AuburnFest – a fun, family-friendly summer festival celebrating Auburn and its community – returns Saturday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., to Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. SE.
The festival offers two entertainment stages; a beer garden; food vendors; craft, specialty, community and nonprofit vendors; a car show; a literary showcase and small press fair; a downtown parade; a Friday night fun run and walk, as well as several free activities including Bocce; face painting; hands-on art activities; an indoor playground; the Discovery Playground; and a spray playground.
Wally & The Beavs (’50s and ’60s rock ’n roll); Wings N Things (The Music Of Paul McCartney); The Coats (Pacific Northwest’s premiere a cappella band); and Randy Hansen (Tribute to Jimi Hendrix) will perform on the Main Stage. The Community Stage will feature: Steve Fisher The Cerebral Tone (Singer Song Writer); Children’s Dance Theater and other acts.
The festival – presented by the City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation– is sponsored in part by 98.9 The Bull, Coordinated Care, and Multicare Health System – Center for Healthy Living.
There is no admission, with many free activities on-site.
A $10 wristband may be purchased at the festival for access to unlimited rides on the train; ponies; 11 inflatables; super slide; ballistic swing; mini golf; climbing wall and makerspace. Purchase wristbands before noon Aug. 10 and use coupon code SUMMER18 for a discounted price of $5 per wristband. Wristbands may be purchased at the Community and Event Center, 910 Ninth St. SE) or online.
For more information, visit auburnwa.gov/auburnfest
• Friday, Aug. 10 | Almost 5K Poker Fun Run | 7 p.m. | Les Gove Park
• Saturday, Aug. 11 | AuburnFest | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Les Gove Park
A downtown parade kicks off the day at 11 a.m. The parade will feature a variety of marching bands, drill teams, dancers and one-of-a-kind cars. The parade honors and celebrates the beauty, hospitality, friendliness, quality of life and diversity of the greater Auburn community. The parade route travels west along Main Street from E Street Northeast to A Street Northwest.
• Saturday, Aug. 11 | Car Show | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Les Gove Park
A fun display for antique, classic, hot rod, street rod, muscle, and unique cars. Awards in 15 categories. Free dash plaques for the first 100 to register.