Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for an action-packed, fun-filled summer in downtown Auburn.

The streets are being adorned with lights and flowers in preparation for our summer events beginning with Majorpalooza Sunday, May 26. This annual fundraiser and community event begins at 8:30 a.m. at Memorial City Hall with the Catch Me if You Can 5K run/walk and the Stefanak Sprint children’s run downtown. Beginning at 10 a.m., enjoy and sample different downtown eateries, breweries and music throughout the day with live performances by Perform 4 Purpose from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Red Spider from 2 to 5:30 p.m. and Scars and Stripes from 6 to 9 p.m. A great time will be had by all.

Memorial Day kicks off at 11 a.m. with the annual parade, followed by the veterans service in Veterans Memorial Park, and then the Auburn Kiwanis Club's Duck Derby and the Knights of Columbus after-party. Enjoy the Food Truck Rodeo on Loop Road from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring Potatoes & Molasses, Wolf's Patio Pizza, Tonzi's Catering Co. and Miss Alice’s Mad Hatters Cotton Candy. Hope to see you all there!

Mark your calendars for May 25, as the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center hosts its monthly Makers Mart from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with artisans, food and music featuring jazz trio Way Off Bass from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The center will kick off the Taste NY Auburn Regional Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8. The center will be introducing new vendors for the weekly market, also featuring current vendor Moonflower Macarons. If you are an artisan interested in showcasing your work at our Saturday markets, applications are now open at historyshometown.com/nys-equal-rights-heritage-center.

Music on the Mall is coming back for its fourth year Fridays beginning June 21.

The Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District and the city of Auburn are partnering together to feature live outdoor music performances in the State Street band shell. The open container law will be waived so people can bring beer outside in cups to enjoy. Performances take place from 7 to 10 p.m.

The first performance will be Los Blancos on June 21. Fritz’s Polka Band is booked for July 12, Ener-G R&B Showband will be featured on Aug. 9, and Mere Mortals is scheduled for Sept. 6.

Then, jump-start your summer with the City Sizzlin’ Summer Kick-Off from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 22. The city of Auburn is presenting a chalk art contest at the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center with live music by Honky Tonk Hindooz from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the center and Root Shock from 8 to 10 p.m. on the Showmobile. On Exchange Street, enjoy arts and crafts, Big Awesome BBQ, kettle corn, Miss Alice’s Mad Hatters Cotton Candy and adult beverages provided by Moondog's Lounge, just to name a few.

The Flower Power program is very successful and still going strong, and will be bigger and better than ever before. We have black flower pots that can be utilized in front of your residence or business; all you need to do is furnish the flowers and maintain them. Please contact the BID at (315) 252-7874 to make a donation or get a flower pot.

Until next time, remember to shop, buy and dine locally, as your support ensures success for all!

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Stephanie DeVito is the executive director of the Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District (BID). For more information, call (315) 252-7874, visit auburndowntown.org or visit the office, 128 Genesee St., Auburn.