As a hardworking student, it’s important to enjoy some needed downtime occasionally and have fun exploring what Auburn has to offer with their full calendar of events and places to visit. Whether you’re new to the city or have called Auburn home for years, here’s a list of things we recommend you check out.
When college football season rolls around, there’s nothing like catching a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium to cheer on the Tigers! The stadium opened in 1939 and has been the proud home of championship teams and legions of devoted fans who fill the arena to the brim, which can seat more than 87,000 people. Tickets are coveted, but if you’re a student at Auburn University, chances are you can snag a seat — and make sure to include some tailgating fun! Because Auburn is well known for its athletic program, don’t forget to get your ticket to a great baseball or basketball game as well.
Ready to enjoy the city’s largest free outdoor festival? Auburn’s annual CityFest is held on the last Saturday of April at Kiesel Park and is packed with an entertaining schedule of live music, delicious food, arts and crafts and fine arts vendors, children’s activities, special appearances, and more. Rain or shine, come on out and have a good time!
“Laissez les bon temps rouler!” …aka “Let the good times roll!” You don’t have to visit New Orleans to dive into some Mardi Gras fun — Auburn has their own Krewe De Tigris parade right in the heart of downtown. Throw your hands up in the hair, yell “Throw me something, mister,” and take home a loot of beads, beads, and more beads!
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Right at the entrance of Auburn University lies a 40,000-square-foot jewel — the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. With a collection of 2,500 works of art (traditional to contemporary), the mission of the museum is to “foster the transformative power of art” through unique exhibitions and 200 programs free to the public. Enjoy exploring six changing art galleries, a gift shop, an English-inspired formal area, outdoor sculpture, landscaped walking paths, and more.
Auburn Chili Fest
If you fancy a hearty bowl of good chili, head on over to the annual Auburn Chili Fest at The Greystone Mansion to savor a day of live music, food, games, giveaways, and more! For a small fee, you’ll get the opportunity to walk around and sample the best chili from area restaurants. And, if you think you have what it takes as a master chili chef, bring the heat and enter as a competitor!
Is there anything better than a refreshing, thirst-quenching glass of lemonade? Take a break from studying and swing by the historic Toomer’s Drugstore built in 1896 for a handmade-to-order glass of tart and tasty lemonade. This iconic drink is well known as an Auburn favorite, and even got a nod of honor in Esquire magazines, “162 Reasons It’s Good To Be An American.”