Cayuga County corporate travel events

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 .  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.  315-255-1553

Nov. 20th – Dec. 24th  – Santa’s Wonderland – Bass Pro Shop, Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Rd., Auburn.  The magic returns. Free photo with Santa. Free games and activities. Lasar arcade, soft gun arcade, remote control trucks, moving trains, slot car racing, activity tables, the Strike and Hunt game and Wildlife Carousel.  Open during regular store hours.  315-258-2700

Nov. 30th – SAMSARA – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 11/30, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 12/1, 8:00 pm.  .  315-253-6669



Nov. 30th – The Andrew and Noah Band – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Edgy Folk transformed the former songwriting duo Peterson and Dennihy into a band with creative edge and energy, sought after by music fans of ages. They capture a unique sound from their original music based on polished songwriting to the creative cover songs they perform with heart and groove. They tap into their ability to collaborate with other accomplished musicians with ease, making fabulous and fun music whenever they perform. Loyal fans know the words to their clever original songs penned by Peterson and Dennihy. And they dance to their eclectic cover songs such as Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer and Violent Femmes’ Blister in the Sun. Their alternative folk sound and songwriting calls to mind Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Bright Eyes. Band members include Jon Peterson on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals; Donna Dennihy on guitar and vocals; GD Bower on percussion; and Heather Lee on bass. “An acoustic based sound with inspiring harmonies, intricate percussion, and polished songwriting.” Oasis Productions, 2008.  $12 Regular; $10.80 Member, 8pm.  315-253-6669

Dec. 1st – “Riding The Lehigh Valley Railroad” – Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum & Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center, 6880 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  A historical account of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Auburn Division, from the book THE GANGLY COUNTRY COUSIN Bruce Tracy will present it’s history and the book’s author Herbert Trice will be available to answer questions. Guests are invited to bring mementos they have of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and its presence in Auburn and Cayuga County.  Herbert Trice is the author of THE GANGLY COUSIN a book on the Lehigh Valley Rail Road in this area. He is 95 years old. His mentor Bruce Tracy will take you back on the railroad and give you a ride of your life. Witness the historical tale of the Lehigh Valley Railroad with a photographic collections and recollections of the men, the land, and the train trails that carved this part of the country.  They will engage and enlighten you with railroad history which eventually led to New York as it is today and it’s influence on our everyday life.  Admission and parking is free but donations are acceptable. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited arrive early.  Free, 2pm.                315-252-7644

Dec. 1st & 2nd – Annual Christmas Craft Fair – Cayuga Community College, 197 Franklin St., Auburn.  More than 170 vendors from throughout the Northeast will display and sell a wide range of handcrafted items. Nearby, a “multicultural food court” in the college cafeteria will offer tastes of American, Italian, Filipino, Native American, African American, and Ukrainian foods. Live music, entertainment for children, and much more.  12/1, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, 12/2, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  315-255-1743

Dec. 2nd – Drop-In FAMILY ART Making – Informal Art Making for Families – 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. HOLIDAY POP-UPS – Make an exciting holiday card with a message that pops up when you open it. All materials are provided.  Cost is $5 per project, 1-4:30pm.  315-255-1553

Dec. 2nd – Quilts=Art=Quilts – Trunk Show – Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Trunk Shows are “show and tell” opportunities for artists/quilters to discuss their work.  Meet regional quilters and see examples of their work. Trunk Show with Paula Schultz of Cottons, Etc.  $6 general admission, free for Art Center members and exhibiting quilters, 2pm.   .  315-255-1553

Dec. 2nd Reading by Captain Jack the Christmas Pirate – Izzo’s White Barn Winery, 6634 Cayuga Rd., Cayuga.  Captain Jack the Christmas Pirate will be on hand to read the pirate’s “Night Before Christmas”, Jack is Joined by our good friend Dick Eldredge performing holiday music. Jack appears in support of the local food bank non perishable foods will be collected throughout December.  We’ll have mulled wine and lots of foods to try with our wines, which will be on special through December.  Free, 4pm.                315-283-8095

Dec. 4th – Walter Stahr Book Signing for Seward – Downtown Books & Coffee, 66 Genesee St., Auburn.  If you missed your chance to meet Walter Stahr, author of the new Seward bio, mark your calendar for December 4th because Downtown Books & Coffee are having him at the store for a signing! From one of our most acclaimed new biographers- the first full life of the leader of Lincoln’s “team of rivals” to appear in more than forty years. William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century. Progressive governor of New York and outspoken U.S. senator, he was the odds-on favorite to win the 1860 Republican nomination for president. As secretary of state and Lincoln’s closest adviser during the Civil War, Seward not only managed foreign affairs but had a substantial role in military, political, and personnel matters.  Free, 6:30pm.  315-515-3411

Dec. 4th – Holiday Open House – Rural Life Museum, 920 State Route 34B, King Ferry.  Dave Bacon, local singer/story teller will perform tradition holiday music along with accepting requests from guests.  To take part in our cookie exchange participants are invited to bring a couple of dozen cookies along with your recipe to share.  Everyone is encouraged to bring an old ornament to add to our GHA Holiday Tree, we will identify the ornament with your family name.  Free, 10am – Noon.  315-364-8202

Dec. 4th – Hors D’Oeuvres & Cocktails – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Welcome to our second season of cooking classes! Come for the epicurean experience, then stay over at one of our Inns for equal parts leisure, luxury, and learning. Cooking class participants receive $50 off room reservations at the Aurora Inn or E.B. Morgan House on the night of class (based on availability). Classes are small to allow for hands-on experience, so reserve your spot early.  $75/person, 16 person maximum, 7-9:30pm.  315-364-8888

Dec. 4th & 11th  – 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.  315-253-6669

Dec. 7th – Prohibition Era Cocktail Party – Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Hearkening back to the era of spats, big band music, and Great Gatsby, our Prohibition Era Cocktail party celebrates the repeal of prohibition on December 5, 1933. Come dressed for the Roaring Twenties and rub shoulders with bootleggers and flappers. Heavy Hors D’oeuvres will be served alongside the best bathtub gin the Aurora Inn Dining Room has to offer. Please call for reservations.  $50++/person, Reception 7:00 pm, Band 8:00 pm.  315-364-8888


Dec. 7th & 8th – Candlelight Tours of the Beautiful Seward House – Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn.  Please call for reservations, families welcome.  Tickets go on sale 11/27, limited to groups of 20.  Tours start at 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm, tickets $10/adults, $8/students 12 & under.  315-252-1283

Dec. 7th & 8th – Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 12/7, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 12/8, 8:00 pm.  315-253-6669

Dec. 7th – 9th  – Christmas in Aurora – MacKenzie-Childs, 3260 State Route 90, Aurora.  Join us for our Holiday Celebration 2012! Our designers have outdone themselves with stunning holiday decor. Come see our complete holiday ornament and gift collection and enjoy complimentary gift packaging on every purchase. Take 20% of a single (non-sale) item. Enter to win daily prize drawings, enjoy festive refreshments, watch pottery or furniture painting, meet Santa, and tour the farmhouse between noon-4pm each day.  9:30am – 6pm. 

Dec. 7th – 9th – Patrick Blackburn: Music For More Senses – Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Patrick Blackburn Presents the World Premiere of MUSIC FOR MORE SENSES.  Friday: Join us for the avant garde generative audio and visual installation ‘Hieroglyphics From The Recent Past, Exhumed Towers And Recovered Stars’ from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There will be a live performance at 8:30 PM.  Saturday: The installation will be open from 3:00-10:00PM. Come, stay and enjoy the art.  Sunday: Patrick Blackburn will lead an illustrated talk at 3:00 PM.  315-253-6669









Dec. 7th – First Friday Events :                                                                                  Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. – Visitors are invited to listen to live holiday music by Honky Tonk Hindooz, make holiday ornaments, and view the current exhibition Quilts=Art=Quilts. Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St. – Enjoy an opening reception for the world premiere of Patrick Blackburn’s MUSIC FOR MORE SENSES, an abstract generative sound installation. A wine/beer bar will be open to those with proper I.D. This event is free and open to the public. Seward House Museum, 33 South St. – Top area florist and artisans have adopted the Seward House to provide a showcase of holiday decorations! Experience the unique charm and history of the festively adorned Seward House Museum. Candlelight Christmas Tours at 6&7pm, fee, call for reservations. Seymour Public Library, 176 Genesee St. – Join in a holiday art activity with all kinds of paper crafts, from paper folded trees to three dimensional ornaments and more. In addition to our crafters, we encourage scrap bookers to join us for a mini-crop. There will be a drop in craft for children in the Children’s Room. Auburn Downtown BID, 128 Genesee St. – You’ve heard of a wine tasting, but what about an olive oil tasting? Come check out Ithaca-based F. Olivers offering a wide variety of infused olive oils that delight the palette. Center for Wellness, 1 Hoffman St. – The Center will be offering free Reiki samplings and mini makeovers. Enjoy 20% off on gift store shopping (excluding consignments), 15% off walk-in gift certificate purchases and 10% off online instant gift certificate purchases. Auburn Ale House, 288 W. Genesee St. – The Ale House will be hosting a Free happy hour buffet from 3 – 6PM with $2 well drinks & drafts, $4 wines, plus Ladies’ Night with ½ priced food & drinks from 6 – close. Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St. – Come tour the new exhibit: You are Here! Putting Auburn on the Map, Maps and Map Making. This exhibit features 30+ historic maps from the collection, some from the 17th century! Light refreshments will be served. DEJA VU Consignment Boutique, 180 Genesee St. – wine tasting by Eleven Lakes Winery & appetizers.

Dec. 8th – Weedsport’s Old Tyme Christmas – Downtown Weedsport.  A day family fun, including vendors throughout the village, parade, 5K race/walk, alpacas, horse drawn wagon rides, snow bowling, Operation Safe Child (child finger printing) sponsored by the Sheriff’s Department. food & beverage entertainent, Santa & Much more!  Free, 10am – 3pm. 

Dec. 8th – Christmas in Aurora – Downtown Aurora.  Village-wide Christmas sales, children’t activities and entertainment. 

Dec. 9th – Horse Drawn Sleigh & Photos – Izzo’s White Barn Winery, 6634 Cayuga Rd., Cayuga.  Horse Drawn Sleigh & photos, our new Sleigh along with Cupcake the pony from neighboring Woodseye View Stables will be on hand. Why not stop and get a picture for your holiday greetings? Music on 12/9 provided by Sue Alexander, Christmas Karaoke is always a good time.  We’ll have mulled wine and lots of foods to try with our wines, which will be on special through December.  Free, 4pm.  315-283-8095




Dec. 9th – Annual Holiday Traditions – Noon – 5pm                                                                                  Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn – Read with Santa at 1PM sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers of America. From 1:30-3:30PM, children from Sacred Heart, St. Ann’s, and Tyburn Academy, conducted by Anne Adessa, will perform all types of music including traditional carols, older popular Christmas tunes, contemporary Christian and popular holiday tunes. They will also feature violin, vocal and piano solos.

Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn – Quilts made by 64 artists from all over the world will be on view in the annual Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibition. Families are invited to complete a scavenger hunt in the exhibition. In addition, the Operation Kid Comfort Program from Watertown will present a Trunk Show at 2PM.

Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn – The mansion will be decked out in its holiday best. Current exhibit – the history and importance of maps and mapmaking in Cayuga County.

Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn – Area florists and artisans have adopted the museum again this year to provide an array of spectacular holiday decorations. Visitors will be welcomed from 12 noon until 5pm and admission is free. Live musical performances throughout the day will add to the holiday splendor. Visit the Seward House Museum to experience the elegance of Christmas past.

Harriet Tubman Home – 180 South St., Auburn – Open for tours.

Ward O’Hara Ag. Museum, 6880 E. Lake Rd., Auburn – Horse and wagon rides with many activities throughout the museum for the kids. Mary Ann Finn will entertain on the keyboard and Santa will arrive at 12:30pm. Decorate holiday cookies, make Christmas decorations, and enter the Christmas coloring contest.

St. Francis Church, 299 Clark St., Auburn – Auburn Chamber Orchestra performs at 4pm.

St. Mary’s Church, 15 Clark St., Auburn – The Voices of Faith to perform at 3pm.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 17 Williams St., Auburn – Lori Rhodes Pettit performs Christmas music on the Skinner Organ at 1:30pm, Masterworks Chorale perform at 3pm.


Dec. 9th – Pumpkin Hill Bistro’s Annual Wine Dinner – Pumpkin Hill Bistro, 2051 State Route 90, Aurora.  Featuring the wonderful wine of Treleaven Winery. Come meet the Wine Makers sample their delicious wine paired with a delicious feast prepared by Cookie. The fun begins at 4pm with assorted appetizers and mulled wine and Holiday Sangria. Followed by a paired wine dinner at 5pm. Call for reservations and prices.  4pm.  315-364-7091