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 

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

Fridays & Saturdays in October – Screamer’s Hollow – Halloween Entertainment – Sterling Renaissance Festival Site, 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling.  Experience a nerve shattering mix of live actors, state of the art animation, evil characters and dazzling special effects.  Fridays & Saturdays in Oct., starting Oct. 7, 7PM – midnight.  Fee.               800-879-4446



Thursday, October 6 Welcome the Return of author THOMAS CRAUGHWELL – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  Back by popular demand! Thomas Craughwell who wrote ’Stealing Lincoln’s Body’ and spoke at CCC last fall, will speak about his new book ’The Greatest Brigade: how the Irish Brigade Cleared the Way to Victory in the American Civil War.” Refreshments will be served; beer, wine & soda are available for purchase. Tickets are at the door, Seymour Library, and Creekside Books & Coffee. Admission is $10; $8 for Seymour Library Friends. 7-9pm.  315-253-6669

Thursday, October 6 – Poetry Reading:  Santee Frazier – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  7:30pm. Suggested admission: Adults $6; Members FREE.  315-255-1553 

Thursday, October 6 – Mr. DIRT 358-Modifieds & World of Outlaws Late Model Series – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, 8310 Grant Ave. Rd., Auburn.  Two intense nights of action begin Thurs. Oct. 6, with DIRTcar 358-Modifieds and DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds taking on the 5/8-mile dirt oval.  Last season, Danny Johnson’s final lap pass helped him capture the 358-Modified event, sending him on his way to the Mr. DIRTcar overall 358-Modified championship.  Purchase your General Admission ticket by September 14th and receive a FREE Pit Pass!  Kids 9 & under are FREE!  7:30pm.  315-834-6606

Friday, October 7 – Monday , October 10 – MacKenzie-Childs’ Fall Festival – Exclusive shopping offers and family fun!  Daily prize drawings, book signing featuring John Francis McCarthy – The Finger Lakes, ’Glimpses of Paradise’ – Sunday 12-3pm.  Pumpkin painting – Sat. 12:30-3pm, face painting – Sun. 1-3pm, tethered horseback rides – Sun. 12:30-3pm, Interactive musical entertainment for kids – Sun. 1pm & 2:30pm.  Wine tasting & tours, farmhouse open house.  315-364-6118

Friday, October 7 – BARNABY BRIGHT, John Schmitt & Martin Rivas – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  Award-winning NYC songwriters and performers return to Auburn! John Schmitt will be bringing a full band, including the incredible talents of Brian Killeen who wowed us with his bass playing prowess in July. Enjoy new songs from Barnaby Bright & Martin Rivas & Jules Poorman, who will play songs from her upcoming album.  7-9pm.  Tickets $20.  315-253-6669

Friday, October 7 – First Friday Event

      Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center– Come enjoy a poetry reading from 5:30 – 7:30PM with Finger Lakes Writers Group, who will read selections of recent work. The exhibit, “Quietude: Paintings and Drawings by Chris Baker and Harry Bliss,” will be on view. Plus, participate in SMAC’s 30th anniversary painting raffle.  5-8pm.  Free.

      Cayuga Museum of History & Art – Join us in the back yard to kick off fall with cider & donuts and take a tour of the Case Research Lab, the birthplace of talking movies.


      Auburn Public Theater – Come hear a Grateful Dead cover band perform in APT’s café space. Cash bar serving beer and wine, plus other beverages and snacks. 5-8pm.

      Seward House Museum – Come enjoy a poetry reading from 5:30 – 7:30PM with Finger Lakes Writers Group, who will read selections of recent work. The exhibit, “Quietude: Paintings and Drawings by Chris Baker and Harry Bliss,” will be on view. Plus, participate in SMAC’s 30th anniversary painting raffle.  5-8pm.  Free.

Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8 – “PROJECT NIM” – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  Oscar-winning director James Marsh (Man on Wire) shifts his focus from man to monkey to tell the remarkable story of Nim, a chimpanzee who managed the unique feat of learning sign language after being raised like a typical human child. Interviews with Nim\\\’s trainers as well as other key researchers are combined with archival footage to offer incredible insight into the experiment that would forever alter our perceptions regarding the differences between man and beast. Advance tickets $4, at the door $5. 10/7 1 & 8pm, 10/8 8pm.  315-253-6669

Friday, October 7 – Saturday, October 8 – Screamer’s Hollow – Halloween Entertainment – Sterling Renaissance Festival Site, 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling.  Experience a nerve shattering mix of live actors, state of the art animation, evil characters and dazzling special effects.  Fridays & Saturdays in Oct., 7PM – midnight.  Fee.

Saturday, October 8 – Let’s Move in Seward’s Garden! – Seward House Musem, 33 South St., Auburn.  Seward House Museum is hosting its second Let’s Move event! Fall themed and 19th Century games will be played out in the garden. Children of all ages are welcome!  The Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens initiative encourages museums and gardens to join the fight of childhood obesity. The program challenges museums and gardens to “launch community efforts to fight childhood obesity using interactive exhibits, outdoor spaces, gardens and programs that encourage families to eat healthy foods and increase physical activity”.  Free.  315-252-1283

Saturday, October 8 – The King of the Empire State  “World of Outlaw Sprints” at “The Fast Track” – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, 8310 Grant Ave. Rd., Auburn.  “The Greatest Show on Dirt” and the DIRTcar Big-Block Modified “Win & You’re In”are featured in one explosive night of action.  7:30pm.  315-834-6606

Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9 – Finger Lakes Cheese Open House – Finger Lakes Cheese Trail NY.  Visit anytime between 10-5 p.m. to receive farm tours, talk with the cheese makers, and taste cheese samples… all at no cost. Enjoy a day touring in the Finger Lakes. Bon appetite! Farms on the cheese trail include: Keeley’s Cheese Co.,  Finger Lakes Dexter Cheese Creamery, Shtayburne Farm, Hillcrest Dairy, Engelbert Farms,  Lively Run Goat Dairy, Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company, Cowlick Farm, Side Hill Acres Goat Farm,  Sunset View Creamery, and Muranda Cheese.  800-813-2958

Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9 – Harvest Festival – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Fall Family Fun!  Free live music, free live radio broadcase from Lite 97.3, food available for a fee.  Tours and Tastings.  10AM – 5PM.  800-439-5271

Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9 – Harvest Weekend – CJS Vineyards, 6900 Fosterville Rd., Auburn.  Saturday & Sunday, 12-5PM.  Come and see winemaking in process. The early ripening varieties will be in the winery! Free admission.  315-730-4619



Sunday, October 9 – Music in the Barn – Izzo’s White Barn Winery, 6634 Cayuga Rd., Cayuga.  Enjoy the songs of musician and legend, Donna Colton, one of the winners of the 2009 Syracuse Area Music Awards, from 3-6pm, all in the comforts of a 100 year old barn.  315-283-8095

Monday,October 10 –School’s Out Skate Camp! – Reva Rollerdrome, 359 W. Genesee St., Auburn.  8am-5pm  ages 5-12yr old  $40/child.  Skating, Skating Games, Columbus Day Craft, Games & Activities-Supervised structured Activities with caring professional staff to have fun & stay active all day!  Bring your own lunch or purchase at Reva.     315-252-8225

Tuesday, October 11 – NY Oktoberfest Beer Dinner – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Auburn.  October is the time to celebrate the variety of great Craft Beer in New York State. We will highlight brews from all over the state—including Ithaca Beer Company, Brewery Ommegang and Brooklyn Brewery—along with some surprises, including what we pair with a flight of desserts. The menu will turn to fall with richer flavors, and grilled and slow cooked preparations.  We will also be featuring some of our house made charcuterie—sausage, cures and pate. 6:30 reception, 7:00pm dinner. $75 per person plus tax & gratuity.  315-364-8888

Thursday, October 13 – Young Living Oils Demonstration – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  BONITA SHEAR will lead a hands-on oils workshop at both noon & 6:30pm to introduce and demonstrate the amazing healing properties of Young Living Essential Oils. If you’re brand new to the oils, come listen, ask questions and learn all you can. If you have leagues of experience using the oils, please come, too, and share your vast experience with us!  $5 suggested donation.  315-253-6669

Thursday, October 13 – Inspiring Speaker Series – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  Breast cancer surgeon, researcher and Auburn native Dr. Barbara L. Smith will speak as part of the Auburn Education Foundation series. Smith graduated from AHS class of 1973, and she will share how that experience helped shape her career and goals. She is an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical Center and the director of the Gillette Center for Women’s Cancers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. A dessert reception will follow the talk, tickets are $20. 7pm.             315-255-8827

Friday, October 14 – Free Fun Family Night at the Fingerlakes Mall – Fingerlakes Mall,         1579 Clark St. Rd., Auburn.  Grover, from Sesame Street, is celebrating his birthday.  He will stop by to read one of his stories and eat cake with everyone.  6-8pm.  315-255-1188

Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16 – First Fall Sale – Bittersweet Cottage,                2348 Brick Church Rd., Weedsport.   An off the beaten path shopping experience.  Clay designs for the Home & Garden, Unique Jewelry, Antiques & Guest Artisans.  Studio of   Boulder Cove ORIGINALS –  Resident Artisan Kathleen Spingler. Tarot Card Reading – $20.00.  Music by Mike MacDonald- Saturday from 11-3.    315-834-6110 


Saturday, October 15 & Sunday, October 16 – “EVERYTHING MUST GO” – Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn.  Will Ferrell offers his fans a change of pace as he takes on a rare dramatic role as a man struggling to hold his life together. Nick Halsey was once a successful salesman with a happy marriage, but years of drinking are finally catching up with him, as he’s fired from his job and his wife has had enough. Nick’s wife kicks him out of the house and moves all his possessions onto their front lawn; hoping to raise some cash as he plots his next move, Nick puts a yard sale sign on his stuff and tries to convince the neighbors that he’s simply selling some junk he doesn’t need anymore. Nick strikes up a friendship with a kid from the neighborhood, tries to reconnect with a high school love (Laura Dern), and bonds with his neighbor Samantha (Rebecca Hall), who is pregnant and struggling to get by.  Advance tickets $4, at the door $5. 10/14 1 & 8pm, 10/15 8pm.  315-253-6669

Friday, October 14 – 7th Annual Poetry Reading – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center,            205 Genesee St., Auburn.    6pm.  Suggested admission $6/adults.  315-255-1553 

Saturday, October 15 – “Stone Stories: A Great Lakes Writing Workshop”. Bayview Wellness Center, 498 Main St., Fair Haven.   This day of exploration and creation is being hosted by the Bayview Wellness Center and led by author/naturalist Susan Peterson Gateley.  cost is $25 and participants get a copy of Peterson Gateley’s The Edgewalker’s Guide to Lake Ontario Beach Coming to help them with further “ independent study”. Call to reserve a spot.315-594-1906

Saturday, October 15 – Klezmer Kings – Morgan Opera House, 370 Main Street, Route 90, Aurora.  Happily, the Klezmer Kings have become an annual fixture at Morgan Opera House. Dana Mandel and his revolving bevy of klezmorim (professional musicians) love the opportunity to envelop us in the sounds and rhythms of eastern European music. We reciprocate, sometimes with singing and dancing, always with clapping. Benefit for the Morgan Opera House, funded by Lifespan Therapies of Moravia and King Ferry.  7:30pm.  $5 for all.  315-364-5437

Saturday, October 15 – Apple Pressing – Sterling Nature Center, Jensvold Rd., Sterling.  Join them in creating apple cider the old fashion was with a people-powered fruit press.  Learn about the history of apples, apple products, the different varieties and the growing apple industry.  Taste test and vote for your favorite variety.  10:00am – 12:00pm.  315-947-6143

Sunday, October 16 – 75th Anniversary Celebration at the Cayuga Museum – Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  October 16, 1O936 was the first day the Cayuga Museum opened its doors to the public. Come celebrate this important day and view the 75th anniversary exhibit chronicling the history of the Cayuga Museum of History and Art and the Case Research Lab.  315-253-8051







Sunday, October 16 – The Adams Foundation Piano Series Featuring Ian Hobson – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 William St., Auburn.  The Adams Foundation Piano Series presents twin duo-pianists and Auburn natives John and Richard Contiguglia, with guest percussionists Robert Bridge and Joshua Dekaney, performing Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos with Percussion. Tickets are $20 general, $10 for students, $35 series (includes April 29 concert by Frederic Chiu).  3:00pm.        315-253-3331


Sunday, October 16“The Manly Privilege:  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Woman Suffrage in New York” – Howland Stone Store Museum, 2956 State Route 34B, Aurora.  Dr. Laura Free, history professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.    In 1867, New York held a convention to revise its constitution for the first time since women began asking for the franchise.  At the convention, suffrage activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony confronted New York’s delegates about the question of women’s voting rights, and demanded that New York grant women political rights on the same terms as men.  However, their strategy to challenge the connection between men and voting rights foundered when they encountered the gender-bias of the delegates who declared that voting was ’a manly privilege’ of which women could not partake without significant disruption of traditional family and political life.  7pm.  315-364-5587



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

The Apple Station, 5279 Cross Rd., Cayuga