August 9 – 10, 2019
Whether you like antique and classic cars, motorcycles, live music or art, Founder’s Day has a variety for all to enjoy. New this year, the City of Auburn is sponsoring a special performance August 10 at 7 p.m. by the Edgar Winter Band on the new field at Falcon Park. Advance sale tickets for $25 are available at the Doubledays box office, and online under summer events at auburnny.gov. Tickets prices increase to $35 after August 1. General admission field access and stadium seating are available, with free parking in the adjacent lot.
The band openers are the Lightkeepers. With over 60 years of combined musical experience between them, band members Jes Sheldon (Vox), Mike Vincitore (Guitar), P.J. Will (Guitar), Elliot Jarvis (Bass), and Jack Jarvis (Drums) knit a musical blanket of soul, funk, rock, jazzy blues and roots. As the 2016 Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) winners for “Best New Artist,” The Lightkeepers are now hitting their full stride in 2019.
Music on the Mall Kick-Off Party
Founder’s Day weekend fun starts with live music on Friday, August 9 with the kick-off party at Music on the Mall from 7 to 10 p.m. in the State Street Band Shell. Entertainment will be provided by the Ener-G R&B Showband. They are a high energy old school R&B band from Syracuse that specialize in weddings, galas, private parties and special events. Band members include James Patterson lead vocals; Jerry Patterson lead & background vocals; Deion Patterson and Travis Reed on keys; Amir Gethers on bass; Brazzie Addison on drums; and Dr. Derek Seward on sax.
Rain location for Music on the Mall is Moondog’s Lounge, also where the Ron Spencer Band will be performing afterward from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., inside on the purple stage.
FLAACA Antique Car Show: History on Wheels
The 47th Annual Finger Lakes Region Antique Automobile Association (FLAACA) Antique Car Show features hundreds of classic & antique cars of all makes and models presented on Genesee Street & Route 34. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration from 9 to noon in the parking lot behind Memorial City Hall. Dash plaques are given to pre-registered vehicles; the fee for show cars is $15, or $10 if you register before August 7. Cars dating back before 1940 are free to participate. This year’s featured car is George & Jean Kerstetter’s 1953 green Packard Caribbean Convertible.
To kick off the program, Stephanie DeVito, Executive Director of the Downtown Auburn BID, will sing the National Anthem at noon from the car show tent stage on Genesee Street west of the Route 34 intersection. During the show, DJ music will be provided by Jane Stebbins of Charlie’s Mobile Entertainment. Stebbins will be playing classic hits to complement the classic cars.
For showmobile entertainment, Dan Novak & the Party Nuts will perform from 12 to 1:30 p.m., and then Cruise Control from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The showmobile will be located facing east on Genesee Street, east the intersection of Dill/William Streets. After the last band, Fire & Iron’s JD Blues will play in the State Street Band Shell from 5 to 9 p.m. This street will remain closed and the open container waiver in effect until 9 p.m.
Closing the car show, there will be awards for the top 20 classics and 20 customs, plus Best of Show, Oldest Car trophies and Longest Distance Plaque. There will also be the Mayor’s Choice award, a memorial trophy for Doug Parker presented by Auburn Police Department Chief Butler, a Chief’s Choice trophy presented by Auburn Fire Department Chief Morabito, and a trophy presented by Cayuga County Sheriff Schenk.
The judging starts at noon and the winners will be announced at 3 p.m. The 50/50 drawing will happen at 1 p.m., and all proceeds will benefit local community programs. For more info on the car show please call 315.253-4357.
auBURN Bike Fest & Ride 2019
The auBURN Bike Fest & Ride registration starts at 9:30 a.m. under than band shell on State Street. Moondog’s Lounge is serving a breakfast sandwich special before the ride, which will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bikes will line up on Dill Street and park on State Street thereafter. Fire & Iron Motor Cycle Club #222 are raising funds for the Burn Foundation of CNY with the ride registration fees. For more info please call 315.406-1408, or visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/187067718874185/.
Unity House’s 6th Annual Art Flaire
If arts and crafts are more of interest stroll through Exchange Street Plaza, the perfect location for the Art Flaire fundraising event organized by Unity House, happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twenty regional artisans, crafters & vendors will be showing and selling their works, plus novelty food items, a silent auction, bake sale & more. For more info on Art Flaire please call 315.253-6227 ext. 313 or visit: www.unityhouse.com/artflaire.html.
After the street festival wraps on Genesee Street; there will be live music in the State Street band shell by JD Blues Band, a guitar-harmonica duo based out of Fairport. They play a variety of traditional blues, rock & contemporary arrangements. The lineup includes Jim Schreiner on harmonica, vocals and auxiliary percussion, and Dave Roberts on guitar, vocals and primary percussion. After that, Funky Blu Roots will be playing inside Moondog’s Lounge from 9 p.m. to midnight.
With the Great Race on the following day, Sunday August 11, Auburn will be at its very best with lots of weekend activity for visitors and residents alike. For more general information please call 315.252-7874 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Founders-Day-Festival-in-Auburn-NY-389719663728/.