Arts & Culture

Serenity beckons. Hot stones. A soothing rub. The heady scent of fresh grounds brewing to your exact specifications. A decadent dessert board and a glass or two of the deepest red before you tuck into a fluffy comforter with a new book from a local purveyor and a soul that feels restored. Auburn-Opelika is Road Trip Ready.
Is it a minivan with seats for the kids and the dog? Or a 2-seater convertible for a couple of hip empty-nesters? Grab your masks and buckle up because it doesn’t matter who you are, Auburn-Opelika is Road Trip Ready!

Ristretto Lounge: the sweetest part of the community

by M.A. Hughes | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Tucked away in its own corner of Opelika, Ristretto Lounge offers the Auburn-Opelika community a unique coffee shop experience. It’s at once fresh and inviting, sleek and minimalist while somehow also warm and familiar. It’s like sitting in a friend’s living room—if their living room was effortlessly modern and tastefully decorated.

Auburn's Mardi Gras Parade & Krewe Krawl

by M. A. Hughes | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

The fourth annual “Krewe Krawl” and Mardi Gras parade will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. The parade is organized by Krewe de Tigris and hosted by the Auburn Downtown Merchants Association. This year’s parade is dubbed “Mardi Gras and All that Jazz.”

War Eagle, Fly Down the Road

by Auburn-Opelika Tourism

There’s a new tradition to add to your Auburn experience, and even new visitors (also known as future fans!) will be delighted when they take a trip down North Donahue Drive near the Big Red Barn. The area’s first musical road now exists, thanks to the ingenuity and creativity of Auburn Engineering alum Tim Arnold. First there were tigers and toilet paper. Lemonade and soaring eagles.

Opelika Main Street welcomes new Executive Director

by Staff Report Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Opelika Main Street is excited to announce Ken Ward as the new executive director. Ward brings a young perspective to the historic main street community. He is a recent graduate of Auburn University with undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Political Science and a Master of Public Administration.

Where to hear live music in Auburn-Opelika

by Emma Raby Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Auburn-Opelika is full of great venues and artists. Want to see for yourself, but don't know where to start? No worries! We've compiled the best places to catch some live tunes around town for you. Check out our list of where to hear live music in Auburn-Opelika!

Planning a Wedding in Auburn-Opelika

by Cat Bobo | Communications Specialist Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

With the holidays behind us and Valentine’s Day coming up next, it’s safe to say that engagement proposals are starting to flood your social feeds. Whether you’re the bride-to-be or a newbie maid of honor, the wedding planning process can intimidate even the most decisive among us. Save this list of lovely local vendors specializing in everything from whimsical flower arrangements to Aubie cake po

On The Tracks Fall 2018

by Payton Beck Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

One of our favorite events, On the Tracks, is back! On The Tracks will be held Friday, October 19, from 6-10 p.m. in downtown Opelika with a few new twists.

The Best Drone Shots in Auburn-Opelika

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

In honor of our inaugural AO Photo Contest (which you can learn more about by clicking here), we've decided to share some of our favorite bird's-eye views of this college town and railroad sister city. Check out these shots from above and be sure to tag us in your drone shots on social media!
In a world where just about anything is an Add to Cart and 2-day shipping away, it’s easy to forget the joy of supporting small businesses. Artisans pour their heart and soul into their wares, and the care and attention to detail that each maker puts into their craft shows in the quality of the product they create.

Maker Spotlight: The LocAL Market

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

This eclectic retail space houses work by numerous artists, artisans, and farmers from all over the state. Each piece of art in the store is unique, telling a story about the area or the maker.

concourse/south art & music fest

by Cat Bobo | Communications Specialist

Concourse/south is a weeklong music and arts festival taking place in downtown Opelika on August 20-26, 2017. The extravaganza will benefit local organizations, including O Grows and the BigHouse Foundation, as well as future arts programming in Opelika. Each day will highlight different artists, makers, musicians and more in Historic Downtown Opelika.
Part of what makes Auburn the “Loveliest Village on the Plains” is the community that calls it home. That’s why Auburn Art is so passionate about featuring the work of local artists in their downtown store and online. The latest artist to be featured at Auburn Art is Thomas Kaufmann, an Auburn University grad who works as an artist, educator, preservationist and architectural illustrator.

SummerNight Downtown Art Walk 2017

by Claire Gamble Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Summer time in Auburn is a special time of the year for students and locals alike! The streets stay a little quieter, but there is still plenty to do in this small town. Join us tomorrow night for SummerNight Downtown Art Walk - a free, creative evening in the downtown entertainment district.


by Lexy Sedillo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Chirpwood, located in Opelika, is the areas only gallery for regional artists. The scent of southern pine fills the shop, with local artwork filling the handcrafted niches in the walls.

On The Tracks in downtown Opelika

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

On The Tracks, the biannual food and wine event in historic downtown Opelika will be hosted on April 21. On The Tracks takes you on a tasting trail of 25 stops, and offers a fun environment with live music and culinary treats.

The Sound Wall Grand Opening

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

After remaining vacant for over 15 years, the house required a lot of rehabilitation. However, The Sound Wall is now a tranquil spot for artists near and far to record. The couple seeks to attract artists to The Sound Wall as an escape from larger cities.

South's Best by Southern Living

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bueau

Auburn, AL has been selected as one of the South’s Best by Southern Living. This list celebrates the spectacular sights, inspiring destinations, and cultural institutions that define the South in 2017. To create the first ever South’s Best list, Southern Living surveyed more than 22,000 readers on the best-loved places in 13 categories: bars, breweries, cities, hotels, inns, islands, museums, resorts, restaurants, shops, small towns, tailgates, and barbecue joints.

locAL Market

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The locAL market is a non-traditional retail space that gives local makers and artists a platform to show their work in the heart of downtown Auburn! The locAL market is hosted by artist, Lauren Duncan and sponsored by J&M.

The 3rd Annual Alabama Oyster Social

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

The third annual Alabama Oyster Social is this Saturday, January 28th at 6 p.m.! The social will be hosted at the ALFA Pavillion (The Red Barn) on Auburn University’s campus with featured chefs from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana. Participants will enjoy an assortment of oysters, beverages and live music.