Cayuga Museum of History and Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.

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.  July & August – Open on Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm

May 19th  – September 2ndProof Positive:  Wine, Beer and Spirits of the Finger Lakes – Cayuga Museum of History and Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  There is a unique relationship between alcoholic beverages and the Finger Lakes. Social, geographical and even political factors have created an environment where wine, beer and spirits have become an important part of our communities, and we have embraced these industries as an important part of life in the Finger Lakes. Proof Positive is a celebration of the history, culture and economics of the wine industry, microbrew movement and distilleries in our region. We welcome you to explore various viewpoints of history, agriculture, politics and economics as you learn more about how wine, beer and spirits have impacted the Finger Lakes Region.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



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

July 5th – 28th – My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Produced by upstate NY’s most popular professional theater – Merry-Go-Round Playhouse.  What happens when your divorced Mom falls in love and decides to get remarried, but not in the conventional way? A hilarious and heartfelt true story that celebrates love in all its forms! The hit of the 2009 Toronto Fringe and the 2010 New York Musical Theater Festival, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding will make you laugh, cry and realize that nothing’s impossible and that we can all get along if we just keep our sense of humor.  .   Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.      800-457-8897

June 16th – July 29thLake Ontario Counties’ Summer Fishing Derby – Lake OntarioGet in on the action and your share of $106,850 in CASH Prizes in the 2012 LOC Events!  Divisions – Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow/Steelhead, Brown Trout.  Register now!              888-733-5246

June 18th – Sept. 5th – Auburn Doubledays Baseball – Falcon Park, 130 N. Division St., Auburn.  Class A professional baseball, farm team for Washington Nationals.   Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and game times.  315-255-2489

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 20th – Port Bryon MRC 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.          4-7pm.  315-776-9543

June 20th – Summer Solstice Walk – Sterling Nature Center, 15380 Jenzvolt Rd., Sterling.  Start your summer off on the right foot by taking a guided hike along the trails of the Sterling Nature Center in search of symbols for the changing seasons. What flora and fauna usher in summertime? Come enjoy and evening hike on the longest day of the year.  Free, 7pm.  315-947-6143



June 21st  – 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 21st   – 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, every Tues., Thurs., & Sat.  315-678-1622

June 21st – 23rd“The Pitch” – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.   Dogwood Days – Book and Lyrics by: Rebekah Greer Melocik, Music by: Jacob Yandura – Kay McKenna is a writer who is hired by the government in 1936 to collect narratives from former slaves. Everyone on Kay’s list is dead or missing, except Cora Skye, a reclusive sharecropper. In exchange for the narratives, Kay agrees to work on the farm for free. Cora is haunted by the spirits of her past, literally. Learn about the legacies that are passed down to us as Americans, and our responsibility to carry on those legacies towards change.

Off With Her Maidenhead – Book and Lyrics by: Amy Claussen, Music by: James RushinThis irreverent musical steals from Disney Princess movies to retell history in a delicious romp. Based on the loosely true story of a 1500’s nunnery that was falsely fined for being a brothel, the Sisters decide they might as well raise funds doing just what they’re accused of! The dreams that you wish do come true, so be careful what you wish for!  $20/ticket, 6/21, 7:30pm 6/22, 8pm 6/23, 5 & 8pm.  800-457-8897

June 22nd  – 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 22ndChillin’ & Grillin’ – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Learn the art of the summer barbecue from Chef Rupert Robbins of Skillet & Embers Catering Co. You’ll bring home serious grill skills from this class, which will be held at the Wells College boathouse. From pulled pork and ribs to potatoes, corn, and fish, enjoy the best lakeside barbecue ever-and eat family style as the sun sets over beautiful Cayuga Lake. Dinner at 8:30, 20 person maximum.  $75/person, 6-8:30pm.  www.  315-364-8888

June 22nd & 23rd – Steve Jobs:  The Lost Interview – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   An interview that reveals the burning passion of Steve Jobs, a passion that would go on to give us the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. As a tribute to an amazing man, Landmark is proud to be screening Steve Jobs – the Lost Interview.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 6/22, 1:00 pm  & 8:00 pm, 6/23, 8:00 pm. 315-253-6669


June 23rd – Zabriskie Folk Series – Morgan Opera House, 370 Main St., Aurora.  Spend a sublime evening exploring the musical variations of “Time”. The Bottom Feeders, an Aurora institution whose existence exactly coincides with the restoration of the Morgan Opera House, present the seventh of their unique theme shows. This time, the subject is time: songs about due time, no time, good times, hard times, yesterday and tomorrow, centuries, years, hours and seconds. The event is timed to coincide with the six- month mark before the Mayan calendar expires in December. Eager as ever to entertain you with their folky acoustic style, the band members invite you to bring your watch, hourglass, or sundial to mark the Summer Solstice.  Adults $8, Seniors $6, Students/Children $4, 8pm.  315-364-5437

June 23rd – Marriage Equality Act Celebration – Sand Beach Church, 2950 Sand Beach Rd., Auburn.   A celebration for the anniversary of the passing and signing of the Marriage Equality Act.  Fun for all ages – face painters, hypnotherapist and much more.  Free, 2-6pm.                 315-406-4866

June 23rdThe Red House Presents: The TempestAuburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  American Drum Circle. The Tempest marks The Red House’s 4th season of bringing family-friendly and highly accessible Shakespeare to Upstate New York. Our traveling performances have captivated audiences young and old. Last year?s Romeo & Juliet reached over 3,000 people across CNY and the Adirondacks! This innovative 70 minute production transforms Auburn Public Theater into a magical theatrical event.  The Tempest is a great opportunity to see high quality, professional theater that’s fun for the whole family!  Free, 2pm.  315-253-6669

June 24th – Summer Block Party – Downtown Auburn, Exchange St. Auburn.  The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival and the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce will host the “Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Block Party” featuring the annual “Flavor of the Finger Lakes”.  This exciting, fun-filled festival will showcase regional restaurants, bakeries, wineries & creameries plus the new Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival venus.  Enjoy street performances, piano renditions of show tunes, live music and much more.  Free, 1-5pm.  315-252-7291

June 27th – July 18th – 9 to 5:  The Musical – Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 8977 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Upstate NY’s most popular professional theater performing six large scale musicals each season.  The regional premiere of this musical, based on the hit movie, features a score by Dolly Parton, including the hit title song. We meet three determined, resourceful, and intelligent women who turn the tables on a tyrannical boss that audiences will love to hate. This musical is non-stop entertainment.  Visit the web site or call for show times and ticket prices.  800-457-8897




June 27th – Owasco Lake Day 2012 – Emerson Park, 6914 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  Owasco Lake Day 2012 will feature a keynote address by Distinguished Fellow Frederick L. Kirschenmann, of the Leopold Center at Iowa State University.  Following the keynote address, a “Status of the Lake” panel, consisting of  Dr. John Halfman, of the Finger Lakes Institute, and Bruce Natale, from WQMA, will present information related to Owasco Lake.  Enjoy activities and games designed for children that will stress the importance of preserving and protecting the lake.  The popular resource fair and guided pontoon boat rides will again be held this year, along with a number of other activities.  Free, 3-7pm.

June 28th – 30th  – “The Pitch” – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn Dogwood Days –  Blood and Fire – Book and Lyrics by: Jeffrey Couchman Music by: Lisa Heffter.  Blood and Fire, set in Victorian London is centered on the conflict between General Booth’s Salvation Army and the Skeleton Army, which opposes the temperance campaign. In the midst of this confrontation, follow Michael Remsen, an idealistic, atheist doctor from the wealthy West End who sets up a clinic in the poor East End where he falls in love with Amelia, who must ultimately decide between Michael and a life in the Salvation Army.

The Life of a Mob Wife – A Mafia Comedy – Book by: Corey Skaggs Music and Lyrics by: Michael Mott.  Trapped in a deteriorating marriage for the past ten years, life isn’t about to get any easier for Debra Delbono. The recent appointment of her husband, Tony, as mob boss, plus the discontinuation of her favorite Prada product have really put a damper on things. As Debra tries to patch up her marriage, Tony has “other plans” with a big-breasted blonde bimbo. What follows is a series of mishaps, miscommunications and misunderstandings culminating in the couple discovering true happiness in a very unexpected way!  Admission $20, 6/28, 7:30pm, 6/29, 8pm, 6/30, 5 & 8pm.  800-457-8897

June 29th – “Minnesota’s Singing Boys” – St. Mary’s Church, 15 Clark St., Auburn.  The Land of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota, “Minnesota’s Singing Boys”, will present a concert of sacred and secular music sponsored by St. Mary’s Church & Willard Memorial Chapel. Come enjoy the wonderful sound of “angel voices” as the Land of Lakes Choirboys lift your soul with their gift of music.  Free, 7:30 pm.  315-252-9546

June 29th – Garden Concert Series – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Free live music in our flower garden from 5 to 7 by “Restless”, and wine available by the glass or bottle – bring your friends! Food available for a fee – don’t cook dinner! Enjoy the evening with us.  800-439-5217

June 29th – “The Artist” – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius’s dazzling cinematic objet d’art, is all about the passing of the silent movie era from memory into myth. This is not a work of film history but rather a generous, touching and slightly daffy expression of unbridled movie love. Though its protagonist mourns the arrival of sound, The Artist itself is more interested in celebrating the range and power of a medium that can sparkle, swoon and suffer so beautifully that it doesn’t really need to have anything to say.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 6/29, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 6/30, 8:00 pm.  315-253-6669

June 30th – Open House – King Ferry Winery, 658 Lake Rd., King Ferry.  Let the games begin! Summer is upon us and we are ready to have fun! Drop by for our Open House, enjoy a free sample of our house-made sangria, hear some free live music, and take advantage of special discounting to stock up on wine for the summer. We’ll have wine available by the glass or bottle – bring your friends and enjoy the afternoon!  Free, 10am-5pm.     800-439-5217

July 1st – Music in the Barn – Izzo’s White Barn Winery, 6634 Cayuga Rd., Cayuga.  Dick and Erin Eldredge aka “Like Father, Like Daughter”.  Enjoy their link to the Musical Theatre Festival as Erin performs songs from the musical 9 to 5.  Free, 2-5pm.  315-283-8095

July 1st – 2nd ANNUAL SUMMER GARDEN TOUR – Hoopes Park Clubhouse, E. Genesee St., Auburn.  The tour will begin at Hoopes Park Clubhouse where directional maps describing the participating garden locations will be distributed. Tickets are $10 pre-sale, or $12.00 the day of the event. Pre-sale tickets will be available after June 1st at the Auburn Downtown BID Office, 128 Genesee Street, and at the Downtown Book and Coffee, 66 Genesee Street. All proceeds from the event will be put toward beautification projects slated for 2012-13.  Meet at the clubhouse at 1pm.  Tour lasts until 4pm.  315-255-3224

July 3rd – Sprint Car Summer Shootout –  Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, 8310 Grant Ave. Rd., Elbridge.  360 Spring Cars, 305 Sprint Cars (CMP Points), DIRTcar Stock Cars, and Midstate Vintage Stock Car Club.  Visit web site for ticket prices and show times.  315-834-6606

July 3rd – Fireworks & Concert – Emerson Park, 6914 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  The Syracuse University Brass Ensemble will be performing on the front porch of the newly improved pavilion. The performance will start at 8:00 and end at approximately 9:30. The fireworks show starts immediately following. This year H&J, the pavilion caterer will be offering food and refreshments.  315-253-5611 

July 4th – 7th – Fourth of July Celebration – Band Stand Park & Town Field, Fair Haven.             7/4 – Boat parade at noon. 7/5 – Craft fair 10-6pm, parade at 7pm,  carnival on Cayuga St. following parade. 7/6 – Carnival, craft fair, smorgasbord at Community Church 4pm. 7/7 – 5K Run/walk for Hospice 9am, craft fair, Bayside Cruisers Classic Car Show 9-5pm, children’s parade 12:30pm, children’s matinee 1-5, band concert 7:30, wall of fire 9:15, fireworks 10pm.  315-947-5628




July 5th – 7th – “The Pitch” – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., AuburnStar Child – Book by: Jennifer Stafford, Music by: Josh Freilich Lyrics by: Sarah UnderwoodBased on Oscar Wilde’s short stories, this fun-filled musical follows Mattan, the self-proclaimed “most beautiful boy in the world”. When a suave Marketing Man comes to town to send Mattan on tour, his fame goes to his head. However, when he becomes so self-centered and cruel that a witch takes his beauty, he must go on a journey and learn to see beauty through the eyes of others. Chez Morgan – Book and Lyrics by: W. Joseph Matheson, Music by: Logan MedlandThe original ‘torch singer’ and star of Broadway’s Showboat, Helen Morgan’s life couldn’t have been more melodramatic if scripted by a Hollywood writer. From singing French folk songs in Toronto railyards to beauty pageants in Montreal, to Ziegfeld chorus girl and Ziegfeld’s greatest leading lady, to losing the three men she loved most, Helen Morgan lived a life as colorful and heartbreaking as any of her songs.  800-457-8897

July 7th  – 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






Elderberry Pond Restaurant – lunch & dinner Wed-Sun.

Tom Thumb Restaurant

Reese’s Dairy Bar

Pumpkin Hill Bistro – lunch & dinner – Mon-Sat, closed Sundays

The Cascade Grill on Owasco Lake opening 5/25

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