Cayuga County Office of Tourism

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. 

May 19th  – September 2ndProof Positive:  Wine, Beer and Spirits of the Finger Lakes – Cayuga Museum of History and Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Also on exhibit, the Ted Case Research Lab, inventor of sound on film, and Both Sides of the Wall:  Auburn and its Prison.  Open Tues-Sun Noon-5pm.  Suggested donation $3.  315-253-8051

June 1st – August 19thSummer Exhibitions – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Sponsored by the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation. Super Saturated: Pigment & Pattern is an exhibition of 29 works by 10 contemporary artists that use paint, collage, and mixed media to create vibrant works that emphasize color and pattern. Fold & Unfold: The Cloth and Quilts of Elin Noble will include approximately 20 works by Massachusetts-based fiber artist Elin Noble. Author of the book, Dyes and Paints, Noble is known for her quilts that incorporate hand-dyed cloth. Recent work by Skaneateles artist Thérèse Verley Strodel will be on view in Gallery Julius. Strodel creates paintings that emphasize color, pattern, and texture.  Admission: $6, members, 12 & under:  Free.  315-255-1553

May 30th – June 20th – Kiss Me Kate – Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 8977 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Kiss Me, Kate, the first ever winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical. An enduring love story with a raucous twist on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew featuring the songs ‘Wunderbar’, ‘So In Love’, ‘Too Darn Hot’, and ‘Brush Up Your Shakespeare.’ Fans of Anything Goes won’t want to miss this Cole Porter classic.  Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show dates.  800-457-8897

May 31st – July 11th – Auburn Photography Club Exhibit – Cayuga Community College – Library, 197 Franklin Street, Auburn.  Opening reception is on Thursday, May 31st from 5-7PM.  Artist talk, food and refreshments will be served for the reception.  Photography exhibit in the college library will run until July 11th.  Exhibit will be on view during library hours. FREE.



June 1st – 2nd – Theodore Case FILM FESTIVAL – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  The festival’s mission is to further the creative legacy of Theodore Case and the Case Research Laboratory by promoting the film and video arts in Central New York. June 1, 6PM: Student showcases featuring work from a number of area schools. June 2, 10AM: “The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk” (documentary and discussion). At 1PM: “Ted’s Talkies,” a collection of test films, shorts, etc. from the Cayuga Museum archives (commentary and discussion). At 3PM: 2012 Oscar nominee “Hugo,” director Martin Scorsese’s storybook tribute to French silent film pioneer, George Melies, with historical intro., $6 admission charged. Series sponsored by the Cayuga Museum of History & Art.  Admission $6/person, 7:30 pm.  315-253-8051

June 1st – Farmers Market – Strawberry Fields Farm Market, Route 20, Skaneateles.  Every Friday until October, Farmers Market at Strawberry Fields Farm Market, Rt 20 just west of County Line Rd. every Friday until October! Many local farmers!  Fresh chicken, eggs, black angus, perennials, lavender, honey and much more.  3:30 – 6:00pm  315-751-5657.

June 1st – The War of 1812 – Songs & Stories from NY & Beyond – Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum, 6880 E. Lake Rd.. Auburn.    Special Concert by Dave Ruch, Professional Musician and Educator from Buffalo, NY.  Funded through the National Council for Humanities Speakers’ Program.   7pm, free.

June 1st – First Friday Event – Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St. Auburn.  Museum is hosting a reception for their newest exhibit, “Proof Positive: Wine, Beer and Spirits of the Finger Lakes.” The Museum is also sponsoring the 2012 Theodore Case Film Festival, at APT June 1 & 2. Refreshments will be served.  5-8pm, free. 315-253-8051

June 1st – First Friday Event – Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Join us for the opening of our summer exhibitions – Super Saturated: Pigment & Pattern (Curated by Kenise Barnes) and Fold & Unfold: The Art Cloth and Quilts of Elin Noble. Kenise Barnes and Elin Noble will provide a gallery talk at 6pm. Light refreshments will be served.  Free, 5-8pm.  315-255-1553

June 1st – First Friday Event – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Seward House Museum in partnership with aaduna will host a June First Friday event on June 1 from 5-8pm. Adduna artist Rick “Woody” Nicholson and Marisol Larson will be featured in an exhibition entitled “Of Textures and Light.” The evening will include an Artist Talk from 5:30-6:00 followed by live music featuring original compositions by Woody Nicholson. Tours and refreshments will be provided.  Free, 5-8pm.  315-252-1283

June 1st – First Friday at the Center – The Center, 1 Hoffman St., Auburn.  The Center will be offering free Reiki samplings from 5-8PM, Enjoy a performance from Flock of Free Range Children an eclectic folk orchestra comprised of performers from all walks of life from 7-8 PM, followed by a drum circle (no experience necessary) at 8-9:30 PM. Bring a percussion instrument, or they’re available for use.  Free.  315-704-0319



June 1st – “YERT: Your Enviornmental Road Trip” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip) is a groundbreaking adventure and a celebration of the American spirit in the face of adversity – a thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious, documentary about the courageous and creative individuals, groups, businesses and leaders of this country who are tackling the greatest environmental threats in history.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 6/1, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 6/2, 8:00 pm. 315-253-6669

June 1st – June 3rd – Bittersweet Cottage Sale – Bittersweet Cottage, 2348 Brick Church Rd., Weedsport.  Studio of Boulder Cove Originals, resident Artisan Kathleen Spingler. Clay designs for the Home & Garden, Unique Jewelry, Antiques & Guest Artisans. June sale, music by Mike MacDonald on 6/2 in the afternoon.  10-5pm.  315-834-6110

June 2nd – Creation of Kitchen Garden – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  In conjunction with New York State’s first ever “Museum Week,” the Seward House Museum is inviting children and families to participate in the installation of a traditional kitchen garden. Kitchen gardens were an important part in any home during Seward’s time as they provided many of the fruits and vegetables families ate.  The Seward House will incorporate Heirloom vegetables, many of which rare and difficult to find today, in the attempt to make the garden as authentic as possible.  Free, 10:00am.  315-252-1283

June 2nd – Art Inspiration Day – Sterling Lakeshore Park & Nature Center, 15730 Jensvold Rd., Sterling.  We will be featuring music, art exhibits, poetry, and hands-on-activities. The Bar-B-Q beef dinner will be back. Come join us for some good entertainment, exhibits, food and fun for everyone. If you have any nature inspired art or know of an artist who receives their inspiration from nature please contact the nature center as we are always in search of art in all forms, paintings, sculptures, spoke, written, preformed or any other medium.  Costs associated with food and crafts, noon-4:30pm.  315-947-6143

June 2nd – Old Ways Days – Ward O’hara Agricultural Museum and Dr. Joseph Karpinski Jr. Education Center, 6880 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  Revisit the past at Old Ways Days.  A day of fun, excitement, learning & family activities.  Take a ride on their “Model T” touring car, truck, or horse drawn wagon.  See tractors on display, herb garden activities, plant sale fundraiser for museum, view other exhibits or demonstrations. Free, 11am – 4:30pm.  315-252-7644

June 2nd – King Ferry Farmers Market – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Farmstead Cheese, Organic Flour, Organic Vegetables, Plants and Flowers, Fiber Art, Pottery & Jewelry, Clothing & Accessories, Baked Goods & Desserts, Jams & Jellies, Wool and Spinning Demonstrations, Seasonal Apple Cider Pressing, Pizza by the Slice, Hot Coffee, Dinosaur Dry Goods Pop Up Store. This year, the Market will be held on the first and third Saturdays of each month from June through October, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the King Ferry Winery.  315-364-5100

June 3rd – Music in the Barn – Izzo’s White Barn Winery, 6634 Cayuga Rd., Cayuga.  Featuring Bob Piorun and the vocal quartet “The Swing Cats”. Our link to the Musical Theatre Festival begins as the Swings perform a few songs from Kiss Me Kate.  2-5pm, free.  315-283-8095

June 3rd – Tiffany Sunday Afternoon Concert Series – Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn.  Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarab – Guitar Duo.  Admission $10, 2pm.  315-252-0339

June 3rd – A True Mediterranean Picnic – Long Point Winery, 1485 Lake Rd., Aurora.  Long Point Winery Hosts “A Specially Prepared Mediterranean Picnic by Fabio”. Reservations required.  $65/person all inclusive, 2pm.  315-364-6990

June 4th – Empire State Paranormal Lecture – Sand Beach Church, 2950 Sand Beach Rd., Auburn.  Learn about Ghost Hunting at the Sand Beach Church.  Admission $10, 4:00 to 6:00 pm or 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  315-406-4866

June 5th – Farmers Co-op Market – Municipal Parking Lot, South St. & Lincoln St., Auburn.  Located in the parking lot across from Auburn City hall, on South St. and Lincoln St. We accept SNAP EBT and some of our farmers accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market coupons.  7:30am – 2pm.  315-678-1622

June 5th – Transit of Venus – Southern Cayuga Planetarium, 2384 Route 34B, Aurora.  Live view of transit outside Planetarium if skies are clear.  Free, 5-9pm.  315-364-7461

June 5th – Port Byron Farmers Market – Schasel Park, Route 31, Port Byron.  Local farmers, chicken BBQ every week! Special childrens events! Featured fruit and veggie nights! Entertainment, antique tractors & vintage cars! Playground and covered pavilion for dining.  Wednesdays – 4-7pm.  315-776-9543

June 6th – 30th – Altar Boyz – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Produced by upstate NY’s most popular professional theater – Merry-Go-Round Playhouse.  Full of sharp parody, sinfully spectacular dancing, and irreverent humor, this spoof about a heavenly guy-group is adored by audiences. An extraordinary mix of side-splitting songs convincing enough to be played on MTV, uncontrollable laughs and lighthearted fun, this award-winning and totally original musical is pure delight. Suitable for all ages and will have the whole family laughing and singing along.   Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  800-457-8897

June 7th – Moravia Farmers Market – Kinney’s Parking Lot, 130 Main St., Moravia.  A medium sized farmers market with organic and non organic vendors that sell produce, meats, wine and baked goods. Flowers available from the local school kids and lots of fun and community involvement. Always a good place to buy the freshest foods available and visit with old neighbors and meet new ones.  Thursdays, 10-5pm.  315-497-8375

June 8th – 9th – “We Need to Talk About Kevin” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  We Need to Talk About Kevin is about a nightmare on your street, not Elm Street. It’s a domestic horror story that literally gets to us where we live, a disturbing tale told with uncompromising emotionality and great skill by filmmaker Lynne Ramsay.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 6/8, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 6/9, 8:00 pm. 315-253-6669


June 9th2nd Annual Marksmanship Contest – Cayuga County Sportsman’s Association, 4680 Rockefellar Rd., Auburn. The Community Preservation Committee will hold its 2nd Annual Marksmanship Contest at the Cayuga County Sportsmen’s Association on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Competition for shotgun, handgun and rifle will be held and participants may participate in one, two or all three competitions. Individual prizes awarded for “top gun” in each division. Suggested donation $25/person, 9am-1pm.  315-252-0339

June 10th – “The Woman Question: How Women’s Rights Emerged from the Anti-Slavery Movement” – Howland Stone Store Museum, 2956 State Route 34B, Aurora.  Did you know that many of the women involved in the Women’s Rights Movement got their start in the Anti-Slavery Movement? Learn about the women who began their careers of reform as abolitionists, speaking to “promiscuous” audiences, and who eventually became leading suffragists in the struggle for women’s rights. Presenter Meghan Barbay is a Park Guide, Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls.  Free – donations accepted, 7pm.  315-364-5587

June 10th – Centennial Celebration and Dedication – Emerson Park Pavilion, 6877 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  Dedication ceremony at 2:30 pm, community open house from 3:00 – 5:00pm. Family friendly tours and refreshments. Sponsored by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation and the Cayuga County Legislature.

June 10th – Music & Musket – Morgan Opera House, 370 Main St., Aurora.  Bandleader, noted musical instrument collector and professional musician Jeff Stockham recreates the sights and sounds of the Civil War, emphasizing the importance of music to the soldiers during the conflict. History comes to life through the use of rare original instruments and artifacts from the 1861-1865 period. Experience the drama and power of music to inspire when performed on period brass instruments, side drum and fife. This special tribute to Charlie Snyder reflects his deep appreciation for history and his joy in sharing his knowledge with others.  Donations welcome, 2pm.  315-364-5437

June 10th – Victorian Garden Party – Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn.  Join us to view the gardens and the Historic Willard Memorial Chapel. Music by Organist Donna Riester (at 1:30 and 2:30) played on the Chapel’s historic Steere and Turner organ; an informative history and question-answer session (2 pm) on the Chapel and its gardens by local historian Laurel Auchampaugh; silent auction; raffle and refreshments. We look forward to seeing you in your prettiest garden hats and bonnets. Nostalgic attire is encouraged, but not required. This event is free and will be held rain or shine. Donations appreciated and will be used towards the maintenance of the gardens at Willard Chapel.  Free, 1-3pm.  315-252-0339



Elderberry Pond Restaurant – lunch & dinner Wed-Sun.

Tom Thumb Restaurant

Reese’s Dairy Bar

Pumpkin Hill Bistro – lunch – Tues-Sat, dinner Fri-Sat

The Cascade Grill on Owasco Lake opening 5/25

Dorie’s, 238 Main St., Aurora – open Wed-Sun 11am-8pm