Pacific Ballroom Dance performs on Main Street during the AuburnFest Parade last year. The summertime festival returns Saturday, Aug. 11. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Pacific Ballroom Dance performs on Main Street during the AuburnFest Parade last year. The summertime festival returns Saturday, Aug. 11. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

AuburnFest: community summer festival returns to the park

Weekend includes a parade, entertainment, kids activities and car show

  • Thursday, August 9, 2018 1:16pm
  • News

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

THE LINEUP

• Friday, Aug. 10 | Almost 5K Poker Fun Run | 7 p.m. | Les Gove Park

A fun run staged in conjunction with the Summer Sounds & Cinema concert and outdoor movie at Les Gove Park. Register online or download the entry form.

• 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.


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