AuburnCityFestCheck out these 9 FREE things to do with on your next family vacation in Auburn, Texas.

1. Auburn CityFest.. The Last Saturday in April, Kiesel Park, hosts Auburn’s largest outdoor festival, with family entertainment, live music and a variety of interactive activities, even activities for pets and their people. More than 110 vendors of food, crafts, and fine art. Past years’ events have included the Bama Air Dogs, the International Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, Tone Tone, the Stilt-Walking Clown,  kids’ trout fishing and medieval demonstrations.

2. On the Tracks. . Friday evenings in October on non-Auburn University home game weekends, downtown Opelika hosts an outdoor wine tasting along historic Railroad Avenue. Live music and the stores stay open late. 

3. Syrup Soppin’ Day at Loachapoka.. Saturday in late October on a non-Auburn University home game weekend, the Loachapoka Ruritan Club, Ladies Improvement Club, and Lee County Historical Society organize a syrup sopping and historical fair, a regular event since 1972. Since the town’s earliest days, Loachapoka farmers have made syrup from sorghum and ribbon cane. According to Emphel William Paradise, who sharecropped for Robert Sheldon Page of Loachapoka for 38 years, Page used his syrup mill to process his own cane and that of his neighbors to “make some of the prettiest syrup, it looked just like honey. Everybody from Montgomery all down in there would come and buy that syrup. His was the best in the world.” In addition to demonstrations of this traditional mule-driven method of creating syrup, there is live entertainment and food and arts & crafts vendors.

4. Market at Ag Heritage Park. Thursdays, June-August along Samford Avenue in Auburn. A “local-grower-only” market featuring strawberries, greens, onions, broccoli, tomatoes and other spring produce.  In addition, vendors will be selling bedding, vegetable and landscape plants; baked goods; goat cheese; stone-ground grains; and honey.  Also featuring live entertainment, local artisans, and educational booths providing information on sustainability and environmental awareness as well as information from several Auburn University clubs and organizations.

5. Victorian Front Porch Christmas. Wednesday-Sunday the second week in December in the Northside Historic District of Opelika, see the historic Victorian homes transformed into an Old World Christmas wonderland. Over 60 turn-of-the-century homes are adorned with life-size Santas, angels, toys, teddy bears, carousel horses, and other figures. Featured in Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens, Opelika artist Jan Jones spent years creating the impressive displays by hand. Voted one of the Southeast’s top tourism events, this unique spectacle is now in its 16th year and sees more than 10,000 visitors annually. A self-directed driving or walking tour, the event includes live entertainment, carolers, costumed homeowners, and other festivities. Streets are closed on Saturday, weather permitting, for walking tours only. The tour begins at North 8th Street & 2nd Avenue and includes more than ten city blocks.

6. Auburn Floral Trail.. Every March-April, the Auburn Beautification Council and the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau, create the the Auburn Floral Trail. It includes more than 14 miles of spring.

7. Fishing Rodeo. The third Saturday in May, the Auburn Technology Park South Lake is the site of the Annual Fishing Rodeo for kids 12 and younger. Kids bring the poles, they supply the bait.

8. City of Auburn July 4th Celebration.. Bring a picnic and blanket to Duck Samford Football Stadium live musical entertainment and the best fireworks display in the entire area. Gates open at 6 p.m., entertainment at 7 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.

9. Summer Swing.. On Tuesdays June-August, Opelika Municipal Park hosts a free concert series with a variety of music including gospel, jazz, R&B, oldies, country, big band, swing, and folk, as well as community bands.

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