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Visitor spending in Auburn-Opelika increases by double digits

Visitor spending in Auburn-Opelika increases by double digits

Robyn Bridges | Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau
The Alabama Tourism Department recently published its annual Economic Impact Report for 2015, providing statistical evidence that the travel & tourism industry continues to be one of the most viable segments of the Auburn-Opelika economy. Visitors to the area spent $391 million in the area’s hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments last year, representing a 15.8% increase over the previous year. The tourism industry also employs 5888 individuals in Lee County, making it the area’s second largest employer behind Auburn University. MORE »

"OUT OF THE BOX: A JURIED OUTDOOR SCULPTURE EXHIBITION"

Friday, October 2nd 2015 - Sunday, October 2nd 2016

at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art | Auburn, AL 36849

The second installment of JCSM’s biennial Out of the Box exhibition will open this fall with contemporary sculptor and visual artist Willie Cole serving as juror.

WINTER DENIZENS, THE SWEET BIRDS SING SELECTED WORKS FROM THE LOUISE HAUSS AND DAVID BRENT MILLER AU

Saturday, January 30th - Sunday, May 15th

at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art | Auburn, AL 36849

Here in east-central Alabama, we are fortunate to be home to many feathered denizens of the winter landscape. This exhibition features twelve of John James Audubon’s prints from The Birds of America, including birds that inhabit our environs during the winter.

FACE TO FACE: ARTISTS’ SELF-PORTRAITS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JACKYE AND CURTIS FINCH JR.

Saturday, April 2nd - Sunday, August 7th

at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art | Auburn, AL 36849

On loan from the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, the state’s premier institution for visual and performing arts, Face to Face showcases 70 revelatory drawings by modern and contemporary artists that illustrate the probing activity of self-portraiture.

AU BASEBALL VS. KENTUCKY

Sunday, May 1st

at Plainsman Park | Auburn, AL 36849

Come cheer on your Auburn Tigers as they take on Kentucky!

DANA LOUISE AND THE GLORIOUS BIRDS PERFORM AT PERCH

Sunday, May 1st

at Perch | Auburn, Al

Join us in the back courtyard of Perch Jewelry Studio to enjoy the sweet sounds of Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds, with music beginning at 7 p.m!

AUBURN UNIVERSITY FINAL EXAM WEEK

Monday, May 2nd - Friday, May 6th

at Auburn University

Auburn University Final Exam Week will be May 2-6.

JAZZ! FOOD! ART!

Thursday, May 5th (occurs weekly on Thursday until 7/28/2016)

at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art | Auburn, AL 36830

On Thursdays from 5 to 8 pm, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art offers an evening of "Jazz! Food! Art!"

AUBURN SOFTBALL VS. TEXAS A&M

Friday, May 6th

at Jane B. Moore Field | Auburn, AL 36849

Come cheer on your Auburn Tigers as they take on Texas A&M on May 6 at 6 p.m.

AUBURN AREA COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS "RED VELVET CAKE WAR"

Friday, May 6th - Sunday, May 15th

at Jan Dempsey Art Center | Auburn, AL 36830

Auburn ACT will conclude its 2015-2016 season with The Red Velvet Cake War, a "riotously funny" comedy revolving around the three Verdeen cousins who have picked the absolute worst time to host the family reunion! This production will open on Friday, May 6, at the Jan Dempsey Art

PIERCE PETTIS IN CONCERT AT SUNDILLA

Friday, May 6th - Friday, May 6th

at AUUF | Auburn, AL 36830

Alabama native Pierce Pettis returns to Sundilla on Friday, May 6. Showtime at the AUUF is 7:30; $12 advance tickets available at Spicer's Music, Blooming Colors, and online at www.sundillamusic.com.

LOVE LOCAL

Saturday, May 7th

at The Hoot Yard | Opelika, AL

Join us for The Hoot Yard's grand opening celebrating all things local sponsored by Trim Tab Brewery, Auburn Guitar Shoppe, Hornsby Farms, Mama Mocha's Coffee Emporium and Southern Foothills Farm.

RED VELVET BAKING BATTLE

Saturday, May 7th - Saturday, May 7th

at Jan Dempsey Art Center | Auburn, AL 36830

Enter to win or enter to eat red velvet cake items along with a raffle for great prizes!

GARDEN IN THE PARK

Saturday, May 7th - Saturday, May 7th

at Opelika Municipal Park | Opelika, AL 36801

Garden in the Park is an arts and craft festival for the whole family. There will be a variety of vendors, live entertainment, children activities and delicious food.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY GRADUATION

Saturday, May 7th - Sunday, May 8th

at Auburn Arena

Auburn University will hold their Spring Graduation ceremonies on May 7-8, 2016 in the Auburn Arena!

ARICCIA'S GRADUATION BRUNCH

Saturday, May 7th

at The Hotel at Auburn University | Auburn, AL 36830

Join us for brunch at celebrate the graduates on Mat 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

AUBURN SOFTBALL VS. TEXAS A&M

Saturday, May 7th

at Jane B. Moore Field | Auburn, AL 36849

Come cheer on your Auburn Tigers as they take on Texas A&M on May 7 at 12 p.m.

AUBURN SOFTBALL VS. TEXAS A&M

Sunday, May 8th

at Jane B. Moore Field | Auburn, AL 36849

Come cheer on your Auburn Tigers as they take on Texas A&M on May 8 at 1 p.m.

MOTHER'S DAY AT THE HOTEL AT AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Sunday, May 8th

at The Hotel at Auburn University | Auburn, AL 36830

Come join us for a special Mother's Day celebration at the Hotel at Auburn University on May 8, 2016!

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH

Sunday, May 8th - Sunday, May 8th

at Maestro 2300 | Auburn, AL 36830

Celebrate your mom's special day by treating her to a delicious Mother's Day Brunch at Maestro 2300 on Sunday, May 8 from 11am to 2pm.

DISCOVERY HIKE

Tuesday, May 10th

at Kreher Preserve & Nature Center | Auburn, AL 36830

Explore the preserve and learn something new each month about plants, wildlife and nature with a trained naturalist who will offer your family fun opportunities for hands-on learning, exploration, and exercise!

AU BASEBALL VS. TROY

Tuesday, May 10th

at Plainsman Park | Auburn, AL 36849

Come cheer on your Auburn Tigers as they take on Mississippi State!

S'MORE FUN WITH MOM

Thursday, May 12th - Friday, May 13th

at Kreher Preserve & Nature Center | Auburn, AL 36830

Join us for S’more Fun with Mom, Lee County’s Mother/Son adventure, co-hosted by the Forest Ecology Preserve and the City of Auburn.

NATURE WALK

Thursday, May 12th

at Kreher Preserve & Nature Center | Auburn, AL 36830

Join our guides for a peaceful morning walk as you take in the many sights and sounds of the preserve.

SUNDOWN CONCERT SERIES AT TOWN CREEK PARK

Thursday, May 12th (occurs weekly on Thursday until 5/26/2016)

at Town Creek Park | Auburn, AL 36830

Enjoy a night (or several nights) of entertainment at Auburn’s newest park…Town Creek Park.

AU BASEBALL VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE

Friday, May 13th

at Plainsman Park | Auburn, AL 36849

Come cheer on your Auburn Tigers as they take on Mississippi State!

AU BASEBALL VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE

Saturday, May 14th

at Plainsman Park | Auburn, AL 36849

Come cheer on your Auburn Tigers as they take on Mississippi State!

TIGER KIDS TRI

Saturday, May 14th

at James E. Martin Aquatics Center

Kick off the 2015 season with our Tiger Kids Tri and Tiger Tri Super Sprint events.

WANDERING THROUGH WONDROUS GARDENS 2016

Saturday, May 14th - Sunday, May 15th

You are invited to “Wandering Through Wondrous Gardens” in Lee County on May 14 & 15, 2016.

24TH ANNUAL FISHING RODEO

Saturday, May 14th - Saturday, May 14th

at Lake at Auburn Technology Park South | Auburn, AL 36830

Cast into summer with the 24th Annual Fishing Rodeo, sponsored by Auburn Parks and Recreation and Evans Realty!

NICA RACE CHEWACLA

Saturday, May 14th - Sunday, May 15th

at Chewacla State Park | Auburn, AL

The Alabama NICA league hosts the Alabama state championships at Chewacla State Park.

TIGER TRI SPRINT TRIATHLON

Sunday, May 15th

Join us on the campus of Auburn University for our second annual Tiger Challenge Weekend!

AU BASEBALL VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE

Sunday, May 15th

at Plainsman Park | Auburn, AL 36849

Come cheer on your Auburn Tigers as they take on Mississippi State!

AU BASEBALL VS. UAB

Tuesday, May 17th

at Plainsman Park | Auburn, AL 36849

Come cheer on your Auburn Tigers as they take on UAB!

USTA ALABAMA 40S ADULT TENNIS TOURNAMENT

Wednesday, May 18th - Sunday, May 22nd

at Various Tennis Courts

The USTA Alabama 40s Adult (3.0, 4.0 & 5.0) Tennis Tournament will be held May 18-22 in Auburn, Alabama.

"BEYOND RIOJA" SPANISH WINE DINNER

Wednesday, May 18th - Wednesday, May 18th

at Maestro 2300 | Auburn, AL 36830

"beyond Rioja" Spanish Wine Dinner

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES AT AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Thursday, May 19th

at Auburn University

Auburn University classes begin on May 19.

STARTS AND TURNS ELITE CAMP

Saturday, May 21st - Sunday, May 22nd

at James E. Martin Aquatics Center | Auburn, AL 36849

Our Elite Camp will be dedicated to starts and turns only focusing on fine tuning these skills for a competitive advantage in the pool.

42ND ANNUAL OLD CAR SHOW

Saturday, May 21st

at USA Town Center | Opelika, AL

On Saturday, May 21, the East Alabama Old car Club will host its 42nd Annual Old Car Show in Opelika.

OPELIKA FARMERS MARKET PRESENTED BY O GROWS

Tuesday, May 24th (occurs weekly on Tuesday until 8/30/2016)

at Opelika, AL 36801

The Opelika Farmers Market presented by O Grows will be every Tuesday beginning May 17, 2016 from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM across the street from the Southside Center for the Arts at 1103 Glenn Street.

MOMS TELL THE TRUTH

Saturday, May 28th (occurs monthly on the 4th Saturday)

at Frank Brown Recreation Center | Auburn, AL 36830

Join us in person or virtually via Periscope for #MomsTellTheTruth as we focus on the realities of parenting.

AUBURN SWIM CAMP

Sunday, May 29th - Thursday, June 2nd

at James E. Martin Aquatics Center | Auburn, AL 36849

Prepare yourself for the 2016 Auburn Swim Camps ultimate training experience!

SUMMER ECOLOGY CAMP, CAMP DISCOVERY

Tuesday, May 31st - Friday, June 3rd

at Kreher Preserve & Nature Center | Auburn, AL 36830

This year’s summer ecology camp theme is Water Wonders!

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