Central New York Visitors activities

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. 

Oct. 9th – Dec. 31st – You Are Here!  Putting Auburn on the Map – Cayuga Museum of History and Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  The answer to “Where are we?” can usually be found on a map. Maps provide us with information about what’s around us and who we are. You Are Here! is an exhibit of maps from the Museum’s collection which chronicle the development of New York, Cayuga County and the City of Auburn. These maps show how our understanding of the world around us has changed over the past 400 years.  Admission free, suggested donation $3, Tue-Sun, Noon – 5:00 pm .  www.cayugamuseum.org  315-253-8051

Oct. 28th – Jan. 6th – Quilts=Art=Quilts – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Quilts=Art=Quilts is the Schweinfurth Art Center’s 32nd annual juried quilt exhibition. The Art Center has long recognized the importance of quilts as a visual medium, and has been presenting quilts in an art gallery setting since 1981.  General admission $6, Tues. – Sat. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sun. 1:00 – 5:00 pm.   www.myartcenter.org  315-255-1553

Nov. 14th – Little Rascal Theater – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Bring your future arts patrons to a morning of cinema, community and fun! The Auburn Public Theater presents a series of short films for pint-sized movie lovers on the second Wednesday of every month beginning in September. Feel free to bring bag lunches or snacks. Our concession counter will also be open. All ages welcome.  Doors open 10:00 am.  Movie 10:30-11:00 am.  Free time in Stage Right 11:00-11:30 am.  $1 per child.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Nov. 14th & 15th – FREE Wellness Health Fair & Walk – Hilton Garden Inn, 74 State St., Auburn.  November 14th at the hotel, there will be health demonstrations, flu shots, blood pressure checks, raffles and much more! On November 15th at Noon join the Walk for Health to celebrate National Rural Health Day & Great American Smokeout in front of the Cayuga County Court House and will end at City Hall. Following the walk a press conference and reception will be held.  11/14 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Hotel, 11/15 Noon at Court House. www.cayugahealthnetwork.org  315-252-4212



Nov. 16th & 17th – GAMES – A romantic COMPLICATED like/crush LOVE story SAGA – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  The Drawing Board Theatre Project presents an Original Play written and directed by Rachel Carrozziere.  The ageless question continues to baffle us today: Is there such a thing as true love? Love stories have dominated theater from the beginning. Why have myths and fairytales about valiant heroes who rescue princesses trapped in towers, stood the test of time? Despite our vast differences, there is an undeniable force that draws us together. This play challenges us to laugh at ourselves, our obscured ideas of relationships, and how things ‘should’ be. Through the process of producing this play, I have concluded one thing: love is what it always has been, a mystery. There is no right or wrong way to define it. In fact, it is its intrigue that entices us, and its power to scale any obstacle that makes love the miracle that it is. $15/at the door; $10/advance, 11/16 8:00 pm, 11/17 5:00 & 8:00 pm. www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Nov.16th & 17th – Sleepwalk With Me – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Comedian Mike Birbiglia has long been mining his life and personal foibles for material in his stand-up act, creating a persona that’s self-effacing, sweet and silly. In 2008, he reconfigured elements from his act and from his life together to create the one-man show Sleepwalk With Me, which went on to become a book in 2011, and later a narrative film that took Sundance by storm last winter. Birbiglia both directed and starred in the piece which tells the tale of a struggling comedian who faces a career slump and a failing relationship, amidst increasingly dangerous bouts of sleepwalking.  Tickets $5/online,. $6/at the door, 11/16 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 11/17 8:00 pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Nov. 16th & 17th – 19th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree – Participating wineries on Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.  Snowflakes falling, the smell of pine and a crackling fire help us to exprience the warmth of the Holidays here at our 19th Annual Hoiliday Shopping Spree.  Start at King Ferry Winery, stop by Long Point Winery and by the other 14 Cayuga Wine Trail wineries.  Check the web site for exact times and days the wineries are open.  Advance Tickets – $35/single $50/couple, Designated driver – $30/single $45/couple, At the door, $40/single $55/couple.  www.cayugawinetrail.com  800-684-5217

Nov. 17th – Aurora Free Library to host PUSH Physical Theatre – Morgan Opera House, 370 Main St.. Aurora.  PUSH Physical Theatre is coming to the Aurora Free Library’s Morgan Opera House on Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 pm. Seeing award winning PUSH Physical Theatre is like watching a live action-movie. This talented group of performers inspires awe with physical illusions and gravity-defying, dance-infused, acrobatic high-jinx. PUSH Physical Theatre, the masters of physical storytelling, grab hold of audiences’ emotions and “push” the boundaries of traditional theatre.  Free, donations gratefully appreciated, 7:30pm.  www.morganoperahouse.org  315-364-8074

Nov. 17th – Cayuga Museum’s Annual Holiday Party – Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Kick off the holiday season at the Cayuga Museum with our Annual Holiday Party! Tickets include entry for two, top shelf libations and hors d’ oeuvres. Your ticket is also good for an entry into a raffle for $500. This party is one of the highlights of our year and we would love to see you there!  $50/couple, 7-9pm.  www.cayugamuseum.org  315-253-8051




Nov. 17th – Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open House – Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.  Finger Lakes cheesemakers use fresh, farmstead raw milk to make several artisan cheese styles, including European, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and much more.  Visit them to receive farm tours, talk with the cheese makers, and taste cheese samples…all at no cost.   Sample and stock up on delicious artisan cheeses for all your Thanksgiving and Christmas entertaining needs. (Plus, squirrel away some for your own enjoyment!)   Bon appetite!  10-5pm.  www.flcheesetrail.com 

Nov. 17th – Holiday Dessert Festival – Dickamns Farms Greenhouse & Garden Center, 13 Archie St., Auburn.  Join us for the 1st Annual Dessert Festival.   Come and enjoy an afternoon of sweet delights. Visit with local bakeries and restaurants featuring fresh pastries, delicious pies, holiday cookies, festive desserts and more! Purchase your holiday desserts, or place your holiday orders!  All proceeds of ticket sales benefit Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY.  $5/advance, $8/at the door  315-253-3030. 

Nov. 17th – Fair Trade Festival – United Church of Auburn, 77 Metcalf Dr., Auburn.  Support Artisans from over 38 counties, receive a fair price for their products. Hand loomed textiles, pottery, jewelry, baskets, toys and home decor accents.  Food Tastings, children’s activities, and presentations.  9am-3pm.  315-252-4397

Nov. 17th – Release Party – Autumn Notes – Down Books & Coffee, 66 Genesee St., Auburn.  Come by Downtown Books & Coffee on Saturday, November 17th at 1pm for a realease party with Elizabeth Patton catered by Man in the Moon Bake Shoppe & Cafe!  “Elizabeth Patton’s beautiful poems tell a story-‘a good story’ of a life enriched by art and words and dreams. Her own words that leave us smiling and sad and grateful for the eloquent sharing.” -Ellen McNeal, Poet, South Carolina.  1pm, free.  www.downtownbooksandcoffee.com  315-515-3411

Nov. 18th – “Miss Emily’s Birthday” – Howland Stone Store Museum, 2956 State Route 34B, Aurora.  Join us for Miss Emily’s Birthday Party and for a short program: Historical Sketches of Sherwood’s Select School (est. 1871) based on manuscripts by Lucy Jacobs and Phebe M. King. Lucy, a student on opening day in 1871 and Phebe a former pupil, teacher and principal of the Sherwood school will “share” memories of the school that Emily Howland built as “a seat of learning where the sons and daughters of the land may seek knowledge.” Presenter Judy Furness is Ledyard Town Historian.   Free, 4pm.  www.howlandstonestore.org  315-364-5587

Nov. 18th – Quilts=Art=Quilts – Trunk Show – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Trunk Show & Machine Stitching Demo with Nancy Bales.  $6 general admission, free for Art Center members and exhibiting quilters, 2pm.  www.schweinfurthartcenter.org  315-255-1553

Nov. 18th – Drop-In FAMILY ART Making – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Children and their accompanying adults are invited to drop-in art making experiences at the Schweinfurth. Projects are inspired by basic art principles, materials, or techniques and will encourage participants of all ages to make art collectively. Stop in between 1- 4:30pm to complete a project.  KOOL AID TIE DYEING – Learn to tie dye with non-toxic flavored drink mix. Bring new t-shirt, socks, etc.  Cost is $5 per project, 1-4:30pm.  www.schweinfurthartcenter.org  315-255-1553


Nov. 20h  & 27th  – Open Mic Night – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.   Open Mic Night features music and spoken word from local and regional talent in a relaxed cafe setting. Listen to live original and cover music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry and enjoy light refreshments including wine and beer for those with proper ID.  Every Tuesday.  Admission $2, 7:30-10:30pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Nov. 21st – Pas’cal / Barrigar & Mazengarb: The Thanksgiving Concert –  Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Join APT for our 4th annual Thanksgiving concert. It’s a great family show featuring 3 of the best regional talents in the area.  $12 Regular; $10.80 Member, 7:30pm.   www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Nov. 23rd & 24th – In The Family – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. And a good life it is. When Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggle to find their footing again. Just as they begin to, Cody’s will reveals that he named his sister as Chip’s guardian. The years of Joey’s acceptance into the family unravel as Chip is taken away from him. In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. The law is not on his side, but friends are. Armed with their comfort and inspired by memories of Cody, Joey finds a path to peace with the family and closer to his son.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 11/23, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 11/24, 8:00 pm.   www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Nov. 23rd – Bittersweet Cottage “Black Friday” Sales – Bittlersweet Cottage, 2348 Brick Church Rd., Cato.  Studio of Boulder Cove Orignials. Resident Artisan Kathleen Spingler. Clay designs for the Home & Garden. Unique jewelry, antiques & guest Artisans. An off the beaten path shopping experience.  315-834-6110

Nov. 24th – FAMILY FUN & HOLIDAY PARADE – Downtown Auburn.  Enjoy an afternoon full of FREE family activities. These include horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting and other kids’ activities, music, the Child Photo ID Program by the County Sheriff’s Department and more. The parade will begin at 6PM. After the parade there’s the tree lighting ceremony, music by the Auburn Civic Band, and visits with Santa Clause.  3-8pm.  315-252-7874

Nov. 24th – Bet the Farm Wine Lunch – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Our neighbors at Bet the Farm Winery pair with the Aurora Inn Dining Room culinary team to present a 12:00 p.m. reception followed by a 12:30 p.m. lunch. Featuring three courses, the menu is sure to bring a welcome respite from Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. Including three paired courses and a reception wine, this epicurean event promises hearty and warming seasonal faire, and relaxed atmosphere perfect for a post-holiday family get-together. Please call for reservations.  $45++/person, noon.  www.innsofaurora.com  315-364-8888

Nov. 24th – Holiday Lights – Emerson Park, 6914 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  Enjoy the beautiful lighting display at Emerson Park.  Free, 5-9pm.  www.co.cayuga.ny.us/parks/emerson           315-252-7644





Nov. 25th – Sunday Series:  Tess Eller – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Tess Eller is a born and raised New Yorker in her roaring twenties. Singing since she was a young lass, she boasts the sultry smokey vocals of a modern day jazz singer. Once a student of the notorious Nancy Kelly, Ms. Eller has begun to come into her own under the spotlight.  As a frequenter of the stage at Auburn Public Theater’s Open Mic night, she was performing an a cappella version of Misty, when her luxurious notes crept into the ears of Mr. Carey Eidel.  Upon hearing her vocal talent, he took her under his wing. After multiple performances at APT’s open mic night, offered her the opportunity to hit the stage for her debut.  Her soulful vocals and undeniable razzle and dazzle will launch you back to the golden era of Jazz.  $10 Door / Advance, 4pm.  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669

Nov. 25th – Quilts=Art+Quilts – Trunk Show – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Trunk Show with the Fiber Peeps.  $6 general admission, free for Art Center members and exhibiting quilters, 2pm.  www.schweinfurthartcenter.org  315-255-1553

Nov. 25th – Tamez-Sorgen Jazz Quartet – Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Music fans have a rare opportunity to hear two internationally-acclaimed jazz artists, making a stop on their U.S. tour to play Auburn’s newest music venue, Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum. Omar Tamez, Mexico’s most respected jazz and new music guitarist, and Harvey Sorgen, a celebrated drummer who has played and recorded with Hot Tuna, Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby and many more, will be giving a one-night-only performance to benefit the Cayuga Museum. Tamez, founder and director of Mexico’s leading new music festival “ENCEUENTRO INTERNATIONAL,” now in its 13th year, is a leading proponent of increasing cultural understanding through musical collaboration. He and Sorgen will be playing in Auburn with Peter Mack, jazz bassist who has recorded several big band albums with the leading lights of modern jazz. David CasT, a multi-talented jazz musician and master of the saxophone, who has recorded with Levon Helm, the Dave Matthews Band, and a host of others, will anchor the band.  Tickets $15, 7pm.  315-253-8051

Nov. 27th – Open Table/Open Mic Community Dinner – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Join APT and its community partners* and share FOOD, FUN and FELLOWSHIP!  Open Table/Open Mic is a FREE community dinner open to the public. Following the dinner, all participants are invited to attend our Tuesday open mic for a night of music, spoken word, comedy and more. Anyone can get on stage and perform.  Dinner from 5:30 – 7:00pm, Open Mic starts at 7:30pm.  Free.  .  www.auburnpublictheater.org  315-253-6669