Auburn happenings: School supplies, Lusio Light Festival and more

School supply kits

For the second school year, the Auburn School District will provide all required school supplies to all students. The ASD is providing pencils, notebooks, pens, earbuds, erasers, crayons and more. Grade-specific school supplies will be distributed during the first week of school and will be replenished throughout the school year. Schools will have supplies for new students who enroll during the school year.

For some families, purchasing school supplies puts a strain on the family budget. This shift provides each student with the correct school supplies for learning and removes the burden for families to buy them.

If students want to bring supplies, they will be allowed, but every basic school supply will be provided. The district will spend about $800,000 purchasing supplies for all students in preschool through grade 12 for the 2023-24 school year, according to the school district.

New signal

On Aug. 16, the City of Auburn turned on the new signal on South 277th Street and I Street NE and open the I Street NE extension between 45th Street NE and South 277th Street. The completion of the I Street corridor to connect with South 277th Street was envisioned to provide improved connectivity from the neighborhoods along the corridor to both South 277th Street and Auburn Way North, according to a city announcement. With the opening of this last segment, the I Street NE corridor will connect from 15th Street NE to South 277th Street NE and includes a new roundabout at 49th Street NE and signalized connection at 49th Street NE and Auburn Way North.

Lusio Light Festival

The festival runs 7-11 p.m. Aug. 18-19. Experience the Mary Olson Farm like never before. Dozens of incredible artists will illuminate the Farm with spectacular and interactive light art. Part light event, part family-friendly dance party. Details at

Auburn Farmers Market

The market is held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday through September 17 at Les Gove Park. The market provides a venue for local farmers and artisans to provide access to healthy, fresh, locally sourced food and products to area residents. The market serves as a vibrant gathering place where visitors can enjoy live entertainment, gardening presentations, cooking demos, fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, crafts and more.

Hops and Crops

Hops and Crops Music and Beer Festival runs Noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at Mary Olson Farm. Fun, sun, music and brews. This 21+ event is a South Sound favorite with live bands, dozens of beers to taste, and the most “chill” beer festival experience in the region. Rain or shine. Tickets are on sale now at