is a French-American hybrid.  Free admission. 315-730-4619

Sunday, September 18 – Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast – Whitford Airport, 3043 Ditmar Rd., Weedsport. Fly in or drive in and enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and doughnuts served with coffee, juice or milk. Tie-downs and 100 LL available. Plenty of aircraft to see. Last breakfast of the season.  7:30am till noon.  $6/adults, $3/children under 12, Free/children under 5. 315-834-9950

Sunday, September 18 – WALK TO REMEMBER – Emerson Park, 6914 East Lake Rd., Auburn. This second annual event is set for September 18th from 10:30AM – 12:30PM at Emerson Park. The entry fee is $15 and includes a t-shirt, meal ticket and bracelet. 315-253-1226

Sunday, September 18 – Drop-In Family Art Making – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn – Experimenting with paint.  1-4:30pm. $5. Families can complete a project as a group or complete multiple projects individually.  Projects are adaptable for all ages 5 years and up.  Participants will receive instruction and the materials required to complete a project.  Projects take approximately 30 minutes to complete. 315-255-1553

Sunday, September 18 – “Wish You Were Here” – Howland Stone Store Museum, 2956 State Route 34B, Aurora. Buy a ticket in at the Museum in Sherwood and trace the history of barn construction as form followed function in this iconic form of vernacular architecture.  Visit different barns from those on our 2010 tour to see how building styles changed as farming methods adapted to new trends and technologies in agriculture.  Meet the proud owners and gain a new appreciation for the heart of farming’s economic impact on the local landscape.  $8 per person.  7pm. 315-364-5587

Sunday, September 18 – A Stitch in Time Quilt Show – Montezuma Historical Society Historic Mentz Church, Montezuma. The show will feature a display in the church of new and antique quilts of the area. Area quilters will demonstrate various quilting techniques. Donation: $3.00.  4pm. 315-776-4656

Sunday, September 18 – Farm Dinner – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Farm Dinner celebrates our relationship with Rose Ryan of Harvest Home Organics, who provides the majority of our seasonal organic produce. In addition to our selection of local vegetables we will craft the menu to use entirely all local ingredients—no exceptions—from the basic mirepoix in the stocks and sauces to local pastured chicken, eggs, dairy and grains. Look for wine choices to represent all-stars of the Finger Lakes region.  6:30 reception, 7:00pm dinner $75 per person plus tax & gratuity. 315-364-8888

Wednesday, September 21 – Dining for Women Presents “A Walk to Beautiful” – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. Filmed in Ethiopia, this documentary shares the inspiring stories of 3 women, rejected by their husbands, and ostracized by their communities, who leave home in search of treatment for obstetric fistula.  In a courageous attempt to reclaim their lives, these women embark on a journey and find a haven they never imagined, transforming their long and arduous trek into ’a walk to beautiful’.  6pm Wine & hors d’oeuvres reception, 7:30pm – Screening of the movie A WALK TO BEAUTIFUL.  $5, cash bar. 315-253-6669

Thursday, September 22 – MIRABAI CEIBA – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. Mirabai Ceiba is a duo consisting of guitarist/singer Markus Sieber (East Germany) and singer/harpist/pianist Angelika Baumbach (Mexico). They perform a compilation of original songs in Spanish and English as well as newly arranged chants from different traditions of the world and Gurmukhi Mantras. Tickets are $25, 7:30pm. 315-253-6669

Friday, September 23 – Free Fun Family Night at the Fingerlakes Mall – Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Rd., Auburn. n the food court – free face painting, free live dance party, free bouncing, family meal deals and much more.  It’s the first day of autumn  celebration with fall arts and crafts, and a free apple for every child.  6-8pm. 315-255-1188

Friday, September 23 – GOLF & COMEDY Fall Fundraiser – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn & Owasco Country Club. Help support all the year round programming at Auburn Public Theater by playing golf, eating a steak dinner and enjoying stand-up comedian VINNIE MARK at Owasco Country Club.Serious about Golf: Start at 2pm for a 9-hole tournament, including hole prizes, tournament prize and a 50/50 raffle. Cocktails are at 6:30, dinner at 7 and the comedy show starts at 8pm. 315-253-6669

Friday, September 23 & Saturday, September 24 – Film – “BUCK” – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. BUCK, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life “horse-whisperer,” he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Advance tickets $4, at the door $5.  9/23 – 1 & 8pm, 9/24 8pm. 315-253-6669

Friday, September 23 – Auburn:  History’s Hometown Ghost Hunt – Auburn City Hall, 24 South St., Auburn. Empire State Paranormal Research Society, ESPRS for short, will be hosting a historic tour and ghost walk called Auburn:  Hometown Ghost Hunt.  Attendees will be lead to three separate locations where ESPRS members will give them historical information about the location before holding an EVP session.  8:00pm.

Friday, September 23 – 7th Annual Book Lovers’ Ball – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora. An elegant evening at the beautiful Aurora Inn.  Dine and dance in this lovely setting.  Special guest John C. Hartsock, author of ’Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery’, will speak during dinner.  His book spotlights Long Point Winery.  Coctails and silent auction at 6:00pm, dinner by the lake at 7:00pm, dancing under the stars to Johnny Russo’s East Hill Classic Jazz Group with Sally Ramirez.  Tickets $75 to benefit the Aurora Free Library. 315-406-0791

Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Cayuga Community College Irene Bisgrove Theater, 197 Franklin St., Auburn. Directed by James Cantu.  Shows at 8:00pm Friday and Saturday.  Sunday at 2:00pm.  Tickets:  $14/general admission, $12/senior/student. 315-283-4682

Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 26 – Music in the Museum – Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum, 6880 East Lake Road, Rt. 38A, Auburn. On Friday evening, enjoy an old fashion sing along and dancing under the stars, 7-10pm ’Old Time Hits’ with Donna Minneo. Saturday:  Harvesters at 3 & 4:30pm, Barber Shop Quartet from 1-2:30pm, Oswego Valley Fiddlers 7-10pm.  On Sunday, the Erie Canal Cloggers will be back for 2 performances at 1:30 & 3pm. Sunday – Mary Ann Fin on Keyboard 11am till 4pm. Admission & parking free.  Donations accepted.  Lunch provided at a modest cost. 315-252-7644

Saturday, September 24 – Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Family Nature Day Scavenger HuntMontezuma Wildlife Refuge, 3395 US Route 20 East, Montezuma. Open to all families with children of all ages.  10am to 1pm.  Meet at 10am at the refuge’s Visitor Center.  Call for 568-5987 ext 229 for reservations.  315-568-5987

Saturday, September 24 – Civil War History Day – Mott Parkk & the History Center, South St. Rt. 34, Cato. Civic Heritage, celebrating its 30th year, is holding a Civil War History Day to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  The event will feature a civil war encampment, children’s games from the 1860s, a period cooking demonstration, book signing by Anthony Gero, and chicken BBQ.  Event runs 10:00am till 4:00pm.  BBQ noon-4pm.

Saturday, September 24 – Fall Flowers with Don Cox – Sterling Nature Center, Jensvold Rd, Sterling. After a brief indoor slide presentation, join Don Cox to explore the fields and woods at Sterling Nature Center in a guided trail walk to identify wildflowers.  Learn to identify poisonous, edible, and mood altering plants common in Central NY.  1:00pm. 315-947-6143

Sunday, September 25 – Super September Skate-A-Thon – Owasco Lake. Auburn Rotary, Make-a-Wish, and Reva Rollerdrome sponsored event.  Skate all the way around Owasco Lake to raise money for Make-A-Wish.  Call for more information. 315-252-8225

Sunday, September 25 – Tour with the Artist:  Chris Baker – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Join Chris Baker for an informal discussion of his work on view at the Art Center.  Tour will be facilitated by Program Director Allison Graff.  Included with suggested admission – $6/adults,  members and children 12 & under free.  2:00pm. 315-255-1553


Village Outpost, Aurora

Pumpkin Hill Bistro, Aurora

Elderberry Pond Restaurant, Auburn

Pleasant Beach Hotel & Restaurant, Fair Haven

CJS Vineyards

White Barn Winery

Fingerlakes Drive In

Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum

Whispering Winds Motel


Man in the Moon Classic Cheesecake & Dessert Bake Shoppe, King Ferry

Bayview Wellness Center & Spa, Fair Haven

Hanart Studios and Gallery, Fair Haven

Oak & Vine Restaurant at the Springside Inn, Auburn

Anchor Laundromat, 719 Main St., Fair Haven – Large capacity, sparkling clean, WiFi, TV