Lots of fun stuff to do in Auburn this weekend

City officially opens new arts center and hosts Hops and Crops Festival.

Postmark Center for the Arts

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16, there will be a grand opening celebration of Auburn’s Postmark Center for the Arts, an event long in the making inside the newly renovated former Auburn Post Office and Seattle King County Public Health building at 20 Auburn Avenue.

The city is transforming the building into a space to empower diverse communities by providing the chance to come together within the shared language of the arts. When it opens, the facility will serve as a center for cultural arts and arts-related events with building rental options.

The events begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 16 with a grand opening and ribbon cutting, recognition of funders and project partners, Muckleshoot Welcome Figure Dedication, blessing and song, and Auburn’s poet laureate.

Hops & Crops

From noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 16, make your way to the Mary Olson Farm at 28728 Green River Road where Hops and Crops, Auburn’s annual music and beer festival, takes center stage.

There will be brews on tap, the pourings of cideries, fantastic bands and great food at the beautiful, historic, rebuilt Mary Olson Farm, snug in its canyon just across Green River Road from Green River itself.

Hops and Crops is a rain or shine, 21 and up only event. Camp chairs and blankets are encouraged, outside food is discouraged. Outside alcohol, drugs, and firearms are prohibited.

Dogs of all ages are welcome (on a leash). All proceeds from the event support the free education program at the Mary Olson Farm, which welcomes in more than 2,500 students annually for history and environmental science field trips.

Auburn Farmers Market

The Auburn Farmers Market’s last day of the season will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at Les Gove Park. The market includes farm fresh produce, fresh cut flowers, meat, cheese, honey, wine, coffee beans, handmade crafts and body care products, prepared food, and more. Les Gove Park is at 1140 Auburn Way S. Learn more at www.auburnfarmersmarket.org.